38 days in Central America & Mexico Itinerary

38 days in Central America & Mexico Itinerary

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38 days in Central America & Mexico Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv, Israel
Fly + Drive:  20 h 45 min
1
Vara Blanca, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 30 min
4
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
5
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
+6
Taxi + Bus + Fly + Foot + Bus + Foot + Bus:  8 h 15 min
6
Antigua, Guatemala
— 4 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  5 h 30 min
7
Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
8
Hopkins, Belize
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  2 h
9
San Pedro, Belize
— 5 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
10
Cancun, Mexico
— 6 nights
Fly:  18 h 45 min
End: Tel Aviv, Israel

2
nights
Vara Blanca, Costa Rica

Vara Blanca
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and then contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano. Here are some ideas for day two: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then stroll through Tirimbina Biological Reserve.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Vara Blanca trip planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Vara Blanca is an approximately 21-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Vara Blanca due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

La Virgen, Poas Volcano
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Tirimbina Biological Reserve ©
Tirimbina Biological Reserve
Kayaking & Canoeing

5
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

La Fortuna de San Carlos ©
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.
Get in touch with nature at Tabacon Hot Springs and La Fortuna Waterfall. There's still lots to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna, get interesting insight from Tours, and head outdoors with Salto.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip site .

You can drive from Vara Blanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Tortuguero, Costa Rica

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In September in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature Tours
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing

5
nights
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio ©
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Manuel Antonio and Parque Nacional Marino Ballena. Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and River Rafting & Tubing. Get out of town with these interesting Manuel Antonio side-trips: Jaco (Costa Rica SUP'ers, Zipline, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Manuel Antonio National Park, walk around Parque Nahomi, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip maker site .

You can drive from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Jaco, Quepos, Parque Nacional Marino Ballena
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena ©
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
nights
Monteverde, Costa Rica

Monteverde ©
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Ecological Sanctuary and Chorotega Arts & Crafts. Get in touch with nature at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Piedra de Fuego. Next up on the itinerary: kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, experience the excitement of Curi Cancha Reserve, admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

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Getting from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Piedra de Fuego
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Zipline
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Volcán Pacaya and Volcan de Agua. Get a sense of the local culture at Casa Santo Domingo Museums and Arco de Santa Catalina. Venture out of the city with trips to Guatemala City (Museo del Ferrocarril, Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, view the masterpieces at Belfinart, look for gifts at Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales, and explore the ancient world of Convento de las Capuchinas.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Antigua trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Monteverde to Antigua takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. September in Antigua sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Antigua

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Guatemala City
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Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced

1
night
Tikal National Park, Guatemala

Tikal National Park
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): examine the collection at Centro de Conservacion e Investigaction and then explore the striking landscape of Tikal.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Tikal National Park trip itinerary planning site .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Antigua to Tikal National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hopkins.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Museums
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2
nights
Hopkins, Belize

Hopkins ©
Advertised as the "Friendliest Village in Belize," Hopkins remains a small fishing settlement on a stretch of golden coastline that offers plenty of modern amenities.
On the 27th (Sun), take in the exciting artwork at Studio Gallery Cayetano, then stroll through Glover's Reef Marine Reserve, and then look for gifts at Che'il Mayan Products. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Hopkins online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Tikal National Park to Hopkins takes 4.5 hours. In September in Hopkins, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Hopkins

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Dangriga, Che'il Mayan Products
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Glover's Reef Marine Reserve ©
Glover's Reef Marine Reserve
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve ©
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Take a break from the city and head to Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. Get some cultural insight at The Gallery of San Pedro and Belizean Arts. There's much more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mexico Rocks, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and stop by 12 Belize.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the San Pedro trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Hopkins to San Pedro by combination of car and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Cancun.

Things to do in San Pedro

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Ambergris Caye
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
Shark Ray Alley ©
Shark Ray Alley

6
nights
Cancun, Mexico

Cancun ©
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 outdoors at Swim with Dolphins and La Isla Shopping Village. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Akumal Beach and Playa Delfines. Change things up with these side-trips from Cancun: Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba), Valladolid (Templo y Ex Convento de Santiago Domingo & Museo de Ropa Etnica de Mexico - Murem) and Xpu-ha Beach (in Puerto Aventuras). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Norte, go for a walk through Av Kukulkan, whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, and appreciate the history behind Monumento a los Ninos Heroes.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Cancun tour planner.

Traveling by flight from San Pedro to Cancun takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Pedro to Cancun. October in Cancun sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Isla Mujeres, Valladolid, Akumal Beach, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá, Xpu-ha Beach
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Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
Akumal Beach ©
Akumal Beach
Swim with Dolphins

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