25 days in Central America Itinerary

25 days in Central America Itinerary

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

— 2 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 sightseeing, historic sites, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Panama Canal, appreciate the extensive heritage of Casco Viejo, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and explore the ancient world of Panama La Vieja.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Panama City tour itinerary planner.

Sydney, Australia to Panama City is an approximately 26.5-hour flight. You'll gain 15 hours traveling from Sydney to Panama City due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in November, with highs in Panama City at 35°C and lows at 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Monteverde.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Tours

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 27th (Sat): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Monteverde Massage Center. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Monteverde route tool.

Getting from Panama City to Monteverde by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Adventure · Tours

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

— 3 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: indulge in some personalized pampering at Tabacon Hot Springs, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, stroll around Bogarin Trail, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip maker.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Tortuguero route planner.

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. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your 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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. On the 4th (Sat), you'll travel to San Salvador.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks
Highlights from your trip

San Salvador, El Salvador

— 3 nights
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
San Salvador is known for historic sites, nature, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cinquera Rain Forest Park, see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Antropología Dr. David J. Guzman, get a taste of the local shopping with Mercado Nacional de Artesanias, and have fun and explore at Tin Marin Children's Museum.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the San Salvador trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Manuel Antonio to San Salvador takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Roatan.

Things to do in San Salvador

Museums · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Parks

Roatan, Honduras

— 3 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: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get a taste of the local shopping with Diamonds International, sample the tasty concoctions at Roatan Island Brewing Co., and stroll around Gumbalimba Park.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Roatan online day trip planner.

You can fly from San Salvador to Roatan in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In December, daytime highs in Roatan are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can fly to San Pedro.

Things to do in Roatan

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Zoos & Aquariums

San Pedro, Belize

— 3 nights
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, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see the vivid underwater world at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, take the plunge with a skydiving experience, and shop like a local with Belizean Breezes Soap Co. and More.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the San Pedro trip builder website.

Traveling by flight from Roatan to San Pedro takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife · Tours · Parks · Outdoors

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.
On the 14th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Tikal.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tikal National Park holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from San Pedro to Tikal National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Antigua, Guatemala

— 2 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.
On the 15th (Wed), see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo, get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, and then make a trip to The Plaza Central Park. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Arco de Santa Catalina, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, then explore the world behind art at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, and finally make a trip to Cerro de la Cruz.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Antigua road trip app.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Tikal National Park to Antigua in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in December, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Antigua

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites