19 days in Central America Itinerary

19 days in Central America Itinerary

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19 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: Antigua, Guatemala
Drive:  9​h 30​min
1
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
4
Panama City, Panama
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
San Salvador, El Salvador
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h
6
San Pedro, Belize
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 30​min
8
Antigua, Guatemala
— 2 nights
End: Antigua, Guatemala

2
nights
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 4th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio. Keep things going the next day: get interesting insight from Tours and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio online trip itinerary planner .

Antigua, Guatemala to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Beaches Tours
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
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.
Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and Baldi Hot Springs will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, explore the striking landscape of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), ride a horse along Arenal Wilberth Stables, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to San Jose.

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
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

2
nights
San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose ©
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
On the 9th (Sun), explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense, get engrossed in the history at National Museum (Museo Nacional), then take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Precolumbian Gold Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Mercado Central), and then take a memorable drive along Top Travel Costa Rica.

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You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in San Jose are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Wildlife Scenic Drive
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Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum

2
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Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
You'll explore and learn at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama and Biomuseum. Get some historical perspective at Casco Viejo and Panama La Vieja. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, see the interesting displays at Museo Panama Viejo, take in the spiritual surroundings of San Jose Church, and get to know the fascinating history of Avenida Balboa.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Panama City trip planner .

Traveling by flight from San Jose to Panama City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from San Jose in June, with highs in Panama City at 36°C and lows at 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to San Salvador.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Panama La Vieja ©
Panama La Vieja

1
day
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 14th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Monsignor Romero Center, examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Antropología Dr. David J. Guzman, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte de El Salvador, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia El Rosario.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our San Salvador trip itinerary site .

Traveling by combination of flight, car, and bus from Panama City to San Salvador takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Panama City in June since evenings lows in San Salvador dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in San Salvador

Museums Historic Sites
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Museo de Arte de El Salvador ©
Museo de Arte de El Salvador
Iglesia El Rosario ©
Iglesia El Rosario

3
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Step out of the city life by going to Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Fishing Charters & Tours. Take a break from San Pedro with a short trip to Caye Caulker in Caye Caulker, about 56 minutes away. There's more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and look for gifts at Belizean Breezes Soap Co. and More.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our San Pedro road trip tool .

Traveling by combination of bus, car, and flight from San Salvador to San Pedro takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from San Salvador in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 30°C in San Pedro. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Tikal National Park.

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
Tikal National Park, Guatemala

Tikal National Park ©
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Tikal.

To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tikal National Park holiday builder .

You can do a combination of flight and car from San Pedro to Tikal National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, bus, and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Tikal ©
Tikal

2
nights
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.
Palacio Nacional and Church of San Francisco will appeal to history buffs. Casa Santo Domingo Museums and Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Guatemala City (Museo Popol Vuh & National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology). There's lots more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, examine the collection at Museo Casa del Tejido Antiguo, and delve into the distant past at Convento de las Capuchinas.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Antigua day trip site .

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 June, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Antigua

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Guatemala City
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Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced

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