53 days in Central America & Mexico Itinerary

53 days in Central America & Mexico Itinerary

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San Jose, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
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David, Panama
— 4 nights
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Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica
— 7 nights
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Quepos, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 7 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
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Managua, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
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Tegucigalpa, Honduras
— 4 nights
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El Tunco, El Salvador
— 3 nights
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Villa Nueva, Guatemala
— 5 nights
Drive to La Aurora Airport, Fly to Huatulco
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Huatulco, Mexico
— 4 nights

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San Jose, Costa Rica

— 3 nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Metal Church and Ruins of the Church of Carthage. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Museo de Arte Costarricense and Galeria Namu. Get out of town with these interesting San Jose side-trips: El Silencio de Los Angeles Cloud Forest Reserve (in San Ramon), Our Lady of the Pillar Cathedral (in Alajuela) and Iglesia de San Rafael (in Zarcero). Next up on the itinerary: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Spirogyra Butterfly Garden.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our San Jose day trip planning website.

Miami, USA to San Jose is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Miami to San Jose. Traveling from Miami in May, things will get little chillier in San Jose: highs are around 82°F and lows about 67°F. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to David.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

David, Panama

— 4 nights
A base for exploring the west of the country and further afield, David benefits from the Pan-American Highway going right through town, linking it to cities in the east of Panama, and Costa Rica.
Step off the beaten path and head to The Lost Waterfalls-Boquete and Spas & Wellness. Visiting Los Cangilones de Gualaca and Pesca Panama will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around David: Playa Las Lajas (in Playa Las Lajas) and Boquete (Eco Horqueta, Los Ladrillos, &more). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral San Jose De David, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa La Barqueta, and don't miss a visit to Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra Park.

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You can drive from San Jose to David in 6.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Jose to David. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Jose in May: high temperatures in David hover around 89°F and lows are around 75°F. You will leave for Puerto Jimenez on the 8th (Sat).

Things to do in David

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica

— 7 nights
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Golfo Dulce. Visiting Osa Wildlife Sanctuary and Naturaseekers will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Puerto Jimenez: Golfito (Piedras Blancas National Park, Golfito National Wildlife Refuge, &more), El Sitio Museo Finca 6 (in Palmar Norte) and Quebrada Cuervo (in Loma).

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Jimenez travel route planner.

You can drive from David to Puerto Jimenez in 3.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from David to Puerto Jimenez due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Quepos.

Things to do in Puerto Jimenez

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Quepos, Costa Rica

— 6 nights
The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
Step out of the city life by going to Kokopelli and Playa Manuel Antonio. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Quepos: Vista Los Suenos Horseback Riding (in Herradura), Playa Bejuco (in Esterillos Este) and Tico Pod Art House & Gifts (in Jaco). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque Reptilandia, see Off-Road Tours, delve into the lush surroundings at Birding Spots Manuel Antonio, and kick back and relax at Playa Espadilla Norte.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Quepos trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Puerto Jimenez to Quepos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Quepos

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Monteverde, Costa Rica

— 7 nights
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Explore hidden gems such as El Trapiche Tour and Macaw Sanctuary Natuwa. Ecological Sanctuary and Santa Elena Skywalk will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Monteverde side-trips: Sustainability Demonstration Center (in Guacimal), Viento Fresco Waterfall (in Tilaran) and Middle Earth Thermal Springs (in Quebrada Grande). Spend the 23rd (Sun) exploring nature at Up in the Cloud Forest. There's lots more to do: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, take in the dramatic scenery at San Luis Waterfall, surround yourself with nature on Monteverde Morning Walk, and delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Monteverde trip itinerary site.

Drive from Quepos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

— 6 nights
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.
Popular historic sites such as Catedral de Ciudad Quesada and Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos are in your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Bogarin Trail and Safaris. Explore La Fortuna de San Carlos' surroundings by going to Butterfly Conservatory (in El Castillo), Frogs Heaven (in Horquetas) and Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park (in La Virgen). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, do sightseeing your way with Cabalgata Don Tobias, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Managua.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Managua, Nicaragua

— 2 nights

Bride of Xolotlan

Nicaragua's largest and capital city, Managua remains relatively unknown as a tourist destination, though it boasts a scenic location on the southwestern shore of the Xolotlan Lake.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Montibelli Private National Reserve, see some colorful creatures with Dive Nicaragua, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santiago of Managua Cathedral, then head outdoors with La Mochila Del Vago, and finally make a trip to Loma de Tiscapa.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Managua visit site.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Managua in 6 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Tegucigalpa.

