60 days in Mexico, Central America & South America Itinerary

60 days in Mexico, Central America & South America Itinerary

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60 days in Mexico, Central America & South America Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  25​h
1
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 5 nights
+4
bus + foot + Fly + bus + shuttle:  9​h 30​min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Granada, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 45​min
4
Panama City, Panama
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Cartagena, Colombia
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Bogota, Colombia
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + shuttle + ferry:  7​h
7
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 5 nights
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  8​h
8
Quito, Ecuador
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
9
Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 45​min
10
La Paz, Bolivia
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h
11
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 30​min
12
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
13
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Sydney, Australia

5
nights
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 La Isla Shopping Village (in Cancun), Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and Tulum (Tulum Archaeological Site, Cenote Tak Be Ha, & more). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 20th (Mon) at Xel-Ha. There's more to do: cool off at Xcaret Park and make a trip to Quinta Avenida.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Playa del Carmen road trip website .

Sydney, Australia to Playa del Carmen is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -15 hour difference. January in Playa del Carmen sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Tulum, Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá, La Isla Shopping Village
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 22:
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Xcaret Park ©
Xcaret Park
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret ©
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret

5
nights
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, wildlife, trails, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, explore the activities along Lake Arenal, trek along Bogarin Trail, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Playa del Carmen to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, flight, and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can drive to Granada.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano National Park
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 28:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

2
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Granada, Nicaragua

Granada
The lakeside city of Granada has the look and feel of a historically important economic and political center, with grand colonial architecture, a unified look, and many cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): head off the coast to Islets of Granada, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, and then explore the activities along Apoyo. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco and then contemplate the geological forces at Mombacho.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Granada attractions planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Granada by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Granada

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Apoyo
Find places to stay Jan 28 — 30:
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Apoyo
Apoyo
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Islets of Granada ©
Islets of Granada

4
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Panama City: Colon (Gatun Locks & Fort San Lorenzo). Spend the 1st (Sat) exploring nature at Parque Nacional de Soberania. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Panama Canal, explore the activities along Gatun Lake, explore the ancient world of Panama La Vieja, and take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Panama City tour itinerary planner .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Granada to Panama City in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Panama City

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Colon
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 4:
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Soberania National Park ©
Soberania National Park
Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo

1
night
Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): appreciate the history behind Claustro de la Merced Mausoleo de Garcia Marquez, then make a trip to Castillo San Felipe de Barajas, and then steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Cartagena trip planner .

Fly from Panama City to Cartagena in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. February in Cartagena sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 5:
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Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas

5
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Bogota side-trips: Chingaza National Park (in Fomeque) and Catedral de Sal (in Zipaquira). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Monserrate, let the kids burn off some steam at Parque El Lago, and expand your horizons at Whee Institute.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Bogota trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Cartagena to Bogota by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Cartagena in February, expect nights in Bogota to be colder, around 9°C, while days are slightly colder, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trips

Chingaza National Park, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
Find places to stay Feb 5 — 10:
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Monserrate ©
Monserrate
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)

5
nights
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.
Step out of Puerto Ayora with an excursion to North Seymour Island in Baltra--about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Charles Darwin Research Station, view the masterpieces at Galeria Aymara, make a trip to Dragon Hill (Cerro Dragon), and take in the dramatic natural features at Las Grietas.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Ayora online trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Bogota to Puerto Ayora takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Bogota in February: highs in Puerto Ayora hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, North Seymour Island, El Trapiche Ecologico Galapagos
Find places to stay Feb 10 — 16:
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Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve
Las Grietas ©
Las Grietas

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cuicocha (in Cotacachi), Termas de Papallacta (in Papallacta) and Pichincha (in Puerto Quito). Spend the 19th (Wed) among the fascinating landscape of Cotopaxi National Park. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Maria Augusta Urrutia (La Casa Museo Maria Augusta Urrutia), admire the striking features of San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco), and admire the masterpieces at Guayasamin Museum.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Quito planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Puerto Ayora to Quito in 8 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Puerto Ayora in February: high temperatures in Quito hover around 24°C and lows are around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Quito

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Cotopaxi National Park, Pichincha, Termas de Papallacta, Cuicocha
Find places to stay Feb 16 — 21:
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Cuicocha ©
Cuicocha
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania

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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.
On the 24th (Mon), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, delve into the distant past at Tambomachay, admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco, and admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Cusco road trip planning site .

You can fly from Quito to Cusco in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Quito in February, plan for a bit cooler nights in Cusco, with lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Sacred Valley of the Incas
Find places to stay Feb 21 — 26:
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exploor ©
exploor
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas

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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 28th (Fri) exploring the striking scenery along WMDR Yungas Road. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Tiwanaku, don't miss a visit to Mercado de Las Brujas, take in the dramatic natural features at Valley of the Moon, and enjoy some diversion at Urban Rush Bolivia.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the La Paz attractions planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Cusco to La Paz takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Cusco to La Paz is 1 hour. Traveling from Cusco in February, things will get slightly colder in La Paz: highs are around 17°C and lows about 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in La Paz

Nature Parks Scenic Drive
Find places to stay Feb 26 — 29:
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Urban Rush Bolivia ©
Urban Rush Bolivia
Tiwanaku ©
Tiwanaku
Mercado de Las Brujas ©
Mercado de Las Brujas

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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, nature, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Sugarloaf Mountain, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipanema, admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, and stroll through Leblon Beach.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro road trip planning app .

Getting from La Paz to Rio de Janeiro by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from La Paz to Rio de Janeiro, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In March, Rio de Janeiro is much warmer than La Paz - with highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Find places to stay Feb 29 — Mar 6:
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Pao de Acucar ©
Pao de Acucar
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach

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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, parks, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Ibirapuera Park, admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, see the interesting displays at Afro Brazil Museum, and get a taste of the local shopping with Paulista Avenue.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Sao Paulo trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in March: high temperatures in Sao Paulo hover around 32°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Shopping Fun & Games
Find places to stay Mar 6 — 10:
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Pixel Realidade Virtual ©
Pixel Realidade Virtual
Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo

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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, museums, parks, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Recoleta Cemetery, take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, explore the world behind art at Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires, and appreciate the extensive heritage of La Boca.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires road trip site .

Traveling by flight from Sao Paulo to Buenos Aires takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

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