11 days in Central America & South America Itinerary

11 days in Central America & South America Itinerary

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11 days in Central America & South America Itinerary

Start: Phoenix, United States
+2
Fly + Bus + Shuttle:  12​h
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
+2
Shuttle + Bus + Fly:  13​h
2
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h
3
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Phoenix, United States

3
nights
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.
Visiting La Fortuna Waterfall and Tabacon Hot Springs will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and look for all kinds of wild species at Proyecto Asis.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary maker site .

Phoenix, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Phoenix to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano
River Rafting & Tubing

2
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sacsayhuaman and Iglesia De Santo Domingo. Get a sense of the local culture at Plaza de Armas and Sacred Valley of the Incas. Venture out of the city with trips to Maras (Moray & Salinas de Maras). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Tambomachay.

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Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Cusco takes 13 hours. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Peru Time (PET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In February in Cusco, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 46°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Maras, Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

3
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.
Get some cultural insight at Pao de Acucar and Praia de Ipanema. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Copacabana Beach and Barra da Tijuca Beach. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, don't miss a visit to Escadaria Selaron, contemplate the long history of Parque Lage, and enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Grumari.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro travel route website .

Getting from Cusco to Rio de Janeiro by flight takes about 12 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Cusco to Rio de Janeiro is 2 hours. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Cusco in February, with highs in Rio de Janeiro at 90°F and lows at 76°F. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain

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