60 days in Central America & South America Itinerary

60 days in Central America & South America Itinerary

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60 days in Central America & South America Itinerary

London, United Kingdom
Fly + bus:  17​h 45​min
Antigua, Guatemala
— 4 nights
shuttle:  2​h
Chichicastenango, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h 15​min
La Ceiba, Honduras
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
Utila, Honduras
— 6 nights
Fly + taxi + bus:  9​h 15​min
Leon, Nicaragua
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Granada, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
Cartagena, Colombia
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Leticia, Colombia
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
Bogota, Colombia
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h
London, United Kingdom

4
days
Antigua, Guatemala

Antigua ©
The former capital of Guatemala and a World Heritage Site, Antigua retains its colonial charm and remains one of the most visited destinations in the country.
Escape the urban bustle at Volcán Pacaya and La Ruta del Yalu. Do some cultural sightseeing at Arco de Santa Catalina and Iglesia de la Merced. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, look for gifts at Casa del Jade, delve into the distant past at Convento de las Capuchinas, and make a trip to Cerro de la Cruz.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Antigua journey builder site .

London, UK to Antigua is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, car, bus, and shuttle. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from London to Antigua due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from London in June; daily highs in Antigua reach 29°C and lows reach 19°C. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Fri) before leaving for Chichicastenango.

Things to do in Antigua

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Trails

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La Ruta del Yalu
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La Ruta del Yalu
Arco de Santa Catalina ©
Arco de Santa Catalina
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya

2
days
Chichicastenango, Guatemala

Chichicastenango ©
Sitting in a scenic spot among towering mountains, Chichicastenango has a large indigenous population and displays its cultural heritage in a burst of color when hosting its long-established market.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Parque Ecologico Los Senderos del Abuelo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll the grounds of Chichi Cemetery, then contemplate the long history of Pascual Abaj, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Santo Tomas Church.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Chichicastenango travel itinerary planner .

You can take a shuttle from Antigua to Chichicastenango in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Antigua in June; daily highs in Chichicastenango reach 24°C and lows reach 12°C. On the 9th (Sun), you're off toLa Ceiba.

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#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Wildlife
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Santo Tomas Church ©
Santo Tomas Church
Chichi Cemetery ©
Chichi Cemetery
Pascual Abaj ©
Pascual Abaj

1
day
La Ceiba, Honduras

The port city of La Ceiba has become known as a party town, with a bustling nightlife district central to its atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at El Malecon de La Ceiba, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de San Isidro, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read La Ceiba travel route site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Chichicastenango to La Ceiba. When traveling from Chichicastenango in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in La Ceiba, with highs around 36°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can catch the ferry to Utila.

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#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours

6
days
Utila, Honduras

Utila ©
The island of Utila has become known as a good place to learn how to dive in Latin America.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Iguana Research & Breeding Station and Utila Cays. Next up on the itinerary: get interesting insight from Tours, kick back and relax at Beach Buns Fitness & Yoga - CLOSED, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Utila trip planner .

You can ride a ferry from La Ceiba to Utila in 1.5 hours. June in Utila sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. You will leave for Leon on the 17th (Mon).

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Utila Cays ©
Utila Cays
Scuba & Snorkeling
Iguana Research & Breeding Station ©
Iguana Research & Breeding Station

2
days
Leon, Nicaragua

Leon ©
A cultured and storied city, Leon attracts guests from all over the world, drawn to the second city's style, thriving intellectual life, and liveliness.
On the 17th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Juan Bautista de Subtiava. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve and then see the interesting displays at Museo Ruben Dario.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Leon trip planner.

Getting from Antigua to Leon by combination of bus, flight, and shuttle takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Antigua in June; daily highs in Leon reach 38°C and lows reach 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Granada.

Things to do in Leon

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Parks

Side Trip

Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve
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Catedral de la Asunción ©
Catedral de la Asunción
Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve ©
Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve
Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian ©

2
days
Granada, Nicaragua

Granada
The lakeside city of Granada has the look and feel of a historically important economic and political center, with grand colonial architecture, a unified look, and many cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Granada, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, then ponder the design of Parque Colon de Granada, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de Apoyo. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Nicaragua Butterfly Reserve, head off the coast to Islets of Granada, and then stop by Soy Nica.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Granada travel planner .

