60 days in Central America Itinerary

60 days in Central America Itinerary

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60 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  27​h
Panama City, Panama
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h
Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Vara Blanca, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 7 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
+4
bus + foot + shuttle + Fly + shuttle:  6​h 30​min
Antigua, Guatemala
— 5 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + shuttle:  5​h 30​min
Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Cayo, Belize
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Orange Walk, Belize
— 1 night
Fly:  30​min
San Pedro, Belize
— 7 nights
Fly:  15​min
Belize City, Belize
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
Roatan, Honduras
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Sydney, Australia

6
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. Take a break from the city and head to Metropolitan National Park and Soberania National Park. Step out of Panama City with an excursion to Gatun Locks in Colon--about 1h 40 min away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Panama Canal, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Jose Church, appreciate the extensive heritage of Avenida Balboa, and examine the collection at Museo Panama Viejo.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Panama City sightseeing planner.

Sydney, Australia to Panama City is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -15 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in March: high temperatures in Panama City hover around 38°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Playa Hermosa.

Things to do in Panama City

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Gatun Locks
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Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Gatun Locks
Gatun Locks
Metropolitan National Park ©
Metropolitan National Park

4
nights
Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica

Playa Hermosa ©
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Conchal and Playa Hermosa. Escape the urban bustle at Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja and Playa Nacascolo. When in Playa Hermosa, make a side trip to see Llanos de Cortez Waterfall in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, approximately 1 hour away.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Playa Hermosa itinerary planning tool .

Explore your travel options from Panama City to Playa Hermosa with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Panama City to Playa Hermosa. In March, daytime highs in Playa Hermosa are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playa Hermosa

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Playa Brasilito, Playa Conchal, Playa Nacascolo
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Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall ©
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Curi Cancha Reserve. Visit Santa Elena Skywalk and Ecological Sanctuary for their historical value. There's lots more to do: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, shop like a local with Art House, and stroll through Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Monteverde driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Playa Hermosa to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Vara Blanca.

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#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites
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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

3
nights
Vara Blanca, Costa Rica

Vara Blanca ©
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Visiting La Paz Waterfall Gardens and Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Vara Blanca: San Jose (Galeria Namu & Chieton Moren), Toucan Rescue Ranch (in San Isidro) and Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park).

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Vara Blanca trip planner .

Getting from Monteverde to Vara Blanca by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In April in Vara Blanca, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

San Jose, Toucan Rescue Ranch, Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park, Poas Volcano
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Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park ©
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Tabacon Hot Springs and River Rafting & Tubing. Take a break from La Fortuna de San Carlos with a short trip to Butterfly Conservatory in El Castillo, about 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), witness a stunning natural landmark at Baldi Hot Springs, trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos online travel route builder .

Getting from Vara Blanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

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)

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.
Visiting Playa Manuel Antonio and MidWorld Costa Rica will get you outdoors. We've included these beaches for you: Playa Biesanz and Playa Matapalo. Go for a jaunt from Manuel Antonio to Uvita to see Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge about 1h 05 min away. Pack the 15th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Rancho Tipico Don Juan. Next up on the itinerary: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, experience rural life at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices, and head outdoors with Barraba's Surf.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio tour itinerary builder tool .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In April, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Matapalo, Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica

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.
Volcán Pacaya and Casa Santo Domingo Museums are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Convento de las Capuchinas and Church of San Francisco. Venture out of the city with trips to Guatemala City (Museo Popol Vuh, Catedral Metropolitana, & more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de la Merced, make a trip to Cerro de la Cruz, stop by La Casa del Algodon, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Antigua day trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Manuel Antonio to Antigua takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Manuel Antonio in April, plan for slightly colder nights in Antigua, with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Antigua

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Nature

Side Trip

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

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.
For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tikal National Park vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Antigua to Tikal National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cayo.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

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

5
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Xunantunich and Caracol. Visiting Actun Tunichil Muknal and Ian Anderson's Caves Branch Adventure Company will get you outdoors. Spend the 28th (Sun) exploring nature at Blue Hole National Park. 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, and explore the fascinating underground world of Barton Creek Cave.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cayo trip planner .

You can drive from Tikal National Park to Cayo in 3.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Cayo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Orange Walk.

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
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): explore the ancient world of Lamanai Archaeological Reserve.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Orange Walk vacation builder app .

You can drive from Cayo to Orange Walk in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cayo to Orange Walk. In April, daily temperatures in Orange Walk can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to fly 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.
Get in touch with nature at Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Scuba & Snorkeling. Spend the 4th (Sat) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. On the 5th (Sun), enjoy an adventurous day among the treetops at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. There's much more to do: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, stop by 12 Belize, get outside with La Gaviota, and choose your vessel at Kitexplorer San Pedro.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the San Pedro itinerary planner .

San Pedro is very close to Orange Walk. The time zone difference when traveling from Orange Walk to San Pedro is minus 1 hour. In May, daily temperatures in San Pedro can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Belize City.

Things to do in San Pedro

#Outdoors, #Nature, #Parks

Side Trip

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

4
nights
Belize City, Belize

Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Altun Ha Ruins and Baron Bliss Lighthouse. Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and The Split. Change things up with a short trip to The Belize Zoo in La Democracia (about 42 minutes away).

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Belize City route planning app .

Belize City is just a short distance from San Pedro. In May, daily temperatures in Belize City can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can fly to Roatan.

Things to do in Belize City

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure

Side Trips

Altun Ha, The Split, The Belize Zoo
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River Rafting & Tubing
The Belize Zoo ©
The Belize Zoo
Altun Ha ©
Altun Ha

3
nights
Roatan, Honduras

The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at West Bay Beach and Sandy Bay Beach. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Gumbalimba Park. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tabyana Beach, head off the coast to Little French Key, experience rural life at Arch's Iguana and Marine Park, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Roatan day trip planner .

Fly from Belize City to Roatan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In May in Roatan, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

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

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