15 days in Central America Itinerary

15 days in Central America Itinerary

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15 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: Istanbul, Turkey
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Panama City, Panama
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
2
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 1 night
+2
Taxi + Bus + Fly:  9​h 45​min
5
Belize City, Belize
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
6
Roatan, Honduras
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  2​h
7
San Salvador, El Salvador
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Istanbul, Turkey

2
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): make a trip to Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador), then don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, and then learn about all things military at Centro de Interpretacion de Ciudad del Saber. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Casco Viejo, take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Metropolitan National Park.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Panama City trip itinerary website .

Istanbul, Turkey to Panama City is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -8 hour difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Istanbul in January: high temperatures in Panama City hover around 36°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

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
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, and then walk around Parque Nahomi.

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Fly from Panama City to Manuel Antonio in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Parque Nahomi ©
Parque Nahomi

3
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

La Fortuna de San Carlos ©
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, parks, trails, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Arenal, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

1
night
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.
On the 27th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stroll through Monteverde Frog Pond.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Monteverde road trip tool .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Belize City.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife
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Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond

1
night
Belize City, Belize

Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
On the 28th (Tue), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Belize Zoo. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Community Baboon Sanctuary Visitor Center and Museum and then explore the ancient world of Altun Ha.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Belize City trip planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Monteverde to Belize City in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Belize City are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can fly to Roatan.

Things to do in Belize City

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Belize District, The Belize Zoo
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River Rafting & Tubing
The Belize Zoo ©
The Belize Zoo
Altun Ha ©
Altun Ha

2
nights
Roatan, Honduras

Roatan ©
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
On the 30th (Thu), head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then buy something for everyone on your list at Diamonds International, and then kick back and relax at West Bay Beach. Keep things going the next day: see what you can catch with Blue Island Divers and then kick back and relax at Little French Key.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Roatan driving holiday planner .

Getting from Belize City to Roatan by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In January, daily temperatures in Roatan can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to San Salvador.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Blue Island Divers ©
Blue Island Divers
Little French Key ©
Little French Key
West Bay Beach ©
West Bay Beach

2
nights
San Salvador, El Salvador

San Salvador ©
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): see the interesting displays at Monseñor Romero Center, then identify plant and animal life at Cinquera Rain Forest Park, then get great views at Mirador Municipal Jose Antonio Rodriguez Porth, and finally delve into the distant past at Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park. On your second day here, stop by Mercado Nacional de Artesanias, then examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Antropología Dr. David J. Guzman, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica de la Ceiba de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, and finally explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte de El Salvador.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our San Salvador visit planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Roatan to San Salvador takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. While traveling from Roatan, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in San Salvador, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Salvador

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife
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