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 Augusto C. Sandino (Managua) International Airport
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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 Museo del Templo Mayor. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museo Frida Kahlo and Museo del Ejercito y Fuerza Aerea Mexicanos Bethlemitas. 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). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, see the interesting displays at Museo Dolores Olmedo Patino, appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo, and ponder the world of politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional).

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Mexico City visit planner.

If you are flying in from Mexico, the closest major aiports are Licenciado Benito Juarez International Airport, Querétaro Intercontinental Airport and Felipe Angeles International Airport. In June, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to San Salvador.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Wildlife

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.
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 Tazumal (in Chalchuapa), Lake Coatepeque (in Coatepeque) and El Imposible National Park (in Ahuachapan). 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 35°C and lows at 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Livingston.

Things to do in San Salvador

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

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): contemplate the waterfront views at 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 · Outdoors · Beaches · 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

Historic Sites · Tours · 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 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 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 ChocoMuseo. 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, Palacio Nacional, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Convento de las Capuchinas, look for gifts at Los Colores de la Tierra, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Francisco El Grande, and contemplate the long history of Casa Popenoe.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Antigua route maker tool.

You can 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 up 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

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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 Apoyo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Managua: Masaya Volcano (in Masaya) and Granada (Islets of Granada & Gallery Ubago). 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 · 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.

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.