31 days in Central America Itinerary

31 days in Central America Itinerary

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31 days in Central America Itinerary

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Fly:  23​h 15​min
San Pedro, Belize
— 6 nights
Fly:  30​min
Orange Walk, Belize
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Belize City, Belize
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  3​h
Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Drive:  17​h 15​min
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
shuttle:  6​h
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 7 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
+3
bus + foot + shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
Panama City, Panama
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

6
days
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Get outdoors at Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Scuba & Snorkeling. Kids will appreciate attractions like Zipline and Shark Ray Alley. Spend the 4th (Wed) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. The adventure continues: cast your line with a fishing tour, get outside with Rum Punch II, stop by 12 Belize, and get interesting insight from Belize Sailing Center.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates to San Pedro is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -10 hour difference. Traveling from Dubai in July, you will find days in San Pedro are colder (36°C), and nights are slightly colder (30°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to fly to Orange Walk.

Things to do in San Pedro

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Ambergris Caye
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours

1
day
Orange Walk, Belize

Orange Walk ©
An agricultural town that has become an economic hub, Orange Walk sits in a privileged position among ecologically diverse landscape, fertile fields, and historical ruins.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Lamanai Archaeological Reserve.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Orange Walk road trip planner.

Orange Walk is just a short distance from San Pedro. Traveling from San Pedro to Orange Walk, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July in Orange Walk, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Belize City.

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#Historic Sites
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Lamanai Archaeological Reserve ©
Lamanai Archaeological Reserve

3
days
Belize City, Belize

Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary. Change things up with a short trip to The Belize Zoo in La Democracia (about 42 minutes away). There's more to do: delve into the distant past at Altun Ha Ruins and make a trip to The Belize Sign Monument.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Belize City route planner .

Traveling by car from Orange Walk to Belize City takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Orange Walk to Belize City. July in Belize City sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Belize City

#Outdoors, #Adventure, #Tours

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Belize District, The Belize Zoo
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River Rafting & Tubing
The Belize Zoo ©
The Belize Zoo
Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary

1
day
Tikal National Park, Guatemala

Tikal National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Tikal.

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Do a combination of flight and car from Belize City to Tikal National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

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

1
day
Tortuguero, Costa Rica

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Tortuguero National Park.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Tortuguero trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Tikal National Park to Tortuguero with the Route module. In July, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

7
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.
Get outdoors at Tabacon Hot Springs and La Fortuna Waterfall. There's still lots to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, explore the activities along Lake Arenal, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ecocentro Danaus, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

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Take a shuttle from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

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Arenal Volcano National Park
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)

4
days
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.
Kids will enjoy Playa Manuel Antonio and MidWorld Costa Rica. Escape the urban bustle at Playa Biesanz and Playa Matapalo. Pack the 26th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Rancho Tipico Don Juan. There's still lots to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, experience rural life at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices, and stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio sightseeing planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 23°C. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Fri) before leaving for Panama City.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

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Playa Matapalo
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

3
days
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Casco Viejo and Avenida Balboa are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Panama La Vieja and Plaza de Francia will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Panama Canal, hunt for treasures at Mercado de Mariscos, contemplate the long history of San Jose Church, and get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama.

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You can do a combination of bus and flight from Manuel Antonio to Panama City in 6.5 hours. Other options are to 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. Traveling from Manuel Antonio in July, things will get a bit warmer in Panama City: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Panama La Vieja ©
Panama La Vieja
Avenida Balboa ©
Avenida Balboa

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