47 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

47 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 5 nights
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San Pedro, Belize
— 5 nights
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Placencia, Belize
— 3 nights
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Roatan, Honduras
— 7 nights
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 4 nights
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Leon, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
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Granada, Nicaragua
— 3 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
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Boquete, Panama
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Panama City, Panama
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Playa del Carmen, Mexico — 5 nights

The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Playa del Carmen: Tulum (Punta Laguna Nature Reserve, Casa Cenote, &more). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Xcaret, make a trip to Quinta Avenida, and take the plunge with a skydiving experience.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Playa del Carmen tour itinerary maker app.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Playa del Carmen is an approximately 20-hour flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Playa del Carmen due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tel Aviv in March, things will get somewhat warmer in Playa del Carmen: highs are around 32°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to fly to San Pedro.
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San Pedro, Belize — 5 nights

San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Spend the 22nd (Wed) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. And it doesn't end there: explore the gorgeous colors at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, see some colorful creatures with Belize Diving Services, cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, and browse the exhibits of The Gallery of San Pedro.

Find out how to plan San Pedro trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Getting from Playa del Carmen to San Pedro by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Playa del Carmen in March, San Pedro is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Placencia.
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Placencia, Belize — 3 nights

Once a humble fishing village, Placencia has been transformed into a leading tourist destination, with its focus primarily on outdoor activity and natural exploration.
Change things up with these side-trips from Placencia: Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve (in Dangriga) and Outback Trails (in Kendal). Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Laughing Bird Caye National Park, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and take in the exciting artwork at Lola Art Studio.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Placencia day trip site.

Getting from San Pedro to Placencia by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Roatan.
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Roatan, Honduras — 7 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: have unforgettable encounters with Blue Island Divers, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mayan Eden, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Roatan Island Brewing Co., and get to know the resident critters at Manawakie Eco Nature Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Roatan road trip planning website.

Fly from Placencia to Roatan in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In March, daily temperatures in Roatan can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Antigua.
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Antigua, Guatemala — 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Guatemala City (Museo Popol Vuh, Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, delve into the distant past at Convento de las Capuchinas, take an in-depth tour of Casa Santo Domingo Museums, and contemplate the long history of Casa Popenoe.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Antigua day trip planning app.

You can fly from Roatan to Antigua in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In April, Antigua is a bit cooler than Roatan - with highs of 32°C and lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can fly to Leon.
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Leon, Nicaragua — 2 nights

A cultured and storied city, Leon attracts guests from all over the world, drawn to the second city's style, thriving intellectual life, and liveliness.
On the 9th (Sun), examine the collection at Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de la Asunción. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): get impressive views of Telica Volcano and then get impressive views of Cerro Negro Volcano.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Leon trip itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Antigua to Leon in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Antigua in April, things will get a bit warmer in Leon: highs are around 41°C and lows about 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Granada.
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Granada, Nicaragua — 3 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.
Explore Granada's surroundings by going to Apoyo (in La Laguna de Apoyo) and Masaya Volcano (in Masaya). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Mi Camara Mi Mundo, head off the coast to Islets of Granada, and see the interesting displays at Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco.

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

Getting from Leon to Granada by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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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: indulge in some personalized pampering at Tabacon Hot Springs, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip planner.

You can drive from Granada to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica — 3 nights

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Explore Manuel Antonio's surroundings by going to Jaco (Aurora Yoga & Canyoning & Rappelling Tours). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, head outdoors with Fishing Costa Rica with Big Eye Charters, and see Off-Road Tours.

Find out how to plan Manuel Antonio trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Boquete.
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Boquete, Panama — 2 nights

Now known internationally for its fresh mountain air, year-round pleasant temperatures, and large community of North American expats, Boquete has changed rapidly since the start of the century, changing from a humble mountain town, into a humble mountain surrounded by gated communities and estates.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): get impressive views of Volcan Baru National Park and then hike along Sendero Los Quetzales (The Quetzales Trail). On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax in the rural setting at Boquete Bees and Butterflies and then experience rural life at Finca Lerida.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Boquete trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Boquete takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Manuel Antonio to Boquete is 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Panama City.
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Panama City, Panama — 5 nights

Dubai of Latin America

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Spend the 27th (Thu) exploring nature at Soberania National Park. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, wander the streets of Casco Viejo, contemplate the waterfront views at Gatun Lake, and take some stellar pictures from Ancon Hill.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Panama City trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Boquete to Panama City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can 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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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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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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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

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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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