31 days in Central America Itinerary

31 days in Central America Itinerary

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31 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: Belo Horizonte, Brazil
bus + Fly:  11​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
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
+4
shuttle + bus + Fly + Drive + shuttle:  9​h 15​min
5
Antigua, Guatemala
— 2 nights
shuttle:  5​h
6
Copan Ruinas, Honduras
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
San Salvador, El Salvador
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  2​h
8
Roatan, Honduras
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
9
San Pedro, Belize
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
10
Belmopan, Belize
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Belo Horizonte, Brazil

3
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Spend the 3rd (Sat) exploring nature at Parque Nacional de Soberania. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, take a stroll through Casco Viejo, take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Metropolitan National Park.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Panama City driving holiday site .

Belo Horizonte, Brazil to Panama City is an approximately 11-hour combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Belo Horizonte to Panama City due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Belo Horizonte in July, with highs in Panama City at 36°C and lows at 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

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) ©

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.
On the 4th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip planner .

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. Traveling from Panama City to Manuel Antonio, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife 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 5th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species 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, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then snap pictures at Santa Elena Skywalk.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip planner .

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure
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: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), Head underground at Venado Caves, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos holiday website .

Drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Antigua.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

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

2
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 these side-trips from Antigua: Guatemala City (Catedral Metropolitana & La Aurora Zoo). There's much more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, make a trip to Cerro de la Cruz, get engrossed in the history at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced.

Discover how to plan a Antigua trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Antigua in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. August in Antigua sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to take a shuttle to Copan Ruinas.

Things to do in Antigua

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Guatemala City
Highlights from your plan
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
La Aurora Zoo ©
La Aurora Zoo
Cerro de la Cruz ©
Cerro de la Cruz

3
nights
Copan Ruinas, Honduras

Copan Ruinas ©
The colorful, cultural town of Copan boasts attractions old and new, manmade and natural.
Copan Ruinas is known for historic sites, wildlife, museums, nature, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Copan Ruinas, see the interesting displays at Sculpture Museum, make a trip to Hieroglyphic Stairway, and take in the natural beauty of Luna Jaguar Hot Spring.

To see maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Copan Ruinas road trip website .

Take a shuttle from Antigua to Copan Ruinas in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Antigua in August, with highs in Copan Ruinas at 34°C and lows at 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Salvador.

Things to do in Copan Ruinas

Historic Sites Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Copan Ruinas ©
Copan Ruinas
Spas
Mayan Ball Court ©
Mayan Ball Court

3
nights
San Salvador, El Salvador

San Salvador ©
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
Step out of San Salvador to go to Suchitoto and see Lago Suchitlán, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Cinquera Rain Forest Park, stop by Mercado Nacional de Artesanias, examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Antropología Dr. David J. Guzman, and make a trip to Hospital Divina Providencia Chapel.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Salvador trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Copan Ruinas to San Salvador takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Roatan.

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

3
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, get interesting insight from Tours, examine the collection at Roatan Underwater Museum, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Roatan vacation builder website .

Getting from San Salvador to Roatan by combination of car and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from San Salvador in August since evenings lows in Roatan dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to San Pedro.

Things to do in Roatan

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

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 25th (Sun) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. And it doesn't end there: see the vivid underwater world at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our San Pedro holiday planner .

You can fly from Roatan to San Pedro in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. August in San Pedro sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Belmopan.

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

5
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Belmopan side-trips: Belize City (River Rafting & Tubing & Orchid Garden Eco-Village Museum Belize) and The Belize Zoo (in La Democracia). Spend the 26th (Mon) exploring the underground world of Actun Tunichil Muknal. Spend the 29th (Thu) exploring nature at Blue Hole National Park. There's more to do: explore the ancient world of Lamanai Archaeological Reserve and view the masterpieces at Art Box Belize arts & crafts center.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Belmopan online holiday planner .

Fly from San Pedro to Belmopan in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Belmopan can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Belmopan

Parks Nature Adventure

Side Trips

Belize City, ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal, The Belize Zoo, Lamanai Archaeological Reserve
Highlights from your plan
ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal ©
The Belize Zoo ©
The Belize Zoo
Lamanai Archaeological Reserve ©
Lamanai Archaeological Reserve

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