32 days in Central America Itinerary

32 days in Central America Itinerary

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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
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Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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Panama City, Panama
— 3 nights
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San Salvador, El Salvador
— 4 nights
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 4 nights
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Lanquin, Guatemala
— 1 night
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Belmopan, Belize
— 1 night
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San Pedro, Belize
— 4 nights
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Roatan, Honduras
— 5 nights
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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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, stroll through La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, walk around Bogarin Trail, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip builder site.

London, UK to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to La Fortuna de San Carlos is minus 6 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.
Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors
Side Trip

Tortuguero, Costa Rica — 1 night

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tortuguero trip planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.
Nature · Parks
Highlights from your 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 28th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see Off-Road Tours.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio road trip website.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Monteverde.
Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): relax and rejuvenate at Monteverde Massage Center and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sun): stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Monteverde trip maker.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel to Panama City.
Wildlife · Parks · Adventure · Tours

Panama City, Panama — 3 nights

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Panama City is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, hunt for treasures at Mercado de Mariscos, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and wander the streets of Casco Viejo.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Panama City trip itinerary builder app.

You can fly from Monteverde to Panama City in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and subway. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Monteverde to Panama City. In July, daytime highs in Panama City are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to San Salvador.
Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

San Salvador, El Salvador — 4 nights

The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
San Salvador is known for historic sites, nature, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cinquera Rain Forest Park, delve into the distant past at Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park, examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Antropología Dr. David J. Guzman, and shop like a local with Mercado Nacional de Artesanias.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the San Salvador online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Panama City to San Salvador takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of taxi 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 August, plan for little chillier nights in San Salvador, with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Antigua.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Antigua, Guatemala — 4 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Antigua side-trips: Guatemala City (La Aurora Zoo, Palacio Nacional, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, explore the ancient world of Convento de las Capuchinas, see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo, and don't miss a visit to Cerro de la Cruz.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Antigua travel planner.

Fly from San Salvador to Antigua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from San Salvador in August: high temperatures in Antigua hover around 30°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Lanquin.
Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature
Side Trip

Lanquin, Guatemala — 1 night

San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): explore the activities along Monumento Natural Semuc Champey.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Lanquin trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Antigua to Lanquin takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Antigua in August, expect Lanquin to be a bit warmer, temps between 40°C and 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Belmopan.
Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Belmopan, Belize — 1 night

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 13th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Blue Hole National Park and then get to know the resident critters at The Belize Zoo.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Belmopan itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Lanquin to Belmopan in 9 hours. Traveling from Lanquin in August, expect nights in Belmopan to be about the same, around 30°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 37°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to San Pedro.
Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums
Side Trip

San Pedro, Belize — 4 nights

San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Spend the 16th (Tue) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. There's still lots to do: see the vivid underwater world at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, make a trip to Shark Ray Alley, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and take the plunge with a skydiving experience.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the San Pedro holiday planner.

Getting from Belmopan to San Pedro by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to fly to Roatan.
Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours
Side Trip

Roatan, Honduras — 5 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 West Bay Divers, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Roatan Island Brewing Co., relax and rejuvenate at Spa Baan Suerte, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Roatan trip planner.

Fly from San Pedro to Roatan in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In August in Roatan, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.
Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks