32 days in Central America & Mexico Itinerary

32 days in Central America & Mexico Itinerary

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Start: Newark, United States
Fly + Drive:  10 h 15 min
1
San Ignacio, Belize
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Drive + Fly:  3 h 15 min
2
San Pedro, Belize
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h 30 min
3
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 5 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  5 h 15 min
4
Mexico City, Mexico
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
5
Granada, Nicaragua
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  3 h 45 min
6
San Salvador, El Salvador
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h
7
Antigua, Guatemala
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  9 h 30 min
End: Newark, United States

4
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.
Explore San Ignacio's surroundings by going to The Belize Zoo (in La Democracia), Blue Hole National Park (in Belmopan) and Rio On Pools (in Augustine). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Xunantunich Mayan Ruins, explore the world behind art at Tanah Mayan Art Museum, stroll through Green Iguana Conservation Project, and explore the fascinating underground world of ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our San Ignacio trip builder site.

Newark, USA to San Ignacio is an approximately 11.5- hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in San Ignacio

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cayo, The Belize Zoo, Blue Hole National Park, Rio On Pools, Tanah Mayan Art Museum
Highlights from your plan
ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal ©
ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal
The Belize Zoo ©
The Belize Zoo
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins ©
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins

4
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Step out of San Pedro with an excursion to The Estuary of Caye Caulker in Caye Caulker--about 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, stop by 12 Belize, take the plunge with a skydiving experience, and browse the exhibits of Belizean Arts.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the San Pedro itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from San Ignacio to San Pedro in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In July, daily temperatures in San Pedro can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in San Pedro

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Ambergris Caye, The Estuary of Caye Caulker
Highlights from your plan
Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
Shark Ray Alley ©
Shark Ray Alley

5
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 Tulum (Tulum Tower, Tulum Archaeological Site, &more) and Chichen Itza (Temple of the Big Tables, Chichen Itza, &more). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Xcaret, make a trip to Quinta Avenida, whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, and take the plunge with a skydiving experience.

For more things to do and tourist information, read our Playa del Carmen journey maker app.

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. Traveling from San Pedro in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 72°F in Playa del Carmen. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Tulum, Chichen Itza
Highlights from your plan
Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza

4
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.
Explore Mexico City's surroundings by going to San Juan Teotihuacan (Piramide de la Serpiente Emplumada & Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5). And it doesn't end there: learn more about the world around you at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, explore the striking landscape of Bosque de Chapultepec, don't miss a visit to Zocalo, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Mexico City online journey builder.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Playa del Carmen to Mexico City in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Playa del Carmen to Mexico City. Traveling from Playa del Carmen in July, things will get a bit cooler in Mexico City: highs are around 74°F and lows about 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Granada.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

San Juan Teotihuacan
Highlights from your plan
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Zocalo
Zocalo

3
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Granada: Apoyo (in La Laguna de Apoyo) and Masaya Volcano (in Masaya). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, admire the masterpieces at Casa de Los Tres Mundos, step off the mainland to explore Islets of Granada, and see the interesting displays at Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco.

To find ratings and more tourist information, use the Granada online trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Granada takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to San Salvador.

Things to do in Granada

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Masaya
Highlights from your plan
Masaya Volcano ©
Masaya Volcano
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Islets of Granada ©
Islets of Granada

4
nights
San Salvador, El Salvador

San Salvador ©
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
San Salvador is known for historic sites, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia El Rosario, look for all kinds of wild species at Cinquera Rain Forest Park, and pause for some photo ops at The Monunment of Memory and truth.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our San Salvador route planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Granada to San Salvador in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in San Salvador are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Antigua.

Things to do in San Salvador

Historic Sites Wildlife Museums
Highlights from your plan
Iglesia El Rosario ©
Iglesia El Rosario
Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park
Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park
Museo de Arte de El Salvador ©
Museo de Arte de El Salvador

6
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 (La Aurora Zoo, Iglesia Santo domingo, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, see the interesting displays at Museo Casa del Tejido Antiguo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, and delve into the distant past at Convento de las Capuchinas.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Antigua trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Salvador to Antigua takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Salvador in July, things will get a bit cooler in Antigua: highs are around 77°F and lows about 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Antigua

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Guatemala City
Highlights from your plan
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
La Aurora Zoo ©
La Aurora Zoo

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