23 days in Central America, Caribbean & South America Itinerary

23 days in Central America, Caribbean & South America Itinerary

Make it your trip
Roatan, Honduras
— 6 nights
Willemstad, Curacao
— 5 nights
Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
Drive to Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport, Fly to Limon International Airport, Drive to Tortuguero
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive to Limon International Airport, Fly to Springfield


Roatan, Honduras — 6 nights

The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Roatan is known for wildlife, beaches, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Manawakie Eco Nature Park, indulge in some personalized pampering at Spa Baan Suerte, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Roatan trip itinerary maker tool.

Springfield, USA to Roatan is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Springfield in November: high temperatures in Roatan hover around 85°F and lows are around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Willemstad.
Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Willemstad, Curacao — 5 nights

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 Museo di Ka'i Orgel in Barber, about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: snap pictures at Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge, kick back and relax at Blue Bay Beach, explore the fascinating underground world of Hato Caves, and look for gifts at Copperstone.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Willemstad trip builder tool.

Fly from Roatan to Willemstad in 20.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Roatan to Willemstad is 2 hours. Traveling from Roatan in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Willemstad, with lows of 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can fly to Cusco.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours
Side Trips

Cusco, Peru — 4 nights

Imperial City

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.
When in Cusco, make a side trip to see Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva in Yucay, approximately Yucay away. On the 16th (Wed), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, pause for some serene contemplation at Cusco Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Qorikancha, and contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, go to the Cusco trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Willemstad to Cusco by flight takes about 17 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Willemstad to Cusco. While traveling from Willemstad, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Cusco, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Machu Picchu.
Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Outdoors
Side Trips

Machu Picchu, Peru — 2 nights

A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Otto's Salon Spa & Boutique. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Plaza Manco Capac, then take some stellar pictures from Intipuncu, and then delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Tortuguero.
Historic Sites · Spas

Tortuguero, Costa Rica — 2 nights

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tortuguero trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Machu Picchu to Tortuguero. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Machu Picchu to Tortuguero due to the time zone difference. In November, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel back home.
Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Curacao travel guide

Beaches · Bridges · Scuba & Snorkeling
Take a trip to Curacao and lounge on its picture-perfect beaches and coves. Although part of the Kingdom of Netherlands, the island's population has developed its own distinct culture, a blend of Afro-Caribbean and Latin American, with a Creole language called Papiamento. Along with its neighbors, Aruba and Bonaire, Curacao sits outside the Caribbean "hurricane zone" and boasts a warm, breezy climate throughout the year. On a Curacao vacation, you can laze, dive, or snorkel on its scenic stretches of sand, visit charming plantations in the interior, or roam the streets of Willemstad, renowned for its distinct architecture.

Peru travel guide

Historic Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Incas
In a country renowned for its pre-Columbian archeological sites, no Peru vacation would be complete without an adrenaline-inducing hike to Machu Picchu, World Heritage-listed symbol of the once-mighty Incan Empire. Aside from visiting these spectacular ruins set against the backdrop of photogenic mountain peaks, most holidays in Peru also include an exploration of the country's pretty cities, boasting well-preserved colonial architecture and a slew of modern buildings housing fine museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Ideal for active vacationers, Peru trips are also tailor-made for gourmands, as the country's eclectic cuisine blends tasty influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Costa Rica travel guide

Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.