40 days in Central America Itinerary

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Roatan, Honduras
— 5 nights
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San Pedro, Belize
— 5 nights
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Hopkins, Belize
— 1 night
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La Democracia, Belize
— 1 night
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Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 1 night
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 3 nights
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San Salvador, El Salvador
— 5 nights
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
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Panama City, Panama
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Roatan, Honduras — 5 nights

The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Roatan is known for wildlife, beaches, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: have unforgettable encounters with West Bay Divers, indulge in some personalized pampering at Spa Baan Suerte, deepen your understanding at Steel Pan Alley, and enjoy the sand and surf at Little French Key.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Roatan trip planner.

Chennai, India to Roatan is an approximately 28.5-hour flight. Traveling from Chennai to Roatan, you'll gain 11.5 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Chennai, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Roatan, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to San Pedro.
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San Pedro, Belize — 5 nights

San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Spend the 8th (Thu) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. The adventure continues: get outside with Outdoor Activities, laugh and play at Secret Beach Waterpark, see the vivid underwater world at Shark Ray Alley, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Victoria House Spa.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the San Pedro online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Roatan to San Pedro takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In June, daytime highs in San Pedro are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Hopkins.
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Hopkins, Belize — 1 night

Advertised as the "Friendliest Village in Belize," Hopkins remains a small fishing settlement on a stretch of golden coastline that offers plenty of modern amenities.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Glover's Reef Marine Reserve.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Hopkins visit planner.

You can fly from San Pedro to Hopkins in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Hopkins can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to La Democracia.
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La Democracia, Belize — 1 night

On the 13th (Tue), meet the residents at The Belize Zoo.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our La Democracia online visit planner.

Drive from Hopkins to La Democracia in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and car. In June, daily temperatures in La Democracia can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Tikal National Park.
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Tikal National Park, Guatemala — 1 night

Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): delve into the mystery of Tikal.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Tikal National Park trip planner.

You can drive from La Democracia to Tikal National Park in 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Antigua.
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Antigua, Guatemala — 3 nights

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.
Step out of Antigua with an excursion to La Aurora Zoo in Guatemala City--about 56 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, explore the world behind art at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, make a trip to Cerro de la Cruz, and examine the collection at Museo Casa del Tejido Antiguo.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Antigua tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Tikal National Park to Antigua in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In June, daily temperatures in Antigua can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to San Salvador.
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San Salvador, El Salvador — 5 nights

The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
San Salvador is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Cinquera Rain Forest Park, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, examine the collection at Monseñor Romero Center, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia El Rosario.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the San Salvador travel route planner.

You can fly from Antigua to San Salvador in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Antigua in June, expect San Salvador to be somewhat warmer, temps between 35°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to fly to Manuel Antonio.
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica — 4 nights

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Manuel Antonio: Horseback Riding Tours (in Esterillos Este) and Jaco (Zipline, Aurora Yoga, &more). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, stroll around Parque Nahomi, cast your line with Fishing Costa Rica with Big Eye Charters, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip planner.

You can fly from San Salvador to Manuel Antonio in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to Monteverde.
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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.
On the 27th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Monteverde Karmen'Massage. Here are some ideas for day two: gain a rich perspective with El Trapiche Tour, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then stop by Foresta.

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You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.
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Tortuguero, Costa Rica — 1 night

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

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

Getting from Monteverde to Tortuguero by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in June, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica — 5 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: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, stroll through Proyecto Asis, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Panama City.
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Panama City, Panama — 5 nights

Dubai of Latin America

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Panama City is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stop by Casco Viejo, admire the natural beauty at Mariposario Metropolitano, delve into the distant past at Panama La Vieja, and get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Panama City trip planning tool.

Fly from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Panama City in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Panama City, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, daytime highs in Panama City are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.
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