60 days in Caribbean, Central America & South America Itinerary

60 days in Caribbean, Central America & South America Itinerary

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60 days in Caribbean, Central America & South America Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  27​h
1
Varadero, Cuba
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Havana, Cuba
— 6 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
3
Granada, Nicaragua
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
6
Panama City, Panama
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
7
Cartagena, Colombia
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Bogota, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 30​min
9
Quito, Ecuador
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
10
Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 45​min
11
La Paz, Bolivia
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
12
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 2 nights
Drive:  11​h 15​min
13
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h
14
Santiago, Chile
— 7 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Sydney, Australia

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Cueva de Saturno and Cayos Blancos. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Varadero: Matanzas (Pharmaceutical Museum, Puente de Bacunayagua, & more). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Varadero Beach, play a few rounds at Varadero Golf Club, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Delfinario, and stroll around Josone Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Varadero trip itinerary builder tool .

Sydney, Australia to Varadero is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Cuba Standard Time (CST) is minus 15 hours. Traveling from Sydney in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of 19°C in Varadero. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Havana.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Matanzas
Highlights from your plan
Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Cueva de Saturno ©
Cueva de Saturno
Josone Park ©
Josone Park

6
nights
Havana, Cuba

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Explore hidden gems such as Fusterlandia and Havana Cathedral. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of El Malecon, don't miss a visit to Plaza de San Francisco, pause for some photo ops at El Cristo De La Habana, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playas de Este.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Havana trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Varadero to Havana by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Granada.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana
Old Havana ©
Old Havana
Fusterlandia ©
Fusterlandia

1
night
Granada, Nicaragua

Granada ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): head off the coast to Islets of Granada, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Granada. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): get impressive views of Masaya Volcano and then explore the activities along Apoyo.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Granada holiday website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Havana to Granada. The time zone difference when traveling from Havana to Granada is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Granada

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Masaya
Highlights from your plan
Islets of Granada ©
Islets of Granada
Apoyo
Apoyo
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced

5
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

La Fortuna de San Carlos ©
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Ecotermales Fortuna and Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park. Change things up with a short trip to Rio Celeste in Tenorio Volcano National Park (about 1h 40 min away). There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, admire the natural beauty at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Arenal, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos tour itinerary tool .

Getting from Granada to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Rio Celeste
Highlights from your plan
Ecotermales Fortuna ©
Ecotermales Fortuna
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Proyecto Asis ©
Proyecto Asis

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and River Rafting & Tubing. Change things up with these side-trips from Manuel Antonio: Nauyaca Waterfalls (in Dominical) and Horseback Riding Tours (in Esterillos Este). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Biesanz.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio travel 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Nauyaca Waterfalls, Fishing Charters & Tours, Horseback Riding Tours
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Fishing Charters & Tours

4
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cinta Costera and Gatun Lake. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Panama Canal, get to know the fascinating history of Casco Viejo, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia del Carmen, and delve into the distant past at Panama La Vieja.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Panama City route planner .

You can fly from Manuel Antonio to Panama City in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Manuel Antonio to Panama City. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in February, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Panama City

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Soberania National Park ©
Soberania National Park
Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Cinta Costera ©
Cinta Costera

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Aviario Nacional de Colombia and Torre del Reloj. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, don't miss a visit to Plaza Bolivar, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and deepen your understanding at Plaza Santo Domingo.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cartagena road trip app .

You can fly from Panama City to Cartagena in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. February in Cartagena sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Aviario Nacional de Colombia
Highlights from your plan
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo
Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia

3
nights
Bogota, Colombia

Bogota ©
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira and Laguna de Guatavita. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate, explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and make a trip to Casa Libreria Wilborada 1047.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Bogota trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Cartagena to Bogota in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Cartagena in February: highs in Bogota hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Quito.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, Laguna de Guatavita
Highlights from your plan
Monserrate ©
Monserrate
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira ©
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)

5
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Quito Old Town and Intinan Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Pichincha (in Puerto Quito) and Cuicocha (in Cotacachi). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica del Voto Nacional, and don't miss a visit to El Panecillo.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Quito travel route planner.

Getting from Bogota to Quito by combination of flight and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Bogota in February since evenings lows in Quito dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Quito

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Pichincha, Cuicocha
Highlights from your plan
Quito Old Town ©
Quito Old Town
Basilica del Voto Nacional ©
Basilica del Voto Nacional

4
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 discover tucked-away gems like Sacred Valley of the Incas and San Blas. When in Cusco, make a side trip to see Pisac in Pisac, approximately 52 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, explore the ancient world of Tambomachay, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, and look for all kinds of wild species at Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Cusco trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Quito to Cusco takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Quito in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Cusco, with lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Spas Museums

Side Trips

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

4
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mi Teleferico and Walking tours. Spend the 26th (Wed) exploring the striking scenery along WMDR Yungas Road. There's much more to do: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, delve into the distant past at Tiwanaku, get great views at Mirador Killi Killi, and admire the landmark architecture of Iglesia de San Francisco.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the La Paz online trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Cusco to La Paz takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Peru Time to Bolivia Time is 1 hour. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Cusco in February: high temperatures in La Paz hover around 17°C and lows are around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in La Paz

Tours Outdoors Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Urban Rush Bolivia ©
Urban Rush Bolivia
Mi Teleferico ©
Mi Teleferico
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

2
nights
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
On the 29th (Sat), head off the coast to Isla Incahuasi and then explore the striking landscape at Salar de Uyuni. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the geological forces at Tunupa Volcano.

To see photos and tourist information, read Uyuni trip itinerary site .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from La Paz to Uyuni in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from La Paz in February, you will find days in Uyuni are little chillier (13°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (12°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Uyuni

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Salar de Uyuni ©
Salar de Uyuni
Isla Incahuasi ©
Isla Incahuasi
Tunupa Volcano ©
Tunupa Volcano

4
nights
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

San Pedro de Atacama ©
Major archeological sites and a renowned museum remain the big draws in San Pedro de Atacama tourism, appealing to visitors interested in learning more about South America's pre-Columbian cultures.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Piedras Rojas and Tebinquinche Lake. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Salar de Tara, take in the natural beauty of Termas Banos de Puritama, see the interesting displays at Museo del Meteorito, and explore the activities along Laguna Chaxa.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Pedro de Atacama online journey planner .

You can do a combination of car and bus from Uyuni to San Pedro de Atacama in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, train, and bus. When traveling from Uyuni in March, plan for warmer days in San Pedro de Atacama, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Salar de Tara ©
Salar de Tara
Piedras Rojas ©
Piedras Rojas
Tebinquinche Lake ©
Tebinquinche Lake

7
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like River Rafting & Tubing and Walking tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santiago: Jardin Botanico Nacional (in Vina del Mar) and El Yeso Dam (in San Jose de Maipo). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, examine the collection at La Chascona, don't miss a visit to Santa Lucia Hill, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Santiago travel route planning website .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Santiago takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Museums Tours

Side Trips

San Jose de Maipo, Jardin Botanico Nacional
Highlights from your plan
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
River Rafting & Tubing
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia

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