17 days in Central America, South America & Africa Itinerary

17 days in Central America, South America & Africa Itinerary

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Start: Los Angeles, United States
Fly:  9 h 45 min
1
Panama City, Panama
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h 15 min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  10 h 30 min
3
Barranquilla, Colombia
— 1 night
Fly:  33 h
4
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
5
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
6
Vilanculos, Mozambique
— 2 nights
Fly:  31 h
End: Los Angeles, United States

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 21st (Tue): see what you can catch with a fishing tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bahai Temple, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia del Carmen. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de San José and then wander the streets of Casco Viejo.

Plan my day in Panama City using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Los Angeles, USA to Panama City is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Panama City due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Panama City when traveling from Los Angeles in July, with lows around 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Bahai Temple ©
Bahai Temple
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Fishing Charters & Tours

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, thenstroll through Butterfly Conservatory, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): stroll through La Fortuna Waterfall, thenview the masterpieces at Wood & Art Gallery, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planning app.

You can fly from Panama City to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Panama City to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Barranquilla.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Butterfly Conservatory
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Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

1
night
Barranquilla, Colombia

Barranquilla ©
An industrial port city on Colombia's Caribbean coast, Barranquilla represents the fourth-most populous city in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Castillo de Salgar and then take in the exciting artwork at Bojanini Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): make a trip to Plaza de la Paz - John Paul II, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Metropolitana Maria Reina, thenexamine the collection at Museo del Caribe, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Centro Comercial Buenavista.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Barranquilla trip builder site.

Explore your travel options from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Barranquilla with the Route module. Traveling from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Barranquilla, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July in Barranquilla, expect temperatures between 92°F during the day and 77°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Victoria Falls.

Things to do in Barranquilla

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Castillo de Salgar
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Centro Comercial Buenavista ©
Centro Comercial Buenavista
Castillo de Salgar ©
Castillo de Salgar
Museo del Caribe ©
Museo del Caribe

2
nights
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls ©
Victoria Falls, a Zimbabwean town near the eponymous waterfall, serves as one of two prime gateway points to the majestic cascade and its surrounding national park.
For shopping fun, head to Cultural Vibes Music Shop or Prime Art Gallery. Get outdoors at Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park and Zipline. There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Victoria Falls Snake Park, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Victoria Falls day trip app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Barranquilla to Victoria Falls. The time zone difference when traveling from Barranquilla to Victoria Falls is 7 hours. When traveling from Barranquilla in July, plan for a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Victoria Falls: temperatures range from 76°F by day to 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Johannesburg.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park ©
Scuba & Snorkeling
River Rafting & Tubing

3
nights
Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg ©
Founded when gold was discovered in the area in the late 19th century, Johannesburg quickly grew into a bustling metropolis, South Africa's largest city and the region's economic hub.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Lesedi Cultural Village and Hector Pieterson Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Liliesleaf and I was shot in Joburg. Take a break from Johannesburg with a short trip to Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre in Brits, about 1h 15 min away. There's more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

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You can fly from Victoria Falls to Johannesburg in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Victoria Falls in July: high temperatures in Johannesburg hover around 67°F and lows are around 40°F. On the 2nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Vilanculos.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Wildlife Museums Tours

Side Trips

Lesedi Cultural Village, Liliesleaf, Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre
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Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre ©
Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre
Liliesleaf ©
Liliesleaf
Lesedi Cultural Village ©
Lesedi Cultural Village

2
nights
Vilanculos, Mozambique

Tourism in Vilanculos, a small town on the coast of Mozambique, owes much to its convenient location as a base for exploring the Bazaruto Archipelago, a national park.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then shop like a local with Machilla Magic.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Vilanculos trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Vilanculos takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Johannesburg in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 61°F in Vilanculos. On the 4th (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Vilanculos

Tours Adventure Outdoors
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Kayaking & Canoeing

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