45 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

45 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 6 nights
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly to Foz do Iguacu, Bus to Puerto Iguazu
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Puerto Iguazu, Argentina
— 3 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 6 nights
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Ushuaia, Argentina
— 4 nights
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El Calafate, Argentina
— 4 nights
Shuttle
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Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile
— 4 nights
Fly to Juan Santamaría International Airport, Drive to Monteverde
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive
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Vara Blanca, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — 6 nights

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 sightseeing, beaches, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the history behind Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, take some stellar pictures from Leblon Beach, explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Tijuca, and kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro online itinerary planner.

Belfast, UK to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Belfast to Rio de Janeiro is minus 3 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Belfast in March: high temperatures in Rio de Janeiro hover around 36°C and lows are around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Sao Paulo.
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Sao Paulo, Brazil — 4 nights

Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Sao Paulo is known for shopping, museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: walk around Parque Ibirapuera, visit Liberdade, admire the masterpieces at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP, and make a trip to Paulista Avenue.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Sao Paulo planner.

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in March; daily highs in Sao Paulo reach 32°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Puerto Iguazu.
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Puerto Iguazu, Argentina — 3 nights

The gateway to a national park inscribed on the World Heritage List, growing Puerto Iguazu sits on the confluence of two major rivers near the border with Paraguay and Brazil.
Explore Puerto Iguazu's surroundings by going to Iguazu National Park (Salto San Martin, Salto Bernabe Mendez, &more). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Puerto Iguazu, admire the sheer force of Cataratas del Iguazu - Lado Argentino, stop by Emporio Gourmet, and identify plant and animal life at Guiraoga.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Puerto Iguazu trip itinerary tool.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Sao Paulo to Puerto Iguazu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car. In March in Puerto Iguazu, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Buenos Aires.
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Buenos Aires, Argentina — 6 nights

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 historic sites, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll the grounds of Cemiterio de Recoleta, admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, take in the history at Plaza de Mayo, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Calle Defensa.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires vacation maker site.

Traveling by flight from Puerto Iguazu to Buenos Aires takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Puerto Iguazu in March, plan for slightly colder days in Buenos Aires, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can fly to Ushuaia.
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Ushuaia, Argentina — 4 nights

Often called the "End of the World" because of its position on the southernmost tip of South America, the expanding city of Ushuaia serves as both a busy commercial port and attractive tourist hub.
Spend the 6th (Thu) exploring nature at Tierra del Fuego National Park. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Canal Beagle, explore the striking landscape at Glaciar Vinciguerra, appreciate the history behind Monumento Antiguos Pobladores de Ushuaia, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Ushuaia day trip app.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Buenos Aires in April, expect Ushuaia to be colder, temps between 10°C and 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to El Calafate.
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El Calafate, Argentina — 4 nights

El Calafate tourism thrives mostly thanks to the city's proximity to a World Heritage-listed national park, famed for containing over 40 large glaciers.
Explore El Calafate's surroundings by going to Los Glaciares National Park (Glaciar Spegazzini & Perito Moreno Glacier). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Estacionamiento Pasarelas Glaciar Perito Moreno, stop by Avenida Libertador, see what you can catch with Estancia Cristina, and look for all kinds of wild species at Laguna Nimez Reserva Natural Municipal.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the El Calafate road trip planning tool.

Fly from Ushuaia to El Calafate in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Ushuaia in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in El Calafate, with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine).
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Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile — 4 nights

Surrounded by towering mountains, shimmering lakes, and the region's rugged hills, Puerto Natales serves as a bustling jumping-off point for exploring the Torres del Paine National Park.
Spend the 15th (Sat) among the memorable landscape of Glacier Grey. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Historical Museum,Municipality of Puerto Natales, view the masterpieces at La Tehuelche, look for gifts at Krea Noe, and explore the fascinating underground world of Mylodon Cave Natural Monument.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) road trip planner.

Traveling by car from El Calafate to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Argentina Standard Time (ART) to Chile Standard Time (CLT) is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from El Calafate in April since evenings lows in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to fly to Monteverde.
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Monteverde, Costa Rica — 3 nights

Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, get to know the fascinating history of Ecological Sanctuary, relax and rejuvenate at Monteverde Massage, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Monteverde trip itinerary builder.

Explore your travel options from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to Monteverde with the Route module. The time zone changes from Chile Standard Time (CLT) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica — 2 nights

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 21st (Fri): kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat): see Off-Road Tours and then cast your line with Fishing Costa Rica with Big Eye Charters.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.
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Tortuguero, Costa Rica — 1 night

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 23rd (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Tortuguero online attractions planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In April, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica — 5 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: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, explore the activities along Lake Arenal, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Vara Blanca.
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Vara Blanca, Costa Rica — 1 night

A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
On the 29th (Sat), take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Vara Blanca online itinerary planner.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Vara Blanca in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. On the 29th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
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Costa Rica travel guide

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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.
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