30 days in Caribbean, South America & Central America Itinerary

30 days in Caribbean, South America & Central America Itinerary

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Start: Cranbrook, Canada
Fly + Drive:  22 h 45 min
1
Guantanamo, Cuba
— 1 day
Fly:  3 h
2
Havana, Cuba
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
3
Cartagena, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly:  11 h
4
Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
5
Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h 15 min
6
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
7
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
8
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
9
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
10
Vara Blanca, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  21 h
End: Cranbrook, Canada

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Guantanamo, Cuba

Guantanamo
Guantánamo is a municipality and city in southeast Cuba and capital of Guantánamo Province.Guantánamo is served by the Caimanera port near the site of a U.S. On the 2nd (Sun), appreciate the history behind Zoologico de Piedra.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Guantanamo online route maker.

Cranbrook, Canada to Guantanamo is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Cuba Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Cranbrook in February, expect Guantanamo to be much hotter, temps between 35°C and 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Havana.
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Havana, Cuba

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Change things up with a short trip to Playa Paraiso in Cayo Largo (about 2 hours away). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Malecón of Havana, take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion), make a trip to Old Havana, and contemplate the long history of Castillo de la Real Fuerza.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Havana planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Guantanamo to Havana takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Guantanamo in February, with highs in Havana at 32°C and lows at 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trip

Playa Paraiso
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Old Havana ©
Old Havana
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana
Playa Paraiso ©
Playa Paraiso

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Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena ©
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.
Take a break from Cartagena with a short trip to Playa Blanca in Isla Baru, about 1h 5 min away. There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, steep yourself in history at Plaza Santo Domingo, take an in-depth tour of Museo del Oro Zenu, and look for gifts at El Centro Artesano.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cartagena trip planner.

You can fly from Havana to Cartagena in 8 hours. In February, Cartagena is a bit warmer than Havana - with highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Playa Blanca
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Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Concha y Toro (in Pirque) and Valparaiso (Museo de Historia Natural de Valparaiso & La Sebastiana). There's much more to do: walk around Cerro Santa Lucia, examine the collection at La Chascona, admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and take in the pleasant sights at Plaza de Armas.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Santiago road trip planning website.

Getting from Cartagena to Santiago by flight takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cartagena to Santiago. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Valparaiso, Concha y Toro
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La Chascona ©
La Chascona
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill

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Lima, Peru

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.
Lima is known for museums, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, browse the exhibits of Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and walk around Circuito Magico Del Agua.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Lima online trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Santiago to Lima in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Lima due to the time zone difference. In February in Lima, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Monteverde.

Things to do in Lima

Tours Historic Sites Museums
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Food Tours
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Circuito Magico Del Agua ©
Circuito Magico Del Agua

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Monteverde, Costa Rica

Monteverde ©
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, snap pictures at Santa Elena Skywalk, and admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde day trip tool.

You can fly from Lima to Monteverde in 9.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Lima to Monteverde is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Zipline
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

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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.
Step out of Manuel Antonio to go to Jaco and see Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, stroll around Parque Nahomi, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Getting from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Quepos, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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night
Tortuguero, Costa Rica

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Tortuguero trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. February in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature Tours
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing

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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, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Arenal.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online attractions planner.

You can drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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Vara Blanca, Costa Rica

Vara Blanca
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

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

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Vara Blanca takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks Nature
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