39 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

39 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

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Cancun, Mexico
— 3 nights
Fly
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Cozumel, Mexico
— 4 nights
Ferry to Calica, Drive to Tulum
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Tulum, Mexico
— 3 nights
Bus
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Belize City, Belize
— 1 night
Fly
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Roatan, Honduras
— 8 nights
Fly to San Jose, Taxi to Monteverde
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
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Cancun, Mexico

— 3 nights
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos and IBEROSTAR PARAISO BEACH GOLF CLUB. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado and Catedral de la Santisima Trinidad. Step out of Cancun with an excursion to Nature & Wildlife Tours in Puerto Morelos--about 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, kick back and relax at Playa Langosta, tour the pleasant surroundings at Forum Beach Cancun, and shop like a local with Galeria Balance Cancun.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cancun trip itinerary maker website.

Chania, Greece to Cancun is an approximately 144-hour travel. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -7 hour difference. In July, daily temperatures in Cancun can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Cozumel.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Cozumel, Mexico

— 4 nights
Thanks to the island's outstanding scuba diving and snorkeling options, Cozumel tourism sector remains a major employer and the main source of income for this Caribbean getaway.
Explore hidden gems such as Palancar Reef and Spas. Do some cultural sightseeing at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel and San Miguel Church (Iglesia de San Miguel). Next up on the itinerary: see the vivid underwater world at Santa Rosa Wall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Paseo El Cedral Reef, get a dose of the wild on Explora Caribe, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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You can fly from Cancun to Cozumel in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. July in Cozumel sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
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Tulum, Mexico

— 3 nights
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 26th (Mon), explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, tour the pleasant surroundings at LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Gran Cenote. Here are some ideas for day two: Head underground at Cenotes Sac Actun, then stroll through Akumal Monkey Sanctuary & Rescued Animals, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Chikin Ha, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Tulum road trip website.

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Cozumel to Tulum takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In July in Tulum, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Belize City.

Things to do in Tulum

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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Belize City, Belize

— 1 night
Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): get a dose of the wild on Vital Nature and Maya Tours, then get outside with Cavetubing5star, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Yarborough Cemetery. On the next day, walk around Billy Barquiedier National Park and then meet some fierce fish with H2o-Tierra Ltd..

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Belize City trip planning website.

You can take a bus from Tulum to Belize City in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tulum to Belize City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tulum in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Belize City, with lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to fly to Roatan.

Things to do in Belize City

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
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Roatan, Honduras

— 8 nights
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Flamingo Cultural Center and Roatan Underwater Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Little French Key and Zipline. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at West Bay Beach, soothe aching muscles at Spa Baan Suerte, tour the pleasant surroundings at Grand Roatan Beach Club, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Roatan trip itinerary maker website.

You can fly from Belize City to Roatan in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. July in Roatan sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. On the 6th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Monteverde.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches
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Monteverde, Costa Rica

— 4 nights
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 Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena and Playa Dona Ana. Get a sense of the local culture at Chorotega Arts & Crafts and Santa Elena Skywalk. Explore Monteverde's surroundings by going to Puntarenas (Superman De Osa & Catedral de Puntarenas) and Sustainability Demonstration Center (in Guacimal). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, surround yourself with nature on Monteverde Nature Guided Tours, get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle, and experience rural life at Hidden Valley Permaculture Farm.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Monteverde trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Roatan to Monteverde takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

— 4 nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Tabacon Hot Springs and River Rafting & Tubing. Get some cultural insight at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna and Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos. Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos to go to El Castillo and see Butterfly Conservatory, which is approximately 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Ecotermales Fortuna, hike along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and explore the fascinating underground world of Venado Caves.

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Drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Tortuguero, Costa Rica

— 4 nights

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Jungle Tom Safaris Day Tours and Sea Turtle Conservancy. Visiting Tortuguero National Park and Zipline will get you outdoors. Explore Tortuguero's surroundings by going to La Danta Salvaje (in Guapiles) and Caribbean Botanical Garden (in Guacimo).

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tortuguero trip website.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In August in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

— 4 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Take a break from the city and head to Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Ventanas. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Snorkel Adventure CR and Playa Bejuco. Change things up with these side-trips from Manuel Antonio: Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store (in Dominical), Uvita (Santa Lucia Falls & Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge) and Vista Los Suenos Horseback Riding (in Herradura). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Palo Seco Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, view the masterpieces at Tico Pod Art House & Gifts, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 19 — 23:

Mexico travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Beaches · Landmarks
Tailor-made for anyone seeking that traditional sun-and-sand experience, Mexico vacations allow visitors to explore nearly 10,000 km (6,200 mi) of picturesque coastlines. Idyllic beaches and favorable year-round weather aside, this diverse country with a rich pre-Colombian history allows tourists a chance to discover a fascinating cuisine, numerous archaeological sites, state-of-the-art museums, colonial-era haciendas, and outstanding examples of 21st-century architecture. Most visitors get to know the country by its cities, but if you want a well-rounded Mexico tour, spend some time exploring its jungles, cloud forests, Caribbean reefs, snowcapped volcanoes, vast deserts, and tranquil lagoons. Life is lived outdoors in Mexico, so wherever you go, don't forget to dine alfresco and stroll the country's colonial streets.

Honduras travel guide

4.5
A vacation in Honduras can be an affordable and exciting addition to your Central American itinerary. Often undeservedly overlooked because of the high crime rate in a few of its cities, the country boasts pristine natural wonders, a rich history, and a vibrant atmosphere. From the vivacious Afro-Caribbean culture of the north shore, to the vast mountains and cloud forests of its national parks, Honduras has a lot to offer to the adventurous tourist. Visiting the ancient Mayan ruins of Copan, diving on Bay Islands, and admiring the colonial architecture in the capital remain just some of the things to do in Honduras.

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.