17 days in Mexico, Antigua & Lake Atitlan Itinerary

17 days in Mexico, Antigua & Lake Atitlan Itinerary

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Oaxaca, Mexico
— 2 nights
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Puerto Escondido, Mexico
— 3 nights
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Puebla, Mexico
— 2 nights
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Mexico City, Mexico
— 4 nights
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 3 nights
Shuttle to Panajachel, Ferry to San Pedro La Laguna
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San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala
— 2 nights
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Oaxaca, Mexico

— 2 nights
Capital city of the eponymous state, Oaxaca relies heavily on its colonial charm, its core a maze of tree-shaded alleys flanked by photogenic mansions, government buildings, and old churches.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman and Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca. Zona Arqueologica de Monte Alban and Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: hike along Coyote Aventuras, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, kick back and relax at Playa La Bocana, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Soledad.

Plan my day in Oaxaca using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Guatemala City, Guatemala to Oaxaca is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Guatemala City in November: highs in Oaxaca hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to fly to Puerto Escondido.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

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Puerto Escondido, Mexico

— 3 nights
Puerto Escondido is a small port and tourist center in the municipality of San Pedro Mixtepec Distrito 22 in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. You'll get in some beach time at Playa Zicatela and Playa Mazunte. Step out of the city life by going to Playa Zipolite and Dolphin & Whale Watching. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Bacocho and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Coral.

Plan my day in Puerto Escondido using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Fly from Oaxaca to Puerto Escondido in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Oaxaca in December, Puerto Escondido is much warmer at night with lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can fly to Puebla.

Things to do in Puerto Escondido

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 1 — 4:

Puebla, Mexico

— 2 nights

City of Angels

Recognized as a World Heritage Site thanks to its photogenic colonial buildings, Puebla remains one of Mexico's top destinations for architecture enthusiasts.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueológica de Cholula, then pause for some serene contemplation at Tonantzintla, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Zocalo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Puebla Cathedra, and then examine the collection at Museo Amparo.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Puebla driving holiday planning app.

Fly from Puerto Escondido to Puebla in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Puerto Escondido in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Puebla, with highs around 26°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can take a shuttle to Mexico City.

Things to do in Puebla

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 4 — 6:

Mexico City, Mexico

— 4 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museo Nacional de Antropologia and Palacio de Bellas Artes. Your inner history buff will appreciate Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 and Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Coyoacan, examine the collection at Museo Frida Kahlo, get a sense of history and politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional), and take an in-depth tour of Museo del Templo Mayor.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Mexico City trip itinerary tool.

You can take a shuttle from Puebla to Mexico City in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. December in Mexico City sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Antigua.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Nature

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Antigua, Guatemala

— 3 nights
The former capital of Guatemala and a World Heritage Site, Antigua retains its colonial charm and remains one of the most visited destinations in the country.
Get some historical perspective at Iglesia de La Merced and Arco de Santa Catalina. Visiting Volcán Pacaya and Volcan de Agua will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Antigua: Asoava (in Chimaltenango Department) and Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena (in Guatemala City). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, examine the collection at ChocoMuseo, delve into the distant past at Convento de las Capuchinas, and make a trip to Cerro de la Cruz.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Antigua online driving holiday planner.

Fly from Mexico City to Antigua in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Mexico City in December since evenings lows in Antigua dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Pedro La Laguna.

Things to do in Antigua

Museums · Nature · Parks · Outdoors

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Find places to stay Dec 10 — 13:

San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala

— 2 nights
Sitting at the base of the volcano of the same name, San Pedro La Laguna has a particularly lively and international atmosphere, attracting tourists from across the world with its lakeside and volcanic scenery, nightlife, and wealth of budget accommodations.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then contemplate the geological forces at Volcan San Pedro. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a dose of the wild on Geo Travel Guatemala, then contemplate the geological forces at Lago de Atitlan, and then see the interesting displays at Cojolya Museum and Store.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our San Pedro La Laguna trip planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and ferry from Antigua to San Pedro La Laguna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Antigua in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in San Pedro La Laguna, with lows of 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in San Pedro La Laguna

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

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Find places to stay Dec 13 — 15:

Mexico travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling
Tailor-made for anyone seeking that traditional sun-and-sand experience, Mexico vacations allow visitors to explore nearly 10,000 km (6,200 mi) of picturesque coastlines. Idyllic beaches and favorable year-round weather aside, this diverse country with a rich pre-Colombian history allows tourists a chance to discover a fascinating cuisine, numerous archaeological sites, state-of-the-art museums, colonial-era haciendas, and outstanding examples of 21st-century architecture. Most visitors get to know the country by its cities, but if you want a well-rounded Mexico tour, spend some time exploring its jungles, cloud forests, Caribbean reefs, snowcapped volcanoes, vast deserts, and tranquil lagoons. Life is lived outdoors in Mexico, so wherever you go, don't forget to dine alfresco and stroll the country's colonial streets.

Lake Atitlan travel guide

4.5
Nature & Parks · Bodies of Water · Gift & Specialty Shops
Lake Atitlan, a large volcanic lake, provides the setting for a wealth of interesting Mayan towns and villages. Surrounded by imposing and scenic mountains, the lake forms part of a sprawling national park, rich in wildlife and cultural attractions. The main towns and villages range from touristy gateways to authentic realms of tradition and culture, with charming local markets, rustic architecture, and a laid-back feel. Many of the towns can only be reached by boat, with trips on the lake high on most visitors' Lake Atitlan itineraries.