60 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

60 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

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Fly to General Abelardo L. Rodríguez International Airport, Drive to Mexicali
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Mexicali, Mexico
— 2 nights
Drive to General Abelardo L. Rodríguez International Airport, Fly to Licenciado Manuel Crescencio Rejon Int Airport
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Merida, Mexico
— 4 nights
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Belize City, Belize
— 6 nights
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Guatemala City, Guatemala
— 2 nights
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San Salvador, El Salvador
— 5 nights
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Tegucigalpa, Honduras
— 10 nights
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Leon, Nicaragua
— 3 nights
Bus to Masaya, Bus to Granada
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Granada, Nicaragua
— 4 nights
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Bus to Peñas Blancas, Foot to Peñas Blancas, La Cruz, Bus to La Fortuna de San Carlos
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 7 nights
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
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Boquete, Panama
— 1 night
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Panama City, Panama
— 4 nights
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Mexicali, Mexico

— 2 nights
Mexicali is the capital city of the Mexican state of Baja California and seat of the Municipality of Mexicali. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): examine the collection at Instituto de Investigaciones Culturales - Museo UABC, then have fun and explore at Museo Sol del Nino, then stop by Plaza la Cachanilla, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Mexicali trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Mexicali is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and car. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in June: highs in Mexicali hover around 104°F, while lows dip to 73°F. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Merida.

Things to do in Mexicali

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Shopping

Merida, Mexico

— 4 nights
Yucatan's busy capital, Merida remains a mid-sized urban center offering an impressive list of cultural activities, eclectic nightlife, and a chance to see tropical examples of French and Italian architecture.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Merida: Cenote Yokdzonot (in Yokdzonot), Uxmal (in Uxmal) and Chichen Itza (Temple of the Bearded Man, Chichen Itza, &more). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Ruta Puuc, appreciate the history behind Monumento a la Patria, steep yourself in history at Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Yucátan, and browse for treasures at Anacronia Antiguedades.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Merida online tour planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mexicali to Merida. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 3 hours. Traveling from Mexicali in June, expect nights in Merida to be about the same, around 75°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 95°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Belize City.

Things to do in Merida

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Belize City, Belize

— 6 nights
Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Venture out of the city with trips to Blue Hole National Park (in Belmopan), Altun Ha (in Rock Stone Pond) and The Belize Zoo (in La Democracia). On the 11th (Sat), enjoy an adventurous day among the treetops at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Lamanai Archaeological Reserve, explore and take pictures at Shark Ray Alley, get outside with Cavetubing5star, and stop by Moho Chocolate.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Belize City route site.

Traveling by car from Merida to Belize City takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Merida in June, plan for little chillier days in Belize City, with highs around 88°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Guatemala City.

Things to do in Belize City

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Side Trips

Guatemala City, Guatemala

— 2 nights

Guate

The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
Venture out of the city with trips to Antigua (Volcán Pacaya, Casa Santo Domingo Museums, &more). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, buy something for everyone on your list at Paseo Cayala, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana, and contemplate the long history of Palacio Nacional.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Guatemala City trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Belize City to Guatemala City takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Belize City in June, things will get a bit cooler in Guatemala City: highs are around 77°F and lows about 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to San Salvador.

Things to do in Guatemala City

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

San Salvador, El Salvador

— 5 nights
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
Spend the 17th (Fri) exploring nature at Parque Nacional El Boqueron. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Cinquera Rain Forest Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia El Rosario, stop by Mercado Nacional de Artesanias, and get impressive views of Volcan San Salvador.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for San Salvador using our trip planner.

Getting from Guatemala City to San Salvador by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Guatemala City in June, with highs in San Salvador at 86°F and lows at 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time for travel to Tegucigalpa.

Things to do in San Salvador

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Tegucigalpa, Honduras

— 10 nights
Capital of Honduras, the 400-year-old city of Tegucigalpa boasts an impressive ensemble of colonial buildings flanking old stone streets, which lead to hillside parks and lively squares.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tegucigalpa: Comayagua (The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, El Reloj de la Catedral, &more). Spend the 25th (Sat) exploring nature at Parque Nacional La Tigra. There's much more to do: walk around Naciones Unidas El Picacho Park, make a trip to Parque Cerro Juana A. Lainez, relax and rejuvenate at NutriSpot, and view the masterpieces at Honduras National Gallery of Art.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tegucigalpa travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Salvador to Tegucigalpa takes 6 hours. June in Tegucigalpa sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Leon.

