60 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

60 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

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Zacatecas, Mexico
— 4 nights
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Puebla, Mexico
— 3 nights
Shuttle
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Mexico City, Mexico
— 5 nights
Bus
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San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico
— 3 nights
Bus
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 6 nights
Shuttle
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Chichicastenango, Guatemala
— 5 nights
Bus
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Flores, Guatemala
— 3 nights
Drive
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Copan Ruinas, Honduras
— 3 nights
Bus to La Ceiba, Ferry to Roatan
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Roatan, Honduras
— 5 nights
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Ferry to La Ceiba, Bus to Tegucigalpa, Bus to Managua, Bus to Granada
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Granada, Nicaragua
— 5 nights
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Shuttle to Rivas, Bus to Las Juntas, Taxi to Monteverde
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Bus
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Shuttle
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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Panama City, Panama
— 3 nights

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Zacatecas, Mexico

— 4 nights

Quarry City

Beautifully preserved architecture and a refreshing lack of mass tourism remain among the main reasons to take a trip to Zacatecas, a colonial-era city at the heart of Mexico.
Escape the urban bustle at Cerro de la Bufa and Parque Sierra de Alica. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Catedral de Zacatecas and Museo Pedro Coronel. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zacatecas: Aguascalientes (Templo Expiatorio Ave Maria & Templo del Senor del Encino) and Jerez de Garcia Salinas (Santuario de Nuestra Senora de la Soledad, Teatro Hinojosa, &more). There's more to do: examine the collection at Museo Rafael Coronel and learn about winemaking at Vinicola Campo Real.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Zacatecas online trip builder.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiport is General Leobardo C. Ruiz International Airport. In January, daily temperatures in Zacatecas can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can fly to Puebla.

Things to do in Zacatecas

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Puebla, Mexico

— 3 nights

City of Angels

Recognized as a World Heritage Site thanks to its photogenic colonial buildings, Puebla remains one of Mexico's top destinations for architecture enthusiasts.
Santuario de la Virgen de los Remedios and Puebla Cathedra will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tonantzintla and Templo San Francisco Acatepec. Explore Puebla's surroundings by going to Tlaxcala (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Ocotlan & Centro Historico de Tlaxcala). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Zocalo, have fun at Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ex-convento de San Francisco de Puebla, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Museo Viviente.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Puebla travel planner.

Getting from Zacatecas to Puebla by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to catch the shuttle to Mexico City.

Things to do in Puebla

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trips

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Mexico City, Mexico

— 5 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Popular historic sites such as Zocalo and Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana) are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museo Nacional de Antropologia and Museo Frida Kahlo. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Museo del Tiempo Tlalpan, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Popular, expand your horizons at Memory and Tolerance Museum, and make a trip to Murales de Diego Rivera en la Secretaria de Educacion Publica.

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Traveling by shuttle from Puebla to Mexico City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in January, and nighttime lows around 44°F. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to San Cristobal de las Casas.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries
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San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico

— 3 nights
San Cristóbal de las Casas, also known by its native Tzotzil name, Jovel, is a town and municipality located in the Central Highlands region of the Mexican state of Chiapas. Get a sense of the local culture at Iglesia de Guadalupe and Steps in San Cristobal. Get in touch with nature at Embarcadero Cañón Del Sumidero and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia del Cerrito, get a taste of the local shopping with Arteria Chiapas, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and see the interesting displays at Museo Centro Cultural Altos de Chiapas.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our San Cristobal de las Casas trip itinerary tool.

You can fly from Mexico City to San Cristobal de las Casas in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, San Cristobal de las Casas is somewhat warmer than Mexico City - with highs of 83°F and lows of 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Antigua.

Things to do in San Cristobal de las Casas

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Spas

Side Trip

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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.
ChocoMuseo and Cerro de la Cruz are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Arco de Santa Catalina and Convento de las Capuchinas. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, get a dose of the wild on Antigua Canopy Tours, admire the landmark architecture of Iglesia Escuela de Cristo, and take in nature's colorful creations at Caoba Farms.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Antigua trip planning site.

Traveling by car from San Cristobal de las Casas to Antigua takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Traveling from San Cristobal de las Casas in January, things will get a bit cooler in Antigua: highs are around 74°F and lows about 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to take a shuttle to Chichicastenango.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 18 — 24:

Chichicastenango, Guatemala

— 5 nights

Chichi

Sitting in a scenic spot among towering mountains, Chichicastenango has a large indigenous population and displays its cultural heritage in a burst of color when hosting its long-established market.
Step out of the city life by going to Laguna Lemoa and Ati Divers. Explore hidden gems such as Santo Tomas Church and Chichi Cemetery. Get out of town with these interesting Chichicastenango side-trips: Solola Market (in Solola), Parque Ecologico Chajil Siwan (in Totonicapan) and Tzantizotz Nature Reserve (in Santa Cruz La Laguna). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Q'umarkaj, steep yourself in history at Pascual Abaj, and examine the collection at Museo de Mascaras Ceremoniales.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Chichicastenango trip planner.

