30 days in Caribbean, South America & Central America Itinerary

30 days in Caribbean, South America & Central America Itinerary

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30 days in Caribbean, South America & Central America Itinerary

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
+2
Fly + bus + taxi:  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. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Zoologico de Piedra.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Guantanamo travel planner .

Cranbrook, Canada to Guantanamo is an approximately 23-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, things will get much hotter in Guantanamo: highs are around 35°C and lows about 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to 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.
Take a break from Havana with a short trip to Playa Paraiso in Cayo Largo, about 2 hours away. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Malecón of Havana, take a stroll through Iglesias de San Francisco de Paula, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and make a trip to El Capitolio.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Havana trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Guantanamo to Havana in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Guantanamo in February; daily highs in Havana reach 32°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough 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.
Go for a jaunt from Cartagena to Isla Baru to see Playa Blanca about 1h 05 min away. And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, and take an in-depth tour of Museo del Oro Zenu.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Cartagena online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Havana to Cartagena takes 5.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Havana in February, with highs in Cartagena at 36°C and lows at 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 ©
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Speed Boats Tours

4
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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santiago: Valparaiso (Museo de Historia Natural de Valparaiso & La Sebastiana) and Concha y Toro (in Pirque). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Mercado Central), see the interesting displays at La Chascona, and take in the pleasant sights at Plaza de Armas.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Santiago travel planner .

You can fly from Cartagena to Santiago in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cartagena to Santiago. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Valparaiso, Concha y Toro
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Patio Bellavista ©
Patio Bellavista
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia

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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 parks, historic sites, museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, take in the spiritual surroundings of San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro), explore the ancient world of Huaca Pucllana, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Lima online visit 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Monteverde.

Things to do in Lima

Tours Historic Sites Parks
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Food Tours
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

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nights
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, nightlife, fun & games, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour, and view the masterpieces at Alas y Raices.

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Monteverde online trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Lima to Monteverde in 7.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Peru Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours in Jaco (about 1h 25 min away). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, look for gifts at Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop, stroll around Parque Nahomi, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio road trip planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time 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
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

1
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.
On the 24th (Mon), add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Tortuguero online vacation builder .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In February, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive 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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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, parks, trails, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, get interesting insight from Tours, get outside with Salto, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can 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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nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): get great views at Mirador Huequecura and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Vara Blanca trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Vara Blanca in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Mirador Huequecura
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