57 days in Central America Itinerary

57 days in Central America Itinerary

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57 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: Brisbane, Australia
Fly:  27​h
1
Panama City, Panama
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
2
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
+2
taxi + bus + Fly:  7​h 15​min
6
San Salvador, El Salvador
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Copan Ruinas, Honduras
— 4 nights
shuttle:  5​h
8
Antigua, Guatemala
— 5 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 30​min
9
Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
10
San Ignacio, Belize
— 4 nights
+2
bus + Drive + Fly:  2​h
11
Belize City, Belize
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
12
San Pedro, Belize
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
13
Roatan, Honduras
— 6 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Brisbane, Australia

5
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Panama City: Colon (Gatun Locks & Fort San Lorenzo). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, contemplate the waterfront views at Gatun Lake, explore the ancient world of Panama La Vieja, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Metropolitan National Park.

To find ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Panama City trip planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Panama City is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Brisbane to Panama City, you'll gain 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brisbane in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Panama City, with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Colon
Highlights from your plan
Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) ©

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Manuel Antonio side-trips: Birding Spots Manuel Antonio (in Quepos) and Dominical (Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary & Parasailing & Paragliding). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, get a taste of the local shopping with The Captain's Booty, and explore the striking landscape of Manuel Antonio National Park.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio itinerary builder app .

You can fly from Panama City to Manuel Antonio in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Panama City to Manuel Antonio. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Quepos, Dominical
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Manuel Antonio National Park ©
Manuel Antonio National Park

3
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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, wildlife, nightlife, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, and get to know the fascinating history of Ecological Sanctuary.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde road trip site .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Monteverde Orchid Garden ©
Monteverde Orchid Garden

6
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, wildlife, trails, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, trek along Bogarin Trail, explore the activities along Lake Arenal, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

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.
On the 25th (Wed), get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tortuguero online visit planner .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to San Salvador.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

5
nights
San Salvador, El Salvador

San Salvador ©
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
Change things up with these side-trips from San Salvador: El Imposible National Park (in Ahuachapan), Lago Suchitlán (in Suchitoto) and Lake Coatepeque (in Coatepeque). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Cinquera Rain Forest Park, stop by Mercado Nacional de Artesanias, get interesting insight from Tours, and see the interesting displays at Monsignor Romero Center.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our San Salvador online vacation planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Tortuguero to San Salvador takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Tortuguero in December, San Salvador is little chillier at night with lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Copan Ruinas.

Things to do in San Salvador

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Lago Suchitlán, El Imposible National Park, Lake Coatepeque
Highlights from your plan
El Imposible National Park ©
El Imposible National Park
Cinquera Rain Forest Park ©
Cinquera Rain Forest Park
Iglesia El Rosario ©
Iglesia El Rosario

4
nights
Copan Ruinas, Honduras

Copan Ruinas ©
The colorful, cultural town of Copan boasts attractions old and new, manmade and natural.
Step out of Copan Ruinas to go to Gracias and see Celaque National Park, which is approximately 1h 55 min away. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Copan Ruinas, examine the collection at Sculpture Museum, experience rural life at Finca el Cisne, and make a trip to Sitio Arqueologico Rastrojon.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Copan Ruinas day trip site .

Drive from San Salvador to Copan Ruinas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. While traveling from San Salvador, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Copan Ruinas, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to take a shuttle to Antigua.

Things to do in Copan Ruinas

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Celaque National Park
Highlights from your plan
Copan Ruinas ©
Copan Ruinas
Hieroglyphic Stairway ©
Hieroglyphic Stairway
Spas

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Antigua: Guatemala City (La Aurora Zoo, La Merced, & more) and Iximche (in Panajachel). There's much more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, explore the ancient world of Convento de las Capuchinas, and stop by Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales.

For ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Antigua day trip website .

Getting from Copan Ruinas to Antigua by shuttle takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Antigua when traveling from Copan Ruinas in January, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Guatemala City, Iximche
Highlights from your plan
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Cerro de la Cruz ©
Cerro de la Cruz

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 10th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Centro de Conservacion e Investigaction and then explore the ancient world of Tikal.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tikal National Park trip maker app .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Antigua to Tikal National Park in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Ignacio.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Tikal ©
Tikal

4
nights
San Ignacio, Belize

San Ignacio ©
The cultural hub of the district, San Ignacio neatly blends tourism and tradition, expats and indigenous peoples into a convincingly authentic, but modern and welcoming inland town.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Ignacio: Rio On Pools (in Augustine) and Belmopan (Blue Hole National Park & Jaguar Paw Cave Tubing and Jungle Zipline). There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Actun Tunichil Muknal, contemplate the long history of Xunantunich, take in the exciting artwork at Creek art walter castillo home art gallery, and get a taste of the local shopping with Sak Tunich Art Gallery.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the San Ignacio trip planner.

Getting from Tikal National Park to San Ignacio by car takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Belize City.

Things to do in San Ignacio

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cayo, Belmopan, Sak Tunich Art Gallery, Rio On Pools
Highlights from your plan
ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal ©
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins ©
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins
Blue Hole National Park ©
Blue Hole National Park

4
nights
Belize City, Belize

Belize City ©
Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Go for a jaunt from Belize City to La Democracia to see The Belize Zoo about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Lamanai Archaeological Reserve, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, don't miss a visit to The Belize Sign Monument, and look for all kinds of wild species at Community Baboon Sanctuary Visitor Center and Museum.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Belize City trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from San Ignacio to Belize City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Belize City are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Pedro.

Things to do in Belize City

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Belize District, The Belize Zoo, Lamanai Archaeological Reserve
Highlights from your plan
The Belize Zoo ©
The Belize Zoo
Lamanai Archaeological Reserve ©
Lamanai Archaeological Reserve
Altun Ha ©
Altun Ha

5
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, nightlife, spas, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, see the vivid underwater world at Mexico Rocks, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the San Pedro attractions planner .

Getting from Belize City to San Pedro by car takes about 2.5 hours. In January in San Pedro, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can fly to Roatan.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Ambergris Caye
Highlights from your plan
Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours

6
nights
Roatan, Honduras

The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Roatan is known for wildlife, adventure, beaches, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at West Bay Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and deepen your understanding at Steel Pan Alley.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Roatan trip planner.

Traveling by flight from San Pedro to Roatan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In January in Roatan, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Little French Key ©
Little French Key
Zipline

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