24 days in South America, Mexico & Caribbean Itinerary

24 days in South America, Mexico & Caribbean Itinerary

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Cusco, Peru
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Cancun, Mexico
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Havana, Cuba
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Marvelous City

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, stroll through Pedra do Arpoador, take some stellar pictures from Leblon Beach, and catch a live event at Maracanã.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro sightseeing planner.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Riyadh to Rio de Janeiro due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Riyadh in February, expect Rio de Janeiro to be a bit warmer, temps between 38°C and 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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Cusco, Peru

Imperial City

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: Salinas de Maras (in Maras), Cerveceria Willkamayu (in Urubamba) and Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo (in Ollantaytambo). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, don't miss a visit to Pisac, tour in harmony with nature at Manu Wildlife Peru, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cusco Cathedral.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cusco trip builder app.

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Cusco takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time to Peru Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. When traveling from Rio de Janeiro in March, plan for slightly colder days in Cusco, with highs around 23°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Cancun, Mexico

Few destinations in Mexico dazzle visitors quite like Cancun, a modern resort town filled with glitzy hotels sitting on picturesque and well-developed Caribbean beaches.
Venture out of the city with trips to Playa del Carmen (Scuba & Snorkeling, Xcaret, &more), Puerto Morelos (Croco Cun Zoo & Tequila Factory Cancun) and Akumal Beach (in Akumal). And it doesn't end there: whizz through the canopy at Selvatica, don't miss a visit to El Parque de las Palapas, stroll through Playa Delfines, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Interactive Aquarium.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Cancun trip maker site.

Getting from Cusco to Cancun by flight takes about 11 hours. When traveling from Cusco in March, plan for a bit warmer days in Cancun, with highs around 32°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Havana.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Havana, Cuba

Rome of the Caribbean

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: don't miss a visit to Malecón of Havana, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Havana, take a stroll through Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon), and steep yourself in history at Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Havana tour itinerary maker site.

Getting from Cancun to Havana by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Havana when traveling from Cancun in March, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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.