17 days in Central America Itinerary

17 days in Central America Itinerary

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17 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: Paphos, Cyprus
Fly:  26​h
1
Dangriga, Belize
— 1 day
Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
San Pedro, Belize
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 2 nights
+4
shuttle + Fly + shuttle + foot + bus:  12​h
4
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 15​min
7
Panama City, Panama
— 2 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Paphos, Cyprus


1
day
Dangriga, Belize

Dangriga ©
Dangriga, formerly known as Stann Creek Town, is a town in southern Belize, located on the Caribbean coast at the mouth of the North Stann Creek River. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): look for gifts at Garimaya Gift Shop, identify plant and animal life at Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve, and then view the masterpieces at Studio Gallery Cayetano.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Dangriga vacation maker site .

Paphos, Cyprus to Dangriga is an approximately 26-hour flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Paphos to Dangriga due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Paphos in May; daily highs in Dangriga reach 36°C and lows reach 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to fly to San Pedro.

Things to do in Dangriga

Wildlife Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Garimaya Gift Shop
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Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve ©
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve
Studio Gallery Cayetano ©
Studio Gallery Cayetano
Garimaya Gift Shop ©
Garimaya Gift Shop

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.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Hol Chan Marine Reserve. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Shark Ray Alley, look for gifts at 12 Belize, and choose your vessel at Kitexplorer San Pedro.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read San Pedro online day trip planner .

Fly from Dangriga to San Pedro in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or ride a ferry. In May, daily temperatures in San Pedro can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Shark Ray Alley
Find places to stay May 26 — 29:
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
12 Belize ©
12 Belize

2
nights
Tikal National Park, Guatemala

Tikal National Park ©
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tikal.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Tikal National Park day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from San Pedro to Tikal National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry, shuttle, and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Tikal ©
Tikal

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 1st (Fri): kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio.

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

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Tikal National Park to Manuel Antonio takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

3
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Tabacon Hot Springs and La Fortuna Waterfall. The adventure continues: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and explore the activities along Lake Arenal.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

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
nights
Monteverde, Costa Rica

Monteverde ©
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, stop by Hummingbird Gallery, and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Monteverde day trip app .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery ©
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery

2
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
On the 7th (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia del Carmen. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Museo Panama Viejo, then take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, and then get to know the fascinating history of Casco Viejo.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Panama City trip planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Monteverde to Panama City takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Monteverde to Panama City, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Avenida Balboa ©
Avenida Balboa

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