60 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

60 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

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Cartagena, Colombia
— 3 nights
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Medellin, Colombia
— 5 nights
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Bogota, Colombia
— 5 nights
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San Andres Island, Colombia
— 6 nights
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Panama City, Panama
— 6 nights
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Bocas Town, Panama
— 1 night
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Boquete, Panama
— 4 nights
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
— 1 night
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Leon, Nicaragua
— 3 nights
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Granada, Nicaragua
— 4 nights
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Cartagena, Colombia

— 3 nights

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.
When in Cartagena, make a side trip to see Playa Blanca in Isla Baru, approximately Isla Baru away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, steep yourself in history at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, take an in-depth tour of Museo del Oro Zenu, and get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cartagena attractions tool.

Brussels, Belgium to Cartagena is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Brussels to Cartagena is minus 6 hours. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Brussels in September, with highs in Cartagena at 38°C and lows at 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Cartagena

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

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Medellin, Colombia

— 5 nights

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: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take a memorable drive along medellin 2000m DESCENT, and explore the activities along Laguna de Guatape.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Medellin trip maker site.

Traveling by flight from Cartagena to Medellin takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Cartagena in September: high temperatures in Medellin hover around 32°C and lows are around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Bogota, Colombia

— 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bogota: Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra) and Zipaquira (Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira & Esensal). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate, catch some excitement at Whee Institute - Learn Spanish in Bogota, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Bogota trip builder.

Fly from Medellin to Bogota in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Medellin in September: high temperatures in Bogota hover around 22°C and lows are around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks · Nature · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

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San Andres Island, Colombia

— 6 nights
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
San Andres Island is known for nature, wildlife, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Johnny Cay, look for all kinds of wild species at West View, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bahia del Cove, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de San Luis.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our San Andres Island road trip planner.

Fly from Bogota to San Andres Island in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Bogota in September, expect nights in San Andres Island to be warmer, around 30°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 36°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches
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Panama City, Panama

— 6 nights

Dubai of Latin America

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Explore Panama City's surroundings by going to Asociacion Panamericana para la Conservacion (in Gamboa), Iglesia de San Pedro (in Isla Taboga) and Portobelo (Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo & Nature & Wildlife Tours). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, get to know the resident critters at Punta Culebra Nature Center, explore the ancient world of Panama La Vieja, and explore the striking landscape of Soberania National Park.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Panama City road trip planner.

Getting from San Andres Island to Panama City by flight takes about 5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Panama City are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Bocas Town.

Things to do in Panama City

Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 21 — 27:

Bocas Town, Panama

— 1 night
The colorful and relaxed Bocas Town has a welcoming atmosphere, with the modestly sized urban area showcasing typical Caribbean clapboard houses and home to a mixed community from across the world.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, have fun and explore at Plastic Bottle Village, and then kick back and relax at Boca del Drago.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Bocas Town online holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Panama City to Bocas Town takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Panama City in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Bocas Town, with lows around 34°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can go by car to Boquete.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Beaches
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 28:

Boquete, Panama

— 4 nights
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.
When in Boquete, make a side trip to see Finca Dracula in Cerro Punta, approximately Cerro Punta away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Baru National Park, head outdoors with Finca Lerida Activities, trek along Eco Horqueta, and stroll through Sendero Los Quetzales (The Quetzales Trail).

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Boquete trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Bocas Town to Boquete in 5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Boquete

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 2:

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

— 4 nights
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: Jaco (Mirador de Jaco, Zipline, &more). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, stop by Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

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You can drive from Boquete to Manuel Antonio in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Boquete to Manuel Antonio is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Side Trips

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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

— 6 nights
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.
When in La Fortuna de San Carlos, make a side trip to see Poas Volcano in Poas Volcano National Park, approximately Poas Volcano National Park away. Next up on the itinerary: get interesting insight from Tours, get outside with Canopy San Luis, experience rural life at Finca Luna Nueva, and Head underground at Venado Caves.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos route planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 6 — 12:

Monteverde, Costa Rica

— 5 nights
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Step out of Monteverde with an excursion to Piedra de Fuego in Esparza--about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour, look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde road trip planning tool.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 12 — 17:

Tamarindo, Costa Rica

— 5 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Explore Tamarindo's surroundings by going to Playa Nacascolo (in Gulf of Papagayo), Area de Conservacion Guanacaste (Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands & Four Seasons Golf Club) and Garra de Leon Golf Course (in Playa Conchal). There's much more to do: wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, tee off at TurfSafari, do sightseeing your way with Private Tours, and enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tamarindo online road trip planner.

Getting from Monteverde to Tamarindo by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Golf

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 17 — 22:

San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

— 1 night
Set in a crescent-shaped bay, San Juan del Sur has become known as a popular surfing spot and coastal holiday destination for Nicaraguan families and international visitors alike.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): get your game on at Surf Ranch Skateboard Park, then kick back and relax at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve, and then make a trip to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Juan del Sur road trip tool.

Drive from Tamarindo to San Juan del Sur in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. October in San Juan del Sur sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Leon.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 23:

Leon, Nicaragua

— 3 nights
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.
Go for a jaunt from Leon to Las Penitas to see Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Cerro Negro Volcano, contemplate the long history of Iglesia San Juan Bautista de Subtiava, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de la Asunción, and see Off-Road Tours.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Leon tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from San Juan del Sur to Leon takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In October in Leon, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to Granada.

Things to do in Leon

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 23 — 26:

Granada, Nicaragua

— 4 nights

La Gran Sultana

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: Masaya Volcano (in Masaya), Santiago of Managua Cathedral (in Managua) and Apoyo (in La Laguna de Apoyo). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, explore the world behind art at Casa de Los Tres Mundos, step off the mainland to explore Islets of Granada, and contemplate the geological forces at Mombacho.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Granada visit planner.

Traveling by car from Leon to Granada takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Granada

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 26 — 30:

Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Diverse in terms of landscapes, climates, and cultures, Colombia remains one of South America's least explored tourist destinations, overshadowed by its more popular southern neighbors. Combining the best of what the continent has to offer, a vacation in Colombia allows you to blend outdoor adventures with tours of picture-perfect cobblestoned towns dating back to the colonial era. Tourists on a Colombia holiday can easily hop from sun-kissed coastal spots to the hilly coffee-growing region, where thriving plantations quickly give way to a landscape of snow-covered volcanic peaks and the paramo--alpine ecosystems sheltering some of the rarest plants growing above the continuous forest line.

Panama travel guide

4.2
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.

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
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.

Nicaragua travel guide

4.2
Churches · Volcanos · Specialty Museums
Still emerging as a major tourist destination, Nicaragua, the largest country in Central America, entices travelers with its rich history and remarkable natural beauty just waiting to be discovered. A holiday in Nicaragua allows you to explore a vibrant culture, scenic beaches, and plenty of spots off the beaten path. Majestic volcanoes, lakes, and forests offer numerous chances for exploration and exciting adventures, while major cities boast splendid colonial architecture. With access to coastlines on both the Pacific and the Caribbean, a vacation in Nicaragua appeals to those looking for thrilling surfing experiences, dramatic views, or a chance to spread out on a deserted tropical beach.