60 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

60 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

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60 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly:  25​h
1
Panama City, Panama
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
2
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Granada, Nicaragua
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
San Salvador, El Salvador
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  2​h
6
Roatan, Honduras
— 5 nights
ferry:  1​h 15​min
7
Utila, Honduras
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
8
San Pedro, Belize
— 5 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 15​min
9
Cozumel, Mexico
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Tulum, Mexico
— 7 nights
bus:  1​h
11
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h
12
Isla Mujeres, Mexico
— 9 nights
+3
ferry + bus + foot + Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Auckland, New Zealand

5
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Escape the urban bustle at Ancon Hill and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Cinta Costera and Panama La Vieja are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Avenida Balboa, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, examine the collection at Biomuseo, and brush up on your military savvy at Centro de Interpretacion de Ciudad del Saber.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Panama City online day trip planner .

Auckland, New Zealand to Panama City is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi. You'll gain 17 hours traveling from Auckland to Panama City due to the time zone difference. In September, Panama City is warmer than Auckland - with highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Panama City

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Nature & Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Ancon Hill ©
Ancon Hill
Avenida Balboa ©
Avenida Balboa

3
nights
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and River Rafting & Tubing will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Playa Biesanz and Parasailing & Paragliding. It doesn't end there: stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio journey builder tool .

Getting from Panama City to Manuel Antonio by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Panama City to Manuel Antonio due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
River Rafting & Tubing
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

5
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Ecotermales Fortuna and River Rafting & Tubing. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Horseback Riding Tours and La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, explore the activities along Lake Arenal, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano, and identify plant and animal life at Costa Rica Dog Rescue & Adoption.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip planning site .

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 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Granada.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

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

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): see the interesting displays at Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco, then head off the coast to Islets of Granada, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Granada.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Granada day trip app .

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Granada in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to San Salvador.

Things to do in Granada

Nature Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Islets of Granada ©
Islets of Granada
Catedral de Granada ©
Catedral de Granada
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced

4
nights
San Salvador, El Salvador

San Salvador ©
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park and Museo de Arte de El Salvador are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Cinquera Rain Forest Park and Scuba & Snorkeling. Step out of San Salvador to go to Ahuachapan and see El Imposible National Park, which is approximately 2 hours away. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Antropología Dr. David J. Guzman, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia El Rosario, take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Metropolitana, and don't miss a visit to Hospital Divina Providencia Chapel.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the San Salvador trip maker app .

Getting from Granada to San Salvador by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in San Salvador can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Roatan.

Things to do in San Salvador

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

El Imposible National Park
Highlights from your plan
Cinquera Rain Forest Park ©
Cinquera Rain Forest Park
El Imposible National Park ©
El Imposible National Park
Scuba & Snorkeling

5
nights
Roatan, Honduras

Roatan ©
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Explore hidden gems such as Little French Key and West Bay Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Tabyana Beach. And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, gain insight at Steel Pan Alley, buy something for everyone on your list at Diamonds International, and enjoy breathtaking views from El Faro.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Roatan trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from San Salvador to Roatan takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from San Salvador in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Roatan, with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Utila.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Little French Key ©
Little French Key
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Utila, Honduras

The island of Utila has become known as a good place to learn how to dive in Latin America.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Iguana Research & Breeding Station and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Utila online route planner .

You can ride a ferry from Roatan to Utila in 1.5 hours. In October in Utila, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to San Pedro.

Things to do in Utila

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

5
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Get some cultural insight at The Gallery of San Pedro and Belizean Arts. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Shark Ray Alley. Step out of San Pedro to go to Caye Caulker and see The Estuary of Caye Caulker, which is approximately 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, explore the gorgeous colors at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, stop by Caye Coffee Roasting Co., Ltd., and cast your line with a fishing tour.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our San Pedro attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Utila to San Pedro takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In October, daily temperatures in San Pedro can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Tours Parks

Side Trips

Caye Caulker, Shark Ray Alley
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours
Shark Ray Alley ©
Shark Ray Alley

6
nights
Cozumel, Mexico

Thanks to the island's outstanding scuba diving and snorkeling options, Cozumel tourism sector remains a major employer and the main source of income for this Caribbean getaway.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Mayan Cacao Company and Cathedral of Corpus Christi. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Palancar Reef and Fishing Charters & Tours. And it doesn't end there: explore the gorgeous colors at Columbia Reef, go deep with a submarine tour, get your game on at Clear Lounge Cozumel, and stroll through Playa El Cielo.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Cozumel route builder tool .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro to Cozumel in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Pedro to Cozumel due to the time zone difference. In October, daytime highs in Cozumel are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Santa Rosa Wall ©
Santa Rosa Wall

7
nights
Tulum, Mexico

The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Cenote Hubiku. Explore hidden gems such as Shark Diving and LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Akumal Monkey Sanctuary & Rescued Animals (in Akumal) and Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve (in Sian Ka'an). There's much more to do: Head underground at Cenote Santa Cruz, shop like a local with Balam Art On Feathers, identify plant and animal life at Centro Ecologico Akumal, and explore the activities along Gran Cenote.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tulum trip website .

Traveling by car from Cozumel to Tulum takes 2.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Tulum are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Akumal, Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, Cenote Hubiku
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Shark Diving
LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park ©
LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park

7
nights
Playa del Carmen, Mexico

The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado and Catedral de la Santisima Trinidad are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Shark Diving and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Step out of Playa del Carmen to go to Puerto Morelos and see National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Chikin Ha, trot along with a tour on horseback, explore the world behind art at Frida Kahlo Museum, and view the masterpieces at Tierra Huichol.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Playa del Carmen trip itinerary maker app .

Take a bus from Tulum to Playa del Carmen in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Isla Mujeres.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Cancun, Ecopark Kantun Chi, National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos, La Playa Xpuha
Highlights from your plan
Shark Diving
National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos ©
Ecopark Kantun Chi ©
Ecopark Kantun Chi

9
nights
Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Tiny municipal seat of an eponymous island, each season Isla Mujeres swells to bursting with international tourists coming here to swim, snorkel, dive, fish, and sail.
Step off the beaten path and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and El Farito. Step out of the city life by going to Fishing Charters & Tours and Shark Beach. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Punta Sur, head outdoors with Cancha de basquetbol centro, kick back and relax at Playa Norte, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Guadalupe Chapel.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Isla Mujeres visit planner .

Traveling by car from Playa del Carmen to Isla Mujeres takes 2 hours. In October in Isla Mujeres, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Fishing Charters & Tours
El Farito ©
El Farito

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