32 days in Puerto Limon & South America Itinerary

32 days in Puerto Limon & South America Itinerary

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32 days in Puerto Limon & South America Itinerary

London, United Kingdom
Fly:  24​h
Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h
Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
bus + foot + train:  3​h 15​min
Machu Picchu, Peru
— Few hours
train + taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
La Paz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  4​h
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 1 night
Drive:  10​h 45​min
Costa Rica, Brazil
— 3 nights
Drive:  11​h 30​min
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h
London, United Kingdom

3
days
Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

Puerto Limon ©
Step out of the city life by going to Tortuguero National Park and Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica. When in Puerto Limon, make a side trip to see Cahuita National Park in Cahuita, approximately 48 minutes away.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Limon sightseeing website .

London, UK to Puerto Limon is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -6 hour difference. In February, Puerto Limon is warmer than London - with highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cusco.

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Cahuita, Tortuguero National Park
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica ©
Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica

4
days
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.
Popular historic sites such as Sacsayhuaman and Sacred Valley of the Incas are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Plaza de Armas and Catedral del Cuzco o Catedral Basilica de la Virgen de la Asuncion. When in Cusco, make a side trip to see Salinas de Maras in Maras, approximately 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Centro Historico De Cusco, appreciate the extensive heritage of San Blas, examine the collection at Qorikancha, and stop by Hilo.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Cusco travel website .

Explore your travel options from Puerto Limon to Cusco with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Limon to Cusco is 1 hour. When traveling from Puerto Limon in February, plan for little chillier days in Cusco, with highs around 22°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Parks

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Sacred Valley of the Incas, Salinas de Maras
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
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Plaza de Armas

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hours
Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
On the 13th (Wed), explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna, then delve into the distant past at Intipuncu, and then identify plant and animal life at Los Jardines de Mandor.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu trip builder app .

You can take a train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to La Paz.

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Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu
Los Jardines de Mandor ©
Los Jardines de Mandor

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day
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Plaza Murillo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de San Francisco, then don't miss a visit to Calle Sagarnaga, and finally explore the striking landscape at Valley of the Moon.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the La Paz online holiday planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Machu Picchu to La Paz in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Peru Time (PET) to Bolivia Time (BOT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In February, daily temperatures in La Paz can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Santiago.

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#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites
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Valley of the Moon ©
Valley of the Moon
Iglesia de San Francisco ©
Iglesia de San Francisco
Plaza Murillo ©
Plaza Murillo

3
days
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.
Get some cultural insight at La Chascona and Ex Congreso Nacional. Step out of Santiago to go to San Jose de Maipo and see Cajon del Maipo, which is approximately 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Cerro Santa Lucia, contemplate the long history of Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, stroll through Cerro San Cristobal, and admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Santiago trip tool .

Traveling by flight from La Paz to Santiago takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from La Paz in February, plan for much warmer days in Santiago, with highs around 34°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Mon) before leaving for Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Santiago

#Tours, #Parks, #Museums

Side Trip

Cajon del Maipo
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Cajon del Maipo ©
Cajon del Maipo
La Chascona ©
La Chascona

3
days
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Buenos Aires Latin American Art Museum (MALBA) and Catedral Metropolitana. Take a break from the city and head to Reserva Ecologica and Temaiken Biopark. The adventure continues: admire the architecture and history at Plaza de Mayo, get a sense of history and politics at Casa Rosada, appreciate the extensive heritage of San Telmo, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Buenos Aires day trip site .

Traveling by flight from Santiago to Buenos Aires takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Chile Time (CLT) to Argentine Time (ART), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Buenos Aires when traveling from Santiago in February, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

#Historic Sites, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trip

Temaiken Biopark
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San Telmo ©
San Telmo
Plaza de Mayo ©
Plaza de Mayo

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Salto Bernabe Mendez.

To find ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Iguazu National Park online trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Buenos Aires to Iguazu National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Buenos Aires in February, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Iguazu National Park: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

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Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez

0
days
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

Foz do Iguacu
A gateway to the world-renowned Iguacu Falls, which spectacularly divide Brazil and Argentina, the modern, high-rise city of Foz do Iguacu can't help but play second fiddle to the natural wonder in its vicinity.
To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Foz do Iguacu trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Iguazu National Park to Foz do Iguacu in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in February, and nighttime lows around 25°C. On the 23rd (Sat), you're off toCosta Rica.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Transportation
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3
days
Costa Rica, Brazil

Costa Rica ©
Get outdoors at Parque Nacional das Emas and Parque Natural Municipal Salto do Sucuriu. Change things up with a short trip to Parque Natural Municipal Templo Dos Pilares in Alcinopolis (about 1h 35 min away).

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Costa Rica trip maker app .

Getting from Foz do Iguacu to Costa Rica by car takes about 14.5 hours. Other options: fly. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time to Amazon Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. On the 26th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Costa Rica

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Parque Natural Municipal Templo Dos Pilares, Parque Nacional das Emas
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Parque Nacional das Emas ©
Parque Nacional das Emas

3
days
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Get some cultural insight at Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo and Liberdade. Go for a jaunt from Sao Paulo to Guaruja to see Tombo beach about 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Paulista Avenue, admire the landmark architecture of Hotel Unique, explore the world behind art at Museum of Art of São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand, and contemplate the long history of Mosteiro De Sao Bento.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Sao Paulo online trip maker .

You can drive from Costa Rica to Sao Paulo in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Costa Rica to Sao Paulo due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in February, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

#Museums, #Neighborhoods, #Outdoors

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Tombo beach
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Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo
Tombo beach ©
Tombo beach
Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue

5
days
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.
Relax by the water at Praia de Ipanema and Pedra do Arpoador. Step out of the city life by going to Copacabana Beach and Praia de Grumari. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the history behind Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, explore and take pictures at Maracanã, step into the grandiose world of Ilha Fiscal, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Metropolitana de São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro.

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You can fly from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sao Paulo in March, Rio de Janeiro is a bit warmer at night with lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

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#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Parque Nacional Tijuca ©
Parque Nacional Tijuca

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