60 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

60 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

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Bogota, Colombia
— 4 nights
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Leticia, Colombia
— 2 nights
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Guayaquil, Ecuador
— 3 nights
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Fly to Baltra Island, Fly to San Cristobal, Ferry to Puerto Ayora
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 2 nights
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Mancora, Peru
— 4 nights
Bus to Tumbes, Fly to Cajamarca
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Cajamarca, Peru
— 3 nights
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Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
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Arequipa, Peru
— 2 nights
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Puno, Peru
— 2 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
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Tarapoto, Peru
— 3 nights
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Cartagena, Colombia
— 2 nights
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Santa Marta, Colombia
— 3 nights
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San Andres Island, Colombia
— 2 nights
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Panama City, Panama
— 1 night
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Playas del Coco, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
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Granada, Nicaragua
— 4 nights
Fly to Roatan, Ferry to Utila
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Utila, Honduras
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Roatan, Honduras
— 3 nights
Fly to Monseñor Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport, Drive to El Tunco
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El Tunco, El Salvador
— 2 nights
Drive to Monseñor Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport, Fly to Cancun

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Bogota, Colombia

— 4 nights

Athens of South America

Colombia's heart and soul, Bogota has earned the nickname "Athens of South America" thanks to its abundance of universities, libraries, and lower-level schools.
Visit Iglesia Basilica del Senor de Monserrate and Iglesia de San Francisco for their historical value. Step off the beaten path and head to Mina de Sal de Nemocon and Casa de Moneda - Coleccion Numismatica del Banco de la Republica. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bogota: Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra), Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de Fatima (in Tocancipa) and Vivero Crisalide (in Chia). There's much more to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at Ciclovia de Bogota, stroll around Parque Metropolitano Simon Bolivar, contemplate the long history of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de los Dolores, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Primada de Bogota.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Bogota journey planner.

Munich, Germany to Bogota is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Munich to Bogota. In November, Bogota is somewhat warmer than Munich - with highs of 22°C and lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to fly to Leticia.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Leticia, Colombia

— 2 nights
Leticia represents a large urban area and one of the best places from which to commence exploring areas along the Amazon.
On the 25th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Amazon Maguta Jungle Lodge and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Nuestra Senora de La Paz. Keep things going the next day: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Bioparque Etuena, see the interesting displays at Museo Etnografico, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with Selvaventura - Day Tours.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Leticia trip planning tool.

You can fly from Bogota to Leticia in 3.5 hours. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Bogota in November; daily highs in Leticia reach 37°C and lows reach 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Leticia

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Guayaquil, Ecuador

— 3 nights

Pearl of the Pacific

Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Playa San Pablo and Playa de Punta Blanca. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Schoenstatt Sanctuary and Iglesia de La Merced. There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take an in-depth tour of Museo Municipal de Guayaquil, get great views at Mirador Bellavista, and get outside with Queen of Galapagos.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Guayaquil attractions planning site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Leticia to Guayaquil. November in Guayaquil sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

— 3 nights
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Explore hidden gems such as El Garrapatero and Tunel de Lava Bellavista. Get outdoors at Playa de los Perros and Black Turtle Cove. The adventure continues: wander the wide-open spaces of Rancho Primicias, take in the waterfront at Malecon de Puerto Ayora, kick back and relax at Playa de los Alemanes, and Head underground at Lava Tunnel.

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You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Guayaquil to Puerto Ayora in 9 hours. When traveling from Guayaquil in November, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Puerto Ayora: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Puerto Villamil, Ecuador

— 2 nights
Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
On the 4th (Sat), take in the waterfront at Malecon Cuna del Sol, then explore the activities along Laguna de los Diablos, then take a memorable drive along Isabela Island Wetlands Complex, and finally get a dose of the wild on Rosedelco- Day tour. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Puerto Villamil, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Cristo Salvador, then explore the striking landscape at El Tunel del Estero, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Laguna Salinas.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Villamil route builder app.

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil takes 3.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mancora.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours
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Mancora, Peru

— 4 nights
In a busy little beach town, Mancora tourism industry continues to grow, largely thanks to the sunniest climate of any region in the country.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Las Pocitas Beach and Playa Mancora. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Vichayito and Playa Lobitos. Go for a jaunt from Mancora to Talara to see Mirador Cristo Petrolero about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Zona Kite Mancora, make a trip to Puerto Velero, identify plant and animal life at Chelonia Dive Center, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Acuario Mundo Hippocampus.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Mancora trip itinerary planning website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Puerto Villamil to Mancora. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Villamil to Mancora. In December, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 26°C. On the 10th (Fri), you'll travel to Cajamarca.

