60 days in Central America, Mexico & Caribbean Itinerary

60 days in Central America, Mexico & Caribbean Itinerary

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60 days in Central America, Mexico & Caribbean Itinerary

London, United Kingdom
Fly + taxi:  15​h 30​min
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 7 nights
Drive:  4​h
San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua
— 1 night
shuttle:  4​h 15​min
Leon, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Granada, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly + shuttle:  6​h 15​min
Antigua, Guatemala
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala
— Few hours
ferry:  1​h 15​min
Panajachel, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
Lanquin, Guatemala
— 2 nights
shuttle:  7​h
Flores, Guatemala
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
Caye Caulker, Belize
— 6 nights
+3
ferry + Fly + Drive + bus:  7​h
Tulum, Mexico
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 7 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
Havana, Cuba
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Trinidad, Cuba
— 5 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
Vinales, Cuba
— 4 nights
bus + taxi + Fly:  15​h 15​min
London, United Kingdom

6
days
Monteverde, Costa Rica

Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Get out of town with these interesting Monteverde side-trips: La Fortuna de San Carlos (Salto, Nature & Wildlife Tours, & more) and Arenal Eco Zoo (in El Castillo). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, stop by Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Elena Skywalk.

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London, UK to Monteverde is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from London to Monteverde. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can drive to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Eco Zoo
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Zipline

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia and then kick back and relax at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the San Juan del Sur trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Monteverde to San Juan del Sur in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. In February, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Isla de Ometepe.

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#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Parks
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La Flor Beach Natural Reserve ©
La Flor Beach Natural Reserve

1
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Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua

Isla de Ometepe ©
Isla de Ometepe may be small in size, but it boasts two large volcanoes that dominate its landscape and influence the local lifestyle.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): stroll through Punta Jesus Maria, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Charco Verde, and then see the interesting displays at Museo Ometepe.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Isla de Ometepe day trip planner.

Traveling by bus from San Juan del Sur to Isla de Ometepe takes 1.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Wed) to allow time for the shuttle ride to Leon.

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#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Laguna Charco Verde ©
Laguna Charco Verde
Punta Jesus Maria ©
Punta Jesus Maria
Ojo de Agua ©
Ojo de Agua

2
days
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 8th (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de la Asunción, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Las Penitas, then see the interesting displays at Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church The Recollection. On the 9th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Iglesia San Juan Bautista de Subtiava and then contemplate the geological forces at Telica Volcano.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Leon road trip planning website .

Traveling by shuttle from Isla de Ometepe to Leon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Isla de Ometepe in February: highs in Leon hover around 40°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Granada.

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Playa Las Penitas ©
Playa Las Penitas
Catedral de la Asunción ©
Catedral de la Asunción

1
day
Granada, Nicaragua

Granada ©
The lakeside city of Granada has the look and feel of a historically important economic and political center, with grand colonial architecture, a unified look, and many cultural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): admire the striking features of Guadalupe Church, look for gifts at Soy Nica, head off the coast to Islets of Granada, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Granada, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Granada online visit planner .

You can drive from Leon to Granada in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Granada

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Nature
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Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Islets of Granada ©
Islets of Granada
Guadalupe Church ©
Guadalupe Church

4
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.
Antigua is known for historic sites, museums, nature, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, examine the collection at Museo Casa del Tejido, stop by Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales, and admire the masterpieces at Casa Santo Domingo Museums.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Antigua trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Granada to Antigua takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Granada in February, things will get little chillier in Antigua: highs are around 28°C and lows about 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Pedro La Laguna.

Things to do in Antigua

#Historic Sites, #Shopping, #Parks
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Convento de las Capuchinas ©
Convento de las Capuchinas
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced

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hours
San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala

San Pedro La Laguna
Sitting at the base of the volcano of the same name, San Pedro La Laguna has a particularly lively and international atmosphere, attracting tourists from across the world with its lakeside and volcanic scenery, nightlife, and wealth of budget accommodations.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): stop by Salud Para Vida The Health Food Store and then contemplate the geological forces at Volcan San Pedro.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read San Pedro La Laguna trip planner .

You can drive from Antigua to San Pedro La Laguna in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Antigua in February since evenings lows in San Pedro La Laguna dip to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Panajachel.

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Volcan San Pedro
Volcan San Pedro
Salud Para Vida The Health Food Store ©

1
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Panajachel, Guatemala

Panajachel ©
A little town with a thriving tourism industry, Panajachel sits on the northern shore of scenic Atitlan Lake, one of Guatemala's major vacation destinations.
On the 17th (Sat), trek along Reserva Natural Atitlán, then get impressive views of Lake Atitlan, and then stop by Thirteen Threads Fair Trade Store and Maya Women's Center.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Panajachel travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Pedro La Laguna to Panajachel takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in February, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Lanquin.

