37 days in Europe, Caribbean, South America, Central America & Mexico Itinerary

37 days in Europe, Caribbean, South America, Central America & Mexico Itinerary

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37 days in Europe, Caribbean, South America, Central America & Mexico Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Granada, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Toledo, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
Fly:  12​h 45​min
4
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
5
San Juan de la Maguana, Dominican Republic
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  28​h
7
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 2 nights
Drive:  18​h 45​min
8
Santiago, Chile
— 1 night
Drive:  43​h
9
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
Drive:  39​h
10
Guayaquil, Ecuador
— 1 night
Travel:  20​h 30​min
11
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
12
Alajuela, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
13
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  34​h
14
Cancun, Mexico
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
15
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 1 night
Drive:  64​h
End: New York City, United States

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Granada, Spain

Granada ©
Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
On the 2nd (Mon), hike along Llano de la Perdiz, then take in nature's colorful creations at Generalife, and then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour. Keep things going the next day: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then explore the historical opulence of Alhambra.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Granada trip planner .

New York City, USA to Granada is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Granada due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in July, you will find days in Granada are a bit warmer (95°F), and nights are a bit cooler (67°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Toledo.

Things to do in Granada

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Alhambra ©
Alhambra
River Rafting & Tubing
Llano de la Perdiz ©
Llano de la Perdiz

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Toledo, Spain

Toledo ©
Toledo is a World Heritage Site that embodies the complex cultural history of Spain while remaining a forward-moving, modern city.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): make a trip to Mirador del Valle, then head outdoors with Senda Ecologica de Toledo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Primada, and finally explore the world behind art at Museo del Greco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Royal Palace of Aranjuez, admire the masterpieces at Church of Santo Tomé, take a stroll through Casco Historico de Toledo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Synagogue of Saint Mary the White, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Toledo travel route builder app .

Traveling by car from Granada to Toledo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 93°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Toledo

Historic Sites Outdoors Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Royal Palace of Aranjuez
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Catedral Primada ©
Catedral Primada
Senda Ecologica de Toledo ©
Senda Ecologica de Toledo
Museo del Greco ©
Museo del Greco

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Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): make a trip to Park Guell, admire the local landmark of Magic Fountain (Font Magica), then appreciate the history behind Casa Mila "La Pedrera", and finally admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire all the interesting features of Camp Nou and then appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Barcelona day trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Toledo to Barcelona takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Toledo in July, expect nights in Barcelona to be about the same, around 71°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 84°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Punta Cana.

Things to do in Barcelona

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Park Guell ©
Park Guell
Casa Mila - La Pedrera ©
Casa Mila - La Pedrera

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Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Punta Cana ©
In an area boasting beaches that face both the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, vacations in Punta Cana have been popular with tourists since the early 1970s.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bavaro Beach, and then stop by Life is good. On the next day, look for gifts at HARRISON'S Fine Caribbean Jewelers and then kick back and relax at Macao Beach.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Punta Cana day trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Punta Cana takes 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Barcelona to Punta Cana, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Barcelona in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 77°F in Punta Cana. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Juan de la Maguana.

Things to do in Punta Cana

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Bavaro Beach ©
Bavaro Beach
Swim with Dolphins
Macao Beach ©
Macao Beach

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San Juan de la Maguana, Dominican Republic

San Juan de la Maguana ©
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de San Juan de la Maguana.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the San Juan de la Maguana trip tool .

Getting from Punta Cana to San Juan de la Maguana by car takes about 5 hours. In July in San Juan de la Maguana, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Santo Domingo.

Things to do in San Juan de la Maguana

Historic Sites
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Catedral de San Juan de la Maguana ©
Catedral de San Juan de la Maguana

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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo
Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, remains the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the New World.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): stop by Casa de los Dulces and then make a trip to Zona Colonial. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Bosque Jurasico 3D, step into the grandiose world of Alcazar de Colon, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Primada de America, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at National Aquarium.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Santo Domingo route builder site .

