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

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

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

Christchurch, New Zealand
Fly:  28​h
Puerto Colombia, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
Panama City, Panama
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Guatemala City, Guatemala
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
Cancun, Mexico
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
Tulum, Mexico
— 5 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
— 2 nights
Fly:  36​h
Christchurch, New Zealand

2
days
Puerto Colombia, Colombia

Puerto Colombia ©
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): make a trip to Playas de Puerto Colombia, then make a trip to Plaza Principal de Puerto Colombia, and then contemplate the long history of Castillo de Salgar.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Colombia travel route builder website .

Christchurch, New Zealand to Puerto Colombia is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Christchurch to Puerto Colombia is minus 17 hours. In October, Puerto Colombia is much hotter than Christchurch - with highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C. On the 3rd (Wed), you're off toPanama City.

Things to do in Puerto Colombia

#Historic Sites
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Castillo de Salgar ©
Castillo de Salgar
Playas de Puerto Colombia ©
Playas de Puerto Colombia

4
days
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Albrook Mall. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, delve into the distant past at Panama La Vieja, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado de Mariscos, and snap pictures at Bridge of the Americas.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Panama City trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Puerto Colombia to Panama City. In October, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sun) to allow time for travel to San Jose.

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Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) ©

4
days
San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose ©
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Jose: Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park), Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles) (in Cartago) and La Paz Waterfall Gardens (in Vara Blanca). There's lots more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque La Sabana, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral, and get engrossed in the history at National Museum (Museo Nacional).

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the San Jose trip itinerary builder site .

Fly from Panama City to San Jose in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Panama City to San Jose due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Panama City in October: high temperatures in San Jose hover around 30°C and lows are around 22°C. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Guatemala City.

Things to do in San Jose

#Parks, #Nature, #Museums

Side Trips

La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles), Poas Volcano, Cathedral
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La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
River Rafting & Tubing

4
days
Guatemala City, Guatemala

Guatemala City ©
The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
Get out of town with these interesting Guatemala City side-trips: Antigua (Volcán Pacaya, Casa Santo Domingo Museums, & more). There's much more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at La Aurora Zoo, stop by The Village, don't miss a visit to Relief Map, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Guatemala City trip planner .

Fly from San Jose to Guatemala City in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Jose in October, Guatemala City is slightly colder at night with lows of 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Guatemala City

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Museums

Side Trip

Antigua
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Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
La Aurora Zoo ©
La Aurora Zoo

2
days
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 16th (Tue): get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience. On your second day here, take in the pleasant sights at Avenida Kukulkan and then buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Cancun journey planner .

You can fly from Guatemala City to Cancun in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Guatemala City to Cancun. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Guatemala City in October; daily highs in Cancun reach 34°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Cancun

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Water Activities
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Swim with Dolphins
Av Kukulkan ©
Av Kukulkan

5
days
Tulum, Mexico

Tulum ©
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tulum: Playa del Carmen (Xcaret Eco Theme Park, Quinta Avenida, & more), Akumal Beach (in Akumal) and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Ruins of Tulum, explore the fascinating underground world of Grand Cenote, don't miss a visit to Plastic Flamingo, and see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tulum trip builder .

Drive from Cancun to Tulum in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. On the 22nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Santiago de Cuba.

Things to do in Tulum

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá, Akumal Beach
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Xcaret Eco Theme Park ©
Xcaret Eco Theme Park
Ruins of Tulum ©
Ruins of Tulum
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
days
Santiago de Cuba, Cuba

Santiago de Cuba ©
Santiago de Cuba has taken almost as much influence from Haiti and the Dominican Republic as it has from Havana, distilling a concoction of cultures to create a city with a distinct identity.
Step out of Santiago de Cuba with an excursion to El Cobre Basilica in El Cobre--about 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of San Pedro de la Roca del Morro Castle, examine the collection at Emilio Bacardi Moreau Museum, stroll through Siboney Beach, and stroll the grounds of Cementerio Santa Ifigenia.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Santiago de Cuba itinerary maker .

Explore your travel options from Tulum to Santiago de Cuba with the Route module. In October in Santiago de Cuba, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago de Cuba

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

El Cobre Basilica
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San Pedro de la Roca del Morro Castle ©
Moncada Barracks ©
Moncada Barracks
Casa de Diego Velazquez ©
Casa de Diego Velazquez

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