45 days in South America & Caribbean Itinerary

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Paramaribo, Suriname
— 7 nights
Fly to Douglas-Charles Airport, Drive to Roseau
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Roseau, Dominica
— 6 nights
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English Harbour, Antigua and Barbuda
— 6 nights
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Fly to St Kitts, Ferry to Oualie Beach, Taxi to Nevis
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Nevis, St. Kitts and Nevis
— 3 nights
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Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis
— 3 nights
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Port-au-Prince, Haiti
— 6 nights
Fly to Seymour Airport, Drive to Puerto Ayora
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 3 nights
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 3 nights
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Quito, Ecuador
— 3 nights
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Paramaribo, Suriname — 7 nights

Wooden City

With the chance to visit a World Heritage-listed inner city, tours of Paramaribo remain among the most culturally enriching things tourists can do in Suriname.
Get outdoors at Peperpot Nature Park and Neotropical Butterfly Park. Step out of Paramaribo to go to Nieuw Amsterdam and see Fort Nieuw Amsterdam, which is approximately 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Fort Zeelandia, see majestic marine mammals with Celestial Tours Suriname, make a trip to Waterkant (Riverside Boulevard), and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch reformed church.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Paramaribo day trip planning website.

Istanbul, Turkey to Paramaribo is an approximately 24-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Istanbul to Paramaribo due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Istanbul in November: highs in Paramaribo hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Roseau.
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Roseau, Dominica — 6 nights

The capital city, Roseau maintains a small scale, but possesses a convincing Caribbean charm in its architecture, cuisine, and culture.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Champagne Beach and Mero Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Boiling Lake and Morne Nichols. Explore Roseau's surroundings by going to Morne Trois Pitons National Park (Jacko Falls, Emerald Pool Nature Trail, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Trafalgar Falls, take in nature's colorful creations at Dominica Botanic Gardens, contemplate the waterfront views at Boeri Lake, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Morne Bruce.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Roseau trip builder website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Paramaribo to Roseau. The time zone difference moving from Suriname Time to Atlantic Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can fly to English Harbour.
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English Harbour, Antigua and Barbuda — 6 nights

You'll get in some beach time at Dickenson Bay and Pigeon Point Beach. Get in touch with nature at Nelson's Dockyard and Devil's Bridge. Change things up with these side-trips from English Harbour: Turners Beach (in Bolans) and Grand Bay Casino (in St. John's).

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our English Harbour route planner.

Getting from Roseau to English Harbour by flight takes about 3 hours. December in English Harbour sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Nevis.
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Nevis, St. Kitts and Nevis — 3 nights

An old British colony that only gained its independence in the 1980s, Nevis remains one of the world's least-spoiled holiday spots.
Step out of the city life by going to Pinney's Beach and Bath Hotel and Spring House. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Oualie Beach, tee off at Four Seasons Golf Course, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Theresa Catholic Church, and contemplate the long history of Alexander Hamilton House.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Nevis trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and taxi from English Harbour to Nevis in 3 hours. In December, daytime highs in Nevis are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to catch the ferry to Basseterre.
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Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis — 3 nights

Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): stroll through Greg's Safaris and then explore and take pictures at Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park. On your second day here, get outside with Frigate Bay, enjoy the sand and surf at Cockleshell Beach, and then kick back and relax at South Friars Beach.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Basseterre trip itinerary planning site.

Ride a ferry from Nevis to Basseterre in an hour. Alternatively, you can fly. December in Basseterre sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Port-au-Prince.
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Port-au-Prince, Haiti — 6 nights

Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti, gives most visitors their first taste of the country, along with all of its rugged and lively charm.
Step out of the city life by going to Kokoye Beach and Kay Piat. Venture out of the city with trips to Rosie's Boutique (in Cabaret), Village Artistique de Noailles (in Croix-des-Bouquets) and Museum Ogier-Fombrun (in Montrouis). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Musee du Pantheon National Haitien, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Barbancourt Rum Distillery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame Cathedral Ruins, and admire the natural beauty at Parc de Martissant.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Port-au-Prince trip website.

