60 days in Central America & Mexico Itinerary

60 days in Central America & Mexico Itinerary

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60 days in Central America & Mexico Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv, Israel
Fly:  21​h
1
Panama City, Panama
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Bocas Town, Panama
— Few hours
+3
ferry + Drive + bus + Drive:  9​h
3
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 7 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
5
Leon, Nicaragua
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Antigua, Guatemala
— 5 nights
+4
bus + foot + bus + foot + Fly:  5​h 30​min
7
Roatan, Honduras
— 6 nights
ferry:  1​h 30​min
8
Utila, Honduras
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
San Pedro, Belize
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
10
Mexico City, Mexico
— 7 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
11
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 10 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Tel Aviv, Israel

6
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Avenida Balboa and Capilla San Jose. Get outdoors at Soberania National Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Take a break from Panama City with a short trip to Scuba & Snorkeling in Portobelo, about 1h 50 min away. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Cinta Costera, explore the ancient world of Panama La Vieja, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bahai Temple, and get to know the fascinating history of Casco Viejo.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Panama City online holiday maker .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Panama City is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Tel Aviv to Panama City is minus 7 hours. When traveling from Tel Aviv in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Panama City: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Bocas Town.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours

Side Trip

Portobelo
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Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Cinta Costera ©
Cinta Costera
Avenida Balboa ©
Avenida Balboa

few
hours
Bocas Town, Panama

Bocas Town
The colorful and relaxed Bocas Town has a welcoming atmosphere, with the modestly sized urban area showcasing typical Caribbean clapboard houses and home to a mixed community from across the world.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Playa Bluff and then kick back and relax at Boca del Drago.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Bocas Town trip app .

Traveling by flight from Panama City to Bocas Town takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Panama City in December: highs in Bocas Town hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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5
nights
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio ©
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Visiting Playa Manuel Antonio and Fishing Charters & Tours will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Manuel Antonio National Park and Parque Reptilandia. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Manuel Antonio: Palo Seco Beach (in Parrita), Uvita (Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge & Santa Lucia Falls) and Parasailing & Paragliding (in Dominical). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Espadilla Norte, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and take a leisurely stroll along Marina Pez Vela.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planning tool .

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Bocas Town to Manuel Antonio in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Quepos, Uvita, Dominical, Palo Seco Beach
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Fishing Charters & Tours
Manuel Antonio National Park ©
Manuel Antonio National Park

7
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

La Fortuna de San Carlos ©
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Butterfly Conservatory and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Step out of the city life by going to Tabacon Hot Springs and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos to go to Puntarenas and see Macaw Sanctuary Natuwa, which is approximately 1h 55 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs, look for all kinds of wild species at Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge, trek along Arenal 1968 Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cerro Chato ANC Park & Gardens.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos attractions planner.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Leon.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Butterfly Conservatory, Macaw Sanctuary Natuwa
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
Leon, Nicaragua

Leon ©
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.
Get some historical perspective at Catedral de la Asunción and Iglesia San Juan Bautista de Subtiava. Visiting Playa Las Penitas and Volcan cerro negro will get you outdoors. When in Leon, make a side trip to see Flor de Cana Tour in Chinandega, approximately 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Estero Padre Ramos Nature Reserve, examine the collection at Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian, stop by Juanmarcos Design, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church The Recollection.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Leon vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Leon in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Leon can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Leon

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Estero Padre Ramos Nature Reserve, Flor de Cana Tour
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Playa Las Penitas ©
Playa Las Penitas
Cerro Negro Volcano ©
Cerro Negro Volcano
Catedral de la Asunción ©
Catedral de la Asunción

5
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Arco de Santa Catalina and Iglesia de La Merced. Escape the urban bustle at Volcán Pacaya and Volcan de Agua. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Antigua: Guatemala City (La Merced, Volcan de Fuego, & more) and Iximche (in Panajachel). And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Convento de las Capuchinas, look for gifts at Joyeria C'Santos Antigua, examine the collection at Museo Casa del Tejido Antiguo, and make a trip to Cerro de la Cruz.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Antigua journey site .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Leon to Antigua in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Leon in January, things will get a bit cooler in Antigua: highs are around 27°C and lows about 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Roatan.

Things to do in Antigua

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Guatemala City, Iximche
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Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Arco de Santa Catalina ©
Arco de Santa Catalina
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced

6
nights
Roatan, Honduras

The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Visit Little French Key and Tabyana Beach for some beach relaxation. Get in touch with nature at West Bay Beach and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, examine the collection at Roatan Underwater Museum, get interesting insight from Tours, and take a stroll through Flamingo Cultural Center.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Roatan online route maker .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Antigua to Roatan takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Antigua in January, expect Roatan to be somewhat warmer, temps between 32°C and 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Utila.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Zipline
West Bay Beach ©
West Bay Beach
Little French Key ©
Little French Key

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 23rd (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Iguana Research & Breeding Station and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Utila trip planning tool .

Traveling by ferry from Roatan to Utila takes 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to fly to San Pedro.

Things to do in Utila

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Iguana Research & Breeding Station ©
Iguana Research & Breeding Station

6
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Get in touch with nature at Hol Chan Marine Reserve and River Rafting & Tubing. Discover out-of-the-way places like Scuba & Snorkeling and The Estuary of Caye Caulker. Spend the 29th (Wed) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, look for gifts at 12 Belize, identify plant and animal life at Shark Ray Alley, and take in the exciting artwork at The Gallery of San Pedro.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our San Pedro trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Utila to San Pedro in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In January, daytime highs in San Pedro are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Caye Caulker, Ambergris Caye
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Fishing Charters & Tours
Shark Ray Alley ©
Shark Ray Alley

7
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 hidden gems such as Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 and Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Historic Center (Centro Historico) and Museo del Templo Mayor. Get out of town with these interesting Mexico City side-trips: Cuernavaca (Robert Brady Museum, Spanish Language Institute - Day Course, & more). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Coyoacan, explore the historical opulence of Chapultepec Castle, get a sense of history and politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional), and delve into the lush surroundings at Bosque de Chapultepec.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Mexico City trip maker site .

You can fly from San Pedro to Mexico City in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from San Pedro in January, expect nights in Mexico City to be colder, around 7°C, while days are little chillier, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Cuernavaca, Iglesia de San Juan Bautista, Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Tulum Archaeological Site and Zona Arqueologica Playa del Carmen. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Palancar Reef and Climbing Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Playa del Carmen side-trips: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Cozumel) and Tulum (Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos, Kaahal Home Tulum, & more). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Chikin Ha, cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, make a splash at Xcaret Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Riviera Maya.

Plan trip to Playa del Carmen with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Fly from Mexico City to Playa del Carmen in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Mexico City to Playa del Carmen is 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Playa del Carmen when traveling from Mexico City in February, with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Tulum, Cozumel, La Playa Xpuha
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
La Playa Xpuha ©
La Playa Xpuha

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