Things to do in Mancora

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Cajamarca, Peru

— 3 nights
Located 2,750 m (8,900 ft) above sea level, the Andean city of Cajamarca experiences a mild highland climate, which, along with the area's fertile soil, has allowed agriculture to thrive.
On the 11th (Sat), surround yourself with nature on Time to Travel - Day Tour, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Belén, and then make a trip to Convento de San Francisco. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Callacpuma, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario Virgen del Rosario, then make a trip to La Recoleta, and finally explore the world behind art at Casa-museo Nicolas Puga.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cajamarca planning app.

Drive from Mancora to Cajamarca in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Mancora in December: highs in Cajamarca hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can fly to Lima.

Things to do in Cajamarca

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Lima, Peru

— 2 nights

City of the Kings

Founded in 1535 by Spanish explorer Francisco Pizarro, Lima represents an interesting blend of modern attractions and preserved colonial architecture, much of it clustered in the World Heritage-listed city center.
Step off the beaten path and head to Museo Cementerio Presbítero Maestro and Museo de los Descalzos. Visit Parroquia Nuestra Senora de Fatima and Iglesia Virgen Milagrosa for their historical value. When in Lima, make a side trip to see Palomino in Callao, approximately Callao away. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Francisco de Asis and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Lima attractions planner.

You can fly from Cajamarca to Lima in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Cajamarca in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Lima, with lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Arequipa.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Arequipa, Peru

— 2 nights

White City

In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
On the 16th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia la Merced, experience the excitement of Arequipa Massage, then look for gifts at La Iberica, and finally contemplate the long history of Iglesia Santo Domingo. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa los Arcos, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de San Miguel Arcangel, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Yanahuara ( San Juan Bautista), and finally see the interesting displays at MUVI Museo Vivencial del Vino y Pisco.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Arequipa vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Lima to Arequipa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Lima in December, with highs in Arequipa at 24°C and lows at 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Puno.

Things to do in Arequipa

Historic Sites · Parks · Fun & Games · Beaches

Puno, Peru

— 2 nights

City of the Lake

Hugging the western tip of Lake Titicaca, Puno serves as a melting pot of indigenous and imported cultures, and makes a great base for explorations around the region.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): step aboard Yavari Museum, then head outdoors with Plaza de Armas, and then relax and rejuvenate at Inca Sauna. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia San Antonio, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fertility Temple, and then steep yourself in history at Uros Tupirmarka Lodge.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Puno online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Arequipa to Puno by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 3°C in Puno. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can fly to Cusco.

Things to do in Puno

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Spas · Baths

Side Trip

Cusco, Peru

— 3 nights

Imperial City

Capital of the Inca Empire for three centuries, World Heritage-listed Cusco is now a major tourist destination, drawing nearly 2 million annual tourists with its well-preserved colonial architecture and proximity to Machu Picchu.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cerro Colorado Vinicunca and exploor. Get some historical perspective at Tipon and Q'enqo. Next up on the itinerary: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and stroll through Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Cusco trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Puno to Cusco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Puno in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Cusco, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time for the flight to Tarapoto.

Things to do in Cusco

Parks · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

Tarapoto, Peru

— 3 nights

City of Palms

As a busy commercial hub of northern Peru, Tarapoto straddles the foothills of the Andes and a high jungle plateau characterized by lush cloud forests.
On the 23rd (Thu), stroll through Asociacion de Proteccion de Flora y Fauna and then get outside with Catarata de Huacamaillo. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Petroglifos de Polish, stop by Exotic Chocolatier, and then head outdoors with Rio Mayo.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tarapoto trip itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Tarapoto takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Cusco in December, with highs in Tarapoto at 38°C and lows at 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Tarapoto

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Cartagena, Colombia

— 2 nights

City of Heroes

The site of the continent's first Spanish colony, Cartagena retains much of its colonial flavor thanks to a World Heritage-listed old town, encircled by old walls and protected by imposing fortresses.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Plaza de la Proclamacion, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Santa Catalina de Alejandria, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Santo Toribio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): stop by Centro Historico, then make a trip to Plaza de La Trinidad, and then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tarapoto to Cartagena. In December, daily temperatures in Cartagena can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours · Spas

