43 days in Guatemala & Mexico Itinerary

43 days in Guatemala & Mexico Itinerary

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43 days in Guatemala & Mexico Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv, Israel
flight:  48​h
Panajachel, Guatemala
— 13 nights
Drive:  18​h 30​min
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
Mexico City, Mexico
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  5​h 30​min
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 8 nights
ferry + taxi:  1​h
Cozumel, Mexico
— 7 nights
Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Tel Aviv, Israel

13
nights
Panajachel, Guatemala

Panajachel ©
A little town with a thriving tourism industry, Panajachel sits on the northern shore of scenic Atitlan Lake, one of Guatemala's major vacation destinations.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve and Indian Nose. Get in touch with nature at Lake Atitlan and Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo. Venture out of the city with trips to Santa Cruz La Laguna (Tzantizotz Nature Reserve & Santa Cruz Spanish School), San Juan la Laguna (Galeria Imox & Lema Association) and Spas & Wellness (in San Marcos La Laguna). The adventure continues: hike along Reserva Natural Atitlán, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St Francis, admire the striking features of Casa Cakchiquel, and contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Atitlan.

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Tel Aviv, Israel to Panajachel is an approximately 120-hour travel. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Panajachel when traveling from Tel Aviv in April, with lows around 9°C. On the 13th (Sun), you'll travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Panajachel

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

San Pedro La Laguna, San Juan la Laguna, Santa Cruz La Laguna, San Marcos La Laguna, Chichicastenango
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Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Reserva Natural Atitlán ©
Reserva Natural Atitlán
Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve ©
Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve

7
nights
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta ©
Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Visiting Nuevo Vallarta Beach and Swim with Dolphins will get you outdoors. We've included these beaches for you: Destiladeras Beach and Playa los Muertos. When in Puerto Vallarta, make a side trip to see Dolphin & Whale Watching in Sayulita, approximately 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: take in the waterfront at Puerto Vallarta's El Malecon Boardwalk, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and look for gifts at Faith Colectiva.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Puerto Vallarta online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Panajachel to Puerto Vallarta takes 28 hours. When traveling from Panajachel in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Puerto Vallarta, with highs around 34°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure

Side Trips

Sayulita, Nuevo Vallarta Beach, Destiladeras Beach
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Nuevo Vallarta Beach ©
Nuevo Vallarta Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Destiladeras Beach ©
Destiladeras Beach

4
nights
Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Get in touch with nature at Chapultepec Park and Piedra Herrada Sanctuary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Coyoacan and Parque Espana. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia), tour the pleasant surroundings at Alameda Central, wander the streets of Polanco, and identify plant and animal life at La Condesa.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Mexico City trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Puerto Vallarta to Mexico City by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Puerto Vallarta in May; daily highs in Mexico City reach 30°C and lows reach 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Mexico City

#Neighborhoods, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Piedra Herrada Sanctuary
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Ciudad Universitaria ©
Ciudad Universitaria
Coyoacan ©
Coyoacan
Piedra Herrada Sanctuary ©
Piedra Herrada Sanctuary

8
nights
Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Playa del Carmen ©
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Get outdoors at Yal-ku Lagoon and La Playa Xpuha. Explore hidden gems such as Aktun Chen and Croco Cun Zoo. Venture out of the city with trips to Tulum (Plastic Flamingo, La Llorona, & more). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 26th (Sat) at Xel-Ha. Spend the 29th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Xcaret Eco Theme Park and get outside with Dolphin Discovery.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Playa del Carmen tour itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Mexico City to Playa del Carmen in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mexico City to Playa del Carmen. Traveling from Mexico City in May, Playa del Carmen is a bit warmer at night with lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Tulum, Akumal, Xel-Ha, Croco Cun Zoo, La Playa Xpuha
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Xel-Ha ©
Xel-Ha
Yal-ku Lagoon ©
Yal-ku Lagoon
Xcaret Park ©
Xcaret Park

7
nights
Cozumel, Mexico

Thanks to the island's outstanding scuba diving and snorkeling options, Cozumel tourism sector remains a major employer and the main source of income for this Caribbean getaway.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Columbia Reef and Playa Chen Rio. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Faro Celerain Ecological Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Cozumel Pearl Farm, relax in the rural setting at Rancho Universo Heal a Horse Cozumel Horse Sanctuary Non-Profit Organization, fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and take in the dramatic natural features at El Paso del Cedral Reef.

To find out how to plan a trip to Cozumel, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel in an hour. In June, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cozumel

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Columbia Reef ©
Columbia Reef
Playa Chen Rio ©
Playa Chen Rio

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