30 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

30 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

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30 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

Start: Brussels, Belgium
Fly:  12​h
Cancun, Mexico
— 1 night
taxi + ferry:  1​h
Isla Mujeres, Mexico
— 2 nights
ferry + taxi:  3​h 30​min
Tulum, Mexico
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Bacalar, Mexico
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
Caye Caulker, Belize
— 5 nights
ferry:  1​h 15​min
Belize City, Belize
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Cayo, Belize
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
El Remate, Guatemala
— 3 nights
Drive:  20​h 45​min
San Jose, Costa Rica
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Granada, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
ferry + Drive:  5​h
Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
San Jose, Costa Rica
— Few hours
Fly + train:  28​h
End: Brussels, Belgium

1
night
Cancun, Mexico

Cancun ©
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.
For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cancun trip planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Cancun is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Brussels to Cancun due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Brussels in January, with highs in Cancun at 31°C and lows at 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Isla Mujeres.

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Plaza Las Americas ©
Plaza Las Americas

2
nights
Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Isla Mujeres ©
Tiny municipal seat of an eponymous island, each season Isla Mujeres swells to bursting with international tourists coming here to swim, snorkel, dive, fish, and sail.
Step out of the city life by going to Playa Norte and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Punta Sur, make a trip to El Centro, look for gifts at Galeria de Arte Mexicano, and take in the waterfront activity at Tortugranja (Turtle Farm).

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Isla Mujeres route builder app .

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Cancun to Isla Mujeres in an hour. In January, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tulum.

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Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte
Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Tulum, Mexico

Tulum ©
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
On the 25th (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Grand Cenote, delve into the distant past at Ruins of Tulum, and then look for gifts at Mixik.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Tulum tour planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Isla Mujeres to Tulum takes 3.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Tulum can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Bacalar.

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

1
night
Bacalar, Mexico

Bacalar ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Bacalar and then get engrossed in the history at Fuerte de San Felipe.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Bacalar driving holiday site .

Getting from Tulum to Bacalar by car takes about 2.5 hours. When traveling from Tulum in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Bacalar, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Caye Caulker.

Things to do in Bacalar

#Nature, #Parks, #Museums

Side Trip

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Lake Bacalar ©
Lake Bacalar
Fuerte de San Felipe ©
Fuerte de San Felipe
Museum de la cultura maya ©
Museum de la cultura maya

5
nights
Caye Caulker, Belize

Caye Caulker ©
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.
You'll get in some beach time at The Split and Secret Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Scuba & Snorkeling. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Caye Caulker: San Pedro (The Rum, Cigar and Coffee House, Belize Chocolate Company, & more). There's more to do: stop by Osprey Silver Jewelry & Boutique.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Caye Caulker travel planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Bacalar to Caye Caulker. Traveling from Bacalar to Caye Caulker, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January, daytime highs in Caye Caulker are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Belize City.

Things to do in Caye Caulker

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

San Pedro, Secret Beach
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
The Split ©
The Split

few
hours
Belize City, Belize

Belize City
Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Belize City trip planner.

Belize City is just a stone's throw from Caye Caulker. In February, daytime highs in Belize City are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. You will leave for Cayo on the 1st (Thu).

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#Tours, #Outdoors, #Wildlife
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1
night
Cayo, Belize

Cayo ©
Holidays in Cayo offer adventure and history in equal measure, with a wealth of ancient sites and unspoiled environment to explore.
On the 1st (Thu), look for gifts at Rubba Dub Soap Shop, then explore the ancient world of Xunantunich, and then identify plant and animal life at Green Iguana Conservation Project. On the next day, take in the dramatic scenery at Rio On Pools.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cayo tour itinerary builder app .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Belize City to Cayo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In February in Cayo, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time for travel to El Remate.

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Green Iguana Conservation Project ©
Rio On Pools ©
Rio On Pools

3
nights
El Remate, Guatemala

El Remate ©
On the 3rd (Sat), explore the ancient world of Ruinas de Uaxactun and then identify plant and animal life at Ixpanpajul Nature Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Yaxha and then don't miss a visit to Jorge's Rope Swing.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our El Remate road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Cayo to El Remate takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Mon) to allow time for travel to San Jose.

Things to do in El Remate

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Flores, Yaxha National Park
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Cerro Biotope Cahui ©
Cerro Biotope Cahui
Yaxha National Park ©
Yaxha National Park
Parque arqueologico uaxactun ©
Parque arqueologico uaxactun

few
hours
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): shop like a local with Multiplaza.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read San Jose itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from El Remate to San Jose takes 23 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in February, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

#Neighborhoods, #Shopping

Side Trip

Multiplaza
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2
nights
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio ©
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): stop by Meli Melo Boutique and then take in breathtaking views at MidWorld Costa Rica. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Playa Biesanz.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio day trip planning site .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Manuel Antonio are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Thu) to allow time for travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure

Side Trip

Meli Melo Boutique
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MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Tabacon Hot Springs and Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal). Change things up with a short trip to Ecological Sanctuary in Santa Elena (about 1h 10 min away). There's much more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, shop like a local with Onirica Art Gallery, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Granada.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Spas

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), Ecological Sanctuary
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)

2
nights
Granada, Nicaragua

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then head off the coast to Islets of Granada, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Granada online day trip planner .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Granada in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Granada are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Isla de Ometepe.

Things to do in Granada

#Spas, #Nature, #Parks
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Spas & Wellness
Islets of Granada ©
Islets of Granada
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced

2
nights
Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua

Isla de Ometepe
Isla de Ometepe may be small in size, but it boasts two large volcanoes that dominate its landscape and influence the local lifestyle.
Take a break from the city and head to Punta Jesus Maria and Sendero Pena Inculta. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Laguna Charco Verde, see the interesting displays at Museo Ometepe, ponder the design of Ojo de Agua, and head off the coast to Isla Ometepe.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Isla de Ometepe road trip planning site .

You can ride a ferry from Granada to Isla de Ometepe in 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in February, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Isla de Ometepe

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature
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Isla Ometepe
Isla Ometepe
Punta Jesus Maria ©
Punta Jesus Maria
Laguna Charco Verde ©
Laguna Charco Verde

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hours
San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose
For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Jose itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Isla de Ometepe to San Jose with the Route module. Traveling from Isla de Ometepe in February, expect San Jose to be little chillier, temps between 30°C and 21°C. You will leave for home on the 17th (Sat).

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