56 days in Central America Itinerary

56 days in Central America Itinerary

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56 days in Central America Itinerary

Dublin, Ireland
Fly:  17​h 45​min
Belize City, Belize
— Few hours
ferry:  15​min
Caye Caulker, Belize
— 4 nights
+3
ferry + foot + bus + Drive:  4​h 30​min
Cayo, Belize
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
Lanquin, Guatemala
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Antigua, Guatemala
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly + bus:  7​h
Leon, Nicaragua
— 5 nights
Drive:  30​min
Las Penitas, Nicaragua
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Granada, Nicaragua
— 5 nights
ferry + Drive:  5​h
Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua
— 5 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Montezuma, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 30​min
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
Dublin, Ireland

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Belize City, Belize

Belize City ©
Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): indulge your taste buds at Moho Chocolate, see the interesting displays at Museum of Belize, and then don't miss a visit to The Belize Sign Monument.

For photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Belize City tour planner.

Dublin, Ireland to Belize City is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -6 hour difference. Traveling from Dublin in March, things will get much hotter in Belize City: highs are around 34°C and lows about 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Caye Caulker.

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Museum of Belize ©
Museum of Belize
Moho Chocolate ©
Moho Chocolate
The Belize Sign Monument ©
The Belize Sign Monument

3
days
Caye Caulker, Belize

Caye Caulker ©
At just under 8 km (5 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide, the limestone coral island of Caye Caulker offers a small but perfectly formed getaway 32 km (20 mi) offshore from Belize City.
Venture out of the city with trips to San Pedro (Belize Chocolate Company, Belizean Breezes Soap Co. and More, & more). The adventure continues: see the vivid underwater world at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at Shark Ray Alley, look for all kinds of wild species at The Estuary of Caye Caulker, and look for gifts at Michael's Blue Coral Gallery & Gifts.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Caye Caulker travel planner.

Caye Caulker is just a stone's throw from Belize City. In March in Caye Caulker, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cayo.

Things to do in Caye Caulker

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

San Pedro, Shark Ray Alley
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours

5
days
Cayo, Belize

Cayo ©
Holidays in Cayo offer adventure and history in equal measure, with a wealth of ancient sites and unspoiled environment to explore.
Step out of Cayo with an excursion to Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve in Dangriga--about 1h 50 min away. Spend the 2nd (Mon) exploring nature at Blue Hole National Park. The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of Actun Tunichil Muknal, identify plant and animal life at Green Iguana Conservation Project, delve into the distant past at Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum, and stroll through Caracol.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Cayo sightseeing planning website .

Getting from Caye Caulker to Cayo by combination of ferry, bus, and car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, shuttle, flight, and car. In March, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Cayo

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

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Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve
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Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve ©
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve
Blue Hole National Park ©
Blue Hole National Park
Caracol ©
Caracol

2
days
Tikal National Park, Guatemala

Tikal National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Tikal. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Cerro Biotope Cahui.

To find more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Tikal National Park sightseeing planning website .

Getting from Cayo to Tikal National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Lanquin.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Nature

Side Trip

Cerro Biotope Cahui
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Tikal ©
Tikal
Cerro Biotope Cahui ©
Cerro Biotope Cahui

4
days
Lanquin, Guatemala

Lanquin ©
San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. Go for a jaunt from Lanquin to Chisec to see Lagunas Sepalau about 2 hours away.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Lanquin sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Tikal National Park to Lanquin takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In April, daily temperatures in Lanquin can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Santiago Atitlan.

Things to do in Lanquin

#Nature, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Lagunas Sepalau
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Monumento Natural Semuc Champey ©
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey
Grutas Las Marias ©
Grutas Las Marias
Lanquin Caves ©
Lanquin Caves

5
days
Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala

Santiago Atitlan
Santiago Atitlán is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. Explore Santiago Atitlan's surroundings by going to San Pedro La Laguna (Volcan San Pedro, Indian Nose, & more), Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve (in San Marcos La Laguna) and San Juan la Laguna (Lema Association, Casa Flor Ixcaco, & more). Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Volcan Atitlan, explore and take pictures at Finca Xetuc, examine the collection at Cojolya Museum and Store, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Catarina Palopo Church.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Santiago Atitlan online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Lanquin to Santiago Atitlan takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and taxi. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Lanquin in April: high temperatures in Santiago Atitlan hover around 27°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Antigua.

