21 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

21 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

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21 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

Start: Mexico City, Mexico
1
Mexico City, Mexico
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + bus:  7​h
2
San Salvador, El Salvador
— 4 nights
Drive:  9​h 30​min
3
Livingston, Guatemala
— 1 day
ferry + shuttle:  8​h
4
Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 1 day
Drive:  7​h 45​min
5
Lanquin, Guatemala
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Antigua, Guatemala
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
7
Managua, Nicaragua
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Mexico City, Mexico

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.
Frida Kahlo Museum and National Palace (Palacio Nacional) will appeal to museum buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Palacio de Bellas Artes and Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mexico City: Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve (in Sian Ka'an) and Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan (in San Juan Teotihuacan). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia), wander the streets of Historic Center (Centro Historico), get to know the fascinating history of Zocalo, and don't miss a visit to Murales de Diego Rivera en la Secretaria de Educacion Publica.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Mexico City trip website .

If you are flying in from Mexico, the closest major airports are Licenciado Benito Juarez International Airport, Querétaro Intercontinental Airport and General Francisco J. Mujica International Airport. In June in Mexico City, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to San Salvador.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan
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Frida Kahlo Museum ©
Frida Kahlo Museum
National Museum of Anthropology ©
National Museum of Anthropology
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

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nights
San Salvador, El Salvador

San Salvador ©
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
Escape the urban bustle at El Tunco and El Imposible National Park. Do some cultural sightseeing at Museo de Arte de El Salvador and Tazumal. Get out of town with these interesting San Salvador side-trips: Lake Coatepeque (in Coatepeque) and El Sunzal (in La Libertad). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional El Boqueron, identify plant and animal life at Cinquera Rain Forest Park, stop by La Piskucha, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia El Rosario.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the San Salvador trip builder website .

Explore your travel options from Mexico City to San Salvador with the Route module. In June, San Salvador is somewhat warmer than Mexico City - with highs of 35°C and lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Livingston.

Things to do in San Salvador

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

La Libertad, Lake Coatepeque, Tazumal, El Imposible National Park
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El Tunco ©
El Tunco
Parque Nacional El Boqueron ©
Parque Nacional El Boqueron
Lake Coatepeque ©
Lake Coatepeque

1
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Livingston, Guatemala

Livingston ©
The largely Garifuna town of Livingston sits at the mouth of a river flowing out into the sea.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Seven Altars and then stroll through Playa Blanca.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Livingston day trip app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from San Salvador to Livingston. In June, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow 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
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Tikal National Park, Guatemala

Tikal National Park ©
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
On the 21st (Thu), explore the ancient world of Tikal.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Tikal National Park trip planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and shuttle from Livingston to Tikal National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Lanquin.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Tikal ©
Tikal

1
day
Lanquin, Guatemala

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

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Lanquin trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Tikal National Park to Lanquin takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in June, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Volcán Pacaya and Convento de las Capuchinas. Museum-lovers will get to explore Casa Santo Domingo Museums and Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena. Get out of town with these interesting Antigua side-trips: Guatemala City (La Aurora Zoo, Palacio Nacional, & more). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, look for gifts at Los Colores de la Tierra, make a trip to Cerro de la Cruz, and see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Antigua day trip planner .

You can drive from Lanquin to Antigua in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Lanquin in June; daily highs in Antigua reach 29°C and lows reach 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

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.
Iglesia de La Merced and Catedral de Granada are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Apoyo and Islets of Granada. Explore Managua's surroundings by going to Masaya Volcano (in Masaya) and Granada (Mombacho Volcano National Preserve & Gallery Ubago). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Puerto Salvador Allende and head outdoors with MundoVentura.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Managua tour itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Antigua to Managua. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Managua

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Granada, Masaya Volcano, Apoyo
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Apoyo
Apoyo
Islets of Granada ©
Islets of Granada
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced

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