8 days in Central America Itinerary

8 days in Central America Itinerary

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8 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: Calgary, Canada
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Panama City, Panama
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + bus + shuttle:  8​h 15​min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + bus + Fly:  8​h
3
San Salvador, El Salvador
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
San Pedro, Belize
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Calgary, Canada

2
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
On the 2nd (Mon), make a trip to Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) and then make a trip to Panama Canal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Casco Viejo and then get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama.

For other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Panama City day trip planning site .

Calgary, Canada to Panama City is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Calgary to Panama City due to the time zone difference. In December, Panama City is much hotter than Calgary - with highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Panama City

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): get outside with Salto and then take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs. On your second day here, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then shop like a local with Galeria Estudio, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip maker tool .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Panama City to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Panama City to La Fortuna de San Carlos, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel to San Salvador.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

1
day
San Salvador, El Salvador

San Salvador ©
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Cinquera Rain Forest Park, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia El Rosario, then see the interesting displays at Monseñor Romero Center, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica de la Ceiba de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read San Salvador road trip website .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Salvador in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. December in San Salvador sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in San Salvador

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Cinquera Rain Forest Park ©
Cinquera Rain Forest Park
Iglesia El Rosario ©
Iglesia El Rosario
Monseñor Romero Center ©
Monseñor Romero Center

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 7th (Sat), see the vivid underwater world at Hol Chan Marine Reserve and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On your second day here, take in the exciting artwork at Belizean Arts and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the San Pedro trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from San Salvador to San Pedro in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. When traveling from San Salvador in December, plan for a bit cooler days in San Pedro, with highs around 33°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
Spas

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