17 days in Central America Itinerary

17 days in Central America Itinerary

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Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  16 h 15 min
1
Panama City, Panama
— 1 night
Fly:  6 h 45 min
2
San Pedro, Belize
— 1 night
Ferry:  1 h
3
Caye Caulker, Belize
— 1 night
+2
Ferry + Foot + Bus:  2 h 30 min
4
Belmopan, Belize
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
5
Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 30 min
6
Antigua, Guatemala
— 1 night
Shuttle:  1 h
7
Panajachel, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 15 min
8
San Salvador, El Salvador
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
9
Sonsonate, El Salvador
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
10
Perquin, El Salvador
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h 30 min
11
Copan Ruinas, Honduras
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
12
Santa Cruz de Yojoa, Honduras
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h 15 min
13
Livingston, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
14
Hopkins, Belize
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
15
Placencia, Belize
— 2 nights
Fly:  14 h 15 min
End: London, United Kingdom

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Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) and then don't miss a visit to Panama Canal.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Panama City journey planner.

London, UK to Panama City is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from London to Panama City, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in December, expect Panama City to be much hotter, temps between 36°C and 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Pedro.
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Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) ©
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador)

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San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
On the 17th (Tue), explore the gorgeous colors at Hol Chan Marine Reserve and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our San Pedro online vacation maker.

You can fly from Panama City to San Pedro in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Panama City to San Pedro is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Caye Caulker.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Parks Spas
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Spas

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Caye Caulker, Belize

At just under 8 km (5 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide, the limestone coral island of Caye Caulker offers a small but perfectly formed getaway 32 km (20 mi) offshore from Belize City.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, thenview the masterpieces at Aria Kat Art, thenbrowse the exhibits of Red Flower Gallery, and finally explore the gorgeous colors at Shark Ray Alley.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Caye Caulker travel planner.

Traveling by ferry from San Pedro to Caye Caulker takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In December, daytime highs in Caye Caulker are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Belmopan.

Things to do in Caye Caulker

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Shark Ray Alley
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Shark Ray Alley ©
Shark Ray Alley
Aria Kat Art ©
Aria Kat Art

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Belmopan, Belize

Belmopan ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): view the masterpieces at Art Box Belize Arts & Crafts Center, meet the residents at The Belize Zoo, and then explore the striking landscape of Blue Hole National Park.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Belmopan trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Caye Caulker to Belmopan by combination of ferry and bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Belmopan

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

The Belize Zoo
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The Belize Zoo ©
The Belize Zoo
Blue Hole National Park ©
Blue Hole National Park
Art Box Belize Arts & Crafts Center ©
Art Box Belize Arts & Crafts Center

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Tikal National Park, Guatemala

Tikal National Park
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Centro de Conservacion e Investigaction.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Tikal National Park online route maker.

Getting from Belmopan to Tikal National Park by car takes about 3 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Fri) before leaving for Antigua.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Museums
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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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, stop by Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Antigua trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Tikal National Park to Antigua takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In December, daily temperatures in Antigua can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to take a shuttle to Panajachel.

Things to do in Antigua

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales ©

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Panajachel, Guatemala

Panajachel ©
A little town with a thriving tourism industry, Panajachel sits on the northern shore of scenic Atitlan Lake, one of Guatemala's major vacation destinations.
On the 22nd (Sun), explore the ancient world of Iximche, buy something for everyone on your list at Mayanke, Ceramica Pintada a Mano, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Catarina Palopo Church, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St Francis.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Panajachel driving holiday site.

You can take a shuttle from Antigua to Panajachel in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daytime highs in Panajachel are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to San Salvador.

Things to do in Panajachel

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Santa Catarina Palopo Church
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Iximche ©
Iximche
Santa Catarina Palopo Church ©
Santa Catarina Palopo Church
Church of St Francis ©
Church of St Francis

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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 23rd (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia El Rosario, thenexamine the collection at Monseñor Romero Center, thenidentify plant and animal life at Cinquera Rain Forest Park, and finally delve into the distant past at Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, read San Salvador travel route planner.

