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

Start: London, United Kingdom
+2
Fly + bus + shuttle:  18​h 30​min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
+2
shuttle + bus + Fly:  6​h 30​min
2
Panama City, Panama
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + shuttle + ferry + bus:  11​h 30​min
3
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 5 nights
ferry + Fly:  13​h 45​min
4
Cartagena, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
5
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
+3
Fly + bus + foot + bus:  12​h 45​min
6
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 5 nights
+3
shuttle + Fly + foot + bus:  9​h 45​min
7
Pucon, Chile
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
8
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
9
Punta del Este, Uruguay
— 6 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h
10
Encarnacion, Paraguay
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  2​h 45​min
11
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
12
Florianopolis, Brazil
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
13
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: London, United Kingdom

5
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Tabacon Hot Springs and Baldi Hot Springs. Explore hidden gems such as Ecotermales Fortuna and Ecocentro Danaus. Spend the 4th (Tue) among the fascinating landscape of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal). There's much more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, explore the activities along Lake Arenal, and hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos tour itinerary planner .

London, UK to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from London to La Fortuna de San Carlos due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Panama City.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Ecotermales Fortuna ©
Ecotermales Fortuna

2
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
On the 7th (Fri), appreciate the extensive heritage of Avenida Balboa and then get to know the fascinating history of Casco Viejo.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Panama City day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Panama City takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Panama City due to the time zone difference. In December in Panama City, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Avenida Balboa ©
Avenida Balboa

5
nights
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Puerto Ayora ©
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Reserva El Chato and Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay. Get outdoors at Charles Darwin Research Station and Las Grietas. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at El Garrapatero, identify plant and animal life at Los Gemelos, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa las Bachas.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Puerto Ayora route builder site .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Panama City to Puerto Ayora takes 11.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Panama City in December: highs in Puerto Ayora hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Santa Cruz
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Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
Reserva El Chato ©
Reserva El Chato
Las Grietas ©
Las Grietas

3
nights
Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena ©
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 14th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, then don't miss a visit to Torre del Reloj, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Museo del Oro Zenu, then contemplate the long history of Plaza Santo Domingo, then step into the grandiose world of San Felipe de Barajas Castle, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convento La Popa de la Galera.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cartagena day trip tool .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Puerto Ayora to Cartagena takes 14 hours. Traveling from Puerto Ayora in December, you will find days in Cartagena are a bit warmer (37°C), and nights are about the same (29°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Museums
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Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver ©
Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver
Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa ©
Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa

5
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Sacred Valley of the Incas and Walking tours. Get some cultural insight at Sacsayhuaman and Plaza de Armas. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Tipon, admire the landmark architecture of Catedral del Cuzco o Catedral Basilica de la Virgen de la Asuncion, get to know the fascinating history of San Blas, and steep yourself in history at Choquequirao Archeological Park.

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Traveling by flight from Cartagena to Cusco takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, Cusco is colder than Cartagena - with highs of 23°C and lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Cusco Region, Choquequirao Archeological Park
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Tipon ©
Tipon

5
nights
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

San Pedro de Atacama ©
Major archeological sites and a renowned museum remain the big draws in San Pedro de Atacama tourism, appealing to visitors interested in learning more about South America's pre-Columbian cultures.
Get outdoors at Laguna Tebinquinche and Piedras Rojas. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Salar de Tara and Laguna Cejar. Spend the 24th (Mon) exploring nature at Reserva Nacional de Flamencos. The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Termas Banos de Puritama, admire the landmark architecture of Church of San Pedro de Atacama, identify plant and animal life at Valle Arcoiris, and don't miss a visit to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our San Pedro de Atacama trip itinerary builder website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Cusco to San Pedro de Atacama in 13 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cusco to San Pedro de Atacama. While traveling from Cusco, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in San Pedro de Atacama, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Pucon.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Salar de Tara ©
Salar de Tara
Laguna Tebinquinche ©
Laguna Tebinquinche
Piedras Rojas ©
Piedras Rojas

5
nights
Pucon, Chile

Pucon ©
Nestled in the shadow of the snow-capped Villarrica volcano, Pucon ranks among the world's premier destinations for adventure sports and high-thrills activities.
Escape the urban bustle at Huerquehue National Park and Termas Geometricas. Explore hidden gems such as Villarrica and Kayaking & Canoeing. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Ojos del Caburga.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Pucon trip planner .

Getting from San Pedro de Atacama to Pucon by combination of shuttle, flight, and bus takes about 10 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll set off for San Carlos de Bariloche on the 1st (Tue).

