45 days in Central America Itinerary

45 days in Central America Itinerary

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45 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Fly:  20​h 15​min
1
Panama City, Panama
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  2​h 45​min
2
Boquete, Panama
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  8​h
3
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Granada, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
8
Leon, Nicaragua
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h 30​min
9
Antigua, Guatemala
— 4 nights
10
Copan Ruinas, Honduras
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
11
San Salvador, El Salvador
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  2​h
12
Roatan, Honduras
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
13
Placencia, Belize
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
14
San Ignacio, Belize
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
15
Belize City, Belize
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h
End: Cluj-Napoca, Romania

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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: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, explore the ancient world of Panama La Vieja, appreciate the extensive heritage of Casco Viejo, and take in the views from Bridge of the Americas.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Panama City online 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 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 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Boquete.

Things to do in Panama City

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

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Boquete, Panama

Boquete ©
Now known internationally for its fresh mountain air, year-round pleasant temperatures, and large community of North American expats, Boquete has changed rapidly since the start of the century, changing from a humble mountain town, into a humble mountain surrounded by gated communities and estates.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Pipeline Trail, The Lost Waterfalls-Boquete and Sendero Los Quetzales (The Quetzales Trail). Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Volcan Baru National Park and then hike along Sendero Los Quetzales (The Quetzales Trail). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of The Lost Waterfalls-Boquete and then trek along Pipeline Trail.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Boquete trip itinerary builder site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Panama City to Boquete in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Boquete

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Volcan Baru National Park ©
Volcan Baru National Park
The Lost Waterfalls-Boquete ©
The Lost Waterfalls-Boquete

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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 Parque La Sabana, Irazu Volcano National Park and Museo de Arte Costarricense. Change things up with a short trip to Poas Volcano in Poas Volcano National Park (about 1h 25 min away). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, and make a trip to Mercado Nacional de Artesanias.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our San Jose trip planner .

Traveling by car from Boquete to San Jose takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Boquete to San Jose due to the time zone difference. In September in San Jose, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Poas Volcano, Irazu Volcano National Park
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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

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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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Lake Arenal as well as Arenal Volcano. On the 11th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Arenal and then take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs. On the next day, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall and then get impressive views of Arenal Volcano.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip maker site .

Traveling by car from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

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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 Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena and then take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip maker site .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums
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Monteverde Orchid Garden ©
Monteverde Orchid Garden
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena

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nights
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja as well as Miravalles Volcano. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Llanos de Cortez Waterfall and then get impressive views of Miravalles Volcano. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get impressive views of Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Area de Conservacion Guanacaste online vacation planner .

Getting from Monteverde to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste by car takes about 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Granada.

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Llanos de Cortez Waterfall ©
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall
Miravalles Volcano ©
Miravalles Volcano

2
nights
Granada, Nicaragua

Granada
The lakeside city of Granada has the look and feel of a historically important economic and political center, with grand colonial architecture, a unified look, and many cultural attractions.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Masaya Volcano, Guadalupe Church and Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco. Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco, admire the landmark architecture of Guadalupe Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, then examine the collection at ChocoMuseo Granada, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Granada. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Apoyo and then get impressive views of Masaya Volcano.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Granada trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste to Granada in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Leon.

Things to do in Granada

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Masaya
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Apoyo
Apoyo
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Masaya Volcano ©
Masaya Volcano

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nights
Leon, Nicaragua

Leon ©
A cultured and storied city, Leon attracts guests from all over the world, drawn to the second city's style, thriving intellectual life, and liveliness.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Telica Volcano as well as Ruins of Leon Viejo. There's lots more to do: get impressive views of Cerro Negro Volcano, examine the collection at Museo de la Revolucion, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Legends and Traditions (Museo de Tradiciones y Leyendas), and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de la Asunción.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Leon trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Granada to Leon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Leon are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Leon

Parks Nature Museums
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Cerro Negro Volcano ©
Cerro Negro Volcano
Catedral de la Asunción ©
Catedral de la Asunción
Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian ©

