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: Manchester, United Kingdom
+5
train + subway + train + Fly + bus + shuttle:  21​h 30​min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  15​h 30​min
2
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 4 nights
ferry:  6​h
3
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 5 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
4
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 6 nights
+2
ferry + shuttle + Fly:  9​h 45​min
5
Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
6
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  2​h
7
La Paz, Bolivia
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
8
Santa Cruz, Bolivia
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
9
Santiago, Chile
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
10
Hanga Roa, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  8​h 45​min
11
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
12
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
13
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 30​min
14
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Manchester, United Kingdom

5
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: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Proyecto Asis.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planner .

Manchester, UK to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Manchester to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano National Park
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

4
nights
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno ©
The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is known for wildlife, museums, nature, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: learn more about the world around you at Interpretation Center, make a trip to Dona Pilo, enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Chino Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cerro Brujo.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Puerto Baquerizo Moreno vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Explore your travel options from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno with the Route module. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Ecuador Time (ECT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In July in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

San Cristobal
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Cerro Tijeretas ©
Cerro Tijeretas
Interpretation Center ©
Interpretation Center
Dona Pilo ©
Dona Pilo

5
nights
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador

Puerto Villamil ©
Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Puerto Villamil is known for nature, parks, zoos & aquariums, wildlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the geological forces at Sierra Negra, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Centro de Crianza Tortugas Gigantes Arnaldo Tupiza Chamaidan, step off the mainland to explore Turtle Island, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Isabela Island Wetlands Complex.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Villamil route planner.

Getting from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Villamil by ferry takes about 6 hours. The time zone changes from Ecuador Time to Galapagos Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Isabela
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Sierra Negra ©
Sierra Negra
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Las Tintoreras ©
Las Tintoreras

6
nights
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Puerto Ayora ©
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
When in Puerto Ayora, make a side trip to see North Seymour Island in Baltra, approximately 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: stroll through Charles Darwin Research Station, get a taste of the local shopping with Galeria Aymara, kick back and relax at Playa de los Alemanes, and head outdoors with Think Galapagos.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Ayora online vacation planner .

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora takes 2.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora due to the time zone difference. In July, daily temperatures in Puerto Ayora can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, Bellavista, North Seymour Island
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Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve
North Seymour Island ©
North Seymour Island

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: get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), and wander the streets of Miraflores.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Lima trip builder .

Getting from Puerto Ayora to Lima by combination of ferry and flight takes about 10 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Puerto Ayora in July, with highs in Lima at 22°C and lows at 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

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

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.
Take a break from Cusco with a short trip to Salinas de Maras in Maras, about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, explore the ancient world of Centro Historico De Cusco, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia De Santo Domingo.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Cusco trip planner .

You can fly from Lima to Cusco in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in July, Cusco is colder at night with lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Salinas de Maras
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exploor ©
exploor
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

4
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Spend the 1st (Sat) exploring the striking scenery along WMDR Yungas Road. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Tiwanaku, explore the striking landscape at Valley of the Moon, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and make a trip to Mi Teleferico.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our La Paz online trip builder .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Cusco to La Paz in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cusco to La Paz due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Cusco in July, with highs in La Paz at 17°C and lows at -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks
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WMDR Yungas Road ©
WMDR Yungas Road
Tiwanaku ©
Tiwanaku
Mercado de Las Brujas ©
Mercado de Las Brujas

1
night
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.
On the 4th (Tue), take a stroll around Casa Cultural Melchor Pinto and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Noel Kempff Mercado National Park.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Santa Cruz vacation planning website .

Fly from La Paz to Santa Cruz in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from La Paz in August; daily highs in Santa Cruz reach 33°C and lows reach 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks Nature Shopping
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Noel Kempff Mercado National Park ©
Noel Kempff Mercado National Park
Casa Cultural Melchor Pinto ©
Casa Cultural Melchor Pinto

5
nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Santiago: Concha y Toro (in Pirque) and Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile (in Valle Nevado). There's still lots to do: stroll around Cerro Santa Lucia, examine the collection at La Chascona, explore the world behind art at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, and make a trip to Patio Bellavista.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Santiago trip site .

Fly from Santa Cruz to Santiago in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Hanga Roa.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile, Concha y Toro
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Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Patio Bellavista ©
Patio Bellavista

3
nights
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.
Hanga Roa is known for nightlife, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Ahu Tongariki, tour the pleasant surroundings at Anakena, contemplate the geological forces at Rano Raraku, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio de Isla de Pascua.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Hanga Roa using our trip planner.

Getting from Santiago to Hanga Roa by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Traveling from Santiago to Hanga Roa, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In August in Hanga Roa, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Hanga Roa

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Easter Island
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Ahu Tongariki ©
Ahu Tongariki
Rano Raraku ©
Rano Raraku
Anakena ©
Anakena

4
nights
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires ©
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, parks, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Cemiterio de Recoleta, get a sense of history and politics at Casa Rosada, get to know the fascinating history of Calle Defensa, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.

To find reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Hanga Roa to Buenos Aires takes 9 hours. The time zone changes from Easter Is. Time to Argentine Time, which is usually a 3 hour difference. Traveling from Hanga Roa in August, expect Buenos Aires to be slightly colder, temps between 20°C and 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

2
nights
Iguazu National Park, Argentina

Iguazu National Park ©
Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
On the 18th (Tue), admire the sheer force of Salto Bernabe Mendez and then head off the coast to Isla San Martin. On the next day, take in the dramatic scenery at Salto San Martin and then admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Iguazu National Park road trip site .

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Iguazu National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Buenos Aires in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Iguazu National Park: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez
Salto San Martin ©
Salto San Martin

5
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.
When in Rio de Janeiro, make a side trip to see Imperial Museum in Petropolis, approximately 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: pause for some photo ops at Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, kick back and relax at Praia de Grumari, stroll through Pedra do Arpoador, and explore the world behind art at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro trip planner.

You can fly from Iguazu National Park to Rio de Janeiro in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Iguazu National Park in August, Rio de Janeiro is a bit warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Imperial Museum
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Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

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.
Sao Paulo is known for museums, shopping, parks, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Parque Ibirapuera, admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and see the interesting displays at Museu da Lingua Portuguesa.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Sao Paulo trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Sao Paulo when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in August, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Shopping Fun & Games
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Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera
Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo

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