28 days in South America, Central America, Mexico & United States Itinerary

28 days in South America, Central America, Mexico & United States Itinerary

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28 days in South America, Central America, Mexico & United States Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 15​min
2
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  12​h
3
Lima, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Bogota, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Cartagena, Colombia
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
San Andres Island, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
7
Panama City, Panama
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  7​h
8
Tulum, Mexico
— 4 nights
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  11​h 30​min
9
Antigua, Guatemala
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + Drive + Fly:  9​h 15​min
10
Los Angeles, United States
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Melbourne, Australia

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.
Step out of Cusco to go to Urubamba and see Cerveceria Willkamayu, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, trek along exploor, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, and examine the collection at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cusco visit planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Cusco is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Cusco is minus 15 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Cusco when traveling from Melbourne in April, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Trails

Side Trips

Sacred Valley of the Incas, Cerveceria Willkamayu
Highlights from your plan
exploor ©
exploor
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas

1
night
Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
On the 15th (Wed), delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then delve into the distant past at Intipuncu.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu road trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

1
night
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 16th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Artesanias Las Pallas, then explore the ancient world of Huaca Pucllana, then make a trip to Miraflores, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Circuito Magico Del Agua.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Lima trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Machu Picchu to Lima in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in April, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Lima

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

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Bolivar plaza, admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and then see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate and then enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Whee Institute.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Bogota online attractions planner .

You can fly from Lima to Bogota in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in April, things will get a bit cooler in Bogota: highs are around 22°C and lows about 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Fun & Games Classes
Highlights from your plan
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, contemplate the long history of Plaza Santo Domingo, and then explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Cartagena trip itinerary builder site .

Fly from Bogota to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Bogota in April, with highs in Cartagena at 38°C and lows at 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo

3
nights
San Andres Island, Colombia

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
San Andres Island is known for nature, wildlife, beaches, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, identify plant and animal life at La Piscinita, pause for some serene contemplation at Primera Iglesia Bautista, and kick back and relax at Playa de Spratt Bight.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the San Andres Island online route maker .

You can fly from Cartagena to San Andres Island in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in April, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Wildlife Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Johnny Cay ©
Johnny Cay
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Rocky Cay ©
Rocky Cay

3
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Spend the 26th (Sun) exploring nature at Soberania National Park. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Panama Canal, take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, get to know the fascinating history of Casco Viejo, and brush up on your military savvy at Centro de Interpretacion de Ciudad del Saber.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Panama City visit planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from San Andres Island to Panama City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi. April in Panama City sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Panama City

Parks Nature Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Soberania National Park ©
Soberania National Park
Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo

4
nights
Tulum, Mexico

Tulum ©
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tulum: Chichen Itza (in Chichen Itza), Cozumel (Museo de la Isla de Cozumel & Scuba & Snorkeling) and Playa del Carmen (Xcaret Park & Quinta Avenida). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, stop by Kaahal Home Tulum, take an in-depth tour of Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos, and contemplate the waterfront views at Casa Cenote.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Tulum online trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Panama City to Tulum in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Panama City in April; daily highs in Tulum reach 33°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Tulum

Theme Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Chichen Itza, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
Highlights from your plan
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Xcaret Park ©
Xcaret Park
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
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.
Step out of Antigua with an excursion to La Aurora Zoo in Guatemala City--about 56 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, don't miss a visit to Cerro de la Cruz, stop by Joyeria C'Santos Antigua, and take an in-depth tour of Casa Santo Domingo Museums.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Antigua online trip itinerary maker .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Tulum to Antigua in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tulum to Antigua, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Tulum in May, with highs in Antigua at 31°C and lows at 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Antigua

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

La Aurora Zoo
Highlights from your plan
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Cerro de la Cruz ©
Cerro de la Cruz

3
nights
Los Angeles, United States

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Step out of Los Angeles to go to Anaheim and see Disneyland Park, which is approximately 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, examine the collection at The Getty Center, admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and catch some excitement at Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles tour app .

Traveling by flight from Antigua to Los Angeles takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Antigua in May, you will find days in Los Angeles are a bit cooler (28°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Nightlife

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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