23 days in Mexico, Central America & South America Itinerary

23 days in Mexico, Central America & South America Itinerary

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23 days in Mexico, Central America & South America Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  24 h
1
Mexico City, Mexico
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
2
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  4 h 30 min
3
San Pedro, Belize
— 3 nights
+4
Fly + Foot + Bus + Foot + Bus:  4 h 45 min
4
Antigua, Guatemala
— 3 nights
+5
Bus + Foot + Bus + Foot + Fly + Shuttle:  7 h
5
Granada, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  11 h 15 min
6
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
7
Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  20 h 15 min
End: Melbourne, Australia

3
nights
Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Change things up with a short trip to Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan (about 1h 15 min away). Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on nature at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, stop by Casa Fusion, contemplate the long history of Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, and get to know the fascinating history of Zocalo.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Mexico City day trip site.

Melbourne, Australia to Mexico City is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Mexico City is minus 16 hours. In July, Mexico City is somewhat warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
Highlights from your plan
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

3
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Playa del Carmen side-trips: Tulum (Gran Cenote, Tulum Archaeological Site, &more). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Xcaret, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, make a trip to Quinta Avenida, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Playa del Carmen trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Playa del Carmen takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mexico City to Playa del Carmen due to the time zone difference. In July, Playa del Carmen is a bit warmer than Mexico City - with highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Tours Theme Parks

Side Trip

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

3
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
San Pedro is known for wildlife, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the San Pedro day trip tool.

Getting from Playa del Carmen to San Pedro by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Playa del Carmen in July since evenings lows in San Pedro dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in San Pedro

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Fishing Charters & Tours
Spas

3
nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Antigua: Guatemala City (La Aurora Zoo, Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, &more). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, take an in-depth tour of Casa Santo Domingo Museums, delve into the distant past at Convento de las Capuchinas, and stop by Ileana Sotela Accesorios.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Antigua trip itinerary maker app.

Do a combination of flight and bus from San Pedro to Antigua in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from San Pedro in July, expect Antigua to be slightly colder, temps between 29°C and 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Granada.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Guatemala City
Highlights from your plan
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
La Aurora Zoo ©
La Aurora Zoo
Cerro de la Cruz ©
Cerro de la Cruz

2
nights
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 17th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco, step off the mainland to explore Islets of Granada, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): view the masterpieces at Galeria Mi Camara Mi Mundo, then contemplate the geological forces at Masaya Volcano, and then explore the activities along Apoyo.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Granada tour itinerary maker app.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Antigua to Granada in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Granada

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Masaya
Highlights from your plan
Masaya Volcano ©
Masaya Volcano
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Apoyo
Apoyo

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cusco: Maras (Salinas de Maras & Moray) and Cerveceria Willkamayu (in Urubamba). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, take an in-depth tour of Museo de Arte Precolombino, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, and admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cusco trip website.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Granada to Cusco takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Granada to Cusco is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Maras, Cerveceria Willkamayu
Highlights from your plan
exploor ©
exploor
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha

3
nights
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 23rd (Thu): look for gifts at Dedalo arte & artesania, steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana, and then take a stroll through Miraflores. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, then ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, and finally make a trip to Circuito Magico Del Agua.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Lima trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Cusco to Lima by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for warmer nights when traveling from Cusco in July since evenings lows in Lima dip to 19°C. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

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