37 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

37 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

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1
Merida, Mexico
— 3 nights
2
Chichen Itza, Mexico
— 1 night
3
Caye Caulker, Belize
— 1 night
4
Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 3 nights
5
Antigua, Guatemala
— 3 nights
6
Copan Ruinas, Honduras
— 2 nights
7
San Salvador, El Salvador
— 2 nights
8
Granada, Nicaragua
— 3 nights
9
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
10
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
11
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
12
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
13
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 2 nights

3
nights
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.
Get some historical perspective at Uxmal and Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Yucátan. Get some cultural insight at Merida Cathedral and Hacienda Yaxcopoil. Explore Merida's surroundings by going to Ticul (EcoMuseo del Cacao & Iglesia San Antonio De Padua) and Cenote Kankirixche (in Mucuyche). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Museo Palacio de la Musica, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Popular, stop by B&G Atelier, and explore the galleries of Nahualli Casa de los Artistas.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Merida holiday maker app.

Adelaide, Australia to Merida is an approximately 35-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Adelaide to Merida is minus 14.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Adelaide in November, with highs in Merida at °C and lows at °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Merida

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Ticul, Hacienda Yaxcopoil, Uxmal, Cenote Kankirixche
Highlights from your plan
Uxmal ©
Uxmal
Merida Cathedral ©
Merida Cathedral

1
night
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.
On the 4th (Fri), delve into the distant past at Plataforma de Venus, delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza, Head underground at Cenote Yokdzonot, delve into the distant past at La Iglesia, thenexplore the ancient world of Temple of the Big Tables, and finally delve into the distant past at Las Monjas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica de Ake.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Chichen Itza trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Merida to Chichen Itza takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Merida in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Chichen Itza, with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Caye Caulker.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Cenote Yokdzonot, Zona Arqueologica de Ake
Highlights from your plan
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Zona Arqueologica de Ake ©
Zona Arqueologica de Ake
Temple of the Bearded Man ©
Temple of the Bearded Man

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): explore the gorgeous colors at Turneffe Reef, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, thentake in the exciting artwork at Red Flower Gallery, and finally stop by Osprey Silver Jewelry & Boutique.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Caye Caulker trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Chichen Itza to Caye Caulker takes 13 hours. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. In December, daily temperatures in Caye Caulker can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Caye Caulker

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Turneffe Reef ©
Turneffe Reef
Fishing Charters & Tours
Red Flower Gallery ©
Red Flower Gallery

3
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.
Tikal National Park is known for adventure and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Centro de Conservacion e Investigaction.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Tikal National Park trip planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and bus from Caye Caulker to Tikal National Park in 11 hours. On the 10th (Thu), you'll travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Museums

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Catedral de San Jose and Convento Santa Clara. Step off the beaten path and head to Casa Santo Domingo Museums and La Azotea. And it doesn't end there: trek along Finca El Pilar, take an in-depth tour of Centro Cultural La Azotea, don't miss a visit to San Jose El Viejo, and examine the collection at Museo Casa del Tejido Antiguo.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Antigua vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Tikal National Park to Antigua takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In December, daytime highs in Antigua are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to take a shuttle to Copan Ruinas.

Things to do in Antigua

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

La Azotea
Highlights from your plan
Centro Cultural La Azotea ©
Centro Cultural La Azotea
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
Finca El Pilar ©
Finca El Pilar

2
nights
Copan Ruinas, Honduras

Copan Ruinas ©
The colorful, cultural town of Copan boasts attractions old and new, manmade and natural.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre, thenstroll through Macaw Mountain Bird Park & Nature Reserve, and then delve into the distant past at Copan Ruinas. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Pyramid over Rosalila Temple, catch a live event at Mayan Ball Court, and then see the interesting displays at Museo de Arqueologia.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Copan Ruinas visit planner.

Getting from Antigua to Copan Ruinas by shuttle takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Antigua in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Copan Ruinas, with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Salvador.

Things to do in Copan Ruinas

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Copan Ruinas ©
Copan Ruinas
Macaw Mountain Bird Park & Nature Reserve ©
Mayan Ball Court ©
Mayan Ball Court

2
nights
San Salvador, El Salvador

The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
On the 16th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia El Rosario, thendiscover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then look for gifts at El Arbol de Dios. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the engaging exhibits at Tin Marin Children's Museum, identify plant and animal life at Cinquera Rain Forest Park, don't miss a visit to Mirador Municipal Jose Antonio Rodriguez Porth, thenexamine the collection at Monseñor Romero Center, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica de la Ceiba de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the San Salvador online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Copan Ruinas to San Salvador takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from Copan Ruinas, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in San Salvador, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Granada.

Things to do in San Salvador

Wildlife Museums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Cinquera Rain Forest Park ©
Cinquera Rain Forest Park
Iglesia El Rosario ©
Iglesia El Rosario

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 some cultural insight at Catedral de Granada and ChocoMuseo Granada. Museum-lovers will get to explore Mi Museo and Gallery Ubago. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, steep yourself in history at Old Railway Station, squeeze the most out of the city with City Tours, and stroll the grounds of Cementerio De Granada.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Granada trip planner.

Fly from San Salvador to Granada in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Iglesia de Xalteva ©
Iglesia de Xalteva
Catedral de Granada ©
Catedral de Granada
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like River Rafting & Tubing and Paradise Hot Springs. You'll explore and learn at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna and Galeria Estudio. Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos to go to El Castillo and see Butterfly Conservatory, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, stroll through Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos, and explore by horseback at Arenal Wilberth Stables.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

You can drive from Granada to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Venado Caves, Butterfly Conservatory
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Sustainability Demonstration Center. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chorotega Arts & Crafts and Ecological Sanctuary. Go for a jaunt from Monteverde to Quebrada Grande to see Middle Earth Thermal Springs about 1h 35 min away. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Valle Escondido Preserve, admire the sheer force of San Luis Waterfall, and experience rural life at Hidden Valley Permaculture Farm.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Monteverde holiday maker app.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

San Luis Waterfall, Middle Earth Thermal Springs, Sustainability Demonstration Center
Highlights from your plan
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Sustainability Demonstration Center ©
Sustainability Demonstration Center

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nights
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.
Visit Playa Biesanz and Playa Manuel Antonio for some beach relaxation. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Off-Road Tours and Manuel Antonio National Park. And it doesn't end there: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, get interesting insight from Tours, walk around Parque Nahomi, and view the masterpieces at The Captain's Booty.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio holiday app.

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Quepos
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Walking tours

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, thentake an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, thenexamine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, and finally view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the top attractions with Top Travel Costa Rica, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense, and then take an in-depth tour of Juan Santamaria Historical Cultural Museum.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our San Jose trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to San Jose takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Wildlife Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Juan Santamaria Historical Cultural Museum
Highlights from your plan
Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum ©
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica

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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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate 3D Museum of Wonders and Casa Kuxtal. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Off-Road Tours and Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church. There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Chaak Tun, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Chikin Ha.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Playa del Carmen day trip website.

Getting from San Jose to Playa del Carmen by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from San Jose to Playa del Carmen, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January, daytime highs in Playa del Carmen are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Skydiving

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