Things to do in Panajachel

#Parks, #Adventure, #Wildlife

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Lake Atitlan
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Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Reserva Natural Atitlán ©
Reserva Natural Atitlán

2
days
Lanquin, Guatemala

Lanquin ©
San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. On the next day, get outside with Aventura Grande and then admire the sheer force of Monumento Natural Semuc Champey.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Lanquin route planning app .

Drive from Panajachel to Lanquin in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Panajachel in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Lanquin, with lows of 15°C. On the 20th (Tue), you're off toFlores.

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Aventura Grande ©
Aventura Grande
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey ©
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey

0
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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.
To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Flores day trip site .

Getting from Lanquin to Flores by shuttle takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Wed) before leaving for Caye Caulker.

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Catedral de Flores ©
Catedral de Flores

5
days
Caye Caulker, Belize

At just under 8 km (5 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide, the limestone coral island of Caye Caulker offers a small but perfectly formed getaway 32 km (20 mi) offshore from Belize City.
Change things up with these side-trips from Caye Caulker: San Pedro (Fishing Charters & Tours, Belizean Breezes Soap Co. and More, & more) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Belize City). There's lots more to do: see the vivid underwater world at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, don't miss a visit to Shark Ray Alley, and look for gifts at Osprey Silver Jewelry & Boutique.

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Explore your travel options from Flores to Caye Caulker with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in February, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Caye Caulker

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure

Side Trips

San Pedro, Shark Ray Alley, River Rafting & Tubing
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
River Rafting & Tubing

7
days
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tulum: Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve (in Sian Ka'an), Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and Akumal Beach (in Akumal). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Ruins of Tulum, look for all kinds of wild species at Punta Laguna Nature Reserve, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, and contemplate the waterfront views at Grand Cenote.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Tulum online vacation planner .

You can do a combination of ferry, flight, car, and bus from Caye Caulker to Tulum in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Caye Caulker to Tulum is 1 hour. Traveling from Caye Caulker in February, plan for little chillier nights in Tulum, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Tulum

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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 find plenty of places to visit near Playa del Carmen: Cancun (Swim with Dolphins, El Rey Ruins (Zona Arqueologica El Rey), & more) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Cozumel). There's still lots to do: make a splash at Xcaret Eco Theme Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Riviera Maya, get in on the family fun at Xplor Park, and look for gifts at Fernando Rodriguez.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Playa del Carmen trip planner .

Drive from Tulum to Playa del Carmen in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in March, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Havana.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Theme Parks

Side Trips

Cancun, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Xcaret Eco Theme Park ©
Xcaret Eco Theme Park
Scuba & Snorkeling
Swim with Dolphins

6
days
Havana, Cuba

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Explore Havana's surroundings by going to Matanzas (Pharmaceutical Museum & Bellamar Caves). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Old Havana, get to know the fascinating history of El Malecon, stroll the grounds of Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon), and steep yourself in history at El Morro.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Havana online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Playa del Carmen to Havana by combination of bus and flight takes about 5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Havana are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. On the 19th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Trinidad.

Things to do in Havana

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Matanzas
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Old Havana ©
Old Havana
Plaza de la Catedral ©
Plaza de la Catedral
El Morro ©
El Morro

4
days
Trinidad, Cuba

Trinidad ©
Built on sugar and seemingly preserved in molasses, the town of Trinidad attracts visitors with its well-aged 19th century architecture and rustic charm, showcasing the sounds, scents, and sights of days gone by.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Trinidad: Santa Clara (Che Guevara Mausoleum, Statue of Che Guevara Holding a Child, & more) and Cienfuegos (Punta Gorda, Rancho Luna Beach, & more). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor, examine the collection at Romance Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Parroquial Mayor del Espiritu Santo, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Valle de los Ingenios.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Trinidad trip website .

Traveling by car from Havana to Trinidad takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In March in Trinidad, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can drive to Vinales.

Things to do in Trinidad

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

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Santa Clara, Cienfuegos, Sancti Spiritus
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Ancon Beach ©
Ancon Beach
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor
Parque Jose Marti ©
Parque Jose Marti

4
days
Vinales, Cuba

Vinales ©
Offering a taste of authentic rural life, Vinales remains a small agricultural town, dominated by surrounding low mountain ranges.
Explore Vinales' surroundings by going to Hacienda Cortina (in San Diego de los Banos) and Cayo Jutias (in Minas de Matahambre). And it doesn't end there: admire the verdant scenery at Valle de Vinales, don't miss a visit to Mural de la Prehistoria, explore the fascinating underground world of Cuevas de Santo Tomas, and step off the mainland to explore Cayo Levisa.

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You can drive from Trinidad to Vinales in 7 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vinales

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Hacienda Cortina, Cayo Levisa, Cayo Jutias
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Cayo Jutias ©
Cayo Jutias
Valle de Vinales ©
Valle de Vinales
Cuevas de Santo Tomas ©
Cuevas de Santo Tomas

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