38 days in Central America Itinerary

38 days in Central America Itinerary

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38 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Fly:  20 h 15 min
1
Panama City, Panama
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Bus:  3 h
3
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
4
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
6
Granada, Nicaragua
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Leon, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
+5
Bus + Fly + Foot + Bus + Foot + Bus:  7 h 45 min
8
Antigua, Guatemala
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h
9
Guatemala City, Guatemala
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h
10
Roatan, Honduras
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 15 min
11
San Pedro, Belize
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + Bus:  3 h 15 min
12
San Ignacio, Belize
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Drive + Fly:  2 h
13
Belize City, Belize
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Train:  20 h 45 min
End: Cluj-Napoca, Romania

4
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, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Panama Canal, explore the ancient world of Panama La Vieja, take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Metropolitan National Park.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Panama City trip itinerary builder website.

Cluj-Napoca, Romania to Panama City is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. Traveling from Cluj-Napoca in April, things will get much hotter in Panama City: highs are around 38°C and lows about 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to San Jose.

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) ©

3
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.
Step out of San Jose to go to Vara Blanca and see Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, walk around Parque La Sabana, and don't miss a visit to Mercado Nacional de Artesanias.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read San Jose road trip planning tool.

Getting from Panama City to San Jose by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Panama City to San Jose. Traveling from Panama City in April, things will get slightly colder in San Jose: highs are around 33°C and lows about 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Parks Tours

Side Trip

Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz
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Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum

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 9th (Thu): see Off-Road Tours, then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then explore the striking landscape of Manuel Antonio National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio route planner.

Take a bus from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Off-Road Tours

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, and then view the masterpieces at Alas y Raices. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and then experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Monteverde using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums
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El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour
Monteverde Orchid Garden ©
Monteverde Orchid Garden

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): stroll through Arenal Natura Ecological Park and then take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs. On your second day here, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then expand your horizons at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Granada.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors Parks Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

3
nights
Granada, Nicaragua

Granada ©
The lakeside city of Granada has the look and feel of a historically important economic and political center, with grand colonial architecture, a unified look, and many cultural attractions.
Step out of Granada with an excursion to Apoyo in La Laguna de Apoyo--about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: head off the coast to Islets of Granada, see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo Granada, stop by Tio Antonio Hamaca, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Granada holiday app.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Granada takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Leon.

Things to do in Granada

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Apoyo
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Mombacho ©
Mombacho
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Islets of Granada ©
Islets of Granada

2
nights
Leon, Nicaragua

Leon ©
A cultured and storied city, Leon attracts guests from all over the world, drawn to the second city's style, thriving intellectual life, and liveliness.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Legends and Traditions (Museo de Tradiciones y Leyendas), and then visit Catedral de la Asunción. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Juan Bautista de Subtiava and then contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Negro Volcano.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Leon trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Granada to Leon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Leon are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Leon

Museums Parks Nature
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Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian ©
Cerro Negro Volcano ©
Cerro Negro Volcano
Catedral de la Asunción ©
Catedral de la Asunción

3
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.
Antigua is known for historic sites, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: 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 take in the exciting artwork at Belfinart.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Antigua itinerary maker site.

Getting from Leon to Antigua by combination of bus and flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Leon in April, with highs in Antigua at 32°C and lows at 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Guatemala City.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Arco de Santa Catalina ©
Arco de Santa Catalina
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced

3
nights
Guatemala City, Guatemala

Guatemala City ©
The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
Guatemala City is known for shopping, zoos & aquariums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the resident critters at La Aurora Zoo, buy something for everyone on your list at Paseo Cayala, stroll around Cerrito del Carmen, and see the interesting displays at Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Guatemala City sightseeing planner.

You can take a bus from Antigua to Guatemala City in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In April, daily temperatures in Guatemala City can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Roatan.

Things to do in Guatemala City

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Palacio Nacional ©
Palacio Nacional
La Aurora Zoo ©
La Aurora Zoo
Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena ©
Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena

3
nights
Roatan, Honduras

The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Roatan is known for wildlife, beaches, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, enjoy the sand and surf at West Bay Beach, and view the masterpieces at Shawn Jackson Gallery.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Roatan online trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Guatemala City to Roatan in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Guatemala City in April, things will get a bit warmer in Roatan: highs are around 36°C and lows about 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to San Pedro.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Zipline
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
San Pedro is known for wildlife, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the vivid underwater world at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, stop by Caye Coffee Roasting Co., see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our San Pedro attractions app.

Traveling by flight from Roatan to San Pedro takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In April in San Pedro, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to travel to San Ignacio.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Shark Ray Alley
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
Shark Ray Alley ©
Shark Ray Alley

3
nights
San Ignacio, Belize

San Ignacio ©
The cultural hub of the district, San Ignacio neatly blends tourism and tradition, expats and indigenous peoples into a convincingly authentic, but modern and welcoming inland town.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): delve into the distant past at Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum, steep yourself in history at Xunantunich Mayan Ruins, and then browse the exhibits of Cappello's Art Gallery. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Green Iguana Conservation Project and then Head underground at ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our San Ignacio sightseeing website.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Pedro to San Ignacio takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Belize City.

Things to do in San Ignacio

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Cayo
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ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal ©
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins ©
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins
Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum ©
Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum

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nights
Belize City, Belize

Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Change things up with a short trip to The Belize Zoo in La Democracia (about 42 minutes away). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Lamanai Archaeological Reserve, get interesting insight from Tours, admire the landmark architecture of Supreme Court of Belize, and center your mind and body at Yoga & Pilates.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Belize City day trip planner.

Getting from San Ignacio to Belize City by combination of bus and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Belize City are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Belize City

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trips

Lamanai Archaeological Reserve, The Belize Zoo
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Zipline
Lamanai Archaeological Reserve ©
Lamanai Archaeological Reserve
The Belize Zoo ©
The Belize Zoo

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