60 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

60 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

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Mexico City, Mexico
— 6 nights
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 8 nights
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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
— 5 nights
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Panama City, Panama
— 6 nights
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Bocas Town, Panama
— 2 nights
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 6 nights
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San Pedro, Belize
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Belize City, Belize
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Mexico City, Mexico

— 6 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 and Historic Center (Centro Historico). Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chapultepec Castle and Zocalo. Step out of Mexico City to go to San Juan Teotihuacan and see Teotihuacan Pyramids, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, examine the collection at Museo Frida Kahlo, delve into the lush surroundings at Bosque de Chapultepec, and get a new perspective on nature at Museo Nacional de Antropologia.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Mexico City travel itinerary planner.

London, UK to Mexico City is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Mexico City is minus 6 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from London in October; daily highs in Mexico City reach 26°C and lows reach 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trip

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

— 5 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Uvita Beach and Playa Biesanz. Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Off-Road Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Manuel Antonio: Uvita Waterfall (in Uvita) and Jaco (Zipline & Adrenaline & Extreme Tours). The adventure continues: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio road trip planner.

You can fly from Mexico City to Manuel Antonio in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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.
On the 22nd (Fri), admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, then delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, and then get to know the fascinating history of Ecological Sanctuary. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Monteverde trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

— 8 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos and Onirica Art Gallery. Discover out-of-the-way places like Proyecto Asis and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. And it doesn't end there: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, see Off-Road Tours, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can drive to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

— 5 nights
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Catedral de Granada and Iglesia de La Merced. Visiting Playa el Coco and Dolphin & Whale Watching will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, head outdoors with Da' Flying Frog Extreme Adventure, take a pleasant ride with Rancho Chilamate, and stroll through La Flor Beach Natural Reserve.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the San Juan del Sur online road trip planner.

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 October, daily temperatures in San Juan del Sur can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

Panama City, Panama

— 6 nights

Dubai of Latin America

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Avenida Balboa and Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama. Visit Iglesia de San José and Fort San Lorenzo for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Portobelo (Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo & Scuba & Snorkeling). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Cinta Costera, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, make a trip to Panama Canal, and brush up on your military savvy at Centro de Interpretacion de Ciudad del Saber.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Panama City tour itinerary planning tool.

You can 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 changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. November in Panama City sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Bocas Town.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Bocas Town, Panama

— 2 nights
The colorful and relaxed Bocas Town has a welcoming atmosphere, with the modestly sized urban area showcasing typical Caribbean clapboard houses and home to a mixed community from across the world.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): stroll through Boca del Drago and then admire the natural beauty at Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Bocas Town trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Panama City to Bocas Town by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. While traveling from Panama City, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Bocas Town, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 30°C. On the 13th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Antigua, Guatemala

— 6 nights
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Arco de Santa Catalina and Convento de las Capuchinas. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to ChocoMuseo and Casa Santo Domingo Museums. Explore Antigua's surroundings by going to Guatemala City (Catedral Metropolitana, Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, &more). There's still lots to do: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, don't miss a visit to The Plaza Central Park, do sightseeing your way with Antigua Photo Walks, and surround yourself with nature on Old Town Outfitters.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Antigua itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Bocas Town to Antigua in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, car, and shuttle; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier evenings in Antigua when traveling from Bocas Town in November, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

San Pedro, Belize

— 6 nights
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Explore hidden gems such as Fishing Charters & Tours and Shark Ray Alley. Escape the urban bustle at Hol Chan Marine Reserve and The Estuary of Caye Caulker. Spend the 23rd (Tue) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, look for gifts at 12 Belize, view the masterpieces at The Gallery of San Pedro, and cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your San Pedro trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by flight from Antigua to San Pedro takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Antigua in November, things will get somewhat warmer in San Pedro: highs are around 34°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to fly to Belize City.

Things to do in San Pedro

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Belize City, Belize

— 5 nights
Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Zipline and Nauti Time Tours. Visiting Blue Hole National Park and Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary will get you outdoors. Step out of Belize City to go to La Democracia and see The Belize Zoo, which is approximately 42 minutes away. There's more to do: contemplate the long history of Lamanai Archaeological Reserve.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Belize City vacation planner.

Getting from San Pedro to Belize City by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In November in Belize City, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Tue) to allow time for the bus ride to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Belize City

Parks · Adventure · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

— 8 nights
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Ek Balam and Tulum Archaeological Site are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos. Venture out of the city with trips to Tulum (Paradise Beach, Mayan Beach, &more), Aktun Chen (in Akumal) and Chichen Itza (Plataforma de Venus, Chichen Itza, &more). The adventure continues: get outside with Outdoor Activities, explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Chaak Tun, and explore the ancient world of Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Playa del Carmen trip builder.

Traveling by bus from Belize City to Playa del Carmen takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Belize City to Playa del Carmen. November in Playa del Carmen sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.

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.

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.

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.

Guatemala travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Volcanos · Ruins
Land of Eternal Spring
Offering a chance to discover a rich history, remarkable landscapes, and a vibrant culture, a holiday in Guatemala remains a great choice for a wide range of travelers. The heart of the Maya civilization, Guatemala boasts stunning ancient ruins and traditional villages that blend with the Spanish heritage of the colonial-era and its stately cathedrals and town halls. While the cities boast splendid architecture and cultural heritage, they make up a small percentage of the mountainous Guatemalan landscape. Adventurous travelers and nature lovers will have plenty of things to do in Guatemala, from boating on the rushing rivers and scenic lakes, to exploring caves, picturesque beaches, and lush national parks.

Belize travel guide

4.5
Scuba & Snorkeling · River Rafting & Tubing · Reefs
Belize boasts a long coastline along the Caribbean Sea and serves as one of the world's top destinations for snorkeling and scuba diving. In a country providing a home for many different ethnic communities, a holiday in Belize ensures visitors experience a blend of cultures sharing a small land endowed with grand natural beauty. As you tour Belize, you'll see dense broadleaf forests sheltering a staggering variety of birds, ancient Maya ruins providing a palpable history lesson, and tiny coastal villages making up in hospitality what they lack in tourist infrastructure. Still relatively unexplored by foreigners, the country offers travelers a chance to experience pristine scenery free of big crowds and pushy souvenir vendors.