17 days in Central America Itinerary

17 days in Central America Itinerary

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17 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
+2
Fly + bus + shuttle:  28​h
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
+3
bus + foot + shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
Panama City, Panama
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h
San Pedro, Belize
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  3​h
Belize City, Belize
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  25​h
End: Sydney, Australia

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, trails, wildlife, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and get a taste of the local shopping with Onirica Art Gallery.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos sightseeing planner .

Sydney, Australia to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 28-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 16 hours traveling from Sydney to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio travel itinerary planner .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In May, daytime highs in Manuel Antonio are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Panama City.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa ©
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa

3
nights
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 7th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) and then don't miss a visit to Panama Canal. Keep things going the next day: hunt for treasures at Mercado de Mariscos, appreciate the extensive heritage of Casco Viejo, and then get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Panama City online itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Manuel Antonio to Panama City takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Manuel Antonio to Panama City. In May, Panama City is a bit warmer than Manuel Antonio - with highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Panama City

#Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods, #Shopping
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Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) ©

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.
San Pedro is known for adventure, nature, nightlife, shopping, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the gorgeous colors at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, stop by Belize Chocolate Company, take a memorable tour with Tours, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read San Pedro trip builder site .

Fly from Panama City to San Pedro in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Traveling from Panama City to San Pedro, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in May, and nighttime lows around 29°C. On the 12th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in San Pedro

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Nature

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Shark Ray Alley
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
Belizean Breezes Soap Co. and More ©
Belizean Breezes Soap Co. and More

1
night
Tikal National Park, Guatemala

Tikal National Park ©
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Tikal.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tikal National Park driving holiday planner .

Getting from San Pedro to Tikal National Park by combination of flight and car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry, shuttle, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Belize City.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites
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Tikal ©
Tikal

2
nights
Belize City, Belize

Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Altun Ha Ruins and then meet the residents at The Belize Zoo.

To see photos and tourist information, you can read our Belize City road trip site .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Tikal National Park to Belize City in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. May in Belize City sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Belize City

#Outdoors, #Adventure, #Tours

Side Trips

The Belize Zoo, Altun Ha
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River Rafting & Tubing
The Belize Zoo ©
The Belize Zoo
Altun Ha ©
Altun Ha

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