59 days in Central America & South America Itinerary

59 days in Central America & South America Itinerary

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Drive to Newark Liberty International Airport, Fly to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Drive to Tamarindo
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive
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Playa Samara, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive
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Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Ferry
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Fly
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Panama City, Panama
— 2 nights
Fly
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Boa Vista, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly to Comandante Ariston Pessoa Airport, Drive to Sobral
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Sobral, Brazil
— 1 night
Drive
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Natal, Brazil
— 1 night
Fly
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 6 nights
Bus
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 6 nights
Fly
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Montevideo, Uruguay
— 4 nights
Fly
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly
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Mendoza, Argentina
— 7 nights
Fly
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Santiago, Chile
— 6 nights
Fly
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La Paz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly
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Bogota, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly to Newark Liberty International Airport, Drive to Newark

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Tamarindo, Costa Rica

— 4 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Step off the beaten path and head to San Juanillo Beach and Las Baulas National Marine Park. Explore Tamarindo's surroundings by going to Hidden Garden Art Gallery (in Liberia), Adrenaline & Extreme Tours (in Playa Flamingo) and Shark Diving (in Playas del Coco). There's more to do: step aboard Kingpin Sportfishing and stop by Azul Profundo Boutique.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip itinerary builder tool.

Newark, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 10-hour combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Newark to Tamarindo. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Playa Samara, Costa Rica

— 3 nights
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Guiones, then view the masterpieces at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, and then stroll through International Animal Rescue Costa Rica. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Mon): stroll through Barrigona Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Samara Beach.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Playa Samara online route planner.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playa Samara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

— 1 night
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.
On the 13th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa and then look for gifts at Tica Surf Bikinis.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Teresa driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Playa Samara to Santa Teresa in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow time for the ferry ride to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

— 2 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Playa Espadilla Norte.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by ferry from Santa Teresa to Manuel Antonio takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Panama City, Panama

— 2 nights

Dubai of Latin America

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
On the 17th (Sat), wander the streets of Costa del Este, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Francisco de Asis, then stroll through Playa Las Lajas, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia del Carmen.

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

You can fly from Manuel Antonio to Panama City in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. March in Panama City sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 76°F at night. On the 18th (Sun), you're off to Boa Vista.

Things to do in Panama City

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Boa Vista, Brazil

— 2 nights
The capital of the state of Roraima, and home to roughly half its population, the planned city of Boa Vista was established in 1890 and designed according to an innovative radial shape.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): explore the activities along Igarape Agua Boa, then see the interesting displays at Museu Integrado de Roraima, and then don't miss a visit to Praca Das Aguas. On the next day, get to know the resident critters at Zoologico do Batalhao do Forte Sao Joaquim and then head outdoors with Praia Grande.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Boa Vista trip itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Panama City to Boa Vista with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Panama City to Boa Vista is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in March, and nighttime lows around 76°F. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Sobral.

Things to do in Boa Vista

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Sobral, Brazil

— 1 night
Sobral is a municipality in the state of Ceará, Brazil.Sobral is the fifth largest municipality of Ceará, after Fortaleza. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): buy something for everyone on your list at Sobral Shopping and then examine the collection at Museu Diocesano Dom Jose. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Museum of Eclipse, then take an in-depth tour of Memorial of Beberibe, and then examine the collection at Madi de Sobral Museum.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Sobral online travel route builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Boa Vista to Sobral. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Natal.

Things to do in Sobral

Museums · Shopping

Natal, Brazil

— 1 night

City of the Sun

The promise of sun, sand, and surf generates plenty of tourism in Natal.
On the 24th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Metropolitan Cathedral, visit a coastal fixture at Reis Magos Fortress, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Jacuma Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Buzios Beach, hunt for treasures at Crafts Center, and then visit a coastal fixture at Mae Luiza lighthouse.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Natal trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Sobral to Natal takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Amazon Standard Time to Brasilia Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In March, daily temperatures in Natal can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Natal

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

— 6 nights

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Explore hidden gems such as Morro Dois Irmaos and Reserva Beach. Get some cultural insight at Igreja de Nossa Senhora de Nazareth and Claudio Coutinho Trail. When in Rio de Janeiro, make a side trip to see Praia de Itauna in Saquarema, approximately Saquarema away. There's much more to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Feira do Rio Antigo, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, take in the pleasant sights at Avenida Atlantica, and take a stroll through Urca.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro road trip planner.

