57 days in Central America Itinerary

57 days in Central America Itinerary

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57 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: Paris, France
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Panama City, Panama
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
bus:  3​h
3
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
+2
taxi + bus + Fly:  7​h 15​min
7
San Salvador, El Salvador
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Copan Ruinas, Honduras
— 4 nights
shuttle:  5​h
9
Antigua, Guatemala
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 15​min
10
Belmopan, Belize
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
11
San Pedro, Belize
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
12
Roatan, Honduras
— 7 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Paris, France

5
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Venture out of the city with trips to Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo (in Portobelo) and Colon (Gatun Locks & Fort San Lorenzo). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, take a stroll through Casco Viejo, appreciate the extensive heritage of Avenida Balboa, and delve into the distant past at Panama La Vieja.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Panama City journey maker tool .

Paris, France to Panama City is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from Paris to Panama City, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Paris in June, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Panama City: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Colon, Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo
Highlights from your plan
Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) ©

5
nights
San Jose, Costa Rica

A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Jose: Toucan Rescue Ranch (in San Isidro), Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park) and Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca). There's lots more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, stop by J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, and admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico Lankester.

Plan my day in San Jose using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can fly from Panama City to San Jose in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Panama City to San Jose, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Panama City in June, with highs in San Jose at 32°C and lows at 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Cartago, Irazu Volcano National Park, Poas Volcano, J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Irazu Volcano National Park ©
Irazu Volcano National Park

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Manuel Antonio: Horseback Riding Tours (in Jaco) and Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary (in Dominical). There's much more to do: stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz.

Plan my trip to Manuel Antonio with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

You can take a bus from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Quepos, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, Horseback Riding Tours
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Horseback Riding 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Superman De Osa in Puntarenas (about 1h 25 min away). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, appreciate the extensive heritage of Ecological Sanctuary, and enjoy some diversion at Curi Cancha Reserve.

Before you visit Monteverde, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Superman De Osa
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

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: indulge in some personalized pampering at Tabacon Hot Springs, take a memorable tour with Tours, identify plant and animal life at Proyecto Asis, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Arenal.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip planner.

Getting from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park and then get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Tortuguero day trip planning app .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) 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

6
nights
San Salvador, El Salvador

San Salvador ©
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
Explore San Salvador's surroundings by going to El Imposible National Park (in Ahuachapan) and Lago Suchitlán (in Suchitoto). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia El Rosario, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stop by Mercado Nacional de Artesanias, and see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Antropología Dr. David J. Guzman.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Salvador trip maker tool .

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 June, plan for little chillier nights in San Salvador, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Copan Ruinas.

Things to do in San Salvador

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

El Imposible National Park, Lago Suchitlán
Highlights from your plan
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Copan Ruinas: Gracias (Casa Galeano & Celaque National Park). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Copan Ruinas, steep yourself in history at Mayan Ball Court, take in the natural beauty of Luna Jaguar Hot Spring, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Copan Ruinas travel route builder app .

Getting from San Salvador to Copan Ruinas by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from San Salvador in July: highs in Copan Ruinas hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can catch the shuttle to Antigua.

Things to do in Copan Ruinas

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Gracias
Highlights from your plan
Copan Ruinas ©
Copan Ruinas
Spas
Hieroglyphic Stairway ©
Hieroglyphic Stairway

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 Antigua's surroundings by going to Guatemala City (National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, La Aurora Zoo, & more) and Iximche (in Panajachel). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, delve into the distant past at Arco de Santa Catalina, admire the masterpieces at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Francisco El Grande.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Antigua day trip planner .

Take a shuttle from Copan Ruinas to Antigua in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Copan Ruinas in July, things will get a bit cooler in Antigua: highs are around 29°C and lows about 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Belmopan.

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

3
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Belmopan: The Belize Zoo (in La Democracia) and Belize City (Orchid Garden Eco-Village Museum Belize & River Rafting & Tubing). And it doesn't end there: Head underground at Actun Tunichil Muknal, take in the exciting artwork at Art Box Belize arts & crafts center, explore the striking landscape of Blue Hole National Park, and delve into the distant past at Lamanai Archaeological Reserve.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Belmopan day trip app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Antigua to Belmopan. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Antigua in July, with highs in Belmopan at 36°C and lows at 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Belmopan

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Belize City, ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal, The Belize Zoo, Lamanai Archaeological Reserve
Highlights from your plan
ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal ©
The Belize Zoo ©
The Belize Zoo
Lamanai Archaeological Reserve ©
Lamanai Archaeological Reserve

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: explore the gorgeous colors at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, head outdoors with Rum Punch II, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the San Pedro day trip site .

Traveling by flight from Belmopan to San Pedro takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In July, daytime highs in San Pedro are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) 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

7
nights
Roatan, Honduras

Roatan ©
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: enjoy the sand and surf at Little French Key, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, cast your line with a fishing tour, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Roatan trip itinerary planner.

Getting from San Pedro to Roatan by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. July in Roatan sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Little French Key ©
Little French Key
Zipline
West Bay Beach ©
West Bay Beach

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