26 days in Central America & South America Itinerary

26 days in Central America & South America Itinerary

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26 days in Central America & South America Itinerary

Start: Newark, United States
Fly + Drive:  10​h
1
Antigua, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  5​h 30​min
2
Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 1 day
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  20​h 30​min
3
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Foot + Bus:  3​h
4
Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
5
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
6
Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  12​h 15​min
7
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Ferry:  2​h 30​min
8
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 4 nights
Ferry:  2​h 30​min
9
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Newark, United States

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): don't miss a visit to San Jose El Viejo. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to The Plaza Central Park, then contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, and then get impressive views of volcano Agua.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Antigua trip planning tool .

Newark, USA to Antigua is an approximately 10-hour flight. Traveling from Newark to Antigua, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in March, things will get much warmer in Antigua: highs are around 79°F and lows about 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Antigua

Nature Parks Museums
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Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Arco de Santa Catalina ©
Arco de Santa Catalina
The Plaza Central Park ©
The Plaza Central Park

1
day
Tikal National Park, Guatemala

Tikal National Park
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
On the 28th (Thu), admire all the interesting features of Tikal.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tikal National Park travel planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Antigua to Tikal National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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2
nights
Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Step off the beaten path and head to Intipuncu and Los Jardines de Mandor. Step out of Machu Picchu to go to Santa Teresa and see Zipline, which is approximately 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, don't miss a visit to Plaza Manco Capac, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, and stop by Mapi Art.

To plan Machu Picchu vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tikal National Park to Machu Picchu. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Peru Time (PET) is 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Adventure Tours

Side Trips

Zipline, Inca Bridge
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu
Zipline

4
nights
Cusco, Peru

Cusco ©
Capital of the Inca Empire for three centuries, World Heritage-listed Cusco is now a major tourist destination, drawing nearly 2 million annual tourists with its well-preserved colonial architecture and proximity to Machu Picchu.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sacred Valley of the Incas and Spas & Wellness. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, contemplate the long history of Tipon, and admire the striking features of The Company of Jesus Church.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Cusco trip website .

Getting from Machu Picchu to Cusco by combination of train and bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Horseback Riding Tours

1
night
Iguazu National Park, Argentina

Iguazu National Park ©
Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
On the 5th (Fri), take in the dramatic scenery at Cataratas del Iguazu. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head off the coast to Isla San Martin, take in the dramatic scenery at Salto Bernabe Mendez, then admire the sheer force of Salto San Martin, and finally admire all the interesting features of Wanda Mines.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Iguazu National Park road trip site .

Do a combination of flight and car from Cusco to Iguazu National Park in 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference moving from Peru Time (PET) to Argentine Time (ART) is 2 hours. In April, Iguazu National Park is a bit warmer than Cusco - with highs of 81°F and lows of 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Wanda Mines
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Isla San Martin ©
Isla San Martin
Salto San Martin ©
Salto San Martin

3
nights
Lima, Peru

Lima ©
Founded in 1535 by Spanish explorer Francisco Pizarro, Lima represents an interesting blend of modern attractions and preserved colonial architecture, much of it clustered in the World Heritage-listed city center.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Centro Historico de Lima and Walking tours. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), tour the pleasant surroundings at El Parque del Amor, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Lima, and get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco.

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You can do a combination of car and flight from Iguazu National Park to Lima in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Iguazu National Park to Lima, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Iguazu National Park in April, you will find days in Lima are slightly colder (76°F), and nights are about the same (66°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Parks Tours
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Centro Historico de Lima ©
Centro Historico de Lima
El Parque del Amor ©
El Parque del Amor
Cathedral of Lima ©
Cathedral of Lima

2
nights
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador

Puerto Villamil ©
Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Los Tuneles and Las Tintoreras. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Concha de Perla, step off the mainland to explore Turtle Island, meet the residents at Centro de Crianza Tortugas Gigantes Arnaldo Tupiza Chamaidan, and stroll through Playa Puerto Villamil.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Puerto Villamil fast, fun, and easy.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lima to Puerto Villamil. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Lima to Puerto Villamil. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Las Tintoreras ©
Las Tintoreras
Concha de Perla ©
Concha de Perla

4
nights
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Puerto Ayora ©
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Las Grietas and El Garrapatero. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva El Chato, browse the exhibits of Galeria Exotico Ecuador, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna las Ninfas, and take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Aymara.

Planning Puerto Ayora trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora takes 2.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora is 1 hour. In April, daytime highs in Puerto Ayora are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Cruz
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El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve
El Garrapatero ©
El Garrapatero
Laguna las Ninfas ©
Laguna las Ninfas

2
nights
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno ©
The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): take in the waterfront at Malecon San Cristobal, then kick back and relax at La Loberia, then make a trip to León Dormido, and finally don't miss a visit to La Casa del Ceibo. On your second day here, head off the coast to Isla Lobos, enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Chino Beach, and then make a trip to Segunda Zona Naval de la Armada del Ecuador.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno holiday builder tool .

Getting from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. In April in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

San Cristobal
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La Loberia ©
La Loberia
Puerto Chino Beach ©
Puerto Chino Beach
Dona Pilo ©
Dona Pilo

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