27 days in Central America Itinerary

27 days in Central America Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Central America visit planner
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Belize City, Belize
Ferry
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Caye Caulker, Belize
— 2 nights
Ferry to Belize City, Bus to San Ignacio
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San Ignacio, Belize
— 2 nights
Drive
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Flores, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive
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Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 1 day
Drive
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Flores, Guatemala
— 1 night
Fly
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Guatemala City, Guatemala
Fly
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Managua, Nicaragua
Bus
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Granada, Nicaragua
— 4 nights
Shuttle to San Jorge, Ferry to Isla de Ometepe
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Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
Ferry to San Jorge, Bus to San Juan del Sur
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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
— 1 night
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Bus to Peñas Blancas, Foot to Peñas Blancas, La Cruz, Bus to La Fortuna de San Carlos
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nuevo Arenal, Costa Rica
— 1 day
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive
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Carate, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bocas del Toro, Panama
— 2 nights
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Ferry to Almirante, Bus to Panama Albrook, Taxi to Panama City
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Panama City, Panama
— 2 nights

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Belize City, Belize

Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Belize City route builder website.

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major aiport is Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 30°C. On the 29th (Fri), you'll travel to Caye Caulker.
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Caye Caulker, Belize — 2 nights

At just under 8 km (5 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide, the limestone coral island of Caye Caulker offers a small but perfectly formed getaway 32 km (20 mi) offshore from Belize City.
On the 29th (Fri), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then explore the gorgeous colors at Turneffe Reef. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Belizean Arts and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Caye Caulker road trip app.

Traveling by ferry from Belize City to Caye Caulker takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. July in Caye Caulker sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can fly to San Ignacio.
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San Ignacio, Belize — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): stroll through Green Iguana Conservation Project and then explore the ancient world of Cahal Pech. On your second day here, Head underground at Barton Creek Cave and then explore the ancient world of Xunantunich Mayan Ruins.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our San Ignacio itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Caye Caulker to San Ignacio in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Flores.
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Flores, Guatemala — 1 night

An island town, capital of the landlocked region of Peten, attractive Flores features pleasant architecture that complements the shimmering appearance of the surrounding lake.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): don't miss a visit to Jorge's Rope Swing and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ixpanpajul Nature Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Flores trip planner.

You can drive from San Ignacio to Flores in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can drive to Tikal National Park.
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Tikal National Park, Guatemala — 1 day

Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
On the 3rd (Wed), delve into the mystery of Tikal.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Tikal National Park using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Flores to Tikal National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Flores.
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Flores, Guatemala — 1 night

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Traveling by car from Tikal National Park to Flores takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. You'll set off for Guatemala City on the 4th (Thu).
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Guatemala City, Guatemala

The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
On the 4th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Relief Map and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Guatemala City route planner.

Getting from Flores to Guatemala City by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Flores in August; daily highs in Guatemala City reach 30°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Managua.
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Managua, Nicaragua

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.
To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Managua trip maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Guatemala City to Managua. On the 4th (Thu), you'll travel to Granada.
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Granada, Nicaragua — 4 nights

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.
Go for a jaunt from Granada to La Laguna de Apoyo to see Apoyo about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Mombacho, see the interesting displays at Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco, admire the striking features of Palacio Episcopal, and head off the coast to Islets of Granada.

To find maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Granada trip planner.

Traveling by car from Managua to Granada takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Isla de Ometepe.
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Side Trip
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Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua — 2 nights

Isla de Ometepe may be small in size, but it boasts two large volcanoes that dominate its landscape and influence the local lifestyle.
On the 9th (Tue), explore the activities along Laguna Charco Verde and then contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Concepcion.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Isla de Ometepe day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and ferry from Granada to Isla de Ometepe takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Juan del Sur.
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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua — 1 night

Set in a crescent-shaped bay, San Juan del Sur has become known as a popular surfing spot and coastal holiday destination for Nicaraguan families and international visitors alike.
On the 10th (Wed), whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the San Juan del Sur road trip website.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Isla de Ometepe to San Juan del Sur takes 3 hours. In August, daily temperatures in San Juan del Sur can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica — 2 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.
On the 11th (Thu), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs. Here are some ideas for day two: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then push the limits with an extreme tour.

Before you visit La Fortuna de San Carlos, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from San Juan del Sur to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Nuevo Arenal.
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Nuevo Arenal, Costa Rica — 1 day

On the 13th (Sat), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Nuevo Arenal route maker tool.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Nuevo Arenal takes an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sat) to allow time for travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica — 1 night

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos driving holiday planning website.

Traveling by car from Nuevo Arenal to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes an hour. You will leave for Monteverde on the 14th (Sun).
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Monteverde, Costa Rica — 2 nights

Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then relax and rejuvenate at Monteverde Massage Center. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Monteverde trip planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.
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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 16th (Tue): kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio and then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Carate.
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Carate, Costa Rica — 3 nights

Carate is known for nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the majestic nature at Ave Azul de la Osa.

To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Carate itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Carate takes 6 hours. On the 20th (Sat), you're off to Bocas del Toro.
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Bocas del Toro, Panama — 2 nights

Bocas del Toro, also known colloquially as Bocas Town, is the capital of the Panamanian province of Bocas del Toro and the district of Bocas del Toro. Keep things going the next day: head off the coast to Isla Pajaros and then see some colorful creatures with Panama Dive School.

To see reviews and more tourist information, read our Bocas del Toro trip planner.

Getting from Carate to Bocas del Toro by car takes about 9.5 hours. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll travel to Panama City.
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Find places to stay Aug 20 — 22:

Panama City, Panama — 2 nights

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Casco Viejo and then explore the ancient world of Panama La Vieja. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama and then make a trip to Panama Canal.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Panama City vacation maker tool.

You can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi from Bocas del Toro to Panama City in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry and bus. August in Panama City sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 22 — 24:

Corcovado National Park travel guide

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National Parks · State Parks