29 days in Central America & Mexico Itinerary

29 days in Central America & Mexico Itinerary

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29 days in Central America & Mexico Itinerary

Start: San Jose, Costa Rica
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San Jose, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
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Guatemala City, Guatemala
— 1 night
bus:  3​h 30​min
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
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Sumpango, Guatemala
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 45​min
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Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
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Coban, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
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Esquipulas, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
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Copan Ruinas, Honduras
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
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Quirigua, Guatemala
— 1 night
bus:  5​h 15​min
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Flores, Guatemala
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
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Cozumel, Mexico
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
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Tulum, Mexico
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
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Isla Mujeres, Mexico
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
End: Cancun, Mexico

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San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the San Jose tour builder .

If you are flying in from Costa Rica, the closest major airports are Tobias Bolanos International Airport, Juan Santamaria International Airport and Limon International Airport. In October, daytime highs in San Jose are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. On the 30th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Guatemala City.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

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Guatemala City, Guatemala

Guatemala City
The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Guatemala City sightseeing planning app .

You can fly from San Jose to Guatemala City in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. On the 31st (Thu), you'll travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Guatemala City

Tours Outdoors Shopping

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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.
To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Antigua road trip planning app .

Traveling by bus from Guatemala City to Antigua takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In October in Antigua, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Sumpango.

Things to do in Antigua

Tours Outdoors Shopping

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Sumpango, Guatemala

Sumpango
Sumpango is a town in the Guatemalan department of Sacatepéquez.HistoryIn the 1540s, bishop Francisco Marroquín split the ecclesiastical administration of the central valley of Guatemala between the Order of Preachers and the Franciscans, assigning Sumpango's curato to the former. For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Sumpango journey builder .

Sumpango is very close to Antigua. In November, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 17°C. On the 1st (Fri), you're off toQuetzaltenango.

Things to do in Sumpango

Trails Outdoors Tours

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Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

Quetzaltenango ©
Named for the Quetzal bird--one of Guatemala's national symbols--Quetzaltenango once included the territories controlled by K'iche' Mayans, a pre-Columbian tribe eventually supplanted by Spanish conquistadores.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Iglesia de San Andres de Xecul and Iglesia Catolica de San Juan La Laguna. Step off the beaten path and head to San Andres Xecul and Parque Ecologico Los Senderos del Abuelo. Change things up with a short trip to Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo in Santa Clara La Laguna (about 1h 25 min away). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral del Espiritu Santo.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Quetzaltenango road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sumpango to Quetzaltenango takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Sumpango in November since evenings lows in Quetzaltenango dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Coban.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Iglesia de San Andres de Xecul, Iglesia Catolica de San Juan La Laguna, Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo, Parque Ecologico Los Senderos del Abuelo, San Andres Xecul
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San Andres Xecul ©
San Andres Xecul
Iglesia de San Andres de Xecul ©
Iglesia de San Andres de Xecul
Catedral del Espiritu Santo ©
Catedral del Espiritu Santo

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Coban, Guatemala

Coban
Located at the center of one of the country's primary coffee growing areas, the affluent city of Coban offerss a scattered few cultural attractions, a relaxed and welcoming vibe, and proximity to a wealth of natural highlights.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Coban sightseeing planner .

Getting from Quetzaltenango to Coban by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Quetzaltenango in November, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 17°C in Coban. On the 5th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Esquipulas.

Things to do in Coban

Nature Parks

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Esquipulas, Guatemala

Esquipulas ©
Esquipulas, officially Municipality of Esquipulas, whose original name was Yzquipulas, is the largest city located in the department of Chiquimula, in eastern Guatemala. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): explore the fascinating underground world of Cuevas and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de Esquipulas.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Esquipulas road trip planner .

You can drive from Coban to Esquipulas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Coban in November, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 20°C in Esquipulas. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Copan Ruinas.

