50 days in Central America Itinerary

50 days in Central America Itinerary

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Roatan, Honduras
— 6 nights
Ferry
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Utila, Honduras
— 2 nights
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Ferry to Roatan, Fly to San Pedro Sula, Bus to Copan Ruinas
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Copan Ruinas, Honduras
— 5 nights
Shuttle
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 7 nights
Fly
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Leon, Nicaragua
— 3 nights
Drive
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Granada, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
— 3 nights
Bus to San Jorge, Ferry to Isla de Ometepe
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Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 7 nights
Shuttle to Playa Panamá, Fly to Cairo

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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: see some colorful creatures with West End Divers, indulge in some personalized pampering at Cristina Physiotherapy & Massage Roatan, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at AJ's Monkeys and Sloths.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Roatan online attractions planner.

Cairo, Egypt to Roatan is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Cairo to Roatan. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to ride a ferry to Utila.
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Utila, Honduras — 2 nights

The island of Utila has become known as a good place to learn how to dive in Latin America.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): relax in the rural setting at Utila Chocolate Co..

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Utila trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Roatan to Utila takes 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Utila can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. On the 9th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Copan Ruinas.
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Copan Ruinas, Honduras — 5 nights

The colorful, cultural town of Copan boasts attractions old and new, manmade and natural.
Copan Ruinas is known for historic sites, parks, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Copan Ruinas, relax in the rural setting at Finca el Cisne, see the interesting displays at Sculpture Museum, and stroll through Macaw Mountain Bird Park & Nature Reserve.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Copan Ruinas travel route planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry, flight, and bus from Utila to Copan Ruinas takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, flight, bus, and car; or do a combination of ferry, flight, taxi, and bus. In September, Copan Ruinas is a bit cooler than Utila - with highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C. On the 14th (Wed), you're off to Antigua.
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Antigua, Guatemala — 7 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 (National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, La Aurora Zoo, &more). There's much more to do: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, examine the collection at Museo Casa del Tejido Antiguo, delve into the distant past at Convento de las Capuchinas, and look for gifts at Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Antigua trip planning website.

Getting from Copan Ruinas to Antigua by shuttle takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Copan Ruinas in September, expect Antigua to be slightly colder, temps between 28°C and 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Leon.
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Leon, Nicaragua — 3 nights

A cultured and storied city, Leon attracts guests from all over the world, drawn to the second city's style, thriving intellectual life, and liveliness.
Go for a jaunt from Leon to Las Penitas to see Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get impressive views of Telica Volcano, see the interesting displays at Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de la Asunción, and take an in-depth tour of Museum of Legends and Traditions (Museo de Tradiciones y Leyendas).

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Leon day trip website.

Traveling by flight from Antigua to Leon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Antigua in September; daily highs in Leon reach 37°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to Granada.
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Granada, Nicaragua — 2 nights

The lakeside city of Granada has the look and feel of a historically important economic and political center, with grand colonial architecture, a unified look, and many cultural attractions.
On the 25th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Granada, then head off the coast to Islets of Granada, and then see the interesting displays at Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Casa de Los Tres Mundos and then get impressive views of Masaya Volcano.

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Getting from Leon to Granada by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to San Juan del Sur.
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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua — 3 nights

Set in a crescent-shaped bay, San Juan del Sur has become known as a popular surfing spot and coastal holiday destination for Nicaraguan families and international visitors alike.
San Juan del Sur is known for adventure, beaches, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through La Flor Beach Natural Reserve, head outdoors with Costa Dulce Beach, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Juan del Sur itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Granada to San Juan del Sur takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in San Juan del Sur are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Isla de Ometepe.
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Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua — 2 nights

Isla de Ometepe may be small in size, but it boasts two large volcanoes that dominate its landscape and influence the local lifestyle.
On the 30th (Fri), find something for the whole family at Chico Largo Adventure and then contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Charco Verde. On the next day, get impressive views of Volcan Concepcion and then relax and rejuvenate at Temazcal Omeyocan.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Isla de Ometepe trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from San Juan del Sur to Isla de Ometepe in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica — 4 nights

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tamarindo: Playa Conchal (Garra de Leon Golf Course & Playa Conchal), Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste) and Sea Star Souvenir (in Brasilito). And it doesn't end there: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, and sample the tasty concoctions at Numu Brewing Company.

To see reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Tamarindo online trip builder.

Drive from Isla de Ometepe to Tamarindo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Monteverde.
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Monteverde, Costa Rica — 2 nights

Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
On the 6th (Thu), admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Monteverde Massage.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde route website.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Manuel Antonio: Jaco (Zipline, Royal Butterflies, &more), Parque Nacional Marino Ballena (in Uvita) and Horseback Riding Tours (in Esterillos Este). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, look for gifts at Tico Roots Souvenir Shop, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio online visit planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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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: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, push the limits with an extreme tour, explore the striking landscape of Arenal Volcano, and relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for La Fortuna de San Carlos using our trip planner.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Honduras travel guide

4.6
Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Zipline
A vacation in Honduras can be an affordable and exciting addition to your Central American itinerary. Often undeservedly overlooked because of the high crime rate in a few of its cities, the country boasts pristine natural wonders, a rich history, and a vibrant atmosphere. From the vivacious Afro-Caribbean culture of the north shore, to the vast mountains and cloud forests of its national parks, Honduras has a lot to offer to the adventurous tourist. Visiting the ancient Mayan ruins of Copan, diving on Bay Islands, and admiring the colonial architecture in the capital remain just some of the things to do in Honduras.
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Guatemala travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Volcanos · Ruins
Land of Eternal Spring
Offering a chance to discover a rich history, remarkable landscapes, and a vibrant culture, a holiday in Guatemala remains a great choice for a wide range of travelers. The heart of the Maya civilization, Guatemala boasts stunning ancient ruins and traditional villages that blend with the Spanish heritage of the colonial-era and its stately cathedrals and town halls. While the cities boast splendid architecture and cultural heritage, they make up a small percentage of the mountainous Guatemalan landscape. Adventurous travelers and nature lovers will have plenty of things to do in Guatemala, from boating on the rushing rivers and scenic lakes, to exploring caves, picturesque beaches, and lush national parks.
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Nicaragua travel guide

4.3
Churches · Volcanos · Specialty Museums
Still emerging as a major tourist destination, Nicaragua, the largest country in Central America, entices travelers with its rich history and remarkable natural beauty just waiting to be discovered. A holiday in Nicaragua allows you to explore a vibrant culture, scenic beaches, and plenty of spots off the beaten path. Majestic volcanoes, lakes, and forests offer numerous chances for exploration and exciting adventures, while major cities boast splendid colonial architecture. With access to coastlines on both the Pacific and the Caribbean, a vacation in Nicaragua appeals to those looking for thrilling surfing experiences, dramatic views, or a chance to spread out on a deserted tropical beach.
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Costa Rica travel guide

4.4
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.
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