60 days in Central America Itinerary

60 days in Central America Itinerary

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60 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  16​h 15​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
— 5 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
8
Antigua, Guatemala
— 5 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  5​h 30​min
9
Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
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
— 8 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: London, United Kingdom

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: Iglesia de San Pedro (in Isla Taboga) and Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo (in Portobelo). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Panama Canal, explore the ancient world of Panama La Vieja, get to know the fascinating history of Avenida Balboa, and wander the streets of Casco Viejo.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Panama City attractions planning website .

London, UK to Panama City is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Panama City is minus 5 hours. While traveling from London, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Panama City, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature

Side Trips

Iglesia de San Pedro, 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

San Jose ©
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: Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca), Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park) and Alajuela (Zoo Ave & Monument of Juan SantaMaria). There's much more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Irazu Volcano National Park, get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, take a memorable drive along Top Travel Costa Rica, and take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our San Jose planning app .

Traveling by flight from Panama City to San Jose takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Panama City to San Jose. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Panama City in June: high temperatures in San Jose hover around 32°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Cartago, Irazu Volcano National Park, Toucan Rescue Ranch, Poas Volcano, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz
Highlights from your plan
Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Irazu Volcano National Park ©
Irazu Volcano National Park

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.
Explore Manuel Antonio's surroundings by going to Jaco (Zipline & Canyoning & Rappelling Tours) and Horseback Riding Tours (in Esterillos Este). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and see Off-Road Tours.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip maker site .

You can take a bus from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Quepos, Jaco, Horseback Riding Tours
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Zipline
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, nightlife, fun & games, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour, appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Elena Skywalk, and explore and take pictures at Ecological Sanctuary.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Monteverde driving holiday planner.

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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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, parks, trails, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, Head underground at Venado Caves, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos online tour planner .

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano National Park
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): 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 ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Tortuguero trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough 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.
Get out of town with these interesting San Salvador side-trips: Lago Suchitlán (in Suchitoto) and El Imposible National Park (in Ahuachapan). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia El Rosario, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional El Boqueron, explore the ancient world of Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our San Salvador trip maker site .

Do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Tortuguero to San Salvador in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. July in San Salvador sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Antigua.

Things to do in San Salvador

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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: Iximche (in Panajachel) and Guatemala City (Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, La Aurora Zoo, & more). There's still lots to do: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, don't miss a visit to San Jose El Viejo, stop by Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales, and see the interesting displays at Museo Casa del Tejido Antiguo.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Antigua online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from San Salvador to Antigua takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from San Salvador in July: high temperatures in Antigua hover around 29°C and lows are around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough 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
La Aurora Zoo ©
La Aurora Zoo

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.
On the 1st (Sat), examine the collection at Centro de Conservacion e Investigaction and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tikal.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Tikal National Park itinerary planner .

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from San Ignacio: Blue Hole National Park (in Belmopan) and Rio On Pools (in Augustine). The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal, explore the world behind art at Tanah Mayan Art Museum, browse the exhibits of Cappello's Art Gallery, and delve into the distant past at Xunantunich Mayan Ruins.

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the San Ignacio road trip planner.

You can drive from Tikal National Park to San Ignacio in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Belize City.

Things to do in San Ignacio

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cayo, Blue Hole National Park, Tanah Mayan Art Museum, Rio On Pools
Highlights from your plan
Blue Hole National Park ©
Blue Hole National Park
Barton Creek Cave ©
Barton Creek Cave

4
nights
Belize City, Belize

Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
When in Belize City, make a side trip to see The Belize Zoo in La Democracia, approximately 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Lamanai Archaeological Reserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at Community Baboon Sanctuary Visitor Center and Museum, pause for some photo ops at The Belize Sign Monument, and look for gifts at Caribbean Spice Belize.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Belize City trip tool .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from San Ignacio to Belize City in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Belize City can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Pedro.

Things to do in Belize City

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Belize District, Lamanai Archaeological Reserve, The Belize Zoo
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
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.
Take a break from San Pedro with a short trip to Red Flower Gallery in Caye Caulker, about 1h 05 min away. Spend the 12th (Wed) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. There's lots more to do: explore the gorgeous colors at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, kick back and relax at Secret Beach Belize, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mexico Rocks.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Pedro trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Belize City to San Pedro in 2.5 hours. In August in San Pedro, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Roatan.

Things to do in San Pedro

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

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

8
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, beaches, adventure, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, kick back and relax at Little French Key, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and head outdoors with Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences - Anthony's Key Resort.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Roatan trip builder site .

Getting from San Pedro to Roatan by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. In August in Roatan, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Blue Island Divers ©
Blue Island Divers
West Bay Beach ©
West Bay Beach
Zipline

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