60 days in South America, Central America, Mexico & Caribbean Itinerary

60 days in South America, Central America, Mexico & Caribbean Itinerary

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Cusco, Peru
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Lima, Peru
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Quito, Ecuador
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Bogota, Colombia
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
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Granada, Nicaragua
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Antigua, Guatemala
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Roatan, Honduras
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San Pedro, Belize
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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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Cartagena, Colombia
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Scarborough, Trinidad and Tobago
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Georgetown, Guyana
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Canaima National Park, Venezuela
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Cayenne, French Guiana
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sugarloaf Mountain and Copacabana Beach. Museum-lovers will get to explore Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro and Imperial Museum. The adventure continues: appreciate the history behind Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, take a peaceful walk through Parque Nacional Tijuca, kick back and relax at Pedra do Arpoador, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Barra da Tijuca Beach.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro online vacation planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Rio de Janeiro. Traveling from Amsterdam in January, expect Rio de Janeiro to be much warmer, temps between 37°C and 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

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Sao Paulo, Brazil

Land of Drizzle

Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo and Afro Brazil Museum. Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP and Museu De Arte Sacra De Sao Paulo are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Museu da Lingua Portuguesa, get a taste of the local shopping with Paulista Avenue, stroll around Parque Ibirapuera, and pick up some local products at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Sao Paulo online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Rio de Janeiro in January, with highs in Sao Paulo at 33°C and lows at 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Wildlife
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Cusco, Peru

Imperial City

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sacsayhuaman and Sacred Valley of the Incas. You'll explore and learn at Museo de Arte Precolombino and Museo Inka. Step out of Cusco to go to Maras and see Salinas de Maras, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Tipon, pause for some serene contemplation at Cusco Cathedral, make a trip to San Blas, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of San Blas (Iglesia de San Blas).

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cusco trip builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Sao Paulo to Cusco takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Cusco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sao Paulo in January, you will find days in Cusco are a bit cooler (22°C), and nights are much colder (9°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

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Lima, Peru

City of the Kings

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): wander the streets of Miraflores, delve into the distant past at Huaca Pucllana, view the masterpieces at Galeria Indigo, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Arqueologia, Antropologia e Historia del Peru. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the pleasant sights at Zona Arqueologica caral, then admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), then take an in-depth tour of Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro).

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Lima trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Lima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cusco in January, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Lima: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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Find places to stay Jan 11 — 13:

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Quito, Ecuador

Light of America

High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
You'll explore and learn at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila and Casa Museo Guayasamin. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Quito and Museo Etnohistorico de Artesanias del Ecuador Mindalae. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, admire the landmark architecture of Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, explore the world behind art at La Capilla Del Hombre, and get engrossed in the history at Museum of Maria Augusta Urrutia (La Casa Museo Maria Augusta Urrutia).

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Quito road trip website.

Getting from Lima to Quito by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Lima in January: high temperatures in Quito hover around 26°C and lows are around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Quito

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites
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Bogota, Colombia

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museo Nacional de Colombia and Museo De La Universidad Del Rosario. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bogota: Observatorio de Colibries (in La Calera) and Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monserrate, don't miss a visit to Bolivar Square, and experience the excitement of Whee Institute - Learn Spanish in Bogota.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Bogota trip planning website.

Getting from Quito to Bogota by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Quito in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Bogota, with lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Parks · Classes · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 16 — 19:

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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Galeria Aymara and Maprae. There's much more to do: stroll through Charles Darwin Research Station, have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Ayora trip tool.

Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and bus from Bogota to Puerto Ayora takes 12 hours. Traveling from Bogota in January, expect nights in Puerto Ayora to be much hotter, around 27°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Monteverde.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 19 — 22:

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Monteverde, Costa Rica

Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): snap pictures at Santa Elena Skywalk and then stroll through Sustainability Demonstration Center. On the next day, appreciate the extensive heritage of Ecological Sanctuary, tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond.

To find out how to plan a trip to Monteverde, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of bus, ferry, flight, and taxi from Puerto Ayora to Monteverde in 16.5 hours. Traveling from Puerto Ayora to Monteverde, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 23 — 24:

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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around La Fortuna de San Carlos: Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park (in La Virgen) and Butterfly Conservatory (in El Castillo). There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Granada.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 24 — 27:

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Granada, Nicaragua

La Gran Sultana

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Apoyo, then admire the masterpieces at Casa de Los Tres Mundos, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, and finally see the interesting displays at Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Wed): contemplate the geological forces at Masaya Volcano, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Parroquial de Santiago, and then head off the coast to Islets of Granada.

