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: Tel Aviv, Israel
Fly:  21​h
1
Panama City, Panama
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
Bocas Town, Panama
— 2 nights
+3
ferry + Drive + bus + Drive:  9​h
3
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 7 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
5
Leon, Nicaragua
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Antigua, Guatemala
— 5 nights
+4
bus + foot + bus + foot + Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Roatan, Honduras
— 6 nights
ferry:  1​h 15​min
8
Utila, Honduras
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
9
San Pedro, Belize
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
10
Mexico City, Mexico
— 7 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
11
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 10 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Tel Aviv, Israel

6
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Get outdoors at Parque Nacional de Soberania and Metropolitan National Park. Visit Avenida Balboa and Casco Viejo for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Panama City: Portobelo (Nature & Wildlife Tours & Scuba & Snorkeling). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Cinta Costera, delve into the distant past at Panama La Vieja, take in the spiritual surroundings of Capilla San Jose, and don't miss a visit to Panama Canal.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Panama City day trip planning tool .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Panama City is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Israel Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is minus 7 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Tel Aviv in November: high temperatures in Panama City hover around 35°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Bocas Town.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trip

Portobelo
Highlights from your plan
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Avenida Balboa ©
Avenida Balboa
Panama La Vieja ©
Panama La Vieja

2
nights
Bocas Town, Panama

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Playa Bluff and then enjoy the sand and surf at Boca del Drago.

Plan trip to Bocas Town with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Panama City to Bocas Town by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Panama City in November, expect nights in Bocas Town to be about the same, around 30°C, while days are little chillier, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

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

4
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Biesanz and Playa Manuel Antonio. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Fishing Charters & Tours. Step out of Manuel Antonio with an excursion to Horseback Riding Tours in Esterillos Este--about 56 minutes away. The adventure continues: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio tour itinerary builder tool .

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Bocas Town to Manuel Antonio in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Bocas Town to Manuel Antonio is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, Fishing Charters & Tours, Horseback Riding Tours
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Fishing Charters & Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours

7
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at River Rafting & Tubing and Ecotermales Fortuna. Get outdoors at Butterfly Conservatory and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos to go to Tenorio Volcano National Park and see Rio Celeste, which is approximately 1h 40 min away. And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the exciting artwork at Wood & Art Gallery, trek along Bogarin Trail, and contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal).

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip builder .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can go by car to Leon.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Rio Celeste, Butterfly Conservatory
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Ecotermales Fortuna ©
Ecotermales Fortuna

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.
Get outdoors at Playa Las Penitas and Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve. Popular historic sites such as Catedral de la Asunción and Iglesia San Juan Bautista de Subtiava are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Volcan cerro negro, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Poneloya, look for gifts at Juanmarcos Design, and see the interesting displays at Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Leon tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Leon in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. In December, daytime highs in Leon are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Leon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Cerro Negro Volcano ©
Cerro Negro Volcano
Playa Las Penitas ©
Playa Las Penitas
Catedral de la Asunción ©
Catedral de la Asunción

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Arco de Santa Catalina and Palacio Nacional. Step off the beaten path and head to Volcán Pacaya and Joyeria C'Santos Antigua. Venture out of the city with trips to Guatemala City (La Merced & Volcan de Fuego) and Iximche (in Panajachel). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, get impressive views of Volcan de Agua, don't miss a visit to Cerro de la Cruz, and examine the collection at Museo Casa del Tejido Antiguo.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Antigua trip itinerary maker website .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Leon to Antigua in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, Antigua is a bit cooler than Leon - with highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Roatan.

Things to do in Antigua

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Guatemala City, Iximche
Highlights from your plan
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Arco de Santa Catalina ©
Arco de Santa Catalina
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced

6
nights
Roatan, Honduras

The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Tabyana Beach and West Bay Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Shark Diving. And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, browse the eclectic array of goods at Straw Market, buy something for everyone on your list at Diamonds International, and gain insight at Steel Pan Alley.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Roatan trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Antigua to Roatan takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In December, Roatan is a bit warmer than Antigua - with highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Utila.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Little French Key ©
Little French Key
West Bay Beach ©
West Bay Beach

1
night
Utila, Honduras

The island of Utila has become known as a good place to learn how to dive in Latin America.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Iguana Research & Breeding Station and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Utila trip itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Roatan to Utila in 1.5 hours. In December in Utila, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to San Pedro.

Things to do in Utila

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Iguana Research & Breeding Station ©
Iguana Research & Breeding Station

6
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Spas. Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Change things up with these side-trips from San Pedro: Caye Caulker (The Estuary of Caye Caulker & Scuba & Snorkeling). Spend the 22nd (Sun) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. There's much more to do: see the vivid underwater world at Shark Ray Alley, shop like a local with Belizean Arts, stop by 12 Belize, and view the masterpieces at The Gallery of San Pedro.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the San Pedro vacation planner.

You can fly from Utila to San Pedro in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. December in San Pedro sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker
Highlights from your plan
Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Fishing Charters & Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

7
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.
Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 and Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana) will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Historic Center (Centro Historico) and Coyoacan. Get out of town with these interesting Mexico City side-trips: Cuernavaca (Robert Brady Museum, Spanish Language Institute - Day Course, & more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, delve into the lush surroundings at Bosque de Chapultepec, explore the ancient world of Museo del Templo Mayor, and take in the spiritual surroundings of La Ensenanza.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Mexico City trip planner .

Traveling by flight from San Pedro to Mexico City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. When traveling from San Pedro in December, plan for little chillier days in Mexico City, with highs around 26°C, while nights are colder with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Cuernavaca, Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5, Iglesia de San Juan Bautista
Highlights from your plan

10
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Tulum Archaeological Site and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá. Visiting Shark Diving and Palancar Reef will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Playa del Carmen: Cozumel (Scuba & Snorkeling, Fishing Charters & Tours, & more) and Tulum (Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos, Kaahal Home Tulum, & more). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Cenote Chikin Ha, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church, go for a stroll along the water at Puerto Aventuras Marina, and take the plunge with a skydiving experience.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Playa del Carmen day trip planning website .

Traveling by flight 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 moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Mexico City in December, you will find days in Playa del Carmen are somewhat warmer (31°C), and nights are much warmer (23°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Tulum, Cozumel, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá, Puerto Aventuras Marina
Highlights from your plan
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Fishing Charters & Tours

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