59 days in South America, Mexico & Europe Itinerary

59 days in South America, Mexico & Europe Itinerary

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Train to Rome, Fly to Rio De Janeiro-Galeao
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 6 nights
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 5 nights
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Bogota, Colombia
— 4 nights
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Cartagena, Colombia
— 4 nights
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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
— 4 nights
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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
— 5 nights
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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
— 3 nights
Drive
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Mexico City, Mexico
— 5 nights
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Cozumel, Mexico
— 3 nights
Ferry to Calica, Drive to Tulum
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Tulum, Mexico
— 6 nights
Drive
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Chichen Itza, Mexico
— 1 night
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Cancun, Mexico
— 6 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 6 nights
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

— 6 nights

Marvelous City

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, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, get outside with Leblon Beach, kick back and relax at Barra da Tijuca Beach, and wander the streets of Urca.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro online trip itinerary planner.

Naples, Italy to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 17-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Naples to Rio de Janeiro is minus 4 hours. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Naples in December; daily highs in Rio de Janeiro reach 36°C and lows reach 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 31:

Sao Paulo, Brazil

— 5 nights

Land of Drizzle

Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Sao Paulo is known for museums, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Parque Ibirapuera, see the interesting displays at Museu da Lingua Portuguesa, admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, and wander the streets of Paulista Avenue.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Sao Paulo vacation maker website.

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in December, things will get slightly colder in Sao Paulo: highs are around 32°C and lows about 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 5:

Bogota, Colombia

— 4 nights

Athens of South America

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Bogota side-trips: Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de Fatima (in Tocancipa) and Zipaquira (Esensal & Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico de Bogota Jose Celestino Mutis, don't miss a visit to Bolivar Square, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica.

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You can fly from Sao Paulo to Bogota in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Bogota. Traveling from Sao Paulo in January, expect nights in Bogota to be colder, around 7°C, while days are slightly colder, around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 9:

Cartagena, Colombia

— 4 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.
On the 11th (Tue), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Santa Catalina de Alejandria, and look for gifts at Dantas Store.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Cartagena trip builder app.

You can fly from Bogota to Cartagena in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Bogota in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Cartagena: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Cartagena

Find places to stay Jan 9 — 13:

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

— 4 nights
One of Mexico's premier vacation spots, Cabo San Lucas lures pleasure seekers with its trendy restaurant scene, raucous nightlife, and, of course, picture-perfect beaches.
Venture out of the city with trips to San Jose del Cabo (Manuel Sanchez Jewelry & Ivan Guaderrama Art Gallery). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, kick back and relax at Chileno Beach, explore by horseback at Cuadra San Francisco, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Cabo San Lucas travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Cartagena to Cabo San Lucas by flight takes about 12 hours. The time zone difference moving from Colombia Standard Time to Mexican Pacific Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cartagena in January: high temperatures in Cabo San Lucas hover around 28°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 13 — 17:

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

— 5 nights
Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Step out of Puerto Vallarta with an excursion to Vallarta Botanical Gardens in Cabo Corrientes--about 58 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the waterfront at Malecon Boardwalk, take in the dramatic natural features at Los Arcos, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Puerto Vallarta trip planner.

You can fly from Cabo San Lucas to Puerto Vallarta in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Cabo San Lucas to Puerto Vallarta is 1 hour. January in Puerto Vallarta sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to San Miguel de Allende.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 17 — 22:

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

— 3 nights
A relatively small town in central Mexico, relaxed San Miguel de Allede offers an ideal setting for visitors in search of a bit of history and a great deal of photogenic architecture.
San Miguel de Allende is known for shopping, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel, appreciate the extensive heritage of El Jardin, trot along with a tour on horseback, and make a trip to Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read San Miguel de Allende route website.

Getting from Puerto Vallarta to San Miguel de Allende by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Puerto Vallarta in January, with highs in San Miguel de Allende at 27°C and lows at 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Mexico City.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

Find places to stay Jan 22 — 25:

Mexico City, Mexico

— 5 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Step out of Mexico City to go to San Juan Teotihuacan and see Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional de Antropologia, take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), examine the collection at Museo Frida Kahlo, and stroll around Bosque de Chapultepec.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Mexico City trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from San Miguel de Allende to Mexico City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. While traveling from San Miguel de Allende, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Mexico City, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 25 — 30:

Cozumel, Mexico

— 3 nights
Thanks to the island's outstanding scuba diving and snorkeling options, Cozumel tourism sector remains a major employer and the main source of income for this Caribbean getaway.
Cozumel is known for wildlife, outdoors, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, look for gifts at Nudo Marineri, stroll through Faro Celerain Ecological Reserve, and get a new perspective on nature at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Cozumel road trip planner.

You can fly from Mexico City to Cozumel in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mexico City to Cozumel. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Mexico City in January: highs in Cozumel hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 2:

Tulum, Mexico

— 6 nights
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tulum: Playa del Carmen (Xcaret, Scuba & Snorkeling, &more) and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Car Wash, kick back and relax at Paradise Beach, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tulum Tower.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tulum trip maker website.

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Cozumel to Tulum takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In February, daytime highs in Tulum are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 2 — 8:

Chichen Itza, Mexico

— 1 night
Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza, then contemplate the waterfront views at Cenote Ik kil, and then Head underground at Cenote Yokdzonot.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Chichen Itza driving holiday planner.

Drive from Tulum to Chichen Itza in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Tulum in February; daily highs in Chichen Itza reach 36°C and lows reach 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 8 — 9:

Cancun, Mexico

— 6 nights
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.
When in Cancun, make a side trip to see Punta Sur in Isla Mujeres, approximately Isla Mujeres away. The adventure continues: browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village, get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, don't miss a visit to El Parque de las Palapas, and explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica El Rey.

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Getting from Chichen Itza to Cancun by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Chichen Itza in February, things will get slightly colder in Cancun: highs are around 32°C and lows about 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Cancun

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 9 — 15:

Madrid, Spain

— 6 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Madrid: Segovia (Casa de los Picos, Acueduct of Segovia, &more) and Toledo (El Transito Synagogue and Sephardic Museum, Museo del Greco, &more). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel, don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol, and admire the natural beauty at Real Jardin Botanico.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Madrid trip builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Cancun to Madrid takes 12 hours. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Cancun in February; daily highs in Madrid reach 13°C and lows reach 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 15 — 21:

State of Sao Paulo travel guide

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A trip to State of Sao Paulo reveals one of Brazil's wealthiest regions, considered one of South America's economic powerhouses and known for its high standard of living. The eponymous state capital remains one of the country's most cosmopolitan urban centers, housing almost 20 million residents in its metropolitan region. Beyond this hub of frantic nightlife and thriving commerce, a tour of State of Sao Paulo showcases lively beaches scattered across 600 km (370 mi) of coastline. Farther inland, visitors take advantage of the area's pleasant climate and explore numerous waterfalls, caves, mountains, rivers, spas, parks, and historical buildings dating back to early colonial times.

Mexico travel guide

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Ruins · Beaches · Landmarks
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.