33 days in Central America & Mexico Itinerary

33 days in Central America & Mexico Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Des Moines, United States
Fly:  22 h
1
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
El Castillo, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Liberia, Costa Rica
— 7 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Managua, Nicaragua
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h 30 min
5
Tegucigalpa, Honduras
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  1 h 15 min
6
San Pedro Sula, Honduras
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 30 min
7
Livingston, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  10 h 15 min
8
Cancun, Mexico
— 9 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  10 h 30 min
End: New York City, United States

5
nights
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.
Get outdoors at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and River Rafting & Tubing. Step out of San Jose to go to Poas Volcano National Park and see Poas Volcano, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Irazu Volcano National Park, look for gifts at Libreria Internacional, and wander the streets of Multiplaza.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the San Jose journey planner.

Des Moines, USA to San Jose is an approximately 18.5- hour flight. Traveling from Des Moines in July, you will find days in San Jose are slightly colder (80°F), and nights are about the same (67°F). You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to El Castillo.

Things to do in San Jose

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Irazu Volcano National Park, Poas Volcano, Multiplaza, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Irazu Volcano National Park ©
Irazu Volcano National Park
River Rafting & Tubing

4
nights
El Castillo, Costa Rica

El Castillo
Escape the urban bustle at Arenal Volcano and Butterfly Conservatory. Change things up with these side-trips from El Castillo: Rio Celeste (in Tenorio Volcano National Park), Souvenir Rosewood-Info Center (in Santa Elena) and Tilaran (Viento Fresco Waterfall & Waterfall la Piedra del Indio).

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our El Castillo trip tool.

Traveling by car from San Jose to El Castillo takes 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Liberia.

Things to do in El Castillo

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Tilaran, Souvenir Rosewood-Info Center, Rio Celeste
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Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano
Rio Celeste ©
Rio Celeste
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory

7
nights
Liberia, Costa Rica

Liberia ©
Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
Get outdoors at Tamarindo Beach and Sea Star CR Sport Fishing and Adventure Tours. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Conchal and Playa Avellana. Venture out of the city with trips to Tamarindo (Azul Profundo Boutique & Papaya Con Leche), Playa Hermosa (in Playa Hermosa) and Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco (in Playas del Coco). Next up on the itinerary: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, look for gifts at Souvenirs La gran Nicoya, and view the masterpieces at Hidden Garden Art Gallery.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Liberia road trip planner.

You can drive from El Castillo to Liberia in 2.5 hours. On the 18th (Tue), you'll travel to Managua.

Things to do in Liberia

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Tamarindo, Playa Conchal, Sea Star CR Sport Fishing and Adventure Tours, Scuba & Snorkeling, Playa Hermosa
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Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Sea Star CR Sport Fishing and Adventure Tours ©

1
night
Managua, Nicaragua

Managua ©
Nicaragua's largest and capital city, Managua remains relatively unknown as a tourist destination, though it boasts a scenic location on the southwestern shore of the Xolotlan Lake.
On the 19th (Wed), stop by Mercado Roberto Huembes, make a trip to Puerto Salvador Allende, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Santiago of Managua Cathedral.

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Getting from Liberia to Managua by car takes about 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tegucigalpa.

Things to do in Managua

Shopping Historic Sites
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Mercado Roberto Huembes ©
Mercado Roberto Huembes
Puerto Salvador Allende ©
Puerto Salvador Allende
Santiago of Managua Cathedral ©
Santiago of Managua Cathedral

1
night
Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Tegucigalpa ©
Capital of Honduras, the 400-year-old city of Tegucigalpa boasts an impressive ensemble of colonial buildings flanking old stone streets, which lead to hillside parks and lively squares.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Museo para la Identidad Nacional, stop by Honduras, and then wander the streets of Parque Central.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Tegucigalpa trip planner.

You can drive from Managua to Tegucigalpa in 6.5 hours. In July in Tegucigalpa, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to San Pedro Sula.

Things to do in Tegucigalpa

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping
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Parque Central ©
Parque Central
Museo para la Identidad Nacional ©
Museo para la Identidad Nacional
Honduras ©
Honduras

1
night
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.
On the 21st (Fri), examine the collection at Museum of Anthropology and History of San Pedro Sula.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Pedro Sula vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Tegucigalpa to San Pedro Sula takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Tegucigalpa in July: high temperatures in San Pedro Sula hover around 91°F and lows are around 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow time for travel to Livingston.

Things to do in San Pedro Sula

Museums
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2
nights
Livingston, Guatemala

Livingston ©
The largely Garifuna town of Livingston sits at the mouth of a river flowing out into the sea.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Blanca.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Livingston road trip website.

You can drive from San Pedro Sula to Livingston in 8.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Livingston are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. On the 23rd (Sun), you're off to Cancun.

Things to do in Livingston

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca

9
nights
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Akumal Beach and Playa Norte. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and La Isla Shopping Village. Venture out of the city with trips to Playa del Carmen (Zipline, Quinta Avenida, &more) and Punta Laguna Nature Reserve (in Tulum). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Playa Delfines, catch a live event at Plaza de Toros Cancun, go for a walk through Av Kukulkan, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Cancun online itinerary maker.

Explore your travel options from Livingston to Cancun with the Route module. Traveling from Livingston to Cancun, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. July in Cancun sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen, Playa Norte, Akumal Beach, Punta Laguna Nature Reserve
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Akumal Beach ©
Akumal Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte

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