60 days in Central America & South America Itinerary

60 days in Central America & South America Itinerary

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60 days in Central America & South America Itinerary

Start: Guatemala City, Guatemala
Fly + shuttle:  4​h 30​min
1
Granada, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Panama City, Panama
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h
5
Cartagena, Colombia
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Bogota, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 30​min
7
Quito, Ecuador
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
8
Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
9
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
10
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  1​h 30​min
11
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 6 nights
Fly:  15​h
12
Roatan, Honduras
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  2​h
13
San Salvador, El Salvador
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
14
Copan Ruinas, Honduras
— 3 nights
bus:  5​h
End: Guatemala City, Guatemala

2
nights
Granada, Nicaragua

Granada ©
The lakeside city of Granada has the look and feel of a historically important economic and political center, with grand colonial architecture, a unified look, and many cultural attractions.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Granada: Masaya Volcano (in Masaya) and Apoyo (in La Laguna de Apoyo). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, look for gifts at Tio Antonio Hamaca, examine the collection at Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco, and get impressive views of Mombacho.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Granada trip planner.

Guatemala City, Guatemala to Granada is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Granada

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Masaya
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Masaya Volcano ©
Masaya Volcano
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Apoyo
Apoyo

6
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, parks, trails, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and head outdoors with Salto.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Granada to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Finca Luna Nueva
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

5
nights
San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose ©
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Explore San Jose's surroundings by going to Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park), Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca) and Cartago (Jardin Botanico Lankester & Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles). There's much more to do: cruise along Top Travel Costa Rica, make a trip to Central Bank (Banco Central), take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read San Jose travel planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in San Jose are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Cartago, Irazu Volcano National Park, Poas Volcano, Toucan Rescue Ranch, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 30:
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Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Irazu Volcano National Park ©
Irazu Volcano National Park

5
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Panama City: Iglesia de San Pedro (in Isla Taboga), Fort San Lorenzo (in Colon) and Portobelo (Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo & Nature & Wildlife Tours). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Metropolitan National Park, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Casco Viejo.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Panama City attractions planner.

You can fly from San Jose to Panama City in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Jose to Panama City, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In October, Panama City is a bit warmer than San Jose - with highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Portobelo, Iglesia de San Pedro, Fort San Lorenzo
Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 4:
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Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) ©

1
night
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.
On the 5th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena and then step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Cartagena trip itinerary builder app .

You can fly from Panama City to Cartagena in 2 hours. November in Cartagena sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites
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Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©

3
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.
Take a break from Bogota with a short trip to Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira in Zipaquira, about 54 minutes away. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Whee Institute, steep yourself in history at Bolivar plaza, and take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Bogota trip tool .

Fly from Cartagena to Bogota in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In November, Bogota is much colder than Cartagena - with highs of 22°C and lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
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Food Tours
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

5
nights
Quito, Ecuador

Quito ©
High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
Get out of town with these interesting Quito side-trips: Pichincha (in Puerto Quito), Cuicocha (in Cotacachi) and Cayambe (The Quitsato Sundial & Volcan Cayambe). Spend the 10th (Sun) among the fascinating landscape of Cotopaxi National Park. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, find something for the whole family at Nayon Xtreme Valley, don't miss a visit to Mitad Del Mundo, and explore the world behind art at Casa Museo Guayasamin.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Quito journey site .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Bogota to Quito in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Quito when traveling from Bogota in November, with lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Quito

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Cayambe, Cuicocha, Pichincha, Cotopaxi National Park
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Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania
Cuicocha ©
Cuicocha

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.
Lima is known for parks, historic sites, museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, take a stroll through Miraflores, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, and walk around Circuito Magico Del Agua.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Lima vacation planner.

You can fly from Quito to Lima in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Lima when traveling from Quito in November, with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Tours Museums
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Cusco: Pisac (in Pisac) and Salinas de Maras (in Maras). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, get engrossed in the history at Museo Inka, explore the ancient world of Tambomachay, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia De Santo Domingo.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Cusco trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Lima to Cusco takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in November, expect little chillier with lows of 8°C in Cusco. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Salinas de Maras, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Pisac
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 21:
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

4
nights
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Get out of town with these interesting Sao Paulo side-trips: National Sanctuary of Our Lady of Aparecida (in Aparecida) and Valenbier Microcervejaria (in Extrema). There's much more to do: walk around Parque Ibirapuera, admire the masterpieces at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP, see the interesting displays at Museu de Arte Brasileira - FAAP, and have some family-friendly fun at Pixel Realidade Virtual.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Sao Paulo road trip app .

You can fly from Cusco to Sao Paulo in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Cusco to Sao Paulo due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Cusco in November, with highs in Sao Paulo at 30°C and lows at 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Shopping Fun & Games

Side Trips

Valenbier Microcervejaria, National Sanctuary of Our Lady of Aparecida
Find places to stay Nov 22 — 26:
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Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera
Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue
Mercado Municipal de São Paulo ©
Mercado Municipal de São Paulo

6
nights
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro ©
Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Rio de Janeiro is known for beaches, nature, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Bondinho Pao de Acucar, appreciate the history behind Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, tour the pleasant surroundings at Barra da Tijuca Beach, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Tijuca.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro travel route planning website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Rio de Janeiro when traveling from Sao Paulo in November, with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Roatan.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Corcovado Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer
Bondinho  Pao de Acucar ©
Bondinho Pao de Acucar
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach

4
nights
Roatan, Honduras

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: get interesting insight from Tours, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Manawakie Park, head outdoors with Sunyata Charters, and tee off at The Black Pearl Golf Course.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Roatan trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Roatan takes 15 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Roatan is minus 3 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Roatan can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to San Salvador.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Zipline
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Roatan Underwater Museum ©
Roatan Underwater Museum

5
nights
San Salvador, El Salvador

San Salvador ©
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
Change things up with these side-trips from San Salvador: El Imposible National Park (in Ahuachapan) and Lago Suchitlán (in Suchitoto). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Cinquera Rain Forest Park, examine the collection at Monseñor Romero Center, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read San Salvador attractions planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Roatan to San Salvador takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Roatan in December since evenings lows in San Salvador dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Copan Ruinas.

Things to do in San Salvador

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Lago Suchitlán, El Imposible National Park
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Cinquera Rain Forest Park ©
Cinquera Rain Forest Park
El Imposible National Park ©
El Imposible National Park
Iglesia El Rosario ©
Iglesia El Rosario

3
nights
Copan Ruinas, Honduras

Copan Ruinas ©
The colorful, cultural town of Copan boasts attractions old and new, manmade and natural.
Copan Ruinas is known for historic sites, parks, museums, nature, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: relax in the rural setting at Finca el Cisne, see where the action happens at Mayan Ball Court, delve into the distant past at Copan Ruinas, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Copan Ruinas attractions planner.

Drive from San Salvador to Copan Ruinas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. When traveling from San Salvador in December, plan for slightly colder days in Copan Ruinas, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus back home.

Things to do in Copan Ruinas

Historic Sites Museums Spas
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 15:
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Mayan Ball Court ©
Mayan Ball Court
Spas
Copan Ruinas ©
Copan Ruinas

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