12 days in Central America Itinerary

12 days in Central America Itinerary

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12 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
+2
Fly + bus + shuttle:  12​h 15​min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 30​min
3
Panama City, Panama
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  9​h 15​min
4
Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
San Pedro, Belize
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Toronto, Canada

2
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, wildlife, trails, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, explore the striking landscape of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), and view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery.

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Toronto, Canada to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to La Fortuna de San Carlos is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

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

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, and then stop by Super Joseth.

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Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Super Joseth ©
Super Joseth

2
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Panama City is known for historic sites, shopping, museums, nature, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, explore the ancient world of Panama La Vieja, take a stroll through Casco Viejo, and take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Panama City trip planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Manuel Antonio to Panama City in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. In November, daily temperatures in Panama City can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature
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Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Tikal.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Tikal National Park road trip site .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Panama City to Tikal National Park in 9.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, shuttle, bus, and car; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Panama City to Tikal National Park due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Tikal ©
Tikal

3
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Go for a jaunt from San Pedro to Caye Caulker to see Caye Caulker about 56 minutes away. There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the exciting artwork at Belizean Arts, look for gifts at Belizean Breezes Soap Co. and More, and cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the San Pedro trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Tikal National Park to San Pedro by combination of car and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. November in San Pedro sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Pedro

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Skydiving
Belize Chocolate Company ©
Belize Chocolate Company

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