31 days in Central America Itinerary

31 days in Central America Itinerary

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31 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: Calgary, Canada
Fly:  12​h 30​min
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
— 4 nights
+3
shuttle + bus + Fly + Drive:  11​h
5
Copan Ruinas, Honduras
— 2 nights
shuttle:  5​h
6
Antigua, Guatemala
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
San Salvador, El Salvador
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  2​h
8
Roatan, Honduras
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
9
Belize City, Belize
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + bus:  2​h
10
San Ignacio, Belize
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Drive + Fly:  3​h 15​min
11
San Pedro, Belize
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Calgary, Canada

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 nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Panama Canal, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Metropolitan National Park, take in the views from Bridge of the Americas, and get to know the fascinating history of Casco Viejo.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Panama City trip builder .

Calgary, Canada to Panama City is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Calgary in October, expect Panama City to be much warmer, temps between 36°C and 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Panama City

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, stroll around Parque Nahomi, and then take in the awesome beauty at Birding Spots Manuel Antonio.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip maker .

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. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Panama City to Manuel Antonio due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Quepos
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
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.
On the 6th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Frog Pond.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Monteverde trip planner.

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 6th (Sun) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

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

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz in Vara Blanca (about 1h 50 min away). And it doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at Tabacon Hot Springs, view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, and get outside with Salto.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary builder app .

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 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Copan Ruinas.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trips

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

2
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: explore the ancient world of Copan Ruinas, don't miss a visit to Hieroglyphic Stairway, relax in the rural setting at Finca el Cisne, and take in the natural beauty of Luna Jaguar Hot Spring.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Copan Ruinas trip planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Copan Ruinas takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Copan Ruinas can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can take a shuttle to Antigua.

Things to do in Copan Ruinas

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

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Guatemala City (La Aurora Zoo, Palacio Nacional, & more). There's much more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, explore the ancient world of Arco de Santa Catalina, look for gifts at Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales, and make a trip to Cerro de la Cruz.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Antigua driving holiday planner.

You can take a shuttle from Copan Ruinas to Antigua in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Antigua when traveling from Copan Ruinas in October, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to San Salvador.

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

4
nights
San Salvador, El Salvador

San Salvador ©
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
Change things up with a short trip to El Imposible National Park in Ahuachapan (about 1h 25 min away). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Cinquera Rain Forest Park, explore the ancient world of Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park, examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Antropología Dr. David J. Guzman, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Hospital Divina Providencia Chapel.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our San Salvador vacation builder app .

Getting from Antigua to San Salvador by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Antigua in October, 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 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Roatan.

Things to do in San Salvador

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

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
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: look for all kinds of wild species at Little French Key, look for gifts at Pies Bonitos, see the interesting displays at Roatan Underwater Museum, and get to know the resident critters at Manawakie Park.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Roatan road trip app .

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. October in Roatan sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Belize City.

Things to do in Roatan

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

2
nights
Belize City, Belize

Belize City ©
Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Altun Ha, get to know the resident critters at The Belize Zoo, and then appreciate the history behind The Belize Sign Monument. On your second day here, stop by Caribbean Spice Belize and then look for all kinds of wild species at Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Belize City trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Roatan to Belize City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Belize City can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Ignacio.

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

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.
On the 26th (Sat), explore the fascinating underground world of ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal and then explore the world behind art at Tanah Mayan Art Museum. On the 27th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Che Chem Ha Cave and then steep yourself in history at Xunantunich Mayan Ruins.

To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read San Ignacio trip builder tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Belize City to San Ignacio takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in San Ignacio

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cayo, Tanah Mayan Art Museum
Highlights from your plan
ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal ©
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins ©
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins
Che Chem Ha Cave ©
Che Chem Ha Cave

4
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: identify plant and animal life at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, take a memorable tour with Tours, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read San Pedro trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from San Ignacio to San Pedro takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In October, daily temperatures in San Pedro can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Ambergris Caye
Highlights from your plan
Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours

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