30 days in Antigua, Lake Atitlan & Mexico Itinerary

30 days in Antigua, Lake Atitlan & Mexico Itinerary

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30 days in Antigua, Lake Atitlan & Mexico Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
+4
Fly + Foot + Bus + Foot + Bus:  25​h
1
Antigua, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h
2
Panajachel, Guatemala
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  11​h
3
Tulum, Mexico
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Cozumel, Mexico
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Cancun, Mexico
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
7
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
8
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
— 5 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Sydney, Australia

2
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of San Francisco, then take an in-depth tour of Centro Cultural La Azotea, and finally delve into the distant past at El Mirador.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Antigua trip itinerary builder .

Sydney, Australia to Antigua is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight, car, and shuttle; or do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -16 hour difference. In August, Antigua is a bit warmer than Sydney - with highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to catcht the bus to Panajachel.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

El Mirador
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El Mirador ©
El Mirador
Arco de Santa Catalina ©
Arco de Santa Catalina
ChocoMuseo ©
ChocoMuseo

1
night
Panajachel, Guatemala

Panajachel ©
A little town with a thriving tourism industry, Panajachel sits on the northern shore of scenic Atitlan Lake, one of Guatemala's major vacation destinations.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): examine the collection at AviMuseo de Arte de Atitlan, admire the landmark architecture of Casa Cakchiquel, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Catarina Palopo Church, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Hotel Atitlan Gardens.

To see other places to visit and more tourist information, use the Panajachel trip builder website .

Getting from Antigua to Panajachel by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In August, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Panajachel

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Santa Catarina Palopo Church
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Hotel Atitlan Gardens ©
Hotel Atitlan Gardens
Casa Cakchiquel ©
Casa Cakchiquel
AviMuseo de Arte de Atitlan ©
AviMuseo de Arte de Atitlan

2
nights
Tulum, Mexico

The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Step off the beaten path and head to Climbing Tours and La Llorona. Change things up with a short trip to Aktun Chen in Akumal (about 38 minutes away). Spend the 19th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Grand Cenote and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Paraiso.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Tulum day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Panajachel to Tulum takes 20 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Panajachel to Tulum. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Panajachel in August, with highs in Tulum at 35°C and lows at 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Aktun Chen
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Climbing Tours
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

4
nights
Cozumel, Mexico

Cozumel ©
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Amazing Cozumel Race and Submarine Tours. Pamper yourself for a day on the 25th (Sun) at some of the top local wellness centers. There's much more to do: cast your line with a fishing tour, get in on the family fun at Discover Mexico Park Cozumel, admire the masterpieces at Galo Art Studio, and get outside with Paradise Beach.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Cozumel trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by combination of bus, ferry, and taxi from Tulum to Cozumel takes 2.5 hours. In August in Cozumel, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors Spas Wildlife
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Paradise Beach Cozumel ©
Paradise Beach Cozumel
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Fishing Charters & Tours

4
nights
Playa del Carmen, Mexico

The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cenote Chaak Tun and Fishing Charters & Tours. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Cenote Chikin Ha, go for a stroll along the water at Puerto Aventuras Marina, admire the masterpieces at Gaston Charo Art Gallery Playa del Carmen, and stop by Vidrio Soplado Mexicano.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Playa del Carmen trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Puerto Aventuras
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Cenote Chaak Tun ©
Cenote Chaak Tun
Chikin Ha ©
Chikin Ha

4
nights
Cancun, Mexico

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Shark Diving. Step out of Cancun with an excursion to Punta Sur in Isla Mujeres--about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: race across the water with a speed boat tour, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, enjoy breathtaking views from Torre Escenica, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Cancun road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Playa del Carmen to Cancun takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Cancun, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Cancun

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Punta Sur
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Shark Diving
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

3
nights
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta ©
Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Explore hidden gems such as Spas & Wellness and Dolphin & Whale Watching. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Puerto Vallarta: Vallarta Botanical Gardens (in Cabo Corrientes) and Nuevo Vallarta Beach (in Nuevo Vallarta). There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Old Vallarta, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, stop by Faith Colectiva, and step off the mainland to explore Marietas Islands.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Puerto Vallarta vacation planner.

Fly from Cancun to Puerto Vallarta in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In September in Puerto Vallarta, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nuevo Vallarta, Marietas Islands, Vallarta Botanical Gardens
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Marietas Islands ©
Marietas Islands
Nuevo Vallarta Beach ©
Nuevo Vallarta Beach
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe ©
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe

5
nights
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Cabo San Lucas ©
One of Mexico's premier vacation spots, Cabo San Lucas lures pleasure seekers with its trendy restaurant scene, raucous nightlife, and, of course, picture-perfect beaches.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Spas & Wellness and Cuadra San Francisco. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Chileno Beach, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, have fun at Wild Canyon Adventures, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Cabo San Lucas online trip itinerary planner .

Do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas due to the time zone difference. September in Cabo San Lucas sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Cuadra San Francisco
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Cuadra San Francisco ©
Cuadra San Francisco
Shark Diving
Marina Cabo San Lucas ©
Marina Cabo San Lucas

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