60 days in Central America Itinerary

60 days in Central America Itinerary

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Start: Christchurch, New Zealand
+2
Fly + Bus + Taxi:  30 h
1
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
2
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
3
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Vara Blanca, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5 h 45 min
6
Panama City, Panama
— 5 nights
+4
Fly + Foot + Bus + Foot + Bus:  7 h 15 min
7
Antigua, Guatemala
— 5 nights
Shuttle:  5 h
8
Copan Ruinas, Honduras
— 5 nights
Drive:  8 h 30 min
9
San Ignacio, Belize
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Drive + Fly:  2 h
10
Belize City, Belize
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
11
San Pedro, Belize
— 5 nights
Fly:  2 h 15 min
12
Roatan, Honduras
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  2 h
13
San Salvador, El Salvador
— 7 nights
Fly:  25 h
End: Christchurch, New Zealand

5
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Monteverde side-trips: Middle Earth Thermal Springs (in Quebrada Grande), Superman De Osa (in Puntarenas) and Cerro Pelado (in Juntas). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, experience rural life at Hidden Valley Permaculture Farm, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and stop by Foresta.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Monteverde day trip planning site.

Christchurch, New Zealand to Monteverde is an approximately 30- hour combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 18 hours. Traveling from Christchurch in December, expect nights in Monteverde to be warmer, around 32°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Middle Earth Thermal Springs, Superman De Osa, Cerro Pelado
Highlights from your plan
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour
Monteverde Orchid Garden ©
Monteverde Orchid Garden

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, then explore the striking landscape of Manuel Antonio National Park, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Parque Nahomi, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio online journey maker.

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Quepos
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Parque Nahomi ©
Parque Nahomi
Spas

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 9th (Wed): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park, and then learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tortuguero online day trip planner.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy
Kayaking & Canoeing

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.
Explore La Fortuna de San Carlos' surroundings by going to El Castillo (Butterfly Conservatory & Arenal Eco Zoo). There's lots more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, explore the activities along Lake Arenal, explore the fascinating underground world of Venado Caves, and head outdoors with El Salto.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

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 16th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Souvenir Muy Tranquilo, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Poas Volcano, and then experience rural life at Finca Organica.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Vara Blanca trip builder app.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Vara Blanca takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Souvenir Muy Tranquilo, Finca Organica, Poas Volcano
Highlights from your plan
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo ©
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo
Finca  Organica ©
Finca Organica

5
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Change things up with these side-trips from Panama City: Asociacion Panamericana para la Conservacion (in Gamboa), Gatun Locks (in Colon) and Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo (in Portobelo). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, hunt for treasures at Mercado de Mariscos, delve into the distant past at Panama La Vieja, and get to know the fascinating history of Casco Viejo.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Panama City online trip itinerary builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Vara Blanca to Panama City. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Asociacion Panamericana para la Conservacion, Gatun Locks, Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo
Highlights from your plan
Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) ©
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador)

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Antigua: Guatemala City (Catedral Metropolitana, La Aurora Zoo, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, stop by Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales, and admire the masterpieces at Casa Santo Domingo Museums.

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Antigua travel planning tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Panama City to Antigua takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Panama City in December, you will find days in Antigua are little chillier (27°C), and nights are much colder (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to take a shuttle to Copan Ruinas.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

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

5
nights
Copan Ruinas, Honduras

Copan Ruinas ©
The colorful, cultural town of Copan boasts attractions old and new, manmade and natural.
Copan Ruinas is known for historic sites, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live event at Mayan Ball Court, see the interesting displays at Museo de Arqueologia, steep yourself in history at Pyramid over Rosalila Temple, and explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Copan Ruinas route maker.

Getting from Antigua to Copan Ruinas by shuttle takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Antigua in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Copan Ruinas, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to San Ignacio.

Things to do in Copan Ruinas

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Mayan Ruins of El Puente
Highlights from your plan
Copan Ruinas ©
Copan Ruinas
Mayan Ball Court ©
Mayan Ball Court
Luna Jaguar Hot Spring ©
Luna Jaguar Hot Spring

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Rio On Pools (in Augustine) and Belmopan (Blue Hole National Park, Crystal Cave, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal, tour the pleasant surroundings at Green Iguana Conservation Project, take in the exciting artwork at Cappello's Art Gallery, and admire the masterpieces at Tanah Mayan Art Museum.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the San Ignacio online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Copan Ruinas to San Ignacio takes 8.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Belize City.

Things to do in San Ignacio

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Belize City, Belize

Belize City ©
Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Take a break from Belize City with a short trip to The Belize Zoo in La Democracia, about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, see the interesting displays at Orchid Garden Eco-Village Museum Belize, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and get a new perspective on nature at St John's Cathedral.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Belize City road trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from San Ignacio to Belize City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Belize City sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Pedro.

Things to do in Belize City

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, The Belize Zoo
Highlights from your plan
The Belize Zoo ©
The Belize Zoo
Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary

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.
Spend the 12th (Tue) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. There's much more to do: see the vivid underwater world at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, buy something for everyone on your list at Wings SanPefro, make a trip to Shark Ray Alley, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mexico Rocks.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the San Pedro trip planner.

Getting from Belize City to San Pedro by car takes about 2.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in San Pedro are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Roatan.

Things to do in San Pedro

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trip

Ambergris Caye
Highlights from your plan
Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
Shark Ray Alley ©
Shark Ray Alley

5
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, beaches, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Little French Key, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, stop by Diamonds International, and tour the pleasant surroundings at West Bay Beach.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Roatan sightseeing planner.

You can fly from San Pedro to Roatan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Salvador.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Little French Key ©
Little French Key
West Bay Beach ©
West Bay Beach

7
nights
San Salvador, El Salvador

San Salvador ©
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
Take a break from San Salvador with a short trip to El Imposible National Park in Ahuachapan, about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Cinquera Rain Forest Park, take an in-depth tour of Museo del Ferrocarril y Parque Tematico, look for gifts at Mercado Nacional de Artesanias, and see the interesting displays at Monseñor Romero Center.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our San Salvador online tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Roatan to San Salvador in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. While traveling from Roatan, expect a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in San Salvador, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Salvador

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

El Imposible National Park
Highlights from your plan
Iglesia El Rosario ©
Iglesia El Rosario
Cinquera Rain Forest Park ©
Cinquera Rain Forest Park
El Imposible National Park ©
El Imposible National Park

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