37 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

37 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

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Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 6 nights
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 4 nights
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 6 nights
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San Andres Island, Colombia
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
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Roatan, Honduras
— 5 nights

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Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

Fernando de Noronha ©

Emerald of the Atlantic

With 21 lush islands scattered among pristine waters in the Atlantic Ocean, a Fernando de Noronha holiday is well worth the effort it takes to get there.
Bring the kids along to Baia do Sancho and Baia dos Porcos. Take a break from the city and head to Praia do Sueste and Praia do Cachorro. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Porto de Santo Antonio Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ponta das Caracas, get outside with Morro dois Irmaos, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Fernando de Noronha vacation planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Fernando de Noronha is an approximately 21-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Fernando de Noronha. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 76°F in Fernando de Noronha. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours
Highlights from your plan
Porto de Santo Antonio Beach ©
Porto de Santo Antonio Beach
Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Praia do Sueste ©
Praia do Sueste

5
nights
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro ©

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Ilha Fiscal and Parque Lage will appeal to history buffs. Visit Copacabana Beach and Praia de Grumari for some beach relaxation. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pedra Bonita, stroll through Pedra do Arpoador, and wander the streets of Santa Teresa.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary planning app.

You can fly from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro in 7.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Rio de Janeiro when traveling from Fernando de Noronha in September, with lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Pedra do Arpoador ©
Pedra do Arpoador

4
nights
Cusco, Peru

Cusco ©

Imperial City

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.
Popular historic sites such as Sacsayhuaman and Qorikancha are in your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to Salinas de Maras and exploor. Step out of Cusco to go to Maras and see Moray, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, delve into the distant past at Tambomachay, look for gifts at Hilo, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Cusco day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Cusco takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Cusco, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Rio de Janeiro, expect little chillier days and colder nights in Cusco, ranging from highs of 71°F to lows of 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras

4
nights
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno ©
The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
You'll get in some beach time at La Loberia and Playa Punta Carola. Step out of the city life by going to Galapagos Fan Dive and Cerro Tijeretas. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Mann, make a trip to Segunda Zona Naval de la Armada del Ecuador, and learn more about the world around you at Interpretation Center.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno trip maker site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cusco to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Traveling from Cusco in September, expect nights in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to be much hotter, around 69°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Cerro Tijeretas ©
Cerro Tijeretas
Galapagos Fan Dive ©
Galapagos Fan Dive
La Loberia ©
La Loberia

6
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay and Playa de los Perros. Step out of the city life by going to Charles Darwin Research Station and Las Grietas. There's lots more to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, explore the activities along Canal del Amor, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de los Alemanes, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Ayora trip itinerary maker.

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Ayora in 3.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Puerto Ayora can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve

2
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San Andres Island, Colombia

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
On the 21st (Mon), take in the dramatic natural features at Hoyo Soplador, then look for all kinds of wild species at La Piscinita, then identify plant and animal life at Scuba San Andres Dive Shop, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Charquitos.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read San Andres Island online vacation planner.

You can do a combination of bus, ferry, and flight from Puerto Ayora to San Andres Island in 15 hours. In September, San Andres Island is a bit warmer than Puerto Ayora - with highs of 87°F and lows of 78°F. On the 22nd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Highlights from your plan
Scuba San Andres Dive Shop ©
Scuba San Andres Dive Shop
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Cayo El Acuario ©
Cayo El Acuario

3
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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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): Head underground at Venado Caves and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then head outdoors with El Salto.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos journey tool.

Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 11.5 hours. The time zone changes from Colombia Standard Time (COT) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. On the 25th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Roatan.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas · Outdoors

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

5
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Roatan, Honduras

Roatan ©
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
You'll get in some beach time at West Bay Beach and Little French Key. Bring the kids along to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Sunyata Charters. The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with West End Divers, relax and rejuvenate at Fisioterapista-Massagista Roatan, stroll through Mayan Eden, and enjoy the sand and surf at Grand Roatan Beach Club.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Roatan trip maker website.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Roatan in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in September, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
West End Divers ©
West End Divers
Little French Key ©
Little French Key
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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