29 days in Central America Itinerary

29 days in Central America Itinerary

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29 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: La Paz, Mexico
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Panama City, Panama
— 3 nights
2
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
3
San Salvador, El Salvador
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Managua, Nicaragua
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
5
San Pedro Sula, Honduras
— 1 day
6
Tegucigalpa, Honduras
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
7
Guatemala City, Guatemala
— 6 nights
8
Belize City, Belize
— 4 nights
Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Cluj-Napoca, Romania

3
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 Ancon Hill. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, get to know the fascinating history of Avenida Balboa, delve into the distant past at Panama La Vieja, and get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Panama City route planner.

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 changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Traveling from Cluj-Napoca in September, expect nights in Panama City to be warmer, around 28°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Panama City

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

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Toucan Rescue Ranch, Parque La Sabana, Irazu Volcano National Park, and other attractions you added. Go for a jaunt from San Jose to Poas Volcano National Park to see Poas Volcano about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum and get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the San Jose trip site .

Getting from Panama City to San Jose by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Panama City in September; daily highs in San Jose reach 32°C and lows reach 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to San Salvador.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Irazu Volcano National Park, Toucan Rescue Ranch, Poas Volcano
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Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Irazu Volcano National Park ©
Irazu Volcano National Park

3
nights
San Salvador, El Salvador

San Salvador ©
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Devil's Door (Puerta del Diablo) as well as El Imposible National Park. Change things up with a short trip to Lake Coatepeque in Coatepeque (about 1h 10 min away). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia El Rosario, examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Antropología Dr. David J. Guzman, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hospital Divina Providencia Chapel, and admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte de El Salvador.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the San Salvador trip planner.

You can fly from San Jose to San Salvador in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in San Salvador can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Managua.

Things to do in San Salvador

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lake Coatepeque, El Imposible National Park
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Parque Nacional El Boqueron ©
Parque Nacional El Boqueron
Iglesia El Rosario ©
Iglesia El Rosario
Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park
Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park

4
nights
Managua, Nicaragua

Managua ©
Nicaragua's largest and capital city, Managua remains relatively unknown as a tourist destination, though it boasts a scenic location on the southwestern shore of the Xolotlan Lake.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nicaragua Butterfly Reserve, Mi Museo, Catedral de Granada, and other attractions you added. There's more to do: make a trip to Puerto Salvador Allende and pause for some serene contemplation at Santiago of Managua Cathedral.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Managua tour itinerary planner .

Explore your travel options from San Salvador to Managua with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to San Pedro Sula.

Things to do in Managua

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Granada, Leon, Masaya
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Cerro Negro Volcano ©
Cerro Negro Volcano
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Apoyo
Apoyo

1
day
San Pedro Sula, Honduras

San Pedro Sula ©
Gang-related crime has given San Pedro Sula its current reputation as one of the most violent cities in the world.
You've now added Cusuco National Park to your itinerary. On the 16th (Mon), get outside with Cusuco National Park and then take in the dramatic scenery at Cataratas Pulhapanzak.

Plan my day in San Pedro Sula using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Explore your travel options from Managua to San Pedro Sula with the Route module. In September, daytime highs in San Pedro Sula are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Tegucigalpa.

Things to do in San Pedro Sula

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Cataratas Pulhapanzak
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Cusuco National Park ©
Cusuco National Park
Cataratas Pulhapanzak ©
Cataratas Pulhapanzak

2
nights
Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Tegucigalpa ©
Capital of Honduras, the 400-year-old city of Tegucigalpa boasts an impressive ensemble of colonial buildings flanking old stone streets, which lead to hillside parks and lively squares.
On the 17th (Tue), examine the collection at Museo para la Identidad Nacional, walk around Naciones Unidas El Picacho Park, and then take a stroll through Parque Central. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional La Tigra.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tegucigalpa planner .

Traveling by flight from San Pedro Sula to Tegucigalpa takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Pedro Sula in September, expect Tegucigalpa to be little chillier, temps between 34°C and 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Guatemala City.

Things to do in Tegucigalpa

Parks Nature Neighborhoods
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Naciones Unidas El Picacho Park ©
Naciones Unidas El Picacho Park
Parque Nacional La Tigra ©
Parque Nacional La Tigra
Museo para la Identidad Nacional ©
Museo para la Identidad Nacional

6
nights
Guatemala City, Guatemala

Guatemala City ©
The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Palacio de los Capitanes Generales, The Plaza Central Park, Cathedral de Santiago, and other attractions you added. There's much more to do: browse the exhibits of Palacio Nacional, browse the different shops at Paseo Cayala, see the interesting displays at Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Guatemala City attractions planner .

Explore your travel options from Tegucigalpa to Guatemala City with the Route module. Traveling from Tegucigalpa in September, you will find days in Guatemala City are slightly colder (28°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Belize City.

Things to do in Guatemala City

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Antigua
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Palacio Nacional ©
Palacio Nacional
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Acatenango Volcano ©
Acatenango Volcano

4
nights
Belize City, Belize

Belize City ©
Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
You've added Baron Bliss Lighthouse, St Herman's Cave, Turneffe Reef, and other attractions to your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Lamanai Archaeological Reserve, examine the collection at Museum of Belize, and explore the galleries of St John's Cathedral.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Belize City trip planner .

Fly from Guatemala City to Belize City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Guatemala City in September, expect Belize City to be a bit warmer, temps between 36°C and 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Belize City

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Altun Ha, Lamanai Archaeological Reserve, Turneffe Reef, St Herman's Cave, Shark Ray Alley
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Altun Ha ©
Altun Ha
Lamanai Archaeological Reserve ©
Lamanai Archaeological Reserve
Shark Ray Alley ©
Shark Ray Alley

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