29 days in Central America & Mexico Itinerary

29 days in Central America & Mexico Itinerary

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29 days in Central America & Mexico Itinerary

Vancouver, Canada
Fly:  13​h 15​min
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 30​min
Uvita, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
bus:  8​h 30​min
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
shuttle:  5​h
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
bus:  4​h 30​min
Canas, Costa Rica
— 1 night
bus:  14​h 30​min
San Pedro Sula, Honduras
— 1 night
bus:  3​h
Santa Rosa de Copan, Honduras
— 2 nights
Bus + Ferry:  8​h 30​min
Utila, Honduras
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
Belize City, Belize
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h 30​min
San Pedro, Belize
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h
Holbox Island, Mexico
— 4 nights
Fly:  11​h
Vancouver, Canada

3
days
San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose ©
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like River Rafting & Tubing and National Museum (Museo Nacional). You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Jose: La Paz Waterfall Gardens (in Vara Blanca) and San Isidro (Toucan Rescue Ranch & Chocolatería Sibú). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Precolumbian Gold Museum, pause for some photo ops at Templo de la Musica, take in the architecture and design of Universidad de Costa Rica, and ponder the world of politics at Correos de Costa Rica.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the San Jose trip maker tool .

Vancouver, Canada to San Jose is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Vancouver to San Jose due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Vancouver in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in San Jose, with lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Uvita.

Things to do in San Jose

#Parks, #Nature, #Museums

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San Isidro, La Paz Waterfall Gardens
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Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch
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La Paz Waterfall Gardens
River Rafting & Tubing

2
days
Uvita, Costa Rica

Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
On the 5th (Thu), get outside with Parque Nacional Marino Bahia Ballena and then get outside with Cascada Pavon - Waterfall in Costa Rica. Keep things going the next day: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then take in the dramatic scenery at Santa Lucia Falls, and then look for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Uvita trip planner .

You can take a bus from San Jose to Uvita in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Monteverde.

Things to do in Uvita

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Parque Nacional Marino Bahia Ballena, Cascada Pavon - Waterfall in Costa Rica
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Santa Lucia Falls ©
Santa Lucia Falls
Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars ©
Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars

3
days
Monteverde, Costa Rica

Monteverde ©
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Up in the Cloud Forest and Souvenir Rosewood. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, admire the sheer force of San Luis Waterfall, and get to know the fascinating history of Ecological Sanctuary.

Before you visit Monteverde, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by combination of bus and shuttle from Uvita to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

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#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature
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Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary
Souvenir Rosewood ©
Souvenir Rosewood

3
days
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

La Fortuna de San Carlos ©
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 Venado Caves and Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano). The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, get a taste of the local shopping with Onirica Art Gallery, trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos travel route planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Canas.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Spas

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Arenal Volcano National Park
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La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

0
days
Canas, Costa Rica

Canas
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You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Canas in 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Canas can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. On the 13th (Fri), you're off toSan Pedro Sula.

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#Tours, #Outdoors, #Parks
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1
day
San Pedro Sula, Honduras

San Pedro Sula ©
Gang-related crime has given San Pedro Sula its current reputation as one of the most violent cities in the world.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado de Artesanias Guamilito, examine the collection at Museo de Antropologia e Historia de San Pedro Sula, and then don't miss a visit to Coca cola sign San pedro sula honduras.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the San Pedro Sula trip itinerary maker website .

Explore your travel options from Canas to San Pedro Sula with the Route module. In July, daytime highs in San Pedro Sula are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Santa Rosa de Copan.

Things to do in San Pedro Sula

#Shopping, #Museums
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2
days
Santa Rosa de Copan, Honduras

Santa Rosa de Copan ©
Santa Rosa de Copán is the departmental capital of the Honduran department of Copán. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Parque Arqueologico Rio Amarillo, make a trip to Fuerte San Cristobal, and then head outdoors with Aguas Termales Presidente. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Catedral and then make a trip to Mayan Ruins of El Puente.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Rosa de Copan trip maker app .

Traveling by car from San Pedro Sula to Santa Rosa de Copan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Pedro Sula in July: high temperatures in Santa Rosa de Copan hover around 31°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Utila.

Things to do in Santa Rosa de Copan

#Outdoors, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gracias, Mayan Ruins of El Puente
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Aguas Termales Presidente ©
Aguas Termales Presidente
Iglesia Catedral ©
Iglesia Catedral
Fuerte San Cristobal ©
Fuerte San Cristobal

3
days
Utila, Honduras

Utila ©
The island of Utila has become known as a good place to learn how to dive in Latin America.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Spas & Wellness and Iguana Research & Breeding Station. There's more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and step off the mainland to explore Utila Cays.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Utila driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Santa Rosa de Copan to Utila in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Traveling from Santa Rosa de Copan in July, expect Utila to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 26°C. On the 19th (Thu), you'll travel to Belize City.

Things to do in Utila

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Utila Cays Diving ©
Utila Cays Diving
Spas & Wellness
Scuba & Snorkeling

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 20th (Fri): admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Belize Zoo, explore the galleries of St John's Cathedral, then stop by Caribbean Spice Belize, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Baron Bliss Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): savor the flavors at Moho Chocolate, then explore the ancient world of Splash Wave Private Tours, and then take a memorable tour with Belize adventure hunters.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Belize City day trip planning site .

Fly from Utila to Belize City in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Belize City are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time for the flight to San Pedro.

Things to do in Belize City

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

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The Belize Zoo
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The Belize Zoo ©
The Belize Zoo
The Belize Sign Monument ©
The Belize Sign Monument
Caribbean Spice Belize ©
Caribbean Spice Belize

3
days
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shark Ray Alley and Belize Chocolate Company. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, stop by Belizean Breezes Soap Co. and More, soothe aching muscles at Ocean Essence Day Spa, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the San Pedro trip itinerary builder app .

San Pedro is very close to Belize City. In July, daily temperatures in San Pedro can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. On the 25th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Holbox Island.

Things to do in San Pedro

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Nature

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Shark Ray Alley
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Belize Chocolate Company ©
Belize Chocolate Company
Belizean Breezes Soap Co. and More ©

3
days
Holbox Island, Mexico

Step off the beaten path and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Yalahau Lagoon.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Holbox Island tour itinerary builder tool .

Explore your travel options from San Pedro to Holbox Island with the Route module. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Pedro to Holbox Island due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. You will leave for home on the 29th (Sun).

Things to do in Holbox Island

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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Yalahau Lagoon ©
Yalahau Lagoon
Spas & Wellness

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