60 days in Central America Itinerary

60 days in Central America Itinerary

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60 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
1
Cayo, Belize
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + shuttle:  5​h 30​min
3
Antigua, Guatemala
— 3 nights
shuttle:  5​h
4
Copan Ruinas, Honduras
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive + ferry:  4​h
9
Bocas Town, Panama
— 4 nights
ferry + Drive:  3​h 15​min
10
Boquete, Panama
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  3​h 15​min
11
Panama City, Panama
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + bus:  3​h 30​min
12
San Salvador, El Salvador
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Drive + Fly:  2​h 45​min
13
Roatan, Honduras
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
14
San Pedro, Belize
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​min
15
Belize City, Belize
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Toronto, Canada

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Caracol and Xunantunich. Explore hidden gems such as Green Iguana Conservation Project and Green Hills Butterfly Ranch. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum, stop by The Orange Gallery, get insight into ancient worlds with MayaWalk Tours, and Head underground at Barton Creek Cave.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cayo vacation planning tool .

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. Traveling from Toronto to Cayo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Toronto in February; daily highs in Cayo reach 33°C and lows reach 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Cayo

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum ©
Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum
Green Iguana Conservation Project ©
Green Iguana Conservation Project
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tikal.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Tikal National Park online day trip planner .

You can drive from Cayo to Tikal National Park in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Tikal ©
Tikal

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Volcán Pacaya and The Plaza Central Park. Popular historic sites such as Arco de Santa Catalina and Palacio Nacional are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, don't miss a visit to Cerro de la Cruz, stop by Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales, and delve into the distant past at Convento de las Capuchinas.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Antigua online route builder .

Getting from Tikal National Park to Antigua by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Copan Ruinas.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Palacio Nacional
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Arco de Santa Catalina ©
Arco de Santa Catalina
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums

2
nights
Copan Ruinas, Honduras

Copan Ruinas ©
The colorful, cultural town of Copan boasts attractions old and new, manmade and natural.
On the 26th (Mon), delve into the distant past at Copan Ruinas, then identify plant and animal life at Macaw Mountain Bird Park & Nature Reserve, and then make a trip to Sitio Arqueologico Rastrojon.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Copan Ruinas driving holiday planning site .

Take a shuttle from Antigua to Copan Ruinas in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Copan Ruinas

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Copan Ruinas ©
Copan Ruinas
Sepulturas ©
Sepulturas

4
nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Precolumbian Gold Museum and River Rafting & Tubing. Do your shopping at Galeria Namu and Chieton Moren. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Jose: La Paz Waterfall Gardens (in Vara Blanca), Toucan Rescue Ranch (in San Isidro) and Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park). Next up on the itinerary: experience rural life at El Toledo Coffee Tour, stop by J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, meet the residents at Zoo Ave, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles).

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the San Jose travel app .

Do a combination of car and flight from Copan Ruinas to San Jose in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Copan Ruinas in February, expect a bit warmer with lows of 21°C in San Jose. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Toucan Rescue Ranch, Poas Volcano, La Paz Waterfall Gardens, El Toledo Coffee Tour, Zoo Ave
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Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Curi Cancha Reserve and The Bat Jungle. Get outdoors at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Zipline. Get out of town with these interesting Monteverde side-trips: Tilaran (Viento Fresco Waterfall & La Reserva Forest Reserve). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, stop by Hummingbird Gallery, and admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas).

Take the guesswork out of planning a Monteverde vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from San Jose to Monteverde in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Tilaran, Zipline
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Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©

5
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

La Fortuna de San Carlos ©
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Rio Celeste and Proyecto Asis. Visiting Tabacon Hot Springs and Lake Arenal will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting La Fortuna de San Carlos side-trips: El Castillo (Butterfly Conservatory & Arenal Eco Zoo). Next up on the itinerary: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, witness a stunning natural landmark at Los Lagos Hot Springs, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal).

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Getting from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park, Rio Celeste
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Rio Celeste ©
Rio Celeste
Proyecto Asis ©
Proyecto Asis

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at MidWorld Costa Rica and Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store. Relax by the water at Playa Manuel Antonio and Uvita Beach. Take a break from Manuel Antonio with a short trip to Hacienda Baru in Guapil, about 54 minutes away. It doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip planner .

