14 days in Central America Itinerary

14 days in Central America Itinerary

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14 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: Trujillo, Peru
+2
Fly + bus + shuttle:  17​h
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
4
Panama City, Panama
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
5
San Pedro, Belize
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
San Salvador, El Salvador
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Trujillo, Peru

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.
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, get interesting insight from Tours, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

Trujillo, Peru to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Trujillo to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

1
night
Tortuguero, Costa Rica

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Tortuguero vacation planner .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. October in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature Museums
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

1
night
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 16th (Wed): take a memorable tour with Tours, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, and then walk around Parque Nahomi.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Parque Nahomi ©
Parque Nahomi

2
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, examine the collection at Biomuseo, explore the striking landscape of Metropolitan National Park, and get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Panama City trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by flight from Manuel Antonio to Panama City takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Manuel Antonio to Panama City. In October, daytime highs in Panama City are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) ©

2
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
On the 20th (Sun), take a memorable tour with Tours, see the vivid underwater world at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, and then stop by Caye Coffee Roasting Co., Ltd.. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then take in the exciting artwork at Belizean Arts.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the San Pedro holiday planning site .

Fly from Panama City to San Pedro in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and ferry. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Panama City to San Pedro due to the time zone difference. In October, daily temperatures in San Pedro can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to San Salvador.

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

3
nights
San Salvador, El Salvador

San Salvador ©
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): examine the collection at Monseñor Romero Center, then identify plant and animal life at Cinquera Rain Forest Park, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia El Rosario, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Antropología Dr. David J. Guzman, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica de la Ceiba de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, and then explore the ancient world of Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read San Salvador trip itinerary website .

Traveling by flight from San Pedro to San Salvador takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from San Pedro in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in San Salvador, with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Salvador

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Iglesia El Rosario ©
Iglesia El Rosario
Cinquera Rain Forest Park ©
Cinquera Rain Forest Park
Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park
Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park

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