Things to do in Santiago Atitlan

#Parks, #Nature, #Shopping

Side Trips

San Juan la Laguna, San Pedro La Laguna, San Lucas Toliman, Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve, Santa Catarina Palopo Church
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Volcan San Pedro
Volcan San Pedro
Indian Nose ©
Indian Nose
Volcan Atitlan ©
Volcan Atitlan

4
days
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.
Antigua is known for historic sites, nature, classes, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, delve into the distant past at Convento de las Capuchinas, don't miss a visit to The Plaza Central Park, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of San Francisco.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Antigua trip maker website .

Drive from Santiago Atitlan to Antigua in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. Traveling from Santiago Atitlan in April, expect Antigua to be a bit warmer, temps between 31°C and 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Leon.

Things to do in Antigua

#Historic Sites, #Tours, #Outdoors
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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
days
Leon, Nicaragua

Leon ©
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.
Leon is known for nature, museums, historic sites, beaches, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian, get impressive views of Volcan cerro negro, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Legends and Traditions (Museo de Tradiciones y Leyendas), and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de la Asunción.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Leon online day trip planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Antigua to Leon in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle, car, flight, and bus. Traveling from Antigua in April, expect Leon to be somewhat warmer, temps between 41°C and 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Las Penitas.

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Volcan cerro negro ©
Volcan cerro negro
Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian ©
Playa Las Penitas ©
Playa Las Penitas

5
days
Las Penitas, Nicaragua

Las Penitas ©
Step out of Las Penitas to go to El Viejo and see Ecodetur Cosiguina Volcano Day Tour, which is approximately 1h 20 min away.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Las Penitas day trip website .

Las Penitas is just a short distance from Leon. April in Las Penitas sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 29°C at night. You will leave for Granada on the 28th (Sat).

Things to do in Las Penitas

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Ecodetur Cosiguina Volcano Day Tour
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Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve ©
Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve

5
days
Granada, Nicaragua

Granada ©
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Granada: Laguna de Apoyo (in La Laguna de Apoyo) and Mirador de Catarina (in Catarina). There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Islets of Granada, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Granada, stop by Soy Nica, and ponder the design of Parque Colon de Granada.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Granada day trip planning site .

Getting from Las Penitas to Granada by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle. In April, daily temperatures in Granada can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Isla de Ometepe.

Things to do in Granada

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Masaya, Mirador de Catarina, Apoyo
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Islets of Granada ©
Islets of Granada
Apoyo
Apoyo
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced

4
days
Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua

Isla de Ometepe
Isla de Ometepe may be small in size, but it boasts two large volcanoes that dominate its landscape and influence the local lifestyle.
Isla de Ometepe is known for nature, museums, beaches, adventure, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Laguna Charco Verde, get in on the family fun at Chico Largo Adventure, ponder the design of Ojo de Agua, and head off the coast to Isla Ometepe.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Isla de Ometepe road trip tool .

Getting from Granada to Isla de Ometepe by combination of ferry and car takes about 5 hours. May in Isla de Ometepe sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. You will leave for Monteverde on the 8th (Tue).

Things to do in Isla de Ometepe

#Parks, #Nature, #Theme Parks
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Isla Ometepe
Isla Ometepe
Laguna Charco Verde ©
Laguna Charco Verde
Ojo de Agua ©
Ojo de Agua

4
days
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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, wildlife, nightlife, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and meet the residents at The Bat Jungle.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Monteverde route builder .

Explore your travel options from Isla de Ometepe to Monteverde with the Route module. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Montezuma.

Things to do in Monteverde

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Zipline
Santa Elena Skywalk ©
Santa Elena Skywalk

5
days
Montezuma, Costa Rica

Montezuma ©
With a scenic position on a sheltered bay, Montezuma remains one of Costa Rica's quieter destinations, attracting mostly backpackers and other explorers averse to making detailed travel plans.
Venture out of the city with trips to Santa Teresa (Playa Santa Teresa & Playa Hermosa), Carton the Surf Shop (in Jaco) and Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Tarcoles). There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Montezuma Falls, stop by Tica Surf Bikinis, take in nature's colorful creations at Mariposario Butterfly Garden, and head off the coast to Tortuga Island.

To see more things to do and tourist information, read our Montezuma route planner.

Getting from Monteverde to Montezuma by combination of shuttle and ferry takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Montezuma

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Teresa, Carton the Surf Shop, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Tortuga Island
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Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Montezuma Falls ©
Montezuma Falls
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

2
days
San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose ©
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.
On the 18th (Fri), view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, take an in-depth tour of National Museum (Museo Nacional), and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Parque La Sabana, get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, and then admire the masterpieces at Precolumbian Gold Museum.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our San Jose day trip planning tool .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Montezuma to San Jose in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or drive. In May in San Jose, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

#Museums, #Tours, #Adventure
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National Museum (Museo Nacional) ©
National Museum (Museo Nacional)
River Rafting & Tubing
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu

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