34 days in Central America Itinerary

34 days in Central America Itinerary

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34 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: Oranjestad, Aruba
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Belize City, Belize
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + bus:  2​h
2
San Ignacio, Belize
— 2 nights
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  8​h 45​min
3
Guatemala City, Guatemala
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
4
Antigua, Guatemala
— 2 nights
shuttle:  5​h
5
Copan Ruinas, Honduras
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
San Salvador, El Salvador
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h
7
Tegucigalpa, Honduras
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h 30​min
8
Managua, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
9
Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  10​h 30​min
10
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
11
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
12
Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  11​h 30​min
13
Panama City, Panama
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Cartagena, Colombia

3
nights
Belize City, Belize

Belize City ©
Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Your list of things to see and do now includes The Belize Zoo, Turneffe Reef, Baron Bliss Lighthouse, and other attractions. There's more to do: delve into the distant past at Altun Ha.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Belize City trip builder app .

Oranjestad, Aruba to Belize City is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Oranjestad to Belize City. In August, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to travel to San Ignacio.

Things to do in Belize City

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Altun Ha, Turneffe Reef, The Belize Zoo, Lamanai Archaeological Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Altun Ha ©
Altun Ha
The Belize Zoo ©
The Belize Zoo
Lamanai Archaeological Reserve ©
Lamanai Archaeological Reserve

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Rio On Pools as well as Barton Creek Cave. On the 5th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Green Iguana Conservation Project, delve into the distant past at Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum, and then delve into the distant past at Xunantunich. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Rio On Pools and then explore the fascinating underground world of Barton Creek Cave.

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You can do a combination of flight and bus from Belize City to San Ignacio in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Guatemala City.

Things to do in San Ignacio

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Cayo, Rio On Pools
Highlights from your plan
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins ©
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins
Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum ©
Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum
Barton Creek Cave ©
Barton Creek Cave

2
nights
Guatemala City, Guatemala

Guatemala City ©
The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mercado Central, La Merced and National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): make a trip to Relief Map, then learn more about the world around you at National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at La Merced, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado Central. Keep things going the next day: learn more about the world around you at Museo Popol Vuh, examine the collection at Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, then buy something for everyone on your list at Paseo Cayala, then take an in-depth tour of Palacio Nacional, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from San Ignacio to Guatemala City. In August in Guatemala City, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Antigua.

Things to do in Guatemala City

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Palacio Nacional ©
Palacio Nacional
Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena ©
Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena
La Merced ©
La Merced

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya and then explore the world behind art at Casa Santo Domingo Museums. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Cerro de la Cruz, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, then delve into the distant past at Arco de Santa Catalina, and finally examine the collection at ChocoMuseo.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Antigua trip maker .

Take a bus from Guatemala City to Antigua in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In August in Antigua, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to take a shuttle to Copan Ruinas.

Things to do in Antigua

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Cerro de la Cruz ©
Cerro de la Cruz
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced

2
nights
Copan Ruinas, Honduras

Copan Ruinas ©
The colorful, cultural town of Copan boasts attractions old and new, manmade and natural.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): witness a stunning natural landmark at Luna Jaguar Hot Spring, then look for all kinds of wild species at Macaw Mountain Bird Park & Nature Reserve, and then delve into the distant past at Copan Ruinas. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Hieroglyphic Stairway, then see the interesting displays at Sculpture Museum, and then relax in the rural setting at Finca el Cisne.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Copan Ruinas trip tool .

Take a shuttle from Antigua to Copan Ruinas in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In August, Copan Ruinas is somewhat warmer than Antigua - with highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to San Salvador.

Things to do in Copan Ruinas

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Copan Ruinas ©
Copan Ruinas
Hieroglyphic Stairway ©
Hieroglyphic Stairway

2
nights
San Salvador, El Salvador

San Salvador ©
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
You've now added Devil's Door (Puerta del Diablo) to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Antropología Dr. David J. Guzman, delve into the distant past at Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia El Rosario, and finally explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte de El Salvador. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Monsignor Romero Center and then explore the striking landscape at Devil's Door (Puerta del Diablo).

