31 days in South America, Central America & Caribbean Itinerary

31 days in South America, Central America & Caribbean Itinerary

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Iquitos, Peru
— 2 nights
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Guayaquil, Ecuador
— 2 nights
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Quito, Ecuador
— 4 nights
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Cali, Colombia
— 1 night
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Bogota, Colombia
— 3 nights
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Medellin, Colombia
— 3 nights
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Panama City, Panama
— 5 nights
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Cartagena, Colombia
— 3 nights
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Barranquilla, Colombia
— 2 nights
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Oranjestad, Aruba
— 5 nights

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Iquitos, Peru

Capital of the Peruvian Amazon

The largest city in the Peruvian Amazon and the world's largest metropolis unreachable by road, Iquitos represents a major starting point for river and rainforest adventures.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun): stroll through La Isla De Los Monos, then stroll through Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Iquitos journey planner.

In May, daytime highs in Iquitos are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Iquitos

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 3:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm ©
Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm

2
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Guayaquil, Ecuador

Guayaquil ©

Pearl of the Pacific

Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): visit Cerro Santa Ana, then enjoy the sea views from El Faro de Guayaquil, then take in panoramic vistas at La Perla, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Parque Seminario. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Guayaquil Historical Park, then take in the waterfront at Malecon 2000, and then admire the striking features of Torre Morisca.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Guayaquil route planner.

Fly from Iquitos to Guayaquil in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. May in Guayaquil sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 3 — 5:
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Guayaquil Historical Park ©
Guayaquil Historical Park
Cerro Santa Ana ©
Cerro Santa Ana
Malecon 2000 ©
Malecon 2000

4
nights
Quito, Ecuador

Quito ©

Light of America

High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
When in Quito, make a side trip to see Joyas del Ecuador Wellness Spa in Calacali, approximately Calacali away. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, examine the collection at Museo Etnohistorico de Artesanias del Ecuador Mindalae, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica del Voto Nacional, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila.

Plan trip to Quito with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Fly from Guayaquil to Quito in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Guayaquil in May: high temperatures in Quito hover around 25°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cali.

Things to do in Quito

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 5 — 9:
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Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco ©
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco

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Cali, Colombia

Cali ©

Salsa Capital of the World

Learning how to salsa may be the most popular thing to do in Cali, but this giant city in southwestern Colombia represents more than just the "Salsa Capital of the World." Home to over 2 million people, thriving Cali serves as a major commercial and industrial center in South America, boasting the fastest-growing economy in Colombia.
On the 10th (Mon), see the interesting displays at MUSA Museo Arqueologico, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then hike along Picoloro Ecoturismo.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Cali day trip tool.

You can fly from Quito to Cali in 7 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Quito in May, things will get a bit warmer in Cali: highs are around 35°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Cali

Tours · Outdoors · Trails · Parks
Find places to stay May 9 — 10:
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Picoloro Ecoturismo ©
Picoloro Ecoturismo
Spas & Wellness
MUSA Museo Arqueologico ©
MUSA Museo Arqueologico

3
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Bogota side-trips: Zipaquira (Museo Arqueologico de Zipaquira, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, &more). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), look for gifts at Vitrina Guayca, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate, and explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Bogota online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Cali to Bogota takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Cali in May, things will get little chillier in Bogota: highs are around 22°C and lows about 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Bogota

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 10 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

3
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Medellin, Colombia

Medellin ©

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.
Medellin is known for parks, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, test your problem-solving skills at Enigma Escape Room Medellin - Envigado, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and make a trip to Plaza Botero.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Medellin trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Bogota to Medellin by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Bogota in May; daily highs in Medellin reach 32°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 13 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Enigma Escape Room Medellin - Envigado ©
Enigma Escape Room Medellin - Envigado
Walking tours
Parasailing & Paragliding

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Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©

Dubai of Latin America

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Step out of Panama City to go to Gamboa and see Asociacion Panamericana para la Conservacion, which is approximately 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Panama Canal, soothe aching muscles at Casco Yoga, take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Soberania National Park.

For more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Panama City online route builder.

Getting from Medellin to Panama City by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Medellin in May, with highs in Panama City at 36°C and lows at 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Panama City

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 16 — 21:
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Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Soberania National Park ©
Soberania National Park

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Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena ©

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.
Cartagena is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, steep yourself in history at Plaza Santo Domingo, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and don't miss a visit to Las Bovedas.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Cartagena trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Panama City to Cartagena takes 5.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Cartagena are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Barranquilla.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 21 — 24:
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Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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Barranquilla, Colombia

Barranquilla ©

Golden Gate of Colombia

An industrial port city on Colombia's Caribbean coast, Barranquilla represents the fourth-most populous city in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): look for gifts at Todomono, walk around Parque de la Castellana, and then get advice or help at Biblioteca Piloto del Caribe.

To see ratings and tourist information, you can read our Barranquilla day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Cartagena to Barranquilla takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Barranquilla, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Oranjestad.

Things to do in Barranquilla

Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay May 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Parque de la Castellana ©
Parque de la Castellana
Biblioteca Piloto del Caribe ©
Biblioteca Piloto del Caribe
Todomono ©
Todomono

5
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Oranjestad, Aruba

Oranjestad ©
When vacationing on Aruba, don't miss taking a tour of Oranjestad, the capital of the small Caribbean island.
When in Oranjestad, make a side trip to see Baby Beach in San Nicolas, approximately San Nicolas away. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Eagle Beach, take a tour of Antilla Shipwreck, experience rural life at Aruba Ostrich Farm, and enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Beach.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Oranjestad trip tool.

Explore your travel options from Barranquilla to Oranjestad with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Colombia Standard Time to Atlantic Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in May, and nighttime lows around 31°C.

Things to do in Oranjestad

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 26 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Eagle Beach ©
Eagle Beach
Palm Beach ©
Palm Beach
Baby Beach ©
Baby Beach

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