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 March in Manuel Antonio, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Bocas Town.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Dominical, Uvita Beach
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Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach

4
nights
Bocas Town, Panama

Bocas Town ©
The colorful and relaxed Bocas Town has a welcoming atmosphere, with the modestly sized urban area showcasing typical Caribbean clapboard houses and home to a mixed community from across the world.
We've included these beaches for you: Playa Estrella and Boca del Drago. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ciudadanos del Mar and Spas & Wellness. Step out of Bocas Town to go to Bluff Beach and see Playa Bluff, which is approximately 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Dolphin Bay Preserve, admire the natural beauty at Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden, experience rural life at Up In The Hill, and see the interesting displays at Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Bocas Town trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to Bocas Town takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of taxi, bus, car, and ferry. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Boquete.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden, Up In The Hill, Playa Bluff
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Boca del Drago ©
Boca del Drago
Playa Bluff ©
Playa Bluff
Up In The Hill ©
Up In The Hill

3
nights
Boquete, Panama

Boquete ©
Now known internationally for its fresh mountain air, year-round pleasant temperatures, and large community of North American expats, Boquete has changed rapidly since the start of the century, changing from a humble mountain town, into a humble mountain surrounded by gated communities and estates.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Spas & Wellness and Los Cangilones de Gualaca. Escape the urban bustle at The Lost Waterfalls-Boquete and Sendero Los Quetzales (The Quetzales Trail). There's much more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Baru National Park, explore and take pictures at Cloud Forest Botanicals, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and look for gifts at Chox Artisan Chocolate.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Boquete road trip planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Bocas Town to Boquete in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in March, and nighttime lows around 28°C. On the 22nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Boquete

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Los Cangilones de Gualaca
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The Lost Waterfalls-Boquete ©
The Lost Waterfalls-Boquete
Volcan Baru National Park ©
Volcan Baru National Park
Los Cangilones de Gualaca ©
Los Cangilones de Gualaca

5
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Explore hidden gems such as Gatun Locks and Cinta Costera. Step out of the city life by going to Gatun Lake and Metropolitan National Park. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Casco Viejo, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, contemplate the long history of Plaza de Francia, and take in the spiritual surroundings of San Jose Church.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Panama City road trip tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Boquete to Panama City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. March in Panama City sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Salvador.

Things to do in Panama City

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Gatun Locks
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Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Gatun Locks
Gatun Locks
Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama ©

2
nights
San Salvador, El Salvador

San Salvador ©
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia El Rosario, enjoy the sand and surf at El Sunzal, and then kick back and relax at El Tunco. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Centro Monsenor Romero, then look for all kinds of wild species at Cinquera Rain Forest Park, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the San Salvador attractions planner .

Traveling by combination of flight, car, and bus from Panama City to San Salvador takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Panama City in March, expect a bit cooler with lows of 22°C in San Salvador. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Roatan.

Things to do in San Salvador

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

La Libertad
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El Tunco ©
El Tunco
Cinquera Rain Forest Park ©
Cinquera Rain Forest Park
El Sunzal ©
El Sunzal

6
nights
Roatan, Honduras

The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Do your shopping at Diamonds International and Waves of Art. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Tabyana Beach and Mayan Day Passes. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Gumbalimba Park, look for gifts at Roatan Rum Company, enjoy the sand and surf at Grand Roatan Beach Club, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sandy Bay Beach.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Roatan trip builder tool .

Traveling by combination of bus, car, and flight from San Salvador to Roatan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from San Salvador in March, expect nights in Roatan to be a bit warmer, around 27°C, while days are little chillier, around 34°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to San Pedro.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Tabyana Beach ©
Tabyana Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

5
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 River Rafting & Tubing and Hol Chan Marine Reserve. The Gallery of San Pedro and Belizean Arts are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Spend the 8th (Sun) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Shark Ray Alley, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, get outside with Rum Punch II, and look for gifts at Belizean Breezes Soap Co. and More.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read San Pedro route planning app .

Getting from Roatan to San Pedro by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In April in San Pedro, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to fly to Belize City.

Things to do in San Pedro

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Ambergris Caye
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
River Rafting & Tubing
Fishing Charters & Tours

6
nights
Belize City, Belize

Belize City ©
Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Step off the beaten path and head to The Belize Zoo and The Estuary of Caye Caulker. Step out of the city life by going to Zipline and River Rafting & Tubing. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Belize City: Caye Caulker (Turneffe Reef & Red Flower Gallery). Spend the 15th (Sun) exploring nature at Billy Barquiedier National Park. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Altun Ha Ruins, look for gifts at Caribbean Spice Belize, identify plant and animal life at Altun Ha & The Olde Belize River, and make a trip to The Belize Sign Monument.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Belize City online trip planner .

Belize City is very close to San Pedro. In April in Belize City, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Belize City

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Caye Caulker, Belize District, The Belize Zoo
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The Belize Zoo ©
The Belize Zoo
Zipline
River Rafting & Tubing

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