23 days in South America, Central America & Mexico Itinerary

23 days in South America, Central America & Mexico Itinerary

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23 days in South America, Central America & Mexico Itinerary

Start: La Paz, Bolivia
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Bogota, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Medellin, Colombia
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
3
Panama City, Panama
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h 45​min
4
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
— 8 nights
Fly:  20​h 15​min
5
Tulum, Mexico
— 5 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Pensacola, United States

3
nights
Bogota, Colombia

Bogota ©
Colombia's heart and soul, Bogota has earned the nickname "Athens of South America" thanks to its abundance of universities, libraries, and lower-level schools.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Basilica del Senor de Monserrate. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the landscape on two wheels at Ciclovia de Bogota and then look for all kinds of wild species at Jardin Botanico de Bogota Jose Celestino Mutis.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Bogota trip maker site .

La Paz, Bolivia to Bogota is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Bolivia Time (BOT) to Colombia Time (COT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from La Paz in March, with highs in Bogota at 67°F and lows at 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Bogota

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Parque Natural Chicaque
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Parque Natural Chicaque ©
Parque Natural Chicaque
Ciclovia de Bogota ©
Ciclovia de Bogota

1
night
Medellin, Colombia

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then examine the collection at El Castillo Museo y Jardines, and then admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica. On your second day here, savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour.

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Traveling by flight from Bogota to Medellin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. In March, Medellin is a bit warmer than Bogota - with highs of 82°F and lows of 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Medellin

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Adventure
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Parasailing & Paragliding
El Castillo Museo y Jardines ©
El Castillo Museo y Jardines
Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica ©
Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica

2
nights
Panama City, Panama

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, then stroll through Playa Las Lajas, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Francisco de Asis, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Bahai Temple.

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Traveling by flight from Medellin to Panama City takes 4.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Medellin in March, with highs in Panama City at 90°F and lows at 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Panama City

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Playa Las Lajas, Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Playa Las Lajas ©
Playa Las Lajas
Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama ©

8
nights
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Santa Teresa ©
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Visit Playa Santa Teresa and Playa Carmen for some beach relaxation. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Playa Hermosa and Montezuma Falls. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Teresa side-trips: Montezuma (Costa Rica Color, Refugio Nacional Mixto de Vida Silvestre Romelia, & more), Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve (in Nicoya) and Tortuga Island (in Punta Arenas). And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, look for gifts at Tica Surf Bikinis, head off the coast to Tortuga Island, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Santa Teresa trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Panama City to Santa Teresa with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Panama City to Santa Teresa is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Montezuma, Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve, Horseback Riding Tours, Tortuga Island
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen

5
nights
Tulum, Mexico

Tulum ©
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Climbing Tours. Get some cultural insight at Ek Balam Mayan Ruins and MiNiAtUrE art Gallery. Get out of town with these interesting Tulum side-trips: Aktun Chen (in Akumal), Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and La Playa Xpuha (in Xpu-Ha). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Ruins of Tulum, Head underground at Grand Cenote, identify plant and animal life at LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park, and stop by La Llorona.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Tulum trip planning site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Santa Teresa to Tulum. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Santa Teresa to Tulum due to the time zone difference. In March, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 65°F. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tulum

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure

Side Trips

Scuba & Snorkeling, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá, La Playa Xpuha, Ek Balam, Aktun Chen
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Ruins of Tulum ©
Ruins of Tulum
Ek Balam
Ek Balam
Scuba & Snorkeling

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