31 days in Central America & South America Itinerary

31 days in Central America & South America Itinerary

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1
Panama City, Panama
— 2 nights
2
Manaus, Brazil
— 1 day
3
Fortaleza, Brazil
— 1 night
4
Brasilia, Brazil
— 1 night
5
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
6
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
7
Ushuaia, Argentina
— 2 nights
8
El Calafate, Argentina
— 2 nights
9
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 2 nights
10
Mendoza, Argentina
— 2 nights
11
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
12
La Paz, Bolivia
— 1 night
13
Lima, Peru
— 1 night
14
Bogota, Colombia
— 2 nights
15
Cartagena, Colombia
— 1 night
16
Antigua, Guatemala
— 2 nights

2
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): take in the views from Bridge of the Americas. On your second day here, make a trip to Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador), don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, and then get engrossed in the history at Centro de Interpretacion de Ciudad del Saber.

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Cancun, Mexico to Panama City is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Cancun in January, with highs in Panama City at 36°C and lows at 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Manaus.

Things to do in Panama City

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:
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Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) ©
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador)

1
day
Manaus, Brazil

Manaus ©
It's hard not to get excited when planning a trip to Manaus, capital of the state of Amazonas, and the largest city on the mighty Amazon River.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): browse the different shops at Manauara Shopping and then explore the activities along Meeting of Waters.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Manaus trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Panama City to Manaus in 7.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Panama City to Manaus. In January, daytime highs in Manaus are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Fortaleza.

Things to do in Manaus

Nature · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 4:
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Meeting of Waters ©
Meeting of Waters
Manauara Shopping ©
Manauara Shopping

1
night
Fortaleza, Brazil

Fortaleza ©
They don't call Fortaleza "Brazilian Miami" for nothing.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): cool off at Beach Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): examine the collection at 10th GAC Cultural Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Futuro, and then stroll through Iracema Beach.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Fortaleza day trip planning site.

Fly from Manaus to Fortaleza in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Manaus to Fortaleza due to the time zone difference. In January, daytime highs in Fortaleza are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Brasilia.

Things to do in Fortaleza

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

Beach Park
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:
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Praia do Futuro ©
Praia do Futuro
Beach Park ©
Beach Park
Iracema Beach ©
Iracema Beach

1
night
Brasilia, Brazil

Brasilia ©
Although it lacks the cultural flair of Rio de Janeiro and the massive urban sprawl of Sao Paulo, Brasilia holds a fascinating place in the tapestry of Brazil.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario Dom Bosco, admire the striking features of Itamaraty Palace, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Metropolitana, then take a leisurely stroll along Pontao do Lago Sul, and finally snap pictures at Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Brasilia trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Fortaleza to Brasilia takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Fortaleza in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Brasilia, with lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Brasilia

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 7:
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Catedral Metropolitana ©
Catedral Metropolitana
Pontao do Lago Sul ©
Pontao do Lago Sul
Santuario Dom Bosco ©
Santuario Dom Bosco

3
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.
Rio de Janeiro is known for beaches, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach, pause for some photo ops at Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, catch a ride on Sugarloaf Mountain, and walk around Parque Lage.

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Getting from Brasilia to Rio de Janeiro by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Brasilia in January, with highs in Rio de Janeiro at 37°C and lows at 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
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Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain

3
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.
Buenos Aires is known for historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, get a sense of history and politics at Casa Rosada, appreciate the extensive heritage of Calle Defensa, and admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Buenos Aires day trip app.

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in January, expect Buenos Aires to be little chillier, temps between 33°C and 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero

2
nights
Ushuaia, Argentina

Ushuaia ©
Often called the "End of the World" because of its position on the southernmost tip of South America, the expanding city of Ushuaia serves as both a busy commercial port and attractive tourist hub.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Les Éclaireurs Lighthouse, contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Beagle, then take an in-depth tour of Museo del Fin del Mundo, and finally examine the collection at Museo Maritimo y del Presidio de Ushuaia. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tierra del Fuego National Park and then appreciate the history behind Plaza Malvinas.

