11 days in Central America Itinerary

11 days in Central America Itinerary

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11 days in Central America Itinerary

Ottawa, Canada
+3
train + bus + Fly + taxi:  9​h 15​min
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
Panama City, Panama
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
Guatemala City, Guatemala
— 1 night
Fly:  11​h
Ottawa, Canada

1
day
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.
To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio online trip itinerary builder .

Ottawa, Canada to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of train, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Ottawa to Manuel Antonio, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Ottawa in January, with highs in Manuel Antonio at 30°C and lows at 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

3
days
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

La Fortuna de San Carlos ©
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.
Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Tabacon Hot Springs. Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), look for all kinds of wild species at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, take in the exciting artwork at Wood & Art Gallery, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos journey planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

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Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense, then get engrossed in the history at National Museum (Museo Nacional), then take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Galeria Namu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Mon): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then explore the world behind art at Precolumbian Gold Museum.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the San Jose trip tool .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in San Jose are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Panama City.

Things to do in San Jose

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Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu
National Museum (Museo Nacional) ©
National Museum (Museo Nacional)
River Rafting & Tubing

2
days
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): see the interesting displays at Museo Panama Viejo, then take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, and then take a stroll through Casco Viejo. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Biomuseum, don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia del Carmen.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Panama City trip planner.

Traveling by flight from San Jose to Panama City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Jose to Panama City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Jose in January, things will get a bit warmer in Panama City: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Guatemala City.

Things to do in Panama City

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Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama ©
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Biomuseum ©
Biomuseum

1
day
Guatemala City, Guatemala

Guatemala City ©
The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): learn more about the world around you at Museo Popol Vuh, examine the collection at Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, and then explore the world behind art at Palacio Nacional.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Guatemala City vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Panama City to Guatemala City takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Panama City to Guatemala City. Traveling from Panama City in January, you will find days in Guatemala City are little chillier (27°C), and nights are cooler (13°C). On the 25th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Guatemala City

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Palacio Nacional ©
Palacio Nacional
Museo Popol Vuh ©
Museo Popol Vuh
Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena ©
Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena

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