25 days in South America, Mexico & Central America Itinerary

25 days in South America, Mexico & Central America Itinerary

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1
Medellin, Colombia
— 2 nights
2
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 4 nights
3
San Pedro, Belize
— 1 night
4
Caye Caulker, Belize
— 2 nights
5
Placencia, Belize
— 1 night
6
Punta Gorda, Belize
— 1 night
7
San Ignacio, Belize
— 2 nights
8
Antigua, Guatemala
— 1 night
9
Mexico City, Mexico
— 3 nights
10
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
— 3 nights
11
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
— 3 nights

2
nights
Medellin, Colombia

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): examine the collection at Museo Casa de la Memoria, admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica, then admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellin, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get curious at Museo del Agua EPM and then see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Medellin trip maker site.

Bucharest, Romania to Medellin is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Colombia Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. Traveling from Bucharest in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Medellin, with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours · Museums · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Climbing Tours
Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica ©
Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica
Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellin ©
Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellin

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.
Popular historic sites such as Convent of San Bernardino of Siena and Ek Balam are in your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Ecopark Kantun Chi and Palancar Reef. Explore Playa del Carmen's surroundings by going to Cenote Zaci (in Valladolid), Tulum (Gran Cenote & Paradise Beach) and Cozumel (Spas & Columbia Reef). There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, see Off-Road Tours, and stop by Chedraui.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Playa del Carmen online travel route planner.

You can fly from Medellin to Playa del Carmen in 8 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Playa del Carmen when traveling from Medellin in September, with lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Cozumel, Puerto Aventuras, Valladolid, Tulum, Ek Balam
Highlights from your plan
Ecopark Kantun Chi ©
Ecopark Kantun Chi
Scuba & Snorkeling
Columbia Reef ©
Columbia Reef

1
night
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 8th (Tue): view the masterpieces at The Gallery of San Pedro, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then stop by 12 Belize, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally explore the galleries of Belizean Arts.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read San Pedro trip planner.

You can fly from Playa del Carmen to San Pedro in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Playa del Carmen to San Pedro due to the time zone difference. In September, daytime highs in San Pedro are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to ride a ferry to Caye Caulker.

Things to do in San Pedro

Shopping · Museums · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Belizean Arts ©
Belizean Arts
Spas
12 Belize ©
12 Belize

2
nights
Caye Caulker, Belize

Caye Caulker ©
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Fishing Charters & Tours. Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): cast your line with a fishing tour, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then see the vivid underwater world at Turneffe Reef. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Red Flower Gallery, then see the vivid underwater world at Shark Ray Alley, and then stroll through The Estuary of Caye Caulker.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Caye Caulker road trip website.

Traveling by ferry from San Pedro to Caye Caulker takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In September in Caye Caulker, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can fly to Placencia.

Things to do in Caye Caulker

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Shark Ray Alley
Highlights from your plan
Shark Ray Alley ©
Shark Ray Alley
Turneffe Reef ©
Turneffe Reef
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Pumpkin Caye, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Placencia Fellowship, then browse the exhibits of Art n Soul Gallery, and finally view the masterpieces at Lola Art Studio.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Placencia day trip website.

Traveling by flight from Caye Caulker to Placencia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Punta Gorda.

Things to do in Placencia

Museums · Shopping · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Art n Soul Gallery ©
Art n Soul Gallery
Placencia Fellowship ©
Placencia Fellowship
Lola Art Studio ©
Lola Art Studio

1
night
Punta Gorda, Belize

Punta Gorda ©
Known locally as P.G., the seaport and fishing town of Punta Gorda was once known to travelers as the place to get a boat over to Guatemala, though it has started to develop a reputation for itself.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): view the masterpieces at We Art Gallery.

To find reviews and more tourist information, use the Punta Gorda online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Placencia to Punta Gorda takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Punta Gorda sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to San Ignacio.

Things to do in Punta Gorda

Museums · Shopping
Highlights from your plan
We Art Gallery ©
We Art Gallery

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Big Rock Falls, explore and take pictures at Green Hills Butterfly Ranch, then learn more about the world around you at Chaa Creek Natural History Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at El Pilar. Keep things going the next day: stop by The Orange Gallery and then explore by horseback at T'initz Tours Belize.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the San Ignacio tour planner.

Drive from Punta Gorda to San Ignacio in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 14th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Antigua.

Things to do in San Ignacio

Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Big Rock Falls, Green Hills Butterfly Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Big Rock Falls ©
Big Rock Falls
Green Hills Butterfly Ranch ©
Green Hills Butterfly Ranch
El Pilar ©
El Pilar

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): explore the ancient world of La Recoleccion, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de San Jose, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally explore the ancient world of Convento Santa Clara.

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Antigua trip builder tool.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from San Ignacio to Antigua in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. September in Antigua sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites · Spas
Highlights from your plan
Convento Santa Clara ©
Convento Santa Clara
La Recoleccion ©
La Recoleccion
Spas & Wellness

3
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.
Get some historical perspective at Teotihuacan Pyramids and Iglesia de San Francisco. Do some cultural sightseeing at Tlalpan and Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporaneo. Venture out of the city with trips to San Juan Teotihuacan (Reino Animal & Flying Pictures Mexico). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Square of the Three Cultures, visit Colonia Roma, see the interesting displays at Museo Trick Eye, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lago del Bosque de Chapultepec.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Mexico City trip itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Antigua to Mexico City in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Mexico City are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

San Juan Teotihuacan, Colonia Roma
Highlights from your plan
Sagrario Metropolitano
Sagrario Metropolitano
Square of the Three Cultures ©
Square of the Three Cultures
Iglesia de San Francisco ©
Iglesia de San Francisco

3
nights
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta ©
Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Step out of the city life by going to Playa Las Animas and Los Arcos. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dolphin & Whale Watching and El Centro. Venture out of the city with trips to Playa De Los Muertos (in Sayulita) and Spas (in Nuevo Vallarta). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Old Vallarta, head off the coast to Isla Cuale, visit a coastal fixture at Faro de la Calle Matamoros, and take a stroll through Olas Altas.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Vallarta online trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Mexico City to Puerto Vallarta in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, Puerto Vallarta is somewhat warmer than Mexico City - with highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Playa Las Animas, Playa De Los Muertos, Spas
Highlights from your plan
Playa Las Animas ©
Playa Las Animas
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Old Vallarta ©
Old Vallarta

3
nights
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Cabo San Lucas ©
One of Mexico's premier vacation spots, Cabo San Lucas lures pleasure seekers with its trendy restaurant scene, raucous nightlife, and, of course, picture-perfect beaches.
Get some cultural insight at Parroquia San Jose and La Turquesa Jewelry and Art. Escape the urban bustle at Santa Maria Beach and Shark Diving. Get out of town with these interesting Cabo San Lucas side-trips: Playa Los Cerritos (in Todos Santos) and San Jose del Cabo (Playa Palmilla (Palmilla Beach) & Ivan Guaderrama Art Gallery). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Solmar, ride a horse along Cuadra San Francisco, enjoy the sand and surf at Divorce beach, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cabo San Lucas day trip tool.

Getting from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

San Jose del Cabo, Cuadra San Francisco, Playa Los Cerritos
Highlights from your plan
Santa Maria Beach ©
Santa Maria Beach
Shark Diving
Mt. Solmar ©
Mt. Solmar

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