57 days in Mexico, Belize & Guatemala Itinerary

57 days in Mexico, Belize & Guatemala Itinerary

Created using Inspirock trip maker

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Cancun, Mexico
— 2 nights
Ferry
2
Isla Mujeres, Mexico
— 4 nights
Ferry to Puerto Juárez, Fly to Mexico City
3
Mexico City, Mexico
— 5 nights
Shuttle
4
Puebla, Mexico
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Oaxaca, Mexico
— 3 nights
Fly
6
Puerto Escondido, Mexico
— 10 nights
Fly
7
San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico
— 2 nights
Shuttle
8
Palenque, Mexico
— 3 nights
Bus to Villahermosa, Fly to Merida
9
Merida, Mexico
— 2 nights
Unknown
10
Holbox Island, Mexico
— 3 nights
Unknown
11
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 2 nights
Drive
12
Tulum, Mexico
— 2 nights
Shuttle
13
Bacalar, Mexico
— 2 nights
Drive
14
Chetumal, Mexico
— 2 nights
Drive
15
San Pedro, Belize
— 6 nights
Ferry
16
Caye Caulker, Belize
— 2 nights
Ferry
17
Belize City, Belize
— 2 nights
Drive
18
Flores, Guatemala
— 2 nights

S M T W T F S
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19

Cancun, Mexico

— 2 nights
Few destinations in Mexico dazzle visitors quite like Cancun, a modern resort town filled with glitzy hotels sitting on picturesque and well-developed Caribbean beaches.
Keep things going the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cancun trip itinerary tool.

Dublin, Ireland to Cancun is an approximately 14-hour flight. Traveling from Dublin to Cancun, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Dublin in January, with highs in Cancun at 31°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to ride a ferry to Isla Mujeres.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors · Shopping · Parks · Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 19:

Isla Mujeres, Mexico

— 4 nights
Tiny municipal seat of an eponymous island, each season Isla Mujeres swells to bursting with international tourists coming here to swim, snorkel, dive, fish, and sail.
Step off the beaten path and head to Punta Sur and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Women's Beading Cooperative, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Norte, stop by Gladys Galdamez's Isla Mujeres, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Tortugranja.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Isla Mujeres attractions planning site.

Traveling by ferry from Cancun to Isla Mujeres takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In January in Isla Mujeres, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 23:

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Museo Trick Eye and Tlalpan. Step off the beaten path and head to Zona Arqueologica Tlatelolco and Museo Antiguo Palacio de Iturbide. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Museo Nacional de San Carlos, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sagrario Metropolitano, don't miss a visit to Square of the Three Cultures, and look for gifts at Casa Fusion.

For maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Mexico City itinerary planner.

Getting from Isla Mujeres to Mexico City by combination of ferry and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Isla Mujeres to Mexico City. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Isla Mujeres in January: highs in Mexico City hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to catch the shuttle to Puebla.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 28:

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 28th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Pasaje Historico del 5 de Mayo and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Museo Viviente. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Museo Regional de la Revolucion Mexicana - Puebla and then examine the collection at Museo Jose Luis Bello y Zetina.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Puebla driving holiday app.

Traveling by shuttle from Mexico City to Puebla takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Puebla can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Puebla

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 28 — 30:

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Coyote Aventuras and Temple Tlacochahuaya. Alvarez Bravo Photographic Center and Voces de Copal will appeal to museum buffs. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Ex-Convento de Santa Catalina, pause for some serene contemplation at Convento de San Jeronimo, and look for gifts at La Casa de las Artesanias de Oaxaca.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Oaxaca holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Puebla to Oaxaca takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Puebla in January, expect Oaxaca to be a bit warmer, temps between 32°C and 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to fly to Puerto Escondido.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 2:

Puerto Escondido, Mexico

— 10 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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Playa Zipolite and Playa Principal de Puerto Escondido. Take a break from the city and head to Playa Coral and Playa Mermejita. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Puerto Escondido: Playa del Amor (in Zipolite), Mazunte (Santuario La Escobilla & Centro Mexicano de la Tortuga) and Bahia Estacahuite (in Puerto Angel). Make the 11th (Fri) a stimulating day with a coffee and tea tour. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Marinero, contemplate the waterfront views at Chachacual, stop by Central Surf Shop, and find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Puerto Escondido trip planner.

Getting from Oaxaca to Puerto Escondido by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect warmer evenings in Puerto Escondido when traveling from Oaxaca in February, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to fly to San Cristobal de las Casas.

Things to do in Puerto Escondido

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 2 — 12:

San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico

— 2 nights
San Cristóbal de las Casas, also known by its native Tzotzil name, Jovel, is a town and municipality located in the Central Highlands region of the Mexican state of Chiapas. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): examine the collection at Kakaw Museo del Cacao & Chocolateria Cultural and then get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Museo Jtatik Samuel, see the interesting displays at Museo del Ambar, Lilia Mijangos, and then examine the collection at Steps in San Cristobal.

To find where to stay and tourist information, read San Cristobal de las Casas route website.

You can fly from Puerto Escondido to San Cristobal de las Casas in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Puerto Escondido, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in San Cristobal de las Casas, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can catch the shuttle to Palenque.

Things to do in San Cristobal de las Casas

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 12 — 14:

Palenque, Mexico

— 3 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Playas de Catazaja and Museo Del Textil. Get in touch with nature at Welib Ja Waterfalls and Cascada de Roberto Barrios. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Santo Domingo and see the interesting displays at Museo de Sitio de Palenque "Alberto Ruz Lhuillier".

To find more things to do and more tourist information, you can read our Palenque holiday planning site.

