60 days in Central America Itinerary

60 days in Central America Itinerary

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

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Antigua, Guatemala — 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Antigua: Guatemala City (Catedral Metropolitana, Palacio Nacional, &more). And it doesn't end there: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, make a trip to Cerro de la Cruz, take in nature's colorful creations at Caoba Farms, and delve into the distant past at Arco de Santa Catalina.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Antigua trip planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Antigua is an approximately 26-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 16 hours traveling from Brisbane to Antigua. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Brisbane in January: high temperatures in Antigua hover around 27°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can 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 19th (Thu): delve into the mystery of Tikal.

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Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Antigua to Tikal National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Placencia.
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Placencia, Belize — 4 nights

Once a humble fishing village, Placencia has been transformed into a leading tourist destination, with its focus primarily on outdoor activity and natural exploration.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Placencia: Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve (in Dangriga) and Glover's Reef Marine Reserve (in Hopkins). There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Laughing Bird Caye National Park, view the masterpieces at Art n Soul Gallery, explore the gorgeous colors at Mesoamerican Reef (Belize Barrier Reef), and stop by Che'il Mayan Products.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Placencia trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Tikal National Park to Placencia in 5.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can catch the flight 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.
Step out of San Pedro to go to Caye Caulker and see The Estuary of Caye Caulker, which is approximately 30 minutes away. Spend the 25th (Wed) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. And it doesn't end there: see some colorful creatures with Belize Diving Services, laugh and play at Secret Beach Waterpark, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mexico Rocks, and browse the handmade items at Art From The Heart Of Belize.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our San Pedro day trip planning tool.

You can fly from Placencia to San Pedro in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In January in San Pedro, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough 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: see some colorful creatures with Bananarama Dive Center, stroll around Gumbalimba Park, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Roatan Island Brewing Co., and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Roatan trip planner.

You can fly from San Pedro to Roatan in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In January in Roatan, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to fly to San Salvador.
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San Salvador, El Salvador — 6 nights

The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
Go for a jaunt from San Salvador to Coatepeque to see Lake Coatepeque about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Cinquera Rain Forest Park, explore the ancient world of Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park, stop by Mercado Nacional de Artesanias, and examine the collection at Monseñor Romero Center.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read San Salvador online itinerary planner.

Fly from Roatan to San Salvador in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. When traveling from Roatan in February, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in San Salvador: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Granada.
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Granada, Nicaragua — 3 nights

La Gran Sultana

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Granada side-trips: Apoyo (in La Laguna de Apoyo) and Masaya Volcano (in Masaya). Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Islets of Granada, get impressive views of Mombacho, examine the collection at Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Granada.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Granada travel site.

Traveling by flight from San Salvador to Granada takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Panama City.
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Panama City, Panama — 6 nights

Dubai of Latin America

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: visit Casco Viejo, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, see the interesting displays at Biomuseo, and snap pictures at Bridge of the Americas.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Panama City online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Granada to Panama City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Granada to Panama City due to the time zone difference. In February in Panama City, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Monteverde: Penon de Guacalillo (in Bajamar), Barra Honda National Park (in Nicoya) and Horseback Riding Tours (in Jaco). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and snap pictures at Santa Elena Skywalk.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Monteverde trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Panama City to Monteverde takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) 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 Uvita (Parque Nacional Marino Ballena & Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge), Horseback Riding Tours (in Esterillos Este) and Jaco (Canyoning & Rappelling Tours & Zipline). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, and find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.
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Tortuguero, Costa Rica — 1 night

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero trip planning tool.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in March, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) 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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tirimbina Biological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): get impressive views of Poas Volcano and then admire the sheer force of Los Chorros Waterfalls.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Vara Blanca trip planner.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica — 7 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.
Explore La Fortuna de San Carlos' surroundings by going to El Castillo (Butterfly Conservatory - Arenal & Arenal Eco Zoo). The adventure continues: soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos driving holiday planning app.

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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel back home.
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