52 days in Caribbean & South America Itinerary

52 days in Caribbean & South America Itinerary

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52 days in Caribbean & South America Itinerary

Start: Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
bus + Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Willemstad, Curacao
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
2
Bogota, Colombia
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Cartagena, Colombia
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
San Andres Island, Colombia
— Few hours
Fly:  6​h 30​min
5
Lima, Peru
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Paracas, Peru
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
7
Ica, Peru
— 4 nights
bus:  2​h
8
Nazca, Peru
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h
9
Arequipa, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
10
La Paz, Bolivia
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  2​h
11
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
12
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
13
Medellin, Colombia
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
14
Guatape, Colombia
— 1 night
+3
bus + subway + foot + Fly:  3​h 45​min
15
Bogota, Colombia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
16
Zipaquira, Colombia
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
17
Sint Willibrordus, Curacao
— 1 day
Drive:  45​min
18
Willemstad, Curacao
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 45​min
End: Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

1
night
Willemstad, Curacao

Willemstad is the capital city of Curaçao, an island in the southern Caribbean Sea that forms a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. On the 2nd (Mon), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Willemstad trip planner .

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago to Willemstad is an approximately 6-hour combination of bus and flight. In March, daytime highs in Willemstad are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Willemstad

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge ©
Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge
Handelskade ©
Handelskade

5
nights
Bogota, Colombia

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.
When in Bogota, make a side trip to see Observatorio de Colibries in La Calera, approximately 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, don't miss a visit to Casa Libreria Wilborada 1047, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Bogota trip planner .

You can fly from Willemstad to Bogota in 5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Willemstad to Bogota. When traveling from Willemstad in March, plan for slightly colder days in Bogota, with highs around 23°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Tours Shopping
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Food Tours
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

6
nights
Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena ©
The site of the continent's first Spanish colony, Cartagena retains much of its colonial flavor thanks to a World Heritage-listed old town, encircled by old walls and protected by imposing fortresses.
Change things up with a short trip to Playa Blanca in Isla Baru (about 1h 05 min away). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, relax and rejuvenate at Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano), admire the landmark architecture of Las Bovedas, and race across the water with a speed boat tour.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Cartagena vacation planner.

You can fly from Bogota to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Bogota in March: high temperatures in Cartagena hover around 37°C and lows are around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Blanca, Oceanario
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Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca

few
hours
San Andres Island, Colombia

San Andres Island
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our San Andres Island trip maker website .

Traveling by flight from Cartagena to San Andres Island takes 3.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in San Andres Island can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. You will leave for Lima on the 14th (Sat).

Things to do in San Andres Island

Outdoors Tours Parks
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4
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.
Lima is known for parks, historic sites, museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, kick back and relax at Playa Kon-Tiki, steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana, and take a stroll through Barranco.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Lima tour planning tool .

Getting from San Andres Island to Lima by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Traveling from San Andres Island in March, expect slightly colder with lows of 24°C in Lima. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Paracas.

Things to do in Lima

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

1
night
Paracas, Peru

Paracas ©
A port town largely devoted to tourism, Paracas serves as a popular starting point for exploration of Peru's south coast.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): kick back and relax at Playa de la Mina, step off the mainland to explore Islas Ballestas, and then explore the galleries of Pukasoncco, Arte Precolombino..

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Paracas travel planner .

Traveling by car from Lima to Paracas takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March in Paracas, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Ica.

Things to do in Paracas

Parks Beaches Nature
Find places to stay Mar 19 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Islas Ballestas ©
Islas Ballestas
Playa de la Mina
Playa de la Mina

4
nights
Ica, Peru

Ica ©
Located on the Ica River in the desert areas of Peru's southern coast, the city of Ica stands as something of an oasis in the dry, barren landscape.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Laguna De Huacachina. And it doesn't end there: learn about winemaking at Tacama, admire the landmark architecture of Santuario del Senor de Luren, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and explore the activities along Oasis of Huacachina.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Ica trip builder .

Traveling by bus from Paracas to Ica takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Nazca.

Things to do in Ica

Parks Nature Tours
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Parque De Las Brujas De Cachiche ©
Parque De Las Brujas De Cachiche
Tacama ©
Tacama
Wine Tours & Tastings

3
nights
Nazca, Peru

Nazca ©
The southern city of Nazca draws visitors to its archaeological and historical sites.
Nazca is known for historic sites, museums, childrens museums, outdoors, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Nasca Lines, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, stroll the grounds of Cementerio Chauchilla, and take an in-depth tour of Didactic Museum Antonini (Museo Antonini).

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Nazca trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Ica to Nazca takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Arequipa.

Things to do in Nazca

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Cementerio Chauchilla ©
Cementerio Chauchilla
Nasca Lines ©
Nasca Lines

2
nights
Arequipa, Peru

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): admire the striking features of Plaza de Armas, take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, get to know the fascinating history of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, then browse the exhibits of Arte Colonial, and finally examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at La Iberica and then steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Arequipa.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Arequipa trip planner .

