60 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

60 days in Mexico & Central America Itinerary

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Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  20 h 15 min
1
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
2
Mexico City, Mexico
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h
3
San Salvador, El Salvador
— 5 nights
Drive:  4 h
4
Antigua, Guatemala
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6 h 30 min
5
Belmopan, Belize
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Hopkins, Belize
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  2 h
7
San Pedro, Belize
— 6 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  5 h 15 min
8
Cozumel, Mexico
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
9
Tulum, Mexico
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h
10
Cancun, Mexico
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  6 h
11
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
— 5 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  4 h 30 min
12
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
— 5 nights
Fly:  23 h 15 min
End: Melbourne, Australia

5
nights
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Cabo San Lucas ©
One of Mexico's premier vacation spots, Cabo San Lucas lures pleasure seekers with its trendy restaurant scene, raucous nightlife, and, of course, picture-perfect beaches.
Venture out of the city with trips to San Jose del Cabo (Playa Palmilla (Palmilla Beach) & Ivan Guaderrama Art Gallery). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, partake in some friendly competition at A-maze-in Cabo Race, take in the waterfront activity at Medano Beach, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cabo San Lucas route planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Cabo San Lucas is an approximately 22- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 17 hours traveling from Melbourne to Cabo San Lucas due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in May, expect Cabo San Lucas to be warmer, temps between 34°C and 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

San Jose del Cabo, Cuadra San Francisco
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Cuadra San Francisco ©
Cuadra San Francisco
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas ©
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas
Fishing Charters & Tours

5
nights
Mexico City, Mexico

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mexico City: Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 (in San Juan Teotihuacan) and Cuernavaca (Spanish Language Institute - Day Course & Robert Brady Museum). Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on nature at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, make a trip to Zocalo, examine the collection at Museo Frida Kahlo, and get engrossed in the history at Museo del Templo Mayor.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Mexico City trip maker.

You can fly from Cabo San Lucas to Mexico City in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cabo San Lucas to Mexico City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cabo San Lucas in May, expect Mexico City to be little chillier, temps between 30°C and 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Salvador.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Cuernavaca, Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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Food Tours
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Zocalo
Zocalo

5
nights
San Salvador, El Salvador

San Salvador ©
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
Get out of town with these interesting San Salvador side-trips: Furesa Fundacion Refugio Salvaje (in La Libertad) and Santa Ana (Santa Ana Volcano & Izalco Volcano). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia El Rosario, make a trip to Basilica Sagrado Corazon de Jesus, explore the ancient world of Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park, and examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Antropología Dr. David J. Guzman.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our San Salvador trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to San Salvador takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Mexico City in May: high temperatures in San Salvador hover around 36°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Antigua.

Things to do in San Salvador

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santa Ana, Furesa Fundacion Refugio Salvaje
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Cinquera Rain Forest Park ©
Cinquera Rain Forest Park
Iglesia El Rosario ©
Iglesia El Rosario
Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park
Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park

5
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Antigua: Guatemala City (Catedral Metropolitana, National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, &more) and Iximche (in Panajachel). Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, delve into the distant past at Convento de las Capuchinas, make a trip to Cerro de la Cruz, and explore the world behind art at Casa Santo Domingo Museums.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Antigua sightseeing planner.

You can drive from San Salvador to Antigua in 4 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Salvador in May, things will get slightly colder in Antigua: highs are around 31°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Belmopan.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Guatemala City, Iximche
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Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Cerro de la Cruz ©
Cerro de la Cruz

4
nights
Belmopan, Belize

Belmopan ©
Nicknamed the "Garden City" thanks to its planned urban parklands, Belmopan serves as the capital of Belize and a launching point for tours of nearby caves and Mayan ruins.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Belmopan: The Belize Zoo (in La Democracia), Tanah Mayan Art Museum (in San Antonio) and Green Iguana Conservation Project (in San Ignacio). There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal, contemplate the long history of Xunantunich Mayan Ruins, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Blue Hole National Park, and delve into the distant past at Lamanai Archaeological Reserve.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Belmopan itinerary app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Antigua to Belmopan. Traveling from Antigua in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Belmopan: highs are around 36°C and lows about 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to Hopkins.

