15 days in South America, Mexico, United States & Canada Itinerary

15 days in South America, Mexico, United States & Canada Itinerary

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Machu Picchu, Peru
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Mexico City, Mexico
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Grand Canyon National Park, United States
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Machu Picchu, Peru

— 2 nights
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): relax and rejuvenate at Otto's Salon Spa & Boutique, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, then admire the natural beauty at Mandor, and finally stroll through Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Intipuncu, then stop by Artesanias, then admire the sheer force of Cascadas Allcamayo, and finally ponder the world of politics at Serpost.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu trip planner.

London, UK to Machu Picchu is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. Traveling from London to Machu Picchu, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

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 off the beaten path and head to Murales de Diego Rivera en la Secretaria de Educacion Publica and Museo del Tiempo Tlalpan. Get some cultural insight at Museo Nacional de Antropologia and Palacio de Bellas Artes. There's much more to do: learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, have fun and explore at Memory and Tolerance Museum, and see the interesting displays at Museo Frida Kahlo.

To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Mexico City route maker site.

Getting from Machu Picchu to Mexico City by flight takes about 16 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Machu Picchu to Mexico City is minus 1 hour. In October, daytime highs in Mexico City are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Childrens Museums

Grand Canyon National Park, United States

— 2 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
On the 4th (Thu), take some stellar pictures from Shoshone Point, take in breathtaking views at Moran Point, then take a memorable drive along East Rim Drive, and finally look for gifts at Tusayan General Store. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get great views at Pima Point, take some stellar pictures from The Abyss, and then take some stellar pictures from Mohave Point.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park trip builder.

Explore your travel options from Mexico City to Grand Canyon National Park with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Mexico City in November, expect nights in Grand Canyon National Park to be much colder, around -6°C, while days are little chillier, around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Banff National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive

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Banff National Park, Canada

— 2 nights
Among the world's oldest national parks, Banff National Park serves as a World Heritage-listed mecca for cyclists, hikers, skiers, bird-watchers, mountain climbers, and anyone else with a passion for exploring vast untouched wildernesses.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Sulphur Mountain, see the interesting displays at Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, then get a new perspective on nature at Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum, then examine the collection at Banff Park Museum, and finally hit the slopes at SkiBig3 Adventure Hub. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy breathtaking views from Surprise Corner, then get to know the fascinating history of Policeman's Creek Boardwalk, then contemplate the waterfront views at Vermilion Lakes, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Samson Native Gallery.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Banff National Park tour itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Grand Canyon National Park to Banff National Park in 14.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in November, plan for colder days and little chillier nights in Banff National Park: temperatures range from -3°C by day to -11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mexico travel guide

4.5
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.

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.

Canada travel guide

4.6
Parks · Specialty Museums · Waterfalls
Most people remember their holiday in Canada by the country's great outdoors, yet this sprawling land of hulking mountains and rocky coastlines also boasts numerous modern cities, home to some of the world's finest dining, shopping, and entertainment options. Made for leisurely road trips, North America's biggest country features vast landscapes still unspoiled by mass tourism. A tour of Canada reveals a place packed with diverse cultures, living in tolerance and enjoying one of the highest standards of living in the world. If the vastness of those natural landscapes overwhelms you at any point during your Canada vacation, head to the openhearted cities of Vancouver, Toronto, or Montreal, ideal destinations for art lovers, history buffs, shopaholics, fashionistas, and impassioned foodies.