54 days in Central America & South America Itinerary

54 days in Central America & South America Itinerary

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Fly
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San Jose, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
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Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua
— 3 nights
Ferry to San Jorge, Shuttle to Granada
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Granada, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
Drive
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
Taxi to Atenas, Fly to Panama City
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Panama City, Panama
— 4 nights
Fly
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Cartagena, Colombia
— 4 nights
Fly
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Medellin, Colombia
— 5 nights
Fly
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Bogota, Colombia
— 9 nights

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San Jose, Costa Rica

A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Toucan Rescue Ranch has been added to your itinerary. Step out of San Jose to go to Vara Blanca and see Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica and examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our San Jose visit planner.

London, UK to San Jose is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from London in January: high temperatures in San Jose hover around 30°C and lows are around 21°C. On the 10th (Sun), you'll travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks · Museums · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Manuel Antonio: Jaco (Canyoning & Rappelling Tours & Mirador de Jaco). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Manuel Antonio takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle; or take a bus. On the 13th (Wed), you're off to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

5
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates has been added to your itinerary. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Volcano Brewing Company, let little ones run wild at Nanny Garden, and stroll through Playa Avellana.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tamarindo travel planning site.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Tamarindo in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a bus. On the 18th (Mon), you're off to Isla de Ometepe.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

3
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Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua

Isla de Ometepe may be small in size, but it boasts two large volcanoes that dominate its landscape and influence the local lifestyle.
Volcan Maderas has been added to your itinerary. There's much more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Concepcion, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Charco Verde, head off the coast to Isla Ometepe, and admire the local landmark of Ojo de Agua.

Plan a Isla de Ometepe trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Drive from Tamarindo to Isla de Ometepe in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. On the 21st (Thu), you'll travel to Granada.

Things to do in Isla de Ometepe

Parks · Nature

2
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Granada, Nicaragua

La Gran Sultana

The lakeside city of Granada has the look and feel of a historically important economic and political center, with grand colonial architecture, a unified look, and many cultural attractions.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Mombacho. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced. On your second day here, get impressive views of Mombacho and then see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo Granada.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Granada trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of ferry and shuttle from Isla de Ometepe to Granada in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Arenal Natura Ecological Park as well as Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park. There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, stroll through Proyecto Asis, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and explore the striking landscape of Arenal Volcano.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Traveling by car from Granada to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Monteverde, Costa Rica

Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, explore and take pictures at Ecological Sanctuary, look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Monteverde online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Panama City.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Tours

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Panama City, Panama

Dubai of Latin America

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Take a break from Panama City with a short trip to Asociacion Panamericana para la Conservacion in Gamboa, about 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Soberania National Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia del Carmen, make a trip to Templo Hindu, and snap pictures at Bridge of the Americas.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Panama City route planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Monteverde to Panama City takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Monteverde to Panama City is 1 hour. In February, daily temperatures in Panama City can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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Cartagena, Colombia

City of Heroes

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Playa Blanca in Isla Baru (about 1h 5 min away). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, make a trip to Torre del Reloj, and pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Cartagena day trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Panama City to Cartagena takes 5.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Cartagena are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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Medellin, Colombia

City of the Eternal Spring

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Medellin: Parque Tematico Replica del Viejo Penol (in Penol) and Piedra Del Penol (in Guatape). There's still lots to do: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Parque Explora, stroll around Parques del Rio, and contemplate the long history of Pueblito Paisa.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Medellin travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Cartagena to Medellin takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, Medellin is little chillier than Cartagena - with highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks · Nature · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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Bogota, Colombia

Athens of South America

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Chia (Vivero Crisalide & Ospina Park), Zipaquira (Plaza de la Independecia, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, &more) and Basilica Del Señor de los Milagros (in Buga). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, make a trip to Zona T, and stroll through Monserrate.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Bogota tour itinerary app.

Getting from Medellin to Bogota by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Medellin in February: high temperatures in Bogota hover around 24°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Tours · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Costa Rica travel guide

4.3
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.

Nicaragua travel guide

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Churches · Volcanos · Specialty Museums
Still emerging as a major tourist destination, Nicaragua, the largest country in Central America, entices travelers with its rich history and remarkable natural beauty just waiting to be discovered. A holiday in Nicaragua allows you to explore a vibrant culture, scenic beaches, and plenty of spots off the beaten path. Majestic volcanoes, lakes, and forests offer numerous chances for exploration and exciting adventures, while major cities boast splendid colonial architecture. With access to coastlines on both the Pacific and the Caribbean, a vacation in Nicaragua appeals to those looking for thrilling surfing experiences, dramatic views, or a chance to spread out on a deserted tropical beach.

Panama travel guide

4.1
Landmarks · Historic Walking Areas · Shopping Malls
With a lively banking sector and a booming tourism industry, Panama remains one of the most powerful nations in the Americas, though it's also one of the smallest by land area. The country boasts coastlines on both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, so it's not surprising most Panama holidays include some form of seaside entertainment. With outstanding beaches all over the country, it's easy to find an ideal spot to swim, snorkel, dive, fish, sail, or simply kick back on the sand with a few cold drinks. The country's best-known landmark and one of the world's most significant shipping routes, Panama Canal tops most tourist itineraries--many choose to see this engineering wonder by traveling the length of it by train.

Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Landmarks
Diverse in terms of landscapes, climates, and cultures, Colombia remains one of South America's least explored tourist destinations, overshadowed by its more popular southern neighbors. Combining the best of what the continent has to offer, a vacation in Colombia allows you to blend outdoor adventures with tours of picture-perfect cobblestoned towns dating back to the colonial era. Tourists on a Colombia holiday can easily hop from sun-kissed coastal spots to the hilly coffee-growing region, where thriving plantations quickly give way to a landscape of snow-covered volcanic peaks and the paramo--alpine ecosystems sheltering some of the rarest plants growing above the continuous forest line.