23 days in Central America & South America Itinerary

23 days in Central America & South America Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
2
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
3
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 2 nights
4
Lima, Peru
— 1 day
5
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
6
Santiago, Chile
— 1 day
7
Mendoza, Argentina
— 3 nights
8
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
9
Brasilia, Brazil
— 2 nights

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and Proyecto Asis. There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

Discover how to plan a La Fortuna de San Carlos trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Tirana, Albania to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Tirana to La Fortuna de San Carlos due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Proyecto Asis ©
Proyecto Asis

2
nights
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio online route planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Fishing Charters & Tours
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Fishing Charters & Tours

2
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Galeria Aymara and The Angelique Art Gallery. You'll discover tucked-away gems like El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve and Santa Cruz Fish Market. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, tour the pleasant surroundings at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, kick back and relax at Playa de los Alemanes, and explore the striking landscape at Las Grietas.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Ayora journey planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Manuel Antonio to Puerto Ayora takes 17.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Ecuador Time is 1 hour. In February, daily temperatures in Puerto Ayora can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
Highlights from your plan
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay

1
day
Lima, Peru

Lima ©
Founded in 1535 by Spanish explorer Francisco Pizarro, Lima represents an interesting blend of modern attractions and preserved colonial architecture, much of it clustered in the World Heritage-listed city center.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, take a stroll through Barranco, and then take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Lima online trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Puerto Ayora to Lima in 11 hours. Another option is to fly. In February, Lima is little chillier than Puerto Ayora - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas ©
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Barranco ©
Barranco

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Q'enqo, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino, thensteep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, and finally steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas. On your second day here, explore the ancient world of Qorikancha, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, and then examine the collection at ChocoMuseo Cusco.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cusco travel planning tool.

Getting from Lima to Cusco by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in February, you will find days in Cusco are a bit cooler (°C), and nights are much colder (°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha
Museo de Arte Precolombino ©
Museo de Arte Precolombino

1
day
Santiago, Chile

Santiago ©
Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): browse the exhibits of Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, see the interesting displays at La Chascona, and then stroll around Cerro Santa Lucia.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Santiago journey tool.

Getting from Cusco to Santiago by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Peru Standard Time to Chile Standard Time is 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Mendoza.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
La Chascona ©
La Chascona

3
nights
Mendoza, Argentina

Mendoza ©
Famed for its neat vineyards and thriving wine production, Mendoza remains the place to visit for a pleasant combination of relaxation and recreation.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bodega Roberto Bonfanti and Bodega Tierras Altas. Get some cultural insight at Pulenta Estate Winery and Bodega Chandon. Go for a jaunt from Mendoza to Maipu to see Casa El Enemigo about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Bodega Carmelo Patti, take some stellar pictures from Cerro de la Gloria, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and walk around Parque General San Martin.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Mendoza trip itinerary app.

Getting from Santiago to Mendoza by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Santiago to Mendoza is 1 hour. In February, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Mendoza

Wineries Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Casa El Enemigo
Highlights from your plan
Bodega Tierras Altas ©
Bodega Tierras Altas
Bodega Roberto Bonfanti ©
Bodega Roberto Bonfanti
Bodega Carmelo Patti ©
Bodega Carmelo Patti

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.
Cemiterio de Recoleta and Calle Defensa are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Palacio Barolo and El Zanjon de Granados. Go for a jaunt from Buenos Aires to Martinez to see La Boutique Del Libro about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, admire the architecture and history at Plaza de Mayo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Primada, and explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires trip maker tool.

You can fly from Mendoza to Buenos Aires in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Mendoza in February, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Buenos Aires: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Brasilia.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

La Boutique Del Libro
Highlights from your plan
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Calle Defensa ©
Calle Defensa

2
nights
Brasilia, Brazil

Brasilia ©
Although it lacks the cultural flair of Rio de Janeiro and the massive urban sprawl of Sao Paulo, Brasilia holds a fascinating place in the tapestry of Brazil.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lago Paranoa and Fonte Da Torre de TV. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Templo da Boa Vontade and Parque Olhos D'agua. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botanico de Brasilia, see the interesting displays at Catetinho, get your game on at iFLY Brasilia, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo Seicho No Ie.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Brasilia road trip app.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Brasilia in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In February, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brasilia

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Parque Olhos D'agua ©
Parque Olhos D'agua
Templo da Boa Vontade ©
Templo da Boa Vontade
Igrejinha N.S. De Fatima church ©
Igrejinha N.S. De Fatima church

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