33 days in Central America & South America Itinerary

33 days in Central America & South America Itinerary

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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
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Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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Cartagena, Colombia
— 2 nights
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Medellin, Colombia
— 3 nights
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Porto Seguro, Brazil
— 3 nights
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
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Rosario, Argentina
— 2 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
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Punta del Este, Uruguay
— 3 nights
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Valparaiso, Chile
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Monteverde, Costa Rica

— 1 night
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
On the 18th (Fri), stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and rejuvenate at Monteverde Massage Center, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde online route planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Monteverde is an approximately 27-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 16 hours traveling from Melbourne to Monteverde. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Adventure · Tours
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 19:

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

— 4 nights
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, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, witness a stunning natural landmark at Ecotermales Fortuna, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos visit planner.

Drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 19 — 23:

Tortuguero, Costa Rica

— 1 night

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tortuguero tour planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In November, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 24:
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

— 1 night
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio day trip website.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. On the 25th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Cartagena.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 25:
Highlights from your trip

Cartagena, Colombia

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Plaza Santo Domingo, contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sun): contemplate the geological forces at Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano), then make a trip to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, and then steep yourself in history at Las Bovedas.

Make your Cartagena itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by flight from Manuel Antonio to Cartagena takes 10 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Manuel Antonio to Cartagena due to the time zone difference. November in Cartagena sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Medellin.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Spas
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 27:

Medellin, Colombia

— 3 nights

City of the Eternal Spring

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): look and learn at Planetario de Medellin, then get engrossed in the history at Museo de Antioquia, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours. On your second day here, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, observe the fascinating underwater world at Parque Explora, then explore the activities along Laguna de Guatape, and finally head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Medellin tour site.

Traveling by flight from Cartagena to Medellin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cartagena in November, expect Medellin to be little chillier, temps between 31°C and 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Porto Seguro.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks · Museums · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 27 — 30:

Porto Seguro, Brazil

— 3 nights
In a sense, Porto Seguro is where Brazil as a country began, marking the spot where Portuguese explorers first arrived in the 16th century.
Porto Seguro is known for beaches, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Mucuge Street, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Matriz Nossa Senhora D'Ajuda, enjoy the sand and surf at Pitinga Beach, and get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Porto Seguro sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Porto Seguro takes 14.5 hours. The time zone changes from Colombia Standard Time (COT) to Brasilia Standard Time (BRT), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Porto Seguro when traveling from Medellin in November, with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to fly to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Porto Seguro

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 3:

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

— 4 nights

Marvelous City

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, nightlife, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Copacabana Beach, make a trip to Escadaria Selaron, appreciate the history behind Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, and enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipanema.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro travel planner.

You can fly from Porto Seguro to Rio de Janeiro in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to fly to Rosario.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 7:

Rosario, Argentina

— 2 nights

Birthplace of the Argentine Flag

Once upon a time, Rosario was famous for being the birthplace of not only revolutionary leader Che Guevara, but also the Argentine flag.
On the 8th (Thu), admire the striking features of Edificio Altamira, pause for some photo ops at Monumento Historico Nacional a la Bandera, and then make a trip to Teatro El Circulo. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parroquia MarIa Auxiliadora, see the interesting displays at Museo de Arte Decorativo Firma y Odilo Estevez, and then examine the collection at In-Genius Museum.

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

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Rosario by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Rosario when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in December, with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Rosario

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 9:

Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 4 nights

Queen of La Plata

Cultural capital of South America, Buenos Aires remains one of the largest cities on the continent, serving as a point of departure for exploring the rest of the country.
Buenos Aires is known for nightlife, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta, admire the landmark architecture of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, ponder the world of politics at Casa Rosada, and wander the streets of Puerto Madero.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires trip builder app.

Traveling by flight from Rosario to Buenos Aires takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Punta del Este.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Casinos
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 13:

Punta del Este, Uruguay

— 3 nights

Monaco of South America

With plenty of modern casinos, well-developed beaches, chic restaurants, and upscale hotels, Punta del Este vacations draw visitors from Argentina, Brazil, and beyond.
Go for a jaunt from Punta del Este to Punta Ballena to see Playa Punta Ballena about 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Museo – Taller de Casapueblo, make a trip to Puerto de Punta del Este, kick back and relax at Playa Mansa, and get outside with MAREAS Escuela de Buceo.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Punta del Este tour builder tool.

Getting from Buenos Aires to Punta del Este by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. When traveling from Buenos Aires in December, plan for slightly colder days in Punta del Este, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Valparaiso.

Things to do in Punta del Este

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wineries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 13 — 16:

Valparaiso, Chile

— 3 nights

Jewel of the Pacific

Navigating through a maze of colorful streets winding up and down steep hills remains an integral part of any Valparaiso tour.
Explore Valparaiso's surroundings by going to Cinco Oceanos Dive Center (in Algarrobo), Matetic Vineyards (in Lagunillas) and Casa de Isla Negra (in Isla Negra). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at La Sebastiana, take a stroll through Paseo Dimalow, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and learn about winemaking at Vina Casas del Bosque.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Valparaiso online trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Punta del Este to Valparaiso in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Uruguay Standard Time (UYT) to Chile Standard Time (CLT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Punta del Este in December; daily highs in Valparaiso reach 24°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Valparaiso

Museums · Wineries · Tours · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 16 — 19:

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
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.