60 days in Central America & Mexico Itinerary

60 days in Central America & Mexico Itinerary

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60 days in Central America & Mexico Itinerary

Start: Jerusalem, Israel
+2
bus + Fly + shuttle:  20​h 30​min
1
Antigua, Guatemala
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  3​h
2
Flores, Guatemala
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
San Pedro, Belize
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  5​h
4
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Tulum, Mexico
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Bacalar, Mexico
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
7
Cozumel, Mexico
— 6 nights
+3
Fly + foot + bus + ferry:  2​h 45​min
8
Isla Mujeres, Mexico
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
9
San Blas Islands, Panama
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  5​h 15​min
10
Bocas Town, Panama
— 1 night
ferry + Drive:  4​h
11
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
12
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h
13
Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
14
San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
15
Leon, Nicaragua
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
16
Panama City, Panama
— 6 nights
Fly + bus:  20​h 15​min
End: Jerusalem, Israel

2
nights
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 6th (Tue): contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, look for gifts at Casa de Artes, and then look for gifts at Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de la Merced, explore the ancient world of Convento de las Capuchinas, and then look for gifts at La Casa del Algodon.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Antigua itinerary builder app .

Jerusalem, Israel to Antigua is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. Traveling from Jerusalem in February, things will get somewhat warmer in Antigua: highs are around 28°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Flores.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Convento de las Capuchinas ©
Convento de las Capuchinas
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya

1
night
Flores, Guatemala

Flores ©
An island town, capital of the landlocked region of Peten, attractive Flores features pleasant architecture that complements the shimmering appearance of the surrounding lake.
For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Flores holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Antigua to Flores takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to San Pedro.

Things to do in Flores

Historic Sites
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Catedral de Flores ©
Catedral de Flores

6
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Escape the urban bustle at Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Scuba & Snorkeling. Do your shopping at Belize Chocolate Company and Belizean Breezes Soap Co. and More. Spend the 10th (Sat) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. And it doesn't end there: cast your line with a fishing tour, admire the landmark architecture of Ocean Essence Day Spa, get outside with La Gaviota, and see the vivid underwater world at Shark Ray Alley.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our San Pedro trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Flores to San Pedro. In February, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in San Pedro

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

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

6
nights
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.
Head to Kukulcan Plaza and D'Garheti Gallery Boutiquefor plenty of shopping. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and La Playa Xpuha. There's lots more to do: make a splash at Xcaret Eco Theme Park, look for gifts at Siete Detalles, kick back and relax at Parque Los Fundadores, and meet the residents at Croco Cun Zoo.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Playa del Carmen trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

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. The time zone difference when traveling from San Pedro to Playa del Carmen is 1 hour. Traveling from San Pedro in February, expect a bit cooler with lows of 20°C in Playa del Carmen. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Croco Cun Zoo, La Playa Xpuha, Kukulcan Plaza
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Xcaret Park ©
Xcaret Park
Scuba & Snorkeling
La Playa Xpuha ©
La Playa Xpuha

7
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.
Head to MexicArte and La Lloronafor some retail therapy. Escape the urban bustle at Playa Paraiso and Grand Cenote. Venture out of the city with trips to Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve (in Sian Ka'an), Akumal Beach (in Akumal) and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Ruins of Tulum, take a memorable tour with Tours, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mayan Beach.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tulum day trip app .

You can drive from Playa del Carmen to Tulum in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. In February, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Bacalar.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, Akumal Beach, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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Ruins of Tulum ©
Ruins of Tulum
Playa Paraiso ©
Playa Paraiso
Akumal Beach ©
Akumal Beach

1
night
Bacalar, Mexico

Bacalar ©
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): explore the activities along Lake Bacalar.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Bacalar trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Tulum to Bacalar takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Tulum in February, expect Bacalar to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Bacalar

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Lake Bacalar
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Lake Bacalar ©
Lake Bacalar
Lake Bacalar ©
Lake Bacalar

6
nights
Cozumel, Mexico

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Playa Palancar. You'll get in some beach time at Punta Sur Eco Beach Park and Playa Chen Rio. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Faro Celerain Ecological Reserve, see the vivid underwater world at Columbia Reef, learn more about the world around you at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, and stop by Diamonds International.

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Cozumel trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Bacalar to Cozumel. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Bacalar in February; daily highs in Cozumel reach 30°C and lows reach 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Isla Mujeres.

