58 days in South America, Caribbean & Central America Itinerary

58 days in South America, Caribbean & Central America Itinerary

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58 days in South America, Caribbean & Central America Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
+3
Fly + shuttle + ferry + bus:  32​h
1
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 4 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
2
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 5 nights
ferry:  6​h
3
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 5 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
4
Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h
5
Trinidad, Cuba
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Havana, Cuba
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
7
San Pedro, Belize
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  10​h 30​min
8
Managua, Nicaragua
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
9
Liberia, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
11
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h
12
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
13
Panama City, Panama
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
14
Cusco, Peru
— 7 nights
Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Sydney, Australia

4
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.
Step out of Puerto Ayora to go to Baltra and see North Seymour Island, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Charles Darwin Research Station, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, wander the wide-open spaces of Rancho Primicias, and view the masterpieces at Galeria Aymara.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Ayora trip itinerary planning tool .

Sydney, Australia to Puerto Ayora is an approximately 32-hour combination of flight, ferry, and bus. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Puerto Ayora is minus 15 hours. Traveling from Sydney in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 27°C in Puerto Ayora. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can ride a ferry to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, North Seymour Island
Highlights from your plan
Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
North Seymour Island ©
North Seymour Island

5
nights
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador

Puerto Villamil ©
Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Puerto Villamil is known for nature, parks, zoos & aquariums, wildlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the geological forces at Sierra Negra, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Centro de Crianza Tortugas Gigantes Arnaldo Tupiza Chamaidan, explore and take pictures at Isabela Island Wetlands Complex, and stroll through Concha de Perla.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Villamil trip itinerary maker website .

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil in 2.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Isabela
Highlights from your plan
Sierra Negra ©
Sierra Negra
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Las Tintoreras ©
Las Tintoreras

5
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.
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is known for wildlife, museums, nature, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: deepen your understanding at Interpretation Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Mann, kick back and relax at Cerro Brujo, and take in the waterfront at Malecon San Cristobal.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno day trip app .

Getting from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno by ferry takes about 6 hours. Traveling from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In February, daytime highs in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago de Cuba.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

San Cristobal
Highlights from your plan
La Loberia ©
La Loberia
Interpretation Center ©
Interpretation Center
Cerro Brujo ©
Cerro Brujo

1
night
Santiago de Cuba, Cuba

Santiago de Cuba ©
Santiago de Cuba has taken almost as much influence from Haiti and the Dominican Republic as it has from Havana, distilling a concoction of cultures to create a city with a distinct identity.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Casa de Diego Velazquez, stroll the grounds of Cementerio Santa Ifigenia, contemplate the long history of Moncada Barracks, then admire the natural beauty at Jardin de los Helechos, then don't miss a visit to Casa Museo Granjita de Siboney, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Santiago de Cuba day trip site .

Explore your travel options from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Santiago de Cuba with the Route module. Traveling from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Santiago de Cuba, with lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Trinidad.

Things to do in Santiago de Cuba

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Cementerio Santa Ifigenia ©
Cementerio Santa Ifigenia
Casa de Diego Velazquez ©
Casa de Diego Velazquez
Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca ©
Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca

2
nights
Trinidad, Cuba

Trinidad ©
Built on sugar and seemingly preserved in molasses, the town of Trinidad attracts visitors with its well-aged 19th century architecture and rustic charm, showcasing the sounds, scents, and sights of days gone by.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Trinidad: Che Guevara Mausoleum (in Santa Clara) and Parque Jose Marti (in Cienfuegos). The adventure continues: make a trip to Plaza Mayor, see the interesting displays at Museo de Historia Municipal, appreciate the views at San Luis Valley, and view the masterpieces at Lazaro Niebla Gallery.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Trinidad trip maker website .

You can drive from Santiago de Cuba to Trinidad in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Trinidad can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Havana.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Topes de Collantes, San Luis Valley, Che Guevara Mausoleum, Parque Jose Marti
Highlights from your plan
Ancon Beach ©
Ancon Beach
Che Guevara Mausoleum ©
Che Guevara Mausoleum
Topes de Collantes ©
Topes de Collantes

5
nights
Havana, Cuba

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Go for a jaunt from Havana to Cayo Largo to see Playa Paraiso about 2 hours away. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Malecón of Havana, don't miss a visit to El Capitolio, admire the masterpieces at Museu Nacional de Belas Artes de Cuba, and wander the streets of Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon).

