36 days in Central America & Mexico Itinerary

36 days in Central America & Mexico Itinerary

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36 days in Central America & Mexico Itinerary

Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
Fly:  28​h
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly + bus:  1​h 15​min
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Roatan, Honduras
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
San Pedro, Belize
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​min
Belize City, Belize
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  2​h
Cayo, Belize
— 3 nights
+4
Drive + Fly + bus + foot + bus:  6​h 15​min
Antigua, Guatemala
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly + bus:  6​h 30​min
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 30​min
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
Mexico City, Mexico
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Frog Pond, then snap pictures at Santa Elena Skywalk, and finally kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To see maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Monteverde trip itinerary planner .

Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt to Monteverde is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -8 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Adventure
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Zipline
Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond

4
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.
Go for a jaunt from La Fortuna de San Carlos to El Castillo to see Butterfly Conservatory about 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, hike along Ecocentro Danaus, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and get impressive views of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal).

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Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

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Arenal Volcano National Park, Butterfly Conservatory
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
River Rafting & Tubing

3
days
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.
Step out of Manuel Antonio with an excursion to Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge in Uvita--about 1h 05 min away. Pack the 19th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Rancho Tipico Don Juan. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, stroll through Playa Biesanz, explore the stunning scenery at MidWorld Costa Rica, and stop by Super Joseth.

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Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in February, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Theme Parks

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Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Toucan Rescue Ranch and then take in the dramatic scenery at La Paz Waterfall Gardens. On the 21st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: experience rural life at El Toledo Coffee Tour and then explore the striking landscape of Poas Volcano.

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Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Manuel Antonio to San Jose takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February in San Jose, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time for travel to Roatan.

Things to do in San Jose

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

El Toledo Coffee Tour, La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Poas Volcano, Toucan Rescue Ranch
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La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
El Toledo Coffee Tour ©
El Toledo Coffee Tour

2
days
Roatan, Honduras

Roatan ©
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Gumbalimba Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Tabyana Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at West Bay Beach. Keep things going the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then kick back and relax at Sandy Bay Beach, and then view the masterpieces at Rusty Fish.

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Getting from San Jose to Roatan by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Roatan when traveling from San Jose in February, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to fly to San Pedro.

Things to do in Roatan

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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West Bay Beach ©
West Bay Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Tabyana Beach ©
Tabyana Beach

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.
Spend the 26th (Mon) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. There's much more to do: see the vivid underwater world at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, stop by Belize Chocolate Company, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and head outdoors with Rum Punch II.

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You can fly from Roatan to San Pedro in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in February, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Belize City.

Things to do in San Pedro

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Ambergris Caye
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours

2
days
Belize City, Belize

Belize City ©
Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Half Moon Caye National Monument, then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Belize Zoo, and then don't miss a visit to The Belize Sign Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Belize City trip itinerary planning website .

Belize City is just a short distance from San Pedro. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in February, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Cayo.

Things to do in Belize City

#Outdoors, #Adventure, #Tours

Side Trips

Half Moon Caye National Monument, The Belize Zoo
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The Belize Zoo ©
The Belize Zoo
Half Moon Caye National Monument ©
Half Moon Caye National Monument
River Rafting & Tubing

2
days
Cayo, Belize

Cayo ©
Holidays in Cayo offer adventure and history in equal measure, with a wealth of ancient sites and unspoiled environment to explore.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Rio On Pools and then explore the fascinating underground world of Actun Tunichil Muknal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Blue Hole National Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Cayo online trip itinerary planner .

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 March in Cayo, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Antigua.

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Blue Hole National Park ©
Blue Hole National Park
Rio On Pools ©
Rio On Pools

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Convento de las Capuchinas.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Antigua trip planner .

You can do a combination of car, flight, and bus from Cayo to Antigua in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Cayo in March; daily highs in Antigua reach 30°C and lows reach 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Tue) before leaving for Playa del Carmen.

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Convento de las Capuchinas ©
Convento de las Capuchinas
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced

3
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.
Step out of Playa del Carmen with an excursion to Akumal Beach in Akumal--about 32 minutes away. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 7th (Wed) at Xel-Ha. Spend the 9th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: laugh and play at Xcaret Eco Theme Park.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Playa del Carmen road trip website .

Getting from Antigua to Playa del Carmen by combination of shuttle, flight, and bus takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, taxi, and ferry; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Antigua in March since evenings lows in Playa del Carmen dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Adventure

Side Trips

Xel-Ha, Akumal Beach
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Xel-Ha ©
Xel-Ha
Xcaret Eco Theme Park ©
Xcaret Eco Theme Park
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
days
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta ©
Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Go for a jaunt from Puerto Vallarta to Sayulita to see Dolphin & Whale Watching about 1h 05 min away. There's much more to do: take in the waterfront at Puerto Vallarta's El Malecon Boardwalk, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and choose your vessel at Charly's Sailing and Sport Fishing.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Vallarta travel itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Playa del Carmen to Puerto Vallarta in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Playa del Carmen to Puerto Vallarta due to the time zone difference. In March, daytime highs in Puerto Vallarta are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Bucerias, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Bucerias ©
Bucerias
Swim with Dolphins
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
Mexico City is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, shopping, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia), contemplate the long history of Chapultepec Castle, get a sense of history and politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional), and admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Mexico City trip itinerary builder site .

You can fly from Puerto Vallarta to Mexico City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Puerto Vallarta in March, things will get a bit cooler in Mexico City: highs are around 28°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Neighborhoods
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