52 days in South America, Central America, Caribbean & United States Itinerary

52 days in South America, Central America, Caribbean & United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock trip planner

This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

52 days in South America, Central America, Caribbean & United States Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Santiago, Chile
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  11​h 45​min
2
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
La Paz, Bolivia
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  1​h 45​min
4
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
5
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
6
Guayaquil, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 45​min
7
Quito, Ecuador
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
8
Cartagena, Colombia
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  9​h
9
San Blas Islands, Panama
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
10
Panama City, Panama
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + bus + shuttle:  8​h 15​min
11
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  10​h 45​min
12
Varadero, Cuba
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
13
Havana, Cuba
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
14
Austin, United States
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  22​h
End: Sydney, Australia

5
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Santiago side-trips: Valparaiso (La Sebastiana & Walking tours) and Flower Clock (Reloj de Flores) (in Vina del Mar). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Mercado Central), make a trip to Patio Bellavista, and explore the world behind art at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino.

For other places to visit and tourist information, refer to the Santiago travel planning website .

Sydney, Australia to Santiago is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Chile Time (CLT) is minus 14 hours. On the 20th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums Parks Tours

Side Trips

Valparaiso, Flower Clock (Reloj de Flores)
Highlights from your plan
La Chascona ©
La Chascona
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia

2
nights
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Isla Incahuasi and then explore the striking landscape at Salar de Uyuni. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Museo de la Llama y la Sal, then see the interesting displays at Train Cemetery, and then hike along Senda Andina.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Uyuni trip itinerary website .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Santiago to Uyuni takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, daytime highs in Uyuni are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Uyuni

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Museo de la Llama y la Sal
Highlights from your plan
Salar de Uyuni ©
Salar de Uyuni
Isla Incahuasi ©
Isla Incahuasi
Train Cemetery ©
Train Cemetery

3
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Spend the 23rd (Thu) exploring the striking scenery along WMDR Yungas Road. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Tiwanaku, have fun at Urban Rush Bolivia, make a trip to Mercado de Las Brujas, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our La Paz trip maker tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Uyuni to La Paz takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Uyuni in January, La Paz is a bit cooler at night with lows of 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors Scenic Drive Tours
Highlights from your plan
Urban Rush Bolivia ©
Urban Rush Bolivia
Tiwanaku ©
Tiwanaku
Mercado de Las Brujas ©
Mercado de Las Brujas

5
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cusco: Maras (Moray & Salinas de Maras). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, contemplate the long history of Tipon, get engrossed in the history at Museo de Arte Precolombino, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia De Santo Domingo.

You can plan Cusco trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from La Paz to Cusco takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Bolivia Time (BOT) to Peru Time (PET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from La Paz in January; daily highs in Cusco reach 22°C and lows reach 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Maras, Sacred Valley of the Incas
Highlights from your plan
exploor ©
exploor
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): make a trip to Miraflores, then delve into the distant past at Huaca Pucllana, then don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, shop like a local with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), then walk around Plazuela Chabuca Granda, then wander the streets of Barranco, and finally make a trip to Circuito Magico Del Agua.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Lima trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Lima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in January, expect nights in Lima to be warmer, around 24°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

2
nights
Guayaquil, Ecuador

Guayaquil ©
Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
On the 2nd (Sun), wander the streets of Las Penas, appreciate the extensive heritage of Guayaquil Historical Park, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Metropolitana de Guayaquil. On your second day here, step off the mainland to explore Isla Santay, take a leisurely stroll along Malecon 2000, and then take a stroll through Cerro Santa Ana.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Guayaquil tour planning site .

Traveling by flight from Lima to Guayaquil takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Guayaquil Historical Park ©
Guayaquil Historical Park
Las Penas ©
Las Penas
Cerro Santa Ana ©
Cerro Santa Ana

4
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.
Step out of Quito to go to Cotacachi and see Cuicocha, which is approximately 1h 45 min away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica del Voto Nacional, stop by Olga Fisch Folklore, and get to know the fascinating history of Quito Old Town.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Quito trip simple and quick.

