15 days in Central America Itinerary

15 days in Central America Itinerary

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Antigua, Guatemala
— 1 night
Shuttle
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Guatemala City, Guatemala
— 1 night
Fly
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San Salvador, El Salvador
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tegucigalpa, Honduras
— 1 night
Drive
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Managua, Nicaragua
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Shuttle
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San Jose, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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Shuttle to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Drive to Changuinola, Fly to Panama City
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Panama City, Panama
— 1 night
Fly
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Belize City, Belize
— 2 nights
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Antigua, Guatemala — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Wed): look for gifts at Ileana Sotela Accesorios, get engrossed in the history at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, explore the ancient world of Convento de las Capuchinas, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, and finally explore the ancient world of Arco de Santa Catalina.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Antigua day trip planner.

New Orleans, USA to Antigua is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New Orleans in June, you will find days in Antigua are a bit cooler (77°F), and nights are cooler (62°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to take a shuttle to Guatemala City.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Jun 27 — 28:

Guatemala City, Guatemala — 1 night

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The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): learn more about the world around you at Museo Popol Vuh, examine the collection at Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, then steep yourself in history at Palacio Nacional, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de San Francisco.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Guatemala City road trip planning tool.

Traveling by shuttle from Antigua to Guatemala City takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June in Guatemala City, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 62°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to San Salvador.
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Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jun 28 — 29:

San Salvador, El Salvador — 2 nights

The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia El Rosario, examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Antropología Dr. David J. Guzman, and then see the interesting displays at Monseñor Romero Center. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Hospital Divina Providencia Chapel, identify plant and animal life at Cinquera Rain Forest Park, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the San Salvador itinerary planner.

Fly from Guatemala City to San Salvador in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Guatemala City in June, with highs in San Salvador at 86°F and lows at 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Tegucigalpa.
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Find places to stay Jun 29 — Jul 1:

Tegucigalpa, Honduras — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica de Suyapa, then walk around Naciones Unidas El Picacho Park, and then relax and rejuvenate at NutriSpot.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Tegucigalpa day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from San Salvador to Tegucigalpa takes 6 hours. Traveling from San Salvador in July, expect nights in Tegucigalpa to be about the same, around 65°F, while days are little chillier, around 83°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to Managua.
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Find places to stay Jul 1 — 2:

Managua, Nicaragua — 1 night

Bride of Xolotlan

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): see some colorful creatures with Dive Nicaragua, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santiago of Managua Cathedral, and then examine the collection at Traces Archaeological Museum Acahualinca.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Managua trip planning app.

Getting from Tegucigalpa to Managua by car takes about 6.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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Find places to stay Jul 2 — 3:

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica — 3 nights

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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, browse the exhibits of Onirica Art Gallery, view the masterpieces at Galeria Estudio, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Managua to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 6 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to catch the shuttle to San Jose.
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Find places to stay Jul 3 — 6:

San Jose, Costa Rica — 1 night

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.
On the 7th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and then soothe aching muscles at ZENfit 506.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our San Jose trip maker website.

Traveling by shuttle from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in July, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.
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Find places to stay Jul 6 — 7:

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica — 1 night

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Panama City.
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Find places to stay Jul 7 — 8:

Panama City, Panama — 1 night

Dubai of Latin America

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Metropolitan National Park, then get to know the fascinating history of Casco Viejo, and then get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Panama City trip builder website.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Panama City by combination of shuttle, car, and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Manuel Antonio to Panama City. In July, daily temperatures in Panama City can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Belize City.
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Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 8 — 9:

Belize City, Belize — 2 nights

Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then explore the ancient world of Altun Ha, and then admire the landmark architecture of Supreme Court of Belize. Keep things going the next day: stop by Moho Chocolate, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Belize Zoo, and then appreciate the history behind The Belize Sign Monument.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Belize City vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Panama City to Belize City takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Panama City to Belize City. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in July, and nighttime lows around 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to fly back home.
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Find places to stay Jul 9 — 11: