52 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

52 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

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San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico
— 5 nights
Shuttle
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Palenque, Mexico
— 2 nights
Fly
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Flores, Guatemala
— 3 nights
Shuttle
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Lanquin, Guatemala
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala
— 7 nights
Ferry to Panajachel, Shuttle to Antigua
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 4 nights
Shuttle
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Copan Ruinas, Honduras
— 1 night
Bus to San Pedro Sula, Fly to La Ceiba
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La Ceiba, Honduras
— 2 nights
Fly to Roatan, Ferry to Utila
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Utila, Honduras
— 2 nights
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Ferry to Roatan, Fly to Tegucigalpa, Bus to Choluteca, Drive to Chinandega, Bus to Leon
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Leon, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
Bus to Managua, Fly to Little Corn Island
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Little Corn Island, Nicaragua
— 5 nights
Fly
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Granada, Nicaragua
— 3 nights
Shuttle to San Jorge, Ferry to San Jose del Sur
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Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
Ferry to San Jorge, Bus to San Juan del Sur
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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
— 6 nights
Drive
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San Jose, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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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. Step off the beaten path and head to Yaxchilan and Zoologico Miguel Alvarez del Toro. Get some historical perspective at Iglesia de Guadalupe and Catedral de San Cristobal de Las Casas. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Cristobal de las Casas: Embarcadero Cañón Del Sumidero (in Chiapa de Corzo), Cascada El Chiflon (in Comitan) and Tuxtla Gutierrez (Parque de la Marimba & Chiapa de Corzo). There's much more to do: head outdoors with Grutas de Rancho Nuevo, take an in-depth tour of Asociacion Cultural Na Bolom, make a trip to El Arcotete Parque Ecoturístico, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Juan Bautista.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the San Cristobal de las Casas online trip itinerary maker.

Mexico City to San Cristobal de las Casas is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Mexico City in December, with highs in San Cristobal de las Casas at 35°C and lows at 20°C. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Palenque.

Things to do in San Cristobal de las Casas

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 6 — 11:

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Palenque, Mexico

Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE.
On the 11th (Sun), take in the dramatic scenery at Welib Ja Waterfalls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Cascadas de Misol-Ha, examine the collection at Museo Del Textil, then stroll through Aluxes, then make a trip to Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, and finally kick back and relax at Playas de Catazaja.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Palenque trip planner.

Traveling by shuttle from San Cristobal de las Casas to Palenque takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Flores.

Things to do in Palenque

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 11 — 13:

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Flores, Guatemala

An island town, capital of the landlocked region of Peten, attractive Flores features pleasant architecture that complements the shimmering appearance of the surrounding lake.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Parque arqueologico uaxactun and Ixpanpajul Nature Park. Get in touch with nature at Actún Can and Cerro Biotope Cahui. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Jorge's Rope Swing, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Flores, identify plant and animal life at Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Petencito Zoo.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Flores tour planner.

Explore your travel options from Palenque to Flores with the Route module. In December, daytime highs in Flores are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. You will leave for Lanquin on the 16th (Fri).

Things to do in Flores

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 13 — 16:

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Lanquin, Guatemala

San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. Take a break from the city and head to Monumento Natural Semuc Champey and Aventura Grande. Explore hidden gems such as Lanquin Caves and Grutas Las Marias.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Lanquin online journey planner.

You can take a shuttle from Flores to Lanquin in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Flores in December: highs in Lanquin hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 24°C. On the 19th (Mon), you'll travel to San Pedro La Laguna.

Things to do in Lanquin

Nature · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 19:

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San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala

Sitting at the base of the volcano of the same name, San Pedro La Laguna has a particularly lively and international atmosphere, attracting tourists from across the world with its lakeside and volcanic scenery, nightlife, and wealth of budget accommodations.
Explore hidden gems such as Indian Nose and Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve. Visiting Volcan San Pedro and Lake Atitlan will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting San Pedro La Laguna side-trips: Santa Cruz La Laguna (Tzantizotz Nature Reserve & Santa Cruz Spanish School), Santo Tomas Church (in Chichicastenango) and Santiago Atitlan (Finca Xetuc, Colonial Church, &more). And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at Casa Flor Ixcaco, stroll around Parque Ecologico Chajil Siwan, contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Atitlan, and view the masterpieces at Galeria Imox.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the San Pedro La Laguna trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Lanquin to San Pedro La Laguna in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Lanquin in December: highs in San Pedro La Laguna hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Antigua.

Things to do in San Pedro La Laguna

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 26:

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Antigua, Guatemala

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 hidden gems such as Iglesia de San Francisco El Grande and Palacio Nacional. Your inner history buff will appreciate Convento Santa Clara and Catedral Metropolitana. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Antigua: Guatemala City (La Aurora Zoo, Mundo Petapa Irtra, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, explore the ancient world of Convento de las Capuchinas, explore the world behind art at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, and contemplate the long history of Real Palacio.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Antigua online trip maker.

