47 days in Central America Itinerary

47 days in Central America Itinerary

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47 days in Central America Itinerary

London, United Kingdom
Fly + bus:  17​h 45​min
Antigua, Guatemala
— 7 nights
shuttle:  7​h
Lanquin, Guatemala
— 2 nights
shuttle:  4​h 30​min
Flores, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h
Utila, Honduras
— 9 nights
Fly:  11​h 15​min
Matagalpa, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
bus:  4​h 45​min
Leon, Nicaragua
— 5 nights
shuttle:  3​h 30​min
Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h
Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
bus + shuttle:  5​h
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  6​h 45​min
Bocas Town, Panama
— 2 nights
ferry + shuttle + taxi:  11​h 30​min
Portobelo, Panama
— 5 nights
Portobelo, Panama

7
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Iximche and Museo Casa del Tejido. Popular historic sites such as Palacio de los Capitanes Generales and Iglesia Escuela de Cristo are in your itinerary. When in Antigua, make a side trip to see La Ruta del Yalu in Sumpango, approximately 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, make a trip to San Jose El Viejo, indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Antigua trip itinerary site .

London, UK to Antigua is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, car, bus, and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from London to Antigua. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from London in May: high temperatures in Antigua hover around 30°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Lanquin.

Things to do in Antigua

#Tours, #Museums, #Parks

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Iximche, La Ruta del Yalu
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La Ruta del Yalu ©
La Ruta del Yalu
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Coffee & Tea Tours

1
day
Lanquin, Guatemala

Lanquin ©
San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. On the 22nd (Wed), Head underground at Grutas Las Marias and then take in the dramatic scenery at Monumento Natural Semuc Champey.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Lanquin route maker .

You can drive from Antigua to Lanquin in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll travel to Tikal National Park.

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#Parks, #Nature
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Monumento Natural Semuc Champey ©
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey
Grutas Las Marias ©
Grutas Las Marias

1
day
Flores, Guatemala

Flores ©
An island town, capital of the landlocked region of Peten, attractive Flores features pleasant architecture that complements the shimmering appearance of the surrounding lake.
To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Flores driving holiday planner.

Take a shuttle from Lanquin to Flores in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or drive. You'll set off for Utila on the 25th (Sat).

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#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites
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Parque arqueologico uaxactun ©
Parque arqueologico uaxactun
Catedral de Flores ©
Catedral de Flores

8
days
Utila, Honduras

The island of Utila has become known as a good place to learn how to dive in Latin America.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Utila Cays and Iguana Research & Breeding Station. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Tours, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and kick back and relax at Beach Buns Fitness & Yoga - CLOSED.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Utila day trip website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Flores to Utila. In May, daily temperatures in Utila can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. On the 3rd (Mon), you're off toEsteli.

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Scuba & Snorkeling
Utila Cays Diving ©
Utila Cays Diving
Iguana Research & Breeding Station ©
Iguana Research & Breeding Station

2
days
Matagalpa, Nicaragua

Matagalpa ©
Nicaragua's second city, Matagalpa offers an authentic window into the country's cultural and natural heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cerro Apante. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Museo Precolumbino de Chaguitillo, make a trip to Mirador El Calvario, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral, and finally see the interesting displays at El Castillo del cacao.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Matagalpa online road trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Utila to Matagalpa. When traveling from Utila in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Matagalpa: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can drive to Leon.

Things to do in Matagalpa

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

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Museo Precolumbino de Chaguitillo
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Cerro Apante ©
Cerro Apante
Catedral ©
Catedral
Museo Precolumbino de Chaguitillo ©
Museo Precolumbino de Chaguitillo

4
days
Leon, Nicaragua

Leon ©
A cultured and storied city, Leon attracts guests from all over the world, drawn to the second city's style, thriving intellectual life, and liveliness.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve and Playa Poneloya. Your inner history buff will appreciate Catedral de la Asunción and Iglesia San Juan Bautista de Subtiava. Step out of Leon with an excursion to Flor de Cana Tour in Chinandega--about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Museo Ruben Dario, kick back and relax at Playa Las Penitas, take in the spiritual surroundings of El Calvario Church, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church The Recollection.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Leon trip planner .

