43 days in South America, Nicaragua & Guatemala Itinerary

43 days in South America, Nicaragua & Guatemala Itinerary

Make it your trip
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 6 nights
Fly
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 6 nights
Fly
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Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
Fly
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Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
Drive
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly
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Lima, Peru
— 5 nights
Fly to Augusto C. Sandino (Managua) International Airport, Drive to Granada
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Granada, Nicaragua
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
Drive
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Leon, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
Fly
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 5 nights
Fly to Flores, Shuttle to Tikal National Park
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Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Drive to Mundo Maya International Airport, Fly to Tel Aviv

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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.
Rio de Janeiro is known for sightseeing, beaches, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the history behind Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, explore the world behind art at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro, and kick back and relax at Pedra do Arpoador.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro itinerary app.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 20-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Rio de Janeiro due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Tel Aviv in March: high temperatures in Rio de Janeiro hover around 36°C and lows are around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can fly to Buenos Aires.
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Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 15 — 21:

Buenos Aires, Argentina — 6 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.
Buenos Aires is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll the grounds of Cemiterio de Recoleta, get to know the fascinating history of Calle Defensa, take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, and have fun and explore at Museo de los Ninos.

To find more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires road trip app.

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Rio de Janeiro in March, with highs in Buenos Aires at 29°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to fly to Santiago.
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Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites
Side Trip
Find places to stay Mar 21 — 27:

Santiago, Chile — 4 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.
Santiago is known for shopping, sightseeing, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, hunt for treasures at Central Market (Mercado Central), look for gifts at Patio Bellavista, and go for a walk through Plaza de Armas.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Santiago trip maker site.

Getting from Buenos Aires to Santiago by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires to Santiago, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to fly to Cusco.
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Museums · Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Mar 27 — 31:

Cusco, Peru — 4 nights

Imperial City

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.
On the 4th (Tue), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, explore the ancient world of Centro Historico De Cusco, get engrossed in the history at Museo de Vida Monastica - Monasterio de Santa Catalina del Cusco, and admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cusco trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Santiago to Cusco takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Cusco. In March, daytime highs in Cusco are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Machu Picchu.
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Historic Sites · Tours · Museums
Side Trip
Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 4:

Machu Picchu, Peru — 2 nights

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 5th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to fly to Lima.
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Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 6:

Lima, Peru — 5 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.
Lima is known for museums, parks, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, browse the exhibits of Galeria Indigo, contemplate the long history of Huaca Pucllana, and stroll around Circuito Magico Del Agua.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Lima online day trip planner.

You can fly from Machu Picchu to Lima in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In April, daytime highs in Lima are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Granada.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Tours
Find places to stay Apr 6 — 11:

Granada, Nicaragua — 3 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Granada: 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, examine the collection at Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco, steep yourself in history at Palacio Episcopal, and contemplate the geological forces at Mombacho.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Granada day trip planning site.

Explore your travel options from Lima to Granada with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Peru Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Juan del Sur.
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Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trip
Find places to stay Apr 11 — 14:

San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua — 2 nights

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 15th (Sat): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, soothe aching muscles at Pranamaya Yoga & Thai Massage Studio Playa Maderas, and then don't miss a visit to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia. On the next day, get outside with Outdoor Activities, head outdoors with Da' Flying Frog Extreme Adventure, and then deepen your understanding at Spanish School House Rosa Silva.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the San Juan del Sur holiday builder site.

Getting from Granada to San Juan del Sur by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. In April in San Juan del Sur, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Leon.
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Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Spas
Find places to stay Apr 14 — 16:

Leon, Nicaragua — 2 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.
On the 17th (Mon), contemplate the geological forces at Telica Volcano, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church The Recollection, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de la Asunción. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Negro Volcano and then contemplate the geological forces at Momotombo.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Leon trip itinerary website.

Drive from San Juan del Sur to Leon in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Antigua.
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Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 18:

Antigua, Guatemala — 5 nights

The former capital of Guatemala and a World Heritage Site, Antigua retains its colonial charm and remains one of the most visited destinations in the country.
Get out of town with these interesting Antigua side-trips: Guatemala City (Museo Popol Vuh, Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, look for gifts at Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales, don't miss a visit to Cerro de la Cruz, and get engrossed in the history at Casa Santo Domingo Museums.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Antigua vacation planner.

Fly from Leon to Antigua in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Leon in April: high temperatures in Antigua hover around 32°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Tikal National Park.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
Side Trip
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 23:

Tikal National Park, Guatemala — 2 nights

Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tikal.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tikal National Park travel route planner.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Antigua to Tikal National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. On the 25th (Tue), you're off to home.
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Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 23 — 25:
Highlights from your trip

Peru travel guide

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Historic Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Incas
In a country renowned for its pre-Columbian archeological sites, no Peru vacation would be complete without an adrenaline-inducing hike to Machu Picchu, World Heritage-listed symbol of the once-mighty Incan Empire. Aside from visiting these spectacular ruins set against the backdrop of photogenic mountain peaks, most holidays in Peru also include an exploration of the country's pretty cities, boasting well-preserved colonial architecture and a slew of modern buildings housing fine museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Ideal for active vacationers, Peru trips are also tailor-made for gourmands, as the country's eclectic cuisine blends tasty influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe.
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Nicaragua travel guide

4.3
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.
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Guatemala travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Volcanos · Ruins
Land of Eternal Spring
Offering a chance to discover a rich history, remarkable landscapes, and a vibrant culture, a holiday in Guatemala remains a great choice for a wide range of travelers. The heart of the Maya civilization, Guatemala boasts stunning ancient ruins and traditional villages that blend with the Spanish heritage of the colonial-era and its stately cathedrals and town halls. While the cities boast splendid architecture and cultural heritage, they make up a small percentage of the mountainous Guatemalan landscape. Adventurous travelers and nature lovers will have plenty of things to do in Guatemala, from boating on the rushing rivers and scenic lakes, to exploring caves, picturesque beaches, and lush national parks.
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