45 days in Central America Itinerary

45 days in Central America Itinerary

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Fly
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Panama City, Panama
— 3 nights
Fly
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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Jaco, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive
6
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Bus to San Jose, Fly to San Salvador
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San Salvador, El Salvador
— 5 nights
Drive
8
Copan Ruinas, Honduras
— 4 nights
Bus to San Pedro Sula, Fly to Roatan
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Roatan, Honduras
— 5 nights
Unknown
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Glovers Reef Atoll, Belize
— 1 night
Ferry
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Caye Caulker, Belize
— 2 nights
Ferry
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San Pedro, Belize
— 4 nights
Shuttle to Belize City Goldson Intl Airport, Drive to La Democracia
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La Democracia, Belize
— 1 night
Drive
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Hopkins, Belize
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 1 night
Shuttle to Flores, Fly to Antigua
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 3 nights
Drive to La Aurora Airport, Fly to Baghdad

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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 trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, take in the views from Bridge of the Americas, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Soberania National Park.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Panama City trip maker app.

Baghdad, Iraq to Panama City is an approximately 36-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Baghdad to Panama City is minus 8 hours. Traveling from Baghdad in June, expect nights in Panama City to be about the same, around 29°C, while days are slightly colder, around 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Panama City

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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 5th (Sat): get outside with Outdoor Activities, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then walk around La Selvita. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then stop by Jungle Avenue.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Panama City to Manuel Antonio by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Jaco, Costa Rica

— 2 nights
A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, get outside with Outdoor Activities, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Carara National Park.

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Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Jaco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Jaco

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

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.
On the 9th (Wed), stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, and then get a dose of the wild on Guia Naturalista Olman Gonzalez. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, then relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and finally stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Monteverde trip itinerary app.

Getting from Jaco to Monteverde by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Adventure

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 trip includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Outdoor Activities, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Tours · Nature · Outdoors

Side 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 16th (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero trip itinerary site.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to San Salvador.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

San Salvador, El Salvador

— 5 nights
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
Change things up with a short trip to Lake Coatepeque in Coatepeque (about 1h 10 min away). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cinquera Rain Forest Park, explore the engaging exhibits at Tin Marin Children's Museum, delve into the distant past at Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park, and shop like a local with Mercado Nacional de Artesanias.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our San Salvador day trip planning app.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Tortuguero to San Salvador in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Tortuguero in June since evenings lows in San Salvador dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Copan Ruinas.

Things to do in San Salvador

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Copan Ruinas, Honduras

— 4 nights
The colorful, cultural town of Copan boasts attractions old and new, manmade and natural.
Copan Ruinas is known for historic sites, parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: browse the exhibits of Museo de Arqueologia, admire all the interesting features of Hieroglyphic Stairway, delve into the distant past at Copan Ruinas, and get a taste of the local shopping with Cafe San Rafael.

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Getting from San Salvador to Copan Ruinas by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Roatan.

Things to do in Copan Ruinas

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

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 trip includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at West Bay Divers, get outside with Outdoor Activities, get a taste of the local shopping with Rusty Fish, and admire all the interesting features of Steel Pan Alley.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Roatan tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Copan Ruinas to Roatan in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Copan Ruinas in June, with highs in Roatan at 37°C and lows at 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Glovers Reef Atoll.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Glovers Reef Atoll, Belize

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Half Moon Caye National Monument.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Glovers Reef Atoll trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Roatan to Glovers Reef Atoll. In June in Glovers Reef Atoll, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to catch the ferry to Caye Caulker.

Things to do in Glovers Reef Atoll

Parks · Nature

Caye Caulker, Belize

— 2 nights
At just under 8 km (5 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide, the limestone coral island of Caye Caulker offers a small but perfectly formed getaway 32 km (20 mi) offshore from Belize City.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): see some colorful creatures with Belize Diving Services, make a trip to Shark Ray Alley, and then stroll through The Estuary of Caye Caulker. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: soothe aching muscles at Namaste Yoga, get a taste of the local shopping with Osprey Silver Jewelry & Boutique, then take in the exciting artwork at Red Flower Gallery, then kick back and relax at The Split, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Aria Kat Art.

Make your Caye Caulker itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by ferry from Glovers Reef Atoll to Caye Caulker takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Caye Caulker can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to catch the ferry to San Pedro.

Things to do in Caye Caulker

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side 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 6th (Tue) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. The adventure continues: see the vivid underwater world at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, kick back and relax at Secret Beach Belize, explore the galleries of The Gallery of San Pedro, and stroll through Mexico Rocks.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the San Pedro trip builder app.

You can ride a ferry from Caye Caulker to San Pedro in 1.5 hours. Another option is to fly. In July, daily temperatures in San Pedro can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Wed) to allow time for travel to La Democracia.

Things to do in San Pedro

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

La Democracia, Belize

— 1 night
On the 8th (Thu), meet the residents at The Belize Zoo.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the La Democracia trip maker website.

Getting from San Pedro to La Democracia by combination of shuttle and car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of ferry and car. In July, daily temperatures in La Democracia can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hopkins.

Things to do in La Democracia

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your trip

Hopkins, Belize

— 2 nights
Advertised as the "Friendliest Village in Belize," Hopkins remains a small fishing settlement on a stretch of golden coastline that offers plenty of modern amenities.
On the 9th (Fri), scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, then stroll through Glover's Reef Marine Reserve, and then view the masterpieces at Lola Art Studio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Outback Trails, stroll through Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve, and then experience rural life at Bunches of Fun Banana Farm Tours.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Hopkins trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from La Democracia to Hopkins in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. July in Hopkins sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Hopkins

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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 11th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tikal.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tikal National Park road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Hopkins to Tikal National Park takes 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

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 Antigua's surroundings by going to Guatemala City (La Aurora Zoo, Palacio Nacional, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, explore the world behind art at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, delve into the distant past at Arco de Santa Catalina, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Antigua journey planner.

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Tikal National Park to Antigua in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In July in Antigua, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip