49 days in Central America Itinerary

49 days in Central America Itinerary

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49 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Fly:  26​h
1
Roatan, Honduras
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
San Pedro, Belize
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Placencia, Belize
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
San Ignacio, Belize
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Flores, Guatemala
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
6
Guatemala City, Guatemala
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
7
Antigua, Guatemala
— 3 nights
shuttle:  5​h
8
Copan Ruinas, Honduras
— 2 nights
taxi + bus:  4​h 30​min
9
Tegucigalpa, Honduras
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h 30​min
10
Managua, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h 45​min
11
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
12
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
13
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h
14
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
15
Carate, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  12​h 15​min
16
Panama City, Panama
— 4 nights
Fly:  30​h
End: Cluj-Napoca, Romania

4
nights
Roatan, Honduras

Roatan ©
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes SeaLegs Aquatic Adventures, Blue Planet Divers and Tabyana Beach. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Little French Key, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Manawakie Park, stroll around Gumbalimba Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at West Bay Beach.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Roatan tour itinerary planner.

Cluj-Napoca, Romania to Roatan is an approximately 26-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Cluj-Napoca to Roatan. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Cluj-Napoca in July, with highs in Roatan at 37°C and lows at 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to San Pedro.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Little French Key ©
Little French Key
Blue Planet Divers ©
Blue Planet Divers
Zipline

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Reef Runner Glass Bottom Boat as well as Shark Ray Alley. On the 20th (Sat), see the vivid underwater world at Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Keep things going the next day: explore the gorgeous colors at Shark Ray Alley and then take a tour by water with Reef Runner Glass Bottom Boat.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the San Pedro day trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Roatan to San Pedro takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In July in San Pedro, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Placencia.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Shark Ray Alley
Highlights from your plan
Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Shark Ray Alley ©
Shark Ray Alley

3
nights
Placencia, Belize

Placencia ©
Once a humble fishing village, Placencia has been transformed into a leading tourist destination, with its focus primarily on outdoor activity and natural exploration.
Change things up with these side-trips from Placencia: Glover's Reef Marine Reserve (in Hopkins) and Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve (in Dangriga). There's more to do: explore the striking landscape of Laughing Bird Caye National Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Placencia trip itinerary builder tool .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro to Placencia in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. In July in Placencia, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Ignacio.

Things to do in Placencia

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve, Glover's Reef Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Laughing Bird Caye National Park ©
Laughing Bird Caye National Park
Glover's Reef Marine Reserve ©
Glover's Reef Marine Reserve
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve ©
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve

3
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.
Take a break from San Ignacio with a short trip to Rio On Pools in Augustine, about 56 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Xunantunich, view the masterpieces at Sak Tunich Art Gallery, and Head underground at Barton Creek Cave.

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Traveling by car from Placencia to San Ignacio takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Flores.

Things to do in San Ignacio

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

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

1
night
Flores, Guatemala

Flores ©
An island town, capital of the landlocked region of Peten, attractive Flores features pleasant architecture that complements the shimmering appearance of the surrounding lake.
On the 28th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Ixpanpajul Nature Park. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Petencito Zoo.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Flores sightseeing planner.

Drive from San Ignacio to Flores in 2 hours. In July in Flores, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Guatemala City.

Things to do in Flores

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Ixpanpajul Nature Park ©
Ixpanpajul Nature Park
Petencito Zoo ©
Petencito Zoo

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Metropolitana, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at La Aurora Zoo, and then find something for the whole family at Mundo Petapa Irtra. Here are some ideas for day two: learn more about the world around you at Museo Popol Vuh, see the interesting displays at Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, then buy something for everyone on your list at Paseo Cayala, then admire the masterpieces at Palacio Nacional, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at La Merced.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Guatemala City online road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Flores to Guatemala City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In July, Guatemala City is slightly colder than Flores - with highs of 29°C and lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Antigua.

Things to do in Guatemala City

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mundo Petapa Irtra ©
Mundo Petapa Irtra
La Aurora Zoo ©
La Aurora Zoo
Palacio Nacional ©
Palacio Nacional

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.
Antigua is known for historic sites, museums, nature, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, explore the ancient world of Arco de Santa Catalina, make a trip to The Plaza Central Park, and get engrossed in the history at Casa Santo Domingo Museums.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Antigua trip itinerary builder website .

You can take a bus from Guatemala City to Antigua in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In July, daytime highs in Antigua are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to catch the shuttle to Copan Ruinas.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Arco de Santa Catalina ©
Arco de Santa Catalina
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
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 4th (Sun): take in the natural beauty of Luna Jaguar Hot Spring, look for all kinds of wild species at Macaw Mountain Bird Park & Nature Reserve, and then explore the ancient world of Copan Ruinas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Hieroglyphic Stairway, examine the collection at Sculpture Museum, and then experience rural life at Finca el Cisne.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Copan Ruinas route planner .

Take a shuttle from Antigua to Copan Ruinas in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Antigua in August; daily highs in Copan Ruinas reach 34°C and lows reach 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tegucigalpa.

Things to do in Copan Ruinas

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

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.
Spend the 7th (Wed) exploring nature at Parque Nacional La Tigra. There's much more to do: walk around Naciones Unidas El Picacho Park, wander the streets of Parque Central, and see the interesting displays at Museo para la Identidad Nacional.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tegucigalpa trip planner .

Do a combination of taxi and bus from Copan Ruinas to Tegucigalpa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 21°C. On the 8th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Managua.

Things to do in Tegucigalpa

Parks Nature Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Naciones Unidas El Picacho Park ©
Naciones Unidas El Picacho Park
Museo para la Identidad Nacional ©
Museo para la Identidad Nacional
Parque Nacional La Tigra ©
Parque Nacional La Tigra

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Managua side-trips: Apoyo (in La Laguna de Apoyo) and Granada (Iglesia de La Merced, Catedral de Granada, & more). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Puerto Salvador Allende and pause for some serene contemplation at Santiago of Managua Cathedral.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Managua travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tegucigalpa to Managua in 6.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Managua

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Granada, Apoyo
Highlights from your plan
ChocoMuseo Granada ©
ChocoMuseo Granada
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Apoyo
Apoyo

3
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 waterfront views at Lake Arenal, get interesting insight from Tours, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Getting from Managua to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 6 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature Parks Spas
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then look for all kinds of wild species at Curi Cancha Reserve.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip planner .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

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.
Get out of town with these interesting San Jose side-trips: Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park) and Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, and see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our San Jose trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Monteverde to San Jose by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in San Jose are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Poas Volcano
Highlights from your plan
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum

2
nights
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 21st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Playa Biesanz and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio driving holiday planning site .

You can take a bus from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Carate.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

2
nights
Carate, Costa Rica

Carate ©
Change things up with these side-trips from Carate: Puerto Jimenez (Golfo Dulce & Escondido Trex).

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Carate road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Carate in 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Carate

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Puerto Jimenez
Highlights from your plan
Golfo Dulce ©
Golfo Dulce

4
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Panama City: Colon (Fort San Lorenzo & Gatun Locks). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, explore the striking landscape of Metropolitan National Park, explore the ancient world of Panama La Vieja, and wander the streets of Casco Viejo.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Panama City trip itinerary tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Carate to Panama City. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Carate to Panama City due to the time zone difference. In August, daily temperatures in Panama City can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature

Side Trip

Colon
Highlights from your plan
Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) ©

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