18 days in Central America & Mexico Itinerary

18 days in Central America & Mexico Itinerary

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18 days in Central America & Mexico Itinerary

Santiago, Chile
Fly:  12​h 45​min
San Salvador, El Salvador
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Antigua, Guatemala
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h
San Pedro, Belize
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​min
Belize City, Belize
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  4​h 15​min
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h 30​min
Mexico City, Mexico
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
Santiago, Chile

2
days
San Salvador, El Salvador

San Salvador ©
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at El Tunco, then kick back and relax at El Sunzal, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia El Rosario. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Cinquera Rain Forest Park and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Metropolitana.

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Santiago, Chile to San Salvador is an approximately 13-hour flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Santiago to San Salvador due to the time zone difference. April in San Salvador sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Antigua.

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#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

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La Libertad
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El Tunco ©
El Tunco
Iglesia El Rosario ©
Iglesia El Rosario
Catedral Metropolitana ©
Catedral Metropolitana

2
days
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.
On the 11th (Wed), look for gifts at Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales, explore the ancient world of Convento de las Capuchinas, and then get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Casa de Artes, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of San Francisco, steep yourself in history at Casa Popenoe, then stop by Joyeria C'Santos Antigua, then explore the world behind art at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced.

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Drive from San Salvador to Antigua in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from San Salvador in April, with highs in Antigua at 31°C and lows at 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Antigua

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Shopping
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Convento de las Capuchinas ©
Convento de las Capuchinas
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced

4
days
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Take a break from the city and head to Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Scuba & Snorkeling. Spend the 15th (Sun) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. There's lots more to do: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and take in the exciting artwork at The Gallery of San Pedro.

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Do a combination of bus and flight from Antigua to San Pedro in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of shuttle and ferry. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Antigua in April: high temperatures in San Pedro hover around 36°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to fly to Belize City.

Things to do in San Pedro

#Wildlife, #Tours, #Outdoors

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Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
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2
days
Belize City, Belize

Belize City ©
Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Half Moon Caye National Monument, meet the residents at The Belize Zoo, and then make a trip to The Belize Sign Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Altun Ha Ruins.

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Belize City is very close to San Pedro. In April, daytime highs in Belize City are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Belize City

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Nature

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The Belize Zoo, Altun Ha, Half Moon Caye National Monument
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The Belize Zoo ©
The Belize Zoo
Altun Ha ©
Altun Ha
The Belize Sign Monument ©
The Belize Sign Monument

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): explore the activities along Grand Cenote, explore the ancient world of Ruins of Tulum, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Akumal Beach. On your second day here, laugh and play at Xel-Ha.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Playa del Carmen day trip planner.

Getting from Belize City to Playa del Carmen by combination of flight and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Belize City to Playa del Carmen. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Belize City in April: high temperatures in Playa del Carmen hover around 33°C and lows are around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Theme Parks

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Tulum, Xel-Ha, Akumal Beach
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Ruins of Tulum ©
Ruins of Tulum
Xel-Ha ©
Xel-Ha
Akumal Beach ©
Akumal Beach

3
days
Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Get some cultural insight at National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia) and Zocalo. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana) and Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Museo del Templo Mayor, make a trip to Plaza Hidalgo, see the interesting displays at Frida Kahlo Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe.

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You can do a combination of bus and flight from Playa del Carmen to Mexico City in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Playa del Carmen in April since evenings lows in Mexico City dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mexico City

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Neighborhoods

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Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan
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