29 days in Central America Itinerary

29 days in Central America Itinerary

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29 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: Bridgetown, Barbados
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Panama City, Panama
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
2
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + shuttle:  5​h 30​min
6
Antigua, Guatemala
— 3 nights
+4
bus + foot + bus + foot + Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Belize City, Belize
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
San Ignacio, Belize
— 5 nights
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  19​h
End: Arequipa, Peru

4
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Avenida Balboa, Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, Summit Botanical Gardens, and other attractions you added. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Panama Canal, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Metropolitan National Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Gatun Lake, and take a stroll through Casco Viejo.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Panama City day trip planning 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 difference moving from Eastern European Time to Eastern Standard Time is minus 7 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cluj-Napoca in September: highs in Panama City hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Panama City

Parks Nature Neighborhoods
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Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo

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.
Nauyaca Waterfalls has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Nauyaca Waterfalls and then stroll through Playa Biesanz.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio itinerary builder .

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 difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. You'll set off for Monteverde on the 8th (Sun).

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Nauyaca Waterfalls
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Nauyaca Waterfalls ©
Nauyaca Waterfalls

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), Monteverde Orchid Garden and Santa Elena Skywalk. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): take in the views from Santa Elena Skywalk. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Monteverde journey tool .

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Monteverde Orchid Garden ©
Monteverde Orchid Garden
Santa Elena Skywalk ©
Santa Elena Skywalk

3
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Venado Caves, Arenal Natura Ecological Park, Lake Arenal, and other attractions. There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at La Fortuna Waterfall and explore the striking landscape of Arenal Volcano.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano National Park
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La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano
Lake Arenal ©
Lake Arenal

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana), Museo de Arte Costarricense and Mercado Nacional de Artesanias. Step out of San Jose to go to Poas Volcano National Park and see Poas Volcano, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Irazu Volcano National Park, get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, and see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our San Jose travel route app .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. You'll set off for Antigua on the 17th (Tue).

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Irazu Volcano National Park, Poas Volcano
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Irazu Volcano National Park ©
Irazu Volcano National Park
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Casa Santo Domingo Museums, Convento Santa Clara, Museo Popol Vuh, and other attractions. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, delve into the distant past at Convento de las Capuchinas, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Antigua tour builder tool .

You can fly from San Jose to Antigua in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Jose in September, expect nights in Antigua to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Belize City.

Things to do in Antigua

Museums Historic Sites Parks

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

3
nights
Belize City, Belize

Belize City ©
Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Belize Zoo as well as Turneffe Reef. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Lamanai Archaeological Reserve and get a new perspective on nature at St John's Cathedral.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Belize City travel route site .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Antigua to Belize City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Antigua in September, expect Belize City to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 29°C. On the 23rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to San Ignacio.

Things to do in Belize City

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Turneffe Reef, Lamanai Archaeological Reserve, Altun Ha, The Belize Zoo
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Lamanai Archaeological Reserve ©
Lamanai Archaeological Reserve
The Belize Zoo ©
The Belize Zoo
Altun Ha ©
Altun Ha

5
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Belize Botanic Gardens, Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, St Herman's Cave, and other attractions. Step out of San Ignacio to go to Belmopan and see Blue Hole National Park, which is approximately 46 minutes away. Spend the 26th (Thu) exploring the underground world of ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Xunantunich Mayan Ruins, identify plant and animal life at Green Iguana Conservation Project, and explore the ancient world of Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the San Ignacio trip maker app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Belize City to San Ignacio in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Ignacio

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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