60 days in Central America Itinerary

60 days in Central America Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Central America visit planner

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Fly
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San Jose, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 7 nights
Drive to Almirante, Ferry to Bocas Town
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Bocas Town, Panama
— 1 night
Ferry
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Isla Bastimentos, Panama
— 5 nights
Ferry to Almirante, Drive to Boquete
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Boquete, Panama
— 3 nights
Drive
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Jaco, Costa Rica
— 7 nights
Drive
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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Liberia, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
— 6 nights
Bus to San Jorge, Ferry to Moyogalpa
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Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua
— 7 nights
Bus
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Leon, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
Drive
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Somoto, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
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Drive to Augusto C. Sandino (Managua) International Airport, Fly to Monseñor Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport, Drive to El Tunco
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El Tunco, El Salvador
— 3 nights
Drive
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Santa Ana, El Salvador
— 3 nights
Drive
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 3 nights
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San Jose, Costa Rica

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Museo Dr. Rafael Calderon Guardia, then look for gifts at J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, then catch some excitement at Butterfly Kingdom Costa Rica, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the San Jose tour planning tool.

Edinburgh, UK to San Jose is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Edinburgh in October, with highs in San Jose at 31°C and lows at 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks · Wildlife · Fun & Games · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 3 — 4:

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

— 7 nights

Walaba

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
Relax by the water at Punta Uva Beach and Playa Cocles. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Kekoldi Indigenous Reserve. Change things up with a short trip to Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary in Puerto Limon (about 32 minutes away). Spend the 9th (Sat) exploring nature at Cahuita National Park. There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at Indulgence Spa, stroll through Redfrogteam Biological Station, surround yourself with nature on Cahuita Tours, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manzanillo.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip maker site.

Drive from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Bocas Town.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 4 — 11:

Bocas Town, Panama

— 1 night
The colorful and relaxed Bocas Town has a welcoming atmosphere, with the modestly sized urban area showcasing typical Caribbean clapboard houses and home to a mixed community from across the world.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Bocas Town route maker website.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Bocas Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Isla Bastimentos.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Spas
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 12:

Isla Bastimentos, Panama

— 5 nights
Sitting fairly close to the mainland and just a short boat ride from Bocas del Toro International Airport, the well-connected but still preserved Isla Bastimentos offers access to a national park of protected rainforest and coastline, as well as an abundance of small, uninhabited islands dotted just offshore.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Red Frog Beach and Wizard Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Scuba 6 ECO Diving and Isla Bastimentos. There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Polo Beach and relax and rejuvenate at Bocas Healing Yoga Heather Rose.

For maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Isla Bastimentos road trip site.

Traveling by ferry from Bocas Town to Isla Bastimentos takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in October, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Boquete.

Things to do in Isla Bastimentos

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 17:

Boquete, Panama

— 3 nights
Now known internationally for its fresh mountain air, year-round pleasant temperatures, and large community of North American expats, Boquete has changed rapidly since the start of the century, changing from a humble mountain town, into a humble mountain surrounded by gated communities and estates.
Explore hidden gems such as Volcan Baru National Park and The Lost Waterfalls-Boquete. Get outdoors at Los Cangilones de Gualaca and Eco Horqueta. There's still lots to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, stop by Casa Decor Boquete, take in the dramatic natural features at Los Ladrillos, and enjoy some diversion at Boquete Buggies.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Boquete travel route builder.

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Isla Bastimentos to Boquete takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. On the 20th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Boquete

Parks · Nature · Spas · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 17 — 20:

Jaco, Costa Rica

— 7 nights
A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Escape the urban bustle at Off-Road Tours and Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Jungle Crocodile Safari and Jaco Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Manuel Antonio (Playa Manuel Antonio & Playas Gemelas) and Quepos (The Captain's Booty & Parque Nahomi). There's still lots to do: explore by horseback at Vista Los Suenos Horseback Riding, take some stellar pictures from Mirador de Jaco, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and take in the dramatic scenery at Catarata Bijagual.

Find out how to plan Jaco trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can drive from Boquete to Jaco in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 20 — 27:

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Valle Escondido Preserve. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Monteverde Orchid Garden and The Bat Jungle. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Ecological Sanctuary, stop by Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, browse the exhibits of Arte Jaguar Gallery, and view the masterpieces at Alas y Raices.

To find reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Monteverde day trip site.

