25 days in Yucatan Peninsula, Belize & Guatemala Itinerary

25 days in Yucatan Peninsula, Belize & Guatemala Itinerary

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25 days in Yucatan Peninsula, Belize & Guatemala Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv, Israel
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Cancun, Mexico
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Chichen Itza, Mexico
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Tulum, Mexico
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Cozumel, Mexico
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + shuttle + foot + ferry:  6​h 30​min
5
Caye Caulker, Belize
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Belize City, Belize
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + bus:  2​h
7
San Ignacio, Belize
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 30​min
9
Antigua, Guatemala
— 3 nights
+4
bus + foot + bus + foot + Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: Tel Aviv, Israel

3
nights
Cancun, Mexico

Cancun ©
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cancun: Isla Mujeres (Punta Sur & Playa Norte). Next up on the itinerary: browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village, kick back and relax at Playa Delfines, look for gifts at Plaza Las Americas, and stroll through Playa Tortugas.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Cancun online trip itinerary builder .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Cancun is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Cancun due to the time zone difference. September in Cancun sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Isla Mujeres
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Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte
Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village

1
night
Chichen Itza, Mexico

Chichen Itza ©
Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Chichen Itza, delve into the distant past at Plataforma de Venus, then contemplate the waterfront views at Cenote Ik kil, then Head underground at Balankanche Cave, and finally Head underground at Cenote Yokdzonot.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Chichen Itza trip website .

You can drive from Cancun to Chichen Itza in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Chichen Itza can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Tulum.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cenote Yokdzonot
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Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Cenote Yokdzonot ©
Cenote Yokdzonot

5
nights
Tulum, Mexico

Tulum ©
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 Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve (in Sian Ka'an), Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Playa del Carmen). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, explore the activities along Gran Cenote, enjoy the sand and surf at Akumal Beach, and get a taste of the local shopping with MiNiAtUrE art Gallery.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tulum tour itinerary planning app .

Getting from Chichen Itza to Tulum by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Chichen Itza in September, expect Tulum to be a bit cooler, temps between 34°C and 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá, Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, Scuba & Snorkeling, Akumal Beach
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Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve ©
Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve

3
nights
Cozumel, Mexico

Thanks to the island's outstanding scuba diving and snorkeling options, Cozumel tourism sector remains a major employer and the main source of income for this Caribbean getaway.
Cozumel is known for wildlife, outdoors, theme parks, adventure, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stroll through Playa Palancar, look for all kinds of wild species at Palancar Reef, and have some family-friendly fun at Clear Lounge Cozumel.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Cozumel trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Tulum to Cozumel in 2.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Caye Caulker.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Playa Palancar ©
Playa Palancar

2
nights
Caye Caulker, Belize

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then view the masterpieces at Red Flower Gallery. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the vivid underwater world at Shark Ray Alley, then kick back and relax at The Split, and then view the masterpieces at Aria Kat Art.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Caye Caulker trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Cozumel to Caye Caulker takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cozumel to Caye Caulker due to the time zone difference. In October, daytime highs in Caye Caulker are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Belize City.

Things to do in Caye Caulker

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

San Pedro, Shark Ray Alley
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Shark Ray Alley ©
Shark Ray Alley
Spas

2
nights
Belize City, Belize

Belize City ©
Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): stop by Diamonds International and then look for all kinds of wild species at Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Belize Zoo and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

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You can drive from Caye Caulker to Belize City in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Ignacio.

Things to do in Belize City

Parks Wildlife Adventure

Side Trips

The Belize Zoo, Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary
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Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary
Zipline
Diamonds International ©
Diamonds International

3
nights
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.
San Ignacio is known for wildlife, historic sites, adventure, classes, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the fascinating underground world of ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal, delve into the distant past at El Pilar, look for all kinds of wild species at Green Iguana Conservation Project, and shop like a local with Creek art walter castillo home art gallery.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the San Ignacio trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Belize City to San Ignacio takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in San Ignacio

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal
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ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal ©
Zipline
Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum ©
Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum

1
night
Tikal National Park, Guatemala

Tikal National Park ©
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
On the 16th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Centro de Conservacion e Investigaction and then delve into the distant past at Tikal.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Tikal National Park day trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Ignacio to Tikal National Park takes 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Tikal ©
Tikal

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.
Go for a jaunt from Antigua to Guatemala City to see La Aurora Zoo about 56 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, delve into the distant past at Arco de Santa Catalina, explore the world behind art at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, and make a trip to Cerro de la Cruz.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Antigua online tour itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Tikal National Park to Antigua takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Antigua

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

La Aurora Zoo
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 19:
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Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Spas
La Aurora Zoo ©
La Aurora Zoo

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