18 days in Central America & Mexico Itinerary

18 days in Central America & Mexico Itinerary

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Start: Bogota, Colombia
Fly + Bus:  7 h 30 min
1
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 15 min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
3
Granada, Nicaragua
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Leon, Nicaragua
— 1 night
+5
Bus + Fly + Foot + Bus + Foot + Bus:  5 h 30 min
5
Antigua, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
6
San Salvador, El Salvador
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  2 h
7
Roatan, Honduras
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 15 min
8
San Pedro, Belize
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h 30 min
9
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  5 h 45 min
End: Bogota, Colombia

1
night
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio ©
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio day trip website.

Bogota, Colombia to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 7.5- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi. Traveling from Bogota to Manuel Antonio, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Birding Spots Manuel Antonio
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): get impressive views of Arenal Volcano and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Tabacon Hot Springs. On your second day here, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos tour itinerary site.

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 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Granada.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

1
night
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 (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Casa de Los Tres Mundos, see the interesting displays at Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco, then head off the coast to Islets of Granada, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Granada road trip planning website.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Granada in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Leon.

Things to do in Granada

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco ©
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Casa de Los Tres Mundos ©
Casa de Los Tres Mundos

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): get impressive views of Cerro Negro Volcano, stop by Catedral de la Asunción, and then examine the collection at Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Leon online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Granada to Leon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. November in Leon sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Leon

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Cerro Negro Volcano ©
Cerro Negro Volcano
Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian ©
Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian
Catedral de la Asunción ©
Catedral de la Asunción

2
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.
On the 12th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, explore the world behind art at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, then contemplate the long history of Casa Popenoe, and finally contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Arco de Santa Catalina, then explore the ancient world of Convento de las Capuchinas, then make a trip to Cerro de la Cruz, and finally contemplate the geological forces at Volcan de Agua.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Antigua online trip planner.

Getting from Leon to Antigua by combination of bus and flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Leon in November; daily highs in Antigua reach 27°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Salvador.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Convento de las Capuchinas ©
Convento de las Capuchinas
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced

2
nights
San Salvador, El Salvador

San Salvador ©
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Cinquera Rain Forest Park, then see the interesting displays at Monseñor Romero Center, then examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Antropología Dr. David J. Guzman, and finally explore the ancient world of Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Hospital Divina Providencia Chapel, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then kick back and relax at Playa El Tunco.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the San Salvador journey planning tool.

You can drive from Antigua to San Salvador in 4 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Antigua in November, with highs in San Salvador at 35°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Roatan.

Things to do in San Salvador

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Playa El Tunco
Highlights from your plan
Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park
Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park
Playa El Tunco ©
Playa El Tunco

2
nights
Roatan, Honduras

Roatan ©
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Little French Key, and then examine the collection at Roatan Underwater Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Blue Island Divers, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mayan Day Passes, then stroll through Tabyana Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at West Bay Beach.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Roatan online trip builder.

You can do a combination of car and flight from San Salvador to Roatan in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In November in Roatan, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to San Pedro.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Blue Island Divers ©
Blue Island Divers
Nature & Wildlife Tours
West Bay Beach ©
West Bay Beach

2
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then view the masterpieces at Belizean Arts. On your second day here, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, explore the gorgeous colors at Mexico Rocks, and then kick back and relax at Secret Beach Belize.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the San Pedro driving holiday planning site.

Fly from Roatan to San Pedro in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In November, daily temperatures in San Pedro can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Ambergris Caye
Highlights from your plan
Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours

4
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.
Visit Akumal Beach and Mayan Beach for some beach relaxation. Your inner history buff will appreciate Tulum Archaeological Site and Ek Balam. Get out of town with these interesting Playa del Carmen side-trips: Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba), Tulum (Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Art Gallery Miniature, &more) and Chichen Itza (in Chichen Itza). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Playa del Carmen tour planner.

You can 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. In November, daily temperatures in Playa del Carmen can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Tulum, Akumal Beach, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá, Chichen Itza, Ek Balam
Highlights from your plan
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá

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