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Havana journey app .

Traveling by car from Trinidad to Havana takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. February in Havana sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Playa Paraiso
Highlights from your plan
Old Havana ©
Old Havana
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana
Playa Paraiso ©
Playa Paraiso

4
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Spend the 25th (Tue) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. The adventure continues: stroll through Hol Chan Marine Reserve, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take a memorable tour with Tours, and look for gifts at Caye Coffee Roasting Co..

For other places to visit and tourist information, read our San Pedro online trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Havana to San Pedro takes 6.5 hours. Traveling from Havana to San Pedro, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Havana in February, expect a bit warmer with lows of 25°C in San Pedro. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Managua.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Ambergris Caye
Highlights from your plan
Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours

1
day
Managua, Nicaragua

Managua ©
Nicaragua's largest and capital city, Managua remains relatively unknown as a tourist destination, though it boasts a scenic location on the southwestern shore of the Xolotlan Lake.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Puerto Salvador Allende, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santiago of Managua Cathedral, and then don't miss a visit to Loma de Tiscapa.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Managua trip planner .

Explore your travel options from San Pedro to Managua with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Liberia.

Things to do in Managua

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Santiago of Managua Cathedral ©
Santiago of Managua Cathedral
Puerto Salvador Allende ©
Puerto Salvador Allende
Loma de Tiscapa
Loma de Tiscapa

2
nights
Liberia, Costa Rica

Liberia ©
Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Llanos de Cortez Waterfall, then explore the striking landscape of Rincon de La Vieja National Park, and then stop by Nahua. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Nacascolo and then stroll through Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands.

To find ratings and more tourist information, use the Liberia travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Managua to Liberia by car takes about 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Liberia

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Playa Nacascolo, Rincon de La Vieja National Park
Highlights from your plan
Rincon de La Vieja National Park ©
Rincon de La Vieja National Park
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall ©
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands

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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, parks, trails, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: indulge in some personalized pampering at Tabacon Hot Springs, get outside with Salto, tour the pleasant surroundings at Proyecto Asis, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Arenal.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos itinerary planner.

You can drive from Liberia to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano National Park
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

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 Manuel Antonio's surroundings by going to Jaco (Costa Rica SUP'ers & Canyoning & Rappelling Tours). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio journey planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Quepos, Jaco
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
nights
San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose ©
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.
Explore San Jose's surroundings by going to Else Kientzler Botanical Garden (in Sarchi), Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park) and Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca). There's much more to do: get impressive views of Irazu Volcano National Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Toucan Rescue Ranch, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia La Soledad.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read San Jose vacation planner .

You can take a bus from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in March, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Jardin Botanico Lankester, Toucan Rescue Ranch, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Else Kientzler Botanical Garden, Poas Volcano
Highlights from your plan
Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Irazu Volcano National Park ©
Irazu Volcano National Park

4
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Venture out of the city with trips to Gatun Locks (in Colon) and Iglesia de San Pedro (in Isla Taboga). There's much more to do: make a trip to Panama Canal, examine the collection at Biomuseo, explore the striking landscape of Soberania National Park, and get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama.

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Fly from San Jose to Panama City in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Jose to Panama City. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from San Jose in March, with highs in Panama City at 38°C and lows at 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Panama City

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gatun Locks, Iglesia de San Pedro
Highlights from your plan
Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Soberania National Park ©
Soberania National Park

7
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Pisac (in Pisac), Cerveceria Willkamayu (in Urubamba) and Salinas de Maras (in Maras). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, get engrossed in the history at Museo Inka, delve into the distant past at Sacred Valley of the Incas, and wander the streets of San Blas.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Cusco vacation planner.

Getting from Panama City to Cusco by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Panama City in March: high temperatures in Cusco hover around 23°C and lows are around 9°C. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Salinas de Maras, Cerveceria Willkamayu, Pisac, Sacred Valley of the Incas
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

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