29 days in South America, Central America & Caribbean Itinerary

29 days in South America, Central America & Caribbean Itinerary

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29 days in South America, Central America & Caribbean Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Santa Cruz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
2
La Paz, Bolivia
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  1​h 45​min
3
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
4
Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Guayaquil, Ecuador
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 45​min
6
Quito, Ecuador
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Panama City, Panama
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
8
Cartagena, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
9
Palm - Eagle Beach, Aruba
— 5 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2
nights
Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Santa Cruz ©
More populous than the capital and La Paz, and one of the fastest-growing cities in the world, Santa Cruz has become a thriving commercial center, yet retained some of the trappings of tradition.
Santa Cruz is known for parks, historic sites, shopping, zoos & aquariums, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Noel Kempff Mercado National Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de Santa Cruz, buy something for everyone on your list at Ventura mall, and take a stroll around Casa Cultural Melchor Pinto.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Santa Cruz online holiday planner .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Santa Cruz is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Santa Cruz, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September in Santa Cruz, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks Nature Shopping
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Guembe ©
Guembe
Catedral de Santa Cruz ©
Catedral de Santa Cruz
Plaza 24 de Septiembre ©
Plaza 24 de Septiembre

3
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Spend the 5th (Thu) exploring the striking scenery along WMDR Yungas Road. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Tiwanaku, make a trip to Mi Teleferico, enjoy some diversion at Urban Rush Bolivia, and stroll around Valley of the Moon.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read La Paz trip itinerary builder app .

You can fly from Santa Cruz to La Paz in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Santa Cruz in September: high temperatures in La Paz hover around 18°C and lows are around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors Scenic Drive Tours
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Urban Rush Bolivia ©
Urban Rush Bolivia
Tiwanaku ©
Tiwanaku
WMDR Yungas Road ©
WMDR Yungas Road

3
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Salinas de Maras in Maras (about 1h 15 min away). And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, steep yourself in history at Sacred Valley of the Incas, stop by Hilo, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

For photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Cusco online travel planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from La Paz to Cusco in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Bolivia Time to Peru Time is minus 1 hour. In September, Cusco is somewhat warmer than La Paz - with highs of 25°C and lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Sacred Valley of the Incas, Salinas de Maras
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

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, shop like a local with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), take in the waterfront at Miraflores Boardwalk, and take a stroll through Barranco.

For reviews and more tourist information, use the Lima online road trip planner .

You can fly from Cusco to Lima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Lima when traveling from Cusco in September, with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Lima

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

3
nights
Guayaquil, Ecuador

Guayaquil ©
Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Guayaquil is known for historic sites, parks, shopping, outdoors, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Las Penas, admire the natural beauty at Parque Seminario, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Anthropology and Contemporary Art, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Jacinto del Morro.

To find reviews and tourist information, use the Guayaquil road trip planner.

You can fly from Lima to Guayaquil in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Guayaquil: highs are around 36°C and lows about 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Guayaquil Historical Park ©
Guayaquil Historical Park
Las Penas ©
Las Penas
Cerro Santa Ana ©
Cerro Santa Ana

3
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.
Step out of Quito with an excursion to Termas de Papallacta in Papallacta--about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Maria Augusta Urrutia (La Casa Museo Maria Augusta Urrutia), don't miss a visit to Mitad Del Mundo, and explore the world behind art at Guayasamin Museum.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Quito holiday builder tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Guayaquil to Quito takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Guayaquil in September, with highs in Quito at 26°C and lows at 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Quito

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Termas de Papallacta
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Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania
Mitad Del Mundo ©
Mitad Del Mundo

1
night
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): learn about all things military at Centro de Interpretacion de Ciudad del Saber, then make a trip to Panama Canal, and then don't miss a visit to Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador).

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Panama City journey website .

Traveling by flight from Quito to Panama City takes 3.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Quito in September; daily highs in Panama City reach 36°C and lows reach 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Panama City

Museums
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Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) ©

3
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.
Cartagena is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, wildlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, make a trip to Plaza Bolivar, take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cartagena holiday tool .

You can fly from Panama City to Cartagena in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. In September in Cartagena, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Palm - Eagle Beach.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo

5
nights
Palm - Eagle Beach, Aruba

Palm - Eagle Beach ©
A long stretch of powdery white sand and aquamarine waters, Palm - Eagle Beach remains one of Aruba's most visited vacation spots.
Explore Palm - Eagle Beach's surroundings by going to Natural Pool (in Noord) and Baby Beach (in San Nicolas). There's much more to do: stroll through Eagle Beach, try your luck at Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa and Casino, enjoy the sea views from California Lighthouse, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Palm - Eagle Beach road trip planning tool .

Explore your travel options from Cartagena to Palm - Eagle Beach with the Route module. The time zone changes from Colombia Time (COT) to Atlantic Standard Time (AST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Palm - Eagle Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Oranjestad, Noord, Arikok National Park, Baby Beach
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 29:
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Kay's Fine Jewelry ©
Kay's Fine Jewelry
Eagle Beach ©
Eagle Beach
Palm Beach ©
Palm Beach

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