34 days in Central America & Mexico Itinerary

34 days in Central America & Mexico Itinerary

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Antigua, Guatemala
— 3 nights
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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 3 nights
3
Chichen Itza, Mexico
— 2 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

3
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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.
Shop till you drop at Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales and Mercado Central. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Palacio Nacional and Arco de Santa Catalina. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Antigua: Guatemala City (La Aurora Zoo, Paseo Cayala, &more) and Mall Pradera Concepcion (in Santa Catarina Pinula). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Convento de las Capuchinas, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya.

Plan trip to Antigua with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Melbourne, Australia to Antigua is an approximately 27-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 16 hours traveling from Melbourne to Antigua. When traveling from Melbourne in August, plan for much warmer days in Antigua, with highs around 30°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Antigua

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Guatemala City, Mall Pradera Concepcion
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Paseo Cayala ©
Paseo Cayala
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Old Town Outfitters ©
Old Town Outfitters

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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.
Relax by the water at Paradise Beach and Akumal Beach. Visiting Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret and El Camaleon Mayakoba Golf Club will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Tulum (Balam Art On Feathers, Tulum Archaeological Site, &more). The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Xcaret and play a few rounds at Playacar Golf Club.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Playa del Carmen trip planner.

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. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Antigua to Playa del Carmen due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Antigua in August: high temperatures in Playa del Carmen hover around 35°C and lows are around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors · Adventure · Wildlife

Side Trips

Tulum, Akumal Beach, Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret ©
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

2
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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 1st (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Xcajum, explore the ancient world of Plataforma de Venus, contemplate the long history of Chichen Itza, then explore the ancient world of Las Monjas, then Head underground at Cenote Yokdzonot, and finally explore the ancient world of La Iglesia. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Temple of the Bearded Man, delve into the distant past at The Ossuary, steep yourself in history at Yaxuna, stroll through Chinchorro Reef, then delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica de Ake, and finally delve into the distant past at Dzibichaltun.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Chichen Itza tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Playa del Carmen to Chichen Itza in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Playa del Carmen in August, expect Chichen Itza to be somewhat warmer, temps between 39°C and 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Yucatan Peninsula, Cenote Yokdzonot, Yaxuna, Xcajum, Zona Arqueologica de Ake
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Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
Temple of the Bearded Man ©
Temple of the Bearded Man

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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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): go for a walk through Av Kukulkan, fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica El Rey, kick back and relax at Playa Delfines, then browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village, and finally shop like a local with Kukulcan Plaza.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Cancun trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Chichen Itza to Cancun in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Cancun are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kukulcan Plaza, Zona Arqueológica El Meco
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Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Zipline

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San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Visit Secret Beach Belize and The Split for some beach relaxation. Head to The Gallery of San Pedro and 12 Belizefor some retail therapy. Explore San Pedro's surroundings by going to Caye Caulker (Aria Kat Art & The Estuary of Caye Caulker). There's still lots to do: see the vivid underwater world at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mexico Rocks, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the San Pedro driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Cancun to San Pedro takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In September in San Pedro, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to fly to Roatan.

Things to do in San Pedro

Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Mexico Rocks ©
Mexico Rocks

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Roatan, Honduras

Roatan ©
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Get outdoors at West Bay Divers and West Bay Beach. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Diamonds International and Straw Market. There's lots more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mayan Eden, enjoy the sand and surf at Mayan Day Passes, and head outdoors with Sunyata Charters.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Roatan online trip builder.

Fly from San Pedro to Roatan in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In September in Roatan, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to San Salvador.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
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West Bay Divers ©
West Bay Divers
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Little French Key ©
Little French Key

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San Salvador, El Salvador

San Salvador ©
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Iglesia El Rosario and Basilica de la Ceiba de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa El Tunco and El Sunzal. Change things up with a short trip to Balance Yoga Center in El Tunco (about 54 minutes away). Spend the 11th (Sat) exploring nature at Parque Nacional El Boqueron. There's still lots to do: stop by Mercado Nacional de Artesanias, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio de Los Ilustres, buy something for everyone on your list at Metrocentro Mall, and steep yourself in history at Hospital Divina Providencia Chapel.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our San Salvador trip 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. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Roatan in September; daily highs in San Salvador reach 34°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Salvador

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

El Tunco, El Sunzal
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Parque Nacional El Boqueron ©
Parque Nacional El Boqueron
Cinquera Rain Forest Park ©
Cinquera Rain Forest Park
Scuba & Snorkeling

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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio ©
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take the plunge with Skydive Costa Rica, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz, then stop by Jungle Avenue, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally get interesting insight from Tours.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio driving holiday planning app.

Traveling by flight from San Salvador to Manuel Antonio takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Tabacon Hot Springs and Ecotermales Fortuna. For shopping fun, head to Galeria Aguas Verdes or Coco Loco Art Studio & Gallery. Change things up with a short trip to Catedral de Ciudad Quesada in Quesada (about 58 minutes away). There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, stroll around Bogarin Trail, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip tool.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Catedral de Ciudad Quesada
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 20:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

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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 21st (Tue): trot along with Rancho Chilamate, kick back and relax at Playa el Coco, enjoy the sand and surf at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at O Parks, WildLife and Recreation, then kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, and finally don't miss a visit to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed): stroll through San Juan del Sur Beach, get a taste of the local shopping with The Art Warehouse, and then relax and rejuvenate at Pranamaya Yoga & Thai Massage Studio Playa Maderas.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the San Juan del Sur trip planning site.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Juan del Sur takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. In September in San Juan del Sur, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. On the 22nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Panama City.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

O Parks, WildLife and Recreation
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 22:
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Rancho Chilamate ©
Rancho Chilamate
La Flor Beach Natural Reserve ©
La Flor Beach Natural Reserve

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Panama City, Panama

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, take a stroll through Casco Viejo, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Metropolitan National Park, and finally browse the different shops at Albrook Mall. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Panama La Vieja, buy something for everyone on your list at Multiplaza Pacific, take a stroll through Cinta Costera, then don't miss a visit to Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador), then see the interesting displays at Biomuseo, and finally make a trip to Panama Canal.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Panama City trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from San Juan del Sur to Panama City takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In September, daily temperatures in Panama City can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Panama City

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 24:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Metropolitan National Park ©
Metropolitan National Park

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