54 days in Central America Itinerary

54 days in Central America Itinerary

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Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  12 h 30 min
1
Roatan, Honduras
— 5 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
2
Belize City, Belize
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
San Ignacio, Belize
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
4
San Pedro, Belize
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
5
Antigua, Guatemala
— 4 nights
Shuttle:  5 h
6
Copan Ruinas, Honduras
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
7
San Salvador, El Salvador
— 5 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
8
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
9
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
10
Vara Blanca, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
11
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
12
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
13
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
14
Panama City, Panama
— 5 nights
Fly:  16 h 15 min
End: London, United Kingdom

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: get outside with Outdoor Activities, kick back and relax at West Bay Beach, stroll through Blue Harbor Tropical Arboretum, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Roatan trip builder app.

London, UK to Roatan is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Roatan is minus 6 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from London in January; daily highs in Roatan reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Belize City.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Zipline
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Belize City, Belize

Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
On the 12th (Tue), examine the collection at Museum of Belize, thenget to know the resident critters at The Belize Zoo, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Community Baboon Sanctuary Visitor Center and Museum and then get outside with Goff's Caye.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Belize City trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Roatan to Belize City takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. January in Belize City sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Ignacio.

Things to do in Belize City

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trips

Community Baboon Sanctuary Visitor Center and Museum, Goff's Caye, The Belize Zoo
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
The Belize Zoo ©
The Belize Zoo
Goff's Caye ©
Goff's Caye

3
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.
Step out of San Ignacio with an excursion to Blue Hole National Park in Belmopan--about 46 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Xunantunich Mayan Ruins, explore the fascinating underground world of Barton Creek Cave, stop by Kaj Expressions, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Green Iguana Conservation Project.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the San Ignacio trip tool.

Getting from Belize City to San Ignacio by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in San Ignacio

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cayo, Blue Hole National Park
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

4
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Go for a jaunt from San Pedro to Caye Caulker to see The Estuary of Caye Caulker about 30 minutes away. Spend the 19th (Tue) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. There's still lots to do: explore the gorgeous colors at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, explore the galleries of Belizean Arts, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and look for gifts at 12 Belize.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the San Pedro road trip planning tool.

You can fly from San Ignacio to San Pedro in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. January in San Pedro sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in San Pedro

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Ambergris Caye, The Estuary of Caye Caulker
Highlights from your plan
Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
12 Belize ©
12 Belize

4
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, Palacio Nacional, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, don't miss a visit to Cerro de la Cruz, explore the world behind art at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, and delve into the distant past at Arco de Santa Catalina.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Antigua trip itinerary builder website.

Fly from San Pedro to Antigua in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and shuttle. In January, Antigua is slightly colder than San Pedro - with highs of 27°C and lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to take a shuttle to Copan Ruinas.

Things to do in Antigua

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Guatemala City
Highlights from your plan
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Volcan de Agua ©
Volcan de Agua

4
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: examine the collection at Sculpture Museum, explore the ancient world of Copan Ruinas, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and contemplate the long history of Pyramid over Rosalila Temple.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Copan Ruinas trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by shuttle from Antigua to Copan Ruinas takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Antigua in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Copan Ruinas, with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to drive to San Salvador.

Things to do in Copan Ruinas

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Mayan Ruins of El Puente
Highlights from your plan
Copan Ruinas ©
Copan Ruinas
Sculpture Museum ©
Sculpture Museum
Pyramid over Rosalila Temple ©
Pyramid over Rosalila Temple

5
nights
San Salvador, El Salvador

San Salvador ©
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
Step out of San Salvador to go to Ahuachapan and see El Imposible National Park, which is approximately 1h 40 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park, examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Antropología Dr. David J. Guzman, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte de El Salvador, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia El Rosario.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read San Salvador online trip builder.

Drive from Copan Ruinas to San Salvador in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Copan Ruinas in January, you will find days in San Salvador are somewhat warmer (36°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Salvador

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

El Imposible National Park
Highlights from your plan
Iglesia El Rosario ©
Iglesia El Rosario
Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park
Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park
El Imposible National Park ©
El Imposible National Park

3
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 Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store (in Dominical) and Jaco (Jaco Walk Open Air Shopping Center & Canyoning & Rappelling Tours). There's lots more to do: stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, explore the striking landscape of Manuel Antonio National Park, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio sightseeing website.

Traveling by flight from San Salvador to Manuel Antonio takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Quepos, Jaco, Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from San Jose: Toucan Rescue Ranch (in San Isidro), Sarchi (Else Kientzler Botanical Garden & Mariposas Sarchi) and Zoo Ave (in Alajuela). There's much more to do: cruise along Top Travel Costa Rica, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia La Soledad, and take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read San Jose trip maker tool.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. In February, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Cartago, Sarchi, Toucan Rescue Ranch, J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, Iglesia de San Jose de Orosi and the Museum
Highlights from your plan
Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tirimbina Biological Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Souvenir Muy Tranquilo, get impressive views of Poas Volcano, and then relax in the rural setting at Finca Organica.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Vara Blanca trip builder app.

You can drive from San Jose to Vara Blanca in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

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

5
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, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and take in the views from Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos tour builder site.

Traveling by car from Vara Blanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano National Park
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

3
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, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, explore and take pictures at Ecological Sanctuary, experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle.

For traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Zipline
Monteverde Orchid Garden ©
Monteverde Orchid Garden

3
nights
Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tamarindo: Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste) and Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkey Park, and wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Playa Conchal
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands

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: Portobelo (Scuba & Snorkeling & Black Christ) and Gatun Locks (in Colon). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Soberania National Park, take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Francisco de Asis.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Panama City trip site.

Traveling by flight from Tamarindo to Panama City takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In February, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Panama City

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Portobelo, Gatun Locks
Highlights from your plan
Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) ©
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador)

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