Things to do in Managua

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Tegucigalpa, Honduras

— 4 nights
Capital of Honduras, the 400-year-old city of Tegucigalpa boasts an impressive ensemble of colonial buildings flanking old stone streets, which lead to hillside parks and lively squares.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Museo para la Identidad Nacional and Catedral de San Miguel. Get some historical perspective at Basilica de Suyapa and Immaculate Conception Church. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Los Dolores, take in the awesome beauty at Castillo Bellucci, get outside with Cabra Rides, and stroll around Naciones Unidas El Picacho Park.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Tegucigalpa trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Managua to Tegucigalpa takes 6.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in June, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to El Tunco.

Things to do in Tegucigalpa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

El Tunco, El Salvador

— 3 nights
Your inner history buff will appreciate San Andres and Catedral de Sonsonate. Discover out-of-the-way places like Playa El Tunco and Balance Yoga Center.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the El Tunco trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Tegucigalpa to El Tunco takes 6.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Tegucigalpa in June, with highs in El Tunco at 89°F and lows at 74°F. You'll set off for Villa Nueva on the 12th (Sat).

Things to do in El Tunco

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Villa Nueva, Guatemala

— 5 nights
Villa Nueva City is a City in the Guatemala department of Guatemala. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Naciones Unidas National Park and Santa Teresita Hotel & Spa Termal. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Villa Nueva: Mall Pradera Concepcion (in Santa Catarina Pinula) and Auto Safari Chapin (in Escuintla). There's still lots to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Teleferico de Amatitlan.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Villa Nueva trip planner.

Getting from El Tunco to Villa Nueva by car takes about 5 hours. You'll set off for Huatulco on the 17th (Thu).

Things to do in Villa Nueva

Parks · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Huatulco, Mexico

— 4 nights
A short flight from Mexico City, scenic Huatulco features nine picture-perfect bays on the Pacific coast.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Scuba Diving Anfibios Huatulco and Cascadas de Llano Grande. Get in touch with nature at Tangolunda Bay and Isla Cacaluta. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Huatulco: Playa del Amor (in Zipolite), Mazunte (Centro Mexicano de la Tortuga & Punta Cometa) and Bahia Estacahuite (in Puerto Angel). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Site Museum Bocana del Rio Copalita, relax and rejuvenate at Spa con Aroma a Oaxaca, stroll around Huatulco National Park, and take in the exciting artwork at Europa Galeria De Arte.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Huatulco road trip planning app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Villa Nueva to Huatulco. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in June, and nighttime lows around 74°F.

Things to do in Huatulco

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.

Osa Peninsula travel guide

4.2
National Parks · Dolphin & Whale Watching · Islands
A remote area, home to half of all the country's species, Osa Peninsula attracts visitors looking for adventure in the great outdoors. Explorations of the marine environment surrounding the peninsular are among the most popular things to do on Osa Peninsula, with a wealth of dive and snorkeling sites to visit. The main town provides a jump-off point for explorations of the sandy beaches and virgin tropical rainforest of the national park, home to wild cats, scarlet macaws, frogs, snakes, monkeys, deer, sloths, tapirs, raccoons, manatees...

Mexico travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling
Tailor-made for anyone seeking that traditional sun-and-sand experience, Mexico vacations allow visitors to explore nearly 10,000 km (6,200 mi) of picturesque coastlines. Idyllic beaches and favorable year-round weather aside, this diverse country with a rich pre-Colombian history allows tourists a chance to discover a fascinating cuisine, numerous archaeological sites, state-of-the-art museums, colonial-era haciendas, and outstanding examples of 21st-century architecture. Most visitors get to know the country by its cities, but if you want a well-rounded Mexico tour, spend some time exploring its jungles, cloud forests, Caribbean reefs, snowcapped volcanoes, vast deserts, and tranquil lagoons. Life is lived outdoors in Mexico, so wherever you go, don't forget to dine alfresco and stroll the country's colonial streets.