27 days in Central America Itinerary

27 days in Central America Itinerary

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27 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv, Israel
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
San Pedro, Belize
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Belize City, Belize
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  3​h
3
Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Antigua, Guatemala
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
San Salvador, El Salvador
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + bus + taxi:  7​h 15​min
6
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
9
Panama City, Panama
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h
End: Tel Aviv, Israel

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: see the vivid underwater world at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, take the plunge with a skydiving experience, explore the striking landscape of Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve, and stop by 12 Belize.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the San Pedro day trip website .

Tel Aviv, Israel to San Pedro is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Tel Aviv to San Pedro is minus 8 hours. September in San Pedro sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Belize City.

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
Belize City, Belize

Belize City ©
Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Step out of Belize City with an excursion to The Belize Zoo in La Democracia--about 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, learn more about the world around you at St John's Cathedral, stop by Caribbean Spice Belize, and look for all kinds of wild species at Community Baboon Sanctuary Visitor Center and Museum.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Belize City vacation planner .

Getting from San Pedro to Belize City by car takes about 2.5 hours. In September in Belize City, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Belize City

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Belize District, The Belize Zoo
Highlights from your plan
The Belize Zoo ©
The Belize Zoo
Altun Ha ©
Altun Ha
Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary

1
night
Tikal National Park, Guatemala

Tikal National Park ©
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): examine the collection at Centro de Conservacion e Investigaction and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tikal.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Tikal National Park journey planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Belize City to Tikal National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Tikal ©
Tikal

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.
Change things up with a short trip to La Aurora Zoo in Guatemala City (about 56 minutes away). There's still lots to do: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, don't miss a visit to San Jose El Viejo, explore the ancient world of Arco de Santa Catalina, and explore the world behind art at Casa Santo Domingo Museums.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Antigua journey planning app .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Tikal National Park to Antigua takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. September in Antigua sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to San Salvador.

Things to do in Antigua

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

3
nights
San Salvador, El Salvador

San Salvador ©
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
When in San Salvador, make a side trip to see Lago Suchitlán in Suchitoto, approximately 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Cinquera Rain Forest Park, see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Antropología Dr. David J. Guzman, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio de Los Ilustres, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Hospital Divina Providencia Chapel.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our San Salvador trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Antigua to San Salvador in 4 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or fly. Traveling from Antigua in September, things will get a bit warmer in San Salvador: highs are around 34°C and lows about 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Tortuguero.

Things to do in San Salvador

Wildlife Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Lago Suchitlán
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): examine the collection at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Tortuguero online trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi from San Salvador to Tortuguero in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature 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: indulge in some personalized pampering at Tabacon Hot Springs, relax in the rural setting at Finca Loma Verde, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos holiday planning app .

Drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

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

3
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Manuel Antonio: Birding Spots Manuel Antonio (in Quepos) and Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary (in Dominical). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and walk around Parque Nahomi.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio online holiday planner .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Quepos, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Rancho Tipico Don Juan ©
Rancho Tipico Don Juan

3
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
When in Panama City, make a side trip to see Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo in Portobelo, approximately 1h 55 min away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, explore the striking landscape of Metropolitan National Park, appreciate the extensive heritage of Casco Viejo, and stop by PTYlocal.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Panama City travel tool .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Panama City by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Manuel Antonio to Panama City. In September, daytime highs in Panama City are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Panama City

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo
Highlights from your plan
Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) ©

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