43 days in Central America Itinerary

43 days in Central America Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London, United Kingdom
Train + Fly:  12 h 30 min
1
Roatan, Honduras
— 5 nights
Fly:  2 h 15 min
2
San Pedro, Belize
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  2 h
3
Hopkins, Belize
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
San Ignacio, Belize
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9 h 45 min
6
Vara Blanca, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
7
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
8
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h
9
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
10
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
11
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  6 h 30 min
12
Panama City, Panama
— 4 nights
+2
Shuttle + Fly + Train:  16 h 15 min
End: London, United Kingdom

5
nights
Roatan, Honduras

Roatan ©
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 plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Blue Island Divers, look for all kinds of wild species at Little French Key, take advantage of the amenities at Grand Roatan Beach Club, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Roatan travel planner.

London, UK to Roatan is an approximately 12.5- hour combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from London to Roatan. Traveling from London in July, expect Roatan to be a bit warmer, temps between 37°C and 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to fly to San Pedro.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Blue Island Divers ©
Blue Island Divers
Zipline
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Spend the 29th (Thu) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. There's still lots to do: see the vivid underwater world at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the exciting artwork at Belizean Arts, and cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our San Pedro trip builder site.

Traveling by flight from Roatan to San Pedro takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. July in San Pedro sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hopkins.

Things to do in San Pedro

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Ambergris Caye
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
Shark Ray Alley ©
Shark Ray Alley

3
nights
Hopkins, Belize

Hopkins ©
Advertised as the "Friendliest Village in Belize," Hopkins remains a small fishing settlement on a stretch of golden coastline that offers plenty of modern amenities.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hopkins: Placencia (Pumpkin Caye & Laughing Bird Caye National Park). There's still lots to do: explore the gorgeous colors at Glover's Reef Marine Reserve, stroll through Mesoamerican Reef (Belize Barrier Reef), skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and hike along Outback Trails.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Hopkins trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from San Pedro to Hopkins in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or take a shuttle. In July, daily temperatures in Hopkins can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to drive to San Ignacio.

Things to do in Hopkins

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Placencia, Mesoamerican Reef (Belize Barrier Reef), Outback Trails
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Outback Trails ©
Outback Trails
Glover's Reef Marine Reserve ©
Glover's Reef Marine Reserve
Laughing Bird Caye National Park ©
Laughing Bird Caye National Park

4
nights
San Ignacio, Belize

San Ignacio ©
The cultural hub of the district, San Ignacio neatly blends tourism and tradition, expats and indigenous peoples into a convincingly authentic, but modern and welcoming inland town.
Change things up with these side-trips from San Ignacio: Blue Hole National Park (in Belmopan), The Belize Zoo (in La Democracia) and Rio On Pools (in Augustine). And it doesn't end there: Head underground at ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal, steep yourself in history at Xunantunich Mayan Ruins, view the masterpieces at Cappello's Art Gallery, and take a peaceful walk through Rio Bravo Forest Reserve.

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

Traveling by car from Hopkins to San Ignacio takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in San Ignacio

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cayo, Blue Hole National Park, The Belize Zoo, Rio On Pools
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ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal ©
ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal
Blue Hole National Park ©
Blue Hole National Park
Rio On Pools ©
Rio On Pools

1
night
Tikal National Park, Guatemala

Tikal National Park
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
On the 7th (Sat), examine the collection at Centro de Conservacion e Investigaction.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Tikal National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Ignacio to Tikal National Park takes 2.5 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Museums
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1
night
Vara Blanca, Costa Rica

Vara Blanca
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): stop by Souvenir Muy Tranquilo and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tirimbina Biological Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Poas Volcano.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Vara Blanca online trip maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tikal National Park to Vara Blanca. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Souvenir Muy Tranquilo, Tirimbina Biological Reserve, Poas Volcano
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Tirimbina Biological Reserve ©
Tirimbina Biological Reserve
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo ©
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Tortuguero trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Vara Blanca to Tortuguero by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks Tours
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing

5
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

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 plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, explore the activities along Lake Arenal, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, and Head underground at Venado Caves.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano National Park
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

4
nights
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste ©
Step out of Area de Conservacion Guanacaste with an excursion to Junquillal Bay Wildlife Refuge in Cuajiniquil--about 2h 45 min away. Spend the 16th (Mon) among the fascinating landscape of Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Area de Conservacion Guanacaste online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Junquillal Bay Wildlife Refuge
Find places to stay Aug 15 — 19:
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Miravalles Volcano ©
Miravalles Volcano
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
Junquillal Bay Wildlife Refuge ©
Junquillal Bay Wildlife Refuge

4
nights
Monteverde, Costa Rica

Monteverde ©
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Change things up with these side-trips from Monteverde: Guacimal River Bridge 2 (in Puntarenas) and Piedra de Fuego (in Esparza). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, admire the masterpieces at Chorotega Arts & Crafts, whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Monteverde online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste to Monteverde takes 3 hours. On the 23rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Guacimal River Bridge 2, Piedra de Fuego
Find places to stay Aug 19 — 23:
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

4
nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Manuel Antonio: Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge (in Uvita) and Jaco (Costa Rica SUP'ers & Canyoning & Rappelling Tours). The adventure continues: stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, take a memorable tour with Tours, and stop by Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio road trip website.

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Quepos, Jaco, Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge
Find places to stay Aug 23 — 27:
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

4
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Panama City: Portobelo (Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo & Nature & Wildlife Tours) and Asociacion Panamericana para la Conservacion (in Gamboa). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Panama Canal, explore the striking landscape of Soberania National Park, admire the natural beauty at Mariposario Metropolitano, and get engrossed in the history at Centro de Interpretacion de Ciudad del Saber.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Panama City visit planning app.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Manuel Antonio to Panama City takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. August in Panama City sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Panama City

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Portobelo, Asociacion Panamericana para la Conservacion
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Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Soberania National Park ©
Soberania National Park

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