38 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

38 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

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38 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
+3
Fly + shuttle + ferry + bus:  25​h
1
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 5 nights
+2
ferry + shuttle + Fly:  12​h 15​min
2
Cartagena, Colombia
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
San Andres Island, Colombia
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Panama City, Panama
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  3​h
5
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Playas del Coco, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
9
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
— 1 night
ferry:  4​h
10
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
+3
bus + foot + bus + Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: London, United Kingdom

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve and Los Gemelos. Galeria Aymara and Maprae are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Go for a jaunt from Puerto Ayora to Baltra to see North Seymour Island about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Charles Darwin Research Station, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, and explore the striking landscape at Las Grietas.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Ayora trip planning app .

London, UK to Puerto Ayora is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Ecuador Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. Traveling from London in April, things will get much warmer in Puerto Ayora: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Sun) before leaving for Cartagena.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, North Seymour Island
Highlights from your plan
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve
Fishing Charters & Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
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.
Popular historic sites such as Bairro Getsemani and Castillo de Salgar are in your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to Aviario Nacional de Colombia and Playa Puntilla. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Santo Domingo, step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, contemplate the long history of Plaza Fernandez Madrid, and wander the streets of Centro Historico.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Cartagena online road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Puerto Ayora to Cartagena takes 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight. Traveling from Puerto Ayora in May, you will find days in Cartagena are somewhat warmer (38°C), and nights are about the same (30°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Isla Baru, Castillo de Salgar
Highlights from your plan
Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia
Bairro Getsemani ©
Bairro Getsemani
Templo de Santo Domingo ©
Templo de Santo Domingo

4
nights
San Andres Island, Colombia

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
We've included these beaches for you: Playa de San Luis and Playa Charquitos. Get a sense of the local culture at Primera Iglesia Bautista and Plaza Canon de Morgan. There's much more to do: see the vivid underwater world at West View, explore the striking landscape at Hoyo Soplador, examine the collection at Island House Museum, and look for all kinds of wild species at La Piscinita.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read San Andres Island day trip planning site .

Fly from Cartagena to San Andres Island in 3.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in San Andres Island are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Scuba & Snorkeling
Cayo El Acuario ©
Cayo El Acuario

4
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Panama La Vieja and Bahai Temple. Get some cultural insight at Casco Viejo and El Arco Chato. Get out of town with these interesting Panama City side-trips: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Portobelo) and Gamboa (Panama Rainforest Discovery Center & Asociacion Panamericana para la Conservacion). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de la Merced, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Panama City travel route planner .

Getting from San Andres Island to Panama City by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi. In May, daily temperatures in Panama City can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Panama City

Wildlife Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Gamboa, Scuba & Snorkeling
Highlights from your plan
Panama Rainforest Discovery Center ©
Panama Rainforest Discovery Center
Panama La Vieja ©
Panama La Vieja
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo

3
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
Get in touch with nature at Punta Uva Beach and Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary. Nature Park Walk and Catedral Sagrado Corazon de Jesus will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Redfrogteam Biological Station, get your game on at Yesland Mini Golf, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online vacation planner .

Do a combination of flight and car from Panama City to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Panama City to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Puerto Limon, Nature Park Walk, Yesland Mini Golf, Redfrogteam Biological Station
Highlights from your plan
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Catedral Sagrado Corazon de Jesus ©
Catedral Sagrado Corazon de Jesus

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Tabacon Hot Springs and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Get a sense of the local culture at Coco Loco Art Studio & Gallery and Galeria Estudio. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge, witness a stunning natural landmark at Los Lagos Hot Springs, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bogarin Trail, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs

2
nights
Playas del Coco, Costa Rica

A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
On the 23rd (Sat), kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Dantita, take in the exciting artwork at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, and then identify plant and animal life at Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Playas del Coco online vacation maker .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Playas del Coco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Playa Hermosa, Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands, Playa Dantita
Highlights from your plan
Shark Diving
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands

4
nights
Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Get in touch with nature at Playa Conchal and Playa Avellana. Discover out-of-the-way places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Playa Danta. Change things up with a short trip to Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) in Nosara (about 2 hours away). And it doesn't end there: cast your line with a fishing tour, kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, identify plant and animal life at Monkey Park, and get a taste of the local shopping with Lydia Beech Art Boutique.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo online road trip planner .

You can drive from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones), Playa Danta, Playa Conchal
Highlights from your plan
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Santa Teresa ©
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Santa Teresa, then take in the exciting artwork at Bri'ah Art Gallery, and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Teresa trip planning website .

Getting from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Kayaking & Canoeing
Highlights from your plan
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa

4
nights
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio ©
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Take a break from the city and head to Playa Manuel Antonio and Parque Reptilandia. Relax by the water at Playa Biesanz and Playa Espadilla Norte. Venture out of the city with trips to Parasailing & Paragliding (in Dominical) and Palo Seco Beach (in Parrita). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, admire the engineering at Isla Damas, and look for gifts at The Captain's Booty.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip website .

Getting from Santa Teresa to Manuel Antonio by ferry takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Quepos, Dominical, Isla Damas, Palo Seco Beach
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours

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