58 days in South America, Central America & Trinidad and Tobago Itinerary

58 days in South America, Central America & Trinidad and Tobago Itinerary

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 5 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
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Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
5
Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
6
Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
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Panama City, Panama
— 4 nights
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San Pedro, Belize
— 3 nights
9
Roatan, Honduras
— 4 nights
10
San Salvador, El Salvador
— 4 nights
11
Antigua, Guatemala
— 4 nights
12
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 1 night
13
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
14
Scarborough, Trinidad and Tobago
— 1 day
15
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
— 5 nights

5
nights
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro ©
Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Let the collections at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro and Museu Chacara do Ceu capture your imagination. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer and Copacabana Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rio de Janeiro: Museu de Arte Contemporanea de Niteroi (in Niteroi) and Petropolis (Catedral de Sao Pedro de Alcantara, Imperial Museum, &more). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, steep yourself in history at Parque Lage, step into the grandiose world of Ilha Fiscal, and examine the collection at Museu Nacional De Belas Artes.

For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro route planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from Amsterdam to Rio de Janeiro, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in September, things will get a bit warmer in Rio de Janeiro: highs are around 32°C and lows about 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Petropolis, Museu de Arte Contemporanea de Niteroi
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Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

5
nights
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Your inner history buff will appreciate National Sanctuary of Our Lady of Aparecida and Visita monitorada noturna na Basilica. Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo and Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Aparecida (Matriz Basilica Nossa Senhora Aparecida & Caminho Do Rosario). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Museu da Lingua Portuguesa, learn more about the world around you at Jardim Botanico de Sao Paulo, stroll around Parque Ibirapuera, and make a trip to Paulista Avenue.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Sao Paulo road trip planning tool.

Fly from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Sao Paulo, with lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Aparecida
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Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo

4
nights
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires ©
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes and Puerto Madero. Your inner history buff will appreciate Cemiterio de Recoleta and Calle Defensa. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, appreciate the extensive heritage of La Boca, contemplate the long history of Museo Nacional De Arte Decorativo, and have fun and explore at Museo de los Ninos.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires attractions planner.

Fly from Sao Paulo to Buenos Aires in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Sao Paulo in September, expect Buenos Aires to be a bit cooler, temps between 20°C and 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
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Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes ©
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Plaza de Mayo ©
Plaza de Mayo

4
nights
Santiago, Chile

Santiago ©
Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
You'll explore and learn at La Chascona and Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania. Get some cultural insight at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino and La Sebastiana. Go for a jaunt from Santiago to Isla Negra to see Casa de Isla Negra about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: stroll around Cerro Santa Lucia, wander the streets of Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts, see the interesting displays at Museo Interactivo Mirador, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Colchagua.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Santiago day trip planner.

Getting from Buenos Aires to Santiago by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Buenos Aires to Santiago due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Casa de Isla Negra, La Sebastiana
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La Chascona ©
La Chascona
Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino ©
Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino
Casa de Isla Negra ©
Casa de Isla Negra

4
nights
Cusco, Peru

Cusco ©
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sacsayhuaman and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Museo de Arte Precolombino and Ekekos San Blas - Arte & Colores will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Cusco side-trips: Maras (Moray & Salinas de Maras). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Qorikancha, explore the ancient world of Sacred Valley of the Incas, get engrossed in the history at Museo Inka, and trek along exploor.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cusco route builder site.

Fly from Santiago to Cusco in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Cusco due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in September, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Maras, Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

3
nights
Lima, Peru

Lima ©
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas and Huaca Pucllana. Museo Larco and MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima will appeal to museum buffs. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Arqueologia, Antropologia e Historia del Peru, see the sky in a new way at Planetario Nacional IGP, visit Miraflores, and get engrossed in the history at AMANO, Museo Textil Precolombino.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Lima travel route planning app.

Fly from Cusco to Lima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Lima when traveling from Cusco in September, with lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Lima

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas ©
Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana

4
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Casco Viejo and Panama La Vieja. Do some cultural sightseeing at Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo and Biomuseo. Get out of town with these interesting Panama City side-trips: Portobelo (Nature & Wildlife Tours & Scuba & Snorkeling). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, brush up on your military savvy at Centro de Interpretacion de Ciudad del Saber, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, and examine the collection at Museo Panama Viejo.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Panama City online route planner.

Traveling by flight from Lima to Panama City takes 7.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Lima in September, with highs in Panama City at 36°C and lows at 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Panama City

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Portobelo
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Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama ©
Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo ©
Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo

3
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Gallery of San Pedro and Belizean Arts. Spend the 3rd (Sat) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, see the vivid underwater world at Shark Ray Alley, cast your line with a fishing tour, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Pedro holiday planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Panama City to San Pedro takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and ferry. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In September, daytime highs in San Pedro are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to fly to Roatan.

