59 days in Central America Itinerary

59 days in Central America Itinerary

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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
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Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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Vara Blanca, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
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Panama City, Panama
— 5 nights
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Granada, Nicaragua
— 3 nights
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Roatan, Honduras
— 7 nights
Fly to San Pedro Sula, Bus to Copan Ruinas
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Copan Ruinas, Honduras
— 5 nights
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San Salvador, El Salvador
— 5 nights
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 4 nights
Fly to Flores, Shuttle to Tikal National Park
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Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive to Belmopan, Fly to San Pedro
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San Pedro, Belize
— 6 nights
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica — 4 nights

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Step out of Tamarindo with an excursion to Samara Beach in Playa Samara--about 1h 45 min away. Spend the 2nd (Thu) exploring nature at Palo Verde National Park. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique, and get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Tamarindo itinerary planning site.

Calgary, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Monteverde.
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Monteverde, Costa Rica — 4 nights

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 trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve, appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Elena Skywalk, and explore and take pictures at Ecological Sanctuary.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica — 5 nights

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 Horseback Riding Tours (in Esterillos Este), Jaco (Canyoning & Rappelling Tours & Zipline) and Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary (in Dominical). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, see what you can catch with Fishing Costa Rica with Big Eye Charters, and kick back and relax at Parque Nacional Marino Ballena.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio route maker website.

Getting from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Tortuguero.
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Tortuguero, Costa Rica — 1 night

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Tortuguero tour planning site.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In February, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Vara Blanca.
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Vara Blanca, Costa Rica — 2 nights

A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
On the 16th (Thu), admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and then take in the dramatic scenery at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then stroll through Tirimbina Biological Reserve.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Vara Blanca trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Tortuguero to Vara Blanca in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica — 6 nights

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 trip includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, snap pictures at Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip site.

You can drive from Vara Blanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can fly to Panama City.
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Panama City, Panama — 5 nights

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Panama City is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Panama Canal, get to know the fascinating history of Avenida Balboa, hunt for treasures at Mercado de Mariscos, and delve into the distant past at Panama La Vieja.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Panama City journey planning site.

Traveling by flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Panama City takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Panama City. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in February, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to fly to Granada.
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Granada, Nicaragua — 3 nights

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.
Explore Granada's surroundings by going to Apoyo (in La Laguna de Apoyo) and Masaya Volcano (in Masaya). The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Islets of Granada, contemplate the geological forces at Mombacho, shop like a local with Mombacho Cigars, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Granada day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Panama City to Granada takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to fly to Roatan.
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Roatan, Honduras — 7 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: discover the deep blue sea with Clearwater Adventures, relax and rejuvenate at Cristina Physiotherapy & Massage Roatan, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and buy something for everyone on your list at Diamonds International.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Roatan road trip planning tool.

Getting from Granada to Roatan by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in March, and nighttime lows around 26°C. On the 10th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Copan Ruinas.
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Copan Ruinas, Honduras — 5 nights

The colorful, cultural town of Copan boasts attractions old and new, manmade and natural.
Copan Ruinas is known for historic sites, parks, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Copan Ruinas, stroll through Macaw Mountain Bird Park & Nature Reserve, don't miss a visit to Sitio Arqueologico Rastrojon, and experience rural life at Finca el Cisne.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Copan Ruinas itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Roatan to Copan Ruinas takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Roatan in March, expect little chillier with lows of 20°C in Copan Ruinas. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Salvador.
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San Salvador, El Salvador — 5 nights

The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lake Coatepeque (in Coatepeque) and Santa Ana Volcano (in Santa Ana). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, shop like a local with Mercado Nacional de Artesanias, and take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Word and Image.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the San Salvador road trip app.

You can drive from Copan Ruinas to San Salvador in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Copan Ruinas in March, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in San Salvador: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Antigua.
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Antigua, Guatemala — 4 nights

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Antigua side-trips: Guatemala City (Catedral Metropolitana, La Aurora Zoo, &more). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, stop by Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, and get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Antigua trip itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from San Salvador to Antigua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In March, Antigua is a bit cooler than San Salvador - with highs of 30°C and lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tikal National Park.
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Tikal National Park, Guatemala — 1 night

Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tikal.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Tikal National Park day trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Antigua to Tikal National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel to San Pedro.
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San Pedro, Belize — 6 nights

San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Spend the 28th (Tue) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Hol Chan Marine Reserve, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stop by Belizean Breezes Soap Co. and More, and explore the gorgeous colors at Shark Ray Alley.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the San Pedro trip planner.

Getting from Tikal National Park to San Pedro by combination of car and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In March in San Pedro, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 31st (Fri).
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