38 days in Mexico & Guatemala Itinerary

38 days in Mexico & Guatemala Itinerary

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San Juan Teotihuacan, Mexico
— 1 night
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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
— 5 nights
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Puebla, Mexico
— 2 nights
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Oaxaca, Mexico
— 3 nights
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Huatulco, Mexico
— 2 nights
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Mexico City, Mexico
— 5 nights
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Palenque, Mexico
— 4 nights
Bus to Villahermosa, Fly to Tulum
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Tulum, Mexico
— 7 nights
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Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 1 night
Shuttle to Flores, Fly to Antigua
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 7 nights
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San Juan Teotihuacan, Mexico

— 1 night
Home to perhaps the most impressive of Mexico's archaeological sites, San Juan Teotihuacan provides easy access to the World Heritage-listed "City of Gods," the largest pre-Columbian urban center in the Americas.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 and then explore the ancient world of Piramide de la Serpiente Emplumada.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our San Juan Teotihuacan trip builder tool.

Chicago, USA to San Juan Teotihuacan is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to San Miguel de Allende.

Things to do in San Juan Teotihuacan

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 21 — 22:

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

— 5 nights
A relatively small town in central Mexico, relaxed San Miguel de Allede offers an ideal setting for visitors in search of a bit of history and a great deal of photogenic architecture.
San Miguel de Allende is known for historic sites, shopping, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel, walk around El Charco del Ingenio, examine the collection at Mask Museum, and don't miss a visit to El Jardin.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our San Miguel de Allende tour website.

You can fly from San Juan Teotihuacan to San Miguel de Allende in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In February, daytime highs in San Miguel de Allende are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Puebla.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Spas
Find places to stay Feb 22 — 27:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): stop by La monarca, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tonantzintla, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Puebla Cathedra and then see the interesting displays at Museo Amparo.

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Getting from San Miguel de Allende to Puebla by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Puebla are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Puebla

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 27 — Mar 1:

Oaxaca, Mexico

— 3 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.
Oaxaca is known for museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, admire the striking features of Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Soledad, trek along Coyote Aventuras, and learn the secrets of beer at Oaxaca Profundo Sessions.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Oaxaca travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Puebla to Oaxaca in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Puebla in March; daily highs in Oaxaca reach 88°F and lows reach 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Huatulco.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Outdoors
Find places to stay Mar 1 — 4:

Huatulco, Mexico

— 2 nights
A short flight from Mexico City, scenic Huatulco features nine picture-perfect bays on the Pacific coast.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): surround yourself with nature on Bird Guide Cornelio and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bahia de Cacaluta. On the next day, get up close to creatures of the deep with Fishing With Tico Huatulco and then stroll around Huatulco National Park.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Huatulco tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Oaxaca to Huatulco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Oaxaca in March since evenings lows in Huatulco dip to 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Mexico City.

Things to do in Huatulco

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 4 — 6:

Mexico City, Mexico

— 5 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Mexico City is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get a new perspective on nature at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, examine the collection at Museo Frida Kahlo, and admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes.

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

You can fly from Huatulco to Mexico City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Huatulco in March, plan for slightly colder days and colder nights in Mexico City: temperatures range from 75°F by day to 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can fly to Palenque.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Mar 6 — 11:

Palenque, Mexico

— 4 nights
Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE. The World Heritage-listed remnants of this settlement seem little changed by the passage of time and represent one of Mexico's finest examples of Mayan architecture.
Palenque is known for nature, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, take in the dramatic scenery at Cascadas de Misol-Ha, explore the activities along Agua Clara, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Palenque road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Palenque takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife
Find places to stay Mar 11 — 15:

Tulum, Mexico

— 7 nights
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Venture out of the city with trips to Playa del Carmen (Quinta Avenida, Xcaret, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, explore the fascinating underground world of Gran Cenote, enjoy the sand and surf at Mayan Beach, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Tulum trip itinerary builder website.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Palenque to Tulum in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. In March, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 15 — 22:

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 23rd (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tikal.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tikal National Park trip planning tool.

You can drive from Tulum to Tikal National Park in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 22 — 23:
Highlights from your trip

Antigua, Guatemala

— 7 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 out of town with these interesting Antigua side-trips: Guatemala City (Iglesia de San Francisco, Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, &more). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, delve into the distant past at Convento de las Capuchinas, get impressive views of Volcan de Agua, and don't miss a visit to Cerro de la Cruz.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Antigua online trip itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Tikal National Park to Antigua in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. March in Antigua sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Antigua

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 23 — 30:

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.

Southern Mexico travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Beaches · Waterfalls
Home to the mighty Maya civilization before the arrival of medieval Europeans, Southern Mexico most notably includes the Yucatan Peninsula, one of the country's richest regions in terms of history and culture. Tours of Southern Mexico appeal to everyone from history and architecture buffs, to avid photographers and hedonists in search of that perfect seaside spot. A long coastline dotted with modern resorts remains the epicenter of Southern Mexico tourism, offering travelers a chance to blend water sports with culturally enriching visitors to a slew of Maya-related ruins. To get the best of both worlds, include Cancun and Tulum on your Southern Mexico itinerary, and then split your time between sightseeing historical sites and soaking up some Caribbean sunshine.

Riviera Maya travel guide

4.3
Theme Parks · Zipline · Scuba & Snorkeling
Well-preserved ruins and stunning white-sand beaches make for memorable Riviera Maya vacations, though this coastal area also features a number of modern cities ideal for soaking up some local culture and learning about Mexican cuisine. Stretching for approximately 100 km (60 mi) along the Caribbean coastline, this region serves as one of the world's most popular vacation destinations, known for containing big-name resorts like Playa del Carmen and Cancun. If you get tired of sun and sand, enrich your Riviera Maya sightseeing experience by visiting the area's eco-archaeological theme parks, which preserve swathes of wilderness and encompasses restored structures from the Mayan period.

Guatemala travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Volcanos · Ruins
Land of Eternal Spring
Offering a chance to discover a rich history, remarkable landscapes, and a vibrant culture, a holiday in Guatemala remains a great choice for a wide range of travelers. The heart of the Maya civilization, Guatemala boasts stunning ancient ruins and traditional villages that blend with the Spanish heritage of the colonial-era and its stately cathedrals and town halls. While the cities boast splendid architecture and cultural heritage, they make up a small percentage of the mountainous Guatemalan landscape. Adventurous travelers and nature lovers will have plenty of things to do in Guatemala, from boating on the rushing rivers and scenic lakes, to exploring caves, picturesque beaches, and lush national parks.