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our San Salvador itinerary website .

Drive from Copan Ruinas to San Salvador in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. August in San Salvador sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 24°C at night. On the 14th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tegucigalpa.

Things to do in San Salvador

Museums Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Iglesia El Rosario ©
Iglesia El Rosario
Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park
Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park

2
nights
Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Tegucigalpa ©
Capital of Honduras, the 400-year-old city of Tegucigalpa boasts an impressive ensemble of colonial buildings flanking old stone streets, which lead to hillside parks and lively squares.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Museo para la Identidad Nacional, Parque Central and Parque Nacional La Tigra. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional La Tigra.

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Tegucigalpa travel route builder .

Traveling by car from San Salvador to Tegucigalpa takes 6 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 21°C. On the 16th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Managua.

Things to do in Tegucigalpa

Nature Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional La Tigra ©
Parque Nacional La Tigra
Museo para la Identidad Nacional ©
Museo para la Identidad Nacional
Parque Central ©
Parque Central

2
nights
Managua, Nicaragua

Managua ©
Nicaragua's largest and capital city, Managua remains relatively unknown as a tourist destination, though it boasts a scenic location on the southwestern shore of the Xolotlan Lake.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): get a sense of history and politics at Museum National Palace of the Culture, make a trip to Puerto Salvador Allende, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santiago of Managua Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Granada, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, then pause for some serene contemplation at Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, then make a trip to Plaza de la Revolucion, and finally don't miss a visit to Loma de Tiscapa.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Managua route maker site .

Drive from Tegucigalpa to Managua in 6.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Isla de Ometepe.

Things to do in Managua

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Granada
Highlights from your plan
Santiago of Managua Cathedral ©
Santiago of Managua Cathedral
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Puerto Salvador Allende ©
Puerto Salvador Allende

2
nights
Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua

Isla de Ometepe ©
Isla de Ometepe may be small in size, but it boasts two large volcanoes that dominate its landscape and influence the local lifestyle.
You've now added Volcan Concepcion to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): stroll through Punta Jesus Maria, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Charco Verde, then get impressive views of Volcan Concepcion, and finally admire the local landmark of Ojo de Agua. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Museum El Ceibo.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Isla de Ometepe trip builder site .

Drive from Managua to Isla de Ometepe in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Isla de Ometepe

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Volcan Concepcion ©
Volcan Concepcion
Laguna Charco Verde ©
Laguna Charco Verde
Ojo de Agua ©
Ojo de Agua

2
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

La Fortuna de San Carlos ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lake Arenal as well as Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal). On the 21st (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Arenal and then take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall and then contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal).

Plan a trip to La Fortuna de San Carlos easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Isla de Ometepe to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature Parks Spas

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

3
nights
San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose ©
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Irazu Volcano National Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park) and Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense, walk around Parque La Sabana, and examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum.

For reviews and more tourist information, you can read our San Jose trip maker site .

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to Puerto Jimenez.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Irazu Volcano National Park, Poas Volcano, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz
Highlights from your plan
Irazu Volcano National Park ©
Irazu Volcano National Park
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica

3
nights
Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica

Puerto Jimenez ©
Your list of things to see and do now includes Escondido Trex, Costa Rica Kayak Fishing - Day Tours, Osa Interactive Gardens, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Osa Wildlife Sanctuary and then paddle through the water with Costa Rica Kayak Fishing - Day Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: deepen your appreciation for local ecosystems through Osa Interactive Gardens and then look for all kinds of wild species at Golfo Dulce.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Jimenez trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. On the 29th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Panama City.

Things to do in Puerto Jimenez

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Osa Interactive Gardens ©
Osa Interactive Gardens
Golfo Dulce ©
Golfo Dulce
Osa Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Osa Wildlife Sanctuary

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: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional de Soberania, delve into the distant past at Panama La Vieja, and get to know the fascinating history of Avenida Balboa.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Panama City trip builder tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Puerto Jimenez to Panama City. Traveling from Puerto Jimenez to Panama City, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. You'll set off for home on the 3rd (Tue).

Things to do in Panama City

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) ©

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