30 days in Central America, Caribbean & Mexico Itinerary

30 days in Central America, Caribbean & Mexico Itinerary

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Start: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Shuttle + Fly:  8 h 45 min
1
Panama City, Panama
— 5 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  3 h 15 min
2
Havana, Cuba
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Varadero, Cuba
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
4
Mexico City, Mexico
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
5
Cancun, Mexico
— 5 nights
+4
Fly + Foot + Bus + Foot + Bus:  7 h
6
Antigua, Guatemala
— 3 nights
+5
Bus + Foot + Bus + Foot + Fly + Shuttle:  6 h 15 min
7
Granada, Nicaragua
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
8
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
+4
Bus + Foot + Bus + Fly + Shuttle:  16 h 30 min
End: Buenos Aires, Argentina

5
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Panama City is known for historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, get to know the fascinating history of Casco Viejo, examine the collection at Museo Panama Viejo, and visit Cinta Costera.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina to Panama City is an approximately 11.5- hour combination of shuttle and flight. You can also fly. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Buenos Aires to Panama City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Buenos Aires in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Panama City, with lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Havana.

Things to do in Panama City

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) ©
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador)

4
nights
Havana, Cuba

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Havana is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of Malecón of Havana, wander the streets of Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon), make a trip to El Capitolio, and take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion).

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You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Panama City to Havana in 4 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Panama City in January: high temperatures in Havana hover around 30°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to Varadero.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Old Havana ©
Old Havana
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana
Plaza de la Catedral ©
Plaza de la Catedral

2
nights
Varadero, Cuba

Varadero ©
One of the largest resort towns in the Caribbean, Varadero boasts a 20 km (12 mi) long stretch of sand, lined with hotels and all-inclusive resorts.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Varadero Beach, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Delfinario, then explore the ancient world of Cueva de Ambrosio, and finally identify plant and animal life at Varahicacos Ecological Reserve.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Varadero road trip website.

Traveling by car from Havana to Varadero takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of train and taxi. In February, daily temperatures in Varadero can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Cueva de Ambrosio ©
Cueva de Ambrosio
Varahicacos Ecological Reserve ©
Varahicacos Ecological Reserve

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.
Mexico City is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a new perspective on nature at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, explore the historical opulence of Chapultepec Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Mexico City journey planning site.

Traveling by flight from Varadero to Mexico City takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Varadero to Mexico City is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Varadero in February, expect Mexico City to be a bit cooler, temps between 28°C and 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Museo Frida Kahlo ©
Museo Frida Kahlo
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

5
nights
Cancun, Mexico

Few destinations in Mexico dazzle visitors quite like Cancun, a modern resort town filled with glitzy hotels sitting on picturesque and well-developed Caribbean beaches.
Get out of town with these interesting Cancun side-trips: Playa del Carmen (Scuba & Snorkeling, Xplor Park by Xcaret, &more). There's more to do: fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Delfines.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cancun day trip app.

Fly from Mexico City to Cancun in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Mexico City in February: high temperatures in Cancun hover around 32°C and lows are around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Playa del Carmen
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Xplor Park by Xcaret ©
Xplor Park by Xcaret
Swim with Dolphins

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): stop by La Casa del Algodon and then explore the world behind art at Casa Santo Domingo Museums. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Casa Popenoe and then contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Antigua vacation planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Cancun to Antigua in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cancun to Antigua, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Cancun in February, with highs in Antigua at 28°C and lows at 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Granada.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Convento de las Capuchinas ©
Convento de las Capuchinas
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced

1
night
Granada, Nicaragua

Granada ©
The lakeside city of Granada has the look and feel of a historically important economic and political center, with grand colonial architecture, a unified look, and many cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Granada trip maker tool.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Antigua to Granada takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites
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Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced

4
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, explore the activities along Lake Arenal, take a memorable tour with Tours, and view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip site.

Traveling by car from Granada to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

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