Things to do in Tegucigalpa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Leon, Nicaragua

— 3 nights
A cultured and storied city, Leon attracts guests from all over the world, drawn to the second city's style, thriving intellectual life, and liveliness.
Leon is known for nature, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian, look for gifts at Artesania de Leon, contemplate the long history of Iglesia San Juan Bautista de Subtiava, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

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Drive from Tegucigalpa to Leon in 5.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Tegucigalpa in July; daily highs in Leon reach 93°F and lows reach 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to drive to Granada.

Things to do in Leon

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Nature

Granada, Nicaragua

— 4 nights

La Gran Sultana

The lakeside city of Granada has the look and feel of a historically important economic and political center, with grand colonial architecture, a unified look, and many cultural attractions.
Step out of Granada with an excursion to Apoyo in La Laguna de Apoyo--about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Xalteva, contemplate the geological forces at Mombacho, and stroll through Mombacho Volcano National Preserve.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Granada day trip planning app.

You can drive from Leon to Granada in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Granada

Parks · Museums · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

— 7 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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a memorable tour with Tours, witness a stunning natural landmark at Ecotermales Fortuna, get outside with Flow Trips, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Tabacon Hot Springs.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Granada to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Monteverde, Costa Rica

— 2 nights
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, and relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Monteverde route maker site.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

— 3 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Venture out of the city with trips to Jaco (Costa Rica SUP'ers, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, &more) and Horseback Riding Tours (in Esterillos Este). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio, see Off-Road Tours, look for gifts at Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

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Getting from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Boquete.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Side Trips

Boquete, Panama

— 1 night
Now known internationally for its fresh mountain air, year-round pleasant temperatures, and large community of North American expats, Boquete has changed rapidly since the start of the century, changing from a humble mountain town, into a humble mountain surrounded by gated communities and estates.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour, then stroll through Jungla de Panama Wildlife Refuge, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Boquete trip planning site.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Boquete by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Traveling from Manuel Antonio to Boquete, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Boquete

Spas · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Panama City, Panama

— 4 nights

Dubai of Latin America

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Panama City is known for historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Metropolitan National Park, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Avenida Balboa.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Panama City trip itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Boquete to Panama City in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Panama City can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 77°F. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Mexico travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Beaches · Landmarks
Tailor-made for anyone seeking that traditional sun-and-sand experience, Mexico vacations allow visitors to explore nearly 10,000 km (6,200 mi) of picturesque coastlines. Idyllic beaches and favorable year-round weather aside, this diverse country with a rich pre-Colombian history allows tourists a chance to discover a fascinating cuisine, numerous archaeological sites, state-of-the-art museums, colonial-era haciendas, and outstanding examples of 21st-century architecture. Most visitors get to know the country by its cities, but if you want a well-rounded Mexico tour, spend some time exploring its jungles, cloud forests, Caribbean reefs, snowcapped volcanoes, vast deserts, and tranquil lagoons. Life is lived outdoors in Mexico, so wherever you go, don't forget to dine alfresco and stroll the country's colonial streets.

Nicaragua travel guide

4.2
Churches · Volcanos · Specialty Museums
Still emerging as a major tourist destination, Nicaragua, the largest country in Central America, entices travelers with its rich history and remarkable natural beauty just waiting to be discovered. A holiday in Nicaragua allows you to explore a vibrant culture, scenic beaches, and plenty of spots off the beaten path. Majestic volcanoes, lakes, and forests offer numerous chances for exploration and exciting adventures, while major cities boast splendid colonial architecture. With access to coastlines on both the Pacific and the Caribbean, a vacation in Nicaragua appeals to those looking for thrilling surfing experiences, dramatic views, or a chance to spread out on a deserted tropical beach.

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.

Panama travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Historic Walking Areas · Shopping Malls
With a lively banking sector and a booming tourism industry, Panama remains one of the most powerful nations in the Americas, though it's also one of the smallest by land area. The country boasts coastlines on both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, so it's not surprising most Panama holidays include some form of seaside entertainment. With outstanding beaches all over the country, it's easy to find an ideal spot to swim, snorkel, dive, fish, sail, or simply kick back on the sand with a few cold drinks. The country's best-known landmark and one of the world's most significant shipping routes, Panama Canal tops most tourist itineraries--many choose to see this engineering wonder by traveling the length of it by train.