44 days in Central America Itinerary

44 days in Central America Itinerary

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44 days in Central America Itinerary

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

4
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Venture out of the city with trips to Iglesia de San Pedro (in Isla Taboga) and Gatun Locks (in Colon). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de San José, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Metropolitan National Park, and examine the collection at Biomuseo.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Panama City trip planning app .

Dublin, Ireland to Panama City is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern Standard Time is minus 5 hours. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Dublin in April, with highs in Panama City at 38°C and lows at 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Panama City

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gatun Locks, Iglesia de San Pedro
Find places to stay Apr 14 — 18:
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Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) ©

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Manuel Antonio side-trips: Horseback Riding Tours (in Esterillos Este) and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours (in Jaco). The adventure continues: stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio day trip tool .

You can fly from Panama City to Manuel Antonio in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Quepos, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, Horseback Riding Tours
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 21:
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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.
On the 22nd (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stroll through Monteverde Frog Pond. Keep things going the next day: stop by Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour, and finally get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde journey maker app .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Apr 21 — 23:
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Zipline
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

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: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, explore by horseback at Arenal Wilberth Stables, hike along Bogarin Trail, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online holiday planner .

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
Find places to stay Apr 23 — 27:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

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.
Get out of town with these interesting San Jose side-trips: Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park) and Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca). There's much more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Irazu Volcano National Park, explore the galleries of Galeria Namu, cruise along Top Travel Costa Rica, and contemplate the long history of Teatro Nacional Costa Rica.

To find more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our San Jose day trip planning site .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in San Jose are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Copan Ruinas.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Poas Volcano, Irazu Volcano National Park
Find places to stay Apr 27 — 30:
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Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Irazu Volcano National Park ©
Irazu Volcano National Park

3
nights
Copan Ruinas, Honduras

Copan Ruinas ©
The colorful, cultural town of Copan boasts attractions old and new, manmade and natural.
Copan Ruinas is known for historic sites, parks, museums, nature, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Copan Ruinas, see the interesting displays at Museo Escolar Casa K'Inich, catch a live event at Mayan Ball Court, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Luna Jaguar Hot Spring.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Copan Ruinas online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from San Jose to Copan Ruinas takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in April, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Antigua.

Things to do in Copan Ruinas

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Mayan Ruins of El Puente
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 3:
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Luna Jaguar Hot Spring ©
Luna Jaguar Hot Spring
Copan Ruinas ©
Copan Ruinas
Spas

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Antigua: Guatemala City (Catedral Metropolitana, Palacio Nacional, & more). The adventure continues: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, explore the ancient world of Convento de las Capuchinas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, and don't miss a visit to Cerro de la Cruz.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Antigua trip planner .

Take a shuttle from Copan Ruinas to Antigua in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In May, Antigua is slightly colder than Copan Ruinas - with highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Salvador.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Guatemala City
Find places to stay May 3 — 6:
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Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums

3
nights
San Salvador, El Salvador

San Salvador ©
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
Take a break from San Salvador with a short trip to El Imposible National Park in Ahuachapan, about 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia El Rosario, pause for some photo ops at The Monunment of Memory and truth, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica de la Ceiba de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, and delve into the distant past at Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read San Salvador holiday tool .

Getting from Antigua to San Salvador by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Antigua in May, with highs in San Salvador at 36°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Roatan.

Things to do in San Salvador

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

El Imposible National Park
Find places to stay May 6 — 9:
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Cinquera Rain Forest Park ©
Cinquera Rain Forest Park
Iglesia El Rosario ©
Iglesia El Rosario

4
nights
Roatan, Honduras

Roatan ©
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 nature's colorful creations at Blue Harbor Tropical Arboretum, look for gifts at Karma Jewelry Design, and look for all kinds of wild species at Little French Key.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Roatan online journey planner .

Getting from San Salvador to Roatan by combination of car and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In May, daytime highs in Roatan are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to San Pedro.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay May 9 — 13:
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Blue Island Divers ©
Blue Island Divers
Zipline
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.
Spend the 16th (Sat) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, see the vivid underwater world at Mexico Rocks, kick back and relax at Secret Beach Belize, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our San Pedro trip maker website .

Traveling by flight from Roatan to San Pedro takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in May, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to San Ignacio.

Things to do in San Pedro

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Ambergris Caye
Find places to stay May 13 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours

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.
When in San Ignacio, make a side trip to see Blue Hole National Park in Belmopan, approximately 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal, tour the pleasant surroundings at Green Iguana Conservation Project, explore the ancient world of Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum, and explore the galleries of Cappello's Art Gallery.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Ignacio trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from San Pedro to San Ignacio in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) 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
Find places to stay May 17 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): see the interesting displays at Centro de Conservacion e Investigaction and then explore the striking landscape of Tikal.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Tikal National Park online trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Ignacio to Tikal National Park takes 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Belize City.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 20 — 21:
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Tikal ©
Tikal

6
nights
Belize City, Belize

Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
When in Belize City, make a side trip to see The Belize Zoo in La Democracia, approximately 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Lamanai Archaeological Reserve, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Community Baboon Sanctuary Visitor Center and Museum, and look for gifts at Caribbean Spice Belize.

To see maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Belize City trip itinerary builder app .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Tikal National Park to Belize City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or drive. May in Belize City sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Belize City

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Belize District, The Belize Zoo, Lamanai Archaeological Reserve
Find places to stay May 21 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
The Belize Zoo ©
The Belize Zoo
Lamanai Archaeological Reserve ©
Lamanai Archaeological Reserve

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