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

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

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
2
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 3 nights
3
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
4
Mendoza, Argentina
— 3 nights
5
Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
6
La Paz, Bolivia
— 3 nights
7
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
8
Lima, Peru
— 1 night
9
Quito, Ecuador
— 3 nights
10
Bogota, Colombia
— 3 nights
11
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
12
Antigua, Guatemala
— 2 nights
13
San Pedro, Belize
— 3 nights
14
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 4 nights
15
Havana, Cuba
— 3 nights
16
San Juan, Puerto Rico
— 5 nights
17
Canaima National Park, Venezuela
— 5 nights

4
nights
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, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pedra da Gavea, delve into the lush surroundings at Parque Nacional Tijuca, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Barra da Tijuca Beach.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro trip planner.

Cairo, Egypt to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Cairo to Rio de Janeiro due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Cairo in June: high temperatures in Rio de Janeiro hover around °C and lows are around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

3
nights
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
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: walk around Parque Ibirapuera, examine the collection at Museu da Lingua Portuguesa, get your game on at Pixel Realidade Virtual, and explore the world behind art at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Sao Paulo online tour itinerary builder.

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 June, things will get a bit cooler in Sao Paulo: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Shopping Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Pixel Realidade Virtual ©
Pixel Realidade Virtual
Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera

3
nights
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 historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, stop by Puerto Madero, and admire the architecture and history at Plaza de Mayo.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Buenos Aires online route planner.

Fly from Sao Paulo to Buenos Aires in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Sao Paulo in June, with highs in Buenos Aires at °C and lows at °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Mendoza.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Museo de los Ninos ©
Museo de los Ninos

3
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Mendoza, Argentina

Famed for its neat vineyards and thriving wine production, Mendoza remains the place to visit for a pleasant combination of relaxation and recreation.
Change things up with a short trip to Valle de Uco in Tupungato (about 1h 25 min away). There's lots more to do: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, learn about winemaking at Bodega Cruzat. Bubbles Experience, ride a horse along Los Pingos Horse Riding, and walk around Parque General San Martin.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Mendoza road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Mendoza takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in June, Mendoza is little chillier at night with lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Mendoza

Wineries Tours Parks

Side Trip

Valle de Uco
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Parque General San Martin ©
Parque General San Martin
Bodega Renacer ©
Bodega Renacer

4
nights
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.
When in Santiago, make a side trip to see Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile in Valle Nevado, approximately Valle Nevado away. And it doesn't end there: walk around Cerro Santa Lucia, explore the world behind art at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, stop by Patio Bellavista, and examine the collection at Museo Interactivo Mirador.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Santiago trip maker.

You can fly from Mendoza to Santiago in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Argentina Standard Time to Chile Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile
Highlights from your plan
La Chascona ©
La Chascona
Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile ©
Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia

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La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Spend the 23rd (Tue) exploring the striking scenery along WMDR Yungas Road. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Huayna Potosi, get outside with Outdoor Activities, tee off at Golf Tours Bolivia-Day Tours, and make a trip to Mercado de Las Brujas.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the La Paz road trip app.

Traveling by flight from Santiago to La Paz takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
WMDR Yungas Road ©
WMDR Yungas Road
Huayna Potosi ©
Huayna Potosi
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

3
nights
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: Hacienda del Chalan (in Urubamba) and Maras (Salinas de Maras & Moray). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, hike along exploor, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and explore the ancient world of Tipon.

To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Cusco trip maker website.

You can fly from La Paz to Cusco in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from La Paz to Cusco is minus 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from La Paz in June, with highs in Cusco at °C and lows at °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Maras, Hacienda del Chalan
Highlights from your plan
exploor ©
exploor
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras

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night
Lima, Peru

Lima ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, thenexplore the ancient world of Huaca Pucllana, thenadmire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), and finally take an in-depth tour of Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Lima trip site.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Lima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be much hotter in Lima, with lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco

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nights
Quito, Ecuador

Quito ©
High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Quito: Cayambe (Reserva Ecologica Antisana & Oyacachi Aguas Termales) and Bosque Protector Jerusalem (in Guayllabamba). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, admire the landmark architecture of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, and examine the collection at Museo Etnohistorico de Artesanias del Ecuador Mindalae.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Quito attractions website.

