31 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

31 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

Make it your trip
Fly
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Cancun, Mexico
— 4 nights
Drive
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Chichen Itza, Mexico
— 2 nights
Bus to Chetumal, Ferry to San Pedro
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San Pedro, Belize
— 4 nights
Ferry to Belize City, Bus to San Ignacio
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San Ignacio, Belize
— 2 nights
Shuttle to Flores, Fly to Panajachel
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Panajachel, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Fly
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San Salvador, El Salvador
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tegucigalpa, Honduras
— 2 nights
Drive
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Granada, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive to Juan Santamaría International Airport, Fly to David
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David, Panama
— 1 day
Fly
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Panama City, Panama
— 2 nights
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Cancun, Mexico — 4 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Torre Escenica and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Explore Cancun's surroundings by going to Xpu-ha Beach (in Puerto Aventuras), Puerto Morelos (National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos & Spas) and Playa del Carmen (Skydiving, Xcaret, &more). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cancun day trip app.

London, UK to Cancun is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from London to Cancun. Traveling from London in February, expect Cancun to be warmer, temps between 32°C and 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Chichen Itza.
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Outdoors · Adventure · Parks · Tours
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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 6th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Chichen Itza and then explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Yokdzonot. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Cenote Ik kil and then delve into the distant past at Kinichna Zona Arqueologica.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Chichen Itza trip app.

Traveling by car from Cancun to Chichen Itza takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In February, Chichen Itza is somewhat warmer than Cancun - with highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow time for travel to San Pedro.
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Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
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San Pedro, Belize — 4 nights

San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Step off the beaten path and head to Food Tours and Belizean Arts. There's still lots to do: explore the gorgeous colors at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, stop by Belizean Breezes Soap Co. and More, and discover the deep blue sea with Belize Diving Services.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Pedro holiday builder app.

Getting from Chichen Itza to San Pedro by combination of bus and ferry takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chichen Itza to San Pedro is minus 1 hour. In February, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to San Ignacio.
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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.
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Xunantunich Mayan Ruins and then admire the natural beauty at Belize Botanic Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read San Ignacio planning site.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from San Pedro to San Ignacio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Panajachel.
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Panajachel, Guatemala — 2 nights

A little town with a thriving tourism industry, Panajachel sits on the northern shore of scenic Atitlan Lake, one of Guatemala's major vacation destinations.
On the 14th (Tue), stroll through Reserva Natural Atitlán and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St Francis. On your second day here, look for gifts at Manos Crucenas Artisan Store and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lago de Atitlan.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Panajachel online vacation planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from San Ignacio to Panajachel in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. February in Panajachel sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to San Salvador.
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San Salvador, El Salvador — 3 nights

The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia El Rosario, explore the activities along Lake Ilopango, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at El Arbol de Dios, delve into the distant past at Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park, and then get impressive views of Volcan San Salvador.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our San Salvador trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Panajachel to San Salvador in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Panajachel in February, with highs in San Salvador at 38°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Tegucigalpa.
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Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Tegucigalpa, Honduras — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): browse the exhibits of Museo para la Identidad Nacional and then appreciate the history behind Parque Cerro Juana A. Lainez. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional La Tigra.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Tegucigalpa road trip planner.

Getting from San Salvador to Tegucigalpa by car takes about 6 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from San Salvador in February; daily highs in Tegucigalpa reach 32°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Granada.
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Granada, Nicaragua — 2 nights

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.
On the 21st (Tue), step off the mainland to explore Islets of Granada and then get impressive views of Mombacho. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced and then get a taste of the local shopping with Mombacho Cigars.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Granada trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Tegucigalpa to Granada takes 7 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.
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Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica — 1 night

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio and then see some colorful creatures with Snorkel Adventure CR.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio travel tool.

You can drive from Granada to Manuel Antonio in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica — 4 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano) and Los Lagos Hot Springs. There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, stroll through La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, and savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip site.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to David.
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David, Panama — 1 day

A base for exploring the west of the country and further afield, David benefits from the Pan-American Highway going right through town, linking it to cities in the east of Panama, and Costa Rica.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): get a new perspective on things with Pesca Panama.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the David trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from La Fortuna de San Carlos to David. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from La Fortuna de San Carlos to David. In February, daily temperatures in David can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Panama City.
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Panama City, Panama — 2 nights

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): don't miss a visit to Paseo de Las Bovedas, then take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Francisco de Asis. On the next day, make a trip to Panama Canal, see the interesting displays at Afro-Antillian Museum (Museo Afro Antillano de Panama ), and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Panama City online trip planner.

Getting from David to Panama City by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in February, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.
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Mexico travel guide

4.5
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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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.
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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.
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El Salvador travel guide

4.3
National Parks · Churches · Ruins
El Salvador, the smallest country in Central America, has plenty of historical and natural attractions to explore on a rich and varied itinerary. The coastal beaches attract surfers and sunbathers, while the main towns showcase colonial and indigenous cultures in their traditions, architecture, cuisine, and historical sites. Tourism in El Salvador has been stuttering for decades, first because of the Salvadoran Civil War, and now because of gang-related activities and a high crime rate. The vast majority of the country, however, remains unspoiled by the narrative that dominates international headlines. Travelers looking for an off-the-beaten-track destination, with natural and manmade highlights uncluttered by tourists and overdevelopment, find such a place in El Salvador.
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Honduras travel guide

4.6
Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Zipline
A vacation in Honduras can be an affordable and exciting addition to your Central American itinerary. Often undeservedly overlooked because of the high crime rate in a few of its cities, the country boasts pristine natural wonders, a rich history, and a vibrant atmosphere. From the vivacious Afro-Caribbean culture of the north shore, to the vast mountains and cloud forests of its national parks, Honduras has a lot to offer to the adventurous tourist. Visiting the ancient Mayan ruins of Copan, diving on Bay Islands, and admiring the colonial architecture in the capital remain just some of the things to do in Honduras.
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Nicaragua travel guide

4.3
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.
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Costa Rica travel guide

4.4
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.
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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.
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