50 days in Central America & Mexico Itinerary

50 days in Central America & Mexico Itinerary

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50 days in Central America & Mexico Itinerary

San Francisco, United States
Fly:  11​h 15​min
Santa Ana, El Salvador
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
San Salvador, El Salvador
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Antigua, Guatemala
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly + shuttle:  5​h 30​min
Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Cayo, Belize
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  2​h
Belize City, Belize
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​min
San Pedro, Belize
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 6 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h 30​min
Mexico City, Mexico
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
— 7 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
Mexicali, Mexico
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h
San Francisco, United States

2
days
Santa Ana, El Salvador

Santa Ana ©
Santa Ana is the second largest city in El Salvador, located 64 kilometers northwest of San Salvador, the capital city. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Ana Cathedral, then explore the ancient world of Tazumal, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Coatepeque. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Mon): admire the striking features of Escuela de Artes and then get impressive views of Izalco Volcano.

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San Francisco, USA to Santa Ana is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 2 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in June, expect Santa Ana to be somewhat warmer, temps between 86°F and 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Salvador.

Things to do in Santa Ana

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites

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Lake Coatepeque, Tazumal
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Lake Coatepeque ©
Lake Coatepeque
Tazumal ©
Tazumal
Izalco Volcano ©
Izalco Volcano

3
days
San Salvador, El Salvador

San Salvador ©
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Iglesia El Rosario and Museo de Arte de El Salvador. Discover out-of-the-way places like El Tunco and El Sunzal. Spend the 19th (Wed) exploring nature at Parque Nacional El Boqueron. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Cinquera Rain Forest Park and see the interesting displays at Centro Monsenor Romero.

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You can drive from Santa Ana to San Salvador in an hour. In June, daily temperatures in San Salvador can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to drive to Antigua.

Things to do in San Salvador

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

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El Tunco, El Sunzal
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El Tunco ©
El Tunco
Parque Nacional El Boqueron ©
Parque Nacional El Boqueron
Iglesia El Rosario ©
Iglesia El Rosario

3
days
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.
Visit Iglesia de La Merced and Palacio de los Capitanes Generales for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales and Casa de Artes. Step out of Antigua to go to Santa Maria de Jesus and see Chateau DeFay, which is approximately 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: stop by Joyeria C'Santos Antigua, take an in-depth tour of Casa del Jade, explore the world behind art at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, and make a trip to Cerro de la Cruz.

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Getting from San Salvador to Antigua by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from San Salvador in June, with highs in Antigua at 77°F and lows at 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Antigua

#Shopping, #Historic Sites, #Parks

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Chateau DeFay
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Casa del Jade ©
Casa del Jade
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Arco de Santa Catalina
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced

3
days
Tikal National Park, Guatemala

Tikal National Park ©
Visiting Tikal and Actún Can will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tikal National Park: Yaxha (in Peten) and Cerro Biotope Cahui (in El Remate).

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You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Antigua to Tikal National Park in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cayo.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Nature

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Cerro Biotope Cahui, Yaxha, Actún Can
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Tikal ©
Tikal
Yaxha ©
Yaxha
Cerro Biotope Cahui ©
Cerro Biotope Cahui

5
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.
Head to The Orange Gallery and San Ignacio Marketfor plenty of shopping. Get some cultural insight at Xunantunich and Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum. Spend the 2nd (Tue) exploring nature at Blue Hole National Park. There's much more to do: stop by Back to My Roots, tour the pleasant surroundings at Caracol, take in the exciting artwork at Sak Tunich Art Gallery, and take a peaceful walk through Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve.

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Traveling by car from Tikal National Park to Cayo takes 3.5 hours. June in Cayo sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 78°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Belize City.

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#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites
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Caracol ©
Caracol
Xunantunich ©
Xunantunich
Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum ©
Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum

5
days
Belize City, Belize

Belize City ©
Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Head to Caribbean Spice Belize and Diamonds Internationalfor some retail therapy. Explore hidden gems such as The Belize Zoo and Lighthouse Reef. On the 5th (Fri), enjoy an adventurous day among the treetops at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. On the 4th (Thu), spend a relaxing day on the river with a rafting and tubing tour. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Altun Ha Ruins, stroll through Splash Wave Private Tours, learn more about the world around you at St John's Cathedral, and indulge your taste buds at Moho Chocolate.