To find where to stay and more tourist information, use the Granada online sightseeing planner.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Granada in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Granada

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 27 — 29:

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Antigua, Guatemala

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.
Get some historical perspective at Palacio Nacional and Convento de las Capuchinas. Museum-lovers will get to explore Casa Santo Domingo Museums and Centro Cultural La Azotea. Change things up with these side-trips from Antigua: Santo Tomas Church (in Chichicastenango), Guatemala City (National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology & Museo Popol Vuh) and Santa Catarina Palopo Church (in Santa Catarina Palopo). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, examine the collection at Museo Casa del Tejido Antiguo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at La Merced, and contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Antigua holiday builder site.

Fly from Granada to Antigua in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, daily temperatures in Antigua can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Roatan.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 2:

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Roatan, Honduras

The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Roatan Underwater Museum and Flamingo Cultural Center. There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, stop by Pies Bonitos, and kick back and relax at Little French Key.

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Getting from Antigua to Roatan by flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Antigua in February, expect Roatan to be a bit warmer, temps between 34°C and 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to San Pedro.

Things to do in Roatan

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 5:

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San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Museum-lovers will get to explore The Gallery of San Pedro and Belizean Arts. Next up on the itinerary: see the vivid underwater world at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, make a trip to Shark Ray Alley, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mexico Rocks, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the San Pedro trip maker app.

You can fly from Roatan to San Pedro in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In February, daily temperatures in San Pedro can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 5 — 8:

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Playa del Carmen, Mexico

The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Appreciate the collections at Balam Art On Feathers and Art Gallery Miniature. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Tulum Archaeological Site and Ek Balam. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Playa del Carmen: Chichen Itza (in Chichen Itza), Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and Tulum (Punta Laguna Nature Reserve, Shark Diving, &more). It doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and get in on the family fun at Xcaret.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Playa del Carmen visit planner.

You can fly from San Pedro to Playa del Carmen in 7.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Pedro to Playa del Carmen due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Pedro in February, plan for slightly colder nights in Playa del Carmen, with lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 8 — 12:

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Cartagena, Colombia

City of Heroes

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 13th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Baluarte de la Merced, then steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, and then contemplate the long history of Plaza Santo Domingo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, and then make a trip to Torre del Reloj.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cartagena road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Playa del Carmen to Cartagena takes 9.5 hours. In February, Cartagena is somewhat warmer than Playa del Carmen - with highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Scarborough.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Feb 12 — 14:

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Scarborough, Trinidad and Tobago

Scarborough is the largest city and capital of the Island of Tobago and the fifth-most-populous in Trinidad and Tobago. Change things up with a short trip to Little Tobago in Northeast Coast (about 1 hour away). Next up on the itinerary: take in the history at Fort King George, enjoy the sand and surf at Pigeon Point Beach, stroll through Adventure Farm and Nature Reserve, and explore the gorgeous colors at Buccoo Reef.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Scarborough trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Cartagena to Scarborough in 37.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Colombia Standard Time to Atlantic Standard Time is 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Georgetown.

Things to do in Scarborough

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 15 — 17:

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Georgetown, Guyana

Garden City of the Caribbean

Guyana's capital and main urban area, Georgetown represents the starting point for many visits to the country.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vreed-En-Hoop Mosque, take in the views from Kissing Bridge, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, and finally admire the striking features of St. George's Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at Pandama Retreat & Winery, appreciate the history behind The Non Aligned Monumnet, then explore the galleries of Guyana National Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Guyana Heritage Museum Demerara, and finally get your game on at GT Motorsports.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Georgetown driving holiday planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Scarborough to Georgetown. In February, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Canaima National Park.

Things to do in Georgetown

Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Feb 17 — 19:

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Canaima National Park, Venezuela

One of the largest national parks in the world, Canaima National Park encompasses 30,000 sq km (12 sq mi) of distinct landscapes, varied wildlife, and the world's highest waterfalls.
Spend the 21st (Fri) exploring the gorgeous surroundings at Angel Falls. There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Salto Kawi and enjoy breathtaking views from Mirador El Oso.

To find where to stay and other tourist information, refer to the Canaima National Park trip itinerary maker.

Explore your travel options from Georgetown to Canaima National Park with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Georgetown to Canaima National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cayenne.

Things to do in Canaima National Park

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Feb 19 — 23:

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Cayenne, French Guiana

The capital of French Guiana, Cayenne sits at the mouth of the Cayenne River on the department's Atlantic coast.
On the 24th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Domaine Pascaud, then delve into the distant past at Site archeologique Habitation Loyola, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Sauveur Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Musee Departmental Alexandre-Franconie, get to know the resident critters at Zoo de Guyane, and then get curious at Kourou Space Centre (Guiana Space Centre).

