15 days in Central America Itinerary

15 days in Central America Itinerary

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15 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: Buenos Aires, Argentina
+4
Fly + Foot + Bus + Foot + Bus:  18​h 30​min
1
Antigua, Guatemala
— 2 nights
+4
Bus + Foot + Bus + Foot + Fly:  5​h
2
San Pedro, Belize
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Panama City, Panama
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Shuttle:  6​h 30​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Buenos Aires, Argentina

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): look for gifts at Casa de Artes, look for gifts at Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales, then delve into the distant past at Convento de las Capuchinas, then explore the world behind art at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, and finally look for gifts at La Casa del Algodon. Here are some ideas for day two: hunt for treasures at Mercado Central, then buy something for everyone on your list at Paseo Cayala, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Zona Viva.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Antigua trip maker tool .

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Antigua is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of ferry and flight. The time zone changes from Argentine Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Buenos Aires in June; daily highs in Antigua reach 29°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Antigua

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods

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Guatemala City
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Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Convento de las Capuchinas ©
Convento de las Capuchinas

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nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Kids will enjoy Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Scuba & Snorkeling. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Gallery of San Pedro and Belizean Arts. The adventure continues: stop by Belize Chocolate Company, get interesting insight from Tours, and relax and rejuvenate at Ocean Essence Day Spa.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the San Pedro trip planning site .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Antigua to San Pedro in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Antigua in June, with highs in San Pedro at 36°C and lows at 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Panama City.

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

4
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Do your shopping at Albrook Mall and Mercado de Mariscos. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Casco Viejo and Iglesia del Carmen. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, browse the different shops at Multiplaza Pacific, take in the spiritual surroundings of Capilla San Jose, and contemplate the long history of Plaza de Francia.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Panama City online itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro to Panama City in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight. Traveling from San Pedro to Panama City, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June, daily temperatures in Panama City can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Wed) to allow time for travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

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Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Avenida Balboa ©
Avenida Balboa

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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.
On the 13th (Thu), witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs and then admire the natural beauty at Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and then look for gifts at Souvenir Leo.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos attractions planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Panama City to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Panama City to La Fortuna de San Carlos is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

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

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