26 days in Bogota & Central America Itinerary

26 days in Bogota & Central America Itinerary

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Bogota, Colombia
— 2 nights
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Panama City, Panama
— 2 nights
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San Blas Islands, Panama
— 5 nights
Drive to Tocumen International Airport, Fly to Managua
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Managua, Nicaragua
— 5 nights
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San Salvador, El Salvador
— 3 nights
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Guatemala City, Guatemala
— 6 nights
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Bogota, Colombia
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Bogota, Colombia

— 2 nights

Athens of South America

Colombia's heart and soul, Bogota has earned the nickname "Athens of South America" thanks to its abundance of universities, libraries, and lower-level schools.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira and Parque 93. The adventure continues: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, take in the exciting artwork at Barrio La Candelaria, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Quebrada San Francisco o Vicacha, and discover the deep blue sea with Dive & Tours.

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Sao Paulo, Brazil to Bogota is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) to Colombia Standard Time (COT) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Sao Paulo in December, expect nights in Bogota to be much colder, around 9°C, while days are slightly colder, around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can fly to Panama City.

Things to do in Bogota

Tours · Neighborhoods · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:

Panama City, Panama

— 2 nights

Dubai of Latin America

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
On the 30th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia del Carmen, see the interesting displays at Afro-Antillian Museum (Museo Afro Antillano de Panama ), stop by Casco Viejo, then get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, and finally wander the streets of Cinta Costera.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Panama City trip planner.

You can fly from Bogota to Panama City in 5 hours. Traveling from Bogota in December, expect nights in Panama City to be much warmer, around 28°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 36°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to take the subway to San Blas Islands.

Things to do in Panama City

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:

San Blas Islands, Panama

— 5 nights
San Blas Islands represent the offshore area of the indigenous province of Guna Yala.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Isla Perro and Isla Chichime. Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore San Blas Islands and soothe aching muscles at Carpe Diem Sailing and Yoga.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our San Blas Islands trip planning tool.

Traveling by subway from Panama City to San Blas Islands takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. On the 5th (Wed), you'll travel to Managua.

Things to do in San Blas Islands

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 5:

Managua, Nicaragua

— 5 nights

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Catedral de la Asunción and Puerto Salvador Allende. Do some cultural sightseeing at Iglesia de La Merced and Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Managua: Masaya Crafts Market (in Masaya), Apoyo (in La Laguna de Apoyo) and Granada (Catedral de Granada, Spas & Wellness, &more). It doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santiago of Managua Cathedral and make a trip to Loma de Tiscapa.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Managua trip maker tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from San Blas Islands to Managua. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from San Blas Islands to Managua. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Salvador.

Things to do in Managua

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 10:

San Salvador, El Salvador

— 3 nights
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
Bring the kids along to Cinquera Rain Forest Park and Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park. Iglesia El Rosario and Monseñor Romero Center are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from San Salvador with a short trip to Playa El Tunco in El Tunco, about 52 minutes away. Spend the 10th (Mon) exploring nature at Parque Nacional El Boqueron. There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Metropolitana and walk around Bicentennial Park.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the San Salvador journey planning tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Managua to San Salvador. In January, daily temperatures in San Salvador can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to fly to Guatemala City.

Things to do in San Salvador

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 10 — 13:

Guatemala City, Guatemala

— 6 nights

Guate

The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
Volcán Pacaya and Iglesia de La Merced are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Bring the kids along to Palacio Nacional and La Merced. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Guatemala City: Guatemalan Billfishing Adventures (in Puerto Quetzal) and Antigua (Casa Santo Domingo Museums, Arco de Santa Catalina, &more). There's much more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at La Aurora Zoo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Metropolitana, buy something for everyone on your list at Paseo Cayala, and learn more about the world around you at Museo Popol Vuh.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Guatemala City online route planner.

Getting from San Salvador to Guatemala City by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from San Salvador in January, with highs in Guatemala City at 27°C and lows at 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Bogota.

Things to do in Guatemala City

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 13 — 19:

Bogota, Colombia

— 2 nights

Athens of South America

Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): look for gifts at Bta Capital and then contemplate the long history of Bolivar Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ciclovia de Bogota, explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Bogota itinerary planner.

You can fly from Guatemala City to Bogota in 6.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Guatemala City to Bogota due to the time zone difference. In January, Bogota is little chillier than Guatemala City - with highs of 23°C and lows of 7°C. On the 21st (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Historic Sites · Trails · Spas · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 21:

Nicaragua travel guide

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Churches · Volcanos · Specialty Museums
Still emerging as a major tourist destination, Nicaragua, the largest country in Central America, entices travelers with its rich history and remarkable natural beauty just waiting to be discovered. A holiday in Nicaragua allows you to explore a vibrant culture, scenic beaches, and plenty of spots off the beaten path. Majestic volcanoes, lakes, and forests offer numerous chances for exploration and exciting adventures, while major cities boast splendid colonial architecture. With access to coastlines on both the Pacific and the Caribbean, a vacation in Nicaragua appeals to those looking for thrilling surfing experiences, dramatic views, or a chance to spread out on a deserted tropical beach.