46 days in United States, Mexico & South America Itinerary

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New York City, United States
— 15 nights
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Mexico City, Mexico
— 3 nights
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Guadalajara, Mexico
— 2 nights
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Guanajuato, Mexico
— 3 nights
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Mexico City, Mexico
— 4 nights
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Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 6 nights
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La Paz, Bolivia
— 1 night
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Uyuni, Bolivia
— 2 nights
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Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
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Ica, Peru
— 1 night
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Lima, Peru
— 1 night

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New York City, United States — 15 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around New York City: Philadelphia (Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, City Hall Visitor Center, &more) and Bronx Zoo (in Bronx). And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Empire State Building, wander the streets of Times Square, admire the masterpieces at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and make a trip to The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the New York City holiday website.

If you are flying in from South Korea, the closest major aiports are La Guardia Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport and John F Kennedy International Airport. In December in New York City, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Mexico City.
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Mexico City, Mexico — 3 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Take a break from Mexico City with a short trip to Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan, about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on nature at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, explore the galleries of Museo del Templo Mayor, and contemplate the long history of Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Mexico City journey planner.

You can fly from New York City to Mexico City in 8.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Mexico City is minus 1 hour. Traveling from New York City in January, you will find days in Mexico City are warmer (24°C), and nights are a bit warmer (7°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can fly to Guadalajara.
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Guadalajara, Mexico — 2 nights

Pearl of the West

One of Mexico's cultural hubs, Guadalajara represents the home of mariachi music and hosts numerous large-scale events, ranging from international film festivals to celebrated book fairs.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Museum of Sacred Art, then examine the collection at Instituto Cultural Cabanas, then pause for some serene contemplation at Guadalajara Cathedral, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo de Nuestra Senora de Aranzazu.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Guadalajara trip maker.

You can fly from Mexico City to Guadalajara in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Mexico City in January, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Guadalajara: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Guanajuato.
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Guanajuato, Mexico — 3 nights

Recognized as a World Heritage Site, Guanajuato spills over hilly terrain in central Mexico, luring visitors with its pleasant tree-shaded plazas and friendly sidewalk cafes.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Guanajuato: San Miguel de Allende (Fabrica La Aurora, Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel, &more).

Make your Guanajuato itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Guadalajara to Guanajuato takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Mexico City.
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Mexico City, Mexico — 4 nights

City of Palaces

On the 21st (Sat), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. Explore Mexico City further: delve into the lush surroundings at Bosque de Chapultepec, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, take a stroll through Coyoacan, and visit Historic Center (Centro Historico).

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Mexico City trip maker tool.

Getting from Guanajuato to Mexico City by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Guanajuato in January, expect nights in Mexico City to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are little chillier, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Lima.
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Lima, Peru — 2 nights

City of the Kings

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.
Lima is known for museums, parks, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Huaca Pucllana, walk around El Parque del Amor, tour the pleasant surroundings at Circuito Magico Del Agua, and visit Barranco.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Lima trip planner.

You can fly from Mexico City to Lima in 10 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Mexico City to Lima is 1 hour. When traveling from Mexico City in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Lima: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can fly to Cusco.
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Cusco, Peru — 6 nights

Imperial City

Capital of the Inca Empire for three centuries, World Heritage-listed Cusco is now a major tourist destination, drawing nearly 2 million annual tourists with its well-preserved colonial architecture and proximity to Machu Picchu.
On the 27th (Fri), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, take an in-depth tour of Museo de Arte Precolombino, wander the streets of San Blas, and trek along exploor.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cusco vacation maker.

Traveling by flight from Lima to Cusco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Lima in January, plan for little chillier days in Cusco, with highs around 22°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can catch the flight to La Paz.
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La Paz, Bolivia — 1 night

City that Touches the Sky

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the La Paz road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to La Paz takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco to La Paz, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Cusco in February, with highs in La Paz at 17°C and lows at 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Uyuni.
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Uyuni, Bolivia — 2 nights

Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Avenida Ferroviaria, see the interesting displays at Museo de la Llama y la Sal, take in the dramatic natural features at Salar de Uyuni, then get a new perspective on nature at Museo Arquecologia y Antropologico de los Andes Meridionales, and finally make a trip to Plaza Arce. On the next day, examine the collection at Train Cemetery and then see Off-Road Tours.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Uyuni day trip website.

Traveling by flight from La Paz to Uyuni takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from La Paz in February: highs in Uyuni hover around 13°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can fly to Lima.
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Lima, Peru — 2 nights

City of the Kings

On the 6th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, look for gifts at Wica Licoreria Artesanal, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, and finally admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor).

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You can fly from Uyuni to Lima in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Uyuni to Lima. Traveling from Uyuni in February, you will find days in Lima are much warmer (32°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (24°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Ica.
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Ica, Peru — 1 night

Located on the Ica River in the desert areas of Peru's southern coast, the city of Ica stands as something of an oasis in the dry, barren landscape.
On the 7th (Tue), explore the activities along Laguna De Huacachina and then do a tasting at Tacama.

Before you visit Ica, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Lima to Ica in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Ica can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Lima.
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Lima, Peru — 1 night

City of the Kings

Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take in the local highlights with Walking tours. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Lima, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally stroll around Parque Kennedy - Parque Central de Miraflores.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Lima journey planner.

You can drive from Ica to Lima in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus.
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United States travel guide

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More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.
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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.
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