22 days in Central America Itinerary

22 days in Central America Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Guatemala City, Guatemala
— 2 nights
2
Antigua, Guatemala
— 1 night
3
San Salvador, El Salvador
— 2 nights
4
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
5
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
6
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
7
Granada, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
8
Panama City, Panama
— 2 nights
9
Belize City, Belize
— 3 nights
10
Lanquin, Guatemala
— 3 nights

2
nights
Guatemala City, Guatemala

Guatemala City ©
The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): get a new perspective on nature at Museo Popol Vuh, get a sense of history and politics at Edificio de Correos Central, thencontemplate the long history of Palacio Nacional, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, admire nature's wide array of creatures at La Aurora Zoo, thenexamine the collection at Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, and finally make a trip to Iglesia Santo domingo.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Guatemala City vacation builder site.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiport is La Aurora Airport. In August in Guatemala City, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can catch the shuttle to Antigua.

Things to do in Guatemala City

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Palacio Nacional ©
Palacio Nacional
La Aurora Zoo ©
La Aurora Zoo
Catedral Metropolitana ©
Catedral Metropolitana

1
night
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.
Acatenango Volcano has been added to your itinerary. On the 7th (Fri), stop by Agustina de Cava, contemplate the geological forces at Acatenango Volcano, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, thenexplore the ancient world of Arco de Santa Catalina, and finally see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): make a trip to Cerro de la Cruz, see the interesting displays at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, and then make a trip to The Plaza Central Park.

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Traveling by shuttle from Guatemala City to Antigua takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Salvador.

Things to do in Antigua

Museums Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
Acatenango Volcano ©
Acatenango Volcano
Cerro de la Cruz ©
Cerro de la Cruz

2
nights
San Salvador, El Salvador

San Salvador ©
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional El Boqueron. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Metropolitana, tour or see a show at Plaza Futura, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia El Rosario.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Salvador tour itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Antigua to San Salvador in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Antigua in August: high temperatures in San Salvador hover around °F and lows are around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Salvador

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional El Boqueron ©
Parque Nacional El Boqueron
Iglesia El Rosario ©
Iglesia El Rosario
Plaza Futura ©
Plaza Futura

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 11th (Tue), kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, get interesting insight from Tours, and then walk around Parque Nahomi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Manuel Antonio National Park.

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You can fly from San Salvador to Manuel Antonio in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Parque Nahomi
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Nature & Wildlife 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 13th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tortuguero day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around °F in August, and nighttime lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs and then trot along with a tour on horseback. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sun): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then stroll through La Fortuna Waterfall.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip app.

You can drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Granada.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

2
nights
Granada, Nicaragua

Granada ©
The lakeside city of Granada has the look and feel of a historically important economic and political center, with grand colonial architecture, a unified look, and many cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, thenstop by Tio Antonio Hamaca, thenhead off the coast to Islets of Granada, and finally examine the collection at Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Palacio Episcopal and then contemplate the geological forces at Mombacho.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Granada online trip maker.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Granada takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Granada

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Islets of Granada ©
Islets of Granada
Mombacho ©
Mombacho

2
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Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
On the 19th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, examine the collection at Biomuseo, and then don't miss a visit to Panama Canal. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Panama La Vieja and then stop by Casco Viejo.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Panama City road trip planning website.

You can fly from Granada to Panama City in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August, daily temperatures in Panama City can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Belize City.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Panama La Vieja ©
Panama La Vieja

3
nights
Belize City, Belize

Belize City ©
Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Museum of Belize.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Belize City trip maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Panama City to Belize City takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Panama City to Belize City is minus 1 hour. In August, daytime highs in Belize City are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Lanquin.

Things to do in Belize City

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Belize ©
Museum of Belize
The Belize Sign Monument ©
The Belize Sign Monument

3
nights
Lanquin, Guatemala

Lanquin ©
San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. You've now added Monumento Natural Semuc Champey to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): Head underground at Lanquin Caves and then explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Aventura Grande, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Grutas Las Marias.

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Getting from Belize City to Lanquin by car takes about 10 hours. In August in Lanquin, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Lanquin

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin
Highlights from your plan
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey ©
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey ©
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey
Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin
Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin