32 days in Central America & Mexico Itinerary

32 days in Central America & Mexico Itinerary

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Start: Newark, United States
Fly + Drive:  10 h 15 min
1
San Ignacio, Belize
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Drive + Fly:  3 h 15 min
2
San Pedro, Belize
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h 30 min
3
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 5 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  5 h 15 min
4
Mexico City, Mexico
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
5
Granada, Nicaragua
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  3 h 45 min
6
San Salvador, El Salvador
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h
7
Antigua, Guatemala
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  9 h 30 min
End: Newark, United States

4
nights
San Ignacio, Belize

San Ignacio ©
The cultural hub of the district, San Ignacio neatly blends tourism and tradition, expats and indigenous peoples into a convincingly authentic, but modern and welcoming inland town.
Explore San Ignacio's surroundings by going to Blue Hole National Park (in Belmopan), Rio On Pools (in Augustine) and The Belize Zoo (in La Democracia). And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, stroll through Green Iguana Conservation Project, and stop by Kaj Expressions.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our San Ignacio travel itinerary planner.

Newark, USA to San Ignacio is an approximately 11.5- hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Newark to San Ignacio. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in San Ignacio

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cayo, Tanah Mayan Art Museum, Blue Hole National Park, Rio On Pools, The Belize Zoo
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ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal ©
ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal
The Belize Zoo ©
The Belize Zoo
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins ©
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins

4
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Step out of San Pedro with an excursion to The Estuary of Caye Caulker in Caye Caulker--about 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, stop by 12 Belize, take the plunge with a skydiving experience, and browse the exhibits of Belizean Arts.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the San Pedro itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from San Ignacio to San Pedro in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In July, daily temperatures in San Pedro can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in San Pedro

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Ambergris Caye, The Estuary of Caye Caulker
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
Spas

5
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.
Explore Playa del Carmen's surroundings by going to Chichen Itza (Temple of the Big Tables, Chichen Itza, &more) and Tulum (Tulum Tower, Tulum Archaeological Site, &more). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Xcaret, make a trip to Quinta Avenida, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and take the plunge with a skydiving experience.

For more things to do and tourist information, read our Playa del Carmen journey maker app.

Do a combination of flight and bus from San Pedro to Playa del Carmen in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Pedro to Playa del Carmen due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Pedro in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 72°F in Playa del Carmen. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Tulum, Chichen Itza
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Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza

4
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.
Explore Mexico City's surroundings by going to San Juan Teotihuacan (Piramide de la Serpiente Emplumada & Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5). There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on nature at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, make a trip to Museo Frida Kahlo, get to know the fascinating history of Zocalo, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Mexico City trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Playa del Carmen to Mexico City in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Playa del Carmen to Mexico City is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Playa del Carmen in July, with highs in Mexico City at 74°F and lows at 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Granada.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

San Juan Teotihuacan
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Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Zocalo
Zocalo

3
nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Granada: Apoyo (in La Laguna de Apoyo) and Masaya Volcano (in Masaya). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, admire the masterpieces at Casa de Los Tres Mundos, contemplate the geological forces at Mombacho, and see the interesting displays at Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco.

To find ratings and more tourist information, use the Granada online trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Granada takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to San Salvador.

Things to do in Granada

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Masaya
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Masaya Volcano ©
Masaya Volcano
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Mombacho ©
Mombacho

4
nights
San Salvador, El Salvador

San Salvador ©
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
San Salvador is known for historic sites, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte de El Salvador, contemplate the long history of Hospital Divina Providencia Chapel, see the interesting displays at Monseñor Romero Center, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Metropolitana.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the San Salvador trip itinerary site.

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Granada to San Salvador in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in San Salvador can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Antigua.

Things to do in San Salvador

Wildlife Historic Sites Parks
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Cinquera Rain Forest Park ©
Cinquera Rain Forest Park
Museo de Arte de El Salvador ©
Museo de Arte de El Salvador
Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park
Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park

6
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.
Explore Antigua's surroundings by going to Guatemala City (La Aurora Zoo, Iglesia Santo domingo, &more). There's much more to do: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, examine the collection at Museo Casa del Tejido Antiguo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, and admire the masterpieces at Casa Santo Domingo Museums.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Antigua travel planner.

Getting from San Salvador to Antigua by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from San Salvador in July: high temperatures in Antigua hover around 77°F and lows are around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Antigua

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Guatemala City
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Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Cerro de la Cruz ©
Cerro de la Cruz

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