22 days in Central America Itinerary

22 days in Central America Itinerary

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22 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: Oslo, Norway
Fly:  17 h 15 min
1
Panama City, Panama
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
+2
Shuttle + Bus + Fly:  8 h 30 min
4
Roatan, Honduras
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  2 h
5
San Salvador, El Salvador
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
6
Antigua, Guatemala
— 3 nights
Shuttle:  5 h
7
Copan Ruinas, Honduras
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  22 h
End: Oslo, Norway

3
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Let the collections at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama and Centro de Interpretacion de Ciudad del Saber capture your imagination. Do some cultural sightseeing at Casco Viejo and Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo. Step out of Panama City to go to Portobelo and see Black Christ, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, examine the collection at Biomuseo, steep yourself in history at Iglesia de San José, and view the masterpieces at Nina Concept Store.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Panama City trip itinerary planning app .

Oslo, Norway to Panama City is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Oslo to Panama City, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Oslo in June, expect Panama City to be much hotter, temps between 36°C and 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Panama City

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Portobelo
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Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama ©
Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo ©

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.
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum and Museo Nacional De Costa Rica are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will appreciate Jade Museum and Museo de Arte Costarricense. Step out of San Jose with an excursion to Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz in Vara Blanca--about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, get engrossed in the history at Museo Dr. Rafael Calderon Guardia, explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, and see the interesting displays at Centro Costarricense de Ciencias y Cultura.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Jose day trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Panama City to San Jose takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 June, things will get slightly colder in San Jose: highs are around 32°C and lows about 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Riish and Toosh Afro Costa Rican Paintings, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz
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Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum ©
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum

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.
ChocoMuseo La Fortuna and Coco Loco Art Studio & Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Wood & Art Gallery and Onirica Art Gallery. The adventure continues: indulge in some personalized pampering at Tabacon Hot Springs, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Waterfall, browse the exhibits of Galeria Estudio, and take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip app .

Drive from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Roatan.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Ecotermales Fortuna ©
Ecotermales Fortuna
ChocoMuseo La Fortuna ©
ChocoMuseo La Fortuna

2
nights
Roatan, Honduras

Roatan ©
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Get a sense of the local culture at Roatan Underwater Museum and Shawn Jackson Gallery. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at West Bay Beach and Blue Island Divers. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Little French Key, take in panoramic vistas at El Faro, look for gifts at Waves of Art, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Tabyana Beach.

Before you visit Roatan, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Roatan in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to San Salvador.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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West Bay Beach ©
West Bay Beach
Little French Key ©
Little French Key
Blue Island Divers ©
Blue Island Divers

3
nights
San Salvador, El Salvador

San Salvador ©
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Museo Nacional de Antropología Dr. David J. Guzman and Museum of the Word and Image. Museum-lovers will get to explore Monseñor Romero Center and El Arbol de Dios. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte de El Salvador, explore the engaging exhibits at Tin Marin Children's Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de la Ceiba de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, and don't miss a visit to Mirador Municipal Jose Antonio Rodriguez Porth.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our San Salvador tour planner.

Getting from Roatan to San Salvador by combination of flight and car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Roatan in July, expect little chillier with lows of 24°C in San Salvador. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Antigua.

Things to do in San Salvador

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
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Monseñor Romero Center ©
Monseñor Romero Center
Museo de Arte de El Salvador ©
Museo de Arte de El Salvador

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Casa Santo Domingo Museums and Palacio Nacional. Museum-lovers will appreciate ChocoMuseo and Museo Popol Vuh. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Antigua: Guatemala City (Catedral Metropolitana, National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, &more). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, delve into the distant past at Convento de las Capuchinas, examine the collection at Museo Casa del Tejido Antiguo, and contemplate the long history of Casa Popenoe.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Antigua trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Salvador to Antigua takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from San Salvador in July; daily highs in Antigua reach 29°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to take a shuttle to Copan Ruinas.

Things to do in Antigua

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Guatemala City
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Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
ChocoMuseo ©
ChocoMuseo

2
nights
Copan Ruinas, Honduras

Copan Ruinas ©
The colorful, cultural town of Copan boasts attractions old and new, manmade and natural.
On the 16th (Thu), make a trip to Mayan Ruins of El Puente, examine the collection at Sculpture Museum, then examine the collection at Museo Escolar Casa K'Inich, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo de Arqueologia. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Mayan Ball Court, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then delve into the distant past at Copan Ruinas.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Copan Ruinas trip site .

You can take a shuttle from Antigua to Copan Ruinas in 5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In July, Copan Ruinas is a bit warmer than Antigua - with highs of 33°C and lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Copan Ruinas

Museums Historic Sites Spas

Side Trip

Mayan Ruins of El Puente
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Sculpture Museum ©
Sculpture Museum
Copan Ruinas ©
Copan Ruinas
Museo de Arqueologia ©
Museo de Arqueologia

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