32 days in Manta & Central America Itinerary

32 days in Manta & Central America Itinerary

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32 days in Manta & Central America Itinerary

Start: Porto Alegre, Brazil
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Manta, Ecuador
— 1 night
Fly:  13​h 45​min
2
San Salvador, El Salvador
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Antigua, Guatemala
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
San Pedro, Belize
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + bus:  3​h 15​min
5
San Ignacio, Belize
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  11​h 30​min
6
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
9
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
10
Panama City, Panama
— 4 nights
Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Porto Alegre, Brazil

1
night
Manta, Ecuador

A busy and wealthy port town, Manta serves as an increasingly important economic hub thanks to its thriving tuna fishing industry and famously productive population.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): kick back and relax at Playa San Lorenzo and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Museo del Banco Central, stroll through Playa Santa Marianita, then don't miss a visit to Parque Central Vicente Amador Flor, and finally make a trip to Centro Cívico Ciudad Alfaro.

To find maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Manta trip planner .

Porto Alegre, Brazil to Manta is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Ecuador Time (ECT), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to San Salvador.

Things to do in Manta

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Parque Central Vicente Amador Flor, Centro Cívico Ciudad Alfaro
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Playa San Lorenzo ©
Playa San Lorenzo
Centro Cívico Ciudad Alfaro ©
Centro Cívico Ciudad Alfaro

3
nights
San Salvador, El Salvador

San Salvador ©
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
Change things up with a short trip to El Imposible National Park in Ahuachapan (about 1h 35 min away). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Cinquera Rain Forest Park, get great views at Mirador Municipal Jose Antonio Rodriguez Porth, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia El Rosario, and explore the ancient world of Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Manta to San Salvador. The time zone difference when traveling from Manta to San Salvador is minus 1 hour. In September in San Salvador, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Antigua.

Things to do in San Salvador

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

El Imposible National Park
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Cinquera Rain Forest Park ©
Cinquera Rain Forest Park
Iglesia El Rosario ©
Iglesia El Rosario

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.
Take a break from Antigua with a short trip to La Aurora Zoo in Guatemala City, about 56 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, explore the ancient world of Arco de Santa Catalina, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, and don't miss a visit to San Jose El Viejo.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Antigua tour itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from San Salvador to Antigua takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or fly. Traveling from San Salvador in September, things will get little chillier in Antigua: highs are around 28°C and lows about 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Antigua

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

La Aurora Zoo
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Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
La Aurora Zoo ©
La Aurora Zoo
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced

3
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
San Pedro is known for wildlife, adventure, nightlife, spas, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the vivid underwater world at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, look for gifts at Caye Coffee Roasting Co., Ltd., see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our San Pedro trip planner .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Antigua to San Pedro in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In September, San Pedro is somewhat warmer than Antigua - with highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to San Ignacio.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting San Ignacio side-trips: Blue Hole National Park (in Belmopan) and The Belize Zoo (in La Democracia). The adventure continues: Head underground at ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal, delve into the distant past at Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum, contemplate the long history of Xunantunich Mayan Ruins, and admire the masterpieces at Tanah Mayan Art Museum.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our San Ignacio online travel route planner .

You can 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 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Monteverde.

Things to do in San Ignacio

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cayo, Tanah Mayan Art Museum, Blue Hole National Park, The Belize Zoo
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ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal ©
The Belize Zoo ©
The Belize Zoo
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins ©
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins

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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, wildlife, nightlife, fun & games, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, experience the excitement of Curi Cancha Reserve, meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde itinerary planning tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from San Ignacio to Monteverde. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure
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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.
When in La Fortuna de San Carlos, make a side trip to see Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz in Vara Blanca, approximately 1h 50 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, get a taste of the local shopping with Galeria Estudio, take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery, and stop by Galeria Aguas Verdes.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Tortuguero road trip planning tool .

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

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

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Manuel Antonio: Jaco (Costa Rica SUP'ers & Zipline) and Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary (in Dominical). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, walk around Parque Nahomi, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip planner .

Getting from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Jaco, Quepos, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Zipline

4
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 nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Panama Canal, wander the streets of Cinta Costera, delve into the distant past at Panama La Vieja, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Avenida Balboa.

To see where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Panama City road trip planner.

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. The time zone difference when traveling from Manuel Antonio to Panama City is 1 hour. September in Panama City sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Panama City

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

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