30 days in El Salvador & Honduras Itinerary

30 days in El Salvador & Honduras Itinerary

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30 days in El Salvador & Honduras Itinerary

Start: Vancouver, Canada
Fly:  15​h
1
Santa Ana, El Salvador
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Ahuachapan, El Salvador
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
San Salvador, El Salvador
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Copan Ruinas, Honduras
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
San Buenaventura, Honduras
— 1 night
taxi + bus:  3​h 15​min
6
Utila, Honduras
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  30​min
7
La Ceiba, Honduras
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h
8
Tegucigalpa, Honduras
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h
9
Roatan, Honduras
— 9 nights
Fly:  12​h
End: Vancouver, Canada

1
night
Santa Ana, El Salvador

Santa Ana ©
Santa Ana is the second largest city in El Salvador, located 64 kilometers northwest of San Salvador, the capital city. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Escuela de Artes, then get impressive views of Santa Ana Volcano, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Ana Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Tazumal and then explore the activities along Lake Coatepeque.

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Vancouver, Canada to Santa Ana is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Vancouver to Santa Ana due to the time zone difference. In November, Santa Ana is warmer than Vancouver - with highs of 35°C and lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Ahuachapan.

Things to do in Santa Ana

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tazumal, Lake Coatepeque
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Lake Coatepeque ©
Lake Coatepeque
Tazumal ©
Tazumal
Santa Ana Volcano ©
Santa Ana Volcano

1
night
Ahuachapan, El Salvador

Ahuachapan ©
Ahuachapán is a city and municipality and the capital of the Ahuachapán Department in western El Salvador. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of El Imposible National Park.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Ahuachapan day trip planner .

You can drive from Santa Ana to Ahuachapan in an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Salvador.

Things to do in Ahuachapan

#Nature, #Parks
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El Imposible National Park ©
El Imposible National Park

5
nights
San Salvador, El Salvador

San Salvador ©
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
Change things up with a short trip to Lago Suchitlán in Suchitoto (about 1h 15 min away). Spend the 5th (Mon) exploring nature at Parque Nacional El Boqueron. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia El Rosario, take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Metropolitana, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte de El Salvador, and admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico La Laguna.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the San Salvador day trip planner .

Drive from Ahuachapan to San Salvador in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in San Salvador can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Copan Ruinas.

Things to do in San Salvador

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lago Suchitlán
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Parque Nacional El Boqueron ©
Parque Nacional El Boqueron
Iglesia El Rosario ©
Iglesia El Rosario
Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park
Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park

4
nights
Copan Ruinas, Honduras

Copan Ruinas ©
The colorful, cultural town of Copan boasts attractions old and new, manmade and natural.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hieroglyphic Stairway and Luna Jaguar Hot Spring. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Copan Ruinas, appreciate the extensive heritage of Sepulturas, relax in the rural setting at Finca el Cisne, and identify plant and animal life at Macaw Mountain Bird Park & Nature Reserve.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Copan Ruinas trip planner .

You can drive from San Salvador to Copan Ruinas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus, car, and taxi. Traveling from San Salvador in November, things will get a bit cooler in Copan Ruinas: highs are around 26°C and lows about 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to San Buenaventura.

Things to do in Copan Ruinas

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Wildlife
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Copan Ruinas ©
Copan Ruinas
Hieroglyphic Stairway ©
Hieroglyphic Stairway
Luna Jaguar Hot Spring ©
Luna Jaguar Hot Spring

1
night
San Buenaventura, Honduras

San Buenaventura ©
San Buenaventura, at atmospheric little mountain town, offers a level of natural adventure and Honduran authenticity that makes it worth the journey.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Pulhapanzak Waterfall.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the San Buenaventura holiday planner .

Getting from Copan Ruinas to San Buenaventura by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Copan Ruinas in November, with highs in San Buenaventura at 33°C and lows at 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Utila.

Things to do in San Buenaventura

#Nature, #Parks
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Pulhapanzak Waterfall ©
Pulhapanzak Waterfall

2
nights
Utila, Honduras

The island of Utila has become known as a good place to learn how to dive in Latin America.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Iguana Research & Breeding Station, head off the coast to Utila Cays, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Utila online route builder .

Do a combination of taxi and bus from San Buenaventura to Utila in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In November, daytime highs in Utila are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to La Ceiba.

Things to do in Utila

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Utila Cays Diving ©
Utila Cays Diving
Spas & Wellness

1
night
La Ceiba, Honduras

La Ceiba ©
The port city of La Ceiba has become known as a party town, with a bustling nightlife district central to its atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de San Isidro, then let little ones run wild at El Malecon de La Ceiba, and then head outdoors with Pico Bonito National Park. Keep things going the next day: head off the coast to Cayos Cochinos.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the La Ceiba trip planner .

La Ceiba is just a short distance from Utila. In November, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tegucigalpa.

Things to do in La Ceiba

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature
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Cayos Cochinos ©
Cayos Cochinos
Pico Bonito National Park ©
Pico Bonito National Park
El Malecon de La Ceiba ©
El Malecon de La Ceiba

4
nights
Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Tegucigalpa ©
Capital of Honduras, the 400-year-old city of Tegucigalpa boasts an impressive ensemble of colonial buildings flanking old stone streets, which lead to hillside parks and lively squares.
Step off the beaten path and head to El Picacho and Castillo Bellucci. Spend the 18th (Sun) exploring nature at Parque Nacional La Tigra. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Museo para la Identidad Nacional, wander the streets of Parque Central, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Los Dolores, and head outdoors with Estadio Tiburcio Carias Andino.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Tegucigalpa day trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from La Ceiba to Tegucigalpa takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. Traveling from La Ceiba in November, expect little chillier with lows of 19°C in Tegucigalpa. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Roatan.

Things to do in Tegucigalpa

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Parque Nacional La Tigra ©
Parque Nacional La Tigra
El Picacho ©
El Picacho
Museo para la Identidad Nacional ©
Museo para la Identidad Nacional

9
nights
Roatan, Honduras

The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Explore hidden gems such as Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Roatan Rum Company. Spend the 25th (Sun) on the water with a fishing tour. Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Little French Key, admire the natural beauty at Carambola Botanical Gardens & Trails, relax in the rural setting at Arch's Iguana and Marine Park, and look for all kinds of wild species at Blue Harbor Tropical Arboretum.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Roatan online trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Tegucigalpa to Roatan in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Tegucigalpa in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Roatan, with lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Roatan

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Little French Key ©
Little French Key
Fishing Charters & Tours

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