19 days in South America & Mexico Itinerary

19 days in South America & Mexico Itinerary

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
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Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
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Valparaiso, Chile
— 1 night
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Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
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Bogota, Colombia
— 1 night
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Cartagena, Colombia
— 2 nights
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Mexico City, Mexico
— 4 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina

Queen of La Plata

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: take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, admire the striking features of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, get a sense of history and politics at Casa Rosada, and get to know the fascinating history of Calle Defensa.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires day trip planning website.

London, UK to Buenos Aires is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Argentina Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. In January, Buenos Aires is much hotter than London - with highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

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Santiago, Chile

City of the Island Hills

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Santiago is known for shopping, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Cerro Santa Lucia, go for a walk through Plaza de Armas, buy something for everyone on your list at Costanera Center, and admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Santiago day trip website.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Santiago in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires to Santiago, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Valparaiso.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums · Shopping · Parks

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Valparaiso, Chile

Jewel of the Pacific

Navigating through a maze of colorful streets winding up and down steep hills remains an integral part of any Valparaiso tour.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): learn about winemaking at Kingston Family Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Emiliana Organic Vineyards, and then examine the collection at La Sebastiana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Palacio Rioja, kick back and relax at Reñaca, then don't miss a visit to Flower Clock (Reloj de Flores), and finally take some stellar pictures from Mirador Pablo Neruda.

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Drive from Santiago to Valparaiso in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Valparaiso are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in Valparaiso

Wineries · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

2
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Lima, Peru

City of the Kings

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 13th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, pause for some serene contemplation at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, then don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), and finally stroll around Circuito Magico Del Agua.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Lima day trip planner.

Fly from Valparaiso to Lima in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Valparaiso to Lima. Traveling from Valparaiso in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Lima: highs are around 31°C and lows about 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Lima

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

1
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Machu Picchu, Peru

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 14th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mandor and then explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Machu Picchu road trip planning tool.

You can fly from Lima to Machu Picchu in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

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Bogota, Colombia

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Catedral Primada, examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), then explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and finally stop by Vitrina Guayca.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Bogota trip builder tool.

You can fly from Machu Picchu to Bogota in 11 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

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Cartagena, Colombia

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 17th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, don't miss a visit to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Oceanario.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cartagena trip planner.

Getting from Bogota to Cartagena by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Bogota in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Cartagena: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

4
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Mexico City, Mexico

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Take a break from Mexico City with a short trip to Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan, about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: learn more about the world around you at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, explore the ancient world of Museo del Templo Mayor, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Popular, and delve into the lush surroundings at Bosque de Chapultepec.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Mexico City trip maker app.

Fly from Cartagena to Mexico City in 8 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Cartagena to Mexico City is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Cartagena, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Mexico City, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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.