13 days in Central America Itinerary

13 days in Central America Itinerary

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Start: Mexico City, Mexico
Fly:  7 h 45 min
1
Panama City, Panama
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  6 h 30 min
2
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
3
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 1 night
+3
Taxi + Bus + Fly + Shuttle:  10 h 45 min
6
Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  4 h 30 min
7
San Pedro, Belize
— 2 nights
+2
Ferry + Taxi + Fly:  4 h 30 min
End: Mexico City, Mexico

2
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): make a trip to Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador), then don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, and then have some family-friendly fun at Reload Laser Tag +Cafe. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Metropolitan National Park, take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, and then wander the streets of Casco Viejo.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Panama City online itinerary planner.

Mexico City, Mexico to Panama City is an approximately 8- hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mexico City to Panama City due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Mexico City in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Panama City, with highs around 36°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Panama City

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Metropolitan National Park ©
Metropolitan National Park
Reload Laser Tag +Cafe ©
Reload Laser Tag +Cafe

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 (Sun), glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, and then stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio attractions planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Panama City to Manuel Antonio in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Panama City to Manuel Antonio, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Parasailing & Paragliding
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

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 31st (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Tortuguero trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

3
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, hike along Senderos Los Tucanes, head outdoors with El Salto, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

1
night
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 4th (Sat): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Frog Pond.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip app.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond

1
day
Tikal National Park, Guatemala

Tikal National Park
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tikal National Park road trip planning website.

You can do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and shuttle from Monteverde to Tikal National Park in 11 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. On the 5th (Sun), you'll travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

2
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take the plunge with a skydiving experience and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): get interesting insight from Tours and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the San Pedro trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Tikal National Park to San Pedro takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours

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