Santa Marta, Colombia

— 3 nights

America's Pearl

Many visitors begin their Santa Marta holiday, surrounded by urban clutter and heavy traffic, expecting little from the city in terms of historical importance.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Caribe Colombiano Diving and Marine World Aquarium. Visiting Cascadas de Marinka and Nabusimake will get you outdoors. Step out of Santa Marta to go to Minca and see El Dorado Bird Reserve, which is approximately 44 minutes away. There's more to do: steep yourself in history at Paseo El Camellon.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Santa Marta travel website.

Drive from Cartagena to Santa Marta in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Santa Marta, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

San Andres Island, Colombia

— 2 nights
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
On the 31st (Fri), don't miss a visit to Mare, then don't miss a visit to Plaza Canon de Morgan, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Charquitos. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Island House Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bahia del Cove, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Fish Spa Island.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the San Andres Island trip planner.

Getting from Santa Marta to San Andres Island by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Traveling from Santa Marta in December, you will find days in San Andres Island are little chillier (34°C), and nights are about the same (29°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to fly to Panama City.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Panama City, Panama

— 1 night

Dubai of Latin America

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de la Merced, explore the ancient world of El Arco Chato, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Francisco de Asis, then explore the ancient world of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Panama City trip planner.

Getting from San Andres Island to Panama City by flight takes about 5 hours. In January in Panama City, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can fly to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites · Spas

Playas del Coco, Costa Rica

— 2 nights

Coco Beach

A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): play a few rounds at Four Seasons Golf Club, play a few rounds at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica Golf Course, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Dantita. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): head outdoors with Crazy Alex CR, stop by Cata Chocolate, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Playas del Coco trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Panama City to Playas del Coco by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors · Golf · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Tamarindo, Costa Rica

— 3 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Visit Potrero Beach and Playa Danta for some beach relaxation. Get out of town with these interesting Tamarindo side-trips: Reserva Conchal Golf Course (in Brasilito) and Prieta Beach (in Playa Prieta). It doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Tamarindo day trip planning app.

You can drive from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Granada.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Granada, Nicaragua

— 4 nights

La Gran Sultana

The lakeside city of Granada has the look and feel of a historically important economic and political center, with grand colonial architecture, a unified look, and many cultural attractions.
Get outdoors at Volcano Divers Nicaragua and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Popular historic sites such as Cathedral San Francisco and Old Railway Station are in your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from Granada to Catarina to see Mirador de Catarina about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Mi Museo, make a trip to Parque Xalteva, look for gifts at Galeria Mi Camara Mi Mundo, and admire the local landmark of Parque Colon de Granada.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Granada trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Tamarindo to Granada in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Utila.

Things to do in Granada

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Utila, Honduras

— 2 nights
The island of Utila has become known as a good place to learn how to dive in Latin America.
On the 12th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Iguana Research & Breeding Station, then kick back and relax at Bando Beach, and then step off the mainland to explore Utila Cays Diving. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Thu): get a dose of the wild on Whale Shark and Oceanic Research Center, then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For ratings and tourist information, you can read our Utila travel planner.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Granada to Utila in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry. January in Utila sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can catch the ferry to Roatan.

Things to do in Utila

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Roatan, Honduras

— 3 nights
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mayan Eden and Tyll's Dive. Get outdoors at Blue Harbor Tropical Arboretum and Butterfly Gardens. The adventure continues: get outside with Mahogany Bay, look for gifts at Rusty Fish, contemplate the waterfront views at Half Moon Bay, and take in the exciting artwork at Shawn Jackson Gallery.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Roatan trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by ferry from Utila to Roatan takes 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to El Tunco.

Things to do in Roatan

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

El Tunco, El Salvador

— 2 nights
On the 17th (Mon), explore the activities along Tamanique Waterfalls, stroll through Playa El Tunco, and then soothe aching muscles at Balance Yoga Center.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read El Tunco road trip planning website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Roatan to El Tunco. When traveling from Roatan in January, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in El Tunco: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 25°C at night. On the 18th (Tue), you're off to home.

