9 days in United States, Quintana Roo & Peten Department Itinerary

9 days in United States, Quintana Roo & Peten Department Itinerary

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New York City, United States
— 4 nights
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 3 nights
Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 1 night
Shuttle to Flores, Fly to Antigua


New York City, United States

— 4 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial, enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building, and explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our New York City travel website.

Antigua, Guatemala to New York City is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Antigua to New York City, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. September in New York City sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in New York City

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Playa del Carmen, Mexico

— 3 nights
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Change things up with these side-trips from Playa del Carmen: Tulum (Tulum Archaeological Site & Spas). Spend the 29th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Xcaret.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Playa del Carmen day trip planner.

Fly from New York City to Playa del Carmen in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 26°C in Playa del Carmen. On the 30th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Spas

Side Trip

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Tikal National Park, Guatemala

— 1 night
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
On the 1st (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Tikal.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tikal National Park holiday planner.

Getting from Playa del Carmen to Tikal National Park by car takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Playa del Carmen to Tikal National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Historic Sites
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Highlights from your trip

United States travel guide

More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.

Quintana Roo travel guide

One of Mexico's 31 states, Quintana Roo features a long Caribbean shoreline dotted with numerous modern tourist resorts, as well as small settlements preserving their traditional way of life and resisting the pitfalls of mass tourism. Cancun remains one of the most popular places to visit in Quintana Roo, but this area also boasts many less-crowded destinations made for vacationers seeking a bit of tranquility and lots of sunshine. The state also encompasses several islands, sheltering a varied native wildlife and serving as cozy retreats for anyone wishing to spend their Quintana Roo vacation fishing, diving, snorkeling, and basking on pristine sands.

Peten Department travel guide

Sacred & Religious Sites · Ruins · Nature & Parks
Petén is a department of the nation of Guatemala. It is geographically the northernmost department of Guatemala, as well as the largest in size — at 35,854km2 it accounts for about one third of Guatemala's area. The capital is Flores. The population at the 2002 Census was 366,735; the latest official estimate as of mid-2012 was 662,779.