22 days in Central America Itinerary

22 days in Central America Itinerary

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22 days in Central America Itinerary

Playa del Carmen, Mexico
+3
bus + Fly + bus + shuttle:  9​h 45​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Granada, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  3​h 45​min
Panama City, Panama
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  4​h 30​min
Antigua, Guatemala
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
San Salvador, El Salvador
— 2 nights
bus + Drive + Fly:  2​h 45​min
Roatan, Honduras
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
San Pedro, Belize
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h
Playa del Carmen, Mexico

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rio Chollin and Onirica Art Gallery. Get in touch with nature at Tabacon Hot Springs and Ecocentro Danaus. Go for a jaunt from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tenorio Volcano National Park to see Rio Celeste about 1h 40 min away. The adventure continues: get interesting insight from Tours, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and explore the activities along Lake Arenal.

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Playa del Carmen, Mexico to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 10-hour combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. On the 5th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Granada.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

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Rio Celeste
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Rio Celeste ©
Rio Celeste
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Tabacon Hot Springs
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2
days
Granada, Nicaragua

Granada ©
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 6th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de Apoyo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Granada, then head off the coast to Islets of Granada, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo and then examine the collection at Mi Museo.

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You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Granada in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and bus; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Granada

#Parks, #Nature, #Museums

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Laguna de Apoyo
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Islets of Granada ©
Islets of Granada
Laguna de Apoyo
Laguna de Apoyo
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced

3
days
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Appreciate the collections at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama and Museo Panama Viejo. Visit Casco Viejo and Iglesia del Carmen for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, wander the streets of Cinta Costera, and examine the collection at Biomuseum.

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You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Granada to Panama City in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Granada to Panama City, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June in Panama City, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Panama City

#Neighborhoods, #Historic Sites, #Museums
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Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Biomuseum ©
Biomuseum

3
days
Antigua, Guatemala

Antigua ©
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Casa Santo Domingo Museums and Museo Popol Vuh. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Arco de Santa Catalina and Iglesia de la Merced. Explore Antigua's surroundings by going to Guatemala City (Palacio Nacional & Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena). There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Convento de las Capuchinas, make a trip to The Plaza Central Park, and see the interesting displays at Museo Casa del Tejido.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Antigua trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Panama City to Antigua takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Panama City to Antigua, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Panama City in June; daily highs in Antigua reach 29°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to San Salvador.

Things to do in Antigua

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Classes

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Guatemala City
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ChocoMuseo ©
ChocoMuseo
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
Arco de Santa Catalina ©
Arco de Santa Catalina

1
day
San Salvador, El Salvador

San Salvador ©
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Antropología Dr. David J. Guzman, then explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte de El Salvador, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia El Rosario, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Metropolitana.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our San Salvador journey tool .

You can drive from Antigua to San Salvador in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Antigua in June, expect San Salvador to be a bit warmer, temps between 35°C and 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Roatan.

Things to do in San Salvador

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Museo de Arte de El Salvador ©
Museo de Arte de El Salvador
Iglesia El Rosario ©
Iglesia El Rosario
Catedral Metropolitana ©
Catedral Metropolitana

3
days
Roatan, Honduras

The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
You'll explore and learn at Rusty Fish and Bay Islands Underwater Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences - Anthony's Key Resort. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Tabyana Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Waves of Art, appreciate the extensive heritage of Gumbalimba Park, and meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience.

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Traveling by combination of bus, car, and flight from San Salvador to Roatan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from San Salvador in June since evenings lows in Roatan dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to San Pedro.

Things to do in Roatan

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife
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Gumbalimba Park ©
Gumbalimba Park
Tabyana Beach ©
Tabyana Beach

4
days
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to River Rafting & Tubing and The Gallery of San Pedro. Escape the urban bustle at Shark Ray Alley and Kitexplorer San Pedro. And it doesn't end there: explore the gorgeous colors at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, cast your line with a fishing tour, look for gifts at Belize Chocolate Company, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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Traveling by flight from Roatan to San Pedro takes 2.5 hours. June in San Pedro sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Pedro

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Tours

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Shark Ray Alley
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
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