35 days in Central America Itinerary

35 days in Central America Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Central America trip itinerary planner

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Fly
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 3 nights
Fly to Flores, Shuttle to Tikal National Park
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Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive to Belmopan, Fly to San Pedro
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San Pedro, Belize
— 4 nights
Fly
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Roatan, Honduras
— 5 nights
Fly
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San Salvador, El Salvador
— 4 nights
Fly
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vara Blanca, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive
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Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive
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Granada, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
Fly
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Panama City, Panama
— 3 nights
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Antigua, Guatemala

— 3 nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Antigua: Guatemala City (Catedral Metropolitana & Palacio Nacional). There's much more to do: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, delve into the distant past at Arco de Santa Catalina, explore the world behind art at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, and don't miss a visit to The Plaza Central Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Antigua trip planner.

Vilnius, Lithuania to Antigua is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -8 hour difference. Traveling from Vilnius in January, things will get much hotter in Antigua: highs are around 27°C and lows about 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Antigua

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Tikal National Park, Guatemala

— 1 night
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tikal.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Tikal National Park travel website.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Antigua to Tikal National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

San Pedro, Belize

— 4 nights
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Spend the 23rd (Sun) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. There's much more to do: explore the gorgeous colors at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, look for all kinds of wild species at Belize Diving Services, make a trip to Shark Ray Alley, and cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our San Pedro day trip planning app.

Do a combination of car and flight from Tikal National Park to San Pedro in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. January in San Pedro sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Roatan.

Things to do in San Pedro

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Roatan, Honduras

— 5 nights
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Roatan is known for wildlife, beaches, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with Bananarama Dive Center, admire the natural beauty at Carambola Gardens, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and relax and rejuvenate at Fisioterapista-Massagista Roatan.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Roatan online trip planner.

You can fly from San Pedro to Roatan in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In January in Roatan, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to San Salvador.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

San Salvador, El Salvador

— 4 nights
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
Change things up with a short trip to Santa Ana Volcano in Santa Ana (about 1h 30 min away). The adventure continues: stroll through Cinquera Rain Forest Park, stroll around Bicentennial Park, see the interesting displays at Monseñor Romero Center, and admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte de El Salvador.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our San Salvador online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Roatan to San Salvador takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. When traveling from Roatan in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in San Salvador: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to fly to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Salvador

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

— 2 nights
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 3rd (Thu): soothe aching muscles at Yoga con Cyn, then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then see Off-Road Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio vacation planner.

You can fly from San Salvador to Manuel Antonio in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Monteverde, Costa Rica

— 2 nights
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On the next day, admire the natural beauty at Jardin de Orquideas San Bosco, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then snap pictures at Santa Elena Skywalk, and finally get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours

Vara Blanca, Costa Rica

— 1 night
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): stroll through La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Vara Blanca trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Vara Blanca takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

Tortuguero, Costa Rica

— 1 night

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
On the 8th (Tue), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Tortuguero trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Vara Blanca to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. In February, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

— 5 nights
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, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Granada.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Granada, Nicaragua

— 2 nights

La Gran Sultana

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.
On the 14th (Mon), examine the collection at Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then head off the coast to Islets of Granada, and finally admire the masterpieces at Casa de Los Tres Mundos. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Granada, then contemplate the long history of Palacio Episcopal, and finally explore the activities along Apoyo.

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Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Granada in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can fly to Panama City.

Things to do in Granada

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Panama City, Panama

— 3 nights

Dubai of Latin America

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, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, explore the striking landscape of Metropolitan National Park, take an in-depth tour of Centro de Interpretacion de Ciudad del Saber, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de San José.

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Traveling by flight from Granada to Panama City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Granada to Panama City is 1 hour. In February, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Panama City

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods