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

Manchester, United Kingdom
Fly + bus + shuttle:  17​h 45​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Playa Samara, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
bus + ferry:  2​h 30​min
Jaco, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
Panama City, Panama
— 6 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
San Andres Island, Colombia
— 5 nights
ferry:  3​h 30​min
Providencia Island, Colombia
— 3 nights
ferry + Fly:  7​h 45​min
Cartagena, Colombia
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Santa Marta, Colombia
— 6 nights
Fly:  21​h 30​min
Manchester, United Kingdom

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Food Tours and Ecocentro Danaus. Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos with an excursion to Rio Celeste in Tenorio Volcano National Park--about 1h 40 min away. There's much more to do: Head underground at Venado Caves, trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, trot along with a tour on horseback, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip planner .

Manchester, UK to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to La Fortuna de San Carlos is minus 6 hours. On the 16th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Tours

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Arenal Volcano National Park, Rio Celeste
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Ecotermales Fortuna ©
Ecotermales Fortuna
Lake Arenal ©
Lake Arenal
Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park ©

7
days
Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Playa Avellana. Explore Tamarindo's surroundings by going to Playa Flamingo (Adrenaline & Extreme Tours & Fishing Charters & Tours), Playa Hermosa (in Playa Hermosa) and Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal). Spend the 22nd (Sun) exploring nature at Cesar Adventure. There's lots more to do: admire all the interesting features of Pura Aventura, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, stop by Urban Eclectic Jewelry, and have some family-friendly fun at Bolas Locas Mini Golf.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip maker site .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo in 4 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Tamarindo are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trips

Playa Flamingo, Cesar Adventure, Llanos de Cortez Waterfall, Playa Conchal, Playa Hermosa
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Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Spas & Wellness

4
days
Playa Samara, Costa Rica

Playa Samara ©
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
Explore hidden gems such as Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) and Kingfisher Sportfishing. Venture out of the city with trips to Nosara (Spas & Wellness, Jungle Mini Golf, Nosara, & more). The adventure continues: stroll through dondeJavitours, kick back and relax at Samara Beach, browse the eclectic array of goods at Samara Farmers Market, and take in the exciting artwork at Koss Art Gallery.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Playa Samara itinerary app .

You can drive from Tamarindo to Playa Samara in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Playa Samara

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Nosara
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Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) ©
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones)
Tennis Club Colibri ©
Tennis Club Colibri

3
days
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Santa Teresa ©
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Explore hidden gems such as Playa Santa Teresa and Refugio Nacional Mixto de Vida Silvestre Romelia. Change things up with a short trip to Montezuma Falls in Montezuma (about 38 minutes away). The adventure continues: stroll through Playa Hermosa, stop by Tica Surf Bikinis, and kick back and relax at Playa Carmen.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Teresa trip builder tool .

You can drive from Playa Samara to Santa Teresa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Jaco.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Montezuma
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Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Montezuma Falls ©
Montezuma Falls
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

5
days
Jaco, Costa Rica

A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Horseback Riding Tours and Carara National Park. Spend the 4th (Sat) on the water with a fishing tour. Next up on the itinerary: view the masterpieces at Tico Pod Art House & Gifts, tour the pleasant surroundings at Jaco Beach, get lost in a book at Jaco Library and Learning Center, and savor the flavors at Jimmy T's Provisions.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Jaco trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Santa Teresa to Jaco in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Isla de Ometepe.

Things to do in Jaco

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trips

Herradura, Carara National Park
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Horseback Riding Tours
Jaco Beach ©
Jaco Beach

3
days
Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua

Isla de Ometepe
Isla de Ometepe may be small in size, but it boasts two large volcanoes that dominate its landscape and influence the local lifestyle.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Isla Ometepe and Punta Jesus Maria. And it doesn't end there: ponder the design of Ojo de Agua, get impressive views of Volcan Concepcion, examine the collection at Museum El Ceibo, and take a stroll through Los Ramos.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Isla de Ometepe trip website .

Explore your travel options from Jaco to Isla de Ometepe with the Route module. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Isla de Ometepe

#Parks, #Nature, #Theme Parks
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Isla Ometepe
Isla Ometepe
Ojo de Agua ©
Ojo de Agua
Volcan Concepcion ©
Volcan Concepcion

6
days
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Explore hidden gems such as Ancon Hill and Gatun Locks. Spend the 15th (Wed) exploring nature at Metropolitan National Park. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Gatun Lake, contemplate the long history of Plaza de Francia, wander the streets of Cinta Costera, and don't miss a visit to Paseo de Las Bovedas.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Panama City day trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Isla de Ometepe to Panama City with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Isla de Ometepe to Panama City. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Panama City

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Nature

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Gatun Locks
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Panama La Vieja ©
Panama La Vieja
Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama ©
Ancon Hill ©
Ancon Hill

5
days
San Andres Island, Colombia

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Step off the beaten path and head to Aquanautas and Playa de Spratt Bight. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico de San Andres, identify plant and animal life at West View, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de San Luis, and kick back and relax at Bahia del Cove.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read San Andres Island road trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Panama City to San Andres Island takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow time for the ferry ride to Providencia Island.

Things to do in San Andres Island

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Aquanautas ©
Aquanautas
Playa de Spratt Bight ©
Playa de Spratt Bight
Primera Iglesia Bautista ©
Primera Iglesia Bautista

2
days
Providencia Island, Colombia

Providencia Island ©
Although part of Colombia, the small, isolated Providencia Island retains its Caribbean culture and English-Creole language.
On the 21st (Tue), make a trip to The Peak Forestry Reserve, explore the striking landscape at Morgan's Head, then head off the coast to Crab Cay, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse Providencia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at McBean Lagoon National Natural Park.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Providencia Island trip itinerary planning tool .

You can ride a ferry from San Andres Island to Providencia Island in 3.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Providencia Island

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Crab Cay ©
Crab Cay
McBean Lagoon National Natural Park ©
The Peak Forestry Reserve ©
The Peak Forestry Reserve

6
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Walking tours and Portal de Los Dulces. Spend the 24th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de la Trinidad, appreciate the history behind Monumento a Los Zapatos Viejos, get a sense of history and politics at Alcaldia de Cartagena, and choose your vessel at Arrecife Boat Rentals.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cartagena itinerary app .

Getting from Providencia Island to Cartagena by combination of ferry and flight takes about 8 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Historic Sites

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Monumento India Catalina
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Plaza de San Diego ©
Plaza de San Diego

7
days
Santa Marta, Colombia

Santa Marta ©
Many visitors begin their Santa Marta holiday, surrounded by urban clutter and heavy traffic, expecting little from the city in terms of historical importance.
Explore hidden gems such as Scuba & Snorkeling and Bahia concha Santa Marta Colombia. Spend the 3rd (Mon) exploring nature at Nabusimake. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Santa Marta, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Acuario Mundo Marino, kick back and relax at Cristal Beach, and don't miss a visit to Parque de Los Novios.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Marta trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Cartagena to Santa Marta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Santa Marta, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Marta

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Cristal Beach ©
Cristal Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino ©
Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino

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