51 days in Central America Itinerary

51 days in Central America Itinerary

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51 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
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
Lanquin, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
Guatemala City, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Antigua, Guatemala
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly + bus:  7​h
Leon, Nicaragua
— 4 nights
Drive:  30​min
Las Penitas, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Granada, Nicaragua
— 5 nights
ferry + Drive:  5​h
Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
shuttle + foot + ferry:  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

1
day
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
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, #Outdoors

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

Side Trip

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

1
day
Tikal National Park, Guatemala

Tikal National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Tikal.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tikal National Park visit planner .

You can drive from Cayo to Tikal National Park in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Lanquin.

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Tikal ©
Tikal

2
days
Lanquin, Guatemala

Lanquin ©
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): head outdoors with Aventura Grande and then contemplate the waterfront views at Monumento Natural Semuc Champey. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Lanquin Caves.

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 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In April, daily temperatures in Lanquin can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Guatemala City.

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Monumento Natural Semuc Champey ©
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey
Lanquin Caves ©
Lanquin Caves

2
days
Guatemala City, Guatemala

Guatemala City ©
The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
On the 7th (Sat), get a new perspective on nature at Museo Popol Vuh, stroll through La Aurora Zoo, then take an in-depth tour of Palacio Nacional, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Relief Map, then get in on the family fun at Mundo Petapa Irtra, and then get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Guatemala City trip maker app .

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Lanquin to Guatemala City in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in April, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Santiago Atitlan.

Things to do in Guatemala City

#Museums, #Theme Parks, #Zoos & Aquariums
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Palacio Nacional ©
Palacio Nacional
La Aurora Zoo ©
La Aurora Zoo
Museo Popol Vuh ©
Museo Popol Vuh

4
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 (Indian Nose & Salud Para Vida The Health Food Store), Fuentes Georginas (in Zunil) and San Juan la Laguna (Casa Flor Ixcaco & Lema Association). Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Volcan San Pedro, examine the collection at Cojolya Museum and Store, explore and take pictures at Finca Xetuc, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Colonial Church.

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

Traveling by car from Guatemala City to Santiago Atitlan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Guatemala City in April: high temperatures in Santiago Atitlan hover around 27°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Antigua.

Things to do in Santiago Atitlan

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

San Pedro La Laguna, San Juan la Laguna, Fuentes Georginas, Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve
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Volcan San Pedro
Volcan San Pedro
Fuentes Georginas ©
Fuentes Georginas
Indian Nose ©
Indian Nose

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: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, look for gifts at Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales, make a trip to The Plaza Central Park, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of San Francisco.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Antigua day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Santiago Atitlan to Antigua takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Santiago Atitlan in April, with highs in Antigua at 31°C and lows at 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Leon.

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Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Convento de las Capuchinas ©
Convento de las Capuchinas

4
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, contemplate the geological forces at Volcan cerro negro, push the limits with an extreme tour, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia San Juan Bautista de Subtiava.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Leon visit planner.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Antigua to Leon takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Antigua in April, with highs in Leon at 41°C and lows at 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Las Penitas.

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Volcan cerro negro ©
Volcan cerro negro
Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian ©
Catedral de la Asunción ©
Catedral de la Asunción

2
days
Las Penitas, Nicaragua

Las Penitas
For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Las Penitas day trip app .

Las Penitas is very close to Leon. In April in Las Penitas, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 29°C at night. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll travel to Granada.

Things to do in Las Penitas

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature
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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: Mirador de Catarina (in Catarina) and Laguna de Apoyo (in La Laguna de Apoyo). Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Islets of Granada, get some fabulous bargains at Mombacho Cigars, get impressive views of Mombacho Volcano National Preserve, and make a trip to Nicaragua Spanish Lessons.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Granada vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Las Penitas to Granada takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Isla de Ometepe.

Things to do in Granada

#Nature, #Parks, #Museums

Side Trips

Masaya, Laguna de Apoyo, Mirador de Catarina
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Islets of Granada ©
Islets of Granada
Laguna de Apoyo
Laguna de 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: contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Charco Verde, take a stroll through Los Ramos, head off the coast to Isla Ometepe, and get in on the family fun at Chico Largo Adventure.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Isla de Ometepe trip site .

Traveling by ferry from Granada to Isla de Ometepe takes 5 hours. Traveling from Granada in April, expect nights in Isla de Ometepe to be about the same, around 30°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 38°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can take a bus to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in Isla de Ometepe

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Isla Ometepe
Isla Ometepe
Laguna Charco Verde ©
Laguna Charco Verde
Ojo de Agua ©
Ojo de Agua

2
days
San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

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.
On the 2nd (Wed), whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Da' Flying Frog Extreme Adventure, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our San Juan del Sur trip itinerary maker .

You can take a bus from Isla de Ometepe to San Juan del Sur in 1.5 hours. May in San Juan del Sur sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

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Zipline
La Flor Beach Natural Reserve ©
La Flor Beach Natural Reserve
Spas & Wellness

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 .

Drive from San Juan del Sur to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Montezuma.

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Zipline
Santa Elena Skywalk ©
Santa Elena Skywalk

5
days
Montezuma, Costa Rica

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Montezuma side-trips: Santa Teresa (Playa Carmen, Tica Surf Bikinis, & more), Jaco (Adrenaline & Extreme Tours & Carton the Surf Shop) and Tortuga Island (in Punta Arenas). There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Montezuma Falls, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Montezuma online trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of shuttle and ferry from Monteverde to Montezuma in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Montezuma

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Teresa, Jaco, Tortuga Island, Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Montezuma Falls ©
Montezuma Falls

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, take an in-depth tour of National Museum (Museo Nacional), and then shop like a local with Galeria Namu. On your second day here, stroll through Parque La Sabana, then get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, and then admire the masterpieces at Precolumbian Gold Museum.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our San Jose sightseeing planner.

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, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

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National Museum (Museo Nacional) ©
National Museum (Museo Nacional)
River Rafting & Tubing
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu

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