You can drive from Leon to Granada in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Granada can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in Granada

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Laguna de Apoyo
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Laguna de Apoyo
Laguna de Apoyo
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Catedral de Granada ©
Catedral de Granada

4
days
San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

San Juan del Sur ©
Set in a crescent-shaped bay, San Juan del Sur has become known as a popular surfing spot and coastal holiday destination for Nicaraguan families and international visitors alike.
Explore hidden gems such as Zipline and Marsella Valley Nature Center. Take a break from the city and head to Playa el Coco Vacation Rentals and Da' Flying Frog Extreme Adventure. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Popoyo Beach, don't miss a visit to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia, and get your game on at Surf Ranch Skateboard Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read San Juan del Sur tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by shuttle from Granada to San Juan del Sur takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, daily temperatures in San Juan del Sur can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

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Nicaragua
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Popoyo Beach ©
Popoyo Beach
Zipline
Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia ©

7
days
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

La Fortuna de San Carlos ©
Set against the backdrop of the imposing Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos offers visitors a chance to explore diverse natural landscapes and sample some delicious local produce.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Catedral de Ciudad Quesada and Wood and Art Gallery. Step out of the city life by going to Tabacon Hot Springs and Butterfly Conservatory. Spend the 2nd (Tue) among the fascinating landscape of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal). Next up on the itinerary: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos travel route builder website .

Traveling by car from San Juan del Sur to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Spas

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Catedral de Ciudad Quesada, Butterfly Conservatory
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)

6
days
Monteverde, Costa Rica

Monteverde ©
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Get some cultural insight at Ecological Sanctuary and Art House. Take a break from the city and head to Curi Cancha Reserve and Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Monteverde: Punta Arenas (Isla Damas & Sky Mountain Canopy) and Viento Fresco Waterfall (in Tilaran). Spend the 5th (Fri) exploring nature at Up in the Cloud Forest. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, view the masterpieces at Arte Jaguar Gallery, and stop by Souvenir Rosewood.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to San Jose.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Punta Arenas, Viento Fresco Waterfall
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Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena

5
days
San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose ©
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Get some historical perspective at Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles) and Metal Church. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at National Museum (Museo Nacional) and Jade Museum. Explore San Jose's surroundings by going to Ruins of the Church of Carthage (in Cartago), Iglesia de San Jose de Orosi and the Museum (in Orosi) and La Paz Waterfall Gardens (in Vara Blanca). The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Poas Volcano, get a taste of the local shopping with Souvenir Museum, look for gifts at Chieton Moren, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read San Jose trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to San Jose takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. In July in San Jose, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in San Jose

#Parks, #Nature, #Museums

Side Trips

Cartago, J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, Souvenir Museum, Riish and Toosh Afro Costa Rican Paintings, La Paz Waterfall Gardens
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La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
River Rafting & Tubing

5
days
Cartagena, Colombia

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Plaza de la Aduana. Popular historic sites such as San Felipe de Barajas Castle and Convento La Popa de la Galera are in your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from Cartagena to Isla Baru to see Playa Blanca about 1h 05 min away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, get a new perspective on things with Boats4U, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Oro Zenu, and gain insight at Plaza Santo Domingo.

To find maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cartagena trip planner .

You can fly from San Jose to Cartagena in 8 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from San Jose to Cartagena is 1 hour. Traveling from San Jose in July, things will get a bit warmer in Cartagena: highs are around 38°C and lows about 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Leticia.

Things to do in Cartagena

#Outdoors, #Historic Sites, #Tours

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Playa Blanca
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San Felipe de Barajas Castle ©
San Felipe de Barajas Castle
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena

6
days
Leticia, Colombia

Leticia ©
Leticia represents a large urban area and one of the best places from which to commence exploring areas along the Amazon.
Get in touch with nature at Parque Ecologico Mundo Amazonico and Isla de Los Micos. Step off the beaten path and head to Reserva Natural Tanimboca and La Ruta de Eware. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Nuestra Senora de La Paz, get outside with Balneario Arbelaez, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Santander Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Leticia trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Cartagena to Leticia by flight takes about 5 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Cartagena in July, with highs in Leticia at 35°C and lows at 26°C. On the 27th (Sat), you're off toBogota.

Things to do in Leticia

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors
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Reserva Natural Tanimboca ©
Reserva Natural Tanimboca
Catedral de Nuestra Senora de La Paz ©
Balneario Arbelaez ©
Balneario Arbelaez

3
days
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ciclovia de Bogota and Parque de Usaquen. Do some cultural sightseeing at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Iglesia Basilica del Senor de Monserrate. Step out of Bogota with an excursion to Parque Natural Chicaque in Chicaque--about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico de Bogota Jose Celestino Mutis and make a trip to Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santodomingo.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Bogota road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Leticia to Bogota takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Leticia in July, expect Bogota to be much colder, temps between 21°C and 10°C. On the 31st (Wed), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Trails

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Parque Natural Chicaque
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Ciclovia de Bogota ©
Ciclovia de Bogota

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