15 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

15 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

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15 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

Start: Las Vegas, United States
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Santiago, Chile
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Hanga Roa, Chile
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Santiago, Chile
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  19​h 30​min
4
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  13​h 30​min
5
Iquitos, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
6
Panama City, Panama
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 30​min
7
Liberia, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Las Vegas, United States

1
night
Santiago, Chile

Santiago ©
Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Santiago day trip planner .

Las Vegas, USA to Santiago is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Las Vegas to Santiago is 4 hours. On the 4th (Sun), you're off toHanga Roa.

Things to do in Santiago

Historic Sites
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Templo Baha'i ©
Templo Baha'i
San Francisco Church ©
San Francisco Church

1
night
Hanga Roa, Chile

Hanga Roa ©
The main town and capital of Chile's Easter Island, Hanga Roa serves as a base for most visitors to the island, with all explorations of Easter Island and its famous moai monoliths beginning here.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Ahu Nau Nau, contemplate the long history of Ahu Vinapu, see the interesting displays at Museo Antropologico P. Sebastian Englert, then delve into the distant past at Hanga Kioe, then explore the ancient world of Ahu Vaihu, and finally stroll the grounds of Cementerio de Isla de Pascua.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Hanga Roa travel route website .

You can fly from Santiago to Hanga Roa in 6.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Santiago to Hanga Roa. August in Hanga Roa sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Hanga Roa

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Easter Island
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Ahu Tongariki ©
Ahu Tongariki
Ahu Vinapu
Ahu Vinapu
Ahu Nau Nau ©
Ahu Nau Nau

1
night
Santiago, Chile

Santiago ©
On the 6th (Tue), step into the grandiose world of Castillo Hidalgo, see the interesting displays at La Chascona, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion, then take an in-depth tour of National Museum of History, and finally examine the collection at Museo Interactivo Mirador.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Santiago trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Hanga Roa to Santiago by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Traveling from Hanga Roa to Santiago, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums Nature Parks
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San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Museo Interactivo Mirador ©
Museo Interactivo Mirador

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.
On the 7th (Wed), delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna and then make a trip to Intipuncu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, take in the awesome beauty at Phutuq K'usi, admire the natural beauty at Los Jardines de Mandor, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, then stop by Artesanias, and finally get to know the resident critters at Mariposario de Machupicchu.

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Do a combination of flight and car from Santiago to Machu Picchu in 19.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Santiago to Machu Picchu is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Iquitos.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

2
nights
Iquitos, Peru

Iquitos ©
The largest city in the Peruvian Amazon and the world's largest metropolis unreachable by road, Iquitos represents a major starting point for river and rainforest adventures.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Amazonas Sinchicuy Lodge - Day Tours as well as Belen. Get outdoors at Iguana Lodge & Camp and Tapiche Reserve. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museum of Indigenous Amazonian Cultures and Museum of Historic Boats. It doesn't end there: get the lay of the land with Walking tours and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia San Juan Bautista.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Iquitos trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Machu Picchu to Iquitos takes 13.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Iquitos are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Iquitos

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Iguana Lodge & Camp
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Tapiche Reserve ©
Tapiche Reserve
Belen ©
Belen

1
night
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): head off the coast to Blue Adventures Panama, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bahai Temple, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de la Merced, then get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Casco Viejo.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Panama City route planner .

Traveling by flight from Iquitos to Panama City takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Iquitos in August, Panama City is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Liberia.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
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Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Bahai Temple ©
Bahai Temple

2
nights
Liberia, Costa Rica

Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): browse the exhibits of Hidden Garden Art Gallery, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of La Ermita La Agonia, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Immaculate Church of Concepcion de Maria. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then look for gifts at Souvenirs La gran Nicoya.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Liberia trip maker website .

Explore your travel options from Panama City to Liberia with the Route module. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Liberia

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Horseback Riding Tours
Hidden Garden Art Gallery ©
Hidden Garden Art Gallery
Church of La Ermita La Agonia ©
Church of La Ermita La Agonia

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