26 days in Central America Itinerary

26 days in Central America Itinerary

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26 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: Athens, Greece
Fly:  19​h
1
Panama City, Panama
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
2
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
+2
taxi + bus + Fly:  7​h 15​min
6
San Salvador, El Salvador
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Antigua, Guatemala
— 3 nights
+4
bus + foot + bus + foot + Fly:  5​h 15​min
8
Roatan, Honduras
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
9
San Pedro, Belize
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Belize City, Belize
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Athens, Greece

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 wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Panama Canal, take a stroll through Cinta Costera, explore the ancient world of Panama La Vieja, and explore the striking landscape of Metropolitan National Park.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Panama City tour itinerary builder website .

Athens, Greece to Panama City is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Athens to Panama City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Athens in October, expect Panama City to be a bit warmer, temps between 36°C and 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Panama City

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Nature
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, get interesting insight from Tours, and then walk around Parque Nahomi.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio vacation planner.

Fly from Panama City to Manuel Antonio in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Panama City to Manuel Antonio. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stroll through Monteverde Frog Pond.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond

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, parks, trails, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, relax in the rural setting at Finca Loma Verde, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and trek along Bogarin Trail.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos journey tool .

Getting from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

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
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park and then learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero road trip planning tool .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In November, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to San Salvador.

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
San Salvador, El Salvador

San Salvador ©
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
Go for a jaunt from San Salvador to Ahuachapan to see El Imposible National Park about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Cinquera Rain Forest Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia El Rosario, explore the ancient world of Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park, and see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Antropología Dr. David J. Guzman.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the San Salvador trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Tortuguero to San Salvador takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Tortuguero in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in San Salvador, with lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Antigua.

Things to do in San Salvador

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

El Imposible National Park
Highlights from your plan
Cinquera Rain Forest Park ©
Cinquera Rain Forest Park
El Imposible National Park ©
El Imposible National Park
Iglesia El Rosario ©
Iglesia El Rosario

3
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.
Explore Antigua's surroundings by going to Guatemala City (Catedral Metropolitana, Palacio Nacional, & more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, explore the ancient world of Convento de las Capuchinas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, and admire the masterpieces at Casa Santo Domingo Museums.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Antigua day trip planning website .

Drive from San Salvador to Antigua in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from San Salvador in November; daily highs in Antigua reach 27°C and lows reach 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Roatan.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Guatemala City
Highlights from your plan
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
La Aurora Zoo ©
La Aurora Zoo

3
nights
Roatan, Honduras

The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Roatan is known for wildlife, beaches, adventure, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, identify plant and animal life at Little French Key, stop by Pies Bonitos, and deepen your understanding at Steel Pan Alley.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Roatan trip app .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Antigua to Roatan in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Antigua in November; daily highs in Roatan reach 34°C and lows reach 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to San Pedro.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Little French Key ©
Little French Key
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Spend the 15th (Fri) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, cast your line with a fishing tour, look for gifts at Caye Coffee Roasting Co., and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find maps and other tourist information, go to the San Pedro trip itinerary builder website .

You can fly from Roatan to San Pedro in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In November, daytime highs in San Pedro are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to drive to Belize City.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

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

2
nights
Belize City, Belize

Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): take a memorable tour with Tours, admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Belize Zoo, and then explore the galleries of St John's Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Community Baboon Sanctuary Visitor Center and Museum and then delve into the distant past at Altun Ha.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Belize City trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from San Pedro to Belize City takes 2.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Belize City can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Belize City

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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