60 days in Central America Itinerary

60 days in Central America Itinerary

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60 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly + shuttle:  14​h 45​min
1
Belize City, Belize
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​min
2
San Pedro, Belize
— 7 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Roatan, Honduras
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h
4
Cayo, Belize
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 1 night
+2
shuttle + Fly + shuttle:  5​h 30​min
6
Antigua, Guatemala
— 5 nights
+4
shuttle + Fly + shuttle + foot + bus:  6​h 30​min
7
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 4 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
12
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  5​h 15​min
13
Panama City, Panama
— 7 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: London, United Kingdom


3
nights
Belize City, Belize

Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Get in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary. Change things up with a short trip to The Belize Zoo in La Democracia (about 42 minutes away). It doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Altun Ha Ruins and identify plant and animal life at Community Baboon Sanctuary Visitor Center and Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Belize City online trip itinerary planner .

London, UK to Belize City is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Belize City is minus 6 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from London in December; daily highs in Belize City reach 33°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to San Pedro.

Things to do in Belize City

Outdoors Tours 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

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.
Get outdoors at Hol Chan Marine Reserve and River Rafting & Tubing. Spend the 7th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 8th (Sun) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. There's much more to do: explore the gorgeous colors at Shark Ray Alley, tour the water at your own pace with Belize Sailing Center, get interesting insight from Tours, and look for gifts at Belizean Breezes Soap Co. and More.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our San Pedro sightseeing planning site .

San Pedro is very close to Belize City. December in San Pedro sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can fly to Roatan.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Ambergris Caye
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
River Rafting & Tubing

4
nights
Roatan, Honduras

Roatan ©
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 Sandy Bay Beach. There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stop by Roatan Rum Company, head off the coast to Little French Key, and kick back and relax at Tabyana Beach.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Roatan trip itinerary planner.

Fly from San Pedro to Roatan in 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Roatan can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cayo.

Things to do in Roatan

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

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Xunantunich and Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Actun Tunichil Muknal and Blue Hole National Park. Spend a day outdoors on the 21st (Sat) with Ian Anderson's Caves Branch Adventure Company. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Caracol, take in the dramatic scenery at 1000 Foot Falls, and Head underground at Barton Creek Cave.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cayo route planning website .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Roatan to Cayo in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and car. In December, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Cayo

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Blue Hole National Park ©
Blue Hole National Park
Caracol ©
Caracol

1
night
Tikal National Park, Guatemala

Tikal National Park ©
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): delve into the distant past at Tikal.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Tikal National Park tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Cayo to Tikal National Park takes 3.5 hours. You'll set off for Antigua on the 23rd (Mon).

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Nature Historic Sites Parks
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Tikal ©
Tikal

5
nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Volcán Pacaya and Iglesia de La Merced. Explore Antigua's surroundings by going to Guatemala City (Palacio Nacional, Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, & more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Convento de las Capuchinas, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, contemplate the long history of Casa Popenoe, and stop by Casa de Artes.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Antigua road trip planning website .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Tikal National Park to Antigua in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in December, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Guatemala City
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 28:
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Convento de las Capuchinas ©
Convento de las Capuchinas
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums

4
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.
Get outdoors at Playa Manuel Antonio and Naturalist Michael Araya Flores. The adventure continues: explore the stunning scenery at MidWorld Costa Rica, stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and relax in the rural setting at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Antigua to Manuel Antonio by combination of bus, flight, and taxi takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Antigua in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Manuel Antonio, with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Naturalist Michael Araya Flores
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

8
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Tabacon Hot Springs and River Rafting & Tubing. Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos with an excursion to Butterfly Conservatory in El Castillo--about 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get impressive views of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and stroll through Ecocentro Danaus.

For traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos attractions site .

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

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)

4
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.
Get outdoors at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Zipline. Step out of Monteverde to go to Tilaran and see Viento Fresco Waterfall, which is approximately 56 minutes away. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Curi Cancha Reserve, stop by Hummingbird Gallery, admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, and snap pictures at Santa Elena Skywalk.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Monteverde trip maker website .

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

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours

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 (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then take in the dramatic scenery at Llanos de Cortez Waterfall.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Area de Conservacion Guanacaste online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste takes 3 hours. In January in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can 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.
To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero day trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste to Tortuguero. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste in January, with highs in Tortuguero at 30°C and lows at 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Wildlife Parks
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

4
nights
Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Visit Playa Conchal and Samara Beach for some beach relaxation. Escape the urban bustle at Tamarindo Beach and Playa Avellana. There's lots more to do: admire all the interesting features of Pura Aventura, have some family-friendly fun at Bolas Locas Mini Golf, stop by Azul Profundo Boutique, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Tamarindo holiday planning site .

Getting from Tortuguero to Tamarindo by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, taxi, flight, and bus. Traveling from Tortuguero in January, expect nights in Tamarindo to be about the same, around 25°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 38°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Samara Beach
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Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach

7
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Casco Viejo and Panama La Vieja are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at Metropolitan National Park and Ancon Hill. Change things up with these side-trips from Panama City: Gatun Locks (in Colon) and Asociacion Panamericana para la Conservacion (in Gamboa). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, take a stroll through Cinta Costera, and get to know the fascinating history of Avenida Balboa.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Panama City vacation site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Tamarindo to Panama City takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. In January, daily temperatures in Panama City can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Panama City

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gatun Locks, Asociacion Panamericana para la Conservacion
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 29:
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Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Metropolitan National Park ©
Metropolitan National Park
Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama ©

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