60 days in Central America & Mexico Itinerary

60 days in Central America & Mexico Itinerary

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Start: Tel Aviv, Israel
Fly:  21 h
1
Panama City, Panama
— 6 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
2
Bocas Town, Panama
— Few hours
Fly + Bus:  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
+5
Bus + Fly + Foot + Bus + Foot + Bus:  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
+2
Ferry + Taxi + Fly:  3 h 30 min
9
San Pedro, Belize
— 6 nights
+2
Ferry + Taxi + Fly:  4 h 30 min
10
Mexico City, Mexico
— 7 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Iglesia de San José and Avenida Balboa. Popular historic sites such as Panama La Vieja and Casco Viejo are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Panama City: Portobelo (Nature & Wildlife Tours & Scuba & Snorkeling). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Cinta Costera, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, make a trip to Panama Canal, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Metropolitan National Park.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Panama City trip planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Panama City is an approximately 19.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Israel Standard Time (IST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 7 hours. When traveling from Tel Aviv in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Panama City, with highs around 36°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time 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

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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.
For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Bocas Town route builder website.

You can fly from Panama City to Bocas Town in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. When traveling from Panama City in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Bocas Town, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 30°C. On the 25th (Wed), you're off 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge. Escape the urban bustle at Playa Manuel Antonio and Parque Reptilandia. Change things up with these side-trips from Manuel Antonio: Santa Lucia Falls (in Uvita), Palo Seco Beach (in Parrita) and Parasailing & Paragliding (in Dominical). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Manuel Antonio National Park, take in the waterfront at Marina Pez Vela, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip builder app.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Bocas Town to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and bus. Traveling from Bocas Town to Manuel Antonio, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to 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
Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge ©
Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge

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 Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano). Take a break from the city and head to Tabacon Hot Springs and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. When in La Fortuna de San Carlos, make a side trip to see Macaw Sanctuary Natuwa in Puntarenas, approximately Puntarenas away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs, trek along Senderos Los Tucanes, tour the pleasant surroundings at Arenal 1968 Trail, and view the masterpieces at Wood & Art Gallery.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos journey planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Leon.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Macaw Sanctuary Natuwa, Butterfly Conservatory
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cerro Negro Volcano and Estero Padre Ramos Nature Reserve. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Church The Recollection and Iglesia San Juan Bautista de Subtiava. Go for a jaunt from Leon to Chinandega to see Flor de Cana Tour about 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: visit Catedral de la Asunción, kick back and relax at Playa Las Penitas, examine the collection at Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian, and stop by Juanmarcos Design.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Leon road trip planning tool.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Leon in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or take a bus. In January in Leon, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Leon

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Flor de Cana Tour, Estero Padre Ramos Nature Reserve
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Playa Las Penitas ©
Playa Las Penitas
Cerro Negro Volcano ©
Cerro Negro Volcano
Church The Recollection ©
Church The Recollection

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Iglesia de La Merced and Cerro de la Cruz. Get in touch with nature at Volcán Pacaya and Volcan de Fuego. Explore Antigua's surroundings by going to Guatemala City (La Merced & Palacio Nacional) and Iximche (in Panajachel). And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Arco de Santa Catalina, see the interesting displays at Museo Casa del Tejido Antiguo, stop by Joyeria C'Santos Antigua, and contemplate the geological forces at Volcan de Agua.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Antigua trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Leon to Antigua in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In January, Antigua is a bit cooler than Leon - with highs of 27°C and lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Roatan.

Things to do in Antigua

Nature Parks 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

Roatan ©
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Step out of the city life by going to Little French Key and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Discover out-of-the-way places like West Bay Beach and Flamingo Cultural Center. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Tabyana Beach, examine the collection at Roatan Underwater Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Straw Market, and whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Roatan trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Antigua to Roatan by combination of bus and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and ferry. In January, Roatan is somewhat warmer than Antigua - with highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Utila.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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West Bay Beach ©
West Bay Beach
Little French Key ©
Little French Key
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Utila, Honduras

The island of Utila has become known as a good place to learn how to dive in Latin America.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Iguana Research & Breeding Station and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Utila route maker site.

You can ride a ferry from Roatan to Utila in 1.5 hours. January in Utila sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Shark Ray Alley and The Gallery of San Pedro. Get in touch with nature at Hol Chan Marine Reserve and The Estuary of Caye Caulker. Step out of San Pedro to go to Caye Caulker and see Scuba & Snorkeling, which is approximately 1 hour away. Spend the 29th (Wed) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. And it doesn't end there: cast your line with a fishing tour, take in the exciting artwork at Belizean Arts, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and get outside with Rum Punch II.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the San Pedro tour itinerary maker website.

Getting from Utila to San Pedro by combination of ferry and flight takes about 4.5 hours. In January in San Pedro, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Caye Caulker, Ambergris Caye
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 29:
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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.
Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 and Zocalo will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Chapultepec Castle and Coyoacan. Venture out of the city with trips to Cuernavaca (Robert Brady Museum, Spanish Language Institute - Day Course, &more). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Historic Center (Centro Historico), delve into the lush surroundings at Bosque de Chapultepec, delve into the distant past at Museo del Templo Mayor, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at La Ensenanza.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Mexico City day trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from San Pedro to Mexico City in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from San Pedro in January, you will find days in Mexico City are a bit cooler (24°C), and nights are colder (7°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, Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 5:
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Chapultepec Castle ©
Chapultepec Castle
Historic Center (Centro Historico) ©
Historic Center (Centro Historico)

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nights
Playa del Carmen, Mexico

The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Get some historical perspective at Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church and Zona Arqueologica Playa del Carmen. Explore hidden gems such as Palancar Reef and Cenote Chaak Tun. Change things up with these side-trips from Playa del Carmen: Tulum (Tulum Archaeological Site, Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos, &more) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Cozumel). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at La Playa Xpuha, tour the pleasant surroundings at Chikin Ha, explore the world behind art at Gaston Charo Art Gallery Playa del Carmen, and find something for the whole family at Xcaret.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Playa del Carmen online trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Mexico City to Playa del Carmen in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mexico City to Playa del Carmen. Traveling from Mexico City in February, Playa del Carmen is a bit warmer at night with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Tulum, Cozumel, La Playa Xpuha
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Shark Diving

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