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Travel to Central and South America

Ride the wave to Central and South America, where an ocean of vacation possibilities awaits you, from a huge variety of exciting sports and excursions to incredible landscapes, intriguing colonial towns, warm local hospitality and a great climate. Find out more about our 7 destinations featured below and their corresponding gateways. Check out the special offers to the right, or use our search engine for a complete list of Transat vacation packages.

Central & South America Destinations


El Salvador

Adventurers and ecotourists, travel off the beaten path to El Salvador! Zipline through its lush jungles, surf its gnarly waves, climb up its volcanoes, hike through its glorious national parks or explore the many routes – the Coffee Route, the Flower Route, the Artisan Route – that will immerse you into the heart of its warm hospitality and colourful culture.

  • Top Things to See and Do

    1. Visit San Salvador
    2. Explore the Joya de Cerén archaeological site
    3. Climb the Boquerón and the Picacho peaks of San Salvador Volcano
    4. Trek through the coffee plantations on Lake Coatepeque
    5. Escape the city bustle at the peaceful La Laguna Botanical Garden 
    6. Surf the waves at Punta Roca Beach or Playa El Tunco
    7. Zipline through the treetops in the rainforest of Apaneca
    8. Soak up the culture and sizzling nightlife at Paseo El Carmen

  • About El Salvador

    Population 6,156,670
    Official language Spanish
    Popular music Salvadoran cumbia, Salvadoran hip hop
    Currency US dollars
    Local dishes Tamale (traditional dish made from corn); pupusa (corn tortilla filled with different ingredients); rigua (also corn-based, served with a banana leaf)
    Local drink Atol (typical drink that can be made with cashew nuts, pineapple or corn)

  • Recommended For

    Surf, ecotourism

    Good to Know

    Joya de Cerén, a UNESCO World Heritage site, was buried by a volcanic eruption and is considered the Pompeii of the Americas.



Rich in rainforests and wildlife, Panama is a small country with a rich heritage. Hike scenic mountain trails and visit the cosmopolitan capital, Panama City, with its remarkable skyline, great nightlife, and intriguing museums, churches and cathedrals.
  • Things to See and Do

    1. Panama Canal
    2. Miraflores Locks
    3. Gatun Lake
    4. Panama City
    5. Casco Antiguo
    6. Flamenco Island (Causeway)
    7. Ancon Hill
    8. Anton Valley
    9. Chagres National Park
    10. Albrook Mall

  • About Panama

    Population 3 510 000
    Currency Balboa (PAB), United States Dollar (USD)
    Official Language Spanish
    Traditional Music/Dance Tamborito
    Local Expression Qué sopá? (what'€™s up), chuleta! (oh man), fren (friend), pretty (cool, good)
    Local Dishes Sancocho panameño (chicken stew), centollo (king crab), sea bass ceviche
    Local Drinks Chicha de arroz con pina (rice and pineapple beverage)

  • Recommended For

    Surfing, ecotourism

    Good to Know

    Panama is the only place in the world where you can watch the sun rise on the Pacific and set on the Atlantic.



Lima, Peru's bustling capital, harmoniously combines history and modernity, with its colonial vestiges, renowned cuisine and dynamic districts.
  • Things to See and Do

    1. Machu Picchu, mystical Inca city
    2. Historic city of Cusco
    3. Lake Titicaca
    4. Colca Canyon
    5. White city of Arequipa
    6. City of Lima
    7. Manú Biosphere Reserve
    8. The Nazca lines

  • About Peru

    Population 33 000 000
    Currency peruvian sol (PEN)
    Official Language Spanish
    Traditional Music huayno, criolla and chicha
    Local Expression ¡Qué chévere! (How cool!)
    Local drinks Pisco Sour, Chicha de Jora

  • Recommended For

    History, trekking, ecotourism, spirituality

    Good to Know

    Peru is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world.