19 days in Central America Itinerary

19 days in Central America Itinerary

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Panama City, Panama
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Bocas Town, Panama
— 1 night
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San Jose, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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San Salvador, El Salvador
— 1 night
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San Pedro Sula, Honduras
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San Salvador, El Salvador
— 1 night
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 6 nights
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San Salvador, El Salvador
— 2 nights
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Panama City, Panama
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Panama City, Panama

— 1 night

Dubai of Latin America

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): see the interesting displays at Afro-Antillian Museum (Museo Afro Antillano de Panama ), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bahai Temple, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, appreciate the extensive heritage of Casco Viejo, and then get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama.

To see where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Panama City tour itinerary planning site.

Guayaquil, Ecuador to Panama City is an approximately 6-hour flight. In October, daytime highs in Panama City are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to fly to Bocas Town.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Bocas Town, Panama

— 1 night
The colorful and relaxed Bocas Town has a welcoming atmosphere, with the modestly sized urban area showcasing typical Caribbean clapboard houses and home to a mixed community from across the world.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Starfish Beach and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Bocas Town trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Panama City to Bocas Town takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Panama City in October, Bocas Town is a bit warmer at night with lows of 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to fly to San Jose.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches

San Jose, Costa Rica

— 2 nights
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
On the 24th (Sun), tee off at Tee Times Costa Rica Golf Tours, learn more about the world around you at Museo de Ciencias Naturales La Salle, then take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the San Jose trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Bocas Town to San Jose takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and car. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bocas Town to San Jose due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Bocas Town in October since evenings lows in San Jose dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to San Salvador.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Golf · Tours · Outdoors

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San Salvador, El Salvador

— 1 night
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia El Rosario, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then steep yourself in history at Hospital Divina Providencia Chapel.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Salvador itinerary planner.

You can fly from San Jose to San Salvador in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in San Salvador sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel to San Pedro Sula.

Things to do in San Salvador

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

San Pedro Sula, Honduras

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Gang-related crime has given San Pedro Sula its current reputation as one of the most violent cities in the world.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia El Buen Pastor.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the San Pedro Sula trip planner.

Getting from San Salvador to San Pedro Sula by car takes about 7.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel to San Salvador.

Things to do in San Pedro Sula

Historic Sites
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San Salvador, El Salvador

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Monseñor Romero Center, then examine the collection at Museum of the Word and Image, then explore the ancient world of Parque Arqueologico Cihuatan, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio de Los Ilustres.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read San Salvador visit planner.

Traveling by car from San Pedro Sula to San Salvador takes 7.5 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in San Salvador when traveling from San Pedro Sula in October, with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can fly to Antigua.

Things to do in San Salvador

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Antigua, Guatemala

— 6 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 in touch with nature at Association Aprode and Volcán Pacaya. Get some cultural insight at Convento Santa Clara and La Merced. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Antigua: Guatemala City (Catedral Metropolitana, Museo del Ferrocarril, &more). And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at La Recoleccion, admire the masterpieces at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, shop like a local with Caoba Farms, and look for gifts at Jade Maya - The Original Jade factory and Museum.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Antigua trip website.

Traveling by flight from San Salvador to Antigua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from San Salvador in October, expect Antigua to be a bit cooler, temps between 28°C and 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can catch the flight to San Salvador.

Things to do in Antigua

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

San Salvador, El Salvador

— 2 nights
On the 3rd (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional El Boqueron. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Cinquera Rain Forest Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de la Ceiba de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana, and finally stop by El Arbol de Dios.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the San Salvador travel planning tool.

You can fly from Antigua to San Salvador in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Antigua in November, expect San Salvador to be a bit warmer, temps between 35°C and 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Panama City.

Things to do in San Salvador

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Panama City, Panama

— 4 nights

Dubai of Latin America

Your inner history buff will appreciate Iglesia de la Merced and Iglesia de San Francisco de Asis. El Arco Chato and Cinta Costera are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Spend the 5th (Fri) exploring nature at Altos De Campana National Park. Spend the 6th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Enjoy Panama City some more: make a trip to Plaza Bolivar and explore the ancient world of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Panama City visit planner.

You can fly from San Salvador to Panama City in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Salvador to Panama City due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from San Salvador in November since evenings lows in Panama City dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Bocas del Toro Province travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Outdoor Activities
Bocas del Toro is a province of Panama. Its area is 4,643.9 square kilometers, comprising the mainland and nine main islands. The province consists of the Bocas del Toro Archipelago, Bahía Almirante (Almirante Bay), Chiriquí Lagoon, and adjacent mainland. The capital is the city of Bocas del Toro (or Bocas Town) on Isla Colón (Colón Island). Other major cities or towns include Almirante and Changuinola. The province has a population of 125,461 as of 2010.Christopher Columbus and his crew first visited the area in 1502. Bocas del Toro borders the Caribbean Sea to the north, Limón Province of Costa Rica to the west, Chiriquí Province to the south, and Ngöbe-Buglé Comarca to the east. The Río Sixaola forms part of the border with Costa Rica. An old railroad bridge spans the river between Guabito and Sixaola, Costa Rica. The bridge is a border crossing used by tourists going between destinations in Bocas del Toro and Costa Rica.

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El Salvador travel guide

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National Parks · Churches · Ruins
El Salvador, the smallest country in Central America, has plenty of historical and natural attractions to explore on a rich and varied itinerary. The coastal beaches attract surfers and sunbathers, while the main towns showcase colonial and indigenous cultures in their traditions, architecture, cuisine, and historical sites. Tourism in El Salvador has been stuttering for decades, first because of the Salvadoran Civil War, and now because of gang-related activities and a high crime rate. The vast majority of the country, however, remains unspoiled by the narrative that dominates international headlines. Travelers looking for an off-the-beaten-track destination, with natural and manmade highlights uncluttered by tourists and overdevelopment, find such a place in El Salvador.