57 days in Central America, Caribbean & South America Itinerary

57 days in Central America, Caribbean & South America Itinerary

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57 days in Central America, Caribbean & South America Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Roatan, Honduras
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
San Pedro, Belize
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + bus:  3​h 15​min
3
San Ignacio, Belize
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  16​h 30​min
4
Varadero, Cuba
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Cayo Largo, Cuba
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Trinidad, Cuba
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Cayo Guillermo, Cuba
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  16​h 15​min
8
Cartagena, Colombia
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + shuttle + ferry:  12​h 15​min
9
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 5 nights
+3
bus + ferry + shuttle + Fly:  19​h 15​min
10
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
11
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
12
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
+4
bus + foot + shuttle + Fly + Drive:  21​h
13
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 4 nights
Drive:  23​h 15​min
14
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  11​h 45​min
15
Santiago, Chile
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Sydney, Australia

4
nights
Roatan, Honduras

Roatan ©
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Take a break from the city and head to Little French Key and Zipline. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to West Bay Beach and Tabyana Beach. The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for gifts at Diamonds International, take in panoramic vistas at El Faro, and deepen your understanding at Steel Pan Alley.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Roatan online trip itinerary maker .

Sydney, Australia to Roatan is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -16 hour difference. In January, daily temperatures in Roatan can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to San Pedro.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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West Bay Beach ©
West Bay Beach
Little French Key ©
Little French Key
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Fishing Charters & Tours. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Gallery of San Pedro and Belizean Arts. There's much more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, see the vivid underwater world at Shark Ray Alley, and cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the San Pedro trip planning app .

You can fly from Roatan to San Pedro in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. January in San Pedro sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to San Ignacio.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Ambergris Caye, Scuba & Snorkeling
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 21:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours
Shark Ray Alley ©
Shark Ray Alley

4
nights
San Ignacio, Belize

San Ignacio ©
The cultural hub of the district, San Ignacio neatly blends tourism and tradition, expats and indigenous peoples into a convincingly authentic, but modern and welcoming inland town.
Visiting Green Iguana Conservation Project and Horseback Riding Tours will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Actun Tunichil Muknal and Zipline. Venture out of the city with trips to The Belize Zoo (in La Democracia) and Blue Hole National Park (in Belmopan). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Xunantunich Mayan Ruins, explore the fascinating underground world of Barton Creek Cave, and explore the world behind art at Tanah Mayan Art Museum.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the San Ignacio trip planner .

Getting from San Pedro to San Ignacio by combination of flight and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Varadero.

Things to do in San Ignacio

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Cayo, Blue Hole National Park, Tanah Mayan Art Museum, The Belize Zoo
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ATM Cave Belize- Actun Tunichil Muknal ©
Zipline
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins ©
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins

1
night
Varadero, Cuba

Varadero ©
One of the largest resort towns in the Caribbean, Varadero boasts a 20 km (12 mi) long stretch of sand, lined with hotels and all-inclusive resorts.
On the 26th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Cayos Blancos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tee off at Varadero Golf Club, then explore the fascinating underground world of Cueva de Saturno, then enjoy the sand and surf at Varadero Beach, and finally walk around Josone Park.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Varadero road trip app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from San Ignacio to Varadero. The time zone difference when traveling from San Ignacio to Varadero is 1 hour. In January, daily temperatures in Varadero can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Varadero

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Cayos Blancos
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 27:
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Cayos Blancos ©
Cayos Blancos
Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Cueva de Saturno ©
Cueva de Saturno

2
nights
Cayo Largo, Cuba

Cayo Largo ©
The stress of modern life feels a million miles away when you holiday on Cayo Largo, a small and unspoiled resort island off the coast of Cuba.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Hatchery, then kick back and relax at Sirena Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Paraiso. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at El Torreon Nursery, kick back and relax at Playa Mal Tiempo, and then stroll through Playa Blanca Beach.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Cayo Largo visit planner .

Getting from Varadero to Cayo Largo by flight takes about 3 hours. January in Cayo Largo sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Trinidad.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 27 — 29:
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Sirena Beach ©
Sirena Beach
Playa Paraiso ©
Playa Paraiso
Sea Turtle Hatchery ©
Sea Turtle Hatchery

3
nights
Trinidad, Cuba

Trinidad ©
Built on sugar and seemingly preserved in molasses, the town of Trinidad attracts visitors with its well-aged 19th century architecture and rustic charm, showcasing the sounds, scents, and sights of days gone by.
Escape the urban bustle at El Nicho Waterfalls and Topes de Collantes. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Salto del Caburni and Ancon Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Trinidad side-trips: Cienfuegos (Palacio de Valle, Parque Jose Marti, & more) and Che Guevara Mausoleum (in Santa Clara). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor, identify plant and animal life at Valle de los Ingenios, see the interesting displays at Romance Museum, and enjoy breathtaking views from Iznaga Tower.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Trinidad trip itinerary builder site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cayo Largo to Trinidad. Traveling from Cayo Largo in January, Trinidad is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cayo Guillermo.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Cienfuegos, Che Guevara Mausoleum, Topes de Collantes
Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 1:
Highlights from your plan
Topes de Collantes ©
Topes de Collantes
El Nicho Waterfalls ©
El Nicho Waterfalls
Salto del Caburni ©
Salto del Caburni

1
night
Cayo Guillermo, Cuba

Cayo Guillermo ©
A kay of the Jardines del Rey archipelago, Cayo Guillermo has become a popular international tourist destination, buoyed by the construction of luxury all inclusive resorts that dot the paradisal island.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Cayo Media Luna, then kick back and relax at Cayo Guillermo, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Pilar.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Cayo Guillermo holiday planner.

