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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Start: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Train + Fly:  15 h
1
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
2
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
3
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
4
Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
5
Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
6
Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
7
Panama City, Panama
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
8
San Pedro, Belize
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 15 min
9
Roatan, Honduras
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h
10
San Salvador, El Salvador
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h
11
Antigua, Guatemala
— 4 nights
+6
Bus + Foot + Bus + Foot + Fly + Bus + Taxi:  8 h 15 min
12
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
13
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  16 h 15 min
14
Scarborough, Trinidad and Tobago
— 1 day
Drive:  4 h
15
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
— 5 nights
Fly + Train:  14 h
End: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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 Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro. 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 much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach, see the interesting displays at Museu Nacional De Belas Artes, take in the exciting artwork at Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas, and make a trip to Escadaria Selaron.

For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro trip planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 15- hour combination of train and flight. Traveling from Amsterdam to Rio de Janeiro, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Amsterdam in September: high temperatures in Rio de Janeiro hover around 32°C and lows are around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can 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 Matriz Basilica Nossa Senhora Aparecida. Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo and Afro Brazil Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Aparecida (Visita monitorada noturna na Basilica & Caminho Do Rosario). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP, learn more about the world around you at Jardim Botanico de Sao Paulo, walk around Parque Ibirapuera, and see the interesting displays at Museu de Arte Brasileira - FAAP.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Sao Paulo attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Sao Paulo when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in September, with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can 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 Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires. Your inner history buff will appreciate Cemiterio de Recoleta and Casa Rosada. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Puerto Madero, admire the masterpieces at Coleccion de Arte Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat, visit Calle Defensa, and contemplate the long history of Palacio Barolo.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires tour itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Sao Paulo to Buenos Aires takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In September, Buenos Aires is slightly colder than Sao Paulo - with highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough 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 Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos. Change things up with these side-trips from Santiago: La Sebastiana (in Valparaiso) and Casa de Isla Negra (in Isla Negra). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Cerro Santa Lucia, wander the streets of Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts, admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and see the interesting displays at Museo Colchagua.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Santiago day trip planner.

Getting from Buenos Aires to Santiago by flight takes about 3.5 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 Nature

Side Trips

La Sebastiana, Casa de Isla Negra
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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sacsayhuaman and Qorikancha. Get some historical perspective at Plaza de Armas and Moray. Step out of Cusco with an excursion to Salinas de Maras in Maras--about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, steep yourself in history at Sacred Valley of the Incas, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Inka.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Cusco trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Santiago to Cusco takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Santiago to Cusco is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in September, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

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 ChocoMuseo Kennedy will appeal to museum buffs. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Arqueologia, Antropologia e Historia del Peru, look and learn at Planetario Nacional IGP, visit Miraflores, and explore the world behind art at MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Lima day trip planning site.

Fly from Cusco to Lima in 2 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to 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 Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama. Get out of town with these interesting Panama City side-trips: Portobelo (Nature & Wildlife Tours & Scuba & Snorkeling). There's much more to do: make a trip to Panama Canal, examine the collection at Museo Panama Viejo, brush up on your military savvy at Centro de Interpretacion de Ciudad del Saber, and explore the striking landscape of Metropolitan National Park.

Planning Panama City trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Lima to Panama City takes 5 hours. Traveling from Lima in September, things will get a bit warmer in Panama City: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Panama City

Museums Historic Sites Tours

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.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, 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 flight 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..

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Roatan trip website.

You can fly from San Pedro to Roatan in 2.5 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 Hospital Divina Providencia Chapel for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Museo Nacional de Antropología Dr. David J. Guzman and Museo de Arte de El Salvador. Step out of San Salvador to go to Chalchuapa and see Tazumal, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Cinquera Rain Forest Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Metropolitana, see the interesting displays at Monseñor Romero Center, and take an in-depth tour of Museo del Ferrocarril y Parque Tematico.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the San Salvador online driving holiday planner.

Fly from Roatan to San Salvador in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car 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 Casa Santo Domingo Museums. Appreciate the collections at Museo Casa del Tejido Antiguo and Museo Popol Vuh. Change things up with these side-trips from Antigua: Chichicastenango (Parque Ecologico Los Senderos del Abuelo & Santo Tomas Church), Guatemala City (Iglesia de San Francisco, Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, &more) and Santa Catarina Palopo Church (in Santa Catarina Palopo). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Convento de las Capuchinas, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, contemplate the geological forces at Volcan de Agua, and contemplate the long history of Casa Popenoe.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, 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: do a combination of flight and bus; 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, Chichicastenango, Santa Catarina Palopo 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

1
night
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.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Monteverde visit site.

Do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Antigua to Monteverde in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, car, flight, bus, and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife 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 Wood & Art Gallery capture your imagination. Get a sense of the local culture at Onirica Art Gallery and Galeria Estudio. 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, stroll around Bogarin Trail, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs.

For other places to visit, where to stay, 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

1
day
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): witness the site of a historic battle at 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 drive to Port of Spain.

Things to do in Scarborough

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

5
nights
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 Mount St. Benedict Monastery. Do some cultural sightseeing at National Museum and Art Gallery and Mohammed Ali Jinnah Memorial Mosque. Explore Port of Spain's surroundings by going to La Vega Estate (in Gran Couva) and Yerette (in Maracas Bay). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Asa Wright Nature Centre, stroll around Memorial Park, explore the activities along Caroni Swamp, and kick back and relax at Las Cuevas Beach.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Port of Spain trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Scarborough to Port of Spain in 4 hours. October in Port of Spain sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to 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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