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

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

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

Alexandria, Egypt
taxi + Fly:  22​h 15​min
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
Santiago, Chile
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
La Paz, Bolivia
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  9​h 45​min
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 6 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h
San Pedro, Belize
— 6 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 1 night
+4
taxi + Fly + bus + foot + bus:  12​h
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
+3
shuttle + bus + Fly + ferry:  19​h
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 6 nights
ferry + Fly:  9​h 15​min
Bogota, Colombia
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
San Juan, Puerto Rico
— 4 nights
Fly:  28​h
Alexandria, Egypt

5
days
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro ©
Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Rio de Janeiro is known for beaches, parks, museums, nature, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach, explore and take pictures at Maracanã, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pedra da Gavea, and take a peaceful walk through Parque Nacional Tijuca.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro day trip planning website .

Alexandria, Egypt to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of taxi and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Alexandria to Rio de Janeiro due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Alexandria in January: high temperatures in Rio de Janeiro hover around 36°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

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Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Parque Nacional Tijuca ©
Parque Nacional Tijuca

5
days
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires ©
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.
Buenos Aires is known for nightlife, historic sites, museums, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Recoleta Cemetery, have fun and explore at Museo de los Ninos, appreciate the extensive heritage of La Boca, and admire the landmark architecture of Palacio Barolo.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in January since evenings lows in Buenos Aires dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Santiago.

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Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Recoleta Cemetery ©
Recoleta Cemetery
Museo de los Ninos
Museo de los Ninos

5
days
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.
Explore Santiago's surroundings by going to Ski Portillo (in Portillo) and Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile (in Valle Nevado). There's much more to do: stroll through Cerro San Cristobal, examine the collection at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, make a trip to Patio Bellavista, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Santiago online route planner .

Getting from Buenos Aires to Santiago by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Buenos Aires to Santiago is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Buenos Aires in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Santiago, with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

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Ski Portillo, Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile
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Cerro San Cristobal ©
Cerro San Cristobal
Ski Portillo
Ski Portillo
Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile ©
Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile

2
days
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Plaza Murillo, don't miss a visit to Mercado de Las Brujas, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de San Francisco, then stop by Unique, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Valley of the Moon. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Huayna Potosi, don't miss a visit to Calle Sagarnaga, don't miss a visit to Mi Teleferico, then have fun at Urban Rush Bolivia, and finally examine the collection at National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our La Paz trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Santiago to La Paz takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Santiago in February, plan for colder days in La Paz, with highs around 16°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cusco.

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Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Valley of the Moon ©
Valley of the Moon
Huayna Potosi ©
Huayna Potosi
Mi Teleferico ©
Mi Teleferico

4
days
Cusco, Peru

Cusco ©
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cusco: Salinas de Maras (in Maras), Pisac (in Pisac) and Hacienda del Chalan (in Urubamba). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, get in on the family fun at Amazon Wildlife Peru, steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, and stroll through Lares Trek.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Cusco attractions planner .

Traveling by flight from La Paz to Cusco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from La Paz to Cusco. Traveling from La Paz in February, expect Cusco to be somewhat warmer, temps between 22°C and 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Parks Trails

Side Trips

Lares Trek, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Pisac, Hacienda del Chalan, Salinas de Maras
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Hacienda del Chalan ©
Hacienda del Chalan

5
days
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.
Explore Playa del Carmen's surroundings by going to Cozumel (Dolphinaris Cozumel & Scuba & Snorkeling), Tulum (Ruins of Tulum, Grand Cenote, & more) and Akumal Beach (in Akumal). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 13th (Tue) at Xel-Ha. There's still lots to do: try out the rides at Xcaret Eco Theme Park, explore the fascinating underground world of Rio Secreto, and don't miss a visit to Quinta Avenida.

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You can do a combination of flight and bus from Cusco to Playa del Carmen in 10 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry. Traveling from Cusco in February, things will get a bit warmer in Playa del Carmen: highs are around 30°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Tulum, Cozumel, Xel-Ha, Akumal Beach
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Xel-Ha ©
Xel-Ha
Xcaret Eco Theme Park ©
Xcaret Eco Theme Park
Scuba & Snorkeling

6
days
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Spend the 20th (Tue) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. And it doesn't end there: see the vivid underwater world at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, get outside with Rum Punch II, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read San Pedro road trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Playa del Carmen to San Pedro in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Playa del Carmen to San Pedro is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Playa del Carmen in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in San Pedro, with lows of 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in San Pedro

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Ambergris Caye
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Kitexplorer San Pedro
Kitexplorer San Pedro

1
day
Tikal National Park, Guatemala

Tikal National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tikal.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tikal National Park tour planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from San Pedro to Tikal National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry, shuttle, and taxi. On the 25th (Sun), you're off toLa Fortuna de San Carlos.

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Tikal ©
Tikal

5
days
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

La Fortuna de San Carlos ©
The small city of La Fortuna de San Carlos is best known for the nearby Arenal volcano that looms in the background and dominates the vista.
Spend the 27th (Tue) among the fascinating landscape of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal). Spend the 2nd (Fri) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Volcan Arenal. Next up on the itinerary: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, explore the activities along Lake Arenal, trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos visit website .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Tikal National Park to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 12 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and car; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
River Rafting & Tubing

5
days
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Puerto Ayora ©
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
When in Puerto Ayora, make a side trip to see North Seymour Island in Baltra, approximately 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Charles Darwin Research Station, explore the striking landscape at Las Grietas, explore the activities along Laguna las Ninfas, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de los Alemanes.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Puerto Ayora road trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and ferry from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Ayora takes 19 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Ecuador Time (ECT) is 1 hour. In March, daily temperatures in Puerto Ayora can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, North Seymour Island
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Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
Reserva El Chato ©
Reserva El Chato
North Seymour Island ©
North Seymour Island

3
days
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra), Mina de Sal de Nemocon (in Nemocon) and Catedral de Sal (in Zipaquira). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Monserrate, contemplate the long history of Bolivar plaza, and explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Bogota travel route site .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Puerto Ayora to Bogota in 9.5 hours. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Puerto Ayora in March, with highs in Bogota at 22°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Juan.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Catedral de Sal, Laguna de Guatavita, Mina de Sal de Nemocon
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Mount Monserrate ©
Mount Monserrate
Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita

3
days
San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan ©
Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Juan: El Yunque National Forest (El Yunque Rain Forest & Luquillo Beach). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Pine Grove Beach, take an in-depth tour of Cathedral of San Juan Bautista, get to know the fascinating history of Old San Juan, and stroll through Condado Beach.

To find reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our San Juan tour itinerary maker .

You can fly from Bogota to San Juan in 5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Bogota to San Juan is 1 hour. When traveling from Bogota in March, plan for a bit warmer days in San Juan, with highs around 34°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 26°C. On the 17th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Juan

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

El Yunque National Forest, Pine Grove Beach
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El Yunque Rain Forest ©
El Yunque Rain Forest
Luquillo Beach ©
Luquillo Beach
Pine Grove Beach ©
Pine Grove Beach

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