21 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

21 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

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21 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

Start: Cali, Colombia
1
Lima, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
San Salvador, El Salvador
— 1 day
3
Belize City, Belize
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
San Pedro, Belize
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  6​h 45​min
5
Flores, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 1 night
shuttle + taxi:  6​h 15​min
7
Izabal, Guatemala
— 1 day
Drive:  6​h
8
Lanquin, Guatemala
— 2 nights
9
Antigua, Guatemala
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
10
Panajachel, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
11
Guatemala City, Guatemala
— Few hours
12
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 8 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Cali, Colombia

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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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Barranco.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Lima online travel route planner .

Cali, Colombia to Lima is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cali in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Lima: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 20°C at night. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to San Salvador.

Things to do in Lima

Neighborhoods
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Barranco ©
Barranco

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day
San Salvador, El Salvador

San Salvador
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
On the 26th (Wed), examine the collection at Monsignor Romero Center and then explore the ancient world of Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park.

To find maps and tourist information, go to the San Salvador day trip website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Lima to San Salvador. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Lima to San Salvador due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Lima in June, with highs in San Salvador at 35°C and lows at 24°C. On the 26th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Belize City.

Things to do in San Salvador

Historic Sites Museums
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Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park
Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park
Monseñor Romero Center ©
Monseñor Romero Center

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night
Belize City, Belize

Belize City
Belize's biggest urban center, Belize City is a culturally diverse seaside destination.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cates Lilly Pad as well as Sit & Sip Pedal Tours.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Belize City trip itinerary site .

You can fly from San Salvador to Belize City in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Salvador in June, Belize City is a bit warmer at night with lows of 30°C. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Caye Caulker.

Things to do in Belize City

Nightlife Tours
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night
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then see the vivid underwater world at Hol Chan Marine Reserve.

Plan a San Pedro trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Drive from Belize City to San Pedro in 2.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in San Pedro can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Flores.

Things to do in San Pedro

Parks Wildlife Spas
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Spas

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night
Flores, Guatemala

Flores ©
An island town, capital of the landlocked region of Peten, attractive Flores features pleasant architecture that complements the shimmering appearance of the surrounding lake.
On the 28th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Jorge's Rope Swing and then look for all kinds of wild species at Ixpanpajul Nature Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Flores online trip builder .

Explore your travel options from Caye Caulker to Flores with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in June, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to drive to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Flores

Parks Wildlife
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Ixpanpajul Nature Park ©
Ixpanpajul Nature Park
Jorge's Rope Swing ©
Jorge's Rope Swing

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night
Tikal National Park, Guatemala

Tikal National Park ©
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
On the 29th (Sat), explore the ancient world of Tikal.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Tikal National Park online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Flores to Tikal National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Izabal.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Tikal ©
Tikal

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Izabal, Guatemala

Izabal
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Cascada de Agua Caliente and then take in the natural beauty of Hot Springs.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Izabal online journey planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and taxi from Tikal National Park to Izabal in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in June, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Lanquin.

Things to do in Izabal

Nature Parks
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Lanquin, Guatemala

Lanquin ©
San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. Monumento Natural Semuc Champey has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Lanquin Caves and then admire the sheer force of Monumento Natural Semuc Champey.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Lanquin sightseeing tool .

You can drive from Izabal to Lanquin in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Lanquin can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Antigua.

Things to do in Lanquin

Nature Parks
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Monumento Natural Semuc Champey ©
Monumento Natural Semuc Champey
Lanquin Caves ©
Lanquin Caves

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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 2nd (Tue): don't miss a visit to San Jose El Viejo and then contemplate the geological forces at Volcán Pacaya. On the next day, explore the ancient world of Arco de Santa Catalina, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, don't miss a visit to Cerro de la Cruz, then see the interesting displays at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, and finally look for gifts at Joyeria C'Santos Antigua.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Antigua online holiday planner .

You can drive from Lanquin to Antigua in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Lanquin in July: high temperatures in Antigua hover around 29°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Panajachel.

Things to do in Antigua

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Cerro de la Cruz ©
Cerro de la Cruz

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nights
Panajachel, Guatemala

Panajachel ©
A little town with a thriving tourism industry, Panajachel sits on the northern shore of scenic Atitlan Lake, one of Guatemala's major vacation destinations.
On the 4th (Thu), explore the activities along Lake Atitlan, don't miss a visit to San Antonio Palopo, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Catarina Palopo Church. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Iximche, then buy something for everyone on your list at Mayanke, Ceramica Pintada a Mano, then admire the natural beauty at Hotel Atitlan Gardens, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St Francis.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Panajachel tour itinerary planning site .

Getting from Antigua to Panajachel by bus takes about an hour. Other options: take a shuttle; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Panajachel can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Guatemala City.

Things to do in Panajachel

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lake Atitlan, Santa Catarina Palopo Church
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Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Iximche ©
Iximche
Santa Catarina Palopo Church ©
Santa Catarina Palopo Church

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Guatemala City, Guatemala

Guatemala City ©
The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Guatemala City vacation planner .

Traveling by bus from Panajachel to Guatemala City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Guatemala City are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Guatemala City

Historic Sites
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Catedral Metropolitana ©
Catedral Metropolitana
Relief Map ©
Relief Map

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nights
San Jose, Costa Rica

A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cartago (Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles, Jardin Botanico Lankester, & more), Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park) and Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca). Next up on the itinerary: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Zoo Ave, explore the striking landscape of Irazu Volcano National Park, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the San Jose travel route planner .

You can fly from Guatemala City to San Jose in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Guatemala City in July, San Jose is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Cartago, Alajuela, Irazu Volcano National Park, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Poas Volcano
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River Rafting & Tubing
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Irazu Volcano National Park ©
Irazu Volcano National Park