22 days in Central America Itinerary

22 days in Central America Itinerary

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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Fly
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Panama City, Panama
— 2 nights
Fly
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San Salvador, El Salvador
— 3 nights
Drive
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Copan Ruinas, Honduras
— 3 nights
Shuttle
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Fly to Flores, Shuttle to Tikal National Park
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Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive to Belmopan, Fly to San Pedro
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San Pedro, Belize
— 2 nights
Fly
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Roatan, Honduras
— 4 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

— 3 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: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, and tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planning tool.

London, UK to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from London to La Fortuna de San Carlos, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 28 — Dec 1:

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

— 1 night
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 2nd (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio and then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio day trip tool.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Panama City.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Adventure
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 2:

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.
On the 3rd (Fri), see the interesting displays at Afro-Antillian Museum (Museo Afro Antillano de Panama ), then make a trip to Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador), and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Casco Viejo. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, then don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, and then visit Cinta Costera.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Panama City visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Manuel Antonio to Panama City takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In December in Panama City, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to San Salvador.

Things to do in Panama City

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 4:

San Salvador, El Salvador

— 3 nights
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
When in San Salvador, make a side trip to see El Imposible National Park in Ahuachapan, approximately Ahuachapan away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cinquera Rain Forest Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Metropolitana, see the interesting displays at Monseñor Romero Center, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia El Rosario.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Salvador online itinerary maker.

Fly from Panama City to San Salvador in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Panama City to San Salvador due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Panama City in December since evenings lows in San Salvador dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Copan Ruinas.

Things to do in San Salvador

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 4 — 7:

Copan Ruinas, Honduras

— 3 nights
The colorful, cultural town of Copan boasts attractions old and new, manmade and natural.
Copan Ruinas is known for historic sites, parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Copan Ruinas, take in the natural beauty of Luna Jaguar Hot Spring, admire all the interesting features of Mayan Ball Court, and contemplate the long history of Pyramid over Rosalila Temple.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Copan Ruinas online travel route builder.

You can drive from San Salvador to Copan Ruinas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from San Salvador in December, plan for little chillier days in Copan Ruinas, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to catch the shuttle to Antigua.

Things to do in Copan Ruinas

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 10:

Antigua, Guatemala

— 2 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.
On the 11th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Cerro de la Cruz, explore the world behind art at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, and finally explore the ancient world of Arco de Santa Catalina. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the geological forces at Volcan de Agua and then get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya.

Plan trip to Antigua with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by shuttle from Copan Ruinas to Antigua takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Copan Ruinas in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Antigua, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Antigua

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 12:

Tikal National Park, Guatemala

— 1 night
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
On the 13th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tikal.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Tikal National Park attractions planning site.

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Antigua to Tikal National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 13:
Highlights from your trip

San Pedro, Belize

— 2 nights
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience and then see the vivid underwater world at Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read San Pedro trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Tikal National Park to San Pedro takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In December, daytime highs in San Pedro are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can fly to Roatan.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Spas
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 15:

Roatan, Honduras

— 4 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: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Roatan Island Brewing Co., meet the residents at Manawakie Park, and buy something for everyone on your list at Diamonds International.

For photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Roatan day trip planning 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. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Roatan

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 19: