32 days in Central America & Mexico Itinerary

32 days in Central America & Mexico Itinerary

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Start: Newark, United States
Fly + Drive:  10 h 15 min
1
San Ignacio, Belize
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Drive + Fly:  3 h 15 min
2
San Pedro, Belize
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h 30 min
3
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 5 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  5 h 15 min
4
Mexico City, Mexico
— 4 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4 h 30 min
5
Granada, Nicaragua
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  3 h 45 min
6
San Salvador, El Salvador
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h
7
Antigua, Guatemala
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  9 h 30 min
End: Newark, United States

4
nights
San Ignacio, Belize

San Ignacio ©
The cultural hub of the district, San Ignacio neatly blends tourism and tradition, expats and indigenous peoples into a convincingly authentic, but modern and welcoming inland town.
Explore San Ignacio's surroundings by going to Blue Hole National Park (in Belmopan), Rio On Pools (in Augustine) and The Belize Zoo (in La Democracia). And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, stroll through Green Iguana Conservation Project, and stop by Kaj Expressions.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our San Ignacio travel itinerary planner.

Newark, USA to San Ignacio is an approximately 11.5- hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Newark to San Ignacio. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in San Ignacio

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cayo, Tanah Mayan Art Museum, Blue Hole National Park, Rio On Pools, The Belize Zoo
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ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal ©
ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal
Blue Hole National Park ©
Blue Hole National Park
The Belize Zoo ©
The Belize Zoo

4
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Step out of San Pedro with an excursion to The Estuary of Caye Caulker in Caye Caulker--about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Hol Chan Marine Reserve, explore the gorgeous colors at Shark Ray Alley, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and stop by 12 Belize.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the San Pedro trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus, car, and flight from San Ignacio to San Pedro takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. July in San Pedro sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 78°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in San Pedro

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Ambergris Caye, The Estuary of Caye Caulker
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
Spas

5
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.
Explore Playa del Carmen's surroundings by going to Chichen Itza (Temple of the Big Tables, Chichen Itza, &more) and Tulum (Tulum Tower, Tulum Archaeological Site, &more). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Xcaret, make a trip to Quinta Avenida, whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, and take the plunge with a skydiving experience.

For more things to do and tourist information, read our Playa del Carmen journey maker app.

Do a combination of flight and bus from San Pedro to Playa del Carmen in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Pedro to Playa del Carmen due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Pedro in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 72°F in Playa del Carmen. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Tulum, Chichen Itza
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Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Zipline

4
nights
Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Explore Mexico City's surroundings by going to San Juan Teotihuacan (Piramide de la Serpiente Emplumada & Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5). And it doesn't end there: learn more about the world around you at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, explore the ancient world of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), explore the galleries of Museo Frida Kahlo, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Mexico City online journey 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, flight, and taxi; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Playa del Carmen to Mexico City. Traveling from Playa del Carmen in July, things will get a bit cooler in Mexico City: highs are around 74°F and lows about 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Granada.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

San Juan Teotihuacan
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Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Museo Frida Kahlo ©
Museo Frida Kahlo

3
nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Granada: Apoyo (in La Laguna de Apoyo) and Masaya Volcano (in Masaya). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Casa de Los Tres Mundos, look for gifts at Tio Antonio Hamaca, contemplate the geological forces at Mombacho, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced.

To find ratings and more tourist information, use the Granada online trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Mexico City to Granada takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to San Salvador.

Things to do in Granada

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Masaya
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Masaya Volcano ©
Masaya Volcano
Casa de Los Tres Mundos ©
Casa de Los Tres Mundos
Mombacho ©
Mombacho

4
nights
San Salvador, El Salvador

San Salvador ©
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
San Salvador is known for historic sites, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Antropología Dr. David J. Guzman, contemplate the long history of Hospital Divina Providencia Chapel, take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Metropolitana, and identify plant and animal life at Cinquera Rain Forest Park.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read San Salvador trip tool.

Getting from Granada to San Salvador by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July in San Salvador, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Antigua.

Things to do in San Salvador

Historic Sites Wildlife Museums
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Iglesia El Rosario ©
Iglesia El Rosario
Museo de Arte de El Salvador ©
Museo de Arte de El Salvador

6
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.
Explore Antigua's surroundings by going to Guatemala City (La Aurora Zoo, Iglesia Santo domingo, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, see the interesting displays at Museo Casa del Tejido Antiguo, stop by Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Antigua trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Salvador to Antigua takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from San Salvador in July, things will get a bit cooler in Antigua: highs are around 77°F and lows about 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Antigua

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Guatemala City
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Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
La Aurora Zoo ©
La Aurora Zoo

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