22 days in Central America Itinerary

22 days in Central America Itinerary

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22 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly + Drive:  18​h
1
Belmopan, Belize
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
2
San Pedro, Belize
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
San Salvador, El Salvador
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + bus + taxi:  7​h 15​min
4
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
8
Panama City, Panama
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: London, United Kingdom

2
nights
Belmopan, Belize

Belmopan ©
Nicknamed the "Garden City" thanks to its planned urban parklands, Belmopan serves as the capital of Belize and a launching point for tours of nearby caves and Mayan ruins.
On the 5th (Sun), explore the fascinating underground world of Actun Tunichil Muknal. On your second day here, take in the exciting artwork at Art Box Belize arts & crafts center, then get to know the resident critters at The Belize Zoo, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Blue Hole National Park.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Belmopan trip itinerary maker tool .

London, UK to Belmopan is an approximately 18-hour combination of car and flight. Traveling from London to Belmopan, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in July, expect nights in Belmopan to be much hotter, around 30°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Belmopan

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

The Belize Zoo, ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal
Highlights from your plan
The Belize Zoo ©
The Belize Zoo
Blue Hole National Park ©
Blue Hole National Park

3
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
San Pedro is known for wildlife, adventure, nightlife, spas, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and look for gifts at 12 Belize.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the San Pedro tour planner .

Fly from Belmopan to San Pedro in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In July, daytime highs in San Pedro are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Salvador.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours

3
nights
San Salvador, El Salvador

San Salvador ©
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
San Salvador is known for historic sites, nature, museums, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Cinquera Rain Forest Park, explore the ancient world of Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park, steep yourself in history at Hospital Divina Providencia Chapel, and explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional El Boqueron.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the San Salvador online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from San Pedro to San Salvador by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Pedro in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in San Salvador, with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Tortuguero.

Things to do in San Salvador

Parks Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Cinquera Rain Forest Park ©
Cinquera Rain Forest Park
Iglesia El Rosario ©
Iglesia El Rosario
Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park
Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park

1
day
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 13th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Tortuguero driving holiday planning tool .

Do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi from San Salvador to Tortuguero in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. July in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

4
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, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), and look for all kinds of wild species at Proyecto Asis.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planning website .

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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

2
nights
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 18th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then take in the views from Santa Elena Skywalk.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Monteverde trip planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Monteverde Orchid Garden ©
Monteverde Orchid Garden

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then stroll around Parque Nahomi. Here are some ideas for day two: get interesting insight from Tours and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio holiday 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 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Quepos
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional de Soberania, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capilla San Jose, and get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Panama City trip planner .

Fly from Manuel Antonio to Panama City in 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. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to 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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