21 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

21 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

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Mexico City, Mexico
— 4 nights
Fly
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San Salvador, El Salvador
— 4 nights
Drive
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Livingston, Guatemala
— 1 day
Ferry to Rio Dulce, Shuttle to Tikal National Park
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Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 1 day
Drive
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Lanquin, Guatemala
— 1 day
Drive
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 3 nights
Drive to La Aurora Airport, Fly to Managua
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Managua, Nicaragua
— 3 nights
Fly

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Mexico City, Mexico

— 4 nights

City of Palaces

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 Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museo Frida Kahlo and Museo Dolores Olmedo Patino. Step out of Mexico City to go to Sian Ka'an and see Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, which is approximately 13h 30 min away. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, get a sense of history and politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional), get to know the fascinating history of Zocalo, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Mexico City travel itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from Mexico, the closest major aiports are Licenciado Benito Juarez International Airport, Querétaro Intercontinental Airport and Santa Lucía Air Force Base / Felipe Angeles International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in June, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to San Salvador.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 10 — 14:

San Salvador, El Salvador

— 4 nights
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Iglesia El Rosario and Art Museum of El Salvador. You'll get in some beach time at Playa El Tunco and El Sunzal. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Salvador: El Imposible National Park (in Ahuachapan), Tazumal (in Chalchuapa) and Lake Coatepeque (in Coatepeque). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Cinquera Rain Forest Park, get a taste of the local shopping with La Piskucha, and explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional El Boqueron.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read San Salvador visit planning app.

Fly from Mexico City to San Salvador in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Mexico City in June; daily highs in San Salvador reach 35°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Livingston.

Things to do in San Salvador

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 14 — 19:

Livingston, Guatemala

— 1 day
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): admire the sheer force of Seven Altars and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Blanca.

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You can drive from San Salvador to Livingston in 11.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Livingston can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 27°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 · Nature
Find places to stay Jun 19 — 20:

Tikal National Park, Guatemala

— 1 day
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 · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jun 20 — 21:

Lanquin, Guatemala

— 1 day
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 explore the activities along 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 do a combination of bus and shuttle. In June, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Antigua.

Things to do in Lanquin

Outdoors · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jun 21 — 22:

Antigua, Guatemala

— 3 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Casa Santo Domingo Museums and Palacio Nacional. Get a sense of the local culture at Volcán Pacaya and Cerro de la Cruz. Venture out of the city with trips to Guatemala City (La Aurora Zoo, Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, &more). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Convento de las Capuchinas, stop by Los Colores de la Tierra, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, 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 do a combination of bus and shuttle. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Lanquin in June: high temperatures in Antigua hover around 29°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Managua.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 22 — 26:

Managua, Nicaragua

— 3 nights

Bride of Xolotlan

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 Islets of Granada. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Managua: Apoyo (in La Laguna de Apoyo), Masaya Volcano (in Masaya) and Gallery Ubago (in Granada). There's still lots to do: head outdoors with MundoVentura and make a trip to Puerto Salvador Allende.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Managua visit planner.

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

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 26 — 30:

Mexico travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling
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.

Guatemala travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Volcanos · Ruins
Land of Eternal Spring
Offering a chance to discover a rich history, remarkable landscapes, and a vibrant culture, a holiday in Guatemala remains a great choice for a wide range of travelers. The heart of the Maya civilization, Guatemala boasts stunning ancient ruins and traditional villages that blend with the Spanish heritage of the colonial-era and its stately cathedrals and town halls. While the cities boast splendid architecture and cultural heritage, they make up a small percentage of the mountainous Guatemalan landscape. Adventurous travelers and nature lovers will have plenty of things to do in Guatemala, from boating on the rushing rivers and scenic lakes, to exploring caves, picturesque beaches, and lush national parks.