Getting from Nazca to Arequipa by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. March in Arequipa sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Museo Santuarios Andinos ©
Museo Santuarios Andinos

3
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): make a trip to Mi Teleferico, then have fun at Urban Rush Bolivia, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour. Keep things going the next day: admire all the interesting features of WMDR Yungas Road.

For reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the La Paz trip builder .

You can fly from Arequipa to La Paz in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Arequipa to La Paz. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Arequipa in March; daily highs in La Paz reach 17°C and lows reach 3°C. On the 2nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors Scenic Drive Tours
Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 2:
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
WMDR Yungas Road ©
WMDR Yungas Road
Mercado de Las Brujas ©
Mercado de Las Brujas

5
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.
Explore Cusco's surroundings by going to Salinas de Maras (in Maras) and Cerveceria Willkamayu (in Urubamba). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino, admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Cusco online attractions planner .

Getting from La Paz to Cusco by combination of bus and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from La Paz to Cusco is minus 1 hour. In April, Cusco is somewhat warmer than La Paz - with highs of 23°C and lows of 7°C. You'll set off for Lima on the 7th (Tue).

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Salinas de Maras, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Cerveceria Willkamayu
Find places to stay Apr 2 — 7:
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

2
nights
Lima, Peru

Enjoy Lima some more: don't miss a visit to Circuito Magico Del Agua, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Lima, and tour the pleasant surroundings at El Parque del Amor.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Lima trip itinerary app .

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Lima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Cusco, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Lima, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Lima

Tours Parks Historic Sites
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Food Tours
Circuito Magico Del Agua ©
Circuito Magico Del Agua

5
nights
Medellin, Colombia

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Medellin is known for parks, museums, zoos & aquariums, historic sites, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de Guatape, identify plant and animal life at Parque Arvi, and have some family-friendly fun at Tejo In Medellin (tour).

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Medellin trip itinerary builder app .

You can fly from Cartagena to Medellin in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Cartagena in March, things will get little chillier in Medellin: highs are around 32°C and lows about 21°C. On the 22nd (Sun), you're off toLima.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Tejo In Medellin (tour)
Find places to stay Apr 9 — 14:
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Laguna de Guatape ©
Laguna de Guatape
Parque Arvi ©
Parque Arvi

1
night
Guatape, Colombia

Guatape ©
On the shores of a large artificial lake, Guatape ensures a pleasant experience in a quiet little town known for its friendly residents and attractive architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): head outdoors with Cable Paseo Guatape, then explore the striking landscape at Piedra Del Penol, and then get to know the fascinating history of Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol.

To see more things to do and tourist information, go to the Guatape trip maker tool .

Getting from Medellin to Guatape by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Medellin in April, with highs in Guatape at 26°C and lows at 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Guatape

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol
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Piedra Del Penol ©
Piedra Del Penol

2
nights
Bogota, Colombia

Bogota ©
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Jardin Botanico de Bogota Jose Celestino Mutis, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then look for gifts at Vitrina Guayca. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Parque de Usaquen, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, take an in-depth tour of Casa Museo Quinta de Bolivar, then see the interesting displays at Casa de Moneda - Coleccion Numismatica del Banco de la Republica, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at La Catedral Primada.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Bogota road trip planning app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Guatape to Bogota in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Guatape in April, with highs in Bogota at 22°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Zipaquira.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Highlights from your plan
Room Escape Games
Casa Museo Quinta de Bolivar ©
Casa Museo Quinta de Bolivar

1
night
Zipaquira, Colombia

Zipaquira ©
A tour of Zipaquira, the salt-mining capital of Colombia, remains one of the best day-trip ideas from Bogota.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Diocesana, and then steep yourself in history at Plaza de los Comuneros.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Zipaquira holiday planning website .

Traveling by car from Bogota to Zipaquira takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sint Willibrordus.

Things to do in Zipaquira

Historic Sites
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Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira ©
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
Catedral Diocesana ©
Catedral Diocesana
Plaza de los Comuneros ©
Plaza de los Comuneros

1
day
Sint Willibrordus, Curacao

Sint Willibrordus ©
On the 19th (Sun), explore the historical opulence of Landhuis Ascension and then stroll through Cas Abao Beach.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Sint Willibrordus online vacation planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Zipaquira to Sint Willibrordus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Zipaquira to Sint Willibrordus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Willemstad.

Things to do in Sint Willibrordus

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Cas Abao Beach, Landhuis Ascension
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Cas Abao Beach ©
Cas Abao Beach

3
nights
Willemstad, Curacao

Willemstad ©
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): head off the coast to Klein (Little) Curacao. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: Head underground at Hato Caves, enjoy the sand and surf at Blue Bay Beach, and then take a stroll through Riffort Village.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Willemstad trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Sint Willibrordus to Willemstad in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Willemstad

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Curacao
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Highlights from your plan
Klein (Little) Curacao ©
Klein (Little) Curacao
Blue Bay Beach ©
Blue Bay Beach
Mambo Beach ©
Mambo Beach

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