34 days in Central America Itinerary

34 days in Central America Itinerary

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34 days in Central America Itinerary

Monterrey, Mexico
Fly:  8​h
Panama City, Panama
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
Managua, Nicaragua
— 3 nights
Drive:  9​h 30​min
Tegucigalpa, Honduras
— 2 nights
Drive:  11​h 45​min
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Guatemala City, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
Antigua, Guatemala
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
San Salvador, El Salvador
— 5 nights
bus + Drive + Fly:  4​h
Belize City, Belize
— 7 nights
bus + Drive + Fly:  14​h 30​min
Monterrey, Mexico

4
days
Panama City, Panama

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
You've now added Panama La Vieja to your itinerary. Visit Casco Viejo and Avenida Balboa for their historical value. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Panama Rainforest Discovery Center and Bahai Temple. Step out of Panama City to go to Gamboa and see Nature & Wildlife Tours, which is approximately 56 minutes away. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, identify plant and animal life at Punta Culebra Nature Center, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Francisco de Asis.

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Monterrey, Mexico to Panama City is an approximately 8-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Monterrey to Panama City. In June, daytime highs in Panama City are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Managua.

Things to do in Panama City

#Wildlife, #Historic Sites, #Tours

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Gamboa
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Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo

3
days
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.
Iglesia de La Merced and Catedral de Granada will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will appreciate ChocoMuseo and Mi Museo. Venture out of the city with trips to Laguna de Apoyo (in La Laguna de Apoyo) and Granada (Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco, Parque Colon de Granada, & more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

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Explore your travel options from Panama City to Managua with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Panama City to Managua is minus 1 hour. In June, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. On the 7th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tegucigalpa.

Things to do in Managua

#Parks, #Museums, #Wildlife

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Granada, Laguna de Apoyo
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Nicaragua Butterfly Reserve ©
Nicaragua Butterfly Reserve
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
ChocoMuseo ©
ChocoMuseo

1
day
Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Tegucigalpa ©
Capital of Honduras, the 400-year-old city of Tegucigalpa boasts an impressive ensemble of colonial buildings flanking old stone streets, which lead to hillside parks and lively squares.
You've now added Casa Presidencial to your itinerary. On the 8th (Fri), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Castillo Bellucci, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de San Francisco, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepcion, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Casa Presidencial.

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You can drive from Managua to Tegucigalpa in 6.5 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Managua in June: high temperatures in Tegucigalpa hover around 33°C and lows are around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Tegucigalpa

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Nature
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Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepcion ©
Castillo Bellucci ©
Castillo Bellucci

4
days
San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose ©
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles) and Metal Church. Get a sense of the local culture at Precolumbian Gold Museum and Iglesia de San Jose de Orosi and the Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to La Paz Waterfall Gardens (in Vara Blanca), Toucan Rescue Ranch (in San Isidro) and Ruins of the Church of Carthage (in Cartago). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at National Museum (Museo Nacional), take in the architecture and design of Universidad de Costa Rica, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the San Jose trip planning tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tegucigalpa to San Jose. In June in San Jose, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 23°C at night. On the 14th (Thu), you'll travel to Guatemala City.

Things to do in San Jose

#Museums, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Cartago, La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Iglesia de San Jose de Orosi and the Museum, Toucan Rescue Ranch, Metal Church
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National Museum (Museo Nacional) ©
National Museum (Museo Nacional)
Precolumbian Gold Museum ©
Precolumbian Gold Museum
La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens

2
days
Guatemala City, Guatemala

Guatemala City ©
The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
On the 14th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at La Merced. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana, admire the masterpieces at Palacio Nacional, examine the collection at Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, then learn more about the world around you at Museo Popol Vuh, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with La Noria.

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Getting from San Jose to Guatemala City by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Jose in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Guatemala City, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Antigua.

Things to do in Guatemala City

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Parks
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Palacio Nacional ©
Palacio Nacional
Museo Popol Vuh ©
Museo Popol Vuh

4
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Arco de Santa Catalina and Casa Popenoe. Museum-lovers will get to explore ChocoMuseo and Casa Santo Domingo Museums. Step out of Antigua to go to Sumpango and see La Ruta del Yalu, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, delve into the distant past at Convento Santa Clara, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of San Francisco, and steep yourself in history at Palacio de los Capitanes Generales.

For where to stay and tourist information, go to the Antigua trip planner .

Antigua is just a short distance from Guatemala City. In June, daily temperatures in Antigua can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Salvador.

Things to do in Antigua

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Trails

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La Ruta del Yalu
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Convento Santa Clara ©
Convento Santa Clara
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
Arco de Santa Catalina ©
Arco de Santa Catalina

5
days
San Salvador, El Salvador

San Salvador ©
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
National Palace has been added to your itinerary. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museo de Arte de El Salvador and Museo Nacional de Antropología Dr. David J. Guzman. Popular historic sites such as Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park and Catedral Metropolitana are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Salvador: Suchitoto (Iglesia Santa Lucia, Casa de la Abuela, & more), Santa Ana Cathedral (in Santa Ana) and Furesa Fundacion Refugio Salvaje (in La Libertad). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia El Rosario, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico La Laguna, see the interesting displays at Centro Monsenor Romero, and identify plant and animal life at Bicentennial Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the San Salvador trip maker .

Traveling by car from Antigua to San Salvador takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Belize City.

Things to do in San Salvador

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Museums

Side Trips

Suchitoto, Santa Ana Cathedral, Furesa Fundacion Refugio Salvaje
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Furesa Fundacion Refugio Salvaje ©
Furesa Fundacion Refugio Salvaje
Iglesia El Rosario ©
Iglesia El Rosario
Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park
Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park

6
days
Belize City, Belize

Belize City ©
Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Let the collections at Studio Gallery Cayetano and Red Flower Gallery capture your imagination. Get a sense of the local culture at Altun Ha Ruins and Baron Bliss Lighthouse. Explore Belize City's surroundings by going to The Estuary (in Caye Caulker) and The Belize Zoo (in La Democracia). Spend the 29th (Fri) exploring nature at Billy Barquiedier National Park. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, look for gifts at Caribbean Spice Belize, delve into the distant past at Splash Wave Private Tours, and indulge your taste buds at Moho Chocolate.

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Traveling by combination of bus, car, and flight from San Salvador to Belize City takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Salvador in June, Belize City is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 30°C. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Belize City

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Belize District, Caye Caulker, The Belize Zoo, Studio Gallery Cayetano, Lighthouse Reef
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The Estuary of Caye Caulker ©
The Estuary of Caye Caulker
Altun Ha Ruins ©
Altun Ha Ruins
Altun Ha & The Olde Belize River ©
Altun Ha & The Olde Belize River

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