20 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

20 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

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Cancun, Mexico
— 2 nights
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Chichen Itza, Mexico
— 1 night
Drive
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Tulum, Mexico
— 3 nights
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Belize City, Belize
— 2 nights
Fly
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Guatemala City, Guatemala
— 2 nights
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San Salvador, El Salvador
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tegucigalpa, Honduras
— 1 night
Drive
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Leon, Nicaragua
— 1 night
Drive
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Managua, Nicaragua
— 1 night
Drive
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San Jose, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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Cancun, Mexico

— 2 nights
Few destinations in Mexico dazzle visitors quite like Cancun, a modern resort town filled with glitzy hotels sitting on picturesque and well-developed Caribbean beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): kick back and relax at Playa Delfines and then see the interesting displays at Mayan Museum of Cancun. Keep things going the next day: explore the gorgeous colors at National Reef Park of Puerto Morelos and then have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Cancun trip itinerary maker website.

Manchester, UK to Cancun is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -5 hour difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Manchester in April, with highs in Cancun at 34°C and lows at 27°C. You'll set off for Chichen Itza on the 15th (Fri).

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 13 — 15:

Chichen Itza, Mexico

— 1 night
Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
On the 15th (Fri), explore the ancient world of Plataforma de Venus, delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza, then delve into the distant past at Las Monjas, and finally explore the ancient world of The Ossuary.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Chichen Itza trip maker.

Drive from Cancun to Chichen Itza in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. While traveling from Cancun, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Chichen Itza, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to Tulum.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 15 — 16:

Tulum, Mexico

— 3 nights
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Get a sense of the local culture at Tulum Archaeological Site and Art Gallery Miniature. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Climbing Tours. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park, kick back and relax at Mayan Beach, Head underground at Cenotes Sac Actun, and explore the activities along Gran Cenote.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tulum trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Chichen Itza to Tulum by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In April, Tulum is little chillier than Chichen Itza - with highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Belize City.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 16 — 19:

Belize City, Belize

— 2 nights
Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
On the 20th (Wed), kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Thu): get a dose of the wild on Vital Nature and Maya Tours and then stroll around Billy Barquiedier National Park.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Belize City trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Tulum to Belize City takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Tulum to Belize City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tulum in April, Belize City is a bit warmer at night with lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Guatemala City.

Things to do in Belize City

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Nature
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Guatemala City, Guatemala

— 2 nights

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The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): explore the world behind art at Palacio Nacional, explore the world behind art at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of La Merced. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on nature at Museo Popol Vuh, examine the collection at Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, then get to know the resident critters at La Aurora Zoo, and finally browse the different shops at Paseo Cayala.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Guatemala City sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Belize City to Guatemala City in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Belize City in April; daily highs in Guatemala City reach 32°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can fly to San Salvador.

Things to do in Guatemala City

Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 21 — 23:

San Salvador, El Salvador

— 2 nights
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Antropología Dr. David J. Guzman, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Monseñor Romero Center, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia El Rosario, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de la Ceiba de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Cinquera Rain Forest Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read San Salvador trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Guatemala City to San Salvador by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Guatemala City in April: high temperatures in San Salvador hover around 38°C and lows are around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Tegucigalpa.

Things to do in San Salvador

Wildlife · Historic Sites · Museums · Tours
Find places to stay Apr 23 — 25:

Tegucigalpa, Honduras

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): browse the exhibits of Museo para la Identidad Nacional, then browse the exhibits of Galeria Nacional de Arte, then admire the natural beauty at Castillo Bellucci, and finally explore the galleries of Archaeological Museum (Museo Arqueologico).

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tegucigalpa trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from San Salvador to Tegucigalpa in 6 hours. Traveling from San Salvador in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Tegucigalpa, with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Leon.

Things to do in Tegucigalpa

Museums · Nature · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 26:

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 27th (Wed): get impressive views of Cerro Negro Volcano, then get a new perspective on nature at Museo Entomologico de Leon, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de la Asunción.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Leon itinerary maker app.

Getting from Tegucigalpa to Leon by car takes about 5.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Tegucigalpa in April, with highs in Leon at 41°C and lows at 29°C. You'll set off for Managua on the 28th (Thu).

Things to do in Leon

Nature · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 26 — 28:

Managua, Nicaragua

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Old Railway Station, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Granada, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santiago of Managua Cathedral, then don't miss a visit to Puerto Salvador Allende, and then discover the deep blue sea with Dive Nicaragua.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Managua trip maker tool.

You can drive from Leon to Managua in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Managua

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 28 — 29:

San Jose, Costa Rica

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): take a memorable drive along Top Travel Costa Rica, then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, then examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, and finally view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sun): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, then get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia La Soledad.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read San Jose trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Managua to San Jose in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In April, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 1:

Mexico travel guide

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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.