10 days in Central America & South America Itinerary

10 days in Central America & South America Itinerary

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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Machu Picchu, Peru
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Quito, Ecuador
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Bogota, Colombia
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Panama City, Panama
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San Jose, Costa Rica

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia La Soledad, get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, then view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, and finally see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the San Jose travel planning website.

San Francisco, USA to San Jose is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in February; daily highs in San Jose reach 79°F and lows reach 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip
Galeria Namu ©
Art Gallery
Galeria Namu
4.9
Jade Museum ©
History Museum
Jade Museum
4.4

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Machu Picchu, Peru

A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
On the 17th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon and then delve into the distant past at Inca Quarries. Here are some ideas for day two: take some stellar pictures from Intipuncu and then contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu trip itinerary planning tool.

Fly from San Jose to Machu Picchu in 13.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Jose to Machu Picchu. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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Quito, Ecuador

Light of America

High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): examine the collection at Museo Etnohistorico de Artesanias del Ecuador Mindalae and then explore the world behind art at La Capilla Del Hombre. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Quito Old Town, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica del Voto Nacional, admire the landmark architecture of Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Metropolitana de Quito, then admire the masterpieces at Centro Cultural Metropolitano, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Quito online holiday maker.

Traveling by flight from Machu Picchu to Quito takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. February in Quito sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Quito

Highlights from your trip
Quito Old Town ©
Historic Walking Area
Quito Old Town
4.8
Basilica del Voto Nacional ©
Religious Site
Basilica del Voto Nacional
4.7

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Bogota, Colombia

Athens of South America

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): contemplate the long history of Bolivar Square, then explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and then examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro). Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Bogota vacation planner.

Fly from Quito to Bogota in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Quito in February, plan for a bit cooler nights in Bogota, with lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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Panama City, Panama

Dubai of Latin America

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, then make a trip to Panama Canal, and then make a trip to Avenida Balboa. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Francisco de Asis and then get to know the fascinating history of Casco Viejo.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Panama City day trip site.

You can fly from Bogota to Panama City in 6 hours. Traveling from Bogota in February, you will find days in Panama City are a bit warmer (89°F), and nights are warmer (76°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Highlights from your trip
Casco Viejo ©
Must see
Casco Viejo
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Avenida Balboa ©
Historic Walking Area
Avenida Balboa
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