15 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

15 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

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Mexico City, Mexico
— 2 nights
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Fly to Flores, Shuttle to San Ignacio
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San Ignacio, Belize
— 2 nights
Bus to Belize City, Fly to Roatan
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Roatan, Honduras
— 2 nights
Fly to San Jose, Shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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Drive to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Fly to Tocumen International Airport, Drive to San Blas Islands
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San Blas Islands, Panama
— 2 nights
Drive to Tocumen International Airport, Fly to Kalamazoo Battle Creek International Airport

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Mexico City, Mexico

— 2 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): examine the collection at Museo Antiguo Palacio de Iturbide, then see the interesting displays at Museo Postal, and then explore the engaging exhibits at Museo Trick Eye.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Mexico City journey site.

Kalamazoo, USA to Mexico City is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Kalamazoo in August, expect nights in Mexico City to be about the same, around 57°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 4:

Antigua, Guatemala

— 2 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.
On the 4th (Wed), get impressive views of Volcan de Agua, then explore the ancient world of Convento Santa Clara, and then make a trip to San Jose El Viejo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Museo Casa del Tejido Antiguo, examine the collection at Paseo De Los Museos, and then delve into the distant past at La Recoleccion.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Antigua driving holiday planner.

Getting from Mexico City to Antigua by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Antigua can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to San Ignacio.

Things to do in Antigua

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 4 — 6:

San Ignacio, Belize

— 2 nights

Cayo Town

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): don't miss a visit to El Pilar, then take in the exciting artwork at Cappello's Art Gallery, and then explore by horseback at T'initz Tours Belize. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on nature at Chaa Creek Natural History Museum, delve into the lush surroundings at Green Hills Butterfly Ranch, and then admire the sheer force of Big Rock Falls.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read San Ignacio trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Antigua to San Ignacio takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Roatan.

Things to do in San Ignacio

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 6 — 9:

Roatan, Honduras

— 2 nights
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
On the 9th (Mon), stroll through Mayan Eden, cool off at Grand Roatan Beach Club, and then explore the activities along Half Moon Bay. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Blue Island Divers, take in the exciting artwork at Waves of Art, then view the masterpieces at Shawn Jackson Gallery, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from El Faro.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Roatan attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from San Ignacio to Roatan takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. August in Roatan sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 75°F at night. You will leave for La Fortuna de San Carlos on the 11th (Wed).

Things to do in Roatan

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 9 — 11:

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): trek along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, stroll through Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge, and then walk around Bogarin Trail.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos sightseeing planner.

Getting from Roatan to La Fortuna de San Carlos by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 11 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to San Blas Islands.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 13:

San Blas Islands, Panama

— 2 nights
San Blas Islands represent the offshore area of the indigenous province of Guna Yala.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): head off the coast to Isla Perro. On the next day, step off the mainland to explore Isla Pelicano.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our San Blas Islands trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Blas Islands. Traveling from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Blas Islands, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August in San Blas Islands, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 76°F at night. On the 16th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Blas Islands

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Aug 13 — 16:
Highlights from your trip

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.

Arenal Volcano National Park travel guide

4.4
Hot Springs · Waterfalls · River Rafting & Tubing
Plan a tour of Arenal Volcano National Park to get in touch with nature, enjoy scenic views, and admire the majestic volcano up close. The park, established in 1991, protects a variety of ecosystems and wildlife. You can choose from four hiking trails, taking you across the rainforest and lava fields. Enjoy scenic lookout points, see a staggering variety of birds and plants, or climb the dormant Mount Chato on your trip to Arenal Volcano National Park.