40 days in Central America Itinerary

40 days in Central America Itinerary

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Fly to Tocumen International Airport, Drive to San Blas Islands
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San Blas Islands, Panama
— 3 nights
Subway
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Panama City, Panama
— 2 nights
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Fly to Changuinola, Drive to Sixaola, Bus to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Jose, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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Playas del Coco, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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Leon, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
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Bus to Chinandega, Drive to Choluteca, Bus to Tegucigalpa, Taxi to Tegucigalpa, Fly to Roatan
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Roatan, Honduras
— 4 nights
Fly
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San Pedro, Belize
— 3 nights
Fly
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San Ignacio, Belize
— 3 nights
Drive
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Copan Ruinas, Honduras
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chichicastenango, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 2 nights
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San Blas Islands, Panama

— 3 nights
San Blas Islands represent the offshore area of the indigenous province of Guna Yala.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like San Blas Wild and Isla Chichime. There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Isla Pelicano and soothe aching muscles at Carpe Diem Sailing and Yoga.

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the San Blas Islands trip builder.

Melbourne, Australia to San Blas Islands is an approximately 28-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -15 hour difference. When traveling from Melbourne in November, plan for a bit warmer days in San Blas Islands, with highs around 36°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can take a subway to Panama City.

Things to do in San Blas Islands

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Panama City, Panama

— 2 nights

Dubai of Latin America

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Adventures Panama. Step off the beaten path and head to Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama and Bahai Temple. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador), pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de la Merced, and delve into the distant past at El Arco Chato.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Panama City trip itinerary planner.

You can take a subway from San Blas Islands to Panama City in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In November in Panama City, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Panama City

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

— 2 nights

Walaba

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): get outside with Nature Riders, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kekoldi Indigenous Reserve, and then take in the exciting artwork at Luluberlu Art Gallery. Keep things going the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then get to know the fascinating history of Nature Park Walk.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca planning website.

Getting from Panama City to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by combination of flight, car, and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Panama City to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

— 2 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, get outside with Zip Coaster, and then take in the exciting artwork at The Captain's Booty. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Wed): take the plunge with Skydive Costa Rica, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then explore the striking landscape of Manuel Antonio National Park.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

San Jose, Costa Rica

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Museo de Ciencias Naturales La Salle, then cruise along Top Travel Costa Rica, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Our Lady of the Pillar Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, then take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and finally explore the galleries of Galeria Namu.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our San Jose tour builder tool.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to San Jose by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle; or take a bus. November in San Jose sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can take a shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

— 4 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Natura Eco Park Costa Rica and Bogarin Trail. Get in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and Paradise Hot Springs. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge, witness a stunning natural landmark at Los Lagos Hot Springs, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs.

Take the guesswork out of planning a La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

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 17th (Wed), appreciate the extensive heritage of Ecological Sanctuary, stroll through Valle Escondido Preserve, then indulge in some personalized pampering at Monteverde Massage Center, and finally view the masterpieces at Alas y Raices. On your second day here, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then examine the collection at Chorotega Arts & Crafts, and then take a pleasant ride with Equus Monteverde.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde sightseeing planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Playas del Coco, Costa Rica

— 2 nights

Coco Beach

A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
On the 19th (Fri), whizz through the canopy at Witch's Rock Canopy Tour, have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, and then stop by Cata Chocolate. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): get outside with Crazy Alex CR, then take in the exciting artwork at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Playas del Coco road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Playas del Coco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can go by car to Leon.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Leon, Nicaragua

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): see Off-Road Tours, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church The Recollection, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Calvary Church - Sweet Name of Jesus. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Leon holiday maker website.

Getting from Playas del Coco to Leon by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. In November in Leon, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Roatan.

Things to do in Leon

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Historic Sites

Roatan, Honduras

— 4 nights
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Get outdoors at Bodden Tours and Little French Key. Discover out-of-the-way places like Roatan Underwater Museum and Mahogany Bay. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mayan Eden, see Off-Road Tours, explore the galleries of Flamingo Cultural Center, and view the masterpieces at Shawn Jackson Gallery.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Roatan trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus, car, taxi, and flight from Leon to Roatan in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in November, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to San Pedro.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

San Pedro, Belize

— 3 nights
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Get some cultural insight at Belizean Arts and The Gallery of San Pedro. Escape the urban bustle at Shark Ray Alley and Scuba & Snorkeling. Explore San Pedro's surroundings by going to Caye Caulker (Osprey Silver Jewelry & Boutique & Turneffe Reef). There's still lots to do: stroll through Hol Chan Marine Reserve, see the world from above with C & S Golf Cart Rental, cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the San Pedro trip itinerary website.

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. In November, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to San Ignacio.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Shopping

Side Trips

San Ignacio, Belize

— 3 nights

Cayo Town

The cultural hub of the district, San Ignacio neatly blends tourism and tradition, expats and indigenous peoples into a convincingly authentic, but modern and welcoming inland town.
Step out of the city life by going to Calico Jack's Belize Jungle Canopy and Zip Lining and Green Hills Butterfly Ranch. Get a sense of the local culture at Xunantunich Mayan Ruins and Chaa Creek Natural History Museum. Step out of San Ignacio to go to Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve and see Big Rock Falls, which is approximately 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of El Pilar and view the masterpieces at Cappello's Art Gallery.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the San Ignacio online vacation planner.

You can fly from San Pedro to San Ignacio in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of flight, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Copan Ruinas.

Things to do in San Ignacio

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Copan Ruinas, Honduras

— 2 nights
The colorful, cultural town of Copan boasts attractions old and new, manmade and natural.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): explore the ancient world of Copan Ruinas, stroll through Macaw Mountain Bird Park & Nature Reserve, and then explore the galleries of Museo de Arqueologia. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Pyramid over Rosalila Temple, then steep yourself in history at Mayan Ball Court, and then browse the exhibits of Museo Escolar Casa K'Inich.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Copan Ruinas road trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Ignacio to Copan Ruinas takes 8.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Chichicastenango.

Things to do in Copan Ruinas

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Chichicastenango, Guatemala

— 2 nights

Chichi

Sitting in a scenic spot among towering mountains, Chichicastenango has a large indigenous population and displays its cultural heritage in a burst of color when hosting its long-established market.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): stroll through Laguna Lemoa, then steep yourself in history at Pascual Abaj, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Solola Market. On your second day here, explore the different monuments and memorials at Chichi Cemetery, see the interesting displays at Museo de Mascaras Ceremoniales, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santo Tomas Church.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Chichicastenango online vacation planner.

You can drive from Copan Ruinas to Chichicastenango in 7 hours. When traveling from Copan Ruinas in December, plan for little chillier days in Chichicastenango, with highs around 24°C, while nights are colder with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to take a shuttle to Antigua.

Things to do in Chichicastenango

Historic Sites · Nature · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Antigua, Guatemala

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): examine the collection at Centro Cultural La Azotea, take an in-depth tour of Centro Cultural La Azotea, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de San Jose, and finally make a trip to The Plaza Central Park. On the next day, explore the ancient world of Convento Santa Clara, stop by La Casa del Algodon, examine the collection at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, and finally explore the ancient world of Arco de Santa Catalina.

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

Traveling by shuttle from Chichicastenango to Antigua takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chichicastenango in December, Antigua is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Antigua

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Nicaragua travel guide

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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.