29 days in Central America Itinerary

29 days in Central America Itinerary

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29 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: Dublin, Ireland
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Panama City, Panama
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
2
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
+2
shuttle + bus + Fly:  8​h
5
San Salvador, El Salvador
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
San Pedro, Belize
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + bus:  3​h 15​min
7
San Ignacio, Belize
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  3​h
9
Belize City, Belize
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Dublin, Ireland

4
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Take a break from Panama City with a short trip to Gatun Locks in Colon, about 1h 40 min away. Spend the 11th (Sat) exploring nature at Parque Nacional de Soberania. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Panama Canal, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Metropolitan National Park, stop by PTYlocal, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Casco Viejo.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Panama City road trip site .

Dublin, Ireland to Panama City is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Dublin to Panama City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dublin in January, things will get much hotter in Panama City: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Panama City

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Gatun Locks
Highlights from your plan
Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) ©

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a peaceful walk through Naturalist Michael Araya Flores.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio holiday builder website .

Traveling by flight from Panama City to Manuel Antonio takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Panama City to Manuel Antonio is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Mike’s Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, wildlife, nightlife, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle, take in the views from Santa Elena Skywalk, and admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde route maker site .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Monteverde Orchid Garden ©
Monteverde Orchid Garden

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 a memorable tour with Tours, look for gifts at Galeria Aguas Verdes, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to San Salvador.

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
San Salvador, El Salvador

San Salvador ©
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
Get out of town with these interesting San Salvador side-trips: Lake Coatepeque (in Coatepeque), El Imposible National Park (in Ahuachapan) and Lago Suchitlán (in Suchitoto). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Cinquera Rain Forest Park, see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Antropología Dr. David J. Guzman, stop by Mercado Nacional de Artesanias, and delve into the distant past at Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read San Salvador road trip planning app .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Salvador in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In January in San Salvador, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in San Salvador

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

El Imposible National Park, Lake Coatepeque, Lago Suchitlán
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
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 28th (Tue) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. There's much more to do: see the vivid underwater world at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, take a memorable tour with Tours, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the San Pedro journey planner .

You can fly from San Salvador to San Pedro in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from San Salvador in January, you will find days in San Pedro are slightly colder (32°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Ignacio.

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

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): explore the fascinating underground world of Barton Creek Cave, view the masterpieces at Sak Tunich Art Gallery, and then delve into the distant past at Xunantunich. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Blue Hole National Park.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the San Ignacio road trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Pedro to San Ignacio takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in San Ignacio

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cayo, Sak Tunich Art Gallery, Blue Hole National Park
Highlights from your plan
Blue Hole National Park ©
Blue Hole National Park
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins ©
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins
Barton Creek Cave ©
Barton Creek Cave

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.
On the 31st (Fri), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tikal.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tikal National Park trip itinerary app .

You can drive from San Ignacio to Tikal National Park in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to Belize City.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Tikal ©
Tikal

4
nights
Belize City, Belize

Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Go for a jaunt from Belize City to La Democracia to see The Belize Zoo about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Lamanai Archaeological Reserve, identify plant and animal life at Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, get a new perspective on nature at St John's Cathedral, and examine the collection at Luba Garifuna Cultural Museum.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Belize City visit planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Tikal National Park to Belize City in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or drive. January in Belize City sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Belize City

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Belize District, The Belize Zoo, Lamanai Archaeological Reserve
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Lamanai Archaeological Reserve ©
Lamanai Archaeological Reserve
The Belize Zoo ©
The Belize Zoo

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