60 days in Central America Itinerary

60 days in Central America Itinerary

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Start: Dublin, Ireland
Fly:  17 h
1
Cayo, Belize
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Bus:  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
Shuttle:  4 h
7
Antigua, Guatemala
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
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
Bus + 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Xunantunich Mayan Ruins and Tanah Mayan Art Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Blue Hole National Park and Rio On Pools. Go for a jaunt from Cayo to Glovers Reef Atoll to see Half Moon Caye National Monument about 6h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: Head underground at ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal, delve into the distant past at Caracol, make a trip to House of Culture, and look for gifts at Kaj Expressions.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Cayo day trip website.

Dublin, Ireland to Cayo is an approximately 17- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Dublin to Cayo is minus 6 hours. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Dublin in October, with highs in Cayo at 35°C and lows at 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Cayo

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Half Moon Caye National Monument
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ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal ©
ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal
Blue Hole National Park ©
Blue Hole National Park
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins ©
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins

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.
To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Tikal National Park online trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Cayo to Tikal National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll set off for Belize City on the 14th (Mon).

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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4
nights
Belize City, Belize

Belize City ©
Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Get some historical perspective at Lamanai Archaeological Reserve and St John's Cathedral. Step out of the city life by going to Mesoamerican Reef (Belize Barrier Reef) and River Rafting & Tubing. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, pause for some photo ops at The Belize Sign Monument, and look for gifts at Caribbean Spice Belize.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Belize City trip itinerary maker site.

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. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Pedro.

Things to do in Belize City

Wildlife Parks Adventure

Side Trips

Belize District, Lamanai Archaeological Reserve
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Mesoamerican Reef (Belize Barrier Reef) ©
Mesoamerican Reef (Belize Barrier Reef)
Lamanai Archaeological Reserve ©
Lamanai Archaeological Reserve
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
Get in touch with nature at Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Scuba & Snorkeling. Spend the 21st (Mon) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: get interesting insight from Tours, see the vivid underwater world at Mexico Rocks, and take in the exciting artwork at Belizean Arts.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our San Pedro online road trip planner.

You can drive from Belize City to San Pedro in 2.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in San Pedro can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to fly to Roatan.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Parks Tours

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 some cultural insight at Roatan Underwater Museum and Shawn Jackson Gallery. Relax by the water at Little French Key and Palm Beach Roatan. And it doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, and kick back and relax at West Bay Beach.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Roatan online trip maker.

You can fly from San Pedro to Roatan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. October in Roatan sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. 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
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Little French Key ©
Little French Key

3
nights
Copan Ruinas, Honduras

Copan Ruinas ©
The colorful, cultural town of Copan boasts attractions old and new, manmade and natural.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Copan Ruinas and Amphitheatre. Your inner history buff will appreciate Pyramid over Rosalila Temple and Sepulturas. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Sitio Arqueologico Rastrojon, see the interesting displays at Museo de Arqueologia, stroll through Macaw Mountain Bird Park & Nature Reserve, and look for gifts at Cafe San Rafael.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Copan Ruinas driving holiday planning website.

Getting from Roatan to Copan Ruinas by combination of flight and bus takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In October, Copan Ruinas is slightly colder than Roatan - with highs of 31°C and lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can catch the 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Volcán Pacaya and Casa Santo Domingo Museums. Popular historic sites such as Iglesia de La Merced and Convento de las Capuchinas are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Antigua side-trips: Guatemala City (La Aurora Zoo, La Merced, &more). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Cerro de la Cruz, take in the exciting artwork at Belfinart, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral de Santiago, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Francisco El Grande.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Antigua trip itinerary maker.

You can take a shuttle from Copan Ruinas to Antigua in 5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Copan Ruinas in November, expect a bit cooler with lows of 17°C in Antigua. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Cinquera Rain Forest Park and Volcan San Salvador. Popular historic sites such as Iglesia El Rosario and Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park are in your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to El Imposible National Park in Ahuachapan (about 1h 25 min away). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Antropología Dr. David J. Guzman, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hospital Divina Providencia Chapel, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia del Calvario, and explore the galleries of La Piskucha.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the San Salvador road trip website.

Getting from Antigua to San Salvador by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Antigua in November, things will get somewhat warmer in San Salvador: highs are around 35°C and lows about 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time 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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tortuguero day trip site.

Getting from San Salvador to Tortuguero by combination of flight, bus, and taxi takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In November in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

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.
Visiting Tabacon Hot Springs and River Rafting & Tubing will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Costa Rica Dog Rescue & Adoption, trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos planner.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to 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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River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs

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.
Get some cultural insight at Ecological Sanctuary and Sarah's Gallery. Escape the urban bustle at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Zipline. Step out of Monteverde to go to Esparza and see Piedra de Fuego, which is approximately 1h 35 min away. The adventure continues: delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, stop by Souvenir Rosewood-Info Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Frog Pond, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Monteverde vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 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 Tours

Side Trip

Piedra de Fuego
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Playa Manuel Antonio and Manuel Antonio National Park. Spend the 25th (Mon) on the water with a fishing tour. There's much more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the awesome beauty at Birding Spots Manuel Antonio, stroll around Parque Nahomi, and take in the exciting artwork at The Captain's Booty.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio itinerary 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Soberania National Park and Isla Santa Catalina. Visit Casco Viejo and Fort San Lorenzo for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Portobelo (Nature & Wildlife Tours, Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo, &more) and Gatun Locks (in Colon). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de San José, and explore the ancient world of Panama La Vieja.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Panama City trip itinerary builder app.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Manuel Antonio to Panama City in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Manuel Antonio to Panama City due to the time zone difference. 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

Historic Sites Parks 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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