33 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

33 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

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1
Mexico City, Mexico
— 2 nights
2
Antigua, Guatemala
— 3 nights
3
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 3 nights
4
Cancun, Mexico
— 2 nights
5
San Pedro, Belize
— 3 nights
6
Roatan, Honduras
— 3 nights
7
San Salvador, El Salvador
— 4 nights
8
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
9
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
10
San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
11
Panama City, Panama
— 2 nights

2
nights
Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
On the 24th (Tue), get to know the fascinating history of Zocalo. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), then admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, then get a new perspective on nature at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo Frida Kahlo.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Mexico City trip tool.

Melbourne, Australia to Mexico City is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 16 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Mexico City: highs are around 28°C and lows about 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums
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Zocalo
Zocalo
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Antigua: Guatemala City (La Aurora Zoo, Palacio Nacional, &more). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Convento de las Capuchinas, examine the collection at ChocoMuseo, don't miss a visit to The Plaza Central Park, and admire the masterpieces at Casa Santo Domingo Museums.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Antigua trip planner.

You can fly from Mexico City to Antigua in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. On the 29th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Antigua

Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Guatemala City
Find places to stay Aug 26 — 29:
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Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
Palacio Nacional ©
Palacio Nacional
Convento de las Capuchinas ©
Convento de las Capuchinas

3
nights
Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Playa del Carmen ©
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Explore Playa del Carmen's surroundings by going to Tulum (Kaahal Home Tulum, Tulum Tower, &more). There's lots more to do: kick your exploration up a notch at Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and find something for the whole family at Xcaret.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Playa del Carmen vacation maker website.

You can fly from Antigua to Playa del Carmen in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Antigua in August, with highs in Playa del Carmen at 35°C and lows at 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

Tulum, Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
Find places to stay Aug 29 — Sep 1:
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Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret ©
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site

2
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.
Here are some ideas for day two: fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Cancun online holiday planner.

You can drive from Playa del Carmen to Cancun in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In September in Cancun, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure
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Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Zipline

3
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Spend the 5th (Sun) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. And it doesn't end there: see the vivid underwater world at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, view the masterpieces at Belizean Arts, and see the world from above with C & S Golf Cart Rental.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our San Pedro trip itinerary planning website.

Fly from Cancun to San Pedro in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cancun to San Pedro. In September, daily temperatures in San Pedro can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Roatan.

Things to do in San Pedro

Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve
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Belize Food Tours ©
Belize Food Tours
Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Roatan, Honduras

Roatan ©
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Roatan is known for wildlife, beaches, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a tour by water with West Bay Divers, get outside with Outdoor Activities, kick back and relax at West Bay Beach, and stroll through Little French Key.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Roatan day trip planner.

Getting from San Pedro to Roatan by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. September in Roatan sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Salvador.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 9:
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West Bay Divers ©
West Bay Divers
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Manawakie Park ©
Manawakie Park

4
nights
San Salvador, El Salvador

San Salvador ©
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
San Salvador is known for historic sites, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the local highlights with EC Tours El Salvador, see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Antropología Dr. David J. Guzman, make a trip to Hospital Divina Providencia Chapel, and stop by Mercado Nacional de Artesanias.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read San Salvador itinerary planner.

Getting from Roatan to San Salvador by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In September, San Salvador is slightly colder than Roatan - with highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Salvador

Tours · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 13:
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EC Tours El Salvador ©
EC Tours El Salvador
Cinquera Rain Forest Park ©
Cinquera Rain Forest Park
Iglesia El Rosario ©
Iglesia El Rosario

2
nights
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then walk around Parque Nahomi. Here are some ideas for day two: cross one thing off your bucket list with Skydive Costa Rica and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip planner.

You can fly from San Salvador to Manuel Antonio in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Quepos
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 15:
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Skydive Costa Rica ©
Skydive Costa Rica

4
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

Set against the backdrop of the imposing Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos offers visitors a chance to explore diverse natural landscapes and sample some delicious local produce.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, take an in-depth tour of ChocoMuseo La Fortuna, experience rural life at Finca Loma Verde, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano National Park
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 19:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

2
nights
San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

San Juan del Sur ©
Set in a crescent-shaped bay, San Juan del Sur has become known as a popular surfing spot and coastal holiday destination for Nicaraguan families and international visitors alike.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): get the adrenaline pumping with Flyboard Nicaragua, then trot along with Rancho Chilamate Adventures on Horseback, and then kick back and relax at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve. Keep things going the next day: relax and rejuvenate at Pranamaya Yoga & Thai Massage Studio Playa Maderas, don't miss a visit to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at San Juan del Sur Beach.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our San Juan del Sur vacation app.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Juan del Sur in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in San Juan del Sur can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 21:
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Rancho Chilamate Adventures on Horseback ©
Rancho Chilamate Adventures on Horseback
La Flor Beach Natural Reserve ©
La Flor Beach Natural Reserve

2
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
On the 22nd (Wed), appreciate the extensive heritage of Casco Viejo, then take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Metropolitan National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador), then don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de San José.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Panama City day trip tool.

Fly from San Juan del Sur to Panama City in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from San Juan del Sur to Panama City is 1 hour. September in Panama City sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 23:
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Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Metropolitan National Park ©
Metropolitan National Park

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