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

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

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

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly + Bus:  9​h 30​min
1
New York City, United States
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
2
Varadero, Cuba
— 3 nights
+6
Bus + Foot + Train + Foot + Bus + Taxi + Fly:  10​h 45​min
3
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h
4
Culebra, Puerto Rico
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  13​h 15​min
5
Saint Philip Parish, Barbados
— Few hours
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Dennery, St. Lucia
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  12​h 30​min
7
Caracas, Venezuela
— 4 nights
Foot + Fly:  6​h
8
Bogota, Colombia
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  9​h
9
Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  10​h 45​min
10
Cancun, Mexico
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
11
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  12​h 45​min
12
Peten, Guatemala
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  13​h 45​min
13
Los Angeles, United States
— 1 night
Fly:  
14
Sydney, Australia
— 1 day
End: Sydney, Australia

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New York City, United States

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Get some cultural insight at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and St. Patrick's Cathedral. St. Paul's Chapel and Federal Hall will appeal to history buffs. On the 8th (Sun), plan a day focused around Central Park. The adventure continues: browse the exhibits of 9/11 Memorial, admire the landmark architecture of Empire State Building, admire the masterpieces at The Museum of Modern Art, and make a trip to Rockefeller Center.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our New York City trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Bondi, Australia to New York City. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Eastern Standard Time is minus 15 hours. Traveling from Bondi in January, things will get much colder in New York City: highs are around 3°C and lows about -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Varadero.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Times Square ©
Times Square

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nights
Varadero, Cuba

Varadero ©
One of the largest resort towns in the Caribbean, Varadero boasts a 20 km (12 mi) long stretch of sand, lined with hotels and all-inclusive resorts.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Varadero Beach and Cayo Blanco. Take a break from the city and head to Coral Beach and Varahicacos Ecological Reserve. The adventure continues: play a few rounds at Varadero Golf Club and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Delfinario.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Varadero itinerary builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from New York City to Varadero. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from New York City in January, with highs in Varadero at 30°C and lows at 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Providenciales.

Things to do in Varadero

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Cayos Blancos
Highlights from your plan
Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Cayos Blancos ©
Cayos Blancos
Coral Beach - Playa Coral ©
Coral Beach - Playa Coral

3
nights
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

Providenciales ©
The most commercialized part of the Turks and Caicos, Providenciales remains the islands' tourism heaven, boasting many resorts, hotel chains, and condominiums.
You'll get in some beach time at Grace Bay and Taylor Bay Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Little Water Cay and Long Bay Beach. And it doesn't end there: play a few rounds at Provo Golf Club, stop by Graceway Gourmet, explore the gorgeous colors at Bight Reef, and don't miss a visit to Leeward Beach.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Providenciales trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Varadero to Providenciales takes 8 hours. The time zone difference moving from Cuba Standard Time (CST) to Atlantic Standard Time (AST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Varadero in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Providenciales, with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can fly to Culebra.

Things to do in Providenciales

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Grace Bay Beach ©
Grace Bay Beach
Provo Golf Club ©
Provo Golf Club
Little Water Cay ©
Little Water Cay

4
nights
Culebra, Puerto Rico

Culebra ©
With much of Culebra a nature refuge, the tropical island has been protected from overdevelopment, chain hotels, and the cruise set.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Flamenco Beach and Playa Punta Soldado Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Sun Bay and Zoni Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Media Luna Beach in Isla de Vieques (about 46 minutes away).

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Culebra travel itinerary creator.

Getting from Providenciales to Culebra by flight takes about 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Saint Philip Parish.

Things to do in Culebra

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Isla de Vieques
Highlights from your plan
Flamenco Beach ©
Flamenco Beach
Zoni Beach ©
Zoni Beach
Sun Bay Beach ©
Sun Bay Beach

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hours
Saint Philip Parish, Barbados

Saint Philip Parish
Saint Philip Parish tourism revolves around the area's scenic beaches and rocky cliffs.
To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Saint Philip Parish vacation trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Culebra to Saint Philip Parish. In January, daytime highs in Saint Philip Parish are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. You will leave for Dennery on the 23rd (Mon).

Things to do in Saint Philip Parish

Outdoors Tours Parks

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Dennery, St. Lucia

Dennery ©
On the east coast of Saint Lucia, Dennery survives as a fishing community and a small center of commerce.
Get outdoors at Reduit Beach and Pitons. Spend the 25th (Wed) exploring nature at Marigot Bay. There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pigeon Island National Park and see the vivid underwater world at Anse Chastanet Beach and Reef.

