60 days in Central America Itinerary

60 days in Central America Itinerary

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60 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: Dublin, Ireland
Fly + Drive:  17​h
1
Cayo, Belize
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  3​h
3
Belize City, Belize
— 4 nights
Drive:  15​min
4
San Pedro, Belize
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
5
Roatan, Honduras
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h
6
Copan Ruinas, Honduras
— 3 nights
7
Antigua, Guatemala
— 5 nights
8
San Salvador, El Salvador
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + bus + taxi:  7​h 15​min
9
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
10
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
11
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
12
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
13
Panama City, Panama
— 7 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Dublin, Ireland

4
nights
Cayo, Belize

Cayo ©
Holidays in Cayo offer adventure and history in equal measure, with a wealth of ancient sites and unspoiled environment to explore.
Take a break from the city and head to Half Moon Caye National Monument and Caracol. Get some cultural insight at Xunantunich and Sak Tunich Art Gallery. Spend the 12th (Sat) exploring nature at Blue Hole National Park. There's still lots to do: Head underground at Actun Tunichil Muknal, take in the dramatic scenery at Rio On Pools, admire the masterpieces at Tanah Mayan Art Museum, and look for gifts at Kaj Expressions.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Cayo trip builder .

Dublin, Ireland to Cayo is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 6 hours. Traveling from Dublin in October, things will get much warmer in Cayo: highs are around 35°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to drive to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Cayo

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Half Moon Caye National Monument
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Xunantunich Mayan Ruins ©
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins
Blue Hole National Park ©
Blue Hole National Park

1
night
Tikal National Park, Guatemala

Tikal National Park ©
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
On the 14th (Mon), explore the ancient world of Tikal.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Tikal National Park tour planning site .

Drive from Cayo to Tikal National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Belize City.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Tikal ©
Tikal

4
nights
Belize City, Belize

Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Get a sense of the local culture at Lamanai Archaeological Reserve and Altun Ha. Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary. There's much more to do: see the vivid underwater world at Mesoamerican Reef (Belize Barrier Reef), get a new perspective on nature at St John's Cathedral, don't miss a visit to The Belize Sign Monument, and look for gifts at Caribbean Spice Belize.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Belize City trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Do a combination of car and flight from Tikal National Park to Belize City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or drive. In October in Belize City, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can fly to San Pedro.

Things to do in Belize City

Parks Wildlife Adventure

Side Trips

Belize District, Lamanai Archaeological Reserve
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River Rafting & Tubing
Lamanai Archaeological Reserve ©
Lamanai Archaeological Reserve

5
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Escape the urban bustle at Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Caye Caulker. Spend the 21st (Mon) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Mexico Rocks, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and shop like a local with Belizean Arts.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our San Pedro online attractions planner .

San Pedro is very close to Belize City. In October in San Pedro, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to fly to Roatan.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Ambergris Caye
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours

5
nights
Roatan, Honduras

The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and West Bay Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Little French Key and Tabyana Beach. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, get a taste of the local shopping with Shawn Jackson Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Palm Beach Roatan, and look for gifts at Pies Bonitos.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Roatan day trip planning app .

Getting from San Pedro to Roatan by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight. In October, daily temperatures in Roatan can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Copan Ruinas.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Little French Key ©
Little French Key
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
Copan Ruinas, Honduras

Copan Ruinas ©
The colorful, cultural town of Copan boasts attractions old and new, manmade and natural.
Get outdoors at Macaw Mountain Bird Park & Nature Reserve and Luna Jaguar Hot Spring. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Copan Ruinas and Amphitheatre. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Mayan Ball Court, make a trip to Sitio Arqueologico Rastrojon, see the interesting displays at Museo de Arqueologia, and get to know the fascinating history of Sepulturas.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Copan Ruinas tour itinerary planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Roatan to Copan Ruinas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. In October, Copan Ruinas is little chillier than Roatan - with highs of 31°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to take a shuttle to Antigua.

Things to do in Copan Ruinas

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Mayan Ruins of El Puente
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Copan Ruinas ©
Copan Ruinas
Mayan Ball Court ©
Mayan Ball Court
Pyramid over Rosalila Temple ©
Pyramid over Rosalila Temple

5
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.
Iglesia de La Merced and Palacio Nacional will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Volcán Pacaya and Arco de Santa Catalina. Venture out of the city with trips to Guatemala City (La Aurora Zoo, La Merced, & more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the geological forces at Volcan de Agua, stop by Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral de Santiago, and explore the ancient world of Convento de las Capuchinas.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Antigua travel site .

Traveling by shuttle from Copan Ruinas to Antigua takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Antigua when traveling from Copan Ruinas in November, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Salvador.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Guatemala City
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Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Convento de las Capuchinas ©
Convento de las Capuchinas

5
nights
San Salvador, El Salvador

San Salvador ©
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
Get a sense of the local culture at Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park and Iglesia El Rosario. Get some historical perspective at Hospital Divina Providencia Chapel and Cementerio de Los Ilustres. Take a break from San Salvador with a short trip to El Imposible National Park in Ahuachapan, about 2 hours away. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Cinquera Rain Forest Park, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional El Boqueron, look for gifts at La Piskucha, and examine the collection at Monsignor Romero Center.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the San Salvador trip maker .

Drive from Antigua to San Salvador in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or fly. Traveling from Antigua in November, expect San Salvador to be somewhat warmer, temps between 35°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tortuguero.

Things to do in San Salvador

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

El Imposible National Park
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Cinquera Rain Forest Park ©
Cinquera Rain Forest Park
El Imposible National Park ©
El Imposible National Park
Iglesia El Rosario ©
Iglesia El Rosario

1
day
Tortuguero, Costa Rica

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
On the 12th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Tortuguero tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight, bus, and taxi from San Salvador to Tortuguero takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in November, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

5
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

La Fortuna de San Carlos ©
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Tabacon Hot Springs and Bogarin Trail. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), stroll through Arenal Natura Ecological Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Mirador El Silencio, and head outdoors with Canopy San Luis.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos holiday website .

You can drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano National Park
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La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing

5
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.
Ecological Sanctuary and Monteverde Chorotega Arts & Crafts are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Piedra de Fuego. There's still lots to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in the exciting artwork at Sarah's Gallery, identify plant and animal life at Curi Cancha Reserve, and stop by Souvenir Rosewood-Info Center.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde day trip planning site .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Piedra de Fuego
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Zipline
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary

5
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.
Get in touch with nature at Playa Manuel Antonio and Naturalist Michael Araya Flores. Step out of Manuel Antonio to go to Quepos and see Birding Spots Manuel Antonio, which is approximately 30 minutes away. Spend the 27th (Wed) exploring nature at Manuel Antonio National Park. Spend the 25th (Mon) on the water with a fishing tour. And it doesn't end there: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, get interesting insight from Tours, stroll around Parque Nahomi, and view the masterpieces at The Captain's Booty.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio route planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours

7
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Popular historic sites such as Casco Viejo and Fort San Lorenzo are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Panama La Vieja and Avenida Balboa. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Panama City: Gatun Locks (in Colon) and Portobelo (Nature & Wildlife Tours, Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo, & more). Spend the 1st (Sun) exploring nature at Parque Nacional de Soberania. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, contemplate the long history of Capilla San Jose, wander the streets of Cinta Costera, and get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Panama City trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Panama City by combination of bus and flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Manuel Antonio to Panama City is 1 hour. In November, daytime highs in Panama City are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Panama City

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Portobelo, Colon, Isla Santa Catalina
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Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Soberania National Park ©
Soberania National Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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