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Do a combination of car and flight from Cayo to Belize City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to fly to San Pedro.

Things to do in Belize City

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure

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Altun Ha Ruins, The Belize Zoo, Lighthouse Reef
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The Belize Zoo ©
The Belize Zoo
Zipline
Altun Ha Ruins ©
Altun Ha Ruins

5
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 Fishing Charters & Tours and Belize Chocolate Company. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Gallery of San Pedro and Belizean Arts. Spend the 9th (Tue) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: see the vivid underwater world at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, look for gifts at 12 Belize, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

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San Pedro is just a stone's throw from Belize City. In July, daytime highs in San Pedro are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 78°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in San Pedro

#Wildlife, #Nature, #Parks

Side Trip

Ambergris Caye
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
River Rafting & Tubing
Fishing Charters & Tours

6
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Parque Los Fundadores. Do your shopping at La Isla Shopping Village and Fernando Rodriguez. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Playa del Carmen: Aktun Chen (in Akumal) and Tulum (Ruins of Tulum, MiNiAtUrE art Gallery, & more). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 14th (Sun) at Xel-Ha. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Xcaret Eco Theme Park, stop by La 5ta Hacienda, hunt for treasures at 5th Avenue (Avenida 5), and kick back and relax at La Playa Xpuha.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Playa del Carmen online tour planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Pedro to Playa del Carmen takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from San Pedro to Playa del Carmen, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Pedro in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Playa del Carmen, with lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Tulum, Akumal, La Playa Xpuha, La Isla Shopping Village, Xel-Ha
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Xel-Ha ©
Xel-Ha
Scuba & Snorkeling
Grand Cenote ©
Grand Cenote

5
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia) and Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana). Head to Coyoacan and Polancofor some retail therapy. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Museo del Templo Mayor, take a peaceful walk through Chapultepec Park, admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, and examine the collection at Frida Kahlo Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Mexico City online travel route builder .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Playa del Carmen to Mexico City in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Playa del Carmen to Mexico City due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Playa del Carmen in July: high temperatures in Mexico City hover around 74°F and lows are around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Mexico City

#Neighborhoods, #Historic Sites, #Parks
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7
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Nuevo Vallarta Beach and Destiladeras Beach. Your inner history buff will appreciate Zona Romantica and The Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Venture out of the city with trips to Splash of Glass (in Bucerias), Sayulita (Galeria Tanana, Playa los Muertos, & more) and Hamaca Maya (in La Penita de Jaltemba). And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at Miralo, admire the masterpieces at Peyote People, get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Puerto Vallarta tour app .

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Puerto Vallarta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In July, Puerto Vallarta is somewhat warmer than Mexico City - with highs of 89°F and lows of 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel to Mexicali.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Shopping

Side Trips

Sayulita, Splash of Glass, Hamaca Maya, Nuevo Vallarta Beach, Destiladeras Beach
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Destiladeras Beach ©
Destiladeras Beach
Nuevo Vallarta Beach ©
Nuevo Vallarta Beach
Zona Romantica ©
Zona Romantica

1
day
Mexicali, Mexico

Mexicali ©
Mexicali is the capital city of the Mexican state of Baja California, seat of the Municipality of Mexicali. Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, then stop by Plaza la Cachanilla, then examine the collection at Instituto de Investigaciones Culturales - Museo UABC, and finally try your luck at Arenia Casino.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Puerto Vallarta to Mexicali. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Puerto Vallarta to Mexicali. When traveling from Puerto Vallarta in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Mexicali, with highs around 106°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 80°F. You will leave for home on the 2nd (Fri).

Things to do in Mexicali

#Casinos, #Fun & Games, #Historic Sites
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Arenia Casino ©
Arenia Casino

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