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 February: high temperatures in Quito hover around 24°C and lows are around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Quito

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Cuicocha
Highlights from your plan
Cuicocha ©
Cuicocha
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©

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.
Go for a jaunt from Cartagena to Isla Baru to see Playa Blanca about 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, make a trip to Plaza de San Diego, admire the landmark architecture of Las Bovedas, and deepen your understanding at Plaza Santo Domingo.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Cartagena trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by flight from Quito to Cartagena takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and taxi. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Quito in February: high temperatures in Cartagena hover around 36°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Tue) to allow time for travel to San Blas Islands.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Playa Blanca
Highlights from your plan
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo

3
nights
San Blas Islands, Panama

San Blas Islands ©
San Blas Islands represent the offshore area of the indigenous province of Guna Yala.
San Blas Islands is known for nature, spas, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Isla Perro and head off the coast to Isla Chichime.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the San Blas Islands trip itinerary planning website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cartagena to San Blas Islands. In February, daytime highs in San Blas Islands are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Panama City.

Things to do in San Blas Islands

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Isla Perro ©
Isla Perro

5
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Panama City is known for historic sites, shopping, museums, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, explore the striking landscape of Soberania National Park, and contemplate the waterfront views at Gatun Lake.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Panama City trip planner.

Fly from San Blas Islands to Panama City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In February, daily temperatures in Panama City can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Panama City

Parks Nature Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Soberania National Park ©
Soberania National Park

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz in Vara Blanca (about 1h 50 min away). There's much more to do: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery, and look for gifts at Galeria Aguas Verdes.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip maker site .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Panama City to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Panama City to La Fortuna de San Carlos is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Varadero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Ecotermales Fortuna ©
Ecotermales Fortuna

2
nights
Varadero, Cuba

Varadero ©
One of the largest resort towns in the Caribbean, Varadero boasts a 20 km (12 mi) long stretch of sand, lined with hotels and all-inclusive resorts.
When in Varadero, make a side trip to see Cuevas de Bellamar in Matanzas, approximately 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Varadero Beach, explore the fascinating underground world of Cueva de Saturno, delve into the distant past at Cueva de Ambrosio, and stroll through Cayos Blancos.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Varadero trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Varadero by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 11 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Varadero due to the time zone difference. In February, daily temperatures in Varadero can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Havana.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Matanzas
Highlights from your plan
Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Cuevas de Bellamar ©
Cuevas de Bellamar
Josone Park ©
Josone Park

3
nights
Havana, Cuba

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Havana is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, beaches, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of El Malecon, don't miss a visit to Old Havana, steep yourself in history at El Morro, and get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion).

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Havana trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Varadero to Havana takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and train. In February, daily temperatures in Havana can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Austin.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana
Old Havana ©
Old Havana
Plaza de la Catedral ©
Plaza de la Catedral

3
nights
Austin, United States

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Step out of Austin with an excursion to Enchanted Rock State Natural Area in Fredericksburg--about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Texas State Capitol, take an in-depth tour of LBJ Presidential Library, snap pictures at Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats, and appreciate the history behind Stevie Ray Vaughan Statue.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Austin online road trip planner .

Fly from Havana to Austin in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Havana to Austin. In March, Austin is slightly colder than Havana - with highs of 28°C and lows of 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Austin

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Highlights from your plan
The Escape Game Austin ©
The Escape Game Austin
Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol
Bullock Texas State History Museum ©

Similar Plans

57 days in South America, Caribbean & Central America BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA January, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 57 days in Central America, Caribbean & South America BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA January, culture, outdoors, beaches, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 15 days in Texas BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 10 days in Ecuador BY A USER FROM ECUADOR December, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 5 days in Cuba BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 48 days in South America BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 60 days in South America, South Pacific & Europe BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS May, culture, historic sites, museums, wildlife, fast-paced, hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 57 days in South America & Central America BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA January, culture, outdoors, beaches, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 10 days in Cuba BY A USER FROM FRANCE August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 59 days in Europe, South America, United States, South Pacific & Africa BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS April, culture, historic sites, museums, wildlife, fast-paced, hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 60 days in Mexico & Central America BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND September, culture, outdoors, beaches, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 17 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans