22 days in Central America Itinerary

22 days in Central America Itinerary

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22 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: Cork, Ireland
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  20​h 45​min
1
San Ignacio, Belize
— 3 nights
+2
bus + Drive + Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
San Pedro, Belize
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
3
Roatan, Honduras
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  2​h
4
San Salvador, El Salvador
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Antigua, Guatemala
— 2 nights
+4
shuttle + Drive + Fly + bus + shuttle:  9​h 15​min
6
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
9
Panama City, Panama
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Cork, Ireland

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Ignacio: Blue Hole National Park (in Belmopan) and The Belize Zoo (in La Democracia). There's much more to do: Head underground at ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal, explore the ancient world of Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum, contemplate the long history of Xunantunich Mayan Ruins, and admire the masterpieces at Tanah Mayan Art Museum.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the San Ignacio road trip planning website .

Cork, Ireland to San Ignacio is an approximately 21-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Cork to San Ignacio due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in San Ignacio

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cayo, The Belize Zoo, Blue Hole National Park, Tanah Mayan Art Museum
Highlights from your plan
The Belize Zoo ©
The Belize Zoo
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins ©
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins

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 5th (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then explore the gorgeous colors at Hol Chan Marine Reserve. On your second day here, cast your line with a fishing tour and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the San Pedro trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from San Ignacio to San Pedro by combination of bus and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Roatan.

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
Roatan, Honduras

Roatan ©
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): examine the collection at Roatan Underwater Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Little French Key, and then gain insight at Steel Pan Alley. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at West Bay Beach and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Roatan trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from San Pedro to Roatan in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Roatan can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to San Salvador.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Little French Key ©
Little French Key
Zipline
West Bay Beach ©
West Bay Beach

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 9th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Cinquera Rain Forest Park, examine the collection at Monsignor Romero Center, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia El Rosario, and finally delve into the distant past at Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Mercado Nacional de Artesanias, examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Antropología Dr. David J. Guzman, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the San Salvador online day trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and car from Roatan to San Salvador in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Roatan in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 24°C in San Salvador. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Antigua.

Things to do in San Salvador

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Cinquera Rain Forest Park ©
Cinquera Rain Forest Park
Iglesia El Rosario ©
Iglesia El Rosario

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, then look for gifts at Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced. On the next day, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at La Aurora Zoo, get engrossed in the history at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, and then don't miss a visit to Cerro de la Cruz.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Antigua journey planner .

Traveling by car from San Salvador to Antigua takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or fly. Traveling from San Salvador in July, expect Antigua to be slightly colder, temps between 29°C and 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Antigua

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

La Aurora Zoo
Highlights from your plan
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Cerro de la Cruz ©
Cerro de la Cruz

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.
Take a break from La Fortuna de San Carlos with a short trip to Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz in Vara Blanca, about 1h 50 min away. The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, experience rural life at Finca Loma Verde, stop by Galeria Aguas Verdes, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos online itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Antigua to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 9.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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.
On the 17th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde tour planner .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery ©
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing

3
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, museums, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Panama Canal, take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de San José, and explore the striking landscape of Metropolitan National Park.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Panama City itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Manuel Antonio to Panama City takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. July in Panama City sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Panama City

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

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