47 days in Central America Itinerary

47 days in Central America Itinerary

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47 days in Central America Itinerary

Auckland Central, New Zealand
Fly:  28​h
Roatan, Honduras
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
San Pedro, Belize
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​min
Belize City, Belize
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  2​h
Cayo, Belize
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + shuttle:  5​h 30​min
Antigua, Guatemala
— 3 nights
+4
bus + foot + bus + Fly + taxi:  6​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Poas Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + shuttle:  7​h
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
shuttle:  6​h
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 15​min
Panama City, Panama
— 5 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
Auckland Central, New Zealand

3
days
Roatan, Honduras

Roatan ©
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Escape the urban bustle at West Bay Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Tabyana Beach and Sandy Bay Beach. And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Little French Key, browse the different shops at Diamonds International, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and get to know the fascinating history of Gumbalimba Park.

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Auckland Central, New Zealand to Roatan is an approximately 28-hour flight. You'll gain 18 hours traveling from Auckland Central to Roatan due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Auckland Central in March; daily highs in Roatan reach 34°C and lows reach 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to fly to San Pedro.

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West Bay Beach ©
West Bay Beach
Little French Key ©
Little French Key
Tabyana Beach ©
Tabyana Beach

5
days
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Visiting Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Scuba & Snorkeling will get you outdoors. Spend the 21st (Thu) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. On the 22nd (Fri), enjoy an adventurous day among the treetops at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. The adventure continues: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, look for gifts at 12 Belize, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and view the masterpieces at The Gallery of San Pedro.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Pedro trip planner .

You can fly from Roatan to San Pedro in 2.5 hours. March in San Pedro sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Belize City.

Things to do in San Pedro

#Wildlife, #Tours, #Outdoors

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Ambergris Caye
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
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2
days
Belize City, Belize

Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
On the 24th (Sun), let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Half Moon Caye National Monument, admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Belize Zoo, and then don't miss a visit to The Belize Sign Monument.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Belize City trip planner .

Belize City is very close to San Pedro. In March, daytime highs in Belize City are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cayo.

Things to do in Belize City

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Half Moon Caye National Monument, The Belize Zoo
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River Rafting & Tubing
The Belize Zoo ©
The Belize Zoo
The Belize Sign Monument ©
The Belize Sign Monument

3
days
Cayo, Belize

Cayo ©
Holidays in Cayo offer adventure and history in equal measure, with a wealth of ancient sites and unspoiled environment to explore.
Get outdoors at Actun Tunichil Muknal and Caracol. Spend the 27th (Wed) exploring nature at Blue Hole National Park. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Xunantunich, take in the dramatic scenery at Rio On Pools, and explore the fascinating underground world of Barton Creek Cave.

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Traveling by combination of flight and car from Belize City to Cayo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In March, daily temperatures in Cayo can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. On the 29th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Tikal National Park.

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Blue Hole National Park ©
Blue Hole National Park
Caracol ©
Caracol
Rio On Pools ©
Rio On Pools

1
day
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 30th (Sat), delve into the distant past at Tikal.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tikal National Park travel route planning app .

You can drive from Cayo to Tikal National Park in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Antigua.

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Tikal ©
Tikal

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Volcán Pacaya and La Aurora Zoo. Get some cultural insight at Convento de las Capuchinas and Casa Santo Domingo Museums. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Antigua: Guatemala City (Museo Popol Vuh & Palacio Nacional). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, steep yourself in history at Church of San Francisco, and stop by Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales.

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Antigua trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Tikal National Park to Antigua takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Antigua can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Wed) before leaving for Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Antigua

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Museums

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Guatemala City
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Convento de las Capuchinas ©
Convento de las Capuchinas
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums

3
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Biesanz. Take a break from the city and head to MidWorld Costa Rica and Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices. Make the 6th (Sat) an awe-inspiring day at Naturalist Michael Araya Flores. There's more to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio tour itinerary maker tool .

Do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Antigua to Manuel Antonio in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Antigua in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Manuel Antonio, with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trip

Naturalist Michael Araya Flores
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

2
days
Poas Volcano National Park, Costa Rica

Poas Volcano National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Poas Volcano, then look for gifts at Souvenir Muy Tranquilo, and then admire the sheer force of La Paz Waterfall Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Juan Castro Blanco National Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Poas Volcano National Park trip maker .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to Poas Volcano National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Poas Volcano National Park can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

#Nature, #Parks, #Shopping

Side Trips

Souvenir Muy Tranquilo, La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Juan Castro Blanco National Park
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La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Juan Castro Blanco National Park ©
Juan Castro Blanco National Park

3
days
Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
We've included these beaches for you: Playa Conchal and Tamarindo Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Playa Hermosa and Playa Avellana. Take a break from Tamarindo with a short trip to El Viejo Wetlands in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: admire all the interesting features of Pura Aventura and look for all kinds of wild species at Monkey Park.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo attractions planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Poas Volcano National Park to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In April, Tamarindo is somewhat warmer than Poas Volcano National Park - with highs of 41°C and lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, El Viejo Wetlands, Playa Hermosa
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Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

1
day
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Santa Teresa ©
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Santa Teresa.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Teresa road trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Tortuguero.

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Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Spas & Wellness

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 13th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Tortuguero tour itinerary builder website .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle from Santa Teresa to Tortuguero in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. April in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can take a shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

5
days
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.
Get outdoors at Tabacon Hot Springs and Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge. Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos to go to El Castillo and see Butterfly Conservatory, which is approximately 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, look for all kinds of wild species at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and explore the activities along Lake Arenal.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary maker app .

You can take a shuttle from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 6 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Butterfly Conservatory, Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): stop by Hummingbird Gallery and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Curi Cancha Reserve, then stroll through The Bat Jungle, then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Frog Pond, and finally kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Monteverde trip planning site .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Tue) before leaving for Panama City.

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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

5
days
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Take a break from the city and head to Metropolitan National Park and Punta Culebra Nature Center. Get a sense of the local culture at Casco Viejo and Museo Panama Viejo. When in Panama City, make a side trip to see Gatun Locks in Colon, approximately 1h 35 min away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Soberania National Park, get to know the fascinating history of Avenida Balboa, and stop by Bon Bon Maison.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Panama City route planner.

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Monteverde to Panama City in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Monteverde to Panama City due to the time zone difference. In April in Panama City, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Panama City

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

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Gatun Locks
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Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Metropolitan National Park ©
Metropolitan National Park

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