32 days in Mexico, Central America & South America Itinerary

32 days in Mexico, Central America & South America Itinerary

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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 3 nights
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San Pedro, Belize
— 4 nights
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San Ignacio, Belize
— 2 nights
Bus to Belize City, Fly to Roatan
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Roatan, Honduras
— 4 nights
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San Salvador, El Salvador
— 2 nights
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 2 nights
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
— 1 night
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Panama City, Panama
— 3 nights
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Cartagena, Colombia
— 3 nights
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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Off-Road Tours and Scuba & Snorkeling. Step off the beaten path and head to Climbing Tours and Skydiving. Change things up with these side-trips from Playa del Carmen: Tulum (Mayan Beach, Tulum Archaeological Site, &more).

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Playa del Carmen trip tool.

Washington DC, USA to Playa del Carmen is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Washington DC in January: high temperatures in Playa del Carmen hover around 78°F and lows are around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Mayan Beach ©
Must see
Mayan Beach
4.2

4
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San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Step off the beaten path and head to Shark Ray Alley and Spas. Get in touch with nature at Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. And it doesn't end there: let the river carry you with Tuff E Nuff Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mexico Rocks, take an unforgettable tour with C & S Golf Cart Rental, and cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our San Pedro tour itinerary maker.

You can fly from Playa del Carmen to San Pedro in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in January, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to San Ignacio.

Things to do in San Pedro

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
Tuff E Nuff Tours ©
River Rafting / Tubing
Tuff E Nuff Tours
4.7
Shark Ray Alley ©
Must see
Shark Ray Alley
4.5

2
nights
San Ignacio, Belize

Cayo Town

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.
On the 22nd (Sat), contemplate the long history of Xunantunich Mayan Ruins and then take a peaceful walk through Rio Bravo Forest Reserve. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Green Iguana Conservation Project and then delve into the distant past at Cahal Pech.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the San Ignacio trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from San Pedro to San Ignacio in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. On the 23rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Roatan.

Things to do in San Ignacio

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
Cahal Pech ©
Must see
Cahal Pech
4.6

4
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Roatan, Honduras

The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Little French Key and Tabyana Beach. Get in touch with nature at West Bay Beach and Mayan Day Passes. The adventure continues: kick your exploration up a notch at Bodden Tours, kick back and relax at Grand Roatan Beach Club, stroll through Mayan Eden, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Fisioterapista-Massagista Roatan.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Roatan trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from San Ignacio to Roatan takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In January in Roatan, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 69°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Salvador.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip
Little French Key ©
Must see
Little French Key
4.4
West Bay Beach ©
Must see
West Bay Beach
4.5
Bodden Tours ©
Zipline
Bodden Tours
4.7

2
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San Salvador, El Salvador

The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia El Rosario, examine the collection at Monseñor Romero Center, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and finally examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Antropología Dr. David J. Guzman. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park, stroll the grounds of Cementerio de Los Ilustres, then identify plant and animal life at Cinquera Rain Forest Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica de la Ceiba de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our San Salvador driving holiday app.

Getting from Roatan to San Salvador by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Roatan in January: highs in San Salvador hover around 88°F, while lows dip to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can drive to Antigua.

Things to do in San Salvador

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums · Tours
Highlights from your trip
Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park
World heritage site
Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park
4.3

2
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Antigua, Guatemala

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 30th (Sun): contemplate the geological forces at Volcan de Agua, then make a trip to Cerro de la Cruz, then see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo, and finally explore the ancient world of Arco de Santa Catalina. On the 31st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to The Plaza Central Park, then delve into the distant past at Convento de las Capuchinas, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Antigua trip builder.

Traveling by car from San Salvador to Antigua takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, Antigua is slightly colder than San Salvador - with highs of 74°F and lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums
Highlights from your trip
ChocoMuseo ©
Specialty Museum
ChocoMuseo
4.4

3
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Biesanz. Get in touch with nature at Fishing Charters & Tours and Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary. It doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and stroll around Manuel Antonio National Park.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Antigua to Manuel Antonio takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Tabacon Hot Springs and Butterfly Conservatory. Step off the beaten path and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Horseback Riding Tours. There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, witness a stunning natural landmark at Ecotermales Fortuna, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, and hike along Senderos Los Tucanes.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

You can 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 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

1
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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

Set in a crescent-shaped bay, San Juan del Sur has become known as a popular surfing spot and coastal holiday destination for Nicaraguan families and international visitors alike.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then kick back and relax at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the San Juan del Sur trip planner.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Juan del Sur in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in San Juan del Sur are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Panama City.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

Wildlife · Beaches · Outdoors · Parks
Highlights from your trip
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Spa / Wellness
Spas & Wellness
4.9

3
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Panama City, Panama

Dubai of Latin America

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cinta Costera and Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama. Take a break from the city and head to Soberania National Park and Metropolitan National Park. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Casco Viejo and don't miss a visit to Panama Canal.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Panama City holiday planning tool.

Fly from San Juan del Sur to Panama City in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Juan del Sur to Panama City, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In February, daytime highs in Panama City are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Panama City

Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip
Cinta Costera ©
Must see
Cinta Costera
4.7
Casco Viejo ©
Historic Walking Area
Casco Viejo
4.4
Soberania National Park ©
National Park
Soberania National Park
4.3

3
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Cartagena, Colombia

City of Heroes

The site of the continent's first Spanish colony, Cartagena retains much of its colonial flavor thanks to a World Heritage-listed old town, encircled by old walls and protected by imposing fortresses.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, make a trip to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, then don't miss a visit to Torre del Reloj, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, and finally examine the collection at Choco Museo. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, then gain insight at Plaza Santo Domingo, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ermita Nuestra Senora De La Candelaria.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Cartagena online visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Panama City to Cartagena takes 5.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Highlights from your trip
Torre del Reloj ©
Must see
Torre del Reloj
4.3

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