You can drive from Trinidad to Cayo Guillermo in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. February in Cayo Guillermo sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Cayo Guillermo

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Cayo Guillermo ©
Cayo Guillermo
Playa Pilar
Playa Pilar
Cayo Media Luna ©
Cayo Media Luna

3
nights
Cartagena, Colombia

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Scuba & Snorkeling and Plaza Santo Domingo. Do some cultural sightseeing at Torre del Reloj and Plaza de San Diego. Change things up with a short trip to Aviario Nacional de Colombia in Isla Baru (about 50 minutes away). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, make a trip to Plaza Bolivar, and explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas.

Find out how to plan Cartagena trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cayo Guillermo to Cartagena. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cayo Guillermo in February: high temperatures in Cartagena hover around 36°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Aviario Nacional de Colombia
Find places to stay Feb 3 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo

5
nights
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Puerto Ayora ©
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Maprae and Galeria Aymara. Step off the beaten path and head to Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay and Laguna las Ninfas. Next up on the itinerary: walk around El Garrapatero, take in the dramatic natural features at Las Grietas, identify plant and animal life at El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa las Bachas.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Ayora trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Cartagena to Puerto Ayora takes 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry. In February, daytime highs in Puerto Ayora are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, Tunel de Lava Bellavista
Find places to stay Feb 7 — 12:
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El Garrapatero ©
El Garrapatero
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©

3
nights
Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
We've included these beaches for you: Playa Conchal and Playa Avellana. Discover out-of-the-way places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Spas. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tamarindo: Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) (in Nosara), Adrenaline & Extreme Tours (in Playa Flamingo) and Playa Samara (Samara Beach & Barrigona Beach).

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip builder tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Puerto Ayora to Tamarindo. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Puerto Ayora to Tamarindo due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Samara, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Playa Conchal, Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones)
Find places to stay Feb 13 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Santa Teresa ©
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Step off the beaten path and head to Playa Santa Teresa and Montezuma Falls. Visit Playa Hermosa and Playa Islita for some beach relaxation. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Teresa: Playa Corozalito (in Bejuco), Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve (in Nicoya) and Horseback Riding Tours (in Montezuma).

For where to stay and other tourist information, go to the Santa Teresa day trip planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to catch the ferry to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Montezuma, Playa Islita, Playa Corozalito, Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve
Find places to stay Feb 16 — 19:
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Montezuma Falls ©
Montezuma Falls

5
nights
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio ©
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like River Rafting & Tubing and Nauyaca Waterfalls. Take a break from the city and head to Playa Manuel Antonio and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Explore Manuel Antonio's surroundings by going to Uvita (Uvita Beach, Uvita Waterfall, & more) and Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary (in Dominical). There's lots more to do: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, stop by Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Biesanz, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip maker app .

You can ride a ferry from Santa Teresa to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Uvita, Dominical, Fishing Charters & Tours
Find places to stay Feb 19 — 24:
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Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Nature & Wildlife Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

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nights
Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and Moray. Get outdoors at Los Jardines de Mandor and Banos Termales de Cocalmayo. Get out of town with these interesting Machu Picchu side-trips: Siete Tinajas (in Quillabamba) and Salinas de Maras (in Maras). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Sacred Valley of the Incas, take in the natural beauty of Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes), identify plant and animal life at Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu, and examine the collection at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Machu Picchu vacation planning app .

Do a combination of bus, flight, and car from Manuel Antonio to Machu Picchu in 21 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Manuel Antonio to Machu Picchu is 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Uyuni.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Maras, Banos Termales de Cocalmayo, Siete Tinajas, Sacred Valley of the Incas
Find places to stay Feb 24 — 28:
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

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nights
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Isla Incahuasi and then explore the striking landscape at Salar de Uyuni. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): don't miss a visit to Arbol de Piedra.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Uyuni online day trip planner .

You can drive from Machu Picchu to Uyuni in 23.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and car; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Machu Picchu to Uyuni due to the time zone difference. February in Uyuni sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Uyuni

Nature Parks
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Salar de Uyuni ©
Salar de Uyuni
Isla Incahuasi ©
Isla Incahuasi
Arbol de Piedra ©
Arbol de Piedra

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nights
Santiago, Chile

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and San Cristóbal Hill. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos and Vina Santa Rita. Venture out of the city with trips to Playa Norte (in Santo Domingo), Casablanca Valley (in Casablanca) and Vina Undurraga (in Talagante). There's still lots to do: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, explore the world behind art at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion, and browse the exhibits of Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Santiago online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Uyuni to Santiago takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Vina Undurraga, River Rafting & Tubing, Playa Norte, Casablanca Valley, Vina Santa Rita
Find places to stay Mar 3 — 8:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Vina Santa Rita ©
Vina Santa Rita
Vina Undurraga ©
Vina Undurraga

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