43 days in Central America Itinerary

43 days in Central America Itinerary

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43 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Roatan, Honduras
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
San Pedro, Belize
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Belize City, Belize
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + bus:  2​h
4
San Ignacio, Belize
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Antigua, Guatemala
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
San Salvador, El Salvador
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
8
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
10
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
11
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
12
Panama City, Panama
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: London, United Kingdom

4
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, adventure, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in panoramic vistas at El Faro, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and admire the natural beauty at Blue Harbor Tropical Arboretum.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Roatan trip maker site .

London, UK to Roatan is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from London to Roatan. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from London in January; daily highs in Roatan reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to fly to San Pedro.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 3:
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Zipline
Little French Key ©
Little French Key
West Bay Beach ©
West Bay Beach

4
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 San Pedro with an excursion to The Estuary of Caye Caulker in Caye Caulker--about 30 minutes away. Spend the 6th (Thu) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the exciting artwork at Belizean Arts, and explore the gorgeous colors at Shark Ray Alley.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read San Pedro planner .

You can fly from Roatan to San Pedro in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in February, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Belize City.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Ambergris Caye, The Estuary of Caye Caulker
Find places to stay Feb 3 — 7:
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours

4
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). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Lamanai Archaeological Reserve, pause for some photo ops at The Belize Sign Monument, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and delve into the distant past at Altun Ha.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Belize City trip maker .

Traveling by car from San Pedro to Belize City takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in February, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Ignacio.

Things to do in Belize City

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Belize District, Lamanai Archaeological Reserve, The Belize Zoo, Goff's Caye
Find places to stay Feb 7 — 11:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Lamanai Archaeological Reserve ©
Lamanai Archaeological Reserve
The Belize Zoo ©
The Belize Zoo

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.
Step out of San Ignacio to go to Belmopan and see Blue Hole National Park, which is approximately 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal, contemplate the long history of Xunantunich Mayan Ruins, tour the pleasant surroundings at Green Iguana Conservation Project, and view the masterpieces at Cappello's Art Gallery.

To find where to stay and tourist information, you can read our San Ignacio trip itinerary site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Belize City to San Ignacio takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in San Ignacio

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cayo, Blue Hole National Park
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ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal ©
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins ©
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins
Blue Hole National Park ©
Blue Hole National Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): examine the collection at Centro de Conservacion e Investigaction and then stroll through Tikal.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Tikal National Park travel route planner.

Traveling by car from San Ignacio to Tikal National Park takes 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Find places to stay Feb 14 — 15:
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Tikal ©
Tikal

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Antigua: Guatemala City (Catedral Metropolitana, La Aurora Zoo, & more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, don't miss a visit to San Jose El Viejo, look for gifts at Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales, and delve into the distant past at Arco de Santa Catalina.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Antigua attractions website .

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 and flight; or drive. February in Antigua sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Salvador.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Guatemala City
Find places to stay Feb 15 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Cerro de la Cruz ©
Cerro de la Cruz
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums

4
nights
San Salvador, El Salvador

San Salvador ©
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
Change things up with these side-trips from San Salvador: El Imposible National Park (in Ahuachapan) and Lake Coatepeque (in Coatepeque). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Cinquera Rain Forest Park, pause for some photo ops at The Monunment of Memory and truth, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia El Rosario, and examine the collection at Monseñor Romero Center.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our San Salvador day trip app .

You can drive from Antigua to San Salvador in 4 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Antigua in February; daily highs in San Salvador reach 38°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in San Salvador

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

El Imposible National Park, Lake Coatepeque
Find places to stay Feb 19 — 23:
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El Imposible National Park ©
El Imposible National Park
Cinquera Rain Forest Park ©
Cinquera Rain Forest Park
Iglesia El Rosario ©
Iglesia El Rosario

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.
Explore San Jose's surroundings by going to Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca), Jardin Botanico Lankester (in Cartago) and Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Irazu Volcano National Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Toucan Rescue Ranch, and enjoy some music at Teatro Nacional Costa Rica.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read San Jose road trip app .

You can fly from San Salvador to San Jose in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Salvador in February, expect nights in San Jose to be about the same, around 21°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Poas Volcano, Toucan Rescue Ranch, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Jardin Botanico Lankester, Irazu Volcano National Park
Find places to stay Feb 23 — 26:
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Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Irazu Volcano National Park ©
Irazu Volcano National Park

4
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, parks, trails, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos travel route planner.

Traveling by car from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
Find places to stay Feb 26 — Mar 1:
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

3
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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, nightlife, fun & games, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, view the masterpieces at Alas y Raices, look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, and take in the views from Santa Elena Skywalk.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Monteverde trip builder website .

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Mar 1 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

3
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.
Step out of Manuel Antonio to go to Jaco and see Zipline, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, explore the striking landscape of Manuel Antonio National Park, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and stroll around Parque Nahomi.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Quepos, Zipline
Find places to stay Mar 4 — 7:
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Zipline
River Rafting & Tubing

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, museums, nature, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, get to know the fascinating history of Casco Viejo, explore the striking landscape of Soberania National Park, and delve into the distant past at Panama La Vieja.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Panama City road trip site .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Panama City by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in March, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Panama City

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Nature
Find places to stay Mar 7 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) ©

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