Getting from Antigua to Chichicastenango by shuttle takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Chichicastenango when traveling from Antigua in January, with lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Flores.

Things to do in Chichicastenango

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

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Flores, Guatemala

— 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Tikal and Cerro Biotope Cahui. Take a break from the city and head to Ixpanpajul Nature Park and Actún Can. Take a break from Flores with a short trip to Dos Pilas in Peten, about 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Sitio Arqueologico Tayazal, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Flores, get outside with Mirador del Rey Canek, and examine the collection at Museo del Islote Santa Barbara.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Flores trip maker tool.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Chichicastenango to Flores in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chichicastenango in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be much warmer in Flores, with lows of 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Copan Ruinas.

Things to do in Flores

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 2:

Copan Ruinas, Honduras

— 3 nights
The colorful, cultural town of Copan boasts attractions old and new, manmade and natural.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): contemplate the long history of Mayan Ball Court, contemplate the long history of Pyramid over Rosalila Temple, and then delve into the distant past at Copan Ruinas. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Sitio Arqueologico Rastrojon, then explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre, and then browse the exhibits of Museo de Arqueologia.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Copan Ruinas trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Flores to Copan Ruinas by car takes about 7.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in February, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Roatan.

Things to do in Copan Ruinas

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks
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Roatan, Honduras

— 5 nights
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Take a break from the city and head to Coconut Tree Divers and West Bay Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Mayan Eden. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Half Moon Bay, relax and rejuvenate at Fisioterapista-Massagista Roatan, play a few rounds at The Black Pearl Golf Course, and kick back and relax at Grand Roatan Beach Club.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Roatan trip itinerary tool.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Copan Ruinas to Roatan in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Copan Ruinas in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Roatan, with lows of 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Granada.

Things to do in Roatan

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches
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Granada, Nicaragua

— 5 nights

La Gran Sultana

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Catedral de Granada and Iglesia de La Merced. Escape the urban bustle at Islets of Granada and Masaya Volcano. Step out of Granada to go to La Laguna de Apoyo and see Apoyo, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the geological forces at Mombacho, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Xalteva, admire the local landmark of Parque Colon de Granada, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Granada online trip maker.

Getting from Roatan to Granada by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 11 — 16:

Monteverde, Costa Rica

— 3 nights
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Escape the urban bustle at Curi Cancha Reserve and San Luis Waterfall. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sustainability Demonstration Center and Monteverde Nature Guided Tours. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Aguti Monteverde - Wildlife Reserve, relax in the rural setting at Hidden Valley Permaculture Farm, snap pictures at Santa Elena Skywalk, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Monteverde Massage Center.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde route planner.

Getting from Granada to Monteverde by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 16 — 20:

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

— 3 nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Paradise Hot Springs and Bogarin Trail. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Los Lagos Hot Springs. The adventure continues: stroll through La Fortuna Waterfall, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, get engrossed in the history at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos tour planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Feb 20 — 24:

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

— 2 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): kick back and relax at Playa Espadilla Norte, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Playita, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Playas Gemelas, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio travel route app.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to fly to Panama City.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 24 — 26:

Panama City, Panama

— 3 nights

Dubai of Latin America

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Get a sense of the local culture at Casco Viejo and Iglesia de San Francisco de Asis. Panama La Vieja and Avenida Balboa will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Cinta Costera, explore the ancient world of El Arco Chato, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bahai Temple, and get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Panama City trip builder website.

You can fly from Manuel Antonio to Panama City in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Manuel Antonio to Panama City is 1 hour. In February, daytime highs in Panama City are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Feb 26 — Mar 1:

Mexico travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling
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.

Guatemala travel guide

4.5
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.

Honduras travel guide

4.5
Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Zipline
A vacation in Honduras can be an affordable and exciting addition to your Central American itinerary. Often undeservedly overlooked because of the high crime rate in a few of its cities, the country boasts pristine natural wonders, a rich history, and a vibrant atmosphere. From the vivacious Afro-Caribbean culture of the north shore, to the vast mountains and cloud forests of its national parks, Honduras has a lot to offer to the adventurous tourist. Visiting the ancient Mayan ruins of Copan, diving on Bay Islands, and admiring the colonial architecture in the capital remain just some of the things to do in Honduras.

Nicaragua travel guide

4.2
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.

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.

Panama travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Historic Walking Areas · Shopping Malls
With a lively banking sector and a booming tourism industry, Panama remains one of the most powerful nations in the Americas, though it's also one of the smallest by land area. The country boasts coastlines on both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, so it's not surprising most Panama holidays include some form of seaside entertainment. With outstanding beaches all over the country, it's easy to find an ideal spot to swim, snorkel, dive, fish, sail, or simply kick back on the sand with a few cold drinks. The country's best-known landmark and one of the world's most significant shipping routes, Panama Canal tops most tourist itineraries--many choose to see this engineering wonder by traveling the length of it by train.