26 days in Caribbean, South America, Central America & Mexico Itinerary

26 days in Caribbean, South America, Central America & Mexico Itinerary

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26 days in Caribbean, South America, Central America & Mexico Itinerary

Start: Kosice, Slovakia
Fly + Drive:  25​h
1
Fajardo, Puerto Rico
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h 30​min
2
Culebra, Puerto Rico
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
3
Bogota, Colombia
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
5
Montevideo, Uruguay
— 1 night
6
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
7
Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  11​h 45​min
8
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 1 day
taxi + Fly:  11​h 30​min
9
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 1 day
10
Panama City, Panama
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
11
Montego Bay, Jamaica
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
12
Havana, Cuba
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
13
Cancun, Mexico
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Kosice, Slovakia

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Fajardo, Puerto Rico

Fajardo ©
Fajardo is a small city and municipality in Puerto Rico (U.S.) located in the east region of the island, bordering the Atlantic Ocean, north of Ceiba and east of Luquillo. On the 7th (Sun), take a peaceful walk through El Yunque Rain Forest. Here are some ideas for day two: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see photos and tourist information, use the Fajardo tour planner .

Kosice, Slovakia to Fajardo is an approximately 25-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Kosice to Fajardo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kosice in July, expect nights in Fajardo to be much warmer, around 30°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 36°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can catch the ferry to Culebra.

Things to do in Fajardo

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

El Yunque Rain Forest
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El Yunque Rain Forest ©
El Yunque Rain Forest
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Culebra, Puerto Rico

Culebra ©
With much of Culebra a nature refuge, the tropical island has been protected from overdevelopment, chain hotels, and the cruise set.
On the 9th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Flamenco Beach. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Zoni Beach and then head off the coast to Culebrita Island.

To find out how to plan a trip to Culebra, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by ferry from Fajardo to Culebra takes 1.5 hours. July in Culebra sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 31°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Culebra

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Culebrita Island ©
Culebrita Island
Flamenco Beach ©
Flamenco Beach
Zoni Beach ©
Zoni Beach

1
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Bogota, Colombia

Bogota ©
Colombia's heart and soul, Bogota has earned the nickname "Athens of South America" thanks to its abundance of universities, libraries, and lower-level schools.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Casa Museo Quinta de Bolivar, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and then see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro). On the 12th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Parque de Usaquen and then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Bogota online attractions planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Culebra to Bogota. The time zone difference moving from Atlantic Standard Time to Colombia Time is minus 1 hour. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Culebra in July: high temperatures in Bogota hover around 21°C and lows are around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Tours Parks
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Food Tours
Casa Museo Quinta de Bolivar ©
Casa Museo Quinta de Bolivar

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nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): wander the streets of Barranco, stroll around Parque Kennedy - Parque Central de Miraflores, then take a leisurely stroll along Miraflores Boardwalk, and finally wander the streets of Centro Historico de Lima. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Lima trip itinerary maker website .

You can fly from Bogota to Lima in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bogota in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Lima, with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Montevideo.

Things to do in Lima

Tours Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Food Tours
Miraflores Boardwalk ©
Miraflores Boardwalk
Barranco ©
Barranco

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Montevideo, Uruguay

Montevideo ©
With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): do a tasting at Pizzorno Family Estates, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de las Carmelitas, and then get a sense of history and politics at Palacio Legislativo. On your second day here, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, see the interesting displays at 1972 Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de Montevideo, and finally make a trip to Plaza Independencia.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Montevideo online trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Lima to Montevideo in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Lima to Montevideo, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Lima in July, with highs in Montevideo at 18°C and lows at 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to ride a ferry to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Montevideo

Wineries Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Pizzorno Family Estates
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Pizzorno Family Estates ©
Pizzorno Family Estates
Palacio Legislativo ©
Palacio Legislativo
Catedral de Montevideo ©
Catedral de Montevideo

2
nights
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires ©
Cultural capital of South America, Buenos Aires remains one of the largest cities on the continent, serving as a point of departure for exploring the rest of the country.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): take a stroll through Puerto Madero, admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, then make a trip to Recoleta Cemetery, and finally look for gifts at El Ateneo Grand Splendid. On the next day, get the lay of the land with Walking tours and then get to know the fascinating history of Palermo Soho.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by ferry from Montevideo to Buenos Aires takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in July, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Tours Historic Sites
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Palermo Soho ©
Palermo Soho

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nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): stroll around Parque Bicentenario, explore the historical opulence of Castillo Hidalgo, and then make a trip to Santa Lucia Hill. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), then take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, and then contemplate the long history of Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Santiago trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Buenos Aires to Santiago by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Buenos Aires to Santiago. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Santa Lucia Hill ©
Santa Lucia Hill
Parque Bicentenario ©
Parque Bicentenario

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Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Salar de Uyuni and then step off the mainland to explore Isla Incahuasi.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Uyuni trip itinerary maker website .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Santiago to Uyuni in 12 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Uyuni can reach 4°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Uyuni

Parks Nature
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Salar de Uyuni ©
Salar de Uyuni
Isla Incahuasi ©
Isla Incahuasi

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San Jose, Costa Rica

A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
On the 22nd (Mon), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the San Jose itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Uyuni to San Jose takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. The time zone changes from Bolivia Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Uyuni in July, expect San Jose to be much hotter, temps between 31°C and 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Panama City.

Things to do in San Jose

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum ©
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum

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Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): make a trip to Avenida Balboa and then take a stroll through Cinta Costera. On the 24th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, make a trip to Panama Canal, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia del Carmen.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Panama City travel planner.

Fly from San Jose to Panama City in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Jose to Panama City, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Jose in July: high temperatures in Panama City hover around 36°C and lows are around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Montego Bay.

Things to do in Panama City

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Avenida Balboa ©
Avenida Balboa
Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Iglesia del Carmen ©
Iglesia del Carmen

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Montego Bay, Jamaica

The second largest city in Jamaica, Montego Bay boasts an international airport and a major cruise-line terminal, so it regularly receives a big influx of visitors to the island.
On the 25th (Thu), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Keep things going the next day: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then contemplate the long history of The Cage, and then explore the activities along Martha Brae River.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Montego Bay vacation maker .

Getting from Panama City to Montego Bay by flight takes about 5.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Montego Bay are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Havana.

Things to do in Montego Bay

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Martha Brae Rafting Village ©
Martha Brae Rafting Village
Scuba & Snorkeling

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Havana, Cuba

Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
On the 27th (Sat), appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Havana, then don't miss a visit to Plaza de San Francisco, and then admire the landmark architecture of Havana Cathedral. On the 28th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of El Malecon and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Havana tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Montego Bay to Havana in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Montego Bay in July, Havana is little chillier at night with lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Tours
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Photography Tours
Havana Cathedral
Havana Cathedral
El Malecon ©
El Malecon

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Cancun, Mexico

Few destinations in Mexico dazzle visitors quite like Cancun, a modern resort town filled with glitzy hotels sitting on picturesque and well-developed Caribbean beaches.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the next day, meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cancun trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by flight from Havana to Cancun takes 4 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Cancun can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Shark Diving

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