40 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

40 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tulum, Mexico
— 4 nights
2
Flores, Guatemala
— 2 nights
3
Lanquin, Guatemala
— 4 nights
4
San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala
— 4 nights
5
Antigua, Guatemala
— 2 nights
6
Leon, Nicaragua
— 3 nights
7
San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
— 3 nights
8
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
9
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
10
Bocas Town, Panama
— 4 nights
11
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 1 night

4
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.
Cenote Calavera has been added to your itinerary. There's more to do: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Tulum trip builder website.

Manchester, UK to Tulum is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Manchester to Tulum. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Manchester in December: high temperatures in Tulum hover around °C and lows are around °C. On the 17th (Thu), you'll travel to Flores.

Things to do in Tulum

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Cenote Calavera ©
Cenote Calavera

2
nights
Flores, Guatemala

Flores ©
An island town, capital of the landlocked region of Peten, attractive Flores features pleasant architecture that complements the shimmering appearance of the surrounding lake.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): make a trip to Jorge's Rope Swing.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Flores visit planner.

Explore your travel options from Tulum to Flores with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In December, daily temperatures in Flores can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. You will leave for Lanquin on the 19th (Sat).
Highlights from your plan
Jorge's Rope Swing ©
Jorge's Rope Swing

4
nights
Lanquin, Guatemala

Lanquin ©
San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Monumento Natural Semuc Champey as well as Grutas Las Marias.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Lanquin trip planner.

Take a shuttle from Flores to Lanquin in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Flores in December: highs in Lanquin hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll travel to San Pedro La Laguna.

Things to do in Lanquin

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey ©
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey
Grutas Las Marias ©
Grutas Las Marias

4
nights
San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala

San Pedro La Laguna ©
Sitting at the base of the volcano of the same name, San Pedro La Laguna has a particularly lively and international atmosphere, attracting tourists from across the world with its lakeside and volcanic scenery, nightlife, and wealth of budget accommodations.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cojolya Museum and Store and Colonial Church. Escape the urban bustle at Lake Atitlan and Indian Nose. Go for a jaunt from San Pedro La Laguna to San Marcos La Laguna to see Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve about 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St Peter and experience rural life at Cafe La Voz.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the San Pedro La Laguna vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Lanquin to San Pedro La Laguna takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Lanquin in December, you will find days in San Pedro La Laguna are a bit cooler (°C), and nights are cooler (°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in San Pedro La Laguna

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Juan la Laguna, Santiago Atitlan, Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve, Lake Atitlan
Highlights from your plan
Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Cerro Tzankujil  Nature Reserve ©
Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve
Cojolya Museum and Store ©
Cojolya Museum and Store

2
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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Mercado de Chichicastenango as well as Volcán Pacaya. On the 27th (Sun), browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado de Chichicastenango. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Antigua trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and shuttle from San Pedro La Laguna to Antigua takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. Traveling from San Pedro La Laguna in December, Antigua is somewhat warmer at night with lows of °C. You will leave for Leon on the 29th (Tue).

Things to do in Antigua

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Mercado de Chichicastenango
Highlights from your plan
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Mercado de Chichicastenango ©
Mercado de Chichicastenango

3
nights
Leon, Nicaragua

Leon ©
A cultured and storied city, Leon attracts guests from all over the world, drawn to the second city's style, thriving intellectual life, and liveliness.
On the 30th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Museum of Legends and Traditions (Museo de Tradiciones y Leyendas), kick back and relax at Playa Las Penitas, and then stop by Catedral de la Asunción. On the next day, examine the collection at Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian, contemplate the long history of Iglesia San Juan Bautista de Subtiava, and then stroll through Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Leon visit planning site.

Traveling by flight from Antigua to Leon takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Antigua in December, with highs in Leon at °C and lows at °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to drive to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in Leon

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Playa Las Penitas ©
Playa Las Penitas
Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve ©
Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve
Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian ©
Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian

3
nights
San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

San Juan del Sur ©
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.
Step out of the city life by going to La Flor Beach Natural Reserve and Zipline. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa el Coco and San Juan del Sur Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Juan del Sur: Popoyo Beach (in Popoyo) and Bordport (in Tola). There's still lots to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, view the masterpieces at The Art Warehouse, don't miss a visit to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read San Juan del Sur road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Leon to San Juan del Sur takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Leon in January: highs in San Juan del Sur hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Tola
Highlights from your plan
La Flor Beach Natural Reserve ©
La Flor Beach Natural Reserve
Popoyo Beach ©
Popoyo Beach
Spas & Wellness

4
nights
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.
ChocoMuseo La Fortuna and Galeria Estudio are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Tabacon Hot Springs and La Fortuna Waterfall. The adventure continues: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, witness a stunning natural landmark at Baldi Hot Springs, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, and view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from San Juan del Sur to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano
River Rafting & Tubing

6
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Puerto Viejo Beach and Punta Uva Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Cahuita National Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Step out of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca with an excursion to Veragua Rainforest Park in Puerto Limon--about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Observatorio, kick back and relax at Playa Cocles, take in nature's colorful creations at Finca La Isla, and admire the sheer force of Cataratas Bribri Talamanca.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Bocas Town.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cahuita, Nature Observatorio, Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, Cataratas Bribri Talamanca, Veragua Rainforest Park
Highlights from your plan
Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach

4
nights
Bocas Town, Panama

Bocas Town
The colorful and relaxed Bocas Town has a welcoming atmosphere, with the modestly sized urban area showcasing typical Caribbean clapboard houses and home to a mixed community from across the world.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Boca del Drago and Starfish Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Dolphin Bay Preserve. Step out of Bocas Town with an excursion to Playa Bluff in Bluff Beach--about 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden, admire the masterpieces at Plastic Bottle Village, examine the collection at Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Bocas Town trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Bocas Town takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. January in Bocas Town sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Playa Bluff, Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden
Highlights from your plan
Starfish Beach
Starfish Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Boca del Drago ©
Boca del Drago

1
night
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 19th (Tue): examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, thentake an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and finally browse the exhibits of Galeria Namu. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, thentour in harmony with nature at Top Travel Costa Rica, and then shop like a local with Multiplaza.

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Traveling by flight from Bocas Town to San Jose takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of bus and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bocas Town to San Jose. Traveling from Bocas Town in January, you will find days in San Jose are warmer (°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Shopping Wildlife

Side Trip

Multiplaza
Highlights from your plan
Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu
Museo de Arte Costarricense ©
Museo de Arte Costarricense

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