Do a combination of ferry and shuttle from San Pedro La Laguna to Antigua in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. Traveling from San Pedro La Laguna in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 15°C in Antigua. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can catch the shuttle to Copan Ruinas.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 30:

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Copan Ruinas, Honduras

The colorful, cultural town of Copan boasts attractions old and new, manmade and natural.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): stroll through Macaw Mountain Bird Park & Nature Reserve, relax in the rural setting at Finca el Cisne, then delve into the distant past at Copan Ruinas, and finally steep yourself in history at Sitio Arqueologico Rastrojon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sat): don't miss a visit to Hieroglyphic Stairway and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Luna Jaguar Hot Spring.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Copan Ruinas holiday builder app.

Getting from Antigua to Copan Ruinas by shuttle takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Copan Ruinas when traveling from Antigua in December, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel to La Ceiba.

Things to do in Copan Ruinas

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:

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La Ceiba, Honduras

Honduras's Girlfriend

The port city of La Ceiba has become known as a party town, with a bustling nightlife district central to its atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Malecon Guillermo Anderson, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de San Isidro, and then step off the mainland to explore Cayos Cochinos. On the next day, stroll through Pico Bonito National Park, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our La Ceiba online road trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Copan Ruinas to La Ceiba in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Copan Ruinas in December, expect nights in La Ceiba to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 33°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Utila.

Things to do in La Ceiba

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:

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Utila, Honduras

The island of Utila has become known as a good place to learn how to dive in Latin America.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then head off the coast to Utila Cays Diving.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Utila route planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from La Ceiba to Utila takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In January, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Leon.

Things to do in Utila

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 4:

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Leon, Nicaragua

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): kick back and relax at Playa Las Penitas, get impressive views of Telica Volcano, then examine the collection at Museo de la Revolucion, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church The Recollection. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Museo Ruben Dario, see the interesting displays at Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian, steep yourself in history at Iglesia San Juan Bautista de Subtiava, get impressive views of Cerro Negro Volcano, then contemplate the long history of Ruins of Leon Viejo, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de la Asunción.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Leon holiday planning website.

Traveling by combination of ferry, flight, bus, and car from Utila to Leon takes 9.5 hours. When traveling from Utila in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Leon, with highs around 39°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Little Corn Island.

Things to do in Leon

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:

5
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Little Corn Island, Nicaragua

The smaller of two islands, Little Corn Island has become more popular than its larger neighbor, with international visitors seeing it as the more authentic, wilder, and more scenic landmass.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Fishing Charters & Tours. There's more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Little Corn Island trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Leon to Little Corn Island by combination of bus and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of car, bus, and ferry. While traveling from Leon, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Little Corn Island, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 26°C. On the 12th (Thu), you'll travel to Granada.

Things to do in Little Corn Island

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Spas
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 12:

3
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Granada, Nicaragua

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.
On the 13th (Fri), get impressive views of Mombacho, explore the activities along Apoyo, stop by Soy Nica, then admire the striking features of Guadalupe Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Granada, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Mi Camara Mi Mundo, step off the mainland to explore Islets of Granada, play a few rounds at Nejapa Golf & Country Club, then look for gifts at Mercado Roberto Huembes, then don't miss a visit to Puerto Salvador Allende, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Santiago of Managua Cathedral.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Granada online sightseeing planner.

Fly from Little Corn Island to Granada in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. On the 15th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Isla de Ometepe.

Things to do in Granada

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Golf

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 15:

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Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua

Isla de Ometepe may be small in size, but it boasts two large volcanoes that dominate its landscape and influence the local lifestyle.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get impressive views of Volcan Maderas, kick back and relax at Punta Jesus Maria, then head off the coast to Isla Ometepe, and finally examine the collection at Museo Ometepe.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Isla de Ometepe trip app.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and ferry from Granada to Isla de Ometepe takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in Isla de Ometepe

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 17:

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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

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.
Get in touch with nature at Popoyo Beach and La Flor Beach Natural Reserve. Relax by the water at Playa el Coco and San Juan del Sur Beach. Get out of town with these interesting San Juan del Sur side-trips: Hacienda Iguana Golf (in Tola) and O Parks, WildLife and Recreation (in El Ostional). There's lots more to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, make a trip to Plaza del arte, san juan del sur, stroll through Marsella Valley Nature Center, and indulge your taste buds at El Gatto Negro.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the San Juan del Sur vacation builder tool.

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Isla de Ometepe to San Juan del Sur in 3.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in San Juan del Sur can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. On the 23rd (Mon), you're off to San Jose.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 17 — 23:

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San Jose, Costa Rica

A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, admire the verdant scenery at Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ), then steep yourself in history at Ruins of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Limpia Concepcion, and finally take a stroll through Multiplaza.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our San Jose route planner.

Getting from San Juan del Sur to San Jose by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and flight. In January, San Jose is slightly colder than San Juan del Sur - with highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 24 — 25:

Mexico travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Beaches · Landmarks
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.

Lake Atitlan travel guide

4.4
Wildlife Areas · Bodies of Water · Ruins
Lake Atitlan, a large volcanic lake, provides the setting for a wealth of interesting Mayan towns and villages. Surrounded by imposing and scenic mountains, the lake forms part of a sprawling national park, rich in wildlife and cultural attractions. The main towns and villages range from touristy gateways to authentic realms of tradition and culture, with charming local markets, rustic architecture, and a laid-back feel. Many of the towns can only be reached by boat, with trips on the lake high on most visitors' Lake Atitlan itineraries.