Plan a Cayenne trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Canaima National Park to Cayenne. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Canaima National Park to Cayenne due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in February, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Paramaribo.

Things to do in Cayenne

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 24 — 25:

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Paramaribo, Suriname

Wooden City

With the chance to visit a World Heritage-listed inner city, tours of Paramaribo remain among the most culturally enriching things tourists can do in Suriname.
Popular historic sites such as Fort Zeelandia and Arya Dewaker Hindu Temple are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fort Nieuw Amsterdam and Saint Peter and Paul Basilica. Take a break from Paramaribo with a short trip to Neotropical Butterfly Park in Lelydorp, about 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: stroll through Tafelberg Nature Preserve, learn more about the world around you at Numismatisch Museum, make a trip to Neveh Shalom Jewish Synagogue, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suriname City Mosque.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Paramaribo vacation builder app.

Explore your travel options from Cayenne to Paramaribo with the Route module. February in Paramaribo sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paramaribo

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 25 — 29:

Brazil travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Land of Brazilwood
The largest country in South America and the biggest Portuguese-speaking nation in the world, Brazil remains best known for its soccer tradition and annual Carnaval. Most visitors on holiday in Brazil come for the country's outstanding beaches, music, wildlife, and diverse neighborhoods, each one boasting its own distinct character, atmosphere, and way of life. A tour of Brazil reveals a vast land of great natural and human diversity, from its sprawling rainforest wildernesses, to its busy urban centers. There are plenty of things to do in Brazil, from basking on its coastline to chasing the samba scene or catching a picturesque sunset from one of the country's lush mountaintops.

Peru travel guide

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Historic Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Incas
In a country renowned for its pre-Columbian archeological sites, no Peru vacation would be complete without an adrenaline-inducing hike to Machu Picchu, World Heritage-listed symbol of the once-mighty Incan Empire. Aside from visiting these spectacular ruins set against the backdrop of photogenic mountain peaks, most holidays in Peru also include an exploration of the country's pretty cities, boasting well-preserved colonial architecture and a slew of modern buildings housing fine museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Ideal for active vacationers, Peru trips are also tailor-made for gourmands, as the country's eclectic cuisine blends tasty influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Ecuador travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
With abundant opportunities to discover fascinating World Heritage Sites, a holiday in Ecuador remains among the most culturally enriching travel experiences. Home to the world's highest active volcano, this little country packs a big punch when it comes to tourist activities. Some of the most popular things to do in Ecuador include visits to its astonishingly biodiverse wilderness areas, home to some 1,500 bird species, 840 species of amphibians and reptiles, and nearly 20,000 plant species. Of course, the highlight of many Ecuador vacations is bound to be the Galapagos Islands, made famous by naturalist Charles Darwin. Aside from the stunning nature, Ecuador also boasts many historic cities filled with photogenic colonial-era churches, mansions, and plazas.

Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Landmarks
Diverse in terms of landscapes, climates, and cultures, Colombia remains one of South America's least explored tourist destinations, overshadowed by its more popular southern neighbors. Combining the best of what the continent has to offer, a vacation in Colombia allows you to blend outdoor adventures with tours of picture-perfect cobblestoned towns dating back to the colonial era. Tourists on a Colombia holiday can easily hop from sun-kissed coastal spots to the hilly coffee-growing region, where thriving plantations quickly give way to a landscape of snow-covered volcanic peaks and the paramo--alpine ecosystems sheltering some of the rarest plants growing above the continuous forest line.

Costa Rica travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.

Nicaragua travel guide

4.3
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.

Guatemala travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Volcanos · Ruins
Land of Eternal Spring
Offering a chance to discover a rich history, remarkable landscapes, and a vibrant culture, a holiday in Guatemala remains a great choice for a wide range of travelers. The heart of the Maya civilization, Guatemala boasts stunning ancient ruins and traditional villages that blend with the Spanish heritage of the colonial-era and its stately cathedrals and town halls. While the cities boast splendid architecture and cultural heritage, they make up a small percentage of the mountainous Guatemalan landscape. Adventurous travelers and nature lovers will have plenty of things to do in Guatemala, from boating on the rushing rivers and scenic lakes, to exploring caves, picturesque beaches, and lush national parks.

Honduras travel guide

4.5
Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Zipline
A vacation in Honduras can be an affordable and exciting addition to your Central American itinerary. Often undeservedly overlooked because of the high crime rate in a few of its cities, the country boasts pristine natural wonders, a rich history, and a vibrant atmosphere. From the vivacious Afro-Caribbean culture of the north shore, to the vast mountains and cloud forests of its national parks, Honduras has a lot to offer to the adventurous tourist. Visiting the ancient Mayan ruins of Copan, diving on Bay Islands, and admiring the colonial architecture in the capital remain just some of the things to do in Honduras.

