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

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

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

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  23​h
1
Havana, Cuba
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Bogota, Colombia
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
3
Panama City, Panama
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Cartagena, Colombia
— 4 nights
Fly + tram:  6​h
5
Miami, United States
— 4 nights
+3
tram + Fly + taxi + ferry:  5​h 30​min
6
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h
7
Tulum, Mexico
— 6 nights
taxi + ferry:  3​h 30​min
8
Isla Mujeres, Mexico
— 3 nights
+3
ferry + bus + foot + Fly:  5​h 15​min
9
San Pedro, Belize
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + bus:  3​h 30​min
10
San Salvador, El Salvador
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
11
Antigua, Guatemala
— 3 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + bus:  7​h
12
Leon, Nicaragua
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
13
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
+2
shuttle + bus + Fly:  28​h
End: Sydney, Australia

5
nights
Havana, Cuba

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Get some historical perspective at Old Havana and FINCA VIGÍA. Get in touch with nature at Saturno Cave and Playa de Jibacoa. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of El Malecon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church and Convent of St. Francis of Asisi, explore the different monuments and memorials at Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon), and steep yourself in history at El Morro.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Havana trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Havana is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Havana is minus 15 hours. December in Havana sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Havana

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Museums

Side Trips

Playa de Jibacoa, Saturno Cave
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Old Havana ©
Old Havana
Saturno Cave ©
Saturno Cave
El Morro ©
El Morro

1
night
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 5th (Fri): examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Francisco, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Ciclovia de Bogota. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sal, then don't miss a visit to Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santodomingo, and then stroll through Parque de Usaquen.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Bogota road trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Havana to Bogota takes 4 hours. Traveling from Havana in January, expect Bogota to be a bit cooler, temps between 23°C and 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Bogota

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Trails

Side Trip

Catedral de Sal
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Catedral de Sal ©
Catedral de Sal
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Ciclovia de Bogota ©
Ciclovia de Bogota

3
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Get a sense of the local culture at Panama La Vieja and Bahai Temple. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Las Lajas and Isla Santa Catalina. Spend the 7th (Sun) exploring nature at Soberania National Park.

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You can fly from Bogota to Panama City in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Bogota in January, things will get much warmer in Panama City: highs are around 38°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Panama City

#Parks, #Beaches, #Nature

Side Trips

Playa Las Lajas, Isla Santa Catalina
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Soberania National Park ©
Soberania National Park
Playa Las Lajas ©
Playa Las Lajas
Panama La Vieja ©
Panama La Vieja

4
nights
Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena ©
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Playa Blanca and Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver. Do some cultural sightseeing at Plaza Santo Domingo and Torre del Reloj. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, take in the spiritual surroundings of Convento La Popa de la Galera, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Oro Zenu, and explore the historical opulence of San Felipe de Barajas Castle.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Cartagena online attractions planner .

Fly from Bogota to Cartagena in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Bogota in January, expect nights in Cartagena to be much warmer, around 28°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 36°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Miami.

Things to do in Cartagena

#Historic Sites, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trip

Playa Blanca
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Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver ©
Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver
Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa ©
Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa

4
nights
Miami, United States

Miami ©
Florida’s mecca of fun in the sun, the lively tropical metropolis of Miami is one of the world’s top vacation spots.
Explore hidden gems such as Everglades National Park and Las Olas Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Lincoln Road and Art Deco Tours. Change things up with a short trip to Fort Lauderdale Beach in Fort Lauderdale (about 44 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at South Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of Art Deco Historic District, tour the pleasant surroundings at Haulover Beach Park, and examine the collection at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Miami online trip maker .

You can do a combination of flight and tram from Cartagena to Miami in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and tram. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cartagena in January: high temperatures in Miami hover around 29°C and lows are around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Miami

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Haulover Beach Park, Everglades National Park
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South Beach ©
South Beach
Everglades National Park ©
Everglades National Park
Las Olas Beach ©
Las Olas Beach

6
nights
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church and San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Palancar Reef and Fishing Charters & Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Playa del Carmen: Cozumel (Diamonds International, Paradise Beach, & more). Spend a fascinating day underwater on the 18th (Thu) with a shark diving experience. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Parque Los Fundadores, stroll through Riviera Maya, and don't miss a visit to Quinta Avenida.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Playa del Carmen day trip tool .

Getting from Miami to Playa del Carmen by combination of tram, flight, and ferry takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of tram, flight, and bus; or drive. January in Playa del Carmen sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Tulum.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Cozumel
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Quinta Avenida ©
Quinta Avenida
Riviera Maya ©
Riviera Maya

6
nights
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ruins of Tulum and Multum Ha Cenote. Step off the beaten path and head to Mayan Beach and LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park. Get out of town with these interesting Tulum side-trips: Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and Half Moon Bay (in Akumal). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Playa Paraiso, shop like a local with MiNiAtUrE art Gallery, stop by La Llorona, and don't miss a visit to Plastic Flamingo.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Tulum trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Playa del Carmen to Tulum by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. In January, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Isla Mujeres.

Things to do in Tulum

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Akumal, Coba
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Ruins of Tulum ©
Ruins of Tulum
Playa Paraiso ©
Playa Paraiso
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Tiny municipal seat of an eponymous island, each season Isla Mujeres swells to bursting with international tourists coming here to swim, snorkel, dive, fish, and sail.
On the 30th (Tue), stop by Galeria Pau Pao, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Norte, and then delve into the distant past at Punta Sur. On the next day, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Isla Mujeres trip simple and quick.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Tulum to Isla Mujeres in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in January, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte
Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur

4
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Get some cultural insight at Red Flower Gallery and The Gallery of San Pedro. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at The Estuary of Caye Caulker and Secret Beach. There's lots more to do: explore the gorgeous colors at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, stroll through Shark Ray Alley, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and take in the exciting artwork at Belizean Arts.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Pedro online visit planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry, bus, and flight from Isla Mujeres to San Pedro takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and car. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Isla Mujeres to San Pedro due to the time zone difference. February in San Pedro sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to San Salvador.

Things to do in San Pedro

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker
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Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
River Rafting & Tubing
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
San Salvador, El Salvador

San Salvador
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
On the 6th (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia El Rosario and then explore the ancient world of Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the San Salvador trip tool .

Traveling by combination of flight, car, and bus from San Pedro to San Salvador takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from San Pedro, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in San Salvador, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Antigua.

Things to do in San Salvador

#Historic Sites
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Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park
Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park
Iglesia El Rosario ©
Iglesia El Rosario

3
nights
Antigua, Guatemala

Antigua ©
The former capital of Guatemala and a World Heritage Site, Antigua retains its colonial charm and remains one of the most visited destinations in the country.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Palacio Nacional and then get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Arco de Santa Catalina, then delve into the distant past at Convento de las Capuchinas, then stop by Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de la Merced.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Antigua travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from San Salvador to Antigua takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from San Salvador in February, things will get little chillier in Antigua: highs are around 28°C and lows about 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Leon.

Things to do in Antigua

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trip

Palacio Nacional
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Convento de las Capuchinas ©
Convento de las Capuchinas
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Arco de Santa Catalina ©
Arco de Santa Catalina

1
night
Leon, Nicaragua

Leon ©
A cultured and storied city, Leon attracts guests from all over the world, drawn to the second city's style, thriving intellectual life, and liveliness.
To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Leon trip builder .

Do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Antigua to Leon in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Antigua in February, with highs in Leon at 40°C and lows at 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Leon

#Historic Sites
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Catedral de la Asunción ©
Catedral de la Asunción

4
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Ecological Sanctuary and Onirica Art Gallery. You'll discover tucked-away gems like River Rafting & Tubing and Paradise Hot Springs. When in La Fortuna de San Carlos, make a side trip to see Butterfly Conservatory in El Castillo, approximately 42 minutes away. Spend the 14th (Wed) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Volcan Arenal. And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), and look for all kinds of wild species at Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip tool .

Getting from Leon to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Butterfly Conservatory, Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), Ecological Sanctuary
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

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