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
Fly:  15 h
1
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly + Bus:  1 h 30 min
2
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  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 + Shuttle:  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 + Drive:  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
Bus + Fly:  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 Praia de Ipanema. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rio de Janeiro: Petropolis (Catedral de Sao Pedro de Alcantara, Imperial Museum, &more) and Museu de Arte Contemporanea de Niteroi (in Niteroi). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Barra da Tijuca Beach, see the interesting displays at Museu da Republica, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro trip maker app.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 15- hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Brasilia Standard Time, which is usually a -4 hour 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). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP, wander the streets of Paulista Avenue, see the interesting displays at Latin America Memorial, and stroll around Parque Ibirapuera.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Sao Paulo trip itinerary maker website.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Sao Paulo when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in September, 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 Cemiterio de Recoleta and El Zanjon de Granados. Your inner history buff will appreciate Casa Rosada and La Boca. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, take a stroll through Puerto Madero, and explore the engaging exhibits at Museo de los Ninos.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires online attractions planner.

Getting from Sao Paulo to Buenos Aires by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Sao Paulo in September: high temperatures in Buenos Aires hover around 20°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough 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 La Sebastiana. Get some cultural insight at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino and Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos. 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: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, get engrossed in the history at Museo Colchagua, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Artes Visuales, and explore the galleries of Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts.

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: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. 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

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sacsayhuaman and Sacred Valley of the Incas. Get some historical perspective at Qorikancha and Salinas de Maras. Step out of Cusco with an excursion to Moray in Maras--about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino, and admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cusco trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Santiago to Cusco takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Chile Standard Time (CLT) to Peru Standard Time (PET) is minus 1 hour. 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 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 San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro). Museo Larco and Galeria Indigo will appeal to museum buffs. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Arqueologia, Antropologia e Historia del Peru, look and learn at Planetario Nacional IGP, admire the masterpieces at MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima, and steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Lima tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Lima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Lima, with lows of 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 Childrens Museums
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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 Panama Viejo. 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, examine the collection at Afro-Antillian Museum (Museo Afro Antillano de Panama ), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Metropolitan National Park, and get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama.

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

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Lima to Panama City takes 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 Wildlife

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 shuttle; or do a combination of flight 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 lots more to do: kick back and relax at Blue Island Divers, get outside with Sunyata Charters, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mayan Eden, and gain insight at Steel Pan Alley.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Roatan fast, fun, and easy.

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 in Roatan, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can 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 Cementerio de Los Ilustres 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. Step out of San Salvador to go to Chalchuapa and see Tazumal, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Monseñor Romero Center, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de la Ceiba de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, get a new perspective on nature at La Piskucha, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte de El Salvador.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the San Salvador trip tool.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Roatan to San Salvador in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can 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 Casa Santo Domingo Museums and Iglesia de La Merced. Appreciate the collections at Palacio Nacional and Museo Casa del Tejido Antiguo. 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 Popol Vuh, &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, don't miss a visit to Cerro de la Cruz, 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: take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. 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, 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

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 Coco Loco Art Studio & 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). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Waterfall, take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and take in nature's colorful creations at Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to 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 Beaches

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 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). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Asa Wright Nature Centre, stroll around Memorial Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Maracas Beach, and explore the activities along Caroni Swamp.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Port of Spain online tour planner.

You can drive from Scarborough to Port of Spain in 4 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Port of Spain can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up 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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