58 days in Mexico, Caribbean, Central America & South America Itinerary

58 days in Mexico, Caribbean, Central America & South America Itinerary

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Mexico City, Mexico
— 4 nights
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Oaxaca, Mexico
— 3 nights
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Merida, Mexico
— 2 nights
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Havana, Cuba
— 4 nights
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Trinidad, Cuba
— 2 nights
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Varadero, Cuba
— 2 nights
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Tulum, Mexico
— 4 nights
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San Ignacio, Belize
— 3 nights
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Flores, Guatemala
— 2 nights
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 1 night
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Leon, Nicaragua
— 1 night
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Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua
— 3 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
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Bocas Town, Panama
— 3 nights
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Panama City, Panama
— 3 nights
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Cartagena, Colombia
— 3 nights
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Santa Marta, Colombia
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Mexico City, Mexico

— 4 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Teotihuacan Pyramids and Centro Historico de Tlaxcala. Explore hidden gems such as Museo Trick Eye and Ex Convent of Acolman. Get out of town with these interesting Mexico City side-trips: Catedral de Toluca (in Toluca) and Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Ocotlan (in Tlaxcala). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Square of the Three Cultures, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de San Francisco, pause for some serene contemplation at Rectoria de Santo Domingo de Guzman, and examine the collection at Museo Antiguo Palacio de Iturbide.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Mexico City sightseeing planner.

Sydney, Australia to Mexico City is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -16 hour difference. When traveling from Sydney in January, plan for slightly colder days in Mexico City, with highs around 24°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 7°C. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Oaxaca, Mexico

— 3 nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Playa La Bocana and Horseback Riding Tours. Explore hidden gems such as Coyote Aventuras and Ex-Convento de Santa Catalina. Venture out of the city with trips to Playa Del Amor (in Zipolite), Zona Arqueologica Zaachila (in Zaachila) and Yagul (in Tlacolula). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Temple Tlacochahuaya, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Felipe Neri Temple, stop by Workshop of Jacobo and Maria Angeles, and take in the exciting artwork at Voces de Copal.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Oaxaca route planner.

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Oaxaca takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Mexico City in January: highs in Oaxaca hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Merida.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Merida, Mexico

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): kick back and relax at Playa Norte Celestun, then explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Kankirixche, and then steep yourself in history at Hacienda Yaxcopoil. On the next day, head outdoors with Cenote noh mozon, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Popular, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Jesus, and finally see the interesting displays at Casa Museo Montes Molina.

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

You can fly from Oaxaca to Merida in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Oaxaca to Merida due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Oaxaca in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 21°C in Merida. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Havana.

Things to do in Merida

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Havana, Cuba

— 4 nights

Rome of the Caribbean

Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Palacio De Los Capitanes Generales and Church and Convent of St. Francis of Asisi. Visit Playa Blanca Beach and Punta Mal Tiempo for some beach relaxation. Get out of town with these interesting Havana side-trips: Cayo Largo (Sea Turtle Hatchery & El Torreon Nursery). There's still lots to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, walk around Central Park, contemplate the long history of Castillo de la Real Fuerza, and see the interesting displays at Taquechel Pharmacy Museum.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Havana online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Merida to Havana by flight takes about 5 hours. Traveling from Merida in January, you will find days in Havana are a bit cooler (30°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Trinidad.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Trinidad, Cuba

— 2 nights
Built on sugar and seemingly preserved in molasses, the town of Trinidad attracts visitors with its well-aged 19th century architecture and rustic charm, showcasing the sounds, scents, and sights of days gone by.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): make a trip to Ruinas de Ingenio San Isidro de los Destiladeros, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Topes de Collantes, get outside with Parque Guanayara, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Convento de San Francisco de Asis, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Parque el Cubano. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Maria Aguilar, stroll through Playa La Boca, then examine the collection at Colonial Architecture Museum, then examine the collection at Romance Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Iznaga Tower.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Trinidad trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Havana to Trinidad takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Varadero.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Varadero, Cuba

— 2 nights
One of the largest resort towns in the Caribbean, Varadero boasts a 20 km (12 mi) long stretch of sand, lined with hotels and all-inclusive resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): head outdoors with Parque de la Libertad, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia Santa Elvira, then have a few drinks at Mi Casa Beatles, and finally identify plant and animal life at Varahicacos Ecological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Pharmaceutical Museum and then go all around town with City Tours.

To see reviews and tourist information, you can read our Varadero route planner.

