15 days in Central America Itinerary

15 days in Central America Itinerary

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15 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: Napier, New Zealand
+2
Fly + bus + shuttle:  33​h
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 1 day
Fly:  8​h 30​min
4
Panama City, Panama
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  9​h 15​min
5
Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
San Pedro, Belize
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Caye Caulker, Belize
— 1 night
+3
ferry + foot + shuttle + Fly:  32​h
End: Napier, New Zealand

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: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, explore the striking landscape of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), take a peaceful walk through La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, and stroll through Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Napier, New Zealand to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 33-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Napier to La Fortuna de San Carlos is minus 18 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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 12th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Tortuguero National Park.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Tortuguero tour planning website .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

1
day
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 13th (Sat): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio.

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Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing

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 wealth of natural beauty at Metropolitan National Park, admire the landmark architecture of Plaza Tomas Herrera, and snap pictures at Bridge of the Americas.

To see more things to do and tourist information, refer to the Panama City trip tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Manuel Antonio to Panama City takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Manuel Antonio to Panama City due to the time zone difference. In July in Panama City, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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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 17th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Tikal.

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Traveling by combination of flight and car from Panama City to Tikal National Park takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, bus, and car; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Tikal ©
Tikal

2
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): look for gifts at Belizean Breezes Soap Co. and More and then explore the gorgeous colors at Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: get interesting insight from Tours and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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Traveling by combination of car and flight from Tikal National Park to San Pedro takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In July in San Pedro, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Caye Caulker.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours

1
night
Caye Caulker, Belize

Caye Caulker
At just under 8 km (5 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide, the limestone coral island of Caye Caulker offers a small but perfectly formed getaway 32 km (20 mi) offshore from Belize City.
On the 20th (Sat), head off the coast to Caye Caulker.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Caye Caulker attractions website .

Traveling by combination of flight, shuttle, and ferry from San Pedro to Caye Caulker takes 3.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Caye Caulker can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Caye Caulker

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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