35 days in Central America Itinerary

35 days in Central America Itinerary

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Panama City, Panama
— 4 nights
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vara Blanca, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive
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Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive
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Granada, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
Fly
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San Salvador, El Salvador
— 4 nights
Fly
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 3 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
— 4 nights
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Roatan, Honduras
— 5 nights
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Panama City, Panama — 4 nights

Dubai of Latin America

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Panama City is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Panama Canal, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Metropolitan National Park, appreciate the extensive heritage of Casco Viejo, and see the interesting displays at Afro-Antillian Museum (Museo Afro Antillano de Panama ).

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Panama City road trip planning tool.

Indianapolis, USA to Panama City is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Indianapolis in January, expect Panama City to be much hotter, temps between 88°F and 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can fly to Monteverde.
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Monteverde, Costa Rica — 2 nights

Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Chorotega Arts & Crafts and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond.

To find reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Panama City to Monteverde takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Panama City to Monteverde is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica — 2 nights

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 9th (Mon): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then take in the natural beauty of Manuel Antonio Hot Springs. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Vara Blanca.
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Vara Blanca, Costa Rica — 1 night

A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Vara Blanca using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Vara Blanca takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.
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Tortuguero, Costa Rica — 1 night

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Vara Blanca to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. In January, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica — 5 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: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

Planning La Fortuna de San Carlos trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

You can drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Granada.
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Granada, Nicaragua — 2 nights

La Gran Sultana

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Apoyo, then make a trip to Parque Xalteva, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Islets of Granada, and finally shop like a local with Galeria Mi Camara Mi Mundo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Granada, then admire the striking features of Palacio Episcopal, and finally examine the collection at Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Granada online road trip planner.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Granada in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to San Salvador.
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San Salvador, El Salvador — 4 nights

The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
Step out of San Salvador with an excursion to Lake Coatepeque in Coatepeque--about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Cinquera Rain Forest Park, examine the collection at Museo del Ferrocarril y Parque Tematico, stop by Mercado Nacional de Artesanias, and admire the masterpieces at Art Museum of El Salvador.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the San Salvador trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Granada to San Salvador takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in San Salvador, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Antigua.
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Antigua, Guatemala — 3 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Antigua: Guatemala City (Palacio Nacional, Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, &more). The adventure continues: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, delve into the distant past at Arco de Santa Catalina, and make a trip to Cerro de la Cruz.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Antigua travel planner.

Getting from San Salvador to Antigua by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from San Salvador in January, expect Antigua to be slightly colder, temps between 74°F and 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Tikal National Park.
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Tikal National Park, Guatemala — 1 night

Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take an unorthodox tour of Tikal.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Tikal National Park travel planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Antigua to Tikal National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to San Pedro.
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San Pedro, Belize — 4 nights

San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Spend the 29th (Sun) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, take in the exciting artwork at Belizean Arts, stop by Belizean Breezes Soap Co. and More, and discover the deep blue sea with Belize Diving Services.

To find out how to plan a trip to San Pedro, use our trip itinerary maker.

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 January, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to fly to Roatan.
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Roatan, Honduras — 5 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: discover the deep blue sea with Bananarama Dive Center, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Roatan Island Brewing Co., stop by Pies Bonitos, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Roatan trip itinerary site.

Getting from San Pedro to Roatan by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in January, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow time for the flight back home.
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