Things to do in Pucon

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Termas Geometricas ©
Termas Geometricas
Huerquehue National Park ©
Huerquehue National Park
Villarrica ©
Villarrica

6
nights
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

San Carlos de Bariloche ©
Nestled against the foothills of the Andes, scenic San Carlos de Bariloche hugs the southern shore of Nahuel Huapi Lake and ranks among Argentina's top destinations for active outdoor vacations.
Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Isla Victoria will get you outdoors. Catedral de San Carlos de Bariloche and Museo del Lago Gutierrez are good opportunities to explore the local culture. When in San Carlos de Bariloche, make a side trip to see Rio Correntoso in Villa La Angostura, approximately 1h 30 min away. On the 5th (Sat), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, hit the slopes at Piedras Blancas, and take in the dramatic scenery at Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the San Carlos de Bariloche trip planner .

You can drive from Pucon to San Carlos de Bariloche in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Pucon to San Carlos de Bariloche is 1 hour. January in San Carlos de Bariloche sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 9°C at night. On the 7th (Mon), you'll travel to Punta del Este.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Rio Correntoso
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Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi ©
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Isla Victoria ©
Isla Victoria

6
nights
Punta del Este, Uruguay

Punta del Este ©
With plenty of modern casinos, well-developed beaches, chic restaurants, and upscale hotels, Punta del Este vacations draw visitors from Argentina, Brazil, and beyond.
Take a break from the city and head to Playa Mansa and Playa Grande. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Playa de Jose Ignacio and Faro Cabo Santa Maria. Change things up with these side-trips from Punta del Este: Rocha (Playa del Barco & Playa La Moza). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Brava, see the interesting displays at Museo del Mar, admire the masterpieces at Ralli Museum Punta del Este, and try your luck at Conrad Casino.

Before you visit Punta del Este, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can fly from San Carlos de Bariloche to Punta del Este in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in January; daily highs in Punta del Este reach 32°C and lows reach 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Encarnacion.

Things to do in Punta del Este

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Rocha, Faro Cabo Santa Maria, Playa de Jose Ignacio
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Playa Mansa ©
Playa Mansa
Playa Brava ©
Playa Brava
Playa de Jose Ignacio ©
Playa de Jose Ignacio

1
night
Encarnacion, Paraguay

Encarnacion ©
Encarnacion offers a good selection of cultural and natural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at San Jose Beach.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Encarnacion trip planner .

Do a combination of bus, flight, and car from Punta del Este to Encarnacion in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Punta del Este to Encarnacion due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Punta del Este in January, things will get a bit warmer in Encarnacion: highs are around 38°C and lows about 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Encarnacion

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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San Jose Beach ©
San Jose Beach

3
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): wander the streets of Palermo Soho, take in the history at Plaza de Mayo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de la Plata, and finally shop like a local with Puerto Madero. On the next day, make a trip to Recoleta Cemetery, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, and then explore the world behind art at Buenos Aires Latin American Art Museum (MALBA).

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires travel planning website .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Encarnacion to Buenos Aires in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Paraguay Time (PYT) to Argentine Time (ART), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Encarnacion in January, expect nights in Buenos Aires to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are slightly colder, around 33°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Florianopolis.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Catedral de la Plata
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Plaza de Mayo ©
Plaza de Mayo
Catedral de la Plata ©
Catedral de la Plata

7
nights
Florianopolis, Brazil

Florianopolis ©
Divided between island and mainland, the distinctive city of Florianopolis charms visitors on first arrival with its impressive skyline.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mariscal Beach and Daniela beach. Visiting Praia do Santinho and Praia do Campeche will get you outdoors. Take a break from Florianopolis with a short trip to Morro do Macaco in Bombinhas, about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: hike along Lagoinha do Leste, kick back and relax at Barra da Lagoa Beach, stroll through Praia dos Ingleses, and wander the streets of Jurere Internacional.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Florianopolis trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Florianopolis in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Florianopolis are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Florianopolis

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Bombinhas
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Lagoinha do Leste ©
Lagoinha do Leste
Barra da Lagoa Beach ©
Barra da Lagoa Beach
Mariscal Beach ©
Mariscal Beach

4
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Praia de Ipanema and Parque Nacional Tijuca. Visit Copacabana Beach and Pedra do Arpoador for some beach relaxation. The adventure continues: appreciate the history behind Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, admire all the interesting features of Maracanã, tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque Lage, and kick back and relax at Leblon Beach.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Florianopolis to Rio de Janeiro in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Grumari ©
Praia de Grumari

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