You can drive from Trinidad to Varadero in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in February, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Varadero

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Tulum, Mexico

— 4 nights
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Step out of the city life by going to Mayan Beach and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Do some cultural sightseeing at Art Gallery Miniature and Ek Balam. Explore Tulum's surroundings by going to Cozumel (Fishing Charters & Tours & Punta Sur Eco Beach Park). Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Ziggy Beach, explore the fascinating underground world of Cenotes Sac Actun, explore the activities along Casa Cenote, and stop by La Llorona.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Tulum trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Varadero to Tulum in 7 hours. February in Tulum sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 21°C at night. On the 11th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to San Ignacio.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

San Ignacio, Belize

— 3 nights

Cayo Town

The cultural hub of the district, San Ignacio neatly blends tourism and tradition, expats and indigenous peoples into a convincingly authentic, but modern and welcoming inland town.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Studio Gallery Cayetano and El Pilar. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Off-Road Tours and Rio On Pools. Change things up with these side-trips from San Ignacio: Belmopan (River Rafting & Tubing & St Herman's Cave) and Big Rock Falls (in Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Belize Botanic Gardens, get outside with True Vine Adventures, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and stroll through Green Hills Butterfly Ranch.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our San Ignacio vacation planner.

You can drive from Tulum to San Ignacio in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tulum to San Ignacio. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Flores.

Things to do in San Ignacio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Flores, Guatemala

— 2 nights
An island town, capital of the landlocked region of Peten, attractive Flores features pleasant architecture that complements the shimmering appearance of the surrounding lake.
On your second day here, get outside with Actún Can and then explore the ancient world of Cultural Triangle Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Flores day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from San Ignacio to Flores takes 2 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Flores can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Flores

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Antigua, Guatemala

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Convento Santa Clara and then explore the ancient world of La Recoleccion.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Antigua day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Flores to Antigua takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Flores in February, with highs in Antigua at 28°C and lows at 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Leon.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites

Leon, Nicaragua

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): get interesting insight from Tours, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church The Recollection, then stroll through Playa Poneloya, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Calvary Church - Sweet Name of Jesus.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Leon travel planner.

Fly from Antigua to Leon in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Antigua in February; daily highs in Leon reach 40°C and lows reach 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to catch the bus to Isla de Ometepe.

Things to do in Leon

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Historic Sites

Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua

— 3 nights
Isla de Ometepe may be small in size, but it boasts two large volcanoes that dominate its landscape and influence the local lifestyle.
Step out of the city life by going to Cascada de San Ramon and Volcan Maderas. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rio Istian and Punta Jesus Maria. Change things up with a short trip to Parroquia San Pedro Apostol Rivas in Rivas (about 1h 55 min away). There's lots more to do: trek along Sendero Pena Inculta, visit Los Ramos, find something for the whole family at Chico Largo Adventure, and examine the collection at Museo Ometepe.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Isla de Ometepe trip website.

Getting from Leon to Isla de Ometepe by bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Isla de Ometepe

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

— 3 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano) and Butterfly Conservatory. Get outdoors at Paradise Hot Springs and Venado Caves. Venture out of the city with trips to Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park (in La Virgen) and Catedral de Ciudad Quesada (in Quesada). The adventure continues: hike along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, take in the natural beauty of Los Lagos Hot Springs, view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery, and stroll through Bogarin Trail.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip tool.

Getting from Isla de Ometepe to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 6 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trips

Monteverde, Costa Rica

— 3 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Playa Dona Ana and Finca el Rodeo. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Bat Jungle and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Monteverde: Middle Earth Thermal Springs (in Quebrada Grande) and Superman De Osa (in Puntarenas). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Chorotega Arts & Crafts, take in the exciting artwork at Arte Jaguar Gallery, browse the exhibits of Alas y Raices, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Ecological Sanctuary.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

— 3 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Relax by the water at Playa Ventanas and Palo Seco Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Parasailing & Paragliding and Playa Espadilla Norte. Venture out of the city with trips to Dominical (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store), Isla Damas (in Puntarenas) and Playa Bejuco (in Esterillos Este). There's much more to do: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, stroll around Parque Nahomi, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and kick back and relax at Playas Gemelas.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Bocas Town.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Bocas Town, Panama

— 3 nights
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Starfish Beach and Wizard Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and Plastic Bottle Village. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bocas Town: Changuinola (Rio San San & Aamvecona). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Boca del Drago, don't miss a visit to Random Art, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Bocas Town trip website.

You can fly from Manuel Antonio to Bocas Town in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Manuel Antonio to Bocas Town. In March, daytime highs in Bocas Town are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Panama City.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Panama City, Panama

— 3 nights

Dubai of Latin America

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Panama Rainforest Discovery Center. Get some cultural insight at Iglesia del Carmen and Iglesia de la Merced. Step out of Panama City to go to Gamboa and see Asociacion Panamericana para la Conservacion, which is approximately 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Bahai Temple, delve into the distant past at El Arco Chato, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Francisco de Asis, and admire the landmark architecture of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Panama City vacation app.

Getting from Bocas Town to Panama City by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Bocas Town in March, expect nights in Panama City to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 38°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Panama City

Wildlife · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Cartagena, Colombia

— 3 nights

City of Heroes

The site of the continent's first Spanish colony, Cartagena retains much of its colonial flavor thanks to a World Heritage-listed old town, encircled by old walls and protected by imposing fortresses.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Plaza de La Trinidad, then wander the streets of Barrio Getsemani, then look for all kinds of wild species at Aviario Nacional de Colombia, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Santa Catalina de Alejandria. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Centro Historico, then don't miss a visit to Plaza de la Proclamacion, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cartagena holiday maker site.