You can fly from Lima to Quito in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in June, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Quito

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Cayambe, Bosque Protector Jerusalem
Highlights from your plan
Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila ©
Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco ©
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco

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Bogota, Colombia

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bogota: Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra) and Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Bogota visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Quito to Bogota takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Quito in July, things will get little chillier in Bogota: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Laguna de Guatavita, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

5
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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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, head outdoors with El Salto, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

You can fly from Bogota to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 9.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bogota to La Fortuna de San Carlos due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Antigua.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano National Park
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

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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.
On the 10th (Fri), get impressive views of Volcan de Agua, thenget impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, and then look for gifts at Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Cerro de la Cruz, thenadmire the masterpieces at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, thenexplore the ancient world of Convento de las Capuchinas, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Antigua trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Antigua takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Antigua

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Volcan de Agua ©
Volcan de Agua
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced

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San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Spend the 13th (Mon) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. And it doesn't end there: explore the gorgeous colors at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, make a trip to Shark Ray Alley, and stroll through Mexico Rocks.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the San Pedro trip planner.

Getting from Antigua to San Pedro by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and ferry. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Antigua in July; daily highs in San Pedro reach °C and lows reach °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in San Pedro

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Ambergris Caye
Highlights from your plan
Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Fishing Charters & Tours
Mexico Rocks ©
Mexico Rocks

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cancun (Zona Arqueologica El Rey & La Isla Shopping Village) and Tulum (Casa Cenote, Tankah, &more). There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Xcaret, tee off at Playacar Golf Club, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Playa del Carmen day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from San Pedro to Playa del Carmen takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from San Pedro in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of °C in Playa del Carmen. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Havana.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Tulum, Cancun
Highlights from your plan
Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Scuba & Snorkeling
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site

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Havana, Cuba

Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Havana is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Malecón of Havana, contemplate the long history of El Morro, make a trip to El Capitolio, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Havana vacation planning app.

You can fly from Playa del Carmen to Havana in 5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Havana are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to San Juan.

Things to do in Havana

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana
Santa Maria del Mar ©
Santa Maria del Mar

5
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San Juan, Puerto Rico

Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S.
Venture out of the city with trips to Horseback Riding Tours (in Utuado), El Yunque National Forest (El Yunque Rain Forest & La Coca Falls) and Parque Nacional de las Cavernas del Rio Camuy (in Camuy). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Condado Beach, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in the dramatic scenery at Las Paylas, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the San Juan attractions planner.

Getting from Havana to San Juan by flight takes about 8 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Havana to San Juan. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Havana in July since evenings lows in San Juan dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Canaima National Park.

Things to do in San Juan

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Luquillo, El Yunque National Forest, Horseback Riding Tours, Zipline, Parque Nacional de las Cavernas del Rio Camuy
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
El Yunque Rain Forest ©
El Yunque Rain Forest
Condado Beach ©
Condado Beach

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Canaima National Park, Venezuela

Canaima National Park ©
One of the largest national parks in the world, Canaima National Park encompasses 30,000 sq km (12 sq mi) of distinct landscapes, varied wildlife, and the world's highest waterfalls.
Spend the 29th (Wed) exploring the gorgeous surroundings at Angel Falls. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Sapo and explore the activities along Salto Kawi.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Canaima National Park trip maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from San Juan to Canaima National Park. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from San Juan to Canaima National Park. You'll have a few hours on the 31st (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Canaima National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Angel Falls ©
Angel Falls
Salto Kawi ©
Salto Kawi
Sapo ©
Sapo

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