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
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Cancun, Mexico
— 7 nights
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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
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San Ignacio, Belize
— 2 nights
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Flores, Guatemala
— 3 nights
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 16 nights
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San Jose, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
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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: 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
Side Trip

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 historic sites, sightseeing, and museums. 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.

Take a shuttle from Mexico City to Oaxaca in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or 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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Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Trails

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: Embarcadero Cañón Del Sumidero (in Chiapa de Corzo), Tonina (in Ocosingo) and Cascada El Chiflon (in Tzimol). 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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Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
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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 drive to Campeche.
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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 go by car to Chichen Itza.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
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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. Another option is to drive. 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 take a shuttle to Cancun.
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Historic Sites
Side Trip

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). There's lots more to do: browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village, play a few rounds at Moon Palace Golf Course, don't miss a visit to El Parque de las Palapas, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Delfines.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cancun road trip website.

Traveling by bus from Chichen Itza to Cancun takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive; 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Playa del Carmen.
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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 drive to Bacalar.
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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 car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; 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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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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San Ignacio, Belize — 2 nights

Cayo Town

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 go by car to Flores.
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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, look for all kinds of wild species at 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. Another option is to drive. 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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Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums
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Antigua, Guatemala — 16 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 Antigua's surroundings by going to Guatemala City (Edificio de Correos Central, Palacio Nacional, &more) and Iximche (in Panajachel). There's lots more to do: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, and get outside with Blue Bayou Guatemala.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Antigua route builder site.

Traveling by flight from Flores to Antigua takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Flores in December; daily highs in Antigua reach 27°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to San Jose.
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San Jose, Costa Rica — 4 nights

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.
Get out of town with these interesting San Jose side-trips: Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca) and Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles (in Cartago). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense, stroll around Parque La Sabana, take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, and contemplate the geological forces at Irazu Volcano National Park.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the San Jose trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Antigua to San Jose takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Antigua in January since evenings lows in San Jose dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight 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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Oaxaca travel guide

4.4
Beaches · Landmarks · Ruins
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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