60 days in Central America & South America Itinerary

60 days in Central America & South America Itinerary

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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive
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Drake Bay, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive
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Vara Blanca, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 7 nights
Fly to Flores, Shuttle to Tikal National Park
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Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 1 night
Shuttle to Flores, Fly to Antigua
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 8 nights
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Panama City, Panama
— 8 nights
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San Andres Island, Colombia
— 6 nights
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Bogota, Colombia
— 4 nights
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Cartagena, Colombia
— 6 nights
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica — 4 nights

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tamarindo: Samara Beach (in Playa Samara), Playa Conchal (Playa Conchal & Garra de Leon Golf Course) and Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach, find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo online vacation planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Tamarindo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Traveling from Amsterdam to Tamarindo, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive to Monteverde.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
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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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Elena Skywalk, relax in the rural setting at Hidden Valley Permaculture Farm, and admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Monteverde driving holiday planning site.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.
Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 18 — 23:

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: Canyoning & Rappelling Tours (in Jaco), Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary (in Dominical) and Horseback Riding Tours (in Esterillos Este). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, get outside with Outdoor Activities, explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Marino Ballena, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Drake Bay.
Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife
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Drake Bay, Costa Rica — 3 nights

Spend a day of island exploring on the 28th (Mon) at Cano Island.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Drake Bay holiday maker app.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Drake Bay in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Vara Blanca.
Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Nature
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Vara Blanca, Costa Rica — 2 nights

A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and then admire the sheer force of La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then stroll through Tirimbina Biological Reserve.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Vara Blanca road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Drake Bay to Vara Blanca takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Adventure
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Tortuguero, Costa Rica — 1 night

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Tortuguero holiday planner.

Drive from Vara Blanca to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. In March, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica — 7 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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, explore the activities along Lake Arenal, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Waterfall, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Tikal National Park.
Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors
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Tikal National Park, Guatemala — 1 night

Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
On the 13th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tikal.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Tikal National Park route builder site.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tikal National Park in 9 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Antigua.
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Find places to stay Mar 12 — 13:
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Antigua, Guatemala — 8 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Antigua: Guatemala City (Museo Popol Vuh, Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, delve into the distant past at Arco de Santa Catalina, don't miss a visit to Cerro de la Cruz, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Antigua travel route planning app.

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Tikal National Park to Antigua in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. March in Antigua sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to fly to Panama City.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
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Find places to stay Mar 13 — 21:

Panama City, Panama — 8 nights

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Spend the 27th (Sun) exploring nature at Metropolitan National Park. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Panama Canal, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, explore the striking landscape of Soberania National Park, and take in the views from Bridge of the Americas.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Panama City tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Antigua to Panama City in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Antigua to Panama City due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Antigua in March, plan for a bit warmer days in Panama City, with highs around 38°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to fly to San Andres Island.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 21 — 29:

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 parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Banda Dive Shop, head off the coast to Cayo Bolivar, see the vivid underwater world at West View, and stroll through La Piscinita.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the San Andres Island trip maker app.

Fly from Panama City to San Andres Island in 5 hours. When traveling from Panama City in March, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Andres Island: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Bogota.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches
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Bogota, Colombia — 4 nights

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.
Take a break from Bogota with a short trip to Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira in Zipaquira, about 54 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, steep yourself in history at Bolivar Square, examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Colombia, and stop by Bta Capital.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Bogota road trip tool.

Getting from San Andres Island to Bogota by flight takes about 4 hours. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from San Andres Island in April, with highs in Bogota at 22°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to fly to Cartagena.
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Cartagena, Colombia — 6 nights

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cartagena: Isla Baru (Aviario Nacional de Colombia & Playa Blanca). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, make a trip to Plaza de La Trinidad, and steep yourself in history at Torre del Reloj.

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You can fly from Bogota to Cartagena in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bogota in April, things will get warmer in Cartagena: highs are around 38°C and lows about 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Museums
Side Trip
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 14:

Costa Rica travel guide

4.4
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.

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.

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.

Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Churches
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.