36 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

36 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

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36 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

Start: Paris, France
Fly:  15 h 30 min
1
Mexico City, Mexico
— 3 nights
Shuttle:  5 h
2
Oaxaca, Mexico
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 30 min
3
Salina Cruz, Mexico
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h 30 min
4
San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico
— 2 nights
Bus:  3 h
5
Palenque, Mexico
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  6 h
6
Merida, Mexico
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Chichen Itza, Mexico
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
8
Valladolid, Mexico
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8 h
9
Holbox Island, Mexico
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  3 h 30 min
10
Tulum, Mexico
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
11
Xpujil Town, Mexico
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  11 h
12
Caye Caulker, Belize
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
13
Belize City, Belize
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  3 h
14
Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  10 h 30 min
15
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Bus + Taxi:  3 h
16
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
17
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
18
Liberia, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
19
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
20
Quepos, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
21
Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Fly:  25 h
End: Paris, France

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Embarcadero del Parque Écologico de Xochimilco as well as Museo del Tequila y el Mezcal. Popular historic sites such as Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan and Museo del Templo Mayor are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at National Museum of Anthropology and Historic Center (Centro Historico). It doesn't end there: browse the different shops at Coyoacan and take a peaceful walk through Chapultepec Park.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Mexico City trip planner .

Paris, France to Mexico City is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Paris in October; daily highs in Mexico City reach 26°C and lows reach 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
Highlights from your plan

1
night
Oaxaca, Mexico

Oaxaca ©
Capital city of the eponymous state, Oaxaca relies heavily on its colonial charm, its core a maze of tree-shaded alleys flanked by photogenic mansions, government buildings, and old churches.
To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Oaxaca online trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Oaxaca takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. When traveling from Mexico City in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Oaxaca, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. On the 5th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Salina Cruz.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Monte Alban ©
Monte Alban

1
night
Salina Cruz, Mexico

Salina Cruz
Salina Cruz is a major seaport on the Pacific coast of the Mexican state of Oaxaca. To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Salina Cruz day trip planning app .

Getting from Oaxaca to Salina Cruz by car takes about 5 hours. Traveling from Oaxaca in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 28°C in Salina Cruz. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to San Cristobal de las Casas.

Things to do in Salina Cruz

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Chipehua

2
nights
San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico

San Cristobal de las Casas ©
San Cristóbal de las Casas, also known by its native Tzotzil name, Jovel, is a town and municipality located in the Central Highlands region of the Mexican state of Chiapas. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tonina as well as Cascada El Chiflon. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada El Chiflon.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our San Cristobal de las Casas trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Salina Cruz to San Cristobal de las Casas in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Salina Cruz in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in San Cristobal de las Casas, with lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Tue) to allow time for the bus ride to Palenque.

Things to do in San Cristobal de las Casas

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Cascada El Chiflon, Tonina
Highlights from your plan
Cascada El Chiflon ©
Cascada El Chiflon
Tonina ©
Tonina

3
nights
Palenque, Mexico

Palenque ©
Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Agua Azul Waterfalls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Agua Azul Waterfalls.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Palenque day trip planning app .

Getting from San Cristobal de las Casas to Palenque by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. You will leave for Merida on the 11th (Fri).

Things to do in Palenque

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque ©
Zona Arqueologica de Palenque
Agua Azul Waterfalls ©
Agua Azul Waterfalls

1
night
Merida, Mexico

Merida ©
Yucatan's busy capital, Merida remains a mid-sized urban center offering an impressive list of cultural activities, eclectic nightlife, and a chance to see tropical examples of French and Italian architecture.
For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Merida trip builder .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Palenque to Merida in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Palenque to Merida due to the time zone difference. In October, daytime highs in Merida are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Merida

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Merida Cathedral ©
Merida Cathedral

2
nights
Chichen Itza, Mexico

Chichen Itza ©
Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cenote Ik kil as well as Chichen Itza. On the 12th (Sat), explore the ancient world of Chichen Itza. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Uxmal and then explore the striking landscape at Cenote X Batun.

Before you visit Chichen Itza, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can take a bus from Merida to Chichen Itza in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In October in Chichen Itza, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Mon) before leaving for Valladolid.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Uxmal, Cenote X Batun
Highlights from your plan
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Uxmal ©
Uxmal
Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil

1
night
Valladolid, Mexico

Valladolid ©
One of the gateways to the ruins of Chichen Itza, Valladolid boasts plenty of historic charm and offers a range of tourist-oriented services that ensure pleasant holidays in this area.
Las Coloradas has been added to your itinerary.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Valladolid journey site .