You can take a shuttle from San Cristobal de las Casas to Palenque in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Merida.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 14 — 17:

Merida, Mexico

— 2 nights
Yucatan's busy capital, Merida remains a mid-sized urban center offering an impressive list of cultural activities, eclectic nightlife, and a chance to see tropical examples of French and Italian architecture.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Museo Regional de Yucatán, Palacio Cantón and Museo de Arte Popular. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Casa Museo Montes Molina and Museo Fernando Garcia Ponce Macay. Next up on the itinerary: view the masterpieces at Nahualli Casa de los Artistas, see the interesting displays at Museo Palacio de la Musica, stop by B&G Atelier, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Jesus.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Merida vacation planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Palenque to Merida in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Palenque to Merida. In February, daytime highs in Merida are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Holbox Island.

Things to do in Merida

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 17 — 19:

Holbox Island, Mexico

— 3 nights
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Punta Mosquito and Agua Spa & Yoga Center by Casa Las Tortugas. Escape the urban bustle at Playa Punta Cocos and Refugio Holbox.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Holbox Island trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Merida to Holbox Island. When traveling from Merida in February, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Holbox Island: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Holbox Island

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches
Find places to stay Feb 19 — 22:

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

— 2 nights
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): explore the world behind art at 3D Museum of Wonders and then pause for some serene contemplation at Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Vidrio Soplado Mexicano, cast your line with a fishing tour, then cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, and finally shop like a local with Gaston Charo Art Gallery Playa del Carmen.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Playa del Carmen trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Holbox Island to Playa del Carmen. In February in Playa del Carmen, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay Feb 22 — 24:

Tulum, Mexico

— 2 nights
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. On the 26th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in panoramic vistas at Tulum Tower and then kick back and relax at Mayan Beach.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Tulum trip itinerary site.

Getting from Playa del Carmen to Tulum by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In February in Tulum, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to take a shuttle to Bacalar.

Things to do in Tulum

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Feb 24 — 26:

Bacalar, Mexico

— 2 nights
Bacalar is the municipal seat and largest city in Bacalar Municipality (until 2011 a part of Othón P. Blanco Municipality) in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, about 40km north of Chetumal, at 18° 40' 37" N, 88° 23' 43" W. In the 2010 census the city had a population of 11,084 people. On the 27th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Santuario del Manati and then get outside with Stromatolites in Bacalar Rapids. Here are some ideas for day two: take a tour by water with Eco Sailing and then relax and rejuvenate at Masajes Txape.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Bacalar road trip site.

Traveling by shuttle from Tulum to Bacalar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Tulum in February: highs in Bacalar hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can drive to Chetumal.

Things to do in Bacalar

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 26 — 28:
Highlights from your trip

Chetumal, Mexico

— 2 nights
Chetumal is a city on the east coast of the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): head outdoors with Mayan World Adventures and then take an in-depth tour of Museo de la Ciudad. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the sky in a new way at Planetario yook' ol kaab and then delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica Oxtankah.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Chetumal journey planner.

Getting from Bacalar to Chetumal by car takes about an hour. In February in Chetumal, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Chetumal

Museums · Outdoors · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 28 — Mar 2:

San Pedro, Belize

— 6 nights
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Get in touch with nature at Mexico Rocks and Secret Beach Belize. Museum-lovers will get to explore Belizean Arts and The Gallery of San Pedro. There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, shop like a local with Belize Chocolate Company, stop by 4 You Golf Cart Rentals, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Hol Chan Marine Reserve.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read San Pedro day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Chetumal to San Pedro takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Chetumal in March: highs in San Pedro hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to ride a ferry to Caye Caulker.

Things to do in San Pedro

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 2 — 8:

Caye Caulker, Belize

— 2 nights
At just under 8 km (5 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide, the limestone coral island of Caye Caulker offers a small but perfectly formed getaway 32 km (20 mi) offshore from Belize City.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then explore the gorgeous colors at Turneffe Reef. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at The Estuary of Caye Caulker, then get a taste of the local shopping with Osprey Silver Jewelry & Boutique, and then browse the exhibits of Red Flower Gallery.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Caye Caulker trip itinerary site.

Traveling by ferry from San Pedro to Caye Caulker takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In March, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Belize City.

Things to do in Caye Caulker

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 8 — 10:

Belize City, Belize

— 2 nights
Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
On the 11th (Fri), stroll the grounds of Yarborough Cemetery and then look for all kinds of wild species at H2o-Tierra Ltd.. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the galleries of Museum of Belize, then visit a coastal fixture at Baron Bliss Lighthouse, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Belize City trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Caye Caulker to Belize City takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In March, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Flores.

Things to do in Belize City

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Mar 10 — 12:

Flores, Guatemala

— 2 nights
An island town, capital of the landlocked region of Peten, attractive Flores features pleasant architecture that complements the shimmering appearance of the surrounding lake.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Actún Can, then get outside with Actún Can, and then examine the collection at Museo del Islote Santa Barbara. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Dos Pilas and then head outdoors with Mirador del Rey Canek.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Flores tour website.

Traveling by car from Belize City to Flores takes 4 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Flores when traveling from Belize City in March, with lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Flores

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 12 — 14:

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.

Belize travel guide

4.5
Scuba & Snorkeling · River Rafting & Tubing · Reefs
Belize boasts a long coastline along the Caribbean Sea and serves as one of the world's top destinations for snorkeling and scuba diving. In a country providing a home for many different ethnic communities, a holiday in Belize ensures visitors experience a blend of cultures sharing a small land endowed with grand natural beauty. As you tour Belize, you'll see dense broadleaf forests sheltering a staggering variety of birds, ancient Maya ruins providing a palpable history lesson, and tiny coastal villages making up in hospitality what they lack in tourist infrastructure. Still relatively unexplored by foreigners, the country offers travelers a chance to experience pristine scenery free of big crowds and pushy souvenir vendors.

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.