31 days in Central America, South America & Caribbean Itinerary

31 days in Central America, South America & Caribbean Itinerary

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Panama City, Panama
— 5 nights
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Cartagena, Colombia
— 5 nights
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Barranquilla, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Oranjestad, Aruba
— 6 nights
Fly
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Willemstad, Curacao
— 6 nights
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Caracas, Venezuela
— 5 nights

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Panama City, Panama

Dubai of Latin America

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Panama City is known for historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, examine the collection at Biomuseo, and get to know the fascinating history of Casco Viejo.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Panama City online travel route planner.

If you are flying in from Brazil, the closest major aiports are Marcos A. Gelabert International Airport, Tocumen International Airport and Panama Pacific International Airport. In August, daily temperatures in Panama City can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 6:

5
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Cartagena, Colombia

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.
Cartagena is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, make a trip to Plaza de San Diego, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Oceanario, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Cartagena online road trip planner.

You can fly from Panama City to Cartagena in 5.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Cartagena can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Barranquilla.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

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Barranquilla, Colombia

Golden Gate of Colombia

An industrial port city on Colombia's Caribbean coast, Barranquilla represents the fourth-most populous city in the country.
On the 12th (Thu), stop by Todomono, walk around Parque de la Castellana, and then appreciate the history behind Monumento Ventana Al Mundo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get advice or help at Biblioteca Piloto del Caribe and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepcion.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Barranquilla trip maker.

You can drive from Cartagena to Barranquilla in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Barranquilla, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Oranjestad.

Things to do in Barranquilla

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 13:

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Oranjestad, Aruba

When vacationing on Aruba, don't miss taking a tour of Oranjestad, the capital of the small Caribbean island.
Change things up with a short trip to Baby Beach in San Nicolas (about 32 minutes away). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Eagle Beach, take a memorable tour with Tours, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and enjoy the sea views from California Lighthouse.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Oranjestad day trip planning app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Barranquilla to Oranjestad. The time zone changes from Colombia Standard Time to Atlantic Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August, daytime highs in Oranjestad are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Willemstad.

Things to do in Oranjestad

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 13 — 20:

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Willemstad, Curacao

Willemstad is the capital city of Curaçao, an island in the southern Caribbean Sea that forms a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Willemstad: Church of Sint Willibrordus (in Sint Willibrordus) and Museo di Ka'i Orgel (in Barber). There's much more to do: take in the views from Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Lagun, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and head off the coast to Klein (Little) Curacao.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Willemstad journey builder app.

Getting from Oranjestad to Willemstad by flight takes about 4.5 hours. In August in Willemstad, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 31°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Caracas.

Things to do in Willemstad

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 20 — 26:

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Caracas, Venezuela

Heaven's Branch on Earth

Tropical weather, great food, and memorable jungle surroundings seem like all the ingredients Caracas needs to become a must-see destination.
Take a break from Caracas with a short trip to Playa Caribe in Chuspa, about 2h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Parque Nacional el Avila, explore the world behind art at Museo de Bellas Artes, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de San Francisco, and don't miss a visit to Centro de Arte Los Galpones.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Caracas trip itinerary planning app.

Fly from Willemstad to Caracas in 4 hours.

Things to do in Caracas

Side Trip

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