39 days in South America, Central America & Mexico Itinerary

39 days in South America, Central America & Mexico Itinerary

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Montevideo, Uruguay
— 2 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 1 night
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Mendoza, Argentina
— 2 nights
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Santiago, Chile
— 6 nights
Fly to La Araucanía Airport, Drive to Caburgua
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Caburgua, Chile
— 1 night
Drive to La Araucanía Airport, Fly to Cartagena
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Cartagena, Colombia
— 6 nights
Ferry
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Isla Baru, Colombia
— 2 nights
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Rio Hato, Panama
— 1 day
Drive
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Puntarenas, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive to Juan Santamaría International Airport, Fly to Flores
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Flores, Guatemala
— 1 night
Fly to Ixtapa Zihuatanejo International Airport, Drive to Playa Blanca
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Playa Blanca, Mexico
— 5 nights
Drive to Ixtapa Zihuatanejo International Airport, Fly to Curitiba

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Montevideo, Uruguay

— 2 nights
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 3rd (Mon): do a tasting at Varela Zarranz Winery, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Stella Maris, then kick back and relax at Playa La Mulata, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia Maria Auxiliadora. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Esencia Uruguay, examine the collection at Museo Pedagogico Jose Pedro Varela, then kick back and relax at Playa Pocitos, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Sinergia Design.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Montevideo trip planner.

Curitiba, Brazil to Montevideo is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Montevideo are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Montevideo

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wineries · Beaches

Side Trip

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 1 night

Queen of La Plata

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Convento Santo Domingo, take an in-depth tour of El Zanjon de Granados, then don't miss a visit to Plaza Dorrego, then examine the collection at Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, and finally see the interesting displays at Ciudad Cultural Konex. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica Nuestra Senora de la Merced, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Mayo, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Inmaculada Concepcion.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires trip planning site.

Getting from Montevideo to Buenos Aires by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Montevideo in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Buenos Aires, with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Mendoza.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 6:

Mendoza, Argentina

— 2 nights
Famed for its neat vineyards and thriving wine production, Mendoza remains the place to visit for a pleasant combination of relaxation and recreation.
On your second day here, see Off-Road Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva Natural Divisadero Largo, then get outside with Sol y Cielo Parapente, and finally get outside with Fly Excursion.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Mendoza vacation maker app.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Mendoza takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in January, you will find days in Mendoza are a bit warmer (38°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to fly to Santiago.

Things to do in Mendoza

Outdoors · Wineries · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:

Santiago, Chile

— 6 nights

City of the Island Hills

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Palacio Baburizza and Vitacura. Your inner history buff will appreciate Castillo Hidalgo and Cementerio General (General Cemetery). Explore Santiago's surroundings by going to Playa El Canelillo (in Algarrobo), La Nave Imaginaria (in Isla Negra) and Playa Punta De Tralca (in El Quisco). There's lots more to do: do a tasting at Vina Santa Carolina, take a stroll through Cerro Alegre, take in the awesome beauty at Cerro Manquehue, and see the interesting displays at Museo Andino.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Santiago trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Mendoza to Santiago by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Argentina Standard Time to Chile Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Caburgua.

Things to do in Santiago

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 8 — 14:

Caburgua, Chile

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Caburgua and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Caburgua trip site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Santiago to Caburgua. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Caburgua

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 15:
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Cartagena, Colombia

— 6 nights

City of Heroes

The site of the continent's first Spanish colony, Cartagena retains much of its colonial flavor thanks to a World Heritage-listed old town, encircled by old walls and protected by imposing fortresses.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Catedral Santa Catalina de Alejandria and Choco Museo. Plaza de la Proclamacion and Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Plaza de San Pedro Claver, steep yourself in history at Plaza Fernandez Madrid, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Santo Toribio, and enjoy the sand and surf at Manzanillo del Mar.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Cartagena travel itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Caburgua to Cartagena. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Caburgua to Cartagena due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can catch the ferry to Isla Baru.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 22:

Isla Baru, Colombia

— 2 nights
Lying south of Cartagena, Isla Baru was connected to the mainland until the construction of the Canal del Dique.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Aviario Nacional de Colombia, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Puntilla, and then discover the deep blue sea with Afronautica.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Isla Baru trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Cartagena to Isla Baru in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Rio Hato.

Things to do in Isla Baru

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 24:

Rio Hato, Panama

— 1 day
Close to many popular natural attractions, Rio Hato provides a good place to base yourself during a wider exploration of the area.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): tee off at Mantaraya Golf Club.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Rio Hato visit planning app.

Explore your travel options from Isla Baru to Rio Hato with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Puntarenas.

Things to do in Rio Hato

Outdoors · Golf
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 27:
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Puntarenas, Costa Rica

— 5 nights

Pacific Pearl

A major port city with a busy fish market, for most tourists Puntarenas represents little more than the launching point for ferries heading to the pleasant beaches of the Nicoya Peninsula.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Blanca and Playa Mantas. Visiting Calypso Cruises and Costa Rica Animal Rescue Center will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Puntarenas: Sustainability Demonstration Center (in Guacimal), Jaco (Mirador de Jaco & El Miro) and Metal Church (in Grecia). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Macaw Sanctuary Natuwa, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Puntarenas, head outdoors with San Lucas Beach Club, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Parque Marino del Pacifico.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Puntarenas online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rio Hato to Puntarenas takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Flores.

Things to do in Puntarenas

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 27 — Feb 2:

Flores, Guatemala

— 1 night
An island town, capital of the landlocked region of Peten, attractive Flores features pleasant architecture that complements the shimmering appearance of the surrounding lake.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): get outside with Actún Can, then explore the ancient world of Sitio Arqueologico Tayazal, and then see the interesting displays at Museo del Islote Santa Barbara.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Flores online trip maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Puntarenas to Flores. In February in Flores, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Playa Blanca.

Things to do in Flores

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 3:

Playa Blanca, Mexico

— 5 nights
Playa Blanca is known for parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Ayotlcalli Rescue and Conservation Center.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Playa Blanca trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Flores to Playa Blanca. In February, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 22°C. You will leave for home on the 8th (Tue).

Things to do in Playa Blanca

Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Feb 3 — 8:

Mexico travel guide

4.5
Tailor-made for anyone seeking that traditional sun-and-sand experience, Mexico vacations allow visitors to explore nearly 10,000 km (6,200 mi) of picturesque coastlines. Idyllic beaches and favorable year-round weather aside, this diverse country with a rich pre-Colombian history allows tourists a chance to discover a fascinating cuisine, numerous archaeological sites, state-of-the-art museums, colonial-era haciendas, and outstanding examples of 21st-century architecture. Most visitors get to know the country by its cities, but if you want a well-rounded Mexico tour, spend some time exploring its jungles, cloud forests, Caribbean reefs, snowcapped volcanoes, vast deserts, and tranquil lagoons. Life is lived outdoors in Mexico, so wherever you go, don't forget to dine alfresco and stroll the country's colonial streets.