22 days in Panama City, Antigua & Managua Itinerary

22 days in Panama City, Antigua & Managua Itinerary

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22 days in Panama City, Antigua & Managua Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  8​h
1
Panama City, Panama
— 8 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 45​min
2
Antigua, Guatemala
— 7 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
3
Managua, Nicaragua
— 6 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Toronto, Canada


8
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Soberania National Park. Relax by the water at El Palmar Beach and Playa Punta Chame. Change things up with these side-trips from Panama City: Colon (Gatun Locks & Fort San Lorenzo) and Panama Rainforest Discovery Center (in Gamboa). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Casco Viejo, delve into the distant past at El Arco Chato, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia del Carmen, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Bahai Temple.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Panama City vacation planner .

Toronto, Canada to Panama City is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. In May, Panama City is warmer than Toronto - with highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Panama City

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Colon, Gamboa, El Palmar Beach, Playa Punta Chame
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Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Fort San Lorenzo ©
Fort San Lorenzo
Bahai Temple ©
Bahai Temple

7
nights
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Volcán Pacaya and Convento de las Capuchinas. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Church of San Francisco and Coffee & Tea Tours. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral de Santiago, delve into the distant past at Convento Santa Clara, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, and admire the masterpieces at Casa Santo Domingo Museums.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Antigua trip itinerary planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Panama City to Antigua in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Panama City in May, things will get a bit cooler in Antigua: highs are around 30°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Managua.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Valhalla Experimental Station
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Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Church of San Francisco ©
Church of San Francisco
Convento de las Capuchinas ©
Convento de las Capuchinas

6
nights
Managua, Nicaragua

Managua ©
Nicaragua's largest and capital city, Managua remains relatively unknown as a tourist destination, though it boasts a scenic location on the southwestern shore of the Xolotlan Lake.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Santiago of Managua Cathedral and Iglesia de La Merced. Escape the urban bustle at Islets of Granada and Nicaragua Butterfly Reserve. Explore Managua's surroundings by going to Masaya Crafts Market (in Masaya), Laguna de Apoyo (in La Laguna de Apoyo) and Granada (Soy Nica, Guadalupe Church, & more). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de Pochomil, pause for some serene contemplation at Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, get great views at Mirador de Catarina, and look for gifts at Mercado Roberto Huembes.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Managua itinerary planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Antigua to Managua. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Managua

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Granada, Masaya, Mirador de Catarina, Playa de Pochomil
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Islets of Granada ©
Islets of Granada
Apoyo
Apoyo
Santiago of Managua Cathedral ©
Santiago of Managua Cathedral

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