60 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

60 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 5 nights
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Ushuaia, Argentina
— 6 nights
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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 6 nights
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Mendoza, Argentina
— 6 nights
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 7 nights
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Panama City, Panama
— 5 nights
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Santa Catalina, Panama
— 1 night
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Boquete, Panama
— 2 nights
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
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Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua
— 3 nights
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 5 nights

Queen of La Plata

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.
Cemiterio de Recoleta and Museo Nacional De Arte Decorativo will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museo de La Plata and Puerto Madero. Go for a jaunt from Buenos Aires to La Plata to see Catedral de la Plata about 1h 5 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the history at Plaza de Mayo, admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, stop by La Boca, and steep yourself in history at Palacio Barolo.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Buenos Aires trip itinerary tool.

Billund, Denmark to Buenos Aires is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Billund to Buenos Aires due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Billund in December, expect Buenos Aires to be warmer, temps between 33°C and 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can fly to Ushuaia.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

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Ushuaia, Argentina

— 6 nights

End of the World

Often called the "End of the World" because of its position on the southernmost tip of South America, the expanding city of Ushuaia serves as both a busy commercial port and attractive tourist hub.
Take a break from the city and head to Tierra del Fuego National Park and Lago Roca. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Isla Martillo and Boat Tours & Water Sports. There's still lots to do: hike along Glaciar Martial, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, fly down the slopes at Cerro Castor (Castor Mount), and contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Esmeralda.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Ushuaia trip planning site.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Buenos Aires in December, things will get cooler in Ushuaia: highs are around 13°C and lows about 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can catch the flight to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

— 6 nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro and Cascada de los Duendes. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Parroquia San Eduardo and Museo del Lago Gutierrez. When in San Carlos de Bariloche, make a side trip to see Rio Correntoso in Villa La Angostura, approximately Villa La Angostura away. Spend the 4th (Tue) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Refugio Frey, tour the pleasant surroundings at Circuito Chico, delve into the lush surroundings at Sendero de los Arrayanes, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the San Carlos de Bariloche holiday builder site.

Traveling by flight from Ushuaia to San Carlos de Bariloche takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. While traveling from Ushuaia, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in San Carlos de Bariloche, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Mendoza.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

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Mendoza, Argentina

— 6 nights
Famed for its neat vineyards and thriving wine production, Mendoza remains the place to visit for a pleasant combination of relaxation and recreation.
Step off the beaten path and head to Bodega Renacer and Los Pingos Horse Riding. Casa El Enemigo and Bodega La Azul are good opportunities to explore the local culture. When in Mendoza, make a side trip to see Bodegas Salentein in Los Arboles, approximately Los Arboles away. On the 11th (Tue), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stroll around Parque General San Martin, awaken your taste buds at Terrazas de los Andes, and learn about winemaking at Pulenta Estate Winery.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Mendoza tour planner.

You can fly from San Carlos de Bariloche to Mendoza in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in January, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Mendoza: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 23°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Wed) before leaving for Antigua.

Things to do in Mendoza

Wineries · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

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Antigua, Guatemala

— 7 nights
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 Off-Road Tours. Discover out-of-the-way places like Iglesia de La Merced and Cathedral de Santiago. Get out of town with these interesting Antigua side-trips: Guatemala City (Palacio Nacional, Catedral Metropolitana, &more) and Iximche (in Panajachel). And it doesn't end there: stop by Casa del Jade, make a trip to The Plaza Central Park, explore the ancient world of Arco de Santa Catalina, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Francisco El Grande.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Antigua trip planner.

You can fly from Mendoza to Antigua in 14 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Mendoza to Antigua. Traveling from Mendoza in January, expect Antigua to be slightly colder, temps between 27°C and 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Panama City.

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Panama City, Panama

— 5 nights

Dubai of Latin America

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Casco Viejo and Cinta Costera. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Iglesia de San José and Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Panama La Vieja, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, make a trip to Panama Canal, and explore the striking landscape of Soberania National Park.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Panama City trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Antigua to Panama City in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Antigua to Panama City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Antigua in January, expect nights in Panama City to be much hotter, around 28°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Catalina.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods
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Santa Catalina, Panama

— 1 night
Since Santa Catalina became known in the international surfing community in the 1970s, it has done well to maintain its identity as a tucked-away fishing village.
On the 25th (Tue), have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Santa Catalina day trip tool.

