17 days in South America, Central America, Mexico, Caribbean & United States Itinerary

17 days in South America, Central America, Mexico, Caribbean & United States Itinerary

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17 days in South America, Central America, Mexico, Caribbean & United States Itinerary

Start: Dublin, Ireland
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Cusco, Peru
— 1 night
+3
Fly + shuttle + foot + bus:  11​h 15​min
2
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + bus + Fly:  9​h
5
Guatemala City, Guatemala
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Mexico City, Mexico
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 45​min
7
Cayo Largo, Cuba
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
8
Varadero, Cuba
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
9
Cayo Guillermo, Cuba
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  15​h 45​min
10
Columbia, United States
— 1 day
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Dublin, Ireland

1
night
Cusco, Peru

Cusco ©
Capital of the Inca Empire for three centuries, World Heritage-listed Cusco is now a major tourist destination, drawing nearly 2 million annual tourists with its well-preserved colonial architecture and proximity to Machu Picchu.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, then contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, then see exploor, and finally explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, take an in-depth tour of Museo de Vida Monastica - Monasterio de Santa Catalina del Cusco, and then explore the ancient world of Centro Historico De Cusco.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Cusco trip itinerary website .

Dublin, Ireland to Cusco is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Dublin to Cusco, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Dublin in August since evenings lows in Cusco dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

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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.
On the 11th (Sun), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio tour itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Cusco to Manuel Antonio by combination of flight and bus takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, car, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Cusco to Manuel Antonio is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then admire the masterpieces at Monteverde Chorotega Arts & Crafts.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Monteverde itinerary website .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Chorotega Arts & Crafts ©
Chorotega Arts & Crafts

2
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

La Fortuna de San Carlos ©
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.
On the 13th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Costa Rica Dog Rescue & Adoption and then take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Bogarin Trail and then contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal).

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Guatemala City.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

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Guatemala City, Guatemala

Guatemala City ©
The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
On the 15th (Thu), explore the world behind art at Palacio Nacional, stroll through La Aurora Zoo, and then explore the world behind art at Casa Santo Domingo Museums. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, then take in the spiritual surroundings of La Merced, then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Metropolitana.

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Do a combination of shuttle and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Guatemala City in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Guatemala City

Museums Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Casa Santo Domingo Museums
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Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
Palacio Nacional ©
Palacio Nacional
Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena ©
Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena

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night
Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
On the 17th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Museo de Frida Kahlo, examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, then view the masterpieces at Yawi Arte Tradicional, and finally make a trip to Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan. Keep things going the next day: get a sense of history and politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional), pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Metropolitana de la Ciudad de Mexico, explore the ancient world of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), then delve into the distant past at Museo del Templo Mayor, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Mexico City trip maker website .

You can fly from Guatemala City to Mexico City in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, car, and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Museo Frida Kahlo ©
Museo Frida Kahlo

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Cayo Largo, Cuba

Cayo Largo ©
The stress of modern life feels a million miles away when you holiday on Cayo Largo, a small and unspoiled resort island off the coast of Cuba.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sirena Beach and then look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Hatchery. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Paraiso and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Mal Tiempo.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Cayo Largo trip planner.

Getting from Mexico City to Cayo Largo by flight takes about 8 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Mexico City to Cayo Largo is 1 hour. Traveling from Mexico City in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Cayo Largo: highs are around 37°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Varadero.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Playa Paraiso ©
Playa Paraiso
Sirena Beach ©
Sirena Beach
Sea Turtle Hatchery ©
Sea Turtle Hatchery

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Varadero, Cuba

Varadero ©
One of the largest resort towns in the Caribbean, Varadero boasts a 20 km (12 mi) long stretch of sand, lined with hotels and all-inclusive resorts.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): examine the collection at House of Rum, stroll around Josone Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Varadero Beach.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Varadero trip itinerary builder website .

You can fly from Cayo Largo to Varadero in 3 hours. August in Varadero sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cayo Guillermo.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Josone Park ©
Josone Park

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day
Cayo Guillermo, Cuba

Cayo Guillermo
A kay of the Jardines del Rey archipelago, Cayo Guillermo has become a popular international tourist destination, buoyed by the construction of luxury all inclusive resorts that dot the paradisal island.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): head off the coast to Cayo Media Luna, stroll through Cayo Guillermo, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Pilar.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Cayo Guillermo trip maker website .

You can drive from Varadero to Cayo Guillermo in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. In August, daily temperatures in Cayo Guillermo can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Columbia.

Things to do in Cayo Guillermo

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Playa Pilar
Playa Pilar
Cayo Guillermo ©
Cayo Guillermo
Cayo Media Luna ©
Cayo Media Luna

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Columbia, United States

A compact capital with stately southern history, Columbia serves as a symbol of the south.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): hike along West Columbia Riverwalk, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and then stroll through Cayce Riverwalk.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Columbia sightseeing planner .

Explore your travel options from Cayo Guillermo to Columbia with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Columbia

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

West Columbia Riverwalk, Cayce Riverwalk
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