33 