You can fly from Panama City to Cartagena in 5.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Cartagena are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Santa Marta, Colombia

— 2 nights

America's Pearl

Many visitors begin their Santa Marta holiday, surrounded by urban clutter and heavy traffic, expecting little from the city in terms of historical importance.
Visiting Bahia Concha and Playa Bello Horizonte will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Buritaca and Ensenada de Chengue. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Valencia Brook's Waterfalls, look for gifts at Yo Amo Santa Marta, head outdoors with Rio Don Diego, and don't miss a visit to El Amanuense Libros & Cafe.

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

You can drive from Cartagena to Santa Marta in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. March in Santa Marta sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Mexico travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Beaches · Landmarks
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.

Cuba travel guide

4.4
Beaches · Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks
The largest island in the Caribbean, Cuba lies just 140 km (90 mi) south of Florida and captivates a growing number of Western visitors with its tropical landscapes and cultural attractions. Sightseeing in Cuba inevitably begins in Havana, a city of photogenic architecture, lively nightlife, and a passion for baseball. The country's smaller colonial towns usually feature central squares, ideal places to meet the locals under wrought-iron street lamps. Savvy visitors escape the cities during their Cuba holidays, devoting plenty of time to the country's charming countryside, where you can get the feel for this diverse land by conversing with friendly tobacco farmers and small-scale fruit producers.

Belize travel guide

4.4
Scuba & Snorkeling · River Rafting & Tubing · Reefs
Belize boasts a long coastline along the Caribbean Sea and serves as one of the world's top destinations for snorkeling and scuba diving. In a country providing a home for many different ethnic communities, a holiday in Belize ensures visitors experience a blend of cultures sharing a small land endowed with grand natural beauty. As you tour Belize, you'll see dense broadleaf forests sheltering a staggering variety of birds, ancient Maya ruins providing a palpable history lesson, and tiny coastal villages making up in hospitality what they lack in tourist infrastructure. Still relatively unexplored by foreigners, the country offers travelers a chance to experience pristine scenery free of big crowds and pushy souvenir vendors.

Guatemala travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Volcanos · Ruins
Land of Eternal Spring
Offering a chance to discover a rich history, remarkable landscapes, and a vibrant culture, a holiday in Guatemala remains a great choice for a wide range of travelers. The heart of the Maya civilization, Guatemala boasts stunning ancient ruins and traditional villages that blend with the Spanish heritage of the colonial-era and its stately cathedrals and town halls. While the cities boast splendid architecture and cultural heritage, they make up a small percentage of the mountainous Guatemalan landscape. Adventurous travelers and nature lovers will have plenty of things to do in Guatemala, from boating on the rushing rivers and scenic lakes, to exploring caves, picturesque beaches, and lush national parks.

Nicaragua travel guide

4.2
Churches · Volcanos · Specialty Museums
Still emerging as a major tourist destination, Nicaragua, the largest country in Central America, entices travelers with its rich history and remarkable natural beauty just waiting to be discovered. A holiday in Nicaragua allows you to explore a vibrant culture, scenic beaches, and plenty of spots off the beaten path. Majestic volcanoes, lakes, and forests offer numerous chances for exploration and exciting adventures, while major cities boast splendid colonial architecture. With access to coastlines on both the Pacific and the Caribbean, a vacation in Nicaragua appeals to those looking for thrilling surfing experiences, dramatic views, or a chance to spread out on a deserted tropical beach.

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.

Panama travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Historic Walking Areas · Shopping Malls
With a lively banking sector and a booming tourism industry, Panama remains one of the most powerful nations in the Americas, though it's also one of the smallest by land area. The country boasts coastlines on both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, so it's not surprising most Panama holidays include some form of seaside entertainment. With outstanding beaches all over the country, it's easy to find an ideal spot to swim, snorkel, dive, fish, sail, or simply kick back on the sand with a few cold drinks. The country's best-known landmark and one of the world's most significant shipping routes, Panama Canal tops most tourist itineraries--many choose to see this engineering wonder by traveling the length of it by train.

Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Diverse in terms of landscapes, climates, and cultures, Colombia remains one of South America's least explored tourist destinations, overshadowed by its more popular southern neighbors. Combining the best of what the continent has to offer, a vacation in Colombia allows you to blend outdoor adventures with tours of picture-perfect cobblestoned towns dating back to the colonial era. Tourists on a Colombia holiday can easily hop from sun-kissed coastal spots to the hilly coffee-growing region, where thriving plantations quickly give way to a landscape of snow-covered volcanic peaks and the paramo--alpine ecosystems sheltering some of the rarest plants growing above the continuous forest line.