Things to do in Esquipulas

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Basilica de Esquipulas ©
Basilica de Esquipulas

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Copan Ruinas, Honduras

Copan Ruinas ©
The colorful, cultural town of Copan boasts attractions old and new, manmade and natural.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Parque Arqueologico Rio Amarillo and Amphitheatre. Popular historic sites such as Mayan Ball Court and Pyramid over Rosalila Temple are in your itinerary. There's more to do: don't miss a visit to Mayan Ruins of El Puente and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Copan Ruinas holiday tool .

You can drive from Esquipulas to Copan Ruinas in 2 hours. In November, daytime highs in Copan Ruinas are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Quirigua.

Things to do in Copan Ruinas

Historic Sites Spas

Side Trips

Parque Arqueologico Rio Amarillo, Mayan Ruins of El Puente
Highlights from your plan
Mayan Ball Court ©
Mayan Ball Court
Parque Arqueologico Rio Amarillo ©
Parque Arqueologico Rio Amarillo
Pyramid over Rosalila Temple ©
Pyramid over Rosalila Temple

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Quirigua, Guatemala

Quirigua ©
On the 10th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Archaeological Park and Ruins of Quirigua.

Start your trip to Quirigua by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Copan Ruinas to Quirigua takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Flores.

Things to do in Quirigua

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan

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Flores, Guatemala

Flores ©
An island town, capital of the landlocked region of Peten, attractive Flores features pleasant architecture that complements the shimmering appearance of the surrounding lake.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Cultural Triangle Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park and Catedral de Flores. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dos Pilas and Museo del Islote Santa Barbara. There's more to do: explore the ancient world of Sitio Arqueologico Tayazal and head outdoors with Mirador del Rey Canek.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Flores online road trip planner .

You can take a bus from Quirigua to Flores in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in November, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Flores

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Peten, Cultural Triangle Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park
Highlights from your plan
Catedral de Flores ©
Catedral de Flores
Mirador del Rey Canek ©
Mirador del Rey Canek
Museo del Islote Santa Barbara ©
Museo del Islote Santa Barbara

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Cozumel, Mexico

Cozumel ©
Thanks to the island's outstanding scuba diving and snorkeling options, Cozumel tourism sector remains a major employer and the main source of income for this Caribbean getaway.
Explore hidden gems such as San Francisco Reef and Yucab Reef. Get some cultural insight at Galo Art Studio and Museo de la Isla de Cozumel. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at El Paso del Cedral Reef, take in the exciting artwork at BALAM Art Painted on Feathers, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and stop by Sergio's Silver from Taxco.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Cozumel attractions planning app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Flores to Cozumel. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Flores to Cozumel. In November, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
El Paso del Cedral Reef ©
El Paso del Cedral Reef
San Francisco Reef ©
San Francisco Reef
BALAM Art Painted on Feathers ©
BALAM Art Painted on Feathers

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Tulum, Mexico

The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mayan Beach, and then take in panoramic vistas at Tulum Tower. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the fascinating underground world of Cenotes Casa Tortuga Tulum and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Tulum online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Cozumel to Tulum by car takes about 2.5 hours. In November in Tulum, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos ©

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Skydiving. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like 3D Museum of Wonders and Scorpion’s Temple. There's lots more to do: Head underground at Cenote Chaak Tun, delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica Playa del Carmen, and admire the masterpieces at Frida Kahlo Museum.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Playa del Carmen online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by bus from Tulum to Playa del Carmen takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can drive to Isla Mujeres.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Scorpion’s Temple
Highlights from your plan
Skydiving
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Cenote Chaak Tun ©
Cenote Chaak Tun

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Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Tiny municipal seat of an eponymous island, each season Isla Mujeres swells to bursting with international tourists coming here to swim, snorkel, dive, fish, and sail.
Get outdoors at El Farito and Fishing Charters & Tours. Discover out-of-the-way places like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Iglesia Del Sagrado Corazon. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Guadalupe Chapel, make a trip to Women's Beading Cooperative, raise your glass at Isla Brewing Company, and look for gifts at Gladys Galdamez's Isla Mujeres.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Isla Mujeres road trip tool .

You can drive from Playa del Carmen to Isla Mujeres in 2 hours. In November in Isla Mujeres, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
El Farito ©
El Farito
Fishing Charters & Tours

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