30 days in Caribbean, South America & Central America Itinerary

30 days in Caribbean, South America & Central America Itinerary

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Fly to Antonio Maceo International Airport, Drive to Guantanamo
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Guantanamo, Cuba
— 1 day
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Havana, Cuba
— 4 nights
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Cartagena, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly
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Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
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Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly to San Jose, Taxi to Monteverde
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
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Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
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Vara Blanca, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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Guantanamo, Cuba

— 1 day
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.

Havana, Cuba

— 4 nights

Rome of the Caribbean

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 2h 15 min 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 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 · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

Cartagena, Colombia

— 3 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.
Take a break from Cartagena with a short trip to Playa Blanca in Isla Baru, about 1h 5 min away. There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, make a trip to Plaza Santo Domingo, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Oro Zenu, and contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Cartagena trip tool.

Getting from Havana to Cartagena by flight takes about 8 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Havana in February, with highs in Cartagena at 36°C and lows at 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Cartagena

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

Santiago, Chile

— 4 nights

City of the Island Hills

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 Valparaiso (Museo de Historia Natural de Valparaiso & La Sebastiana) and Concha y Toro (in Pirque). 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 · Nature

Side Trips

Lima, Peru

— 3 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.
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

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Parks

Monteverde, Costa Rica

— 3 nights
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 do a combination of flight and taxi 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 · Adventure

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

— 3 nights
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: 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 · Parks

Side Trips

Tortuguero, Costa Rica

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Tortuguero online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In February, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. 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
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

— 4 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.
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 · Tours

Side Trip

Vara Blanca, Costa Rica

— 2 nights
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.

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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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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.