59 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

59 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

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Start: Riga, Latvia
Fly:  17 h 15 min
1
Cartagena, Colombia
— 4 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  2 h
2
Panama City, Panama
— 5 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  1 h 45 min
3
San Andres Island, Colombia
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  8 h 30 min
4
Vara Blanca, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
6
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 30 min
7
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
8
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  14 h 30 min
9
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 5 nights
Ferry:  2 h 30 min
10
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 6 nights
Travel:  4 h 30 min
11
Floreana, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Travel:  4 h 45 min
12
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Fly:  3 h 45 min
13
Quito, Ecuador
— 5 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
14
Bogota, Colombia
— 5 nights
Fly:  17 h 45 min
End: Riga, Latvia

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: step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, steep yourself in history at Plaza Santo Domingo, contemplate the geological forces at Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano), and take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Cartagena trip itinerary planning website.

Riga, Latvia to Cartagena is an approximately 17.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Riga to Cartagena due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Riga in September; daily highs in Cartagena reach 38°C and lows reach 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Oceanario
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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

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 Portobelo (Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo & Nature & Wildlife Tours). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Metropolitan National Park, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado de Mariscos, and examine the collection at Afro-Antillian Museum (Museo Afro Antillano de Panama ).

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Panama City trip planner.

Getting from Cartagena to Panama City by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Portobelo
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Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Metropolitan National Park ©
Metropolitan National Park

5
nights
San Andres Island, Colombia

San Andres Island ©
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: step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, see the vivid underwater world at West View, explore the striking landscape at Hoyo Soplador, and don't miss a visit to Rocky Cay.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read San Andres Island trip itinerary site.

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Panama City to San Andres Island in 2.5 hours. In September in San Andres Island, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Johnny Cay ©
Johnny Cay
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Hoyo Soplador ©
Hoyo Soplador

2
nights
Vara Blanca, Costa Rica

Vara Blanca
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and then get impressive views of Poas Volcano. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Thu): stroll through Tirimbina Biological Reserve and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Vara Blanca trip itinerary builder site.

Explore your travel options from San Andres Island to Vara Blanca with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Colombia Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

La Virgen, Poas Volcano
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Tirimbina Biological Reserve ©
Tirimbina Biological Reserve
Kayaking & Canoeing

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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip maker app.

Getting from Vara Blanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano National Park
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 23:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

1
night
Tortuguero, Costa Rica

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero journey builder app.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks Tours
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
nights
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio ©
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
When in Manuel Antonio, make a side trip to see Canyoning & Rappelling Tours in Jaco, approximately Jaco away. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, explore the striking landscape of Manuel Antonio National Park, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio itinerary app.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Quepos, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Frog Pond. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour, then whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde online road trip planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Zipline
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

5
nights
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno ©
The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is known for wildlife, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: deepen your understanding at Interpretation Center, kick back and relax at Playa Punta Carola, don't miss a visit to Dona Pilo, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Punta Pitt.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Puerto Baquerizo Moreno trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Monteverde to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Monteverde to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

San Cristobal
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Cerro Tijeretas ©
Cerro Tijeretas
Interpretation Center ©
Interpretation Center
Isla Lobos ©
Isla Lobos

6
nights
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Puerto Ayora ©
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Puerto Ayora is known for parks, nature, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Charles Darwin Research Station, kick back and relax at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, experience rural life at El Trapiche Ecologico Galapagos, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find out how to plan a trip to Puerto Ayora, use our trip itinerary maker.

Ride a ferry from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Ayora in 2.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Puerto Ayora are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Floreana.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, El Trapiche Ecologico Galapagos
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Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay

2
nights
Floreana, Ecuador

Floreana ©
On the 12th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Post Office Bay. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cormorant Point, get to know the resident critters at Asilo de la Paz, then kick back and relax at Playa Negra, and finally explore the striking landscape at Devil's Crown.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Floreana travel itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Puerto Ayora to Floreana. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Floreana

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Devil's Crown ©
Devil's Crown
Post Office Bay ©
Post Office Bay

5
nights
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador

Puerto Villamil ©
Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Puerto Villamil is known for nature, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the geological forces at Sierra Negra, take a memorable drive along Isabela Island Wetlands Complex, tour the pleasant surroundings at Concha de Perla, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Puerto Villamil.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Villamil road trip site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Floreana to Puerto Villamil. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Floreana to Puerto Villamil. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Sierra Negra
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Sierra Negra ©
Sierra Negra
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Concha de Perla ©
Concha de Perla

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Peguche Wasi (in Otavalo) and Cuicocha (in Cotacachi). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, make a trip to Mitad Del Mundo, admire the landmark architecture of Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, and stroll around Parque La Carolina.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Quito trip planner.

You can fly from Puerto Villamil to Quito in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Puerto Villamil to Quito, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. October in Quito sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Quito

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Peguche Wasi, Cuicocha
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Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila ©
Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania
Cuicocha ©
Cuicocha

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.
Explore Bogota's surroundings by going to Zipaquira (Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira & Esensal), Centro de Memoria El Cuartico (in Valledupar) and Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), stroll through Monserrate, steep yourself in history at Bolivar Square, and view the masterpieces at Galeria La Cometa.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Bogota trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Quito to Bogota in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, car, and flight; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Quito in October, with highs in Bogota at 22°C and lows at 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Zipaquira, Centro de Memoria El Cuartico, Laguna de Guatavita
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Food Tours
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica

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