21 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

21 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

Make it your trip
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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

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 wander the streets of Coyoacan.

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 Santa Lucía Air Force Base / 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 catch the flight to San Salvador.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Wildlife
Side Trips
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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: Tazumal (in Chalchuapa), Lake Coatepeque (in Coatepeque) and El Imposible National Park (in Ahuachapan). 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.
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.
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.
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.
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). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Convento de las Capuchinas, look for gifts at Los Colores de la Tierra, contemplate the long history of Iglesia de San Francisco El Grande, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced.

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

Getting from Lanquin to Antigua by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In June, Antigua is slightly colder than Lanquin - with highs of 29°C and lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Managua.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jun 22 — 26:

Managua, Nicaragua — 3 nights

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.
Get outdoors at Mombacho and Islets of Granada. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Iglesia de La Merced and Catedral de Granada. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Managua: Masaya Volcano (in Masaya), Gallery Ubago (in Granada) and Apoyo (in La Laguna de Apoyo). It doesn't end there: get outside with MundoVentura and make a trip to Plaza de la Revolucion.

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Explore your travel options from Antigua to Managua with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.
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.