38 days in Central America & Mexico Itinerary

38 days in Central America & Mexico Itinerary

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Vara Blanca, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
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Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 4 nights
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Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 1 night
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Hopkins, Belize
— 2 nights
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San Pedro, Belize
— 5 nights
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Cancun, Mexico
— 6 nights

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Vara Blanca, Costa Rica

Vara Blanca
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and then contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then stroll through Tirimbina Biological Reserve.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Vara Blanca online vacation builder.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Vara Blanca is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Vara Blanca due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Tirimbina Biological Reserve ©
Tirimbina Biological Reserve
Kayaking & Canoeing

5
nights

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 Arenal Volcano. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Waterfall, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, witness a stunning natural landmark at Ecotermales Fortuna, and walk around Bogarin Trail.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip site.

You can drive from Vara Blanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

1
night
Tortuguero, Costa Rica

Tortuguero ©

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
On the 11th (Fri), add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Tortuguero trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing

5
nights
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.
Visit Playa Manuel Antonio and Parque Nacional Marino Ballena for some beach relaxation. Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Manuel Antonio: Jaco (Costa Rica SUP'ers & Zipline). Next up on the itinerary: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, stroll around Parque Nahomi, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio journey maker website.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena ©
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
nights
Monteverde, Costa Rica

Monteverde ©
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Visiting Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Zipline will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Ecological Sanctuary and Arte Jaguar Gallery. Go for a jaunt from Monteverde to Esparza to see Piedra de Fuego about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond, delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and examine the collection at Chorotega Arts & Crafts.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Monteverde holiday maker site.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

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Highlights from your plan
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

4
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 some cultural insight at Volcán Pacaya and Iglesia de La Merced. Get out of town with these interesting Antigua side-trips: Guatemala City (Museo del Ferrocarril, Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Volcan de Agua, admire the masterpieces at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, make a trip to Cerro de la Cruz, and look for gifts at Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Antigua road trip site.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Monteverde to Antigua in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums

1
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Tikal National Park, Guatemala

Tikal National Park
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
To see traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Tikal National Park travel route planning website.

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Antigua to Tikal National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. You'll set off for Hopkins on the 26th (Sat).

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife

2
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Hopkins, Belize

Hopkins ©
Advertised as the "Friendliest Village in Belize," Hopkins remains a small fishing settlement on a stretch of golden coastline that offers plenty of modern amenities.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): explore the galleries of Studio Gallery Cayetano, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Glover's Reef Marine Reserve, and then stop by Che'il Mayan Products. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Mon): scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Hopkins journey planning tool.

You can drive from Tikal National Park to Hopkins in 4.5 hours. September in Hopkins sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Hopkins

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Glover's Reef Marine Reserve ©
Glover's Reef Marine Reserve
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve ©
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

5
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San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Gallery of San Pedro and Belizean Arts. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Shark Ray Alley. There's still lots to do: stroll through Hol Chan Marine Reserve, look for gifts at 12 Belize, explore the striking landscape of Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our San Pedro online day trip planner.

You can fly from Hopkins to San Pedro in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In September, daytime highs in San Pedro are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cancun.

Things to do in San Pedro

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
Shark Ray Alley ©
Shark Ray Alley

6
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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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Akumal Beach and Playa Delfines. Get in touch with nature at La Isla Shopping Village and Playa Norte. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cancun: Valladolid (Templo y Ex Convento de Santiago Domingo & Museo de Ropa Etnica de Mexico - Murem), Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and Xpu-ha Beach (in Puerto Aventuras). There's lots more to do: get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Isla Brewing Company, browse the exhibits of Galeria Balance Cancun, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Cancun fast, fun, and easy.

Getting from San Pedro to Cancun by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from San Pedro to Cancun, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In October in Cancun, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
Akumal Beach ©
Akumal Beach
Swim with Dolphins

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