17 days in South America Itinerary

17 days in South America Itinerary

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17 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Panama City, Panama
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Bogota, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Quito, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Fly + Foot:  6​h 30​min
3
Caracas, Venezuela
— 3 nights
Foot + Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
Georgetown, Guyana
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Paramaribo, Suriname
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Cayenne, French Guiana
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Mexico City, Mexico

2
nights
Bogota, Colombia

Bogota ©
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.
On the 30th (Mon), indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, stop by Vitrina Guayca, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and finally contemplate the long history of Centro de Memoria El Cuartico. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate, then see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), and then steep yourself in history at Bolivar plaza.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Bogota trip builder tool .

Panama City, Panama to Bogota is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Panama City in March, with highs in Bogota at 23°C and lows at 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Tours Parks

Side Trip

Centro de Memoria El Cuartico
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

2
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.
Quito is known for museums, historic sites, parks, shopping, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, don't miss a visit to Mitad Del Mundo, look for gifts at La Mundial Custom Boots, and get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Quito visit planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Bogota to Quito takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Bogota in April since evenings lows in Quito dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Caracas.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites Tours Museums
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Mitad Del Mundo ©
Mitad Del Mundo
Basilica del Voto Nacional ©
Basilica del Voto Nacional

3
nights
Caracas, Venezuela

Caracas ©
Tropical weather, great food, and memorable jungle surroundings seem like all the ingredients Caracas needs to become a must-see destination.
On the 4th (Sat), head outdoors with Parque Nacional el Avila, walk around Generalísimo Francisco de Miranda Park, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Sagrado Corazon de Jesus. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Casa Natal & Museo Bolivar, then take in the exciting artwork at Hacienda La Trinidad Parque Cultural, and then admire the striking features of Ciudad Universitaria de Caracas.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Caracas day trip planning website .

Getting from Quito to Caracas by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Quito to Caracas is 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Georgetown.

Things to do in Caracas

Outdoors Museums Historic Sites
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Parque Nacional el Avila ©
Parque Nacional el Avila
Casa Natal & Museo Bolivar ©
Casa Natal & Museo Bolivar

2
nights
Georgetown, Guyana

Georgetown ©
Guyana's capital and main urban area, Georgetown represents the starting point for many visits to the country.
Georgetown is known for parks, zoos & aquariums, museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. George's Cathedral, take in the views from Demerara Harbour Bridge, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and pause for some photo ops at The Non Aligned Monumnet.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Georgetown holiday planner .

You can fly from Caracas to Georgetown in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Georgetown can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Paramaribo.

Things to do in Georgetown

Parks Museums Shopping
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Promenade Gardens ©
Promenade Gardens
GT Motorsports ©
GT Motorsports
St. George's Cathedral ©
St. George's Cathedral

3
nights
Paramaribo, Suriname

Paramaribo ©
With the chance to visit a World Heritage-listed inner city, tours of Paramaribo remain among the most culturally enriching things tourists can do in Suriname.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): walk around Palmentuin, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Peter and Paul Basilica, then admire the landmark architecture of Dutch reformed church, and finally take in the views from Jules Wijdenbosch Bridge. On your second day here, make a trip to Centrale Markt, then steep yourself in history at Fort Zeelandia, and then make a trip to Waterkant (Riverside Boulevard).

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Paramaribo journey builder app .

Do a combination of car and flight from Georgetown to Paramaribo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Guyana Time (GYT) to Suriname Time (SRT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In April, daytime highs in Paramaribo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Cayenne.

Things to do in Paramaribo

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Fort Zeelandia ©
Fort Zeelandia
Saint Peter and Paul Basilica ©
Saint Peter and Paul Basilica
Waterkant (Riverside Boulevard) ©
Waterkant (Riverside Boulevard)

3
nights
Cayenne, French Guiana

Cayenne ©
The capital of French Guiana, Cayenne sits at the mouth of the Cayenne River on the department's Atlantic coast.
On the 12th (Sun), take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanique and then step off the mainland to explore Devil's Island. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Musee Departmental Alexandre-Franconie, wander the streets of Place des Palmistes, and then make a trip to Fort Ceperou.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cayenne sightseeing planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Paramaribo to Cayenne. In April in Cayenne, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 28°C at night. On the 14th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cayenne

Parks Nature Neighborhoods
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Devil's Island ©
Devil's Island
Ilet la Mere ©
Ilet la Mere
Fort Ceperou ©
Fort Ceperou

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