60 days in Central America & Mexico Itinerary

60 days in Central America & Mexico Itinerary

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60 days in Central America & Mexico Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Panama City, Panama
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Mexico City, Mexico
— 8 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 6 nights
+4
Fly + Foot + Bus + Foot + Bus:  6​h 30​min
4
Antigua, Guatemala
— 5 nights
Shuttle:  4​h
5
Copan Ruinas, Honduras
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
San Salvador, El Salvador
— 7 nights
+2
Fly + Shuttle + Drive:  6​h
7
Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 1 day
+2
Drive + Shuttle + Fly:  7​h
8
Roatan, Honduras
— 4 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  5​h 45​min
9
Granada, Nicaragua
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
10
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
11
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
+3
Shuttle + Bus + Foot + Fly:  17​h
End: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

5
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
You'll explore and learn at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama and Museo Panama Viejo. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Casco Viejo and Fort San Lorenzo. Take a break from Panama City with a short trip to Gatun Locks in Colon, about 1h 40 min away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Panama Canal, get to know the fascinating history of Avenida Balboa, explore the ancient world of Panama La Vieja, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Metropolitan National Park.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Panama City journey builder site .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Panama City is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Panama City is minus 6 hours. When traveling from Amsterdam in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Panama City, with highs around 36°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Colon
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Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Fort San Lorenzo ©
Fort San Lorenzo

8
nights
Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Get a sense of the local culture at National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia) and Museo del Templo Mayor. Get some historical perspective at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana) and Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan. Change things up with these side-trips from Mexico City: Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve (in Sian Ka'an) and Cuernavaca (Robert Brady Museum & Archaeological Zone of Xochicalco). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, get to know the fascinating history of Zocalo, examine the collection at Museo Dolores Olmedo Patino, and get a sense of history and politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional).

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Mexico City trip planner .

Fly from Panama City to Mexico City in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Panama City in August, expect nights in Mexico City to be cooler, around 16°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Cuernavaca, Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
Highlights from your plan

6
nights
Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Playa del Carmen ©
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Ruins of Tulum and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Playa del Carmen: Tulum (Punta Laguna Nature Reserve, LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park, & more) and Cancun (La Isla Shopping Village & Swim with Dolphins). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 15th (Wed) at Xel-Ha. There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Xcaret Park, don't miss a visit to Quinta Avenida, and explore the world behind art at Museo Frida Kahlo Riviera Maya.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Playa del Carmen journey planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Mexico City to Playa del Carmen takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Mexico City to Playa del Carmen is 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Mexico City in August; daily highs in Playa del Carmen reach 35°C and lows reach 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Tulum, Cancun, Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret ©
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret

5
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.
Convento de las Capuchinas and Church of San Francisco will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Volcán Pacaya and Iglesia de La Merced. Change things up with these side-trips from Antigua: Guatemala City (Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, Museo Popol Vuh, & more). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, delve into the distant past at Arco de Santa Catalina, look for gifts at Los Colores de la Tierra, and contemplate the long history of Casa Popenoe.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Antigua trip maker tool .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Playa del Carmen to Antigua in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Playa del Carmen in August, with highs in Antigua at 30°C and lows at 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to take a shuttle to Copan Ruinas.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Guatemala City
Highlights from your plan
Convento de las Capuchinas ©
Convento de las Capuchinas
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums

2
nights
Copan Ruinas, Honduras

Copan Ruinas ©
The colorful, cultural town of Copan boasts attractions old and new, manmade and natural.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Mayan Ball Court, then identify plant and animal life at Macaw Mountain Bird Park & Nature Reserve, and then explore the ancient world of Copan Ruinas. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Hieroglyphic Stairway, contemplate the long history of Sepulturas, and then take in the natural beauty of Luna Jaguar Hot Spring.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Copan Ruinas trip simple and quick.

You can take a shuttle from Antigua to Copan Ruinas in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Antigua in August, expect Copan Ruinas to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Salvador.

Things to do in Copan Ruinas

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Copan Ruinas ©
Copan Ruinas
Mayan Ball Court ©
Mayan Ball Court
Sepulturas ©
Sepulturas

7
nights
San Salvador, El Salvador

San Salvador ©
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Tazumal and Iglesia El Rosario. Let the collections at Museo de Arte de El Salvador and Museo Nacional de Antropología Dr. David J. Guzman capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Furesa Fundacion Refugio Salvaje (in La Libertad), Santa Ana Cathedral (in Santa Ana) and Iglesia Santa Lucia (in Suchitoto). Spend the 2nd (Sun) exploring nature at Parque Nacional El Boqueron. Spend the 5th (Wed) exploring nature at El Imposible National Park. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Coatepeque, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico La Laguna, and pause for some photo ops at Monumento al Divino Salvador del Mundo.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the San Salvador online tour planner .

You can drive from Copan Ruinas to San Salvador in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. August in San Salvador sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in San Salvador

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santa Ana Cathedral, Furesa Fundacion Refugio Salvaje, Iglesia Santa Lucia, El Imposible National Park, Lake Coatepeque
Highlights from your plan
Cinquera Rain Forest Park ©
Cinquera Rain Forest Park
Iglesia El Rosario ©
Iglesia El Rosario
Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park
Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park

1
day
Tikal National Park, Guatemala

Tikal National Park ©
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Tikal.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Tikal National Park trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus, car, flight, and taxi from San Salvador to Tikal National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Roatan.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Tikal ©
Tikal

4
nights
Roatan, Honduras

Roatan ©
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Roatan is known for adventure, beaches, shopping, outdoors, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Blue Island Divers, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sandy Bay Beach, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Daniel Johnson's Monkey and Sloth Hang Out, and explore the activities along Half Moon Bay.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Roatan trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of car, bus, and flight from Tikal National Park to Roatan in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. In September, daytime highs in Roatan are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Granada.

Things to do in Roatan

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Blue Island Divers ©
Blue Island Divers
West Bay Beach ©
West Bay Beach

4
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 a sense of the local culture at Iglesia de La Merced and Santiago of Managua Cathedral. Visit Catedral de Granada and Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception for their historical value. Explore Granada's surroundings by going to Puerto Salvador Allende (in Managua), Masaya Volcano (in Masaya) and Apoyo (in La Laguna de Apoyo). There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Islets of Granada, stop by Masaya Crafts Market, admire the striking features of Guadalupe Church, and don't miss a visit to Parque Colon de Granada.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Granada road trip tool .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Roatan to Granada in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Granada

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Managua, Masaya
Highlights from your plan
Apoyo
Apoyo
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Santiago of Managua Cathedral ©
Santiago of Managua Cathedral

8
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.
When in La Fortuna de San Carlos, make a side trip to see Butterfly Conservatory in El Castillo, approximately 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, admire the natural beauty at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos attractions planner.

You can drive from Granada to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Butterfly Conservatory, Finca Luna Nueva
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Santa Elena Skywalk and Ecological Sanctuary. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, stroll through Children's Eternal Rain Forest, admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, and look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip planning tool .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary
Santa Elena Skywalk ©
Santa Elena Skywalk

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