You can fly from Natal to Rio de Janeiro in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Rio de Janeiro are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails

Side Trip

Sao Paulo, Brazil

— 6 nights

Land of Drizzle

Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Get a sense of the local culture at Paróquia Nossa Senhora do Brasil and Catedral Metropolitana de Sorocaba. Explore hidden gems such as Pernambuco e do Mar Casado Beach and Praia Barra do Sahy. Take a break from Sao Paulo with a short trip to Praia Guarau in Peruibe, about 2h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Museu da Imigração do Estado de São Paulo, take a stroll through Augusta Street, don't miss a visit to Italian Building, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Solomon.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Sao Paulo day trip planning site.

Traveling by bus from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. In March, Sao Paulo is little chillier than Rio de Janeiro - with highs of 81°F and lows of 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Montevideo.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Montevideo, Uruguay

— 4 nights
With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Playa Punta Colorada and Iglesia de las Carmelitas. Get some cultural insight at Castillo Pittamiglio and Avenida 18 de Julio. Venture out of the city with trips to Playa Portezuelo (in Maldonado) and Mirador Punta Ballena (in Punta Ballena). The adventure continues: do a tasting at Bouza Bodega Boutique, browse the eclectic array of goods at Feria de Tristan Narvaja, enjoy some diversion at Estadio Centenario, and enjoy the sea views from Faro de Punta Carretas.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Montevideo online visit planner.

Getting from Sao Paulo to Montevideo by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Sao Paulo in April; daily highs in Montevideo reach 72°F and lows reach 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Montevideo

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 3 nights

Queen of La Plata

Cultural capital of South America, Buenos Aires remains one of the largest cities on the continent, serving as a point of departure for exploring the rest of the country.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Museo River Plate and Fundacion Proa. Do some cultural sightseeing at Museo Evita and Abasto Shopping. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Buenos Aires: Catedral de San Isidro (in San Isidro) and La Plata (Estadio Ciudad de La Plata & Catedral de la Plata). Saddle up on the 13th (Fri) and explore with a tour on horseback. There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Palacio de Aguas Corrientes, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Mayo, and contemplate the long history of Plaza Francia.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Buenos Aires vacation builder.

You can fly from Montevideo to Buenos Aires in 3 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or do a combination of car and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Buenos Aires can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Mendoza.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Mendoza, Argentina

— 7 nights
Famed for its neat vineyards and thriving wine production, Mendoza remains the place to visit for a pleasant combination of relaxation and recreation.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like La Abeja Winery and Bodega Monteviejo. Do some cultural sightseeing at Bodega DiamAndes and Bodega Labiano. Get out of town with these interesting Mendoza side-trips: San Rafael (Zipline, La Vieja Bodega, &more).

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Mendoza journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Mendoza takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Mendoza when traveling from Buenos Aires in April, with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Mendoza

Wineries · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Santiago, Chile

— 6 nights

City of the Island Hills

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Vina Casas del Bosque and Kingston Family Vineyards. Step off the beaten path and head to Vina El Principal and Playa Luna. Venture out of the city with trips to Matetic Vineyards (in Lagunillas), Casa Marin Winery (in Lo Abarca) and El Yeso Dam (in San Jose de Maipo). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Castillo Hidalgo, get lost in a book at Biblioteca de Santiago, and steep yourself in history at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Santiago route planner.

Fly from Mendoza to Santiago in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Mendoza to Santiago, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Santiago

Wineries · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

La Paz, Bolivia

— 2 nights

City that Touches the Sky

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Museum of Musical Instruments - Museo Instrumentos Musicales de Bolivia, then examine the collection at National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore, then enjoy some diversion at Urban Rush Bolivia, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Basilica Menor de Nuestra Senora de la Paz. On the next day, get a taste of the local shopping with San Miguel and then examine the collection at Museo de Coca.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the La Paz online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Santiago to La Paz takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. April in La Paz sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 34°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in La Paz

Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Fun & Games

Lima, Peru

— 3 nights

City of the Kings

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo and El Silencio. Do some cultural sightseeing at San Isidro and Barranco. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Our Lady of Mercy, snap pictures at Bridge of Sighs, get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico de Lima, and walk around Parque Kennedy - Parque Central de Miraflores.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Lima vacation planning website.

Getting from La Paz to Lima by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Bolivia Time (BOT) to Peru Standard Time (PET) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from La Paz in April, plan for a bit warmer days in Lima, with highs around 76°F, while nights are much warmer with lows around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Bogota, Colombia

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): stroll around Parque de Usaquen, then visit Zona G Bogota, and then examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Colombia. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico de Bogota Jose Celestino Mutis and then grab your bike and head to Ciclovia de Bogota.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Bogota holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Lima to Bogota takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, Bogota is slightly colder than Lima - with highs of 67°F and lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks · Neighborhoods · Wildlife · Outdoors

Costa Rica travel guide

4.4
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.

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.