41 days in Central America & Mexico Itinerary

41 days in Central America & Mexico Itinerary

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Roatan, Honduras
— 4 nights
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San Pedro, Belize
— 4 nights
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San Salvador, El Salvador
— 4 nights
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Panama City, Panama
— 3 nights
Fly to Liberia, Shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
— 4 nights
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Mexico City, Mexico
— 4 nights
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Palenque, Mexico
— 2 nights
Bus to Villahermosa, Fly to Tulum
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Tulum, Mexico
— 5 nights
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Chichen Itza, Mexico
— 2 nights
Drive to Calica, Ferry to Cozumel
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Cozumel, Mexico
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Roatan, Honduras

— 4 nights
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Roatan is known for wildlife, beaches, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: meet some fierce fish with West Bay Divers, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Roatan Island Brewing Co., head outdoors with Sunyata Charters, and get to know the resident critters at Manawakie Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Roatan road trip website.

Atlanta, USA to Roatan is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Atlanta to Roatan is minus 1 hour. July in Roatan sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 75°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to San Pedro.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 26:

San Pedro, Belize

— 4 nights
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Spend the 29th (Fri) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. And it doesn't end there: see the vivid underwater world at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our San Pedro trip itinerary maker app.

You can fly from Roatan to San Pedro in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. July in San Pedro sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 78°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to fly to San Salvador.

Things to do in San Pedro

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 26 — 30:

San Salvador, El Salvador

— 4 nights
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
San Salvador is known for historic sites, nature, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Cinquera Rain Forest Park, admire the masterpieces at Art Museum of El Salvador, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia El Rosario, and see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Antropología Dr. David J. Guzman.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the San Salvador trip planner.

Fly from San Pedro to San Salvador in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from San Pedro in July since evenings lows in San Salvador dip to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to fly to Panama City.

Things to do in San Salvador

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 3:

Panama City, Panama

— 3 nights

Dubai of Latin America

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Spend the 4th (Thu) exploring nature at Soberania National Park. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Panama Canal, take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, delve into the distant past at Panama La Vieja, and get to know the fascinating history of Casco Viejo.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Panama City road trip planner.

Fly from San Salvador to Panama City in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Salvador to Panama City, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Salvador in August, Panama City is a bit warmer at night with lows of 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Aug 3 — 6:

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

— 6 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 trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, head outdoors with El Salto, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos travel website.

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Panama City to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. On the 12th (Fri), you're off to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 6 — 12:

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

— 4 nights
Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Puerto Vallarta is known for wildlife, adventure, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in the waterfront at Malecon Boardwalk, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and explore the world behind art at Galeria Colectika.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Puerto Vallarta trip planner.

You can fly from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Vallarta in 9.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. August in Puerto Vallarta sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 76°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Mexico City.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 12 — 16:

Mexico City, Mexico

— 4 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Go for a jaunt from Mexico City to San Juan Teotihuacan to see Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on nature at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and ponder the world of politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional).

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Mexico City attractions planning tool.

You can fly from Puerto Vallarta to Mexico City in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Puerto Vallarta in August, expect Mexico City to be slightly colder, temps between 75°F and 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Palenque.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 16 — 20:

Palenque, Mexico

— 2 nights
Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE. The World Heritage-listed remnants of this settlement seem little changed by the passage of time and represent one of Mexico's finest examples of Mayan architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): admire the sheer force of Cascada de Roberto Barrios and then admire the sheer force of Welib Ja Waterfalls. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica de Palenque and then stroll through Aluxes Palenque.

To find reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Palenque online vacation planner.

Getting from Mexico City to Palenque by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 20 — 22:

Tulum, Mexico

— 5 nights
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Explore Tulum's surroundings by going to Playa del Carmen (Skydiving, Xcaret, &more) and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, tour the pleasant surroundings at LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park, and explore the activities along Gran Cenote.

Make your Tulum itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Palenque to Tulum takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Palenque to Tulum. August in Tulum sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 72°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 22 — 27:

Chichen Itza, Mexico

— 2 nights
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 28th (Sun): explore the ancient world of The Ossuary and then delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza. On the next day, delve into the distant past at Temple of the Bearded Man and then take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Ik kil.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Chichen Itza trip app.

Traveling by car from Tulum to Chichen Itza takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In August, Chichen Itza is somewhat warmer than Tulum - with highs of 92°F and lows of 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 27 — 29:

Cozumel, Mexico

— 2 nights
Thanks to the island's outstanding scuba diving and snorkeling options, Cozumel tourism sector remains a major employer and the main source of income for this Caribbean getaway.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, then take in the exciting artwork at Black Coral Shop, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cozumel Pearl Farm.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cozumel trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Chichen Itza to Cozumel in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Chichen Itza in August, with highs in Cozumel at 86°F and lows at 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Aug 29 — 31:

Mexico travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling
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.