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Fly from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Buenos Aires in January: high temperatures in Ushuaia hover around 15°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to El Calafate.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Nature · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Tierra del Fuego National Park ©
Tierra del Fuego National Park
Canal Beagle ©
Canal Beagle
Museo Maritimo y del Presidio de Ushuaia ©
Museo Maritimo y del Presidio de Ushuaia

2
nights
El Calafate, Argentina

El Calafate ©
El Calafate tourism thrives mostly thanks to the city's proximity to a World Heritage-listed national park, famed for containing over 40 large glaciers.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. On your second day here, get outside with Enjoy!, stop by Vellon Negro, and then explore the activities along Lago Argentino.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our El Calafate day trip app.

You can fly from Ushuaia to El Calafate in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in El Calafate when traveling from Ushuaia in January, with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in El Calafate

Nature · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
Lago Argentino
Lago Argentino
Vellon Negro ©
Vellon Negro

2
nights
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

San Carlos de Bariloche ©
Nestled against the foothills of the Andes, scenic San Carlos de Bariloche hugs the southern shore of Nahuel Huapi Lake and ranks among Argentina's top destinations for active outdoor vacations.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): hike along Circuito Chico, then explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, and then look for gifts at Chocolaterie VanWynsberghe. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get great views at Piedra de Habsburgo and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the San Carlos de Bariloche trip maker.

You can fly from El Calafate to San Carlos de Bariloche in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from El Calafate in January: highs in San Carlos de Bariloche hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Mendoza.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Outdoors · Parks · Adventure
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Circuito Chico ©
Circuito Chico
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi ©
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi
Kayaking & Canoeing

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nights
Mendoza, Argentina

Famed for its neat vineyards and thriving wine production, Mendoza remains the place to visit for a pleasant combination of relaxation and recreation.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): learn about winemaking at Cepas Winery, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, then learn about winemaking at Bodega Roberto Bonfanti, and finally walk around Parque General San Martin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Plaza Independencia, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and then get engrossed in the history at Museo Fundacional.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Mendoza online travel planner.

Getting from San Carlos de Bariloche to Mendoza by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Mendoza: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Mendoza

Tours · Wineries · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 21:
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Food Tours
Parque General San Martin ©
Parque General San Martin
Wine Tours & Tastings

3
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.
Santiago is known for shopping, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from San Cristóbal Hill, examine the collection at La Chascona, take in the pleasant sights at Plaza de Armas, and admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Santiago vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Mendoza to Santiago takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Mendoza to Santiago. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks · Shopping · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
La Chascona ©
La Chascona

1
night
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): make a trip to Mercado de Las Brujas, then enjoy some diversion at Urban Rush Bolivia, and then explore the ancient world of Tiwanaku.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the La Paz trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Santiago to La Paz takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In January in La Paz, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in La Paz

Historic Sites · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Tiwanaku ©
Tiwanaku
Mercado de Las Brujas ©
Mercado de Las Brujas
Urban Rush Bolivia ©
Urban Rush Bolivia

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, browse the exhibits of Galeria Indigo, then take a stroll through Miraflores, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Circuito Magico Del Agua, and finally don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor).

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Lima trip simple and quick.

Traveling by flight from La Paz to Lima takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from La Paz to Lima, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January, Lima is much hotter than La Paz - with highs of 31°C and lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Lima

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Circuito Magico Del Agua ©
Circuito Magico Del Agua
Miraflores ©
Miraflores

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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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, then explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and then look for gifts at Vitrina Guayca. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate, then see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), and then steep yourself in history at Bolivar Square.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Bogota trip itinerary website.

You can fly from Lima to Bogota in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Lima in January, plan for slightly colder days and much colder nights in Bogota: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 28:
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

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night
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.
On the 29th (Wed), deepen your understanding at Plaza Santo Domingo, make a trip to Torre del Reloj, and then step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas.

To plan Cartagena vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can fly from Bogota to Cartagena in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bogota in January, expect nights in Cartagena to be warmer, around 28°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo
Torre del Reloj ©
Torre del Reloj

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya, stop by Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Fri): get impressive views of Volcan de Agua and then make a trip to Cerro de la Cruz.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Antigua trip builder.

Fly from Cartagena to Antigua in 9.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cartagena to Antigua. When traveling from Cartagena in January, plan for a bit cooler days in Antigua, with highs around 27°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Antigua

Nature · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 29 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Volcan de Agua ©
Volcan de Agua

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