32 days in Central America & Mexico Itinerary

32 days in Central America & Mexico Itinerary

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32 days in Central America & Mexico Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
+3
Fly + bus + foot + bus:  18​h 45​min
1
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Granada, Nicaragua
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Antigua, Guatemala
— 3 nights
shuttle:  5​h
5
Copan Ruinas, Honduras
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
San Salvador, El Salvador
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
San Pedro, Belize
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
8
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 6 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  13​h 30​min
9
Lighthouse Reef Atoll, Belize
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Drive + Fly:  4​h
10
San Ignacio, Belize
— 3 nights
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: London, United Kingdom

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip planner .

London, UK to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from London to Manuel Antonio. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, wildlife, trails, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, hike along Bogarin Trail, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

Drive from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough 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

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Granada side-trips: Masaya Volcano (in Masaya) and La Laguna de Apoyo (Apoyo & Centro de Visitantes Reserva natural Laguna de Apoyo). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, see the interesting displays at Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco, get impressive views of Mombacho, and head off the coast to Islets of Granada.

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Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Granada takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Antigua.

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

3
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Antigua side-trips: Guatemala City (Palacio Nacional & La Aurora Zoo). There's still lots to do: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, explore the ancient world of Convento de las Capuchinas, explore the world behind art at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced.

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You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Granada to Antigua in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. September in Antigua sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to take a shuttle to Copan Ruinas.

Things to do in Antigua

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Guatemala City
Highlights from your plan
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
La Aurora Zoo ©
La Aurora Zoo

3
nights
Copan Ruinas, Honduras

Copan Ruinas ©
The colorful, cultural town of Copan boasts attractions old and new, manmade and natural.
Copan Ruinas is known for historic sites, wildlife, museums, nature, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, steep yourself in history at Mayan Ball Court, take in the natural beauty of Luna Jaguar Hot Spring, and examine the collection at Sculpture Museum.

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You can take a shuttle from Antigua to Copan Ruinas in 5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Antigua in September: highs in Copan Ruinas hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Salvador.

Things to do in Copan Ruinas

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Copan Ruinas ©
Copan Ruinas
Spas
Mayan Ball Court ©
Mayan Ball Court

3
nights
San Salvador, El Salvador

San Salvador ©
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
Step out of San Salvador with an excursion to El Imposible National Park in Ahuachapan--about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Cinquera Rain Forest Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de la Ceiba de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Antropología Dr. David J. Guzman, and pause for some photo ops at The Monunment of Memory and truth.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the San Salvador driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Copan Ruinas to San Salvador in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In September, daytime highs in San Salvador are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in San Salvador

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

El Imposible National Park
Highlights from your plan
Cinquera Rain Forest Park ©
Cinquera Rain Forest Park
Iglesia El Rosario ©
Iglesia El Rosario

3
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Spend the 20th (Sun) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: explore the gorgeous colors at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our San Pedro trip planner .

You can fly from San Salvador to San Pedro in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from San Salvador in September since evenings lows in San Pedro dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Fishing Charters & Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

6
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba), Tulum (Kaahal Home Tulum, Tulum Archaeological Site, & more) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Cozumel). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Xcaret Park, don't miss a visit to Quinta Avenida, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and delve into the distant past at Ek Balam.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Playa del Carmen trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from San Pedro to Playa del Carmen in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from San Pedro to Playa del Carmen, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Playa del Carmen when traveling from San Pedro in September, with lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tulum, Choco-Story Valladolid, Scuba & Snorkeling, Ek Balam, Chichen Itza
Highlights from your plan
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Xcaret Park ©
Xcaret Park
Zipline

2
nights
Lighthouse Reef Atoll, Belize

Lighthouse Reef Atoll ©
Home to the iconic Great Blue Hole--a giant marine sinkhole--Lighthouse Reef Atoll is a mecca for scuba divers and snorkelers.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sun): Head underground at Great Blue Hole.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Lighthouse Reef Atoll attractions planning tool .

Explore your travel options from Playa del Carmen to Lighthouse Reef Atoll with the Route module. Traveling from Playa del Carmen to Lighthouse Reef Atoll, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. September in Lighthouse Reef Atoll sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to San Ignacio.

Things to do in Lighthouse Reef Atoll

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Great Blue Hole ©
Great Blue Hole
Lighthouse Reef ©
Lighthouse Reef

3
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 29th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Green Iguana Conservation Project, then delve into the distant past at Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Creek art walter castillo home art gallery, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Belize Zoo. On the next day, get a new perspective on nature at Chaa Creek Natural History Museum, delve into the distant past at Xunantunich Mayan Ruins, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our San Ignacio tour builder website .

Getting from Lighthouse Reef Atoll to San Ignacio by combination of bus and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Ignacio

Parks Historic Sites Trails

Side Trips

Xunantunich Mayan Ruins, The Belize Zoo
Highlights from your plan
The Belize Zoo ©
The Belize Zoo
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins ©
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins
Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum ©
Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum

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