14 days in Central America Itinerary

14 days in Central America Itinerary

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14 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Fly:  25​h
1
Belize City, Belize
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
San Pedro, Belize
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
San Salvador, El Salvador
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Panama City, Panama
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
5
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Cluj-Napoca, Romania

1
night
Belize City, Belize

Belize City ©
Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Altun Ha and then get a new perspective on nature at St John's Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Belize Zoo, then stop by Caribbean Spice Belize, and finally don't miss a visit to The Belize Sign Monument.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Belize City day trip planning site .

Cluj-Napoca, Romania to Belize City is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Cluj-Napoca in October, with highs in Belize City at 35°C and lows at 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Pedro.

Things to do in Belize City

Historic Sites Tours Adventure

Side Trips

The Belize Zoo, Altun Ha
Highlights from your plan
Altun Ha ©
Altun Ha
The Belize Zoo ©
The Belize Zoo
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
On the 9th (Wed), take the plunge with a skydiving experience and then look for all kinds of wild species at Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: see what you can catch with a fishing tour and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our San Pedro trip planner .

Drive from Belize City to San Pedro in 2.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to San Salvador.

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

2
nights
San Salvador, El Salvador

San Salvador ©
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
On the 11th (Fri), explore the ancient world of Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia El Rosario, then examine the collection at Monsignor Romero Center, then get great views at Mirador Municipal Jose Antonio Rodriguez Porth, and finally identify plant and animal life at Cinquera Rain Forest Park. On your second day here, stop by Mercado Nacional de Artesanias, then see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Antropología Dr. David J. Guzman, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the San Salvador online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from San Pedro to San Salvador takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Pedro in October, San Salvador is a bit cooler at night with lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Panama City.

Things to do in San Salvador

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Cinquera Rain Forest Park ©
Cinquera Rain Forest Park
Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park
Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park
Iglesia El Rosario ©
Iglesia El Rosario

1
night
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
On the 13th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, make a trip to Panama Canal, and then stop by PTYlocal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Mon): make a trip to Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) and then take a stroll through Casco Viejo.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Panama City sightseeing tool .

Fly from San Salvador to Panama City in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Salvador to Panama City. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from San Salvador in October since evenings lows in Panama City dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) ©

1
night
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 15th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio, then walk around Parque Nahomi, and then take in the awesome beauty at Birding Spots Manuel Antonio.

For maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Panama City to Manuel Antonio takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Quepos
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Parque Nahomi ©
Parque Nahomi

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, wildlife, trails, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and get impressive views of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal).

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online holiday planner .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature Parks Spas

Side Trip

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

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