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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 Museo Popol Vuh, Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, Acatenango Volcano, and other attractions. The adventure continues: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, make a trip to The Plaza Central Park, admire the masterpieces at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, and explore the ancient world of Convento de las Capuchinas.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Antigua trip website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Leon to Antigua in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Leon in September, things will get little chillier in Antigua: highs are around 28°C and lows about 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can catch the shuttle to Copan Ruinas.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Guatemala City
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Arco de Santa Catalina ©
Arco de Santa Catalina
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Acatenango Volcano ©
Acatenango Volcano

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nights
Copan Ruinas, Honduras

Copan Ruinas ©
The colorful, cultural town of Copan boasts attractions old and new, manmade and natural.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Copan Ruinas, make a trip to Hieroglyphic Stairway, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Macaw Mountain Bird Park & Nature Reserve. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Sculpture Museum, then experience rural life at Finca el Cisne, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Luna Jaguar Hot Spring.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Copan Ruinas trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Antigua to Copan Ruinas by shuttle takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Antigua in September, you will find days in Copan Ruinas are a bit warmer (33°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Salvador.

Things to do in Copan Ruinas

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Copan Ruinas ©
Copan Ruinas
Hieroglyphic Stairway ©
Hieroglyphic Stairway

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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 El Imposible National Park, Devil's Door (Puerta del Diablo) and Volcan San Salvador. Take a break from San Salvador with a short trip to Lake Coatepeque in Coatepeque, about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia El Rosario, explore the ancient world of Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park, examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Antropología Dr. David J. Guzman, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional El Boqueron.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the San Salvador trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Copan Ruinas to San Salvador in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. September in San Salvador sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Roatan.

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

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Roatan, Honduras

Roatan ©
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
You've added Half Moon Bay, Gumbalimba Park, Blue Harbor Tropical Arboretum, and other attractions to your itinerary. It doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Little French Key and stroll through West Bay Beach.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Roatan trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from San Salvador to Roatan by combination of car and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can fly to Placencia.

Things to do in Roatan

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Little French Key ©
Little French Key
West Bay Beach ©
West Bay Beach
Gumbalimba Park ©
Gumbalimba Park

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Placencia, Belize

Placencia ©
Once a humble fishing village, Placencia has been transformed into a leading tourist destination, with its focus primarily on outdoor activity and natural exploration.
You've now added Mayflower Bocawina National Park to your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Glover's Reef Marine Reserve (in Hopkins) and Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve (in Dangriga). There's more to do: explore the striking landscape of Laughing Bird Caye National Park.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Placencia visit website .

Traveling by flight from Roatan to Placencia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Ignacio.

Things to do in Placencia

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Glover's Reef Marine Reserve, Mayflower Bocawina National Park, Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve
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Laughing Bird Caye National Park ©
Glover's Reef Marine Reserve ©
Glover's Reef Marine Reserve
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve ©
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve

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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 day-by-day itinerary now includes 1000 Foot Falls, Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve and Belize Botanic Gardens. Change things up with a short trip to Blue Hole National Park in Belmopan (about 46 minutes away). The adventure continues: Head underground at ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal, delve into the distant past at Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins & Museum, identify plant and animal life at Green Iguana Conservation Project, and contemplate the long history of Xunantunich Mayan Ruins.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read San Ignacio trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Placencia to San Ignacio in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Belize City.

Things to do in San Ignacio

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cayo, Blue Hole National Park
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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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Belize City, Belize

Belize City ©
Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Old Belize Cultural and Historical Center, Shark Ray Alley, Museum of Belize, and other attractions. There's more to do: explore the ancient world of Altun Ha and browse the exhibits of St John's Cathedral.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Belize City trip itinerary site .

Do a combination of bus and flight from San Ignacio to Belize City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Belize City

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Altun Ha, Shark Ray Alley, Lamanai Archaeological Reserve
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Altun Ha ©
Altun Ha
Lamanai Archaeological Reserve ©
Lamanai Archaeological Reserve
Shark Ray Alley ©
Shark Ray Alley

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