29 days in Central America Itinerary

29 days in Central America Itinerary

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29 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
+2
Fly + bus + shuttle:  19​h 30​min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
3
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
5
Panama City, Panama
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
6
Belize City, Belize
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  3​h
7
Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
San Ignacio, Belize
— 3 nights
+2
bus + Drive + Fly:  3​h 15​min
9
San Pedro, Belize
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
10
San Salvador, El Salvador
— 3 nights
11
Antigua, Guatemala
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  18​h
End: Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

4
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

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.
Go for a jaunt from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Vara Blanca to see Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz about 1h 50 min away. The adventure continues: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, shop like a local with Galeria Estudio, take a memorable tour with Tours, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Arenal.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip planner .

Newcastle upon Tyne, UK to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central Standard Time is minus 6 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

1
night
Tortuguero, Costa Rica

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Tortuguero visit planning tool .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks Museums
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

2
nights
Monteverde, Costa Rica

Monteverde ©
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 27th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Monteverde online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Monteverde takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
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Zipline
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

2
nights
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio ©
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 29th (Sat): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Beaches Tours

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Panama City is known for historic sites, shopping, museums, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Metropolitan National Park, wander the streets of Cinta Costera, and take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Panama City holiday planner .

You can fly from Manuel Antonio to Panama City in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August, daytime highs in Panama City are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Belize City.

Things to do in Panama City

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Nature
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Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) ©

2
nights
Belize City, Belize

Belize City ©
Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): explore the ancient world of Altun Ha, then meet the residents at The Belize Zoo, and then pause for some photo ops at The Belize Sign Monument. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Caribbean Spice Belize and then identify plant and animal life at Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Belize City trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Panama City to Belize City takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Panama City to Belize City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, daily temperatures in Belize City can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Belize City

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Belize District, The Belize Zoo
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The Belize Zoo ©
The Belize Zoo
Altun Ha ©
Altun Ha
Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary

1
night
Tikal National Park, Guatemala

Tikal National Park ©
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
On the 5th (Sat), examine the collection at Centro de Conservacion e Investigaction and then explore the ancient world of Tikal.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Tikal National Park online holiday planner .

Do a combination of flight and car from Belize City to Tikal National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to San Ignacio.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Nature Historic Sites Parks
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Tikal ©
Tikal

3
nights
San Ignacio, Belize

San Ignacio ©
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 San Ignacio to go to Belmopan and see Blue Hole National Park, which is approximately 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal, steep yourself in history at Xunantunich Mayan Ruins, explore the world behind art at Tanah Mayan Art Museum, and view the masterpieces at Sak Tunich Art Gallery.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the San Ignacio trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Tikal National Park to San Ignacio in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in San Ignacio

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cayo, San Antonio, Blue Hole National Park
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Xunantunich Mayan Ruins ©
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins
Blue Hole National Park ©
Blue Hole National Park

3
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
San Pedro is known for wildlife, adventure, nightlife, spas, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, look for gifts at Caye Coffee Roasting Co., Ltd., explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the San Pedro road trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from San Ignacio to San Pedro takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In September, daytime highs in San Pedro are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to San Salvador.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours

3
nights
San Salvador, El Salvador

San Salvador ©
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
San Salvador is known for historic sites, nature, museums, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Cinquera Rain Forest Park, examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Antropología Dr. David J. Guzman, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional El Boqueron, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia El Rosario.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your San Salvador trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Fly from San Pedro to San Salvador in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from San Pedro in September since evenings lows in San Salvador dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to drive to Antigua.

Things to do in San Salvador

Parks Wildlife Nature
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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

3
nights
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.
Change things up with a short trip to La Aurora Zoo in Guatemala City (about 56 minutes away). There's still lots to do: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, explore the ancient world of Convento de las Capuchinas, make a trip to Cerro de la Cruz, and stop by Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Antigua trip site .

Drive from San Salvador to Antigua in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or fly. Traveling from San Salvador in September, things will get a bit cooler in Antigua: highs are around 28°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Antigua

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

La Aurora Zoo
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Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
La Aurora Zoo ©
La Aurora Zoo
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced

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