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
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Chichen Itza, Mexico
— 2 nights
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Cancun, Mexico
— 2 nights
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San Pedro, Belize
— 3 nights
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Roatan, Honduras
— 3 nights
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San Salvador, El Salvador
— 4 nights
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
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Panama City, Panama
— 2 nights

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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 Mall Pradera Concepcion. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Palacio Nacional and Catedral Metropolitana. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Antigua: Guatemala City (La Aurora Zoo, Paseo Cayala, &more). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Convento de las Capuchinas, get outside with Old Town Outfitters, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Antigua trip maker site.

Melbourne, Australia to Antigua is an approximately 27-hour flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Antigua, you'll gain 16 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in August, you will find days in Antigua are much hotter (30°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (19°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Playa del Carmen.

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Shopping Mall
Paseo Cayala
4.4
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Volcano
Volcán Pacaya
4.4
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Off-Road Tour
Old Town Outfitters
4.6

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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 Caleta Tankha Beach. Visiting Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret and Playacar Golf Club will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Akumal Beach (in Akumal) and 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 El Camaleon Mayakoba 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.

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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 · Wildlife

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World heritage site
Chichen Itza
4.6
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Geologic Formation
Cenote Ik kil
4.3

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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.

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Swim with Dolphins
Swim with Dolphins
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World heritage site
La Isla Shopping Village
4.0
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Zipline
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 · Outdoors

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Scuba / Snorkeling
Scuba & Snorkeling
4.3

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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 Little French Key. 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 · Parks
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Must see
West Bay Divers
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Nature / Wildlife Tour
Nature & Wildlife Tours
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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 Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park. 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 identify plant and animal life at Cinquera Rain Forest Park.

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 · Wildlife · Historic Sites

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Scuba / Snorkeling
Scuba & Snorkeling
4.9

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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.

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Fishing Charter / Tour
Fishing Charters & Tours
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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 Wood & Art Gallery. Change things up with a short trip to Catedral de Ciudad Quesada in Quesada (about 58 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Tours, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, explore the galleries of Galeria Estudio, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos journey builder website.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

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Hot Spring
Tabacon Hot Springs
4.4
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 · Beaches

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Panama City, Panama

Dubai of Latin America

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 · Tours · Outdoors · Neighborhoods
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Dolphin / Whale Watching
Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Historic Walking Area
Casco Viejo
4.4

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