20 days in Canada, Mexico & Central America Itinerary

20 days in Canada, Mexico & Central America Itinerary

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20 days in Canada, Mexico & Central America Itinerary

Start: Seattle, United States
Fly:  2 h 45 min
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Vancouver, Canada
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
2
Toronto, Canada
— 3 nights
+2
Ferry + Fly + Bus:  3 h 15 min
3
Montreal, Canada
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h 15 min
4
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Shuttle:  9 h 15 min
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 15 min
6
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
+4
Fly + Foot + Bus + Foot + Bus:  8 h 30 min
7
Antigua, Guatemala
— 1 day
+4
Bus + Foot + Bus + Foot + Fly:  6 h 30 min
8
Mexico City, Mexico
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 15 min
9
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h 45 min
End: Miami, United States

3
nights
Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver ©
Known as "Hollywood North," Vancouver boasts one of the largest film/television industries in the world, second only to Los Angeles and New York.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at International Buddhist Society (Buddhist Temple), then steep yourself in history at Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site, and finally enjoy the sea views from Brockton Point Lighthouse. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at BC Sports Hall of Fame, get engrossed in the history at Deeley Motorcycle Exhibition, then take an in-depth tour of Roedde House Museum, then view the masterpieces at Six Hundred Four, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Christ Church Cathedral.

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Paris, France to Vancouver is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 9 hours. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Toronto.

Things to do in Vancouver

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Richmond, George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary, Whytecliff Park
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Third Beach ©
Third Beach

3
nights
Toronto, Canada

Toronto ©
Possibly the world's most diverse city, Toronto houses over 80 ethnic communities speaking nearly 150 different languages or dialects.
On the 14th (Sat), kick back and relax at Toronto Beach, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Inuit Art, then explore the galleries of Mackenzie House, and finally contemplate the long history of Osgoode Hall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Gardiner Museum, contemplate the long history of Spadina Museum, and then don't miss a visit to Greektown on the Danforth.

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Traveling by flight from Vancouver to Toronto takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Vancouver to Toronto, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Vancouver in March, expect Toronto to be little chillier, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Montreal.

Things to do in Toronto

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Museum of Inuit Art ©
Museum of Inuit Art
Mackenzie House ©
Mackenzie House
Toronto Beach ©
Toronto Beach

2
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Montreal, Canada

Montreal ©
Quebec's economic and cultural capital, Montreal serves as the province's major point of entry, known for its rich history and high standard of living.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Centre de la Nature Mont Saint-Hilaire and then grab your bike and head to Chambly Canal. On your second day here, kick back and relax at St-Zotique Beach, then admire the striking features of Maison Saint-Gabriel, Museum and Historic Site, and then have some family-friendly fun at Maniax.

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Traveling by combination of ferry, flight, and bus from Toronto to Montreal takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Toronto in March, expect Montreal to be little chillier, temps between 0°C and -7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Montreal

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

St-Zotique Beach, Centre de la Nature Mont Saint-Hilaire, Chambly Canal
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Centre de la Nature Mont Saint-Hilaire ©
Chambly Canal ©
Chambly Canal

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): see what you can catch with a fishing tour, Head underground at Cenote Santa Cruz, and then Head underground at Cenote Car Wash. Keep things going the next day: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then head outdoors with Dolphin Discovery Playa Del Carmen Maroma, then delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica Playa del Carmen, and finally get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Playa del Carmen online attractions planner .

Getting from Montreal to Playa del Carmen by flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Montreal in March, expect Playa del Carmen to be much hotter, temps between 32°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Cenote Car Wash, Fishing Charters & Tours, Cenote Santa Cruz
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Cenote Santa Cruz ©
Cenote Santa Cruz
Skydiving
Fishing Charters & Tours

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at Butterfly Conservatory, then admire the natural beauty at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs. On the next day, Head underground at Venado Caves, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge, then explore the galleries of Onirica Art Gallery, and finally view the masterpieces at Galeria Estudio.

Before you visit La Fortuna de San Carlos, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Playa del Carmen to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Venado Caves, Butterfly Conservatory
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Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): witness a stunning natural landmark at Manuel Antonio Hot Springs, then take in the natural beauty of Manuel Antonio Hot Springs, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Playa Espadilla Norte, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Dominical, Playa Espadilla Norte
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Playa Espadilla Norte ©
Playa Espadilla Norte
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Parasailing & Paragliding

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): examine the collection at Museo Casa del Tejido Antiguo, then take an in-depth tour of La Azotea, and then explore the ancient world of La Recoleccion.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Antigua online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Antigua by combination of flight and bus takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In March in Antigua, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Antigua

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

La Azotea
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Museo Casa del Tejido Antiguo ©
Museo Casa del Tejido Antiguo
La Recoleccion ©
La Recoleccion

1
night
Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City ©
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 26th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Museo Antiguo Palacio de Iturbide, examine the collection at Museo Postal, and then explore the engaging exhibits at Museo Trick Eye.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Mexico City sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Antigua to Mexico City takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in March, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums Childrens Museums
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Museo Antiguo Palacio de Iturbide ©
Museo Antiguo Palacio de Iturbide
Museo Postal ©
Museo Postal
Museo Trick Eye ©
Museo Trick Eye

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nights
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, get to know the fascinating history of Old Vallarta, and then take in the exciting artwork at OPC Oficina de Proyectos Culturales. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Galleria Dante and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Puerto Vallarta trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Puerto Vallarta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Mexico City in March since evenings lows in Puerto Vallarta dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Kayaking & Canoeing
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kayaking & Canoeing
Old Vallarta ©
Old Vallarta

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