60 days in St. Lucia, Nicaragua & Guatemala Itinerary

60 days in St. Lucia, Nicaragua & Guatemala Itinerary

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60 days in St. Lucia, Nicaragua & Guatemala Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Soufriere, St. Lucia
— 9 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  17​h
2
Granada, Nicaragua
— 8 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Leon, Nicaragua
— 6 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Antigua, Guatemala
— 8 nights
shuttle + Fly:  3​h
7
Flores, Guatemala
— 4 nights
shuttle:  5​h
8
Lanquin, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
9
Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
— 9 nights
Drive + Fly:  14​h
End: Toronto, Canada

9
nights
Soufriere, St. Lucia

Soufriere ©
Home to some of Saint Lucia's landmark buildings and natural features, Soufriere provides travelers with an engaging and direct route into the center of island life.
Get out of town with these interesting Soufriere side-trips: Castries (Rodney Bay, WWII Memorial, & more) and Choiseul Art Gallery (in Choiseul). Spend the 2nd (Thu) exploring nature at Pigeon Island National Park. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens, trek along Tet Paul Nature Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Marigot Bay, and kick back and relax at Reduit Beach.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Soufriere online tour planner .

Toronto, Canada to Soufriere is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. Traveling from Toronto to Soufriere, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January, Soufriere is much hotter than Toronto - with highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Granada.

Things to do in Soufriere

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

St. Lucia, Castries, Choiseul Art Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Pigeon Island National Park ©
Pigeon Island National Park
Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens ©
Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens
Gros Piton ©
Gros Piton

8
nights
Granada, Nicaragua

Granada ©
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Granada: Masaya Volcano (in Masaya), Managua (Loma de Tiscapa, Puerto Salvador Allende, & more) and La Laguna de Apoyo (Centro de Visitantes Reserva natural Laguna de Apoyo & Apoyo). And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Islets of Granada, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take some stellar pictures from Mirador de Catarina, and see the interesting displays at Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Granada road trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Soufriere to Granada. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Soufriere to Granada. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Isla de Ometepe.

Things to do in Granada

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Managua, Masaya, Iglesia Parroquial de Santiago, Mirador de Catarina, Hervideros de San Jacinto
Highlights from your plan
Islets of Granada ©
Islets of Granada
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Mombacho ©
Mombacho

5
nights
Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua

Isla de Ometepe ©
Isla de Ometepe may be small in size, but it boasts two large volcanoes that dominate its landscape and influence the local lifestyle.
Isla de Ometepe is known for nature, beaches, museums, outdoors, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Laguna Charco Verde, get impressive views of Volcan Maderas, try out the rides at Chico Largo Adventure, and enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Jesus Maria.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Isla de Ometepe route planning website .

Traveling by car from Granada to Isla de Ometepe takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in Isla de Ometepe

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Laguna Charco Verde ©
Laguna Charco Verde
Ojo de Agua ©
Ojo de Agua
Volcan Concepcion ©
Volcan Concepcion

7
nights
San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

San Juan del Sur ©
Set in a crescent-shaped bay, San Juan del Sur has become known as a popular surfing spot and coastal holiday destination for Nicaraguan families and international visitors alike.
San Juan del Sur is known for adventure, beaches, spas, wildlife, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through San Juan del Sur Beach, head outdoors with Da' Flying Frog Extreme Adventure, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read San Juan del Sur visit planning website .

You can drive from Isla de Ometepe to San Juan del Sur in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Leon.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Bordport
Highlights from your plan
San Juan del Sur Beach ©
San Juan del Sur Beach
La Flor Beach Natural Reserve ©
La Flor Beach Natural Reserve
Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia ©

6
nights
Leon, Nicaragua

Leon ©
A cultured and storied city, Leon attracts guests from all over the world, drawn to the second city's style, thriving intellectual life, and liveliness.
Go for a jaunt from Leon to Las Penitas to see Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve about 54 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Negro Volcano, see Off-Road Tours, examine the collection at Museo de la Revolucion, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de la Asunción.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Leon trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from San Juan del Sur to Leon takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from San Juan del Sur in January, you will find days in Leon are somewhat warmer (39°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Leon

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Cerro Negro Volcano ©
Cerro Negro Volcano
Catedral de la Asunción ©
Catedral de la Asunción
Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian ©

8
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), Guatemala City (Catedral Metropolitana, National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, & more) and Santo Tomas Church (in Chichicastenango). There's much more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, make a trip to Cerro de la Cruz, examine the collection at ChocoMuseo, and explore the ancient world of Arco de Santa Catalina.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Antigua trip site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Leon to Antigua takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Leon in February, with highs in Antigua at 28°C and lows at 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Flores.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Guatemala City, Iximche, Santo Tomas Church
Highlights from your plan
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Cerro de la Cruz ©
Cerro de la Cruz
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums

4
nights
Flores, Guatemala

Flores ©
An island town, capital of the landlocked region of Peten, attractive Flores features pleasant architecture that complements the shimmering appearance of the surrounding lake.
Change things up with these side-trips from Flores: Tikal National Park (Centro de Conservacion e Investigaction & Tikal). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Parque arqueologico uaxactun, see the interesting displays at Museo del Islote Santa Barbara, get outside with Actún Can, and look for all kinds of wild species at Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Flores online trip planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Antigua to Flores in 3 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Antigua in February since evenings lows in Flores dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Lanquin.

Things to do in Flores

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Tikal National Park
Highlights from your plan
Tikal ©
Tikal
Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas ©
Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas
Parque arqueologico uaxactun ©
Parque arqueologico uaxactun

2
nights
Lanquin, Guatemala

Lanquin ©
San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): explore the fascinating underground world of Lanquin Caves and then explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Aventura Grande, then contemplate the waterfront views at Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, and then Head underground at Grutas Las Marias.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Lanquin trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Flores to Lanquin by shuttle takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Flores in February, you will find days in Lanquin are somewhat warmer (38°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in Lanquin

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin
Highlights from your plan
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey ©
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey
Lanquin Caves ©
Lanquin Caves
Grutas Las Marias ©
Grutas Las Marias

9
nights
Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

Quetzaltenango ©
Named for the Quetzal bird--one of Guatemala's national symbols--Quetzaltenango once included the territories controlled by K'iche' Mayans, a pre-Columbian tribe eventually supplanted by Spanish conquistadores.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Quetzaltenango: Retalhuleu (Xetulul Theme Park & Xocomil), Tak'alik Ab'aj (in El Asintal) and Fuentes Georginas (in Zunil). There's still lots to do: contemplate the geological forces at Santa Maria Volcano, stop by Casa Flor Ixcaco, explore the activities along Laguna Chicabal, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Andres Xecul.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Quetzaltenango tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Lanquin to Quetzaltenango takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In February, Quetzaltenango is cooler than Lanquin - with highs of 25°C and lows of 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chichicastenango, Retalhuleu, Totonicapan, San Juan la Laguna, Indian Nose
Highlights from your plan
Santa Maria Volcano ©
Santa Maria Volcano
Xetulul Theme Park ©
Xetulul Theme Park
Laguna Chicabal ©
Laguna Chicabal

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