You can drive from Panama City to Santa Catalina in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. On the 25th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Boquete.

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Boquete, Panama

— 2 nights
Now known internationally for its fresh mountain air, year-round pleasant temperatures, and large community of North American expats, Boquete has changed rapidly since the start of the century, changing from a humble mountain town, into a humble mountain surrounded by gated communities and estates.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): hike along Pipeline Trail and then admire the sheer force of The Lost Waterfalls-Boquete. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Thu): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Boquete online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Catalina to Boquete takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Boquete

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

— 5 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fishing Charters & Tours and Off-Road Tours. Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Playa Manuel Antonio. Explore Manuel Antonio's surroundings by going to Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge (in Uvita), Canyoning & Rappelling Tours (in Jaco) and Horseback Riding Tours (in Esterillos Este). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Boquete to Manuel Antonio in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Boquete to Manuel Antonio is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

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Monteverde, Costa Rica

— 2 nights
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
On the 2nd (Wed), stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Adventure
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

— 6 nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Natura Eco Park Costa Rica and Paradise Hot Springs. Step out of the city life by going to Tabacon Hot Springs and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Next up on the itinerary: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Rio Chollin.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Getting from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Isla de Ometepe.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

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Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua

— 3 nights
Isla de Ometepe may be small in size, but it boasts two large volcanoes that dominate its landscape and influence the local lifestyle.
Get outdoors at Volcan Maderas and Laguna Charco Verde. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Isla Ometepe and Cascada de San Ramon. It doesn't end there: contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Concepcion and soothe aching muscles at Temazcal Omeyocan.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Isla de Ometepe online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Isla de Ometepe takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Isla de Ometepe

Parks · Nature · Spas
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica

— 4 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Off-Road Tours. Step off the beaten path and head to Playa Avellana and Spas. Change things up with these side-trips from Tamarindo: Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal) and Playa Guiones (in Nosara). There's still lots to do: get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo journey planner.

You can drive from Isla de Ometepe to Tamarindo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

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Argentina travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Bodies of Water · Specialty Museums
Land of Contrasts
Home to the highest and lowest points in South America, diverse Argentina enthralls visitors with its contrasting landscapes and rich cultural heritage. A tour of Argentina reveals a sprawling land of fiercely proud and hardworking gauchos, the legendary cowboys of South America's pampas. A vacation in Argentina also leads you to giant urban centers, filled with modern tourist attractions that include fine restaurants, award-winning museums, and renowned public parks, gardens, and zoos. Away from big cities, Argentina sightseeing combines visits to mighty waterfalls situated inside World Heritage-listed national parks in the north of the country, with excursions to icy glaciers in the south.

Panama travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Historic Walking Areas · Shopping Malls
With a lively banking sector and a booming tourism industry, Panama remains one of the most powerful nations in the Americas, though it's also one of the smallest by land area. The country boasts coastlines on both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, so it's not surprising most Panama holidays include some form of seaside entertainment. With outstanding beaches all over the country, it's easy to find an ideal spot to swim, snorkel, dive, fish, sail, or simply kick back on the sand with a few cold drinks. The country's best-known landmark and one of the world's most significant shipping routes, Panama Canal tops most tourist itineraries--many choose to see this engineering wonder by traveling the length of it by train.

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.

Nicaragua travel guide

4.2
Churches · Volcanos · Specialty Museums
Still emerging as a major tourist destination, Nicaragua, the largest country in Central America, entices travelers with its rich history and remarkable natural beauty just waiting to be discovered. A holiday in Nicaragua allows you to explore a vibrant culture, scenic beaches, and plenty of spots off the beaten path. Majestic volcanoes, lakes, and forests offer numerous chances for exploration and exciting adventures, while major cities boast splendid colonial architecture. With access to coastlines on both the Pacific and the Caribbean, a vacation in Nicaragua appeals to those looking for thrilling surfing experiences, dramatic views, or a chance to spread out on a deserted tropical beach.