59 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

59 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

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Tulum, Mexico
— 6 nights
Shuttle
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Chichen Itza, Mexico
— 1 night
Fly
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Oaxaca, Mexico
— 4 nights
Fly
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Mexico City, Mexico
— 6 nights
Fly
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Granada, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
Shuttle to San Jorge, Ferry to Isla de Ometepe
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Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
Ferry to San Jorge, Bus to San Juan del Sur
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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
— 3 nights
Fly to Tegucigalpa, Bus to Copan Ruinas
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Copan Ruinas, Honduras
— 4 nights
Shuttle
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Guatemala City, Guatemala
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Ferry to Panajachel, Shuttle to Antigua
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 4 nights
Fly to Flores, Shuttle to Tikal National Park
12
Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive
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Belize City, Belize
— 5 nights
Ferry
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Caye Caulker, Belize
— 4 nights
Fly
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Placencia, Belize
— 4 nights
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Roatan, Honduras
— 7 nights
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Tulum, Mexico — 6 nights

The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Venture out of the city with trips to Zona Arqueologica de Coba (in Coba) and Playa del Carmen (Arte en Playa, Xcaret, &more). There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, stroll through Cenote Nicte-ha, tour the depths of the sea with a submarine tour, and explore the fascinating underground world of Gran Cenote.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Tulum trip planner.

London, UK to Tulum is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from London to Tulum due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in September, you will find days in Tulum are somewhat warmer (34°C), and nights are much warmer (26°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to take a shuttle to Chichen Itza.
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Find places to stay Sep 16 — 22:

Chichen Itza, Mexico — 1 night

Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Ik kil and then don't miss a visit to Chichen Itza.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Chichen Itza trip planner.

Getting from Tulum to Chichen Itza by shuttle takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Chichen Itza when traveling from Tulum in September, with lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Oaxaca.
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Find places to stay Sep 22 — 23:

Oaxaca, Mexico — 4 nights

Capital city of the eponymous state, Oaxaca relies heavily on its colonial charm, its core a maze of tree-shaded alleys flanked by photogenic mansions, government buildings, and old churches.
Oaxaca is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: hike along Coyote Aventuras, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, gain a rich perspective with a tour of cultural highlights, and soothe aching muscles at Yoga Huatulco.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Oaxaca holiday planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Chichen Itza to Oaxaca takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chichen Itza to Oaxaca. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Chichen Itza in September; daily highs in Oaxaca reach 34°C and lows reach 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Mexico City.
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Find places to stay Sep 23 — 27:

Mexico City, Mexico — 6 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Go for a jaunt from Mexico City to San Juan Teotihuacan to see Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on nature at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bosque de Chapultepec, get a sense of history and politics at National Palace, and explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Mexico City travel planning app.

Fly from Oaxaca to Mexico City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a shuttle. When traveling from Oaxaca in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Mexico City: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to fly to Granada.
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Find places to stay Sep 27 — Oct 3:

Granada, Nicaragua — 2 nights

La Gran Sultana

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 4th (Tue): contemplate the geological forces at Masaya Volcano, then contemplate the waterfront views at Apoyo, and then take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Mi Camara Mi Mundo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, make a trip to Parque Xalteva, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Xalteva, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at La Capilla Maria Auxiliadora.

Discover how to plan a Granada trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can fly from Mexico City to Granada in 6.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Isla de Ometepe.
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Find places to stay Oct 3 — 5:

Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua — 2 nights

Isla de Ometepe may be small in size, but it boasts two large volcanoes that dominate its landscape and influence the local lifestyle.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): get impressive views of Volcan Concepcion, then examine the collection at Museo Ometepe, and then relax and rejuvenate at Temazcal Omeyocan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Chico Largo Adventure, then contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Charco Verde, and then step off the mainland to explore Isla Ometepe.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Isla de Ometepe travel route planning app.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and ferry from Granada to Isla de Ometepe takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel to San Juan del Sur.
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Find places to stay Oct 5 — 7:

San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua — 3 nights

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.
San Juan del Sur is known for adventure, beaches, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve, relax and rejuvenate at Pranamaya Yoga & Thai Massage Studio Playa Maderas, make a trip to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia, and take in the exciting artwork at The Art Warehouse.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our San Juan del Sur trip itinerary maker tool.

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Isla de Ometepe to San Juan del Sur in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. On the 10th (Mon), you're off to Copan Ruinas.
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Find places to stay Oct 7 — 10:

Copan Ruinas, Honduras — 4 nights

The colorful, cultural town of Copan boasts attractions old and new, manmade and natural.
Copan Ruinas is known for historic sites, parks, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Macaw Mountain Bird Park & Nature Reserve, contemplate the long history of Mayan Ball Court, examine the collection at Sculpture Museum, and don't miss a visit to Sitio Arqueologico Rastrojon.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Copan Ruinas road trip planning app.

Getting from San Juan del Sur to Copan Ruinas by combination of flight and bus takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and taxi. In October, Copan Ruinas is little chillier than San Juan del Sur - with highs of 31°C and lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Guatemala City.
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Find places to stay Oct 10 — 14:

Guatemala City, Guatemala — 3 nights

Guate

The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
Guatemala City is known for shopping, zoos & aquariums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get to know the resident critters at La Aurora Zoo, get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, get in on the family fun at Mundo Petapa Irtra, and contemplate the geological forces at Volcan de Fuego.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Guatemala City route planner.

Take a shuttle from Copan Ruinas to Guatemala City in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Copan Ruinas in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 19°C in Guatemala City. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Pedro La Laguna.
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Find places to stay Oct 14 — 17:

San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala — 2 nights

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 18th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Geo Travel Guatemala and then explore the activities along Lago de Atitlan. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Galeria Imox, boost your wellbeing at Los Termales, then see the interesting displays at Tzunun' Ya', and finally look for gifts at Atitlan Women Weavers.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the San Pedro La Laguna visit planning website.

Traveling by car from Guatemala City to San Pedro La Laguna takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in San Pedro La Laguna when traveling from Guatemala City in October, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Antigua.
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Find places to stay Oct 17 — 19:

Antigua, Guatemala — 4 nights

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, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: look for gifts at Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales, get impressive views of Volcan de Agua, explore the world behind art at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Antigua trip itinerary builder tool.

Do a combination of ferry and shuttle from San Pedro La Laguna to Antigua in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Antigua are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Tikal National Park.
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Find places to stay Oct 19 — 23:

Tikal National Park, Guatemala — 1 night

Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tikal.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tikal National Park travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Antigua to Tikal National Park by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Belize City.
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Find places to stay Oct 23 — 24:
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Belize City, Belize — 5 nights

Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Belize City: San Pedro (Secret Beach Waterpark & Art From The Heart Of Belize), Blue Hole National Park (in Belmopan) and The Belize Zoo (in La Democracia). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Lamanai Archaeological Reserve, explore the ancient world of Altun Ha, see the interesting displays at Museum of Belize, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Belize City trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Tikal National Park to Belize City by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and flight. In October, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can catch the ferry to Caye Caulker.
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Find places to stay Oct 24 — 29:

Caye Caulker, Belize — 4 nights

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Caye Caulker side-trips: San Pedro (Food Tours, The Belikin Store, &more). The adventure continues: explore the gorgeous colors at Mexico Rocks and stroll through The Estuary of Caye Caulker.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Caye Caulker vacation planner.

You can ride a ferry from Belize City to Caye Caulker in 1.5 hours. Another option is to fly. October in Caye Caulker sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to fly to Placencia.
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Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 2:

Placencia, Belize — 4 nights

Once a humble fishing village, Placencia has been transformed into a leading tourist destination, with its focus primarily on outdoor activity and natural exploration.
Go for a jaunt from Placencia to Hopkins to see Glover's Reef Marine Reserve about 1h 45 min away. There's much more to do: stroll through Mesoamerican Reef (Belize Barrier Reef), relax and rejuvenate at Evolution Beach Gym, take in the waterfront at Placencia Municipal Pier, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Placencia travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Caye Caulker to Placencia by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in November, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Roatan.
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Find places to stay Nov 2 — 6:

Roatan, Honduras — 7 nights

The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Roatan is known for wildlife, beaches, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: meet some fierce fish with West Bay Divers, gain insight at Steel Pan Alley, take in nature's colorful creations at Blue Harbor Tropical Arboretum, and kick back and relax at Grand Roatan Beach Club.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Roatan trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Placencia to Roatan takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In November, daytime highs in Roatan are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Find places to stay Nov 6 — 13:

Mexico travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Zipline · Beaches
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.
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Nicaragua travel guide

4.3
Churches · Volcanos · Specialty Museums
Still emerging as a major tourist destination, Nicaragua, the largest country in Central America, entices travelers with its rich history and remarkable natural beauty just waiting to be discovered. A holiday in Nicaragua allows you to explore a vibrant culture, scenic beaches, and plenty of spots off the beaten path. Majestic volcanoes, lakes, and forests offer numerous chances for exploration and exciting adventures, while major cities boast splendid colonial architecture. With access to coastlines on both the Pacific and the Caribbean, a vacation in Nicaragua appeals to those looking for thrilling surfing experiences, dramatic views, or a chance to spread out on a deserted tropical beach.
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Lake Atitlan travel guide

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Wildlife Areas · Bodies of Water · Ruins
Lake Atitlan, a large volcanic lake, provides the setting for a wealth of interesting Mayan towns and villages. Surrounded by imposing and scenic mountains, the lake forms part of a sprawling national park, rich in wildlife and cultural attractions. The main towns and villages range from touristy gateways to authentic realms of tradition and culture, with charming local markets, rustic architecture, and a laid-back feel. Many of the towns can only be reached by boat, with trips on the lake high on most visitors' Lake Atitlan itineraries.
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