Traveling by car from San Juan de la Maguana to Santo Domingo takes 3.5 hours. In July in Santo Domingo, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 77°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Santo Domingo

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Catedral Primada de America
Catedral Primada de America
National Aquarium ©
National Aquarium
Zona Colonial ©
Zona Colonial

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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

San Pedro de Atacama ©
Major archeological sites and a renowned museum remain the big draws in San Pedro de Atacama tourism, appealing to visitors interested in learning more about South America's pre-Columbian cultures.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Pukara de Quitor, then admire the landmark architecture of Church of San Pedro de Atacama, and then identify plant and animal life at Atacama Desert. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Valle de la Luna - Valle de la Muerte, don't miss a visit to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote, then take in the natural beauty of Geyser del Tatio, and finally examine the collection at Museo del Meteorito.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the San Pedro de Atacama trip planning website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Santo Domingo to San Pedro de Atacama. Traveling from Santo Domingo in July, you will find days in San Pedro de Atacama are little chillier (71°F), and nights are much colder (33°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Nature Parks Spas

Side Trip

Atacama Desert
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Atacama Desert ©
Atacama Desert
Valle de la Luna - Valle de la Muerte ©
Geyser del Tatio ©
Geyser del Tatio

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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.
For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Santiago online trip itinerary planner .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Santiago in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from San Pedro de Atacama, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Santiago, ranging from highs of 59°F to lows of 36°F. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Tue) before leaving for Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Santiago

Historic Sites Museums
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Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
On the 19th (Thu), explore the ancient world of Intipuncu and then explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Phutuq K'usi, then take in nature's colorful creations at Los Jardines de Mandor, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes).

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu visit site .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Santiago to Machu Picchu takes 18.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Chile Time to Peru Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Phutuq K'usi ©
Phutuq K'usi
Los Jardines de Mandor ©
Los Jardines de Mandor

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Guayaquil, Ecuador

Guayaquil ©
Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): take a stroll through Cerro Santa Ana, then don't miss a visit to Parque Historico Guayaquil, and then meet the residents at Parque de las Iguanas. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Las Penas, take a leisurely stroll along Malecon 2000, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Metropolitana de Guayaquil, then look for gifts at Ecua-Andino Hats, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Jacinto del Morro.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Guayaquil planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Machu Picchu to Guayaquil takes 17.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Guayaquil can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Parque de las Iguanas ©
Parque de las Iguanas
Guayaquil Historical Park ©
Guayaquil Historical Park
Cerro Santa Ana ©
Cerro Santa Ana

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): experience rural life at Chocorart. On the next day, admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla and then kick back and relax at Puerto Viejo Beach.

For reviews and other tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Guayaquil to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca with the Route module. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Guayaquil in July: highs in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca hover around 78°F, while lows dip to 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Alajuela.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Cahuita
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Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Chocorart ©
Chocorart

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Alajuela, Costa Rica

Alajuela ©
On the 27th (Fri), admire the sheer force of La Paz Waterfall Gardens and then admire the sheer force of Los Chorros Waterfalls.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Alajuela online journey maker .

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Alajuela by combination of bus, taxi, and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Alajuela due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in July, expect little chillier with lows of 67°F in Alajuela. On the 28th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a shuttle to San Jose.

Things to do in Alajuela

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Los Chorros Waterfalls, La Paz Waterfall Gardens
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La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Zoo Ave ©
Zoo Ave
Los Chorros Waterfalls ©
Los Chorros Waterfalls

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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.
On the 28th (Sat), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Precolumbian Gold Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, then take an in-depth tour of National Museum (Museo Nacional), and finally don't miss a visit to Mercado Nacional de Artesanias.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our San Jose online vacation planner .

San Jose is just a short distance from Alajuela. In July, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cancun.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Adventure Tours
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National Museum (Museo Nacional) ©
National Museum (Museo Nacional)
River Rafting & Tubing
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Delfines, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Cancun vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from San Jose to Cancun takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from San Jose in July; daily highs in Cancun reach 87°F and lows reach 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Water Activities
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Swim with Dolphins
Playa Delfines ©
Playa Delfines
Speed Boats Tours

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Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Playa del Carmen ©
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
On the 2nd (Thu), cool off at Xel-Ha. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Quinta Avenida and then make a splash at Xcaret Eco Theme Park.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Playa del Carmen day trip planner .

You can drive from Cancun to Playa del Carmen in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Playa del Carmen are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Theme Parks Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Xel-Ha
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Xel-Ha ©
Xel-Ha
Xcaret Park ©
Xcaret Park
Quinta Avenida ©
Quinta Avenida

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