18 days in Central America & Ecuador Itinerary

Make it your trip
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San Pedro, Belize
— 3 nights
Ferry to Belize City, Bus to San Ignacio
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San Ignacio, Belize
— 2 nights
Bus to Belize City, Fly to Roatan
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Roatan, Honduras
— 3 nights
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Panama City, Panama
— 2 nights
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Quito, Ecuador
— 3 nights
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Cuenca, Ecuador
— 2 nights
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San Pedro, Belize — 3 nights

San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Gallery of San Pedro and Belizean Arts. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mexico Rocks and Spas. There's still lots to do: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Secret Beach Belize, explore the gorgeous colors at Shark Ray Alley, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our San Pedro tour itinerary planning site.

Melbourne, Australia to San Pedro is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -16 hour difference. In May, San Pedro is warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to San Ignacio.
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Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Shopping
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San Ignacio, Belize — 2 nights

Cayo Town

The cultural hub of the district, San Ignacio neatly blends tourism and tradition, expats and indigenous peoples into a convincingly authentic, but modern and welcoming inland town.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Belize Raptor Center, get a new perspective on nature at Chaa Creek Natural History Museum, then browse the exhibits of Cappello's Art Gallery, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally stop by Kaj Expressions Cayo. Keep things going the next day: get a dose of the wild on True Vine Adventures and then don't miss a visit to El Pilar.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our San Ignacio vacation planner.

Getting from San Pedro to San Ignacio by combination of ferry and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Roatan.
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Wildlife · Museums · Tours · Outdoors
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Roatan, Honduras — 3 nights

The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
On the 11th (Thu), have unforgettable encounters with Blue Island Divers, view the masterpieces at Waves of Art, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Caribbean Fish Therapy. Keep things going the next day: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Roatan Island Brewing Co. and then see the interesting displays at Flamingo Cultural Center.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Roatan tour itinerary planning website.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from San Ignacio to Roatan in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In May in Roatan, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Panama City.
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Museums · Tours · Parks · Beaches
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Panama City, Panama — 2 nights

Dubai of Latin America

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Francisco de Asis, then delve into the distant past at El Arco Chato, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de la Merced. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Weil Art Gallery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bahai Temple, and then take in the exciting artwork at SuperMini DiabloRosso.

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

Traveling by flight from Roatan to Panama City takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and car. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In May in Panama City, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to fly to Quito.
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Quito, Ecuador — 3 nights

Light of America

High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
Get a sense of the local culture at Museo Casa del Alabado and Jardin Botanico de Quito. Explore hidden gems such as Catedral Metropolitana de Quito and La Virgen del Panecillo. Next up on the itinerary: learn about all things military at Museo Casa de Sucre, admire the striking features of Santo Domingo Church, explore the world behind art at Convento De San Francisco, and get engrossed in the history at Museum of Maria Augusta Urrutia (La Casa Museo Maria Augusta Urrutia).

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Quito trip maker tool.

Fly from Panama City to Quito in 5 hours. In May, Quito is a bit cooler than Panama City - with highs of 25°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Cuenca.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Cuenca, Ecuador — 2 nights

Athens of Ecuador

Packed with impressive colonial architecture and a historic town center, Cuenca stands as perhaps the most charming city in the nation.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Artes de la Tierra Galeria, browse the exhibits of Eduardo Vega Galeria Taller, then make a trip to Prohibido Centro Cultural, and finally see the interesting displays at El Museo de Las Conceptas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Museo del Sombrero de Paja Toquilla, view the masterpieces at Art Cuenca, then pause for some serene contemplation at El Carmen de la Asuncion Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Plaza de las flores.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Cuenca itinerary app.

You can fly from Quito to Cuenca in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Cuenca when traveling from Quito in May, with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel back home.
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Ecuador travel guide

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With abundant opportunities to discover fascinating World Heritage Sites, a holiday in Ecuador remains among the most culturally enriching travel experiences. Home to the world's highest active volcano, this little country packs a big punch when it comes to tourist activities. Some of the most popular things to do in Ecuador include visits to its astonishingly biodiverse wilderness areas, home to some 1,500 bird species, 840 species of amphibians and reptiles, and nearly 20,000 plant species. Of course, the highlight of many Ecuador vacations is bound to be the Galapagos Islands, made famous by naturalist Charles Darwin. Aside from the stunning nature, Ecuador also boasts many historic cities filled with photogenic colonial-era churches, mansions, and plazas.
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