60 days in Central America & South America Itinerary

60 days in Central America & South America Itinerary

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60 days in Central America & South America Itinerary

Start: Washington DC, United States
Fly:  7 h 45 min
1
Roatan, Honduras
— 6 nights
Fly + Bus:  6 h
2
Copan Ruinas, Honduras
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Bus:  8 h 45 min
3
Leon, Nicaragua
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Granada, Nicaragua
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
7
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
8
Boquete, Panama
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  2 h 45 min
9
Panama City, Panama
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
10
Lima, Peru
— 5 nights
+4
Fly + Taxi + Bus + Foot + Train:  5 h 15 min
11
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Foot + Bus:  3 h 15 min
12
Cusco, Peru
— 6 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
13
Bogota, Colombia
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
14
Cartagena, Colombia
— 4 nights
Fly:  7 h 15 min
End: Washington DC, United States

6
nights
Roatan, Honduras

Roatan ©
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Roatan is known for wildlife, beaches, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Blue Island Divers, get outside with Outdoor Activities, stroll through West Bay Beach, and kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Roatan trip maker website.

Washington DC, USA to Roatan is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Washington DC to Roatan, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in February, things will get much warmer in Roatan: highs are around 84°F and lows about 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Copan Ruinas.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Blue Island Divers ©
Blue Island Divers
Zipline
Nature & Wildlife Tours

5
nights
Copan Ruinas, Honduras

Copan Ruinas ©
The colorful, cultural town of Copan boasts attractions old and new, manmade and natural.
Copan Ruinas is known for historic sites, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Copan Ruinas, make a trip to Hieroglyphic Stairway, see the interesting displays at Sculpture Museum, and see where the action happens at Mayan Ball Court.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Copan Ruinas visit planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Roatan to Copan Ruinas in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Roatan in February, Copan Ruinas is a bit cooler at night with lows of 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Leon.

Things to do in Copan Ruinas

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Mayan Ruins of El Puente
Highlights from your plan
Copan Ruinas ©
Copan Ruinas
Spas
Sculpture Museum ©
Sculpture Museum

1
night
Leon, Nicaragua

Leon ©
A cultured and storied city, Leon attracts guests from all over the world, drawn to the second city's style, thriving intellectual life, and liveliness.
On the 1st (Sun), see the interesting displays at Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian and then stop by Catedral de la Asunción. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Iglesia San Juan Bautista de Subtiava, then get impressive views of Cerro Negro Volcano, and then get impressive views of Telica Volcano.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Leon trip builder site.

Traveling by combination of car, flight, and bus from Copan Ruinas to Leon takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or drive. In March, Leon is a bit warmer than Copan Ruinas - with highs of 96°F and lows of 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Granada.

Things to do in Leon

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Cerro Negro Volcano ©
Cerro Negro Volcano
Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian ©
Telica Volcano ©
Telica Volcano

3
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Granada side-trips: Apoyo (in La Laguna de Apoyo) and Masaya Volcano (in Masaya). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, explore the world behind art at Casa de Los Tres Mundos, examine the collection at Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco, and stop by Tio Antonio Hamaca.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Granada vacation website.

Getting from Leon to Granada by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Granada

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

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

6
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.
Go for a jaunt from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Vara Blanca to see Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz about 1h 50 min away. There's lots more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at Tabacon Hot Springs, stroll through Proyecto Asis, get outside with Salto, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Granada to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

4
nights
Monteverde, Costa Rica

Monteverde ©
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: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, explore and take pictures at Ecological Sanctuary, admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and get to know the fascinating history of Santa Elena Skywalk.

Make your Monteverde itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour
Zipline

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Manuel Antonio: Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary (in Dominical) and Jaco (Costa Rica SUP'ers & Canyoning & Rappelling Tours). There's lots more to do: stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, find your balance on the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio day trip website.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Boquete.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Jaco, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

3
nights
Boquete, Panama

Boquete ©
Now known internationally for its fresh mountain air, year-round pleasant temperatures, and large community of North American expats, Boquete has changed rapidly since the start of the century, changing from a humble mountain town, into a humble mountain surrounded by gated communities and estates.
Boquete is known for adventure, nature, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get impressive views of Volcan Baru National Park, stroll through Eco Horqueta, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour.

For maps and tourist information, go to the Boquete trip maker site.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Boquete in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Manuel Antonio to Boquete. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Boquete

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Volcan Baru National Park ©
Volcan Baru National Park
Boquete Bees ©
Boquete Bees

5
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 Colon (Fort San Lorenzo & Gatun Locks). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Panama Canal, see the interesting displays at Biomuseo, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and learn about all things military at Centro de Interpretacion de Ciudad del Saber.

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

Getting from Boquete to Panama City by combination of bus and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. March in Panama City sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Colon
Highlights from your plan
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Soberania National Park ©
Soberania National Park

5
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.
Lima is known for historic sites, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, delve into the distant past at Huaca Pucllana, examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Arqueologia, Antropologia e Historia del Peru, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Lima trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Panama City to Lima takes 4.5 hours. In March, Lima is little chillier than Panama City - with highs of 81°F and lows of 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Lima

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

2
nights
Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take some stellar pictures from Intipuncu and then explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu trip website.

Getting from Lima to Machu Picchu by combination of flight, bus, and train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

6
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.
Explore Cusco's surroundings by going to Cerveceria Willkamayu (in Urubamba) and Hacienda Sarapampa (in Pisac). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, explore the ancient world of Tambomachay, admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cusco trip planner.

Getting from Machu Picchu to Cusco by combination of train and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in April, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Cerveceria Willkamayu, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Hacienda Sarapampa
Highlights from your plan
exploor ©
exploor
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha

5
nights
Bogota, Colombia

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bogota: Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra) and Zipaquira (Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira & Esensal). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate, make a trip to Bolivar plaza, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Bogota trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Cusco to Bogota by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cusco in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Bogota, with lows of 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Zipaquira, Laguna de Guatavita
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©

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.
Cartagena is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, race across the water with a speed boat tour, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and deepen your understanding at Plaza Santo Domingo.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Cartagena trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Cartagena takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Bogota in April, with highs in Cartagena at 90°F and lows at 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Speed Boats Tours

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