57 days in Central America Itinerary

57 days in Central America Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Central America travel route planner

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Roatan, Honduras
— 6 nights
Fly
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San Pedro, Belize
— 6 nights
Fly
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Placencia, Belize
— 4 nights
Drive
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Hopkins, Belize
— 3 nights
Drive
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Belmopan, Belize
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 1 night
Shuttle to Flores, Fly to Quetzaltenango
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Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lanquin, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 5 nights
Fly
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San Salvador, El Salvador
— 6 nights
Fly to San Jose, Bus to Tortuguero
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Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 7 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Fly
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Panama City, Panama
— 6 nights
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Roatan, Honduras

— 6 nights
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Roatan is known for wildlife, beaches, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: meet some fierce fish with Sea Divers, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Tabyana Beach, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Roatan Island Brewing Co..

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Roatan trip maker site.

Montreal, Canada to Roatan is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Montreal to Roatan due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Montreal in June, things will get a bit warmer in Roatan: highs are around 37°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to San Pedro.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

San Pedro, Belize

— 6 nights
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Spend the 14th (Tue) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. There's lots more to do: see the vivid underwater world at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, stroll through Mexico Rocks, cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the San Pedro trip planner.

Fly from Roatan to San Pedro in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in June, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Placencia.

Things to do in San Pedro

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Placencia, Belize

— 4 nights
Once a humble fishing village, Placencia has been transformed into a leading tourist destination, with its focus primarily on outdoor activity and natural exploration.
Placencia is known for wildlife, nightlife, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Laughing Bird Caye National Park, take a leisurely stroll along Placencia Municipal Pier, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Placencia Fellowship.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Placencia journey planner.

Traveling by flight from San Pedro to Placencia takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. June in Placencia sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Hopkins.

Things to do in Placencia

Nature · Shopping · Parks · Tours

Hopkins, Belize

— 3 nights
Advertised as the "Friendliest Village in Belize," Hopkins remains a small fishing settlement on a stretch of golden coastline that offers plenty of modern amenities.
Step out of Hopkins with an excursion to Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve in Dangriga--about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: see the vivid underwater world at Glover's Reef Marine Reserve, trek along Outback Trails, shop like a local with Golden Gifts, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Hopkins trip planner.

Drive from Placencia to Hopkins in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in June, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Belmopan.

Things to do in Hopkins

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Belmopan, Belize

— 3 nights

Garden City

Nicknamed the "Garden City" thanks to its planned urban parklands, Belmopan serves as the capital of Belize and a launching point for tours of nearby caves and Mayan ruins.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Belmopan: River Rafting & Tubing (in Belize City) and The Belize Zoo (in La Democracia). There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal and explore the striking landscape of Blue Hole National Park.

To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Belmopan trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hopkins to Belmopan takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Belmopan

Parks · Nature · Adventure · Tours

Side Trips

Tikal National Park, Guatemala

— 1 night
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tikal.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tikal National Park trip planning app.

You can drive from Belmopan to Tikal National Park in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Quetzaltenango.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

— 2 nights
Named for the Quetzal bird--one of Guatemala's national symbols--Quetzaltenango once included the territories controlled by K'iche' Mayans, a pre-Columbian tribe eventually supplanted by Spanish conquistadores.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): explore the activities along Laguna Chicabal. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the geological forces at Santiaguito Volcano and then contemplate the geological forces at Santa Maria Volcano.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Quetzaltenango online journey planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Tikal National Park to Quetzaltenango in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Quetzaltenango can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Lanquin.

Things to do in Quetzaltenango

Nature · Parks

Lanquin, Guatemala

— 1 night
San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): Head underground at Grutas Las Marias and then explore the activities along Monumento Natural Semuc Champey.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Lanquin online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Quetzaltenango to Lanquin in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Quetzaltenango in June, things will get much hotter in Lanquin: highs are around 39°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Antigua.

Things to do in Lanquin

Nature · Parks

Antigua, Guatemala

— 5 nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Guatemala City (Museo Popol Vuh, Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, take an in-depth tour of Casa Santo Domingo Museums, don't miss a visit to Cerro de la Cruz, and explore the ancient world of Convento de las Capuchinas.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Antigua visit planner.

Traveling by car from Lanquin to Antigua takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In July, Antigua is little chillier than Lanquin - with highs of 29°C and lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to San Salvador.

Things to do in Antigua

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

San Salvador, El Salvador

— 6 nights
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
Go for a jaunt from San Salvador to Ahuachapan to see El Imposible National Park about 2h 15 min away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cinquera Rain Forest Park, steep yourself in history at Hospital Divina Providencia Chapel, see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Antropología Dr. David J. Guzman, and get impressive views of Volcan San Salvador.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the San Salvador trip planner.

You can fly from Antigua to San Salvador in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Antigua in July, expect San Salvador to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Tortuguero.

Things to do in San Salvador

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Tortuguero, Costa Rica

— 1 night

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
On the 13th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero tour itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from San Salvador to Tortuguero in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. July in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

— 7 nights
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, head outdoors with Flow Trips, soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, and take an in-depth tour of ChocoMuseo La Fortuna.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online road trip planner.

Drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

— 5 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Venture out of the city with trips to Horseback Riding Tours (in Esterillos Este) and Jaco (Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, Zipline, &more). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, see Off-Road Tours, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio journey planner.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Panama City.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Beaches

Side Trips

Panama City, Panama

— 6 nights

Dubai of Latin America

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Explore Panama City's surroundings by going to Portobelo (Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo & Nature & Wildlife Tours) and Gatun Locks (in Colon). The adventure continues: make a trip to Panama Canal, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado de Mariscos, appreciate the extensive heritage of Avenida Balboa, and get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Panama City travel planner.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Panama City by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sun) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips