38 days in Central America & Mexico Itinerary

38 days in Central America & Mexico Itinerary

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Start: Tel Aviv, Israel
Fly + Drive:  20 h 45 min
1
Vara Blanca, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 30 min
4
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
5
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
+6
Taxi + Bus + Fly + Foot + Bus + Foot + Bus:  8 h 15 min
6
Antigua, Guatemala
— 4 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  5 h 30 min
7
Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
8
Hopkins, Belize
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  2 h
9
San Pedro, Belize
— 5 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
10
Cancun, Mexico
— 6 nights
Fly:  18 h 45 min
End: Tel Aviv, Israel

2
nights
Vara Blanca, Costa Rica

Vara Blanca
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and then contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then stroll through Tirimbina Biological Reserve.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Vara Blanca online vacation builder.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Vara Blanca is an approximately 21.5- hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Vara Blanca due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

La Virgen, Poas Volcano
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Tirimbina Biological Reserve ©
Tirimbina Biological Reserve
Kayaking & Canoeing

5
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Tabacon Hot Springs and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Waterfall, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, witness a stunning natural landmark at Ecotermales Fortuna, and head outdoors with El Salto.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos travel route planning site.

You can drive from Vara Blanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.

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
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

1
night
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.
On the 11th (Fri), add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Tortuguero trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing

5
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 Manuel Antonio and Parque Nacional Marino Ballena for some beach relaxation. Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Manuel Antonio: Jaco (Costa Rica SUP'ers & Zipline). There's still lots to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Manuel Antonio National Park, and stroll around Parque Nahomi.

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio journey maker website.

Drive from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Quepos, Jaco, Parque Nacional Marino Ballena
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena ©
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
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.
Visiting Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Ecological Sanctuary will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Chorotega Arts & Crafts and Arte Jaguar Gallery. Go for a jaunt from Monteverde to Esparza to see Piedra de Fuego about 1h 35 min away. Next up on the itinerary: whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Frog Pond, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Monteverde holiday maker site.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Piedra de Fuego
Highlights from your plan
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

4
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 some cultural insight at Volcán Pacaya and Iglesia de La Merced. Get out of town with these interesting Antigua side-trips: Guatemala City (Museo del Ferrocarril, Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, &more). There's still lots to do: get impressive views of Volcan de Agua, delve into the distant past at Convento de las Capuchinas, view the masterpieces at Belfinart, and admire the masterpieces at Casa Santo Domingo Museums.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Antigua trip planner.

Do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Monteverde to Antigua in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tikal National Park.

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
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced

1
night
Tikal National Park, Guatemala

Tikal National Park
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
On the 26th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Centro de Conservacion e Investigaction.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tikal National Park online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Antigua to Tikal National Park by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or drive. On the 26th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hopkins.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Museums

2
nights
Hopkins, Belize

Hopkins ©
Advertised as the "Friendliest Village in Belize," Hopkins remains a small fishing settlement on a stretch of golden coastline that offers plenty of modern amenities.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): explore the galleries of Studio Gallery Cayetano, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Glover's Reef Marine Reserve, and then stop by Che'il Mayan Products. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Mon): scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve.

For maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Hopkins journey planning tool.

You can drive from Tikal National Park to Hopkins in 4.5 hours. September in Hopkins sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Hopkins

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Dangriga, Che'il Mayan Products
Highlights from your plan
Glover's Reef Marine Reserve ©
Glover's Reef Marine Reserve
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve ©
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

5
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Belizean Arts and The Gallery of San Pedro. Take a break from the city and head to Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley. The adventure continues: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, explore the striking landscape of Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve, and enjoy the sand and surf at Secret Beach Belize.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the San Pedro attractions planning tool.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Hopkins to San Pedro takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Cancun.

Things to do in San Pedro

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Ambergris Caye
Highlights from your plan
Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
Shark Ray Alley ©
Shark Ray Alley

6
nights
Cancun, Mexico

Cancun ©
Few destinations in Mexico dazzle visitors quite like Cancun, a modern resort town filled with glitzy hotels sitting on picturesque and well-developed Caribbean beaches.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Akumal Beach and Xpu-ha Beach. Get in touch with nature at Swim with Dolphins and Playa Norte. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cancun: Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba), Valladolid (Templo y Ex Convento de Santiago Domingo & Museo de Ropa Etnica de Mexico - Murem) and Isla Mujeres (Gladys Galdamez's Isla Mujeres, Isla Brewing Company, &more). And it doesn't end there: buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, appreciate the history behind Monumento a los Ninos Heroes, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Delfines.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Cancun visit planner.

You can fly from San Pedro to Cancun in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Pedro to Cancun is 1 hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Isla Mujeres, Valladolid, Xpu-ha Beach, Akumal Beach, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
Highlights from your plan
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
Akumal Beach ©
Akumal Beach
Swim with Dolphins

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