Fly from Basseterre to Port-au-Prince in 11 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Basseterre to Port-au-Prince is minus 1 hour. In December, daily temperatures in Port-au-Prince can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Puerto Ayora.
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador — 3 nights

The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Get in touch with nature at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay and El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa de los Alemanes and Playa de los Perros. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Las Grietas, stroll through Black Turtle Cove, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Ayora online trip maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Port-au-Prince to Puerto Ayora. When traveling from Port-au-Prince in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Puerto Ayora, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can catch the ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador — 3 nights

The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
You'll get in some beach time at Playa Punta Carola and Puerto Chino Beach. Visiting Eco-Challenger Galapagos Tour Agency and Cerro Tijeretas will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at La Loberia, stroll through Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, and get a new perspective on nature at Interpretation Center.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno trip planner.

Getting from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno by ferry takes about 3.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Quito.
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Quito, Ecuador — 3 nights

Light of America

High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
Step out of the city life by going to Termas de Papallacta and Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve. Get out of town with these interesting Quito side-trips: Cuicocha (in Cotacachi) and Cascada de Peguche (in Peguche). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, get to know the fascinating history of Quito Old Town, admire the striking features of Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania.

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Traveling by flight from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Quito takes 5.5 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in December: high temperatures in Quito hover around 26°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.
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Suriname travel guide

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Historic Sites · Churches · Parks
The smallest country in South America, Suriname features thick jungles, rushing rivers, and lively, culturally diverse places to visit. Independent since 1975, Suriname retained the Dutch language and influences, as well as the Caribbean and the culture of its indigenous tribes. A third of the country's landscape is made up of natural reserves, providing tourists the opportunity to explore lush tropical rainforests, pristine beaches, scenic rivers and waterfalls, as well as a staggering variety of animals and birds. On a trip to Suriname you shouldn't pass up a visit to its capital and only city, World Heritage-listed Paramaribo, noted for its colonial-era architecture.
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Dominica travel guide

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Waterfalls · Beaches · Bodies of Water
Nature Isle of the Caribbean
The volcanic island nation of Dominica represents the youngest island in the Lesser Antilles. Such is evidenced in the geothermal action of the island's many hot springs, with relaxing dips in the hot sulfur spring water among the most popular things to do in Dominica. The unspoiled appearance of much of the nation provides a natural backdrop for a wealth of ecotourism adventures, including swimming, hiking, and snorkeling. The main urban areas showcase the ethnic diversity of the land once contested by the British and the French, with a number of local eateries serving West Indian and Creole dishes, and a whole lot of dancing and music to be enjoyed.
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Antigua and Barbuda travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Lookouts
Escape civilization with a holiday in Antigua and Barbuda, a beachgoer's paradise. The shorelines of the two islands are dotted with many beaches, from long stretches of sand to tiny coves and picturesque lagoons. While the larger Antigua houses its fair share of high-end resorts and contains the country capital of St. John's, Barbuda is remarkably undeveloped, boasting swathes of pink sand where you can go for hours without seeing a single person.
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St. Kitts and Nevis travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Shopping · Scuba & Snorkeling
A trip to St. Kitts and Nevis takes you to the smallest country in the Americas. Although diminutive in size, the two Caribbean islands offer a distinct tropical experience to visitors. Rich in history, the islands feature forested hills, tranquil beaches, charming villages, and restored sugar plantations. On a tour of St. Kitts and Nevis you can visit historic forts and quaint colonial towns, lounge on picturesque stretches of sand, or enjoy hiking the dormant Mount Liamuiga, the islands' highest peak.
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Haiti travel guide

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Historic Walking Areas · Historic Sites · Zipline
The culture of Haiti has always been the reason for people to visit, and it will be the reason people visit in larger and larger numbers as the nation heals from the devastating effects of the 2010 earthquake. The interesting tale of colonialism, revolution, and political struggle has left Haiti with a wealth of historical sites and cultural influences. Sightseeing in Haiti offers perspectives on the many stages in the country's history, with colonial forts standing in ruins and monuments memorializing the revolution. The music, the art, the folklore, and the cuisine of Haiti all deserve to be explored in person.
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Ecuador travel guide

4.5
With abundant opportunities to discover fascinating World Heritage Sites, a holiday in Ecuador remains among the most culturally enriching travel experiences. Home to the world's highest active volcano, this little country packs a big punch when it comes to tourist activities. Some of the most popular things to do in Ecuador include visits to its astonishingly biodiverse wilderness areas, home to some 1,500 bird species, 840 species of amphibians and reptiles, and nearly 20,000 plant species. Of course, the highlight of many Ecuador vacations is bound to be the Galapagos Islands, made famous by naturalist Charles Darwin. Aside from the stunning nature, Ecuador also boasts many historic cities filled with photogenic colonial-era churches, mansions, and plazas.
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