40 days in United States & Central America Itinerary

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Fly
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Los Angeles, United States
— 6 nights
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Fly to Chetumal, Ferry to San Pedro, Ferry to Caye Caulker
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Caye Caulker, Belize
— 3 nights
Drive
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Flores, Guatemala
— 1 night
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Guatemala City, Guatemala
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Marcos La Laguna, Guatemala
— 1 night
Taxi to Panajachel, Shuttle to Antigua
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 3 nights
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San Salvador, El Salvador
— 4 nights
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Leon, Nicaragua
— 1 night
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Granada, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
— 1 night
Bus to San Jorge, Ferry to Isla de Ometepe
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Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
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San Jose, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
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Los Angeles, United States — 6 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to The Getty Villa (in Malibu), Disneyland Park (in Anaheim) and San Diego (Spanish Village Art Center, USS Midway Museum, &more). Pack the 30th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. The adventure continues: take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, stop by Golden Triangle, and get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles online road trip planner.

Christchurch, New Zealand to Los Angeles is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You'll gain 20 hours traveling from Christchurch to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Christchurch in September: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 34°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Caye Caulker.
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Caye Caulker, Belize — 3 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Caye Caulker: San Pedro (The Belikin Store, 4 You Golf Cart Rentals, &more). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at The Estuary of Caye Caulker.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Caye Caulker tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Los Angeles to Caye Caulker takes 14 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles to Caye Caulker, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Caye Caulker, with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Flores.
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Flores, Guatemala — 1 night

An island town, capital of the landlocked region of Peten, attractive Flores features pleasant architecture that complements the shimmering appearance of the surrounding lake.
To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Flores trip builder tool.

You can drive from Caye Caulker to Flores in 5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can fly to Guatemala City.
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Guatemala City, Guatemala — 3 nights

Guate

The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
Guatemala City is known for shopping, zoos & aquariums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at La Aurora Zoo, contemplate the long history of Palacio Nacional, buy something for everyone on your list at Zona Portales, and get in on the family fun at Mundo Petapa Irtra.

Make your Guatemala City itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Flores to Guatemala City by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Flores in October, with highs in Guatemala City at 28°C and lows at 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to San Marcos La Laguna.
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San Marcos La Laguna, Guatemala — 1 night

San Marcos La Laguna is a village on the western shore of Lago Atitlán in the Sololá Department of Guatemala. For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the San Marcos La Laguna trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Guatemala City to San Marcos La Laguna in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Guatemala City in October, expect little chillier with lows of 15°C in San Marcos La Laguna. On the 10th (Tue), you'll travel to Antigua.
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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.
Antigua is known for historic sites, museums, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, make a trip to Cerro de la Cruz, explore the ancient world of Arco de Santa Catalina, and take an in-depth tour of Casa Santo Domingo Museums.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Antigua travel route builder site.

Traveling by combination of taxi and shuttle from San Marcos La Laguna to Antigua takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to San Salvador.
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San Salvador, El Salvador — 4 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: examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Antropología Dr. David J. Guzman, get up close to creatures of the deep with Pacific Paradise Divers, explore the world behind art at Art Museum of El Salvador, and look for gifts at Mercado Nacional de Artesanias.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our San Salvador trip planner.

You can fly from Antigua to San Salvador in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Antigua in October, expect San Salvador to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Leon.
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Leon, Nicaragua — 1 night

A cultured and storied city, Leon attracts guests from all over the world, drawn to the second city's style, thriving intellectual life, and liveliness.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Negro Volcano and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral-Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Leon trip itinerary tool.

You can fly from San Salvador to Leon in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from San Salvador in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 28°C in Leon. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Granada.
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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 19th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, pause for some serene contemplation at La Capilla Maria Auxiliadora, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Xalteva, and finally make a trip to Parque Xalteva. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Galeria Mi Camara Mi Mundo, contemplate the geological forces at Masaya Volcano, and then explore the activities along Apoyo.

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

Traveling by car from Leon to Granada takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to San Juan del Sur.
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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua — 1 night

Set in a crescent-shaped bay, San Juan del Sur has become known as a popular surfing spot and coastal holiday destination for Nicaraguan families and international visitors alike.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): get outside with Da' Flying Frog Extreme Adventure, then enjoy the sand and surf at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read San Juan del Sur travel planner.

Drive from Granada to San Juan del Sur in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. In October in San Juan del Sur, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Isla de Ometepe.
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Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua — 2 nights

Isla de Ometepe may be small in size, but it boasts two large volcanoes that dominate its landscape and influence the local lifestyle.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Concepcion and then get in on the family fun at Chico Largo Adventure.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Isla de Ometepe itinerary builder site.

Getting from San Juan del Sur to Isla de Ometepe by combination of bus and ferry takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive 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 23rd (Mon), kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then surround yourself with nature on Guia Naturalista Olman Gonzalez. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde driving holiday planning website.

Getting from Isla de Ometepe to Monteverde by car takes about 6 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) 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: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, explore the striking landscape of Arenal Volcano, walk around Bogarin Trail, and make a splash at Kalambu Hot Springs.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planning website.

Getting from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can take a shuttle to San Jose.
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San Jose, Costa Rica — 4 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Jose: Alajuela (Rescue Center Costa Rica, Souvenir Museum, &more), Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca) and Else Kientzler Botanical Garden (in Sarchi). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Banco Central de Costa Rica, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum.

Start your trip to San Jose by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by shuttle from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel back home.
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United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.
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