23 days in Central America & South America Itinerary

23 days in Central America & South America Itinerary

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23 days in Central America & South America Itinerary

Start: Charlotte, United States
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
2
Panama City, Panama
— 1 night
Fly:  10​h 15​min
3
Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + shuttle:  8​h 30​min
4
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
— 1 day
Fly:  7​h 15​min
5
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 15​min
6
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 1 day
Fly:  10​h 30​min
7
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
8
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 2 nights
+4
Fly + taxi + bus + foot + train:  14​h 15​min
9
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 day
+4
train + foot + bus + taxi + Fly:  16​h 30​min
10
San Pedro, Belize
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Charlotte, United States

2
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, wildlife, trails, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), delve into the lush surroundings at La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, and admire the natural beauty at Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online tour itinerary planner .

Charlotte, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Charlotte to La Fortuna de San Carlos is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

1
night
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) and then wander the streets of Casco Viejo. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Avenida Balboa, make a trip to Panama Canal, and then explore the striking landscape of Metropolitan National Park.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Panama City trip maker tool .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Panama City in 8.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Panama City is 1 hour. In February, daily temperatures in Panama City can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature
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Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) ©

2
nights
Santiago, Chile

Santiago ©
Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Santiago is known for parks, museums, shopping, historic sites, and wineries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Cerro Santa Lucia, ponder the world of politics at Former National Congress Building, examine the collection at La Chascona, and tour the pleasant surroundings at San Cristóbal Hill.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Santiago trip builder app .

Traveling by flight from Panama City to Santiago takes 10.5 hours. Traveling from Panama City to Santiago, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Los Glaciares National Park.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums Nature Parks
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Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino ©
Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Santa Lucia Hill ©
Santa Lucia Hill

1
day
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

Los Glaciares National Park ©
A World Heritage Site, Los Glaciares National Park contains a giant ice cap that feeds 47 vast glaciers.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Glaciar Seco and then take in the dramatic natural features at Perito Moreno Glacier.

For photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Los Glaciares National Park sightseeing site .

Traveling by flight from Santiago to Los Glaciares National Park takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Chile Time (CLT) to Argentine Time (ART), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In February, daily temperatures in Los Glaciares National Park can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

Nature Parks
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Perito Moreno Glacier ©
Perito Moreno Glacier
Glaciar Seco ©
Glaciar Seco

2
nights
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires ©
Cultural capital of South America, Buenos Aires remains one of the largest cities on the continent, serving as a point of departure for exploring the rest of the country.
Buenos Aires is known for nightlife, museums, parks, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, get a taste of the local shopping with Palermo, take a stroll through Puerto Madero, and don't miss a visit to Plaza de Mayo.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Los Glaciares National Park to Buenos Aires by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. When traveling from Los Glaciares National Park in February, plan for much warmer days in Buenos Aires, with highs around 81°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

1
day
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

Foz do Iguacu ©
A gateway to the world-renowned Iguacu Falls, which spectacularly divide Brazil and Argentina, the modern, high-rise city of Foz do Iguacu can't help but play second fiddle to the natural wonder in its vicinity.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): admire the engineering at Iguazu Falls.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Foz do Iguacu trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Buenos Aires to Foz do Iguacu takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Buenos Aires in February, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Foz do Iguacu: temperatures range from 89°F by day to 71°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Nature Parks
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls

2
nights
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

Fernando de Noronha ©
With 21 lush islands scattered among pristine waters in the Atlantic Ocean, a Fernando de Noronha holiday is well worth the effort it takes to get there.
Fernando de Noronha is known for beaches, museums, outdoors, nature, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Baia do Sancho, head outdoors with Baia dos Porcos, enjoy the sand and surf at Conceicao Beach, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capela de Sao Pedro.

Plan trip to Fernando de Noronha with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can fly from Foz do Iguacu to Fernando de Noronha in 10.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Foz do Iguacu to Fernando de Noronha. Traveling from Foz do Iguacu in February, expect a bit warmer with lows of 77°F in Fernando de Noronha. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Praia do Sueste ©
Praia do Sueste
Baia dos Porcos ©
Baia dos Porcos

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nights
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro ©
Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Rio de Janeiro is known for beaches, parks, museums, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some photo ops at Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pedra do Arpoador, delve into the lush surroundings at Parque Nacional Tijuca, and enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipanema.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro day trip planner.

Fly from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro in 8 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in February, and nighttime lows around 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Corcovado Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Intipuncu and then delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

Plan my trip to Machu Picchu with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and train from Rio de Janeiro to Machu Picchu in 14.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Machu Picchu, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

1
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San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
On the 27th (Wed), look for gifts at Belizean Breezes Soap Co. and More and then see the vivid underwater world at Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Caye Caulker.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the San Pedro itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Machu Picchu to San Pedro by combination of train, bus, and flight takes about 16.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Peru Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In February, daytime highs in San Pedro are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Parks Shopping
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Belizean Breezes Soap Co. and More ©
Belizean Breezes Soap Co. and More

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