47 days in South America Itinerary

47 days in South America Itinerary

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Fly to Rafael Nuñez International Airport, Drive to Monteria
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Monteria, Colombia
— 3 nights
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Mompos, Colombia
— 3 nights
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Cartagena, Colombia
— 1 night
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Tayrona National Park, Colombia
— 1 night
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Palomino, Colombia
— 4 nights
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Merida, Venezuela
— 1 night
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Maracaibo, Venezuela
— 3 nights
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Coro, Venezuela
— 1 night
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Caracas, Venezuela
— 3 nights
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Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela
— 1 night
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Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela
— 1 night
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Canaima National Park, Venezuela
— 2 nights
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Georgetown, Guyana
— 2 nights
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Nieuw Nickerie, Suriname
— 2 nights
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Paramaribo, Suriname
— 2 nights
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Saint-Laurent-du-Maroni, French Guiana
— 1 day
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Cayenne, French Guiana
— 2 nights

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Monteria, Colombia — 3 nights

City of the Swallows

The capital of the Department of Cordoba, Monteria benefits from an eclectic cultural heritage, with indigenous peoples, African descendants, colonial Spanish descendants, and Arab immigrants among the populace of 1 million.
Monteria is known for shopping, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Plaza Cultural del sinu, stop by Centro Comercial Buenavista, walk around Parque Simon bolivar, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de San Jeronimo.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Monteria trip itinerary site.

Panama City, Panama to Monteria is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and car. In October, daytime highs in Monteria are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Mompos.
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Mompos, Colombia — 3 nights

City of God

Perched on an island at the confluence of the Magdalena and Cauca rivers, Mompos offers a charming blend of historical architecture and traditional Colombian culture.
Mompos is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Centro Historico de Santa Cruz de Mompox, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of San Francisco, stroll the grounds of Cementerio de Mompox, and view the masterpieces at Casa Museo Luis Guillermo Trespalacios.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Mompos road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Monteria to Mompos in 5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can go by car to Cartagena.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Wildlife
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Cartagena, Colombia — 1 night

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.
On the 2nd (Sat), make a trip to Plaza de Bolivar, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Oro Zenu, see the interesting displays at Choco Museo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun): contemplate the long history of Las Bovedas, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Santa Catalina de Alejandria, contemplate the long history of Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, then make a trip to Plaza Santo Domingo, and finally stop by Swikar Caramelos Artisanales.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cartagena online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Mompos to Cartagena takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and bus; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Cartagena are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Tayrona National Park.
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Tayrona National Park, Colombia — 1 night

On the 4th (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de las 7 Olas and then kick back and relax at Cabo San Juan Del Guia.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Tayrona National Park driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Cartagena to Tayrona National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. November in Tayrona National Park sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Palomino.
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Palomino, Colombia — 4 nights

Change things up with these side-trips from Palomino: Riohacha (Centro Comercial Suchiimma, Santuario de Fauna y Flora Los Flamencos, &more).

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Palomino trip maker tool.

Getting from Tayrona National Park to Palomino by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in November, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Merida.
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Merida, Venezuela — 1 night

City of Gentlemen

An affluent and forward-thinking Andean city, Merida gives good access to a range of outdoor sights and experiences, while itself having a bustling and entertaining urban core.
On the 10th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Pueblito Suenos Del Abuelo and then explore the activities along Laguna de Mucubaji. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pick up some local products at Mercado Principal and then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico de Merida.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Merida day trip site.

You can drive from Palomino to Merida in 12.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to drive to Maracaibo.
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Maracaibo, Venezuela — 3 nights

Beloved Land of the Sun

Home to more than 2 million residents, Maracaibo boasts giant shopping malls and attractive parks, as well as a modern skyline that hugs the shore of an eponymous lake.
Maracaibo is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Plaza del Rosario de Nuestra Señora de La Chiquinquirá, walk around La vereda del lago Maracaibo, soothe aching muscles at Calantha Spa, and take in the views from Puente Gral Rafael Urdaneta.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Maracaibo trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Merida to Maracaibo in 6.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Merida to Maracaibo, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In November in Maracaibo, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Coro.
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Coro, Venezuela — 1 night

The oldest city in western Venezuela, Coro was founded in 1527 and possesses a rich, varied cultural heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): examine the collection at Casa De Las Ventanas De Hierro, then explore the fascinating landscape at Medanos de Coro, and then make a trip to Cruz de San Clemente. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Plaza San Clemente and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Francisco.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Coro road trip app.

Traveling by car from Maracaibo to Coro takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in November, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car to Caracas.
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Caracas, Venezuela — 3 nights

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.
Spend the 20th (Wed) exploring nature at Parque Nacional El Avila. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Museo de Bellas Artes, take an in-depth tour of Casa Natal & Museo Bolivar, make a trip to Edificio El Castillito, and look for gifts at Dibraun.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Caracas road trip site.

Traveling by car from Coro to Caracas takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Ciudad Bolivar.
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Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela — 1 night

Gateway to Southern Venezuela

The capital of Bolivar State, Ciudad Bolivar (previously known as Angostura) offers a cocktail of cultural and natural highlights.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Jesus Soto and then explore the world behind art at Museo de arte moderno Jesus Soto. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Paseo Orinoco, make a trip to Plaza Bolivar y Catedral De Ciudad, and then get engrossed in the history at Casa del Congreso de Angostura.

For photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Ciudad Bolivar online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Caracas to Ciudad Bolivar takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Venezuela Time to Colombia Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Ciudad Guayana.
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Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela — 1 night

Located on the Orinoco River, Ciudad Guayana represents one of Venezuela's fastest-growing cities, with plenty of natural and man-made highlights on offer.
On the 24th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at La Llovizna Park. On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at Orinoco River and then buy something for everyone on your list at Orinokia mall.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Ciudad Guayana holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Ciudad Bolivar to Ciudad Guayana takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Canaima National Park.
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Canaima National Park, Venezuela — 2 nights

One of the largest national parks in the world, Canaima National Park encompasses 30,000 sq km (12 sq mi) of distinct landscapes, varied wildlife, and the world's highest waterfalls.
Canaima National Park is known for nature and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Salto Aponguao, Head underground at Kavak Cave, and explore the activities along Sorowapo.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Canaima National Park trip builder site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ciudad Guayana to Canaima National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Georgetown.
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Georgetown, Guyana — 2 nights

Garden City of the Caribbean

Guyana's capital and main urban area, Georgetown represents the starting point for many visits to the country.
Georgetown is known for sightseeing, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stop by Blackwater Adventures, browse the exhibits of Guyana National Museum, appreciate the history behind The Non Aligned Monumnet, and hunt for treasures at Stabroek Market.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Georgetown sightseeing tool.

Explore your travel options from Canaima National Park to Georgetown with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Canaima National Park to Georgetown is 1 hour. In November, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Nieuw Nickerie.
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Nieuw Nickerie, Suriname — 2 nights

Thanks to the bustle of its port and travelers departing for the nearby Bigi Pan nature reserve, Nieuw Nickerie seems much bigger than 12,000 residents.
Nieuw Nickerie is known for outdoors and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Bigi Pan and explore the activities along Nickerie River.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Nieuw Nickerie trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Georgetown to Nieuw Nickerie takes 4.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Georgetown to Nieuw Nickerie is 1 hour. On the 4th (Wed), you'll travel to Paramaribo.
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Paramaribo, Suriname — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Stichting Villa Zapakara voor Kind & Cultuur, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Peter and Paul Basilica, and then stroll around Palmentuin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch reformed church, then contemplate the long history of Fort Zeelandia, then make a trip to Waterkant (Riverside Boulevard), and finally stop by Talking Prints.

Start your trip to Paramaribo by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Getting from Nieuw Nickerie to Paramaribo by car takes about 3.5 hours. December in Paramaribo sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Saint-Laurent-du-Maroni.
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Saint-Laurent-du-Maroni, French Guiana — 1 day

As an arrival point for prisoners, Saint-Laurent-du-Maroni played an important role in French Guiana history as a penal colony of France.
Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Saint-Laurent-du-Maroni trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Paramaribo to Saint-Laurent-du-Maroni. On the 7th (Sat), you'll travel to Cayenne.
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Cayenne, French Guiana — 2 nights

The capital of French Guiana, Cayenne sits at the mouth of the Cayenne River on the department's Atlantic coast.
Get out of town with these interesting Cayenne side-trips: Kourou (Les Iles du Salut & Kourou Space Centre (Guiana Space Centre)). There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Devil's Island, admire all the interesting features of Fort Ceperou, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoo de Guyane, and take a stroll through Place des Palmistes.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Cayenne trip builder app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Saint-Laurent-du-Maroni to Cayenne. In December in Cayenne, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel back home.
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Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Beaches
Diverse in terms of landscapes, climates, and cultures, Colombia remains one of South America's least explored tourist destinations, overshadowed by its more popular southern neighbors. Combining the best of what the continent has to offer, a vacation in Colombia allows you to blend outdoor adventures with tours of picture-perfect cobblestoned towns dating back to the colonial era. Tourists on a Colombia holiday can easily hop from sun-kissed coastal spots to the hilly coffee-growing region, where thriving plantations quickly give way to a landscape of snow-covered volcanic peaks and the paramo--alpine ecosystems sheltering some of the rarest plants growing above the continuous forest line.
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Bolivar Department travel guide

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Historic Sites · Castles · Landmarks
Northwestern Colombia may be known for its production of livestock, sugarcane, and coffee, but tourism in Bolivar Department thrives largely thanks to the area's short but lively Caribbean coastline. Regional capital Cartagena serves as the starting point of many Bolivar Department tours, drawing history and architecture buffs with its World Heritage-listed old town. The gateway for exploring the rest of the country, charming Cartagena is also an ideal place for discovering the modern side of Colombia, complete with hip cafes, innovative restaurants, and luxury residential blocks. Away from this urban center, holidays in Bolivar Department allow tourists to discover a series of smaller settlements, tiny time capsules of South America's colonial past.
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La Guajira Department travel guide

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Beaches · River Rafting & Tubing · Nature & Parks

Guyana travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Gardens · Waterfalls
Land of Many Waters
A land of thick rainforest, expansive savannas, and lively Caribbean culture, Guyana is becoming more and more notable for its adventure and eco-tourism opportunities. Sightseeing in Guyana ranges from touring the colonial-era architectural gems of the historic capital, to hiking the verdant forest trails. Scenic waterfalls and mountaintops, laidback ranches, an array of tropical wildlife, and delicious Creole fusion cuisine await you on your Guyana holiday.
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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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French Guiana travel guide

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Tourist Spots · Wildlife Areas · Islands
The only part of South America still governed by an overseas country, the tropical, rainforest-covered French Guiana is the second largest region of France. The department was used by France as a penal colony in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with several islands that you can visit today used as prisons where inmates were forced to catch butterflies. On a trip to French Guiana, you can witness different ecosystems, diverse plant and animal life, as well a mix of cultures influenced by French colonization and a large immigrant population.
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