45 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

45 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

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Tulum, Mexico
— 13 nights
Drive
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Bacalar, Mexico
— 6 nights
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Bus to Orange Walk, Fly to San Pedro, Ferry to Caye Caulker
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Caye Caulker, Belize
— 6 nights
Drive
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Flores, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 1 night
Shuttle to Flores, Fly to San Marcos La Laguna
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San Marcos La Laguna, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Drive
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Coban, Guatemala
— 1 night
Shuttle
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 6 nights
Fly
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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
— 7 nights
Drive to Augusto C. Sandino (Managua) International Airport, Fly to Mexico City

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Tulum, Mexico — 13 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 Zona Arqueologica de Coba. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Paradise Beach and Akumal Ecological Guides. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tulum: Chichen Itza (Plataforma de Venus & Chichen Itza), Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve (in Sian Ka'an) and Playa del Carmen (Xcaret, Skydiving, &more). There's still lots to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, kick back and relax at Playa Santa Fe, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tulum Beach, and examine the collection at Mystika Immersive.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Tulum travel tool.

Mexico City to Tulum is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mexico City to Tulum. Traveling from Mexico City in August, expect Tulum to be somewhat warmer, temps between 35°C and 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Bacalar.
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Bacalar, Mexico — 6 nights

Bacalar is the municipal seat and largest city in Bacalar Municipality (until 2011 a part of Othón P. Blanco Municipality) in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, about 40km north of Chetumal, at 18° 40' 37" N, 88° 23' 43" W. In the 2010 census the city had a population of 11,084 people. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Maya Chan Beach and Pez Quadro Beach Club. Visiting Lake Bacalar and Malecon de Chetumal will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Bacalar: Zona Arqueológica de Xpuhil (in Xpujil Town) and Mahahual (Spas & Playa Mahahual). There's much more to do: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, explore the striking landscape at Stromatolites in Bacalar Rapids, head outdoors with Estromatolitos, and wander the wide-open spaces of Num Ka'an Ranch.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Bacalar trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tulum to Bacalar takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Tulum in August: highs in Bacalar hover around 41°C, while lows dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Caye Caulker.
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Caye Caulker, Belize — 6 nights

At just under 8 km (5 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide, the limestone coral island of Caye Caulker offers a small but perfectly formed getaway 32 km (20 mi) offshore from Belize City.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Gallery of San Pedro and Aria Kat Art. Visiting Blue Dream Adventures and The Split will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Caye Caulker side-trips: San Pedro (Caye Coffee Roasting Co., Spas, &more) and Belize City (Cavetubing5star, Museum of Belize, &more). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mexico Rocks, kick back and relax at Secret Beach Belize, and view the masterpieces at Red Flower Gallery.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Caye Caulker trip tool.

Getting from Bacalar to Caye Caulker by combination of bus, flight, and ferry takes about 6.5 hours. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Bacalar in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Caye Caulker: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Flores.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Sitio Arqueologico Tayazal, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Flores, then see the interesting displays at Museo del Islote Santa Barbara, and finally take a memorable excursion with Reyes Tikal. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Actún Can, then identify plant and animal life at Ixpanpajul Nature Park, and then make a trip to Jorge's Rope Swing.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Flores sightseeing planning site.

You can drive from Caye Caulker to Flores in 5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Flores can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tikal National Park.
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Tikal National Park, Guatemala — 1 night

Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): make a trip to Tikal.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tikal National Park planner.

Getting from Flores to Tikal National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to San Marcos La Laguna.
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San Marcos La Laguna, Guatemala — 2 nights

San Marcos La Laguna is a village on the western shore of Lago Atitlán in the Sololá Department of Guatemala. Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Lago de Atitlan and then contemplate the geological forces at Volcan San Pedro. Here are some ideas for day two: learn something new at Ixmucane Holistic Healing, identify plant and animal life at Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our San Marcos La Laguna trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Tikal National Park to San Marcos La Laguna in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Coban.
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Coban, Guatemala — 1 night

Imperial City

Located at the center of one of the country's primary coffee growing areas, the affluent city of Coban offerss a scattered few cultural attractions, a relaxed and welcoming vibe, and proximity to a wealth of natural highlights.
On the 11th (Sun), take in nature's colorful creations at Vivero Verapaz, look for all kinds of wild species at Orquigonia, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Grottes de la Candelaria.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Coban journey site.

Traveling by car from San Marcos La Laguna to Coban takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to catch the shuttle to Antigua.
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Antigua, Guatemala — 6 nights

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Volcán Pacaya and Volcan de Agua. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Palacio Nacional and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Guatemala City (Catedral Metropolitana, Iglesia de San Francisco, &more). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Convento de las Capuchinas, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, make a trip to Cerro de la Cruz, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Antigua online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Coban to Antigua by shuttle takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to fly to San Juan del Sur.
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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua — 7 nights

Set in a crescent-shaped bay, San Juan del Sur has become known as a popular surfing spot and coastal holiday destination for Nicaraguan families and international visitors alike.
We've included these beaches for you: La Flor Beach Natural Reserve and Playa Redonda. Get in touch with nature at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Playa Hermosa. Venture out of the city with trips to Hervideros de San Jacinto (in Diriamba) and Popoyo Beach (in Popoyo). There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at Pranamaya Yoga & Thai Massage Studio Playa Maderas, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Escameca, stroll through Playa Remanso, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

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Fly from Antigua to San Juan del Sur in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Antigua in September; daily highs in San Juan del Sur reach 36°C and lows reach 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.
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Mexico travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Zipline · Beaches
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.
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Guatemala travel guide

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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.
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Nicaragua travel guide

4.3
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.
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