29 days in Central America Itinerary

29 days in Central America Itinerary

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Start: Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
+3
Fly + Foot + Bus + Taxi:  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
Drive:  5 h 15 min
3
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
4
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  6 h 30 min
5
Panama City, Panama
— 2 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  6 h 15 min
6
Belize City, Belize
— 2 nights
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
Drive:  3 h 45 min
11
Antigua, Guatemala
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  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.
Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos with an excursion to Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz in Vara Blanca--about 1h 50 min away. The adventure continues: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Arenal, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip planning app.

Newcastle upon Tyne, UK to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 20- hour combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, bus, and shuttle; or do a combination of flight, bus, and shuttle. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

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.
On the 26th (Wed), get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Tortuguero road trip planning tool.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature 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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, and then experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde vacation maker website.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Monteverde in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Zipline
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery ©
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery

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.
On the 29th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Beaches Parks

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, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Panama Canal, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de San José, explore the ancient world of Panama La Vieja, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Metropolitan National Park.

Plan a Panama City trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Manuel Antonio to Panama City in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, bus, and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Manuel Antonio to Panama City. In August, daily temperatures in Panama City can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Belize City.

Things to do in Panama City

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
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Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) ©
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.
On the 3rd (Thu), get to know the resident critters at The Belize Zoo and then make a trip to The Belize Sign Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Caribbean Spice Belize and then stroll through Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Belize City road trip app.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Panama City to Belize City takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Belize City

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, The Belize Zoo
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The Belize Zoo ©
The Belize Zoo
Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary
Caribbean Spice Belize ©
Caribbean Spice Belize

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Centro de Conservacion e Investigaction.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Tikal National Park trip app.

Getting from Belize City to Tikal National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to San Ignacio.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Museums
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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 with an excursion to Blue Hole National Park in Belmopan--about 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: Head underground at ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal, delve into the distant past at Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum, browse the exhibits of Sak Tunich Art Gallery, and explore the world behind art at Tanah Mayan Art Museum.

For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the San Ignacio trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tikal National Park to San Ignacio takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in San Ignacio

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cayo, San Antonio, Blue Hole National Park
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ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal ©
ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal
Blue Hole National Park ©
Blue Hole National Park
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins ©
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins

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, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the vivid underwater world at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, stop by Caye Coffee Roasting Co., relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve.

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Do a combination of bus, car, and flight from San Ignacio to San Pedro in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. September in San Pedro sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Salvador.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

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, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia El Rosario, examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Antropología Dr. David J. Guzman, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte de El Salvador, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our San Salvador travel planning website.

Fly from San Pedro to San Salvador in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Pedro in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in San Salvador, with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can 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

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.
Go for a jaunt from Antigua to Guatemala City to see La Aurora Zoo about 56 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, don't miss a visit to Cerro de la Cruz, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, and explore the world behind art at Casa Santo Domingo Museums.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Antigua trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from San Salvador to Antigua takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Salvador in September: high temperatures in Antigua hover around 28°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time 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
Convento de las Capuchinas ©
Convento de las Capuchinas
La Aurora Zoo ©
La Aurora Zoo

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