60 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

60 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

Make it your trip
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Mexico City, Mexico
— 4 nights
Shuttle
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Oaxaca, Mexico
— 3 nights
Bus
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San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico
— 4 nights
Shuttle
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Palenque, Mexico
— 2 nights
Drive
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Campeche, Mexico
— 3 nights
Drive
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Chichen Itza, Mexico
— 1 night
Bus
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Cancun, Mexico
— 7 nights
Bus
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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 1 night
Shuttle
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Bacalar, Mexico
— 1 night
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Bus to Orange Walk, Fly to San Pedro, Ferry to Caye Caulker
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Caye Caulker, Belize
— 4 nights
Fly
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San Ignacio, Belize
— 2 nights
Drive
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Flores, Guatemala
— 3 nights
Drive
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 17 nights
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San Jose, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Bus
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Panama City, Panama
— 1 night
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Mexico City, Mexico — 4 nights

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: learn more about the world around you at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, contemplate the long history of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), admire the striking features of National Palace, and explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Mexico City travel planner.

Houston, USA to Mexico City is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Houston in November, expect little chillier with lows of 11°C in Mexico City. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to fly to Oaxaca.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods
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Find places to stay Nov 16 — 21:

Oaxaca, Mexico — 3 nights

Capital city of the eponymous state, Oaxaca relies heavily on its colonial charm, its core a maze of tree-shaded alleys flanked by photogenic mansions, government buildings, and old churches.
Oaxaca is known for museums, sightseeing, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, steep yourself in history at Mercado Benito Juárez, trek along Coyote Aventuras, and see the interesting displays at Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Oaxaca trip maker tool.

Fly from Mexico City to Oaxaca in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Mexico City in November, expect nights in Oaxaca to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to fly to San Cristobal de las Casas.
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Find places to stay Nov 21 — 25:

San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico — 4 nights

San Cristóbal de las Casas, also known by its native Tzotzil name, Jovel, is a town and municipality located in the Central Highlands region of the Mexican state of Chiapas. Change things up with these side-trips from San Cristobal de las Casas: Tonina (in Ocosingo), Cascada El Chiflon (in Tzimol) and Embarcadero Cañón Del Sumidero (in Chiapa de Corzo). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Museo del Ambar, view the masterpieces at Gallery Studio Cerrillo, get engrossed in the history at Asociacion Cultural Na Bolom, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our San Cristobal de las Casas trip maker website.

You can fly from Oaxaca to San Cristobal de las Casas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Oaxaca in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 22°C in San Cristobal de las Casas. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can catch the shuttle to Palenque.
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Find places to stay Nov 26 — 30:

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.
On the 1st (Thu), explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica de Palenque and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Aluxes Palenque.

Plan a Palenque trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Getting from San Cristobal de las Casas to Palenque by shuttle takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Campeche.
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Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 2:

Campeche, Mexico — 3 nights

Campeche holidays draw a growing number of visitors interested in discovering a historical fairyland that stands in stark contrast with Cancun and the Maya Rivera on the opposite side of the Peninsula.
Step out of Campeche with an excursion to Uxmal in Uxmal--about 2 hours away. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Zona Arquelogica Edzna, delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica de Kabah, take in the pleasant sights at Malecon de Campeche, and wander the streets of Centro Historico de San Francisco de Campeche.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Campeche trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Palenque to Campeche in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Chichen Itza.
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Find places to stay Dec 2 — 5:

Chichen Itza, Mexico — 1 night

Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Chichen Itza, then don't miss a visit to Plataforma de las Aguilas y los Jaguares, and then delve into the distant past at Kinichna Zona Arqueologica.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Chichen Itza road trip tool.

You can drive from Campeche to Chichen Itza in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Campeche in December, Chichen Itza is a bit warmer at night with lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cancun.
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Find places to stay Dec 5 — 6:

Cancun, Mexico — 7 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cancun: Isla Mujeres (Playa Norte, Gladys Galdamez's Isla Mujeres, &more). And it doesn't end there: buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, contemplate the long history of Zona Arqueologica El Rey, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Delfines.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Cancun trip planner.

You can drive from Chichen Itza to Cancun in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Chichen Itza in December since evenings lows in Cancun dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Playa del Carmen.
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Find places to stay Dec 6 — 13:

Playa del Carmen, Mexico — 1 night

The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Playa del Carmen driving holiday planner.

Drive from Cancun to Playa del Carmen in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can take a shuttle to Bacalar.
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Find places to stay Dec 13 — 14:
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Bacalar, Mexico — 1 night

Bacalar is the municipal seat and largest city in Bacalar Municipality (until 2011 a part of Othón P. Blanco Municipality) in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, about 40km north of Chetumal, at 18° 40' 37" N, 88° 23' 43" W. In the 2010 census the city had a population of 11,084 people. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Bacalar.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Bacalar online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Playa del Carmen to Bacalar by shuttle takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Playa del Carmen, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Bacalar, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Caye Caulker.
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Find places to stay Dec 14 — 16:

Caye Caulker, Belize — 4 nights

At just under 8 km (5 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide, the limestone coral island of Caye Caulker offers a small but perfectly formed getaway 32 km (20 mi) offshore from Belize City.
Get out of town with these interesting Caye Caulker side-trips: San Pedro (Skydiving, Belizean Breezes Soap Co. and More, &more). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at The Split, explore the gorgeous colors at Turneffe Reef, shop like a local with Aria Kat Art, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Caye Caulker driving holiday planning app.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and ferry from Bacalar to Caye Caulker takes 6.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In December, daytime highs in Caye Caulker are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to San Ignacio.
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Find places to stay Dec 16 — 20:

San Ignacio, Belize — 2 nights

The cultural hub of the district, San Ignacio neatly blends tourism and tradition, expats and indigenous peoples into a convincingly authentic, but modern and welcoming inland town.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): stop by Caribbean Spice Belize and then Head underground at ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Green Iguana Conservation Project, then delve into the distant past at Cahal Pech, and then steep yourself in history at Xunantunich Mayan Ruins.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the San Ignacio day trip app.

You can fly from Caye Caulker to San Ignacio in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Flores.
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Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:

Flores, Guatemala — 3 nights

An island town, capital of the landlocked region of Peten, attractive Flores features pleasant architecture that complements the shimmering appearance of the surrounding lake.
Step out of Flores to go to Tikal National Park and see Tikal, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Jorge's Rope Swing, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Flores, stroll through Ixpanpajul Nature Park, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Petencito Zoo.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Flores trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from San Ignacio to Flores in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in December, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Antigua.
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Find places to stay Dec 22 — 25:

Antigua, Guatemala — 17 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Antigua: Iximche (in Panajachel) and Guatemala City (Avenida La Reforma, La Aurora Zoo, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, take an in-depth tour of Casa Santo Domingo Museums, examine the collection at Museo Casa del Tejido Antiguo, and head outdoors with Blue Bayou Guatemala.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Antigua tour itinerary maker.

You can fly from Flores to Antigua in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Flores in December: high temperatures in Antigua hover around 27°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can fly to San Jose.
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Find places to stay Dec 25 — Jan 11:

San Jose, Costa Rica — 1 night

A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): walk around Parque La Sabana, get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, and then get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the San Jose holiday planner.

You can fly from Antigua to San Jose in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Antigua in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in San Jose, with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to fly to Panama City.
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Find places to stay Jan 11 — 12:

Panama City, Panama — 1 night

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
On the 13th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Casco Viejo. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia del Carmen.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Panama City travel planning app.

You can take a bus from San Jose to Panama City in 13 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from San Jose to Panama City is 1 hour. In January, Panama City is a bit warmer than San Jose - with highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Find places to stay Jan 13 — 14:

Mexico travel guide

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Ruins · Zipline · Beaches
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.
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Oaxaca travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · History Museums
Despite its favorable coastal location on the Pacific, Oaxaca remains one of Mexico's least-developed states, visited mostly by die-hard fans of traditional cuisine and Mexico's native artistic traditions. Warm year-round weather ensures a pleasant Oaxaca holiday no matter when you visit, with the area's varied landscapes providing plenty of chances for outdoor activities. Dense forests burst with abundant plant and animal life, while rugged mountains hide a slew of sleepy indigenous communities untouched by modern developments and commercial tourism. Allowing visitors to discover the less-traveled side of Mexico, comprehensive tours of Oaxaca often include visits to secluded beaches and history-soaked sites from the pre-Hispanic period.
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