13 days in Mexico, Guatemala & Belize Itinerary

13 days in Mexico, Guatemala & Belize Itinerary

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13 days in Mexico, Guatemala & Belize Itinerary

Start: Cancun, Mexico
+4
Fly + Foot + Bus + Foot + Bus:  6​h 30​min
1
Antigua, Guatemala
— 3 nights
Bus + Taxi:  2​h 15​min
2
San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  10​h 45​min
3
San Pedro, Belize
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 30​min
4
San Ignacio, Belize
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Foot + Ferry:  4​h
5
Caye Caulker, Belize
— 1 night
+4
Ferry + Foot + Fly + Foot + Bus:  5​h 15​min
6
Bacalar, Mexico
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Mahahual, Mexico
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
End: Puerto Morelos, Mexico

3
nights
Antigua, Guatemala

Antigua ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Arco de Santa Catalina. Keep things going the next day: stop by Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales, then view the masterpieces at Belfinart, and then contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Antigua day trip planning site .

Cancun, Mexico to Antigua is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Cancun to Antigua is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Cancun in December; daily highs in Antigua reach 27°C and lows reach 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Pedro La Laguna.

Things to do in Antigua

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Guatemala City
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Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Arco de Santa Catalina ©
Arco de Santa Catalina

2
nights
San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala

San Pedro La Laguna ©
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.
On the 11th (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St Peter, then identify plant and animal life at Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve, then explore the galleries of Galeria Imox, and finally look for gifts at Casa Flor Ixcaco. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Catolica de San Juan La Laguna, then get impressive views of Lake Atitlan, then examine the collection at Cojolya Museum and Store, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Colonial Church.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the San Pedro La Laguna road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Antigua to San Pedro La Laguna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in San Pedro La Laguna when traveling from Antigua in December, with lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow time for travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in San Pedro La Laguna

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Juan la Laguna, Santiago Atitlan, Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve, Lake Atitlan
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Cerro Tzankujil  Nature Reserve ©
Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve
Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Volcan San Pedro
Volcan San Pedro

2
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
On the 14th (Sat), see the vivid underwater world at Hol Chan Marine Reserve and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. On the next day, kick back and relax at Secret Beach Belize, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then explore the galleries of Belizean Arts.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the San Pedro tour builder .

The Route module can help you plan travel from San Pedro La Laguna to San Pedro. While traveling from San Pedro La Laguna, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in San Pedro, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to San Ignacio.

Things to do in San Pedro

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Secret Beach Belize
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Secret Beach Belize ©
Secret Beach Belize

1
night
San Ignacio, Belize

San Ignacio ©
The cultural hub of the district, San Ignacio neatly blends tourism and tradition, expats and indigenous peoples into a convincingly authentic, but modern and welcoming inland town.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): stroll through Green Iguana Conservation Project, then view the masterpieces at Creek art walter castillo home art gallery, then take in the exciting artwork at Sak Tunich Art Gallery, and finally explore the world behind art at Tanah Mayan Art Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our San Ignacio trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Pedro to San Ignacio takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Caye Caulker.

Things to do in San Ignacio

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trip

San Antonio
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Sak Tunich Art Gallery ©
Sak Tunich Art Gallery

1
night
Caye Caulker, Belize

Caye Caulker ©
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.
On the 17th (Tue), stroll through The Split, view the masterpieces at Red Flower Gallery, and then see the vivid underwater world at Shark Ray Alley. Keep things going the next day: stop by Little Blue Gift Shop and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

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Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from San Ignacio to Caye Caulker takes 4 hours. In December in Caye Caulker, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Bacalar.

Things to do in Caye Caulker

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Shark Ray Alley
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The Split ©
The Split
Shark Ray Alley ©
Shark Ray Alley
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Bacalar, Mexico

Bacalar ©
Bacalar is the municipal seat and largest city in Bacalar Municipality (until 2011 a part of Othón P. On the 19th (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Bacalar and then get engrossed in the history at Fuerte de San Felipe.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Bacalar trip maker app .

You can do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus from Caye Caulker to Bacalar in 5.5 hours. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Mahahual.

Things to do in Bacalar

Nature Parks Museums
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Lake Bacalar ©
Lake Bacalar
Fuerte de San Felipe ©
Fuerte de San Felipe

1
night
Mahahual, Mexico

A growingly popular destination on Mexico's Caribbean coast, for most of its history Mahahual remained a tiny fishing village well off the beaten path.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Maya Chan Beach.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Mahahual trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Bacalar to Mahahual in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Mahahual

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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