You can drive from Jaco to Monteverde in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 31:

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then stroll through Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge, and then learn something new at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: ride a horse along Arenal Wilberth Stables, hike along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Liberia.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 2:

Liberia, Costa Rica

— 2 nights

White City

Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
On the 3rd (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then relax in the rural setting at Tio Leo Coffee Tour, and then look for gifts at Souvenirs La gran Nicoya. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Hidden Garden Art Gallery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Hermosa, and then experience the excitement of Liberia Airport Shuttle Service.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Liberia trip itinerary planner.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Liberia in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in Liberia

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 2 — 4:

San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

— 6 nights
Set in a crescent-shaped bay, San Juan del Sur has become known as a popular surfing spot and coastal holiday destination for Nicaraguan families and international visitors alike.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Spas & Wellness and O Parks, WildLife and Recreation. Relax by the water at San Juan del Sur Beach and Playa Hermosa. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Juan del Sur: Parroquia San Pedro Apostol Rivas (in Rivas), Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Granada) and Popoyo Beach (in Popoyo). There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with Extreme Nicaraguan Adventures, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Remanso, make a trip to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia, and stroll through Marsella Valley Nature Center.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the San Juan del Sur route planner.

Drive from Liberia to San Juan del Sur in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a shuttle. November in San Juan del Sur sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Isla de Ometepe.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 4 — 10:

Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua

— 7 nights
Isla de Ometepe may be small in size, but it boasts two large volcanoes that dominate its landscape and influence the local lifestyle.
Visiting Cascada de San Ramon and Volcan Maderas will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sendero Pena Inculta and El Ceibo Museums. There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Isla Ometepe, get impressive views of Volcan Concepcion, take a stroll through Los Ramos, and relax and rejuvenate at Temazcal Omeyocan.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Isla de Ometepe tour itinerary planning tool.

Do a combination of bus and ferry from San Juan del Sur to Isla de Ometepe in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Leon.

Things to do in Isla de Ometepe

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 17:

Leon, Nicaragua

— 2 nights
A cultured and storied city, Leon attracts guests from all over the world, drawn to the second city's style, thriving intellectual life, and liveliness.
On the 18th (Thu), see Off-Road Tours, surround yourself with nature on Summit Adventures Nicaragua, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Church The Recollection. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Fri): take a memorable tour with Tours and then pause for some serene contemplation at Calvary Church - Sweet Name of Jesus.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Leon road trip website.

Traveling by bus from Isla de Ometepe to Leon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. November in Leon sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Somoto.

Things to do in Leon

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 19:

Somoto, Nicaragua

— 2 nights
Somoto is a city and municipality located in the hills of northern Nicaragua, and capital of the department of Madriz. On the 20th (Sat), take in breathtaking views at Cañón de Somoto. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Cerro Mogoton (Highest Point in Nicaragua).

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Somoto trip planner.

Drive from Leon to Somoto in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Leon in November; daily highs in Somoto reach 29°C and lows reach 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to El Tunco.

Things to do in Somoto

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 19 — 21:
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El Tunco, El Salvador

— 3 nights
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Playa El Tunco and Tamanique Waterfalls. Step out of El Tunco to go to Santa Tecla and see Mercado Municipal de Santa Tecla, which is approximately 50 minutes away.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the El Tunco trip planner.

Drive from Somoto to El Tunco in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Somoto in November: high temperatures in El Tunco hover around 38°C and lows are around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Santa Ana.

Things to do in El Tunco

Outdoors · Parks · Shopping · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 21 — 24:

Santa Ana, El Salvador

— 3 nights
Santa Ana is the second largest city in El Salvador, located 64 kilometers northwest of San Salvador, the capital city. Take a break from the city and head to Santa Ana Volcano and Izalco Volcano. Discover out-of-the-way places like National Park Cerro Verde and Parque Nacional El Imposible.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Santa Ana itinerary planner.

Getting from El Tunco to Santa Ana by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from El Tunco in November, plan for slightly colder days in Santa Ana, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. On the 27th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Antigua.

Things to do in Santa Ana

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 27:

Antigua, Guatemala

— 3 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like La Azotea and Valhalla Experimental Station. There's lots more to do: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, don't miss a visit to The Plaza Central Park, delve into the distant past at Arco de Santa Catalina, and surround yourself with nature on Association Aprode.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Antigua road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Santa Ana to Antigua takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In November, Antigua is little chillier than Santa Ana - with highs of 27°C and lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Antigua

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 27 — 30:

Bocas del Toro Province travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Outdoor Activities
Bocas del Toro is a province of Panama. Its area is 4,643.9 square kilometers, comprising the mainland and nine main islands. The province consists of the Bocas del Toro Archipelago, Bahía Almirante (Almirante Bay), Chiriquí Lagoon, and adjacent mainland. The capital is the city of Bocas del Toro (or Bocas Town) on Isla Colón (Colón Island). Other major cities or towns include Almirante and Changuinola. The province has a population of 125,461 as of 2010.Christopher Columbus and his crew first visited the area in 1502. Bocas del Toro borders the Caribbean Sea to the north, Limón Province of Costa Rica to the west, Chiriquí Province to the south, and Ngöbe-Buglé Comarca to the east. The Río Sixaola forms part of the border with Costa Rica. An old railroad bridge spans the river between Guabito and Sixaola, Costa Rica. The bridge is a border crossing used by tourists going between destinations in Bocas del Toro and Costa Rica.

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