18 days in El Salvador & Honduras Itinerary

18 days in El Salvador & Honduras Itinerary

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San Salvador, El Salvador
— 4 nights
Drive
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Santa Ana, El Salvador
— 2 nights
Drive
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Copan Ruinas, Honduras
— 3 nights
Taxi to Santa Rosa de Copán, Bus to Tegucigalpa
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Tegucigalpa, Honduras
— 1 night
Fly to Roatan, Ferry to Utila
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Utila, Honduras
— 1 night
Ferry
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Roatan, Honduras
— 6 nights
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San Salvador, El Salvador

— 4 nights
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
Spend the 20th (Mon) exploring nature at Parque Nacional El Boqueron. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia El Rosario, take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Metropolitana, see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Antropología Dr. David J. Guzman, and admire the masterpieces at Art Museum of El Salvador.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read San Salvador travel route planner.

New York City, USA to San Salvador is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from New York City in December, with highs in San Salvador at 88°F and lows at 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Ana.

Things to do in San Salvador

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Santa Ana, El Salvador

— 2 nights
Santa Ana is the second largest city in El Salvador, located 64 kilometers northwest of San Salvador, the capital city. On the 24th (Fri), explore the striking landscape of El Imposible National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Tazumal and then explore the activities along Lake Coatepeque.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Santa Ana trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Salvador to Santa Ana takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Santa Ana, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Copan Ruinas.

Things to do in Santa Ana

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Copan Ruinas, Honduras

— 3 nights
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 trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Copan Ruinas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Macaw Mountain Bird Park & Nature Reserve, browse the exhibits of Sculpture Museum, and explore and take pictures at Main Square.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Copan Ruinas trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Santa Ana to Copan Ruinas in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Ana in December, you will find days in Copan Ruinas are little chillier (76°F), and nights are about the same (63°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tegucigalpa.

Things to do in Copan Ruinas

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Museums

Tegucigalpa, Honduras

— 1 night
Capital of Honduras, the 400-year-old city of Tegucigalpa boasts an impressive ensemble of colonial buildings flanking old stone streets, which lead to hillside parks and lively squares.
On the 29th (Wed), stroll around Naciones Unidas El Picacho Park and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de Suyapa.

Plan trip to Tegucigalpa with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Copan Ruinas to Tegucigalpa in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Tegucigalpa are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Utila.

Things to do in Tegucigalpa

Historic Sites · Parks

Utila, Honduras

— 1 night
The island of Utila has become known as a good place to learn how to dive in Latin America.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Utila online trip builder.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Tegucigalpa to Utila in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Tegucigalpa in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 67°F in Utila. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Roatan.

Things to do in Utila

Tours · Spas · Wildlife · Outdoors

Roatan, Honduras

— 6 nights
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 trip includes some of its best attractions: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, kick back and relax at West Bay Beach, and buy something for everyone on your list at Diamonds International.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Roatan visit planner.

You can ride a ferry from Utila to Roatan in 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Roatan are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. You'll set off for home on the 5th (Wed).

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

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.

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.