Things to do in San Pedro

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Ambergris Caye
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Fishing Charters & Tours
Mexico Rocks ©
Mexico Rocks

4
nights
Roatan, Honduras

Roatan ©
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Flamingo Cultural Center and Roatan Underwater Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Blue Island Divers, get outside with Sunyata Charters, admire the natural beauty at Blue Harbor Tropical Arboretum, and sample the tasty concoctions at Roatan Island Brewing Co..

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Roatan trip website.

You can fly from San Pedro to Roatan in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In October, daytime highs in Roatan are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to San Salvador.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
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Blue Island Divers ©
Blue Island Divers
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Little French Key ©
Little French Key

4
nights
San Salvador, El Salvador

San Salvador ©
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
Visit Iglesia El Rosario and Tazumal for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Museo Nacional de Antropología Dr. David J. Guzman and Museo del Ferrocarril y Parque Tematico. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Cinquera Rain Forest Park, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio de Los Ilustres, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte de El Salvador, and see the interesting displays at Monseñor Romero Center.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the San Salvador online route maker.

You can fly from Roatan to San Salvador in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In October, daytime highs in San Salvador are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Antigua.

Things to do in San Salvador

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Tazumal
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Iglesia El Rosario ©
Iglesia El Rosario
Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park
Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park

4
nights
Antigua, Guatemala

Antigua ©
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 some cultural insight at Palacio Nacional and National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. Appreciate the collections at Casa Santo Domingo Museums and Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena. Change things up with these side-trips from Antigua: Santa Catarina Palopo Church (in Santa Catarina Palopo), Santo Tomas Church (in Chichicastenango) and Guatemala City (Iglesia de San Francisco, Museo Popol Vuh, &more). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Convento de las Capuchinas, contemplate the long history of Casa Popenoe, contemplate the geological forces at Volcan de Agua, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Antigua attractions planner.

Getting from San Salvador to Antigua by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from San Salvador in October, things will get a bit cooler in Antigua: highs are around 28°C and lows about 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Monteverde.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Guatemala City, Santa Catarina Palopo Church, Santo Tomas Church
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Palacio Nacional ©
Palacio Nacional
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums

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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.
On the 16th (Fri), appreciate the extensive heritage of Ecological Sanctuary and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sustainability Demonstration Center. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Sarah's Gallery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, and then admire the masterpieces at Chorotega Arts & Crafts.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Monteverde visit site.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Antigua to Monteverde in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Sustainability Demonstration Center
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary
Chorotega Arts & Crafts ©
Chorotega Arts & Crafts

5
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

La Fortuna de San Carlos ©
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.
Let the collections at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna and Galeria Estudio capture your imagination. Get a sense of the local culture at Onirica Art Gallery and Wood & Art Gallery. Change things up with a short trip to Butterfly Conservatory in El Castillo (about 38 minutes away). There's much more to do: stroll through La Fortuna Waterfall, take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, walk around Bogarin Trail, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip app.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. On the 22nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Scarborough.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Butterfly Conservatory
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Proyecto Asis ©
Proyecto Asis
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
Safaris

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Scarborough, Trinidad and Tobago

Scarborough ©
Scarborough is the largest city and capital of the Island of Tobago and the fifth-most-populous in Trinidad and Tobago. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Fort King George, explore and take pictures at Buccoo Reef, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Store Bay.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Scarborough using our trip planner.

Explore your travel options from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Scarborough with the Route module. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Atlantic Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Port of Spain.

Things to do in Scarborough

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Tobago
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Buccoo Reef ©
Buccoo Reef
Fort King George ©
Fort King George
Store Bay ©
Store Bay

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Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

Port of Spain ©
Port of Spain, the country's capital, sits between the sea and a scenic green mountain range, and acts as a gateway for eclectic adventures on land and sea.
Get some historical perspective at Fort George and Mohammed Ali Jinnah Memorial Mosque. Do some cultural sightseeing at National Museum and Art Gallery and Mount St. Benedict Monastery. Explore Port of Spain's surroundings by going to La Vega Estate (in Gran Couva) and Yerette (in Maracas Bay). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Asa Wright Nature Centre, walk around Memorial Park, kick back and relax at Maracas Beach, and appreciate the history behind Dattatreya Temple and Hanuman Statue.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Port of Spain travel planning app.

Getting from Scarborough to Port of Spain by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. October in Port of Spain sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Port of Spain

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Trinidad, La Vega Estate, Yerette
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Asa Wright Nature Centre ©
Asa Wright Nature Centre
Mount St. Benedict Monastery ©
Mount St. Benedict Monastery
Fort George ©
Fort George

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