60 days in Central America & Mexico Itinerary

60 days in Central America & Mexico Itinerary

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Alajuela, Costa Rica
— 7 nights
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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
— 4 nights
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Granada, Nicaragua
— 6 nights
Drive
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Managua, Nicaragua
— 3 nights
Fly
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San Salvador, El Salvador
— 7 nights
Fly
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 5 nights
Shuttle
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Guatemala City, Guatemala
— 5 nights
Fly
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San Pedro, Belize
— 7 nights
Fly
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Tulum, Mexico
— 7 nights
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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 8 nights

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Alajuela, Costa Rica

— 7 nights
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Alajuela: La Fortuna de San Carlos (Baldi Hot Springs, Ecotermales Fortuna, &more) and Tabacon Hot Springs (in La Fortuna).

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Alajuela road trip site.

If you are flying in from Brazil, the closest major aiports are Juan Santamaría International Airport, Tobías Bolaños International Airport and Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in Alajuela

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 29 — Jul 7:

San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

— 4 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.
San Juan del Sur is known for adventure, beaches, and spas. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: relax and rejuvenate at Pranamaya Yoga & Thai Massage Studio Playa Maderas, identify plant and animal life at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve, don't miss a visit to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Marsella Valley Nature Center.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the San Juan del Sur travel tool.

Drive from Alajuela to San Juan del Sur in 4 hours. In July in San Juan del Sur, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Granada.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 11:

Granada, Nicaragua

— 6 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mirador de Catarina (in Catarina) and La Laguna de Apoyo (Volcano Divers Nicaragua & Apoyo). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco, shop like a local with Soy Nica, stroll through Mombacho Volcano National Preserve, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Granada trip planner.

Drive from San Juan del Sur to Granada in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Managua.

Things to do in Granada

Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 11 — 17:

Managua, Nicaragua

— 3 nights

Bride of Xolotlan

Nicaragua's largest and capital city, Managua remains relatively unknown as a tourist destination, though it boasts a scenic location on the southwestern shore of the Xolotlan Lake.
Get out of town with these interesting Managua side-trips: Masaya Volcano (in Masaya) and Montibelli Private National Reserve (in Ticuantepe). The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with Dive Nicaragua, pause for some serene contemplation at Santiago of Managua Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Traces Archaeological Museum Acahualinca, and get outside with MundoVentura.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Managua trip planner.

Traveling by car from Granada to Managua takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to San Salvador.

Things to do in Managua

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 17 — 20:

San Salvador, El Salvador

— 7 nights
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
Go for a jaunt from San Salvador to Ahuachapan to see El Imposible National Park about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: stroll through Cinquera Rain Forest Park, have fun and explore at Tin Marin Children's Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia El Rosario, and contemplate the long history of Hospital Divina Providencia Chapel.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Salvador planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Managua to San Salvador. In July in San Salvador, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to fly to Antigua.

Things to do in San Salvador

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 20 — 27:

Antigua, Guatemala

— 5 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.
Go for a jaunt from Antigua to Panajachel to see Iximche about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Convento de las Capuchinas, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Francisco El Grande, contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, and don't miss a visit to Cerro de la Cruz.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Antigua online holiday planner.

Getting from San Salvador to Antigua by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from San Salvador in July, with highs in Antigua at 29°C and lows at 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can catch the shuttle to Guatemala City.

Things to do in Antigua

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 27 — Aug 1:

Guatemala City, Guatemala

— 5 nights

Guate

The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
Guatemala City is known for shopping, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, contemplate the geological forces at Volcan de Fuego, and get to know the resident critters at La Aurora Zoo.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Guatemala City vacation planning tool.

Getting from Antigua to Guatemala City by shuttle takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in August, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to San Pedro.

Things to do in Guatemala City

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Aug 1 — 6:

San Pedro, Belize

— 7 nights
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Take a break from San Pedro with a short trip to The Split in Caye Caulker, about 1h 5 min away. Spend the 10th (Wed) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. There's lots more to do: explore the gorgeous colors at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, shop like a local with Caye Coffee Roasting Co., soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and kick back and relax at Secret Beach Belize.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the San Pedro route maker app.

You can fly from Guatemala City to San Pedro in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Guatemala City in August: high temperatures in San Pedro hover around 37°C and lows are around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sat) to allow time for the flight to Tulum.

Things to do in San Pedro

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 6 — 13:

Tulum, Mexico

— 7 nights
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Get out of town with these interesting Tulum side-trips: Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve (in Sian Ka'an). And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, see the vivid underwater world at Two Eyes Cenote, shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tulum trip planner.

Fly from San Pedro to Tulum in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from San Pedro to Tulum is 1 hour. Traveling from San Pedro in August, Tulum is little chillier at night with lows of 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can go by car to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 13 — 20:

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Chichen Itza (in Chichen Itza) and Cancun (Moon Palace Golf Course, Playa Delfines, &more). Spend the 21st (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Xcaret, don't miss a visit to Quinta Avenida, take the plunge with a skydiving experience, and look for gifts at Vidrio Soplado Mexicano.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Playa del Carmen travel planning app.

Traveling by car from Tulum to Playa del Carmen takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Playa del Carmen are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 20 — 28:

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.