Cartagena, Colombia, Panama City, Panama, Argentina y Costa Rica
[Day 1] Overnight flight to Bogota -> Cartagena Rafael Nunez Airport [El Viajero Hostel, great unique building with open corridor, decent food, 3.5/5]
[Day 2] Flight to Panama City Tocumen Airport [El Machico Hostel, quiet in room but loud downstairs, homely place, 3.5/5]
[Day 3] Panama City
[Day 4] Flight back
[Day 1] Overnight flight from SAT -> DFW -> MIA -> EZE in Buenos Aires on AA
[Day 2] Portal del Sur hostel (social atmosphere, old converted building) check in, then day trip around the city, Tango Porteno performance at night
[Day 3] Cruise down the Tigre River, flight from AEP on Aerolineas Argentinas to Salta, stay at Ferienhaus hostel (new building, many bathrooms, long hallway layout, quiet)
[Day 4] Salta tour to Las Salinas Grandes and other scenic and cultural sites
[Day 5] Return flight to AEP then connecting to SCL -> MEX -> SJO overnight on Aerolineas Argentinas y AeroMexico
[Day 6] Check into Hotel El Maragato (hostel and hotel, small, many floors, homely), SJO exploring
[Day 7] Chocolate making tour and La Paz waterfall
[Day 8] Coffee making tour and wildlife reserve, afternoon exploring SJO
[Day 9] Flight back SJO -> MIA -> SAT on AA
San Felipe de Barajas Castle: The castle was built as a strategic location by the Spanish in colonial times.
The Walled City: Cartagena was a Spanish fort that enclosed a city with colorful, photogenic homes. Although the fort was overtaken, today it stands as a world UNESCO Heritage site. Many buildings and churches stand within.
Albrook Mall: Located in Panama City, this mall is the largest mall in Latin America with over 700 stores and separated into many sections named after different animals.
Casco Viejo: This is the old section of town with Bohemian historical homes being restored. The area is surrounded by the coastal belt on one side and the ghetto on the other side.
Ancon Hill: This nature park is the high point to view different animals and the city. Tapers and vultures have been seen here. One can walk or drive up to this gem.
Cinta Costera: This is the coastal park with great skyline views of both sides of the city. People of all types enjoy this park open to the public.
Panama Canal: This is the engineering marvel of the world. The canal transports ships from one ocean to another using locks and gravity to move water of different levels. A museum is open to the public here.
Mercado de Mariscos: In collaboration with Japan, this building is a large fish market, selling raw fish on the inside and featuring vendors serving seafood meals on the outside.
Buenos Aires: The capital of Argentina, this city boasts of many sections. La Boca is where the Tango was all started. La Recoleta is the giant, touristy cemetery. Palermo features the newer, richer side of town. Madera is the waterfront. EZE is the main international airport and AEP is the local national airport with short international flights.
Salta: This mining city is surprisingly big. It is located near geographical features such as Las Salinas Grandes and historical towns. It is remote, close to Chile, Bolivia, and Paraguay. Tours run from the town daily as the nature around the area is spectacular.