21 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

21 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Mexico City, Mexico
— 4 nights
2
San Salvador, El Salvador
— 4 nights
3
Livingston, Guatemala
— 1 day
4
Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 1 day
5
Lanquin, Guatemala
— 1 day
6
Antigua, Guatemala
— 3 nights
7
Managua, Nicaragua
— 3 nights

4
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.
Get some cultural insight at Museo Nacional de Antropologia and Museo del Templo Mayor. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museo Frida Kahlo and Museo Dolores Olmedo Patino. Explore Mexico City's surroundings by going to Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 (in San Juan Teotihuacan) and Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve (in Sian Ka'an). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, make a trip to Murales de Diego Rivera en la Secretaria de Educacion Publica, appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo, and pause for some photo ops at Monumento y Museo de la Revolucion.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Mexico City trip itinerary site.

If you are flying in from Mexico, the closest major aiports are Licenciado Benito Juarez International Airport, Querétaro Intercontinental Airport and General Francisco J. Mujica International Airport. In June, daily temperatures in Mexico City can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel to San Salvador.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5, Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve
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Museo Frida Kahlo ©
Museo Frida Kahlo
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

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San Salvador, El Salvador

San Salvador ©
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa El Tunco and El Sunzal. Iglesia El Rosario and La Piskucha are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to El Imposible National Park (in Ahuachapan), Lake Coatepeque (in Coatepeque) and Tazumal (in Chalchuapa). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Cinquera Rain Forest Park, explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional El Boqueron, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte de El Salvador.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our San Salvador trip planner.

You can fly from Mexico City to San Salvador in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Mexico City in June, with highs in San Salvador at °C and lows at °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Livingston.

Things to do in San Salvador

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Playa El Tunco, El Imposible National Park, Lake Coatepeque, El Sunzal, Tazumal
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Playa El Tunco ©
Playa El Tunco
El Imposible National Park ©
El Imposible National Park
Cinquera Rain Forest Park ©
Cinquera Rain Forest Park

1
day
Livingston, Guatemala

Livingston ©
The largely Garifuna town of Livingston sits at the mouth of a river flowing out into the sea.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Seven Altars and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Blanca.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Livingston trip simple and quick.

You can drive from San Salvador to Livingston in 11.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Livingston can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Livingston

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca
Seven Altars ©
Seven Altars

1
day
Tikal National Park, Guatemala

Tikal National Park
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
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Traveling by combination of ferry and shuttle from Livingston to Tikal National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. On the 21st (Thu), you're off to Lanquin.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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day
Lanquin, Guatemala

Lanquin ©
San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): head outdoors with Aventura Grande and then take in the dramatic scenery at Monumento Natural Semuc Champey.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Lanquin journey planning site.

Getting from Tikal National Park to Lanquin by car takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Antigua.

Things to do in Lanquin

Outdoors Parks Nature
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Aventura Grande ©
Aventura Grande
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey ©
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey

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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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Casa Santo Domingo Museums and Museo Popol Vuh. Get a sense of the local culture at Volcán Pacaya and Iglesia de La Merced. Venture out of the city with trips to Guatemala City (La Aurora Zoo, Palacio Nacional, &more). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Convento de las Capuchinas, stop by Los Colores de la Tierra, don't miss a visit to Cerro de la Cruz, and contemplate the long history of Casa Popenoe.

To see maps and other tourist information, read Antigua road trip planning app.

Drive from Lanquin to Antigua in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Lanquin in June: high temperatures in Antigua hover around °C and lows are around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Managua.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Guatemala City
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Convento de las Capuchinas ©
Convento de las Capuchinas
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums

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nights
Managua, Nicaragua

Managua
Nicaragua's largest and capital city, Managua remains relatively unknown as a tourist destination, though it boasts a scenic location on the southwestern shore of the Xolotlan Lake.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Iglesia de La Merced and Catedral de Granada. Step out of the city life by going to Mombacho and MundoVentura. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Managua: Granada (Islets of Granada & Gallery Ubago), Apoyo (in La Laguna de Apoyo) and Masaya Volcano (in Masaya). There's more to do: don't miss a visit to Puerto Salvador Allende.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Managua trip tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Antigua to Managua. On the 30th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Managua

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Granada, Masaya
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Apoyo
Apoyo
Mombacho ©
Mombacho
Masaya Volcano ©
Masaya Volcano

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