You can drive from Panajachel to San Salvador in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Panajachel in December; daily highs in San Salvador reach 36°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Sonsonate.

Things to do in San Salvador

Wildlife Historic Sites Parks
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Cinquera Rain Forest Park ©
Cinquera Rain Forest Park
Iglesia El Rosario ©
Iglesia El Rosario
Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park
Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park

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Sonsonate, El Salvador

Sonsonate ©
Sonsonate, the capital of the department of Sonsonate, El Salvador; on the Sensunapan River and the railway from San Salvador to the Pacific port of Acajutla, 21km south. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sonsonate.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Sonsonate online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Salvador to Sonsonate takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Sonsonate when traveling from San Salvador in December, with lows around 28°C. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Perquin.

Things to do in Sonsonate

Historic Sites
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Catedral de Sonsonate ©
Catedral de Sonsonate

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Perquin, El Salvador

Perquin ©
Perquín is a municipality in the Morazán department of El Salvador. Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): examine the collection at El Mozote Monument and then learn about all things military at Museo de la Revolucion Salvadorena.

Plan my trip to Perquin with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Sonsonate to Perquin in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 25th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Copan Ruinas.

Things to do in Perquin

Museums
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Museo de la Revolucion Salvadorena ©
Museo de la Revolucion Salvadorena
El Mozote Monument ©
El Mozote Monument

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Copan Ruinas, Honduras

Copan Ruinas ©
The colorful, cultural town of Copan boasts attractions old and new, manmade and natural.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Hieroglyphic Stairway, thenindulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, thenexperience rural life at Finca el Cisne, and finally explore the ancient world of Copan Ruinas.

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

You can drive from Perquin to Copan Ruinas in 6.5 hours. In December in Copan Ruinas, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Cruz de Yojoa.

Things to do in Copan Ruinas

Historic Sites Spas
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Copan Ruinas ©
Copan Ruinas
Spas

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Santa Cruz de Yojoa, Honduras

Santa Cruz de Yojoa ©
Santa Cruz de Yojoa is a municipality in the Honduran department of Cortés.Santa Cruz de Yojoa is located approximately 50 miles south of San Pedro Sula on top of a large hillside on the way to the dam that supplies power to many Central American cities. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Cascata Lodge Waterfall and then get to know the resident critters at Joya Grande Zoo y Eco Parque.

Plan my trip to Santa Cruz de Yojoa with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Copan Ruinas to Santa Cruz de Yojoa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Copan Ruinas in December: highs in Santa Cruz de Yojoa hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Livingston.

Things to do in Santa Cruz de Yojoa

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
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Joya Grande Zoo y Eco Parque ©
Joya Grande Zoo y Eco Parque
Cascata Lodge Waterfall ©
Cascata Lodge Waterfall

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Livingston, Guatemala

Livingston ©
The largely Garifuna town of Livingston sits at the mouth of a river flowing out into the sea.
On the 28th (Sat), admire the sheer force of Seven Altars and then kick back and relax at Playa Blanca.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Livingston trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Cruz de Yojoa to Livingston in 10 hours. In December, daytime highs in Livingston are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hopkins.

Things to do in Livingston

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca
Seven Altars ©
Seven Altars

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Hopkins, Belize

Hopkins ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Studio Gallery Cayetano, explore the gorgeous colors at Glover's Reef Marine Reserve, and then stop by Golden Gifts.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Hopkins road trip planner.

You can drive from Livingston to Hopkins in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Placencia.

Things to do in Hopkins

Wildlife Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Studio Gallery Cayetano
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Glover's Reef Marine Reserve ©
Glover's Reef Marine Reserve
Studio Gallery Cayetano ©
Studio Gallery Cayetano

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Placencia, Belize

Placencia ©
Once a humble fishing village, Placencia has been transformed into a leading tourist destination, with its focus primarily on outdoor activity and natural exploration.
On the 30th (Mon), step off the mainland to explore Laughing Bird Caye National Park and then experience rural life at Bunches of Fun Banana Farm Tours.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Placencia trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Hopkins to Placencia in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Placencia are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Placencia

Nature Parks
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Laughing Bird Caye National Park ©
Laughing Bird Caye National Park

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