60 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

60 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

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Mexico City, Mexico
— 6 nights
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 8 nights
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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
— 5 nights
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Panama City, Panama
— 6 nights
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Bocas Town, Panama
— 2 nights
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 6 nights
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San Pedro, Belize
— 6 nights
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Belize City, Belize
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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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Mexico City, Mexico

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 and Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chapultepec Castle and Zocalo. Step out of Mexico City to go to San Juan Teotihuacan and see Teotihuacan Pyramids, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Historic Center (Centro Historico), examine the collection at Museo Frida Kahlo, delve into the lush surroundings at Bosque de Chapultepec, and get a new perspective on nature at Museo Nacional de Antropologia.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Mexico City travel itinerary planner.

London, UK to Mexico City is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Mexico City is minus 6 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from London in October; daily highs in Mexico City reach 26°C and lows reach 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 10 — 16:

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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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Uvita Beach and Playa Manuel Antonio. Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Manuel Antonio: Uvita Waterfall (in Uvita) and Jaco (Zipline & Off-Road Tours). The adventure continues: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio road trip planner.

You can fly from Mexico City to Manuel Antonio in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 16 — 21:

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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.
On the 22nd (Fri), admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, then delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, and then get to know the fascinating history of Ecological Sanctuary. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Monteverde trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 23:

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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos and Onirica Art Gallery. Discover out-of-the-way places like Proyecto Asis and Natura Eco Park Costa Rica. And it doesn't end there: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, see Off-Road Tours, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can drive to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 23 — 31:

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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Catedral de Granada and Iglesia de La Merced. Visiting Playa el Coco and Da' Flying Frog Extreme Adventure will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, head outdoors with Costa Dulce Beach, take a pleasant ride with Rancho Chilamate, and kick back and relax at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the San Juan del Sur online road trip planner.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Juan del Sur in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in San Juan del Sur can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 5:

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Panama City, Panama

Dubai of Latin America

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Avenida Balboa and Cinta Costera. Visit Iglesia de San José and Casco Viejo for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Fort San Lorenzo (in Colon) and Portobelo (Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo & Scuba & Snorkeling). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, make a trip to Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Metropolitan National Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Panama City day trip site.

You can fly from San Juan del Sur to Panama City in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. In November, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Bocas Town.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 5 — 11:

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Bocas Town, Panama

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): stroll through Boca del Drago and then admire the natural beauty at Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Bocas Town trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Panama City to Bocas Town by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. While traveling from Panama City, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Bocas Town, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 30°C. On the 13th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 11 — 13:

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Antigua, Guatemala

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Arco de Santa Catalina and Palacio Nacional. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to ChocoMuseo and Volcán Pacaya. Explore Antigua's surroundings by going to Guatemala City (Catedral Metropolitana, Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, &more). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, delve into the distant past at Convento de las Capuchinas, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and hit the best photo ops around with Antigua Photo Walks.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Antigua travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Bocas Town to Antigua in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, bus, car, and shuttle; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Bocas Town in November since evenings lows in Antigua dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 13 — 19:

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San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Explore hidden gems such as Fishing Charters & Tours and Shark Ray Alley. Escape the urban bustle at Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Mexico Rocks. Change things up with a short trip to The Estuary of Caye Caulker in Caye Caulker (about 30 minutes away). Spend the 23rd (Tue) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, look for gifts at 12 Belize, enjoy the sand and surf at Secret Beach Belize, and view the masterpieces at The Gallery of San Pedro.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the San Pedro travel route builder site.

You can fly from Antigua to San Pedro in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and ferry. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Antigua in November, with highs in San Pedro at 34°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to fly to Belize City.

Things to do in San Pedro

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 19 — 25:

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Belize City, Belize

Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Zipline and Nauti Time Tours. Visiting Blue Hole National Park and Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary will get you outdoors. Step out of Belize City to go to La Democracia and see The Belize Zoo, which is approximately 42 minutes away. There's more to do: contemplate the long history of Lamanai Archaeological Reserve.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Belize City vacation planner.

Getting from San Pedro to Belize City by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In November in Belize City, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Tue) to allow time for the bus ride to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Belize City

Parks · Adventure · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 25 — 30:

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Playa del Carmen, Mexico

The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Ek Balam and The Ossuary are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Paradise Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Chichen Itza (Plataforma de Venus & Chichen Itza), Tulum (Mayan Beach, Tulum Archaeological Site, &more) and National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos (in Puerto Morelos). There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, contemplate the waterfront views at Aktun Chen, Head underground at Cenote Chaak Tun, and delve into the distant past at Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Playa del Carmen trip planning site.

Getting from Belize City to Playa del Carmen by bus takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Belize City to Playa del Carmen. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in November, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 8:

Mexico travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Beaches · Landmarks
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.

Costa Rica travel guide

4.3
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.

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.

Panama travel guide

4.1
Landmarks · Historic Walking Areas · Shopping Malls
With a lively banking sector and a booming tourism industry, Panama remains one of the most powerful nations in the Americas, though it's also one of the smallest by land area. The country boasts coastlines on both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, so it's not surprising most Panama holidays include some form of seaside entertainment. With outstanding beaches all over the country, it's easy to find an ideal spot to swim, snorkel, dive, fish, sail, or simply kick back on the sand with a few cold drinks. The country's best-known landmark and one of the world's most significant shipping routes, Panama Canal tops most tourist itineraries--many choose to see this engineering wonder by traveling the length of it by train.

Guatemala travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Volcanos · Ruins
Land of Eternal Spring
Offering a chance to discover a rich history, remarkable landscapes, and a vibrant culture, a holiday in Guatemala remains a great choice for a wide range of travelers. The heart of the Maya civilization, Guatemala boasts stunning ancient ruins and traditional villages that blend with the Spanish heritage of the colonial-era and its stately cathedrals and town halls. While the cities boast splendid architecture and cultural heritage, they make up a small percentage of the mountainous Guatemalan landscape. Adventurous travelers and nature lovers will have plenty of things to do in Guatemala, from boating on the rushing rivers and scenic lakes, to exploring caves, picturesque beaches, and lush national parks.

Belize travel guide

4.5
Scuba & Snorkeling · River Rafting & Tubing · Reefs
Belize boasts a long coastline along the Caribbean Sea and serves as one of the world's top destinations for snorkeling and scuba diving. In a country providing a home for many different ethnic communities, a holiday in Belize ensures visitors experience a blend of cultures sharing a small land endowed with grand natural beauty. As you tour Belize, you'll see dense broadleaf forests sheltering a staggering variety of birds, ancient Maya ruins providing a palpable history lesson, and tiny coastal villages making up in hospitality what they lack in tourist infrastructure. Still relatively unexplored by foreigners, the country offers travelers a chance to experience pristine scenery free of big crowds and pushy souvenir vendors.