15 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

15 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

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15 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  14​h 30​min
1
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 3 nights
+3
bus + foot + Fly + shuttle:  6​h 30​min
2
Antigua, Guatemala
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Roatan, Honduras
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + bus:  2​h 45​min
4
San Salvador, El Salvador
— Few hours
+2
bus + Drive + Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Panama City, Panama
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  8​h 15​min
6
San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + bus + Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: London, United Kingdom

3
nights
Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Playa del Carmen ©
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Grand Cenote, then delve into the distant past at Ruins of Tulum, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Playa del Carmen trip itinerary builder site .

London, UK to Playa del Carmen is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Traveling from London to Playa del Carmen, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. In January, Playa del Carmen is warmer than London - with highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C. On the 10th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Tulum
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Ruins of Tulum ©
Ruins of Tulum
Grand Cenote ©
Grand Cenote

1
night
Antigua, Guatemala

Antigua ©
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.
For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Antigua road trip planning site .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Playa del Carmen to Antigua in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Playa del Carmen to Antigua due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Playa del Carmen in January since evenings lows in Antigua dip to 15°C. On the 11th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Roatan.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites
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Convento de las Capuchinas ©
Convento de las Capuchinas

4
nights
Roatan, Honduras

Roatan ©
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Take a break from the city and head to Gumbalimba Park and West Bay Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Zipline and Waves of Art. There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Little French Key, see some colorful creatures with Blue Island Divers, and take in nature's colorful creations at Blue Harbor Tropical Arboretum.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Roatan trip planning site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Antigua to Roatan in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, bus, car, and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Antigua in January, things will get a bit warmer in Roatan: highs are around 32°C and lows about 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Salvador.

Things to do in Roatan

Parks Outdoors Tours
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West Bay Beach ©
West Bay Beach
Little French Key ©
Little French Key
Zipline

few
hours
San Salvador, El Salvador

San Salvador ©
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our San Salvador vacation website .

Traveling by combination of flight, car, and bus from Roatan to San Salvador takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. When traveling from Roatan in January, plan for a bit warmer days in San Salvador, with highs around 36°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in San Salvador

Historic Sites
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Iglesia El Rosario ©
Iglesia El Rosario

2
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Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): make a trip to Avenida Balboa, wander the streets of Casco Viejo, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia del Carmen.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Panama City online journey planner .

Do a combination of bus, car, and flight from San Salvador to Panama City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from San Salvador to Panama City, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Panama City when traveling from San Salvador in January, with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Avenida Balboa ©
Avenida Balboa
Iglesia del Carmen ©
Iglesia del Carmen

1
night
San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

San Juan del Sur
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.
To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read San Juan del Sur online driving holiday planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Panama City to San Juan del Sur in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Panama City to San Juan del Sur. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. On the 18th (Fri), you'll travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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2
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

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.
Explore hidden gems such as River Rafting & Tubing and Baldi Hot Springs. Get outdoors at Tabacon Hot Springs and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. There's still lots to do: trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip maker tool .

Drive from San Juan del Sur to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Outdoors Nature
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

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