Belize travel guide

4.5
Scuba & Snorkeling · River Rafting & Tubing · Reefs
Belize boasts a long coastline along the Caribbean Sea and serves as one of the world's top destinations for snorkeling and scuba diving. In a country providing a home for many different ethnic communities, a holiday in Belize ensures visitors experience a blend of cultures sharing a small land endowed with grand natural beauty. As you tour Belize, you'll see dense broadleaf forests sheltering a staggering variety of birds, ancient Maya ruins providing a palpable history lesson, and tiny coastal villages making up in hospitality what they lack in tourist infrastructure. Still relatively unexplored by foreigners, the country offers travelers a chance to experience pristine scenery free of big crowds and pushy souvenir vendors.

Mexico travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Beaches · Landmarks
Tailor-made for anyone seeking that traditional sun-and-sand experience, Mexico vacations allow visitors to explore nearly 10,000 km (6,200 mi) of picturesque coastlines. Idyllic beaches and favorable year-round weather aside, this diverse country with a rich pre-Colombian history allows tourists a chance to discover a fascinating cuisine, numerous archaeological sites, state-of-the-art museums, colonial-era haciendas, and outstanding examples of 21st-century architecture. Most visitors get to know the country by its cities, but if you want a well-rounded Mexico tour, spend some time exploring its jungles, cloud forests, Caribbean reefs, snowcapped volcanoes, vast deserts, and tranquil lagoons. Life is lived outdoors in Mexico, so wherever you go, don't forget to dine alfresco and stroll the country's colonial streets.

Trinidad and Tobago travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Waterfalls
With its two landmasses offering different, but complementary Caribbean flavors, the dual island nation of Trinidad and Tobago attracts visitors looking for relaxation and adventure. Cities and bustling market towns set the pace of cosmopolitan Trinidad, by far the larger of the two Caribbean sisters. Holidays in Tobago tend to be more chilled out affairs, with island offering some of the nation's finest resorts and best kept beaches, along with a wealth of protected areas boasting diverse and abundant wildlife. Both have become famous for their Creole culture and traditions, with holidays in Trinidad and Tobago offering plenty of culinary and musical highlights, including red hot curries and spicy calypso music.

Guyana travel guide

3.5
Architectural Buildings · Gardens · Waterfalls
Land of Many Waters
A land of thick rainforest, expansive savannas, and lively Caribbean culture, Guyana is becoming more and more notable for its adventure and eco-tourism opportunities. Sightseeing in Guyana ranges from touring the colonial-era architectural gems of the historic capital, to hiking the verdant forest trails. Scenic waterfalls and mountaintops, laidback ranches, an array of tropical wildlife, and delicious Creole fusion cuisine await you on your Guyana holiday.

Venezuela travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Landmarks · Gift & Specialty Shops
Land of Grace
A vacation in Venezuela, one of the most biodiverse countries on the planet, can be both affordable and highly rewarding. From snowcapped mountains and vast grassland, to tropical islands and lush rainforests, Venezuela's varied landscapes are a paradise for nature lovers. Whether you're looking to laze on the Caribbean beaches, trek through the verdant jungles, or immerse yourself in the vibrant city culture, a Venezuela holiday offers something for everyone. Admire the world's highest waterfalls, go island hopping, discover tasty local delicacies, and witness the sheer abundance of wildlife and endemic species in Venezuela.

French Guiana travel guide

3.5
Landmarks · Wildlife Areas · Islands
The only part of South America still governed by an overseas country, the tropical, rainforest-covered French Guiana is the second largest region of France. The department was used by France as a penal colony in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with several islands that you can visit today used as prisons where inmates were forced to catch butterflies. On a trip to French Guiana, you can witness different ecosystems, diverse plant and animal life, as well a mix of cultures influenced by French colonization and a large immigrant population.

Suriname travel guide

3.7
Historic Sites · Churches · Parks
The smallest country in South America, Suriname features thick jungles, rushing rivers, and lively, culturally diverse places to visit. Independent since 1975, Suriname retained the Dutch language and influences, as well as the Caribbean and the culture of its indigenous tribes. A third of the country's landscape is made up of natural reserves, providing tourists the opportunity to explore lush tropical rainforests, pristine beaches, scenic rivers and waterfalls, as well as a staggering variety of animals and birds. On a trip to Suriname you shouldn't pass up a visit to its capital and only city, World Heritage-listed Paramaribo, noted for its colonial-era architecture.