31 days in South America, Central America & Caribbean Itinerary

31 days in South America, Central America & Caribbean Itinerary

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Bogota, Colombia
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Medellin, Colombia
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Panama City, Panama
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Cartagena, Colombia
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Barranquilla, Colombia
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Oranjestad, Aruba
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Willemstad, Curacao
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Caracas, Venezuela
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Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
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Bogota, Colombia

Athens of South America

Colombia's heart and soul, Bogota has earned the nickname "Athens of South America" thanks to its abundance of universities, libraries, and lower-level schools.
Bogota is known for museums, nature, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), look for gifts at Cesar Giraldo, Taller Manual Del Cuero, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Bogota route planning app.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Bogota is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) to Colombia Standard Time (COT), which is usually a -2 hour difference. In May, Bogota is slightly colder than Sao Paulo - with highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Tours · Spas · Parks

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Medellin, Colombia

City of the Eternal Spring

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Medellin is known for parks, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia la Nina Maria, admire the architecture and history at Parroquia Sta Ana Santuario de Maria Auxiliadora .Sabaneta, and take an in-depth tour of Museo de Antioquia.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Medellin road trip planner.

Getting from Bogota to Medellin by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bogota in May, expect Medellin to be somewhat warmer, temps between 32°C and 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

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Panama City, Panama

Dubai of Latin America

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Panama City is known for historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, stop by PTYlocal, and explore the striking landscape of Soberania National Park.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Panama City trip itinerary maker app.

Fly from Medellin to Panama City in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Medellin in May, expect Panama City to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Panama City

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods

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Cartagena, Colombia

City of Heroes

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.
Cartagena is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, make a trip to Las Bovedas, steep yourself in history at Plaza Santo Domingo, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Cartagena day trip planner.

You can fly from Panama City to Cartagena in 5.5 hours. In May in Cartagena, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Barranquilla.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Spas

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Barranquilla, Colombia

Golden Gate of Colombia

An industrial port city on Colombia's Caribbean coast, Barranquilla represents the fourth-most populous city in the country.
On the 15th (Sat), take a stroll through El Prado and then make a trip to Plaza de la Intendencia Fluvial. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Parque de la Castellana, let little ones run wild at Parque de Villa Santos, and then look for gifts at Evok.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Barranquilla day trip app.

Traveling by car from Cartagena to Barranquilla takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Barranquilla sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Oranjestad.

Things to do in Barranquilla

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Fun & Games

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Oranjestad, Aruba

When vacationing on Aruba, don't miss taking a tour of Oranjestad, the capital of the small Caribbean island.
Explore Oranjestad's surroundings by going to San Nicolas (Baby Beach & JADS Dive Center). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Eagle Beach, relax in the rural setting at Aruba Ostrich Farm, visit a coastal fixture at California Lighthouse, and enjoy the sand and surf at Palm Beach.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Oranjestad travel route builder app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Barranquilla to Oranjestad. The time zone difference when traveling from Barranquilla to Oranjestad is 1 hour. In May in Oranjestad, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 31°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Willemstad.

Things to do in Oranjestad

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

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Willemstad, Curacao

Willemstad is the capital city of Curaçao, an island in the southern Caribbean Sea that forms a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Take a break from Willemstad with a short trip to Church of Sint Willibrordus in Sint Willibrordus, about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge, take a stroll through Riffort Village, take a leisurely stroll along Handelskade, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Willemstad route planning app.

Fly from Oranjestad to Willemstad in 4.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Willemstad are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Caracas.

Things to do in Willemstad

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

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Caracas, Venezuela

Heaven's Branch on Earth

Tropical weather, great food, and memorable jungle surroundings seem like all the ingredients Caracas needs to become a must-see destination.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Nuestra Senora de Las Mercedes, then head outdoors with Parque Nacional el Avila, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Caribe.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Caracas trip planner.

Getting from Willemstad to Caracas by flight takes about 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Port of Spain.

Things to do in Caracas

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): appreciate the history behind Dattatreya Temple and Hanuman Statue, get a dose of the wild on Caroni Bird Sanctuary, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Maracas Beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Port of Spain road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Caracas to Port of Spain takes 6.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to St. George's.

Things to do in Port of Spain

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

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St. George's, Grenada

The capital of the Island of Spice, St.
St. George's is known for historic sites, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Grand Anse Beach, don't miss a visit to Market Square, take in the dramatic scenery at Annandale Falls, and take in nature's colorful creations at Palm Tree Gardens Botanical Garden.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the St. George's travel site.

Traveling by flight from Port of Spain to St. George's takes 4.5 hours. While traveling from Port of Spain, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in St. George's, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in St. George's

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips