60 days in Central America & South America Itinerary

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Guatemala City, Guatemala
— 1 night
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 5 nights
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Copan Ruinas, Honduras
— 3 nights
Bus to San Pedro Sula, Fly to Roatan
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Roatan, Honduras
— 5 nights
Fly to San Jose, Shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
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Cartagena, Colombia
— 6 nights
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Bogota, Colombia
— 3 nights
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Quito, Ecuador
— 5 nights
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Guayaquil, Ecuador
— 2 nights
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Lima, Peru
— 4 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 8 nights
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La Paz, Bolivia
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Guatemala City, Guatemala — 1 night

Guate

The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
On the 25th (Mon), fulfill a lifelong dream with Maya World Day Tours, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Yurrita, then stop by Zona Viva, and finally don't miss a visit to Plaza Espana.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Guatemala City holiday planning site.

London, UK to Guatemala City is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from London to Guatemala City. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from London in September; daily highs in Guatemala City reach 28°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Antigua.
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Antigua, Guatemala — 5 nights

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 ChocoMuseo and La Recoleccion. Arco de Santa Catalina and Casa Popenoe will appeal to history buffs. When in Antigua, make a side trip to see Asoava in Chimaltenango Department, approximately Chimaltenango Department away. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, ponder the world of politics at Ayuntamiento, examine the collection at Museo Casa del Tejido Antiguo, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

Discover how to plan a Antigua trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can take a shuttle from Guatemala City to Antigua in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow time for the shuttle ride to Copan Ruinas.
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Copan Ruinas, Honduras — 3 nights

The colorful, cultural town of Copan boasts attractions old and new, manmade and natural.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): take in the natural beauty of Luna Jaguar Hot Spring, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Macaw Mountain Bird Park & Nature Reserve, and then explore the ancient world of Copan Ruinas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre, then steep yourself in history at Pyramid over Rosalila Temple, and then steep yourself in history at Mayan Ball Court.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Copan Ruinas trip planning tool.

Traveling by shuttle from Antigua to Copan Ruinas takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Antigua in September, expect nights in Copan Ruinas to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 33°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Roatan.
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Roatan, Honduras — 5 nights

The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Escape the urban bustle at Roatan Divers and Nature & Wildlife Tours. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tabyana Beach and Mayan Day Passes. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Grand Roatan Beach Club, stop by Rusty Fish, stroll through West Bay Beach, and relax and rejuvenate at Spa Baan Suerte.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Roatan road trip app.

Getting from Copan Ruinas to Roatan by combination of bus and flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Copan Ruinas in October: high temperatures in Roatan hover around 36°C and lows are around 26°C. On the 8th (Sun), you'll travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica — 6 nights

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kayaking & Canoeing and Proyecto Asis. Get some cultural insight at Catedral de Ciudad Quesada and Souvenir Herrera. Get out of town with these interesting La Fortuna de San Carlos side-trips: Laberinto de Katira (in Katira), Tree Chocolate Tour (in Upala) and Finca Ecologica Garza del Sol (in San Rafael de Guatuso). And it doesn't end there: trek along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, gain a rich perspective with Monkey Park La Fortuna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos, and view the masterpieces at Galeria Estudio.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Getting from Roatan to La Fortuna de San Carlos by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 12 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica — 5 nights

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Relax by the water at Playa Manuel Antonio and Manuel Antonio National Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Spas. Step out of Manuel Antonio with an excursion to Isla Damas in Puntarenas--about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: see what you can catch with Sharefishing, enjoy the sand and surf at Playas Gemelas, take in the exciting artwork at The Captain's Booty, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Espadilla Norte.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. On the 19th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Cartagena.
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Cartagena, Colombia — 6 nights

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Barrio Getsemani and Templo de Santo Domingo. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Spas and Iglesia de la Trinidad. When in Cartagena, make a side trip to see Playa Puntilla in Isla Baru, approximately Isla Baru away. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, make a trip to Plaza de La Trinidad, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Santa Catalina de Alejandria.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cartagena trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Manuel Antonio to Cartagena takes 10 hours. Traveling from Manuel Antonio to Cartagena, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. October in Cartagena sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Bogota.
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Bogota, Colombia — 3 nights

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Casa de Moneda - Coleccion Numismatica del Banco de la Republica and Plaza de los Comuneros. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cerro de Guadalupe and Casa Museo Quevedo Zornoza. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bogota: Centro de Memoria El Cuartico (in Valledupar) and Catedral Diocesana (in Zipaquira). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of San Agustin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Museo Santa Clara, get advice or help at Luis Angel Arango Library, and get outside with Parque El Virrey.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Bogota tour itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Cartagena to Bogota in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cartagena in October, expect Bogota to be cooler, temps between 22°C and 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Quito.
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Quito, Ecuador — 5 nights

Light of America

High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
Get some cultural insight at Horseback Riding Tours and Catedral Metropolitana de Quito. Visiting Maquipucuna Reserve and Scuba & Snorkeling will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, appreciate the extensive heritage of Quito Old Town, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania.

To find maps and tourist information, refer to the Quito online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Bogota to Quito by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bogota in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Quito, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to fly to Guayaquil.
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Guayaquil, Ecuador — 2 nights

Pearl of the Pacific

Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
On the 3rd (Fri), wander the streets of Cerro Santa Ana, then wander the streets of Las Penas, and then learn about all things military at Museo en Miniatura Guayaquil en la Historia. Keep things going the next day: get a sense of history and politics at Municipalidad de Guayaquil, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Schoenstatt Sanctuary.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Guayaquil visit planner.

You can fly from Quito to Guayaquil in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November, Guayaquil is somewhat warmer than Quito - with highs of 36°C and lows of 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Lima.
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Lima, Peru — 4 nights

City of the Kings

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Centro Historico de Lima and Swim with Dolphins. Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo and Miraflores are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Spend the 7th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Huaca Pucllana, get to know the fascinating history of San Isidro, admire the striking features of Palacio de la Union, and pause for some serene contemplation at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Lima trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Guayaquil to Lima takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, Lima is slightly colder than Guayaquil - with highs of 26°C and lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Cusco.
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Cusco, Peru — 8 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sacsayhuaman and Spas. Get outdoors at exploor and Tierras Vivas. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cusco: San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas (in Andahuaylillas), Complejo Arqueologico Chinchero (in Chinchero) and Moray (in Maras). Spend the 13th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Cerro Colorado Vinicunca, explore the ancient world of Piquillacta, contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Cusco travel planner.

You can fly from Lima to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Cusco, with lows of 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to La Paz.
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La Paz, Bolivia — 4 nights

City that Touches the Sky

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Get outdoors at Huayna Potosi and Chacaltaya Ski Resort. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore and Sopocachi. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Museum of Musical Instruments - Museo Instrumentos Musicales de Bolivia, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Basilica Menor de Nuestra Senora de la Paz, and relax and rejuvenate at Casa Luna.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the La Paz tour itinerary planning tool.

Fly from Cusco to La Paz in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Peru Standard Time to Bolivia Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Cusco in November, with highs in La Paz at 20°C and lows at 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel back home.
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Guatemala travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Volcanos · Ruins
Land of Eternal Spring
Offering a chance to discover a rich history, remarkable landscapes, and a vibrant culture, a holiday in Guatemala remains a great choice for a wide range of travelers. The heart of the Maya civilization, Guatemala boasts stunning ancient ruins and traditional villages that blend with the Spanish heritage of the colonial-era and its stately cathedrals and town halls. While the cities boast splendid architecture and cultural heritage, they make up a small percentage of the mountainous Guatemalan landscape. Adventurous travelers and nature lovers will have plenty of things to do in Guatemala, from boating on the rushing rivers and scenic lakes, to exploring caves, picturesque beaches, and lush national parks.
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Honduras travel guide

4.6
Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Zipline
A vacation in Honduras can be an affordable and exciting addition to your Central American itinerary. Often undeservedly overlooked because of the high crime rate in a few of its cities, the country boasts pristine natural wonders, a rich history, and a vibrant atmosphere. From the vivacious Afro-Caribbean culture of the north shore, to the vast mountains and cloud forests of its national parks, Honduras has a lot to offer to the adventurous tourist. Visiting the ancient Mayan ruins of Copan, diving on Bay Islands, and admiring the colonial architecture in the capital remain just some of the things to do in Honduras.
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Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
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.
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Colombia travel guide

4.2
Historic Sites · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Diverse in terms of landscapes, climates, and cultures, Colombia remains one of South America's least explored tourist destinations, overshadowed by its more popular southern neighbors. Combining the best of what the continent has to offer, a vacation in Colombia allows you to blend outdoor adventures with tours of picture-perfect cobblestoned towns dating back to the colonial era. Tourists on a Colombia holiday can easily hop from sun-kissed coastal spots to the hilly coffee-growing region, where thriving plantations quickly give way to a landscape of snow-covered volcanic peaks and the paramo--alpine ecosystems sheltering some of the rarest plants growing above the continuous forest line.
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Ecuador travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
With abundant opportunities to discover fascinating World Heritage Sites, a holiday in Ecuador remains among the most culturally enriching travel experiences. Home to the world's highest active volcano, this little country packs a big punch when it comes to tourist activities. Some of the most popular things to do in Ecuador include visits to its astonishingly biodiverse wilderness areas, home to some 1,500 bird species, 840 species of amphibians and reptiles, and nearly 20,000 plant species. Of course, the highlight of many Ecuador vacations is bound to be the Galapagos Islands, made famous by naturalist Charles Darwin. Aside from the stunning nature, Ecuador also boasts many historic cities filled with photogenic colonial-era churches, mansions, and plazas.
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Peru travel guide

4.6
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.
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Bolivia travel guide

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Landmarks · Geologic Formations · Specialty Museums
Tibet of the Americas
If you're an adventurous tourist, consider adding a Bolivia vacation to your travel itinerary. A land of rainforests, Andean glaciers, high altitude cities, and rushing rivers, Bolivia remains one of the most remote countries in the Western Hemisphere. With 60 percent of the population made up of indigenous peoples, native cultures permeate thecountry's music, architecture, and arts, as well as local folklore and traditions. Traveling in Bolivia you can experience diverse wildlife and ecosystems, learn about the country's rich history, try out its distinctive cuisine, and practice your Spanish with the locals, known for their clean and easy-to-understand accent.
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