Drive from Matagalpa to Leon in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, Leon is a bit warmer than Matagalpa - with highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to catch the shuttle to Isla de Ometepe.

Things to do in Leon

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Flor de Cana Tour, Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve
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Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve ©
Playa Las Penitas ©
Playa Las Penitas
Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian ©

5
days
Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua

Isla de Ometepe ©
Isla de Ometepe may be small in size, but it boasts two large volcanoes that dominate its landscape and influence the local lifestyle.
Take a break from the city and head to Macua Tours & Travel and La Flor Beach Natural Reserve. Step off the beaten path and head to Museum El Ceibo and Rio Istian. Venture out of the city with trips to San Ramon Waterfall (in San Ramon) and Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia (in San Juan del Sur). And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Isla Ometepe, ponder the design of Ojo de Agua, and get answers to all your questions at Los Ramos.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, use the Isla de Ometepe trip planner .

Traveling by shuttle from Leon to Isla de Ometepe takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Isla de Ometepe are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Playa Hermosa.

Things to do in Isla de Ometepe

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

San Juan del Sur, San Ramon Waterfall
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Macua Tours & Travel ©
Macua Tours & Travel
La Flor Beach Natural Reserve ©
La Flor Beach Natural Reserve
Rio Istian ©
Rio Istian

3
days
Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica

Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco and Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to El Viejo Wetlands and Hidden Garden Art Gallery. Get out of town with these interesting Playa Hermosa side-trips: Playa Flamingo (Bahia Artshop & Dolphin & Whale Watching) and Costa Rica Sailing Center (in Playa Potrero).

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Playa Hermosa trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Isla de Ometepe to Playa Hermosa with the Route module. In June in Playa Hermosa, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playa Hermosa

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Tours

Side Trips

Playas del Coco, Playa Flamingo, Hidden Garden Art Gallery, Costa Rica Sailing Center, El Viejo Wetlands
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Costa Rica Sailing Center ©
Costa Rica Sailing Center
Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco ©

5
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Viento Fresco Waterfall and Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge. Explore hidden gems such as Children's Eternal Rain Forest and Ecological Sanctuary. Take a break from Monteverde with a short trip to Arenal Eco Zoo in El Castillo, about 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, and stop by Souvenir Rosewood.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Monteverde route planning tool .

Traveling by car from Playa Hermosa to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Bocas Town.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Viento Fresco Waterfall, Arenal Eco Zoo, Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge
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Viento Fresco Waterfall ©
Viento Fresco Waterfall
Children's Eternal Rain Forest ©
Children's Eternal Rain Forest

2
days
Bocas Town, Panama

The colorful and relaxed Bocas Town has a welcoming atmosphere, with the modestly sized urban area showcasing typical Caribbean clapboard houses and home to a mixed community from across the world.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): get a taste of the local shopping with Up In The Hill, see the interesting displays at Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, and then don't miss a visit to Playa Bluff. Here are some ideas for day two: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Bocas Town online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Monteverde to Bocas Town takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, car, and ferry. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Portobelo.

Things to do in Bocas Town

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trips

Playa Bluff, Up In The Hill
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Up In The Hill ©
Up In The Hill

5
days
Portobelo, Panama

Portobelo ©
The ruins of a Spanish colonial port city dot the landscape of the Caribbean fishing village of Portobelo, a reminder that this humble and relaxed place was once integral to the workings of an empire.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Portobelo National Park and Observation Centre Canal Expansion. Popular historic sites such as Gatun Locks and Fort San Lorenzo are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Portobelo side-trips: Gamboa (Asociacion Panamericana para la Conservacion & Nature & Wildlife Tours). The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Barro Colorado Island.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Portobelo trip planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Bocas Town to Portobelo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, shuttle, and taxi. When traveling from Bocas Town in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Portobelo: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Portobelo

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Nature

Side Trips

Colon, Gamboa, Barro Colorado Island
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Barro Colorado Island ©
Barro Colorado Island
Fort San Lorenzo ©
Fort San Lorenzo
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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