Traveling by car from Chichen Itza to Valladolid takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Valladolid are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Holbox Island.

Things to do in Valladolid

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Las Coloradas
Highlights from your plan
Las Coloradas ©
Las Coloradas

2
nights
Holbox Island, Mexico

Holbox Island ©
You've now added Holbox Whale Shark Tours to your itinerary.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Holbox Island travel planning tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Valladolid to Holbox Island. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in October, and nighttime lows around 26°C. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Tulum.

Things to do in Holbox Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Holbox Whale Shark Tours ©
Holbox Whale Shark Tours

2
nights
Tulum, Mexico

Tulum ©
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, Cenote Azul and Coco Bongo Playa del Carmen. There's more to do: delve into the distant past at Ruins of Tulum and kick back and relax at Mayan Beach.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Tulum itinerary planning website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Holbox Island to Tulum. In October, daily temperatures in Tulum can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Xpujil Town.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, Coco Bongo Playa del Carmen, Cenote Azul
Highlights from your plan
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Mayan Beach ©
Mayan Beach
Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve ©
Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve

1
night
Xpujil Town, Mexico

Xpujil Town ©
You've now added Calakmul Archaeological Zone to your itinerary.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Xpujil Town trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Tulum to Xpujil Town in 4 hours. On the 20th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Caye Caulker.

Things to do in Xpujil Town

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Calakmul Archaeological Zone
Highlights from your plan
Calakmul Archaeological Zone ©
Calakmul Archaeological Zone

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.
Caveman Snorkeling Tours has been added to your itinerary.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Caye Caulker trip itinerary app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Xpujil Town to Caye Caulker. The time zone difference when traveling from Xpujil Town to Caye Caulker is minus 1 hour. October in Caye Caulker sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Belize City.

Things to do in Caye Caulker

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Caveman Snorkeling Tours ©
Caveman Snorkeling Tours

1
night
Belize City, Belize

Belize City ©
Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lamanai Archaeological Reserve. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): examine the collection at Museum of Belize. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Lamanai Archaeological Reserve.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Belize City tour builder tool .

You can ride a ferry from Caye Caulker to Belize City in an hour. October in Belize City sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C at night. On the 23rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Belize City

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Lamanai Archaeological Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Lamanai Archaeological Reserve ©
Lamanai Archaeological Reserve
Museum of Belize ©
Museum of Belize

2
nights
Tikal National Park, Guatemala

Tikal National Park
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Tikal.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tikal National Park trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Belize City to Tikal National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

2
nights
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.
You've now added Jade Museum to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at National Museum (Museo Nacional) and then get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our San Jose sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Tikal National Park to San Jose in 10.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. In October, daytime highs in San Jose are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Tortuguero.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

Poas Volcano
Highlights from your plan
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum

2
nights
Tortuguero, Costa Rica

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
To find ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Tortuguero tour itinerary planner.

Getting from San Jose to Tortuguero by combination of bus and taxi takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from San Jose in October; daily highs in Tortuguero reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

1
night
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

La Fortuna de San Carlos ©
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.
You've now added Llanos de Cortez Waterfall to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Arenal Natura Ecological Park and then admire the sheer force of Llanos de Cortez Waterfall.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

You can drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to drive to Liberia.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Wildlife Trails
Highlights from your plan
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

1
night
Liberia, Costa Rica

Liberia ©
Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Rio Negro Hot Springs as well as Rincon de La Vieja National Park.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Liberia trip planner .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Liberia takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to drive to Quepos.

Things to do in Liberia

Parks Nature

Side Trips

Rincon de La Vieja National Park, Rio Negro Hot Springs
Highlights from your plan
Rincon de La Vieja National Park ©
Rincon de La Vieja National Park
Rio Negro Hot Springs ©
Rio Negro Hot Springs

2
nights
Monteverde, Costa Rica

Monteverde ©
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
You've now added Santa Elena Skywalk to your itinerary. On the 1st (Fri), take in the views from Santa Elena Skywalk.

Find out how to plan Monteverde trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Getting from Liberia to Monteverde by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. On the 2nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Quepos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tarcoles Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Santa Elena Skywalk ©
Santa Elena Skywalk

1
night
Quepos, Costa Rica

Quepos
The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
Manuel Antonio National Park has been added to your itinerary.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Quepos trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Quepos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Jimenez.

Things to do in Quepos

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

1
night
Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica

Puerto Jimenez ©
Corcovado Hiking Tours has been added to your itinerary.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Puerto Jimenez trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Quepos to Puerto Jimenez in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Jimenez

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Corcovado Hiking Tours ©
Corcovado Hiking Tours

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