Things to do in Belmopan

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cayo, The Belize Zoo, Tanah Mayan Art Museum, Green Iguana Conservation Project, Lamanai Archaeological Reserve
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ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal ©
ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal
The Belize Zoo ©
The Belize Zoo
Lamanai Archaeological Reserve ©
Lamanai Archaeological Reserve

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): view the masterpieces at Lola Art Studio and then explore the gorgeous colors at Glover's Reef Marine Reserve. Keep things going the next day: hike along Outback Trails and then stroll through Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Hopkins day trip planning app.

You can drive from Belmopan to Hopkins in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in May, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Hopkins

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

Outback Trails, Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve, Lola Art Studio
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Outback Trails ©
Outback Trails
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve ©
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve
Glover's Reef Marine Reserve ©
Glover's Reef Marine Reserve

6
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
San Pedro is known for wildlife, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the vivid underwater world at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve, stroll through Mexico Rocks, and examine the collection at Ambergris Museum & Cultural Center.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our San Pedro route planner.

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. In May, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in San Pedro

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trip

Ambergris Caye
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Skydiving
Fishing Charters & Tours

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nights
Cozumel, Mexico

Thanks to the island's outstanding scuba diving and snorkeling options, Cozumel tourism sector remains a major employer and the main source of income for this Caribbean getaway.
Cozumel is known for wildlife, outdoors, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, steep yourself in history at San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site, put a fun spin on your tour with The Amazing Cozumel Race, and see the vivid underwater world at Palancar Reef.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Cozumel trip website.

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro to Cozumel in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from San Pedro in June, expect little chillier with lows of 26°C in Cozumel. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel ©
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel
Faro Celerain Ecological Reserve ©
Faro Celerain Ecological Reserve

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nights
Tulum, Mexico

Tulum ©
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Explore Tulum's surroundings by going to Xcaret (in Playa del Carmen), Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and Chichen Itza (Temple of the Bearded Man, Chichen Itza, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, glide peacefully along the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area, and Head underground at Gran Cenote.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Tulum travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Cozumel to Tulum in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in June, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Chichen Itza, Xcaret, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá

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.
Step out of Cancun to go to Isla Mujeres and see Punta Sur, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. Pack the 17th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Parque Maya Tours. There's much more to do: browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village, get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, and explore the ancient world of El Rey Archaeological Zone.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Cancun trip planner.

Drive from Tulum to Cancun in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Cancun can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel to San Miguel de Allende.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Punta Sur
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Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Zipline

5
nights
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

A relatively small town in central Mexico, relaxed San Miguel de Allede offers an ideal setting for visitors in search of a bit of history and a great deal of photogenic architecture.
Change things up with a short trip to Convento de Santa Clara in Queretaro City (about 1h 15 min away). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and walk around El Charco del Ingenio.

For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the San Miguel de Allende trip planning website.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Cancun to San Miguel de Allende in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cancun to San Miguel de Allende. Expect much colder evenings in San Miguel de Allende when traveling from Cancun in June, with lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

Tours Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Convento de Santa Clara
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Horseback Riding Tours
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel ©
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel
El Jardin ©
El Jardin

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Go for a jaunt from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo Corrientes to see Vallarta Botanical Gardens about 58 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the waterfront at Malecon Boardwalk, get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Puerto Vallarta planner.

Traveling by combination of bus, taxi, and flight from San Miguel de Allende to Puerto Vallarta takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Miguel de Allende in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Puerto Vallarta, with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Marietas Islands, Vallarta Botanical Gardens
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Food Tours
Malecon Boardwalk ©
Malecon Boardwalk
Zipline

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