Things to do in Cozumel

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Palancar ©
Playa Palancar
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Norte, stop by Jewelry Store, and then explore the ancient world of Punta Sur.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Isla Mujeres travel route planner .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Cozumel to Isla Mujeres in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. In March, daily temperatures in Isla Mujeres can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to San Blas Islands.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte
Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur

1
night
San Blas Islands, Panama

San Blas Islands
San Blas Islands represent the offshore area of the indigenous province of Guna Yala.
For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the San Blas Islands holiday planning site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Isla Mujeres to San Blas Islands. Traveling from Isla Mujeres in March, expect San Blas Islands to be somewhat warmer, temps between 38°C and 28°C. You will leave for Bocas Town on the 9th (Fri).

Things to do in San Blas Islands

Parks Nature Outdoors
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1
night
Bocas Town, Panama

Bocas Town ©
The colorful and relaxed Bocas Town has a welcoming atmosphere, with the modestly sized urban area showcasing typical Caribbean clapboard houses and home to a mixed community from across the world.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): kick back and relax at Boca del Drago.

To see more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Bocas Town trip planner .

Do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight from San Blas Islands to Bocas Town in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and bus; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and bus. On the 10th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Boca del Drago ©
Boca del Drago

5
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.
Visiting Playa Manuel Antonio and Palo Seco Beach will get you outdoors. Relax by the water at Playa Biesanz and Playa Matapalo. Step out of Manuel Antonio to go to Uvita and see Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the stunning scenery at MidWorld Costa Rica, experience rural life at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices, look for gifts at Super Joseth, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio route builder app .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Bocas Town to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry, car, bus, and taxi. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In March, daily temperatures in Manuel Antonio can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Palo Seco Beach, Playa Matapalo, Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge
Find places to stay Mar 10 — 15:
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica

7
nights
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.
Visiting Tabacon Hot Springs and Lake Arenal will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from La Fortuna de San Carlos to El Castillo to see Butterfly Conservatory about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, stop by Souvenir Leo, trek along Cerro Chato ANC Park & Gardens, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip builder .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Playa Hermosa.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

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

5
nights
Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica

Playa Hermosa ©
Visit Playa Conchal and Playa Avellana for some beach relaxation. Escape the urban bustle at Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja and Llanos de Cortez Waterfall. Venture out of the city with trips to El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste), Pura Aventura (in El Guapote) and Potrero Beach (in Playa Potrero).

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Playa Hermosa trip planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Playa Hermosa in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. March in Playa Hermosa sees daily highs of 40°C and lows of 25°C at night. On the 27th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in Playa Hermosa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Playa Conchal, Playa Avellana, Pura Aventura, Potrero Beach
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Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

1
night
San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

San Juan del Sur ©
Set in a crescent-shaped bay, San Juan del Sur has become known as a popular surfing spot and coastal holiday destination for Nicaraguan families and international visitors alike.
On the 28th (Wed), get lost in a book at San Juan del Sur Library and then kick back and relax at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the San Juan del Sur online trip builder .

Drive from Playa Hermosa to San Juan del Sur in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Playa Hermosa in March, you will find days in San Juan del Sur are a bit cooler (36°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (29°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can drive to Leon.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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La Flor Beach Natural Reserve ©
La Flor Beach Natural Reserve

1
night
Leon, Nicaragua

Leon ©
A cultured and storied city, Leon attracts guests from all over the world, drawn to the second city's style, thriving intellectual life, and liveliness.
On the 29th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Las Penitas.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Leon trip builder .

Getting from San Juan del Sur to Leon by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. When traveling from San Juan del Sur in March, plan for somewhat warmer days in Leon, with highs around 41°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 27°C. On the 29th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Leon

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Playa Las Penitas ©
Playa Las Penitas

6
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Escape the urban bustle at Metropolitan National Park and Punta Culebra Nature Center. Head to Mercado de Mariscos and Multiplaza Pacificfor plenty of shopping. Spend the 2nd (Mon) exploring nature at Soberania National Park. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Casco Viejo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia del Carmen, contemplate the long history of San Jose Church, and head outdoors with Ancon Hill.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Panama City trip planner .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Leon to Panama City in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Leon in March, plan for a bit cooler days in Panama City, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Panama City

Parks Nature Neighborhoods
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Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Metropolitan National Park ©
Metropolitan National Park

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