21 days in Central America Itinerary

21 days in Central America Itinerary

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Panama City, Panama
— 2 nights
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Fly to Changuinola, Drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Shuttle to Manuel Antonio
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
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Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Bus to San Jose, Fly to San Salvador
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San Salvador, El Salvador
— 3 nights
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San Pedro, Belize
— 2 nights
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Roatan, Honduras
— 3 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, wander the streets of Cinta Costera, get to know the fascinating history of Casco Viejo, and get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Panama City road trip app.

Manchester, UK to Panama City is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Panama City is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Manchester in August, you will find days in Panama City are a bit warmer (36°C), and nights are much hotter (29°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Manuel Antonio.
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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 4th (Thu): stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and rejuvenate at Raindrop Spa, then head outdoors with Jackpot Sport Fishing, and then walk around Parque Nahomi.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip planning app.

Do a combination of flight, car, and shuttle from Panama City to Manuel Antonio in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Monteverde.
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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 6th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin de Orquideas San Bosco, then experience the excitement of El Trapiche Tour, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and finally stop by Foresta.

Before you visit Monteverde, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica — 4 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: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

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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 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.
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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 12th (Fri), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tortuguero planning website.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to San Salvador.
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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, sightseeing, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Cinquera Rain Forest Park, contemplate the long history of Hospital Divina Providencia Chapel, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia El Rosario, and stop by Mercado Nacional de Artesanias.

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Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Tortuguero to San Salvador takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. August in San Salvador sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to fly to San Pedro.
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San Pedro, Belize — 2 nights

San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
On the 16th (Tue), soothe aching muscles at Train Station Fitness Club, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then look for gifts at Belizean Breezes Soap Co. and More. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Wed): take the plunge with a skydiving experience and then explore the gorgeous colors at Hol Chan Marine Reserve.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read San Pedro online travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from San Salvador to San Pedro takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in San Pedro when traveling from San Salvador in August, with lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Roatan.
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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: have unforgettable encounters with West Bay Divers, look for gifts at Pies Bonitos, relax and rejuvenate at Spa Baan Suerte, and deepen your understanding at Steel Pan Alley.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Roatan trip itinerary maker website.

Fly from San Pedro to Roatan in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In August, daytime highs in Roatan are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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