60 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

60 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

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60 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  23​h
1
Mexico City, Mexico
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Placencia, Belize
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Roatan, Honduras
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
4
San Pedro, Belize
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
6
Panama City, Panama
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
7
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
9
Granada, Nicaragua
— 5 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + Drive:  8​h
10
Copan Ruinas, Honduras
— 3 nights
11
Antigua, Guatemala
— 5 nights
+2
shuttle + Drive + Fly:  25​h
End: Sydney, Australia

5
nights
Mexico City, Mexico

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 Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 (in San Juan Teotihuacan) and Spanish Language Institute - Day Course (in Cuernavaca). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, delve into the distant past at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), make a trip to Zocalo, and admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Mexico City tour planner .

Sydney, Australia to Mexico City is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 16 hours. Traveling from Sydney in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Mexico City, with lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Placencia.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Spanish Language Institute - Day Course, Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 26:
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Food Tours
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

4
nights
Placencia, Belize

Placencia ©
Once a humble fishing village, Placencia has been transformed into a leading tourist destination, with its focus primarily on outdoor activity and natural exploration.
Step out of Placencia with an excursion to Glover's Reef Marine Reserve in Hopkins--about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: see the vivid underwater world at Mesoamerican Reef (Belize Barrier Reef), step off the mainland to explore Pumpkin Caye, explore the striking landscape of Laughing Bird Caye National Park, and get a taste of the local shopping with Lola Art Studio.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Placencia day trip planning site .

Fly from Mexico City to Placencia in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Mexico City in October: high temperatures in Placencia hover around 36°C and lows are around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Roatan.

Things to do in Placencia

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Nim Li Punit (Big Hat), Glover's Reef Marine Reserve, Mesoamerican Reef (Belize Barrier Reef)
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 30:
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Glover's Reef Marine Reserve ©
Glover's Reef Marine Reserve
Laughing Bird Caye National Park ©
Laughing Bird Caye National Park

6
nights
Roatan, Honduras

The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Roatan is known for wildlife, adventure, beaches, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, wander the streets of Flamingo Cultural Center, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and head outdoors with Sunyata Charters.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Roatan road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Placencia to Roatan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to fly to San Pedro.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 5:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Roatan Island Brewing Co. ©
Roatan Island Brewing Co.

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.
San Pedro is known for wildlife, adventure, nightlife, spas, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the vivid underwater world at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, get outside with Rum Punch II, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read San Pedro vacation site .

Traveling by flight from Roatan to San Pedro takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in November, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Ambergris Caye
Find places to stay Nov 5 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
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.
Explore Playa del Carmen's surroundings by going to Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba), Tulum (Kaahal Home Tulum, Tulum Archaeological Site, & more) and Ek Balam (in Ek Balam Village). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Xcaret Park, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and don't miss a visit to Chichen Itza.

Plan trip to Playa del Carmen with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

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 changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In November in Playa del Carmen, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Tulum, Chichen Itza, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá, Ek Balam
Find places to stay Nov 11 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Xcaret Park ©
Xcaret Park
Scuba & Snorkeling

5
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Venture out of the city with trips to Portobelo (Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo & Nature & Wildlife Tours), Fort San Lorenzo (in Colon) and Iglesia de San Pedro (in Isla Taboga). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Panama Canal, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Soberania National Park, take a stroll through Casco Viejo, and get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Panama City tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Playa del Carmen to Panama City takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Playa del Carmen in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 28°C in Panama City. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Portobelo, Fort San Lorenzo, Iglesia de San Pedro
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) ©

5
nights
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Get out of town with these interesting Manuel Antonio side-trips: Jaco (Costa Rica SUP'ers & Horseback Riding Tours), Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary (in Dominical) and Kokopelli (in Sierpe). Spend the 27th (Wed) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Marino Ballena. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Birding Spots Manuel Antonio, look for gifts at Jungle Avenue, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio tour planner .

Traveling by flight from Panama City to Manuel Antonio takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Panama City to Manuel Antonio due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Quepos, Jaco, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, Kokopelli, Parque Nacional Marino Ballena
Find places to stay Nov 22 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Horseback Riding Tours

6
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

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.
Explore La Fortuna de San Carlos' surroundings by going to Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park) and Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca). There's still lots to do: soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, get interesting insight from Tours, identify plant and animal life at Costa Rica Dog Rescue & Adoption, and get impressive views of Arenal Volcano.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online travel route planner .

Drive from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Granada.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Poas Volcano
Find places to stay Nov 27 — Dec 3:
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

5
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Granada: Masaya Volcano (in Masaya), San Juan del Sur (Da' Flying Frog Extreme Adventure & Surf Ranch Skateboard Park) and La Laguna de Apoyo (Apoyo & Centro de Visitantes Reserva natural Laguna de Apoyo). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, examine the collection at Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco, look for gifts at Tio Antonio Hamaca, and contemplate the geological forces at Mombacho.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Granada route planning site .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Granada by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Copan Ruinas.

Things to do in Granada

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Masaya, San Juan del Sur, Mirador de Catarina
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Masaya Volcano ©
Masaya Volcano
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Islets of Granada ©
Islets of Granada

3
nights
Copan Ruinas, Honduras

Copan Ruinas ©
The colorful, cultural town of Copan boasts attractions old and new, manmade and natural.
Step out of Copan Ruinas with an excursion to Celaque National Park in Gracias--about 1h 55 min away. And it doesn't end there: relax in the rural setting at Finca el Cisne, examine the collection at Museo de Arqueologia, don't miss a visit to Hieroglyphic Stairway, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

You can plan Copan Ruinas trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and car from Granada to Copan Ruinas takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, bus, and taxi; or drive. In December in Copan Ruinas, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to take a shuttle to Antigua.

Things to do in Copan Ruinas

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Celaque National Park
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Copan Ruinas ©
Copan Ruinas
Spas
Mayan Ball Court ©
Mayan Ball Court

5
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 (Catedral Metropolitana, La Merced, & more). There's much more to do: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, delve into the distant past at Convento de las Capuchinas, admire the masterpieces at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Antigua trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by shuttle from Copan Ruinas to Antigua takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Copan Ruinas in December since evenings lows in Antigua dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Antigua

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Guatemala City
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
La Aurora Zoo ©
La Aurora Zoo

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