31 days in Central America Itinerary

31 days in Central America Itinerary

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31 days in Central America Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Belize City, Belize
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Roatan, Honduras
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
3
San Pedro, Belize
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + bus:  3​h 15​min
4
San Ignacio, Belize
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Antigua, Guatemala
— 3 nights
+5
bus + foot + bus + foot + Fly + Drive:  10​h 15​min
7
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
9
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
10
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
11
Panama City, Panama
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Toronto, Canada

2
nights
Belize City, Belize

Belize City ©
Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Altun Ha, meet the residents at The Belize Zoo, and then appreciate the history behind The Belize Sign Monument.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Belize City driving holiday app .

Toronto, Canada to Belize City is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Toronto to Belize City due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Toronto in January, with highs in Belize City at 32°C and lows at 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Roatan.

Things to do in Belize City

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Belize District, The Belize Zoo
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The Belize Zoo ©
The Belize Zoo
Altun Ha ©
Altun Ha
Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary

4
nights
Roatan, Honduras

Roatan ©
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Roatan is known for wildlife, beaches, adventure, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, enjoy breathtaking views from El Faro, kick back and relax at Blue Island Divers, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Manawakie Park.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Roatan trip itinerary website .

Fly from Belize City to Roatan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to fly to San Pedro.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Blue Island Divers ©
Blue Island Divers
Zipline
Little French Key ©
Little French Key

4
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Step out of San Pedro to go to Caye Caulker and see The Estuary of Caye Caulker, which is approximately 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: see the vivid underwater world at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, look for gifts at 12 Belize, and explore the striking landscape of Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the San Pedro trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by flight from Roatan to San Pedro takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. January in San Pedro sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to San Ignacio.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Ambergris Caye, The Estuary of Caye Caulker
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours

2
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.
On the 12th (Sun), stroll through Green Iguana Conservation Project and then explore the fascinating underground world of ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Xunantunich Mayan Ruins, then take in the exciting artwork at Cappello's Art Gallery, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Barton Creek Cave.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read San Ignacio online holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Pedro to San Ignacio takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in San Ignacio

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cayo
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ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal ©
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins ©
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins
Barton Creek Cave ©
Barton Creek Cave

1
night
Tikal National Park, Guatemala

Tikal National Park ©
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Centro de Conservacion e Investigaction and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tikal.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Tikal National Park day trip tool .

Drive from San Ignacio to Tikal National Park in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Tikal ©
Tikal

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Guatemala City (Catedral Metropolitana, La Aurora Zoo, & more). There's lots more to do: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, explore the ancient world of Convento de las Capuchinas, and don't miss a visit to San Jose El Viejo.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Antigua online holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Tikal National Park to Antigua takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Antigua

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Guatemala City
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 17:
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Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Cerro de la Cruz ©
Cerro de la Cruz
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums

1
day
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.
On the 18th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Tortuguero trip website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Antigua to Tortuguero. Traveling from Antigua in January, expect Tortuguero to be a bit warmer, temps between 33°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

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.
Go for a jaunt from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Vara Blanca to see Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz about 1h 50 min away. There's much more to do: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip planning app .

You can drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 22:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Alas y Raices, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour, and finally get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle.

For ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Monteverde online visit planner .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
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Zipline
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

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: Zipline (in Jaco) and Parasailing & Paragliding (in Dominical). There's much more to do: stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, explore the striking landscape of Manuel Antonio National Park, and walk around Parque Nahomi.

Plan my trip to Manuel Antonio with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Quepos, Zipline, Parasailing & Paragliding
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Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Zipline
River Rafting & Tubing

3
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 wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Panama Canal, explore the ancient world of Panama La Vieja, appreciate the extensive heritage of Casco Viejo, and explore the striking landscape of Soberania National Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Panama City attractions planner .

You can fly from Manuel Antonio to Panama City in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Panama City

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

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