32 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

32 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

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32 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

Start: Singapore, Singapore
Fly:  30 h
1
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  2 h
2
La Paz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
3
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
4
Guayaquil, Ecuador
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  1 h 45 min
5
Quito, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
6
Bogota, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
7
Cartagena, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h
8
Panama City, Panama
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 15 min
9
Bocas Town, Panama
— 1 night
+3
Ferry + Drive + Bus + Drive:  9 h 45 min
10
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
11
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
+2
Shuttle + Bus + Fly:  31 h
End: Singapore, Singapore

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Sacred Valley of the Incas and Spas. Step out of Cusco with an excursion to Pisac in Pisac--about 52 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, delve into the distant past at Tambomachay, trot along with a tour on horseback, and make a trip to Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cusco holiday builder site .

Singapore, Singapore to Cusco is an approximately 30-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Singapore to Cusco, you'll gain 13 hours due to the time zone difference. In January, Cusco is much colder than Singapore - with highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Pisac, Sacred Valley of the Incas
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Spas

2
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, then make a trip to Mi Teleferico, and then don't miss a visit to Mercado de Las Brujas. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore and take pictures at WMDR Yungas Road.

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Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Cusco to La Paz takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Peru Time (PET) to Bolivia Time (BOT) is 1 hour. In January, La Paz is a bit cooler than Cusco - with highs of 17°C and lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors Scenic Drive Tours
Highlights from your plan
WMDR Yungas Road ©
WMDR Yungas Road
Food Tours
Mercado de Las Brujas ©
Mercado de Las Brujas

2
nights
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.
On the 27th (Mon), explore the ancient world of Huaca Pucllana, then take in the waterfront at Miraflores Boardwalk, and then take a stroll through Barranco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, then ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, and finally steep yourself in history at Centro Historico de Lima.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Lima online day trip planner .

Getting from La Paz to Lima by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from La Paz to Lima. Traveling from La Paz in January, things will get much warmer in Lima: highs are around 31°C and lows about 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Centro Historico de Lima ©
Centro Historico de Lima
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco

1
night
Guayaquil, Ecuador

Guayaquil ©
Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Presley Norton Museum, take in the waterfront at Malecon 2000, then admire the natural beauty at Parque Seminario, and finally wander the streets of Las Penas.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Guayaquil travel app .

Traveling by flight from Lima to Guayaquil takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Lima in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Guayaquil: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Neighborhoods Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Las Penas ©
Las Penas
Parque Seminario ©
Parque Seminario
Malecon 2000 ©
Malecon 2000

2
nights
Quito, Ecuador

Quito ©
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 30th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Quito Old Town, admire the landmark architecture of San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, and finally admire the striking features of Basilica del Voto Nacional. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, examine the collection at Intinan Museum, then make a trip to Mitad Del Mundo, and finally admire the masterpieces at La Capilla Del Hombre.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Quito day trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Guayaquil to Quito takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Guayaquil in January: high temperatures in Quito hover around 26°C and lows are around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila ©
Intinan Museum ©
Intinan Museum
La Capilla Del Hombre ©
La Capilla Del Hombre

2
nights
Bogota, Colombia

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 1st (Sat): make a trip to Bolivar plaza, then admire the masterpieces 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: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, then take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate, and then stroll around Parque Metropolitano Simon Bolivar.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Bogota road trip planner .

Getting from Quito to Bogota by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Quito in January, Bogota is a bit cooler at night with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Bolivar Square ©
Bolivar Square

3
nights
Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena ©
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Torre del Reloj and Plaza de La Trinidad. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Plaza Bolivar, take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Cartagena driving holiday planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Cartagena takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from Bogota in February, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Cartagena: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo
Torre del Reloj ©
Torre del Reloj
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cinta Costera and Biomuseo. There's much more to do: make a trip to Panama Canal, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, get to know the fascinating history of Avenida Balboa, and take a stroll through Casco Viejo.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Panama City attractions site .

Traveling by flight from Cartagena to Panama City takes 2 hours. In February, daytime highs in Panama City are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Bocas Town.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Cinta Costera ©
Cinta Costera
Avenida Balboa ©
Avenida Balboa

1
night
Bocas Town, Panama

The colorful and relaxed Bocas Town has a welcoming atmosphere, with the modestly sized urban area showcasing typical Caribbean clapboard houses and home to a mixed community from across the world.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): make a trip to Playa Bluff and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Bocas Town visit planner.

You can fly from Panama City to Bocas Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. When traveling from Panama City in February, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Bocas Town: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 31°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa Bluff
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Bluff ©
Playa Bluff

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Fishing Charters & Tours and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Manuel Antonio: Parasailing & Paragliding (in Dominical) and Zipline (in Jaco). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio holiday maker app .

Traveling by combination of ferry, car, and bus from Bocas Town to Manuel Antonio takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Bocas Town to Manuel Antonio, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Quepos, Parasailing & Paragliding, Zipline
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

5
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Proyecto Asis and Food Tours. Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos to go to Tenorio Volcano National Park and see Rio Celeste, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: take in the views from Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, see Off-Road Tours, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trips

Rio Celeste, Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Proyecto Asis ©
Proyecto Asis
Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park ©
Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park

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