29 days in Central America Itinerary

29 days in Central America Itinerary

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29 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Belize City, Belize
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
San Pedro, Belize
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
3
Roatan, Honduras
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  2​h
4
San Salvador, El Salvador
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Antigua, Guatemala
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
6
Leon, Nicaragua
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Granada, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
9
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
10
Panama City, Panama
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Toronto, Canada

2
nights
Belize City, Belize

Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): look for gifts at Diamonds International. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then get to know the resident critters at The Belize Zoo, and then get a new perspective on nature at St John's Cathedral.

Plan trip to Belize City with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Toronto, Canada to Belize City is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Toronto to Belize City. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Toronto in January, with highs in Belize City at 32°C and lows at 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to San Pedro.

Things to do in Belize City

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trips

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

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: explore the gorgeous colors at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve, and shop like a local with Belizean Arts.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the San Pedro trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Belize City to San Pedro takes 2.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in San Pedro can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to fly to Roatan.

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

4
nights
Roatan, Honduras

Roatan ©
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Roatan is known for wildlife, adventure, beaches, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Little French Key, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Roatan trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by flight from San Pedro to Roatan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Salvador.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Little French Key ©
Little French Key
Zipline
West Bay Beach ©
West Bay Beach

3
nights
San Salvador, El Salvador

San Salvador ©
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lake Coatepeque (in Coatepeque) and El Imposible National Park (in Ahuachapan). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Cinquera Rain Forest Park, look for gifts at Mercado Nacional de Artesanias, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia El Rosario, and see the interesting displays at Monseñor Romero Center.

Before you visit San Salvador, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Roatan to San Salvador takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. While traveling from Roatan, expect a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in San Salvador, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Antigua.

Things to do in San Salvador

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Lake Coatepeque, El Imposible National Park
Highlights from your plan
El Imposible National Park ©
El Imposible National Park
Cinquera Rain Forest Park ©
Cinquera Rain Forest 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.
When in Antigua, make a side trip to see La Aurora Zoo in Guatemala City, approximately 56 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, stop by Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, and don't miss a visit to San Jose El Viejo.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Antigua itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from San Salvador to Antigua in 4 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from San Salvador in January, things will get a bit cooler in Antigua: highs are around 27°C and lows about 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Leon.

Things to do in Antigua

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

La Aurora Zoo
Highlights from your plan
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Cerro de la Cruz ©
Cerro de la Cruz
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums

1
night
Leon, Nicaragua

Leon ©
A cultured and storied city, Leon attracts guests from all over the world, drawn to the second city's style, thriving intellectual life, and liveliness.
On the 22nd (Wed), see the interesting displays at Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de la Asunción, and then contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Negro Volcano.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Leon trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Antigua to Leon in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Antigua in January, with highs in Leon at 39°C and lows at 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Granada.

Things to do in Leon

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Cerro Negro Volcano ©
Cerro Negro Volcano
Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian ©
Catedral de la Asunción ©
Catedral de la Asunción

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 23rd (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, step off the mainland to explore Islets of Granada, then admire the striking features of Palacio Episcopal, then contemplate the waterfront views at Apoyo, and finally look for gifts at Tio Antonio Hamaca. On your second day here, examine the collection at Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Granada, and then contemplate the geological forces at Mombacho.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Granada trip builder site .

Drive from Leon to Granada in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Granada

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Apoyo
Highlights from your plan
Islets of Granada ©
Islets of Granada
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Apoyo
Apoyo

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.
Go for a jaunt from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Vara Blanca to see Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz about 1h 50 min away. There's much more to do: soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Estudio, stop by Galeria Aguas Verdes, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a La Fortuna de San Carlos trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Granada to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

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 29th (Wed), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Thu): glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip tool .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Quepos, Parasailing & Paragliding
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.
Go for a jaunt from Panama City to Portobelo to see Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, get to know the fascinating history of Casco Viejo, explore the striking landscape of Metropolitan National Park, and learn about all things military at Centro de Interpretacion de Ciudad del Saber.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Panama City trip itinerary maker app .

You can fly from Manuel Antonio to Panama City in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time for 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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