30 days in Central America, Caribbean & Mexico Itinerary

30 days in Central America, Caribbean & Mexico Itinerary

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30 days in Central America, Caribbean & Mexico Itinerary

Start: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Panama City, Panama
— 5 nights
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
Fly + shuttle:  7​h
6
Antigua, Guatemala
— 3 nights
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
+2
shuttle + bus + Fly:  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.
Spend the 26th (Fri) exploring nature at Metropolitan National Park. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Panama Canal, take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, wander the streets of Cinta Costera, and see the interesting displays at Museo Panama Viejo.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Panama City road trip planner .

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Panama City is an approximately 9-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Argentine Time to Eastern Standard Time is minus 2 hours. While traveling from Buenos Aires, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Panama City, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 26°C. Wrap up 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) ©

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, museums, nightlife, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Old Havana, take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion), steep yourself in history at Old Square (Plaza Vieja), and stroll the grounds of Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon).

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Havana sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Panama City to Havana in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Panama City in January, expect Havana to be a bit cooler, temps between 30°C and 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
El Malecon ©
El Malecon
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): kick back and relax at Varadero Beach, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Delfinario, then steep yourself in history at Ambrosio Cave, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Varahicacos Ecological Reserve.

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Traveling by car from Havana to Varadero takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. February in Varadero sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Varahicacos Ecological Reserve ©
Varahicacos Ecological Reserve
Ambrosio Cave ©
Ambrosio Cave

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, nightlife, shopping, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia), delve into the distant past at Templo Mayor Museum, ponder the world of politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional), and admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Mexico City trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by flight from Varadero to Mexico City takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Cuba Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Varadero in February, expect Mexico City to be slightly colder, temps between 27°C and 9°C. On the 7th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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 de Frida Kahlo ©
Museo de Frida Kahlo

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cancun: Playa del Carmen (Scuba & Snorkeling, Xplor Park, & more). Spend the 9th (Fri) in unforgettable company with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Delfines.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Cancun itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Mexico City to Cancun by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mexico City to Cancun. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Mexico City in February; daily highs in Cancun reach 32°C and lows reach 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Playa del Carmen
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Xplor ©
Xplor
Quinta Avenida ©
Quinta Avenida

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): look for gifts at La Casa del Algodon and then explore the world behind art at Casa Santo Domingo Museums. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Casa Popenoe and then get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Antigua trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cancun to Antigua. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cancun to Antigua due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cancun in February: high temperatures in Antigua hover around 28°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can 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.
To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Granada planner .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Antigua to Granada takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Antigua in February, with highs in Granada at 38°C and lows at 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car 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.
Spend the 18th (Sun) among the fascinating landscape of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal). Spend the 19th (Mon) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Volcan Arenal. There's much more to do: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery, admire the natural beauty at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

Traveling by car from Granada to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi; 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 (Volcan Arenal)
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)

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