Things to do in El Tunco

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Diverse in terms of landscapes, climates, and cultures, Colombia remains one of South America's least explored tourist destinations, overshadowed by its more popular southern neighbors. Combining the best of what the continent has to offer, a vacation in Colombia allows you to blend outdoor adventures with tours of picture-perfect cobblestoned towns dating back to the colonial era. Tourists on a Colombia holiday can easily hop from sun-kissed coastal spots to the hilly coffee-growing region, where thriving plantations quickly give way to a landscape of snow-covered volcanic peaks and the paramo--alpine ecosystems sheltering some of the rarest plants growing above the continuous forest line.

Ecuador travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
With abundant opportunities to discover fascinating World Heritage Sites, a holiday in Ecuador remains among the most culturally enriching travel experiences. Home to the world's highest active volcano, this little country packs a big punch when it comes to tourist activities. Some of the most popular things to do in Ecuador include visits to its astonishingly biodiverse wilderness areas, home to some 1,500 bird species, 840 species of amphibians and reptiles, and nearly 20,000 plant species. Of course, the highlight of many Ecuador vacations is bound to be the Galapagos Islands, made famous by naturalist Charles Darwin. Aside from the stunning nature, Ecuador also boasts many historic cities filled with photogenic colonial-era churches, mansions, and plazas.

Peru travel guide

4.6
Historic Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Incas
In a country renowned for its pre-Columbian archeological sites, no Peru vacation would be complete without an adrenaline-inducing hike to Machu Picchu, World Heritage-listed symbol of the once-mighty Incan Empire. Aside from visiting these spectacular ruins set against the backdrop of photogenic mountain peaks, most holidays in Peru also include an exploration of the country's pretty cities, boasting well-preserved colonial architecture and a slew of modern buildings housing fine museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Ideal for active vacationers, Peru trips are also tailor-made for gourmands, as the country's eclectic cuisine blends tasty influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Panama travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Historic Walking Areas · Shopping Malls
With a lively banking sector and a booming tourism industry, Panama remains one of the most powerful nations in the Americas, though it's also one of the smallest by land area. The country boasts coastlines on both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, so it's not surprising most Panama holidays include some form of seaside entertainment. With outstanding beaches all over the country, it's easy to find an ideal spot to swim, snorkel, dive, fish, sail, or simply kick back on the sand with a few cold drinks. The country's best-known landmark and one of the world's most significant shipping routes, Panama Canal tops most tourist itineraries--many choose to see this engineering wonder by traveling the length of it by train.

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.

Nicaragua travel guide

4.2
Churches · Volcanos · Specialty Museums
Still emerging as a major tourist destination, Nicaragua, the largest country in Central America, entices travelers with its rich history and remarkable natural beauty just waiting to be discovered. A holiday in Nicaragua allows you to explore a vibrant culture, scenic beaches, and plenty of spots off the beaten path. Majestic volcanoes, lakes, and forests offer numerous chances for exploration and exciting adventures, while major cities boast splendid colonial architecture. With access to coastlines on both the Pacific and the Caribbean, a vacation in Nicaragua appeals to those looking for thrilling surfing experiences, dramatic views, or a chance to spread out on a deserted tropical beach.

Honduras travel guide

4.5
Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Zipline
A vacation in Honduras can be an affordable and exciting addition to your Central American itinerary. Often undeservedly overlooked because of the high crime rate in a few of its cities, the country boasts pristine natural wonders, a rich history, and a vibrant atmosphere. From the vivacious Afro-Caribbean culture of the north shore, to the vast mountains and cloud forests of its national parks, Honduras has a lot to offer to the adventurous tourist. Visiting the ancient Mayan ruins of Copan, diving on Bay Islands, and admiring the colonial architecture in the capital remain just some of the things to do in Honduras.

El Salvador travel guide

4.3
National Parks · Churches · Ruins
El Salvador, the smallest country in Central America, has plenty of historical and natural attractions to explore on a rich and varied itinerary. The coastal beaches attract surfers and sunbathers, while the main towns showcase colonial and indigenous cultures in their traditions, architecture, cuisine, and historical sites. Tourism in El Salvador has been stuttering for decades, first because of the Salvadoran Civil War, and now because of gang-related activities and a high crime rate. The vast majority of the country, however, remains unspoiled by the narrative that dominates international headlines. Travelers looking for an off-the-beaten-track destination, with natural and manmade highlights uncluttered by tourists and overdevelopment, find such a place in El Salvador.