59 days in Central America Itinerary

59 days in Central America Itinerary

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59 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
1
Cayo, Belize
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  3​h
3
Belize City, Belize
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Orange Walk, Belize
— 1 night
Fly:  30​min
5
San Pedro, Belize
— 7 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
6
Roatan, Honduras
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + shuttle + foot + bus:  9​h
7
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
10
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  8​h
11
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
12
Poas Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
13
Panama City, Panama
— 8 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Toronto, Canada

6
nights
Cayo, Belize

Cayo ©
Holidays in Cayo offer adventure and history in equal measure, with a wealth of ancient sites and unspoiled environment to explore.
Visit Xunantunich and Caracol for their historical value. Step out of the city life by going to Actun Tunichil Muknal and Blue Hole National Park. Spend a day outdoors on the 6th (Fri) with Ian Anderson's Caves Branch Adventure Company. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Rio On Pools, explore the ancient world of Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum, Head underground at Barton Creek Cave, and delve into the distant past with MayaWalk Tours.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Cayo road trip planner .

Toronto, Canada to Cayo is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Cayo is minus 1 hour. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Toronto in April; daily highs in Cayo reach 36°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can go by car to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Cayo

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Blue Hole National Park ©
Blue Hole National Park
Caracol ©
Caracol

2
nights
Tikal National Park, Guatemala

Tikal National Park ©
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
On the 8th (Sun), explore the ancient world of Tikal.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Tikal National Park travel route site .

Getting from Cayo to Tikal National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Belize City.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

#Historic Sites, #Nature, #Parks
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Tikal ©
Tikal

4
nights
Belize City, Belize

Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and The Belize Zoo will get you outdoors. Visit Altun Ha Ruins and Baron Bliss Lighthouse for their historical value. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, don't miss a visit to The Belize Sign Monument, savor the flavors at Moho Chocolate, and look for gifts at Diamonds International.

Make your Belize City itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Tikal National Park to Belize City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. April in Belize City sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Orange Walk.

Things to do in Belize City

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Adventure

Side Trips

Belize District, The Belize Zoo
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River Rafting & Tubing
Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary
The Belize Zoo ©
The Belize Zoo

1
night
Orange Walk, Belize

Orange Walk ©
An agricultural town that has become an economic hub, Orange Walk sits in a privileged position among ecologically diverse landscape, fertile fields, and historical ruins.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Lamanai Archaeological Reserve.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Orange Walk trip planner .

Traveling by car from Belize City to Orange Walk takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Belize City to Orange Walk, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In April, daily temperatures in Orange Walk can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to San Pedro.

Things to do in Orange Walk

#Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lamanai Archaeological Reserve
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Lamanai Archaeological Reserve ©
Lamanai Archaeological Reserve

7
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Escape the urban bustle at Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Zipline. Spend the 15th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 19th (Thu) exploring nature at Marco Gonzalez Maya Site. There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve, look for gifts at The Rum, Cigar and Coffee House, get outside with Rum Punch II, and choose your vessel at Belize Sailing Center.

To find where to stay and tourist information, read San Pedro online road trip planner .

San Pedro is just a short distance from Orange Walk. The time zone difference when traveling from Orange Walk to San Pedro is minus 1 hour. April in San Pedro sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can fly to Roatan.

Things to do in San Pedro

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Ambergris Caye
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours

4
nights
Roatan, Honduras

The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Get in touch with nature at West Bay Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Tabyana Beach and Sandy Bay Beach. And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Little French Key, look for gifts at So Tropic, take in the exciting artwork at Rusty Fish, and get to know the fascinating history of Gumbalimba Park.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Roatan online driving holiday planner .

Getting from San Pedro to Roatan by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Roatan can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Roatan

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Little French Key ©
Little French Key
West Bay Beach ©
West Bay Beach

6
nights
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio ©
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Step out of the city life by going to Playa Manuel Antonio and River Rafting & Tubing. Relax by the water at Playa Biesanz and Playa Matapalo. Make the 30th (Mon) an awe-inspiring day at Naturalist Michael Araya Flores. Pack the 28th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Rancho Tipico Don Juan. There's still lots to do: get a dose of the wild on MidWorld Costa Rica and experience rural life at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio online holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Roatan to Manuel Antonio takes 9 hours. Traveling from Roatan in April, expect Manuel Antonio to be slightly colder, temps between 32°C and 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

7
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Tabacon Hot Springs and River Rafting & Tubing. When in La Fortuna de San Carlos, make a side trip to see Butterfly Conservatory in El Castillo, approximately 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ecocentro Danaus, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Ecotermales Fortuna.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos travel planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Butterfly Conservatory
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)

5
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena. Santa Elena Skywalk and Ecological Sanctuary will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Monteverde with an excursion to Viento Fresco Waterfall in Tilaran--about 56 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, look for gifts at Souvenir Rosewood, identify plant and animal life at Curi Cancha Reserve, and meet the residents at The Bat Jungle.

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde road trip tool .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. On the 13th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Viento Fresco Waterfall
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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

3
nights
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Costa Rica

On the 14th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then take in the dramatic scenery at Llanos de Cortez Waterfall.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Area de Conservacion Guanacaste holiday planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste in 3 hours. In May in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

#Outdoors, #Nature, #Parks

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall ©
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall

2
nights
Tortuguero, Costa Rica

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero online trip itinerary builder .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste to Tortuguero. Traveling from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste in May, things will get a bit cooler in Tortuguero: highs are around 32°C and lows about 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Tortuguero

#Nature, #Parks, #Wildlife
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

3
nights
Poas Volcano National Park, Costa Rica

Poas Volcano National Park ©
On the 19th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Poas Volcano and then appreciate the views at Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ).

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Poas Volcano National Park day trip tool .

You can do a combination of shuttle and bus from Tortuguero to Poas Volcano National Park in 6.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park, Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ), La Paz Waterfall Gardens
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Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park ©
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens

8
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Popular historic sites such as Casco Viejo and Gatun Locks are in your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Metropolitan National Park and Punta Culebra Nature Center. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Panama City: Asociacion Panamericana para la Conservacion (in Gamboa) and Fort San Lorenzo (in Colon). There's much more to do: make a trip to Panama Canal, get to know the fascinating history of Avenida Balboa, explore the striking landscape of Soberania National Park, and explore the ancient world of Panama La Vieja.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Panama City holiday planning site .

Explore your travel options from Poas Volcano National Park to Panama City with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Poas Volcano National Park to Panama City is 1 hour. Traveling from Poas Volcano National Park in May, Panama City is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Panama City

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Nature

Side Trips

Colon, Isla Santa Catalina, Asociacion Panamericana para la Conservacion
Find places to stay May 21 — 29:
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Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Metropolitan National Park ©
Metropolitan National Park
Gatun Locks
Gatun Locks

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