For maps and more tourist information, go to the Dennery vacation trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Saint Philip Parish to Dennery with the Route module. In January, daily temperatures in Dennery can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. You'll set off for Caracas on the 27th (Fri).

Things to do in Dennery

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

St. Lucia
Highlights from your plan
Reduit Beach ©
Reduit Beach
Pigeon Island National Park ©
Pigeon Island National Park
Gros Piton ©
Gros Piton

4
nights
Caracas, Venezuela

Caracas ©
Tropical weather, great food, and memorable jungle surroundings seem like all the ingredients Caracas needs to become a must-see destination.
Get some cultural insight at El Pauji and Iglesia de Santa Teresa. And it doesn't end there: get outside with Parque Nacional el Avila, make a trip to Centro de Arte Los Galpones, admire the striking features of Ciudad Universitaria de Caracas, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Expanzoo.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Caracas vacation trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Dennery to Caracas. Traveling from Dennery in January, expect little chillier with lows of 22°C in Caracas. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Bogota.

Things to do in Caracas

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

El Pauji
Highlights from your plan
El Pauji ©
El Pauji
Parque Nacional el Avila ©
Parque Nacional el Avila
Panteon Nacional ©
Panteon Nacional

4
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Laguna de Guatavita and Mount Monserrate. Visit Salt Cathedral and Iglesia de San Francisco for their historical value. Step out of Bogota with an excursion to Mina de Sal de Nemocon in Nemocon--about 1:15 hours away. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Basilica del Senor de Monserrate, don't miss a visit to Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santodomingo, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Bogota trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Caracas to Bogota by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Caracas in February, with highs in Bogota at 23°C and lows at 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Playa Hermosa.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, Laguna de Guatavita, Mina de Sal de Nemocon
Highlights from your plan
Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira ©
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)

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Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica

Playa Hermosa ©
Get some cultural insight at Llanos de Cortez Waterfall and Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja. We've included these beaches for you: Playa Conchal and Playa Hermosa. Step out of Playa Hermosa to go to Tamarindo and see Tamarindo Beach, which is approximately 1:15 hours away.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Playa Hermosa vacation planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Bogota to Playa Hermosa. Traveling from Bogota to Playa Hermosa, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bogota in February, expect Playa Hermosa to be much hotter, temps between 39°C and 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Playa Hermosa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tamarindo Beach, Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco, Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja, Playa Conchal
Highlights from your plan
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Punta Sur and El Rey Ruins (Zona Arqueologica El Rey). We've included these beaches for you: Playa Delfines and Playa Norte. On the 12th (Sun), enjoy an adventurous day among the treetops at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. There's much more to do: fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, raise your glass at Mandala Beach, stop by La Isla Shopping Mall, and kick back and relax at Playa Tortugas.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Cancun itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Playa Hermosa to Cancun with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Playa Hermosa in February: highs in Cancun hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Isla Mujeres
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
La Isla Shopping Village ©
La Isla Shopping Village
Zipline

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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.
Get some cultural insight at Chichen Itza and Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church. Get in touch with nature at Xcaret Eco Theme Park and Akumal Beach. Take a break from Playa del Carmen with a short trip to Mayan Ruins of Tulum in Tulum, about 1 hour away. Spend the 15th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: meet the residents at Xel-Ha and make a trip to Quinta Avenida.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Playa del Carmen trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Cancun to Playa del Carmen in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February in Playa del Carmen, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Peten.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Tulum Archaeological Site, Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret, Akumal Beach, Chichen Itza
Highlights from your plan
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret ©
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza

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Peten, Guatemala

Peten ©
Peten is known for historic sites, wildlife areas, and sightseeing. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Yaxha.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Peten tour planner.

Explore your travel options from Playa del Carmen to Peten with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. On the 21st (Tue), you'll travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Peten

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Yaxha National Park ©
Yaxha National Park

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Los Angeles, United States

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): steep yourself in history at TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame, and then stroll the grounds of Hollywood Forever.

To find maps and tourist information, read our Los Angeles tour planner.

Explore your travel options from Peten to Los Angeles with the Route module. Traveling from Peten to Los Angeles, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. February in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. On the 22nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Historic Sites Nightlife Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Hollywood Walk of Fame ©
Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Forever Cemetery ©
Hollywood Forever Cemetery
TCL Chinese Theatres ©
TCL Chinese Theatres

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Sydney, Australia

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
On the 23rd (Thu), wander the streets of Darling Harbour, then experience the emotional art of opera at Sydney Opera House, and then get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Sydney travel itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Los Angeles to Sydney with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) is 18 hours. In February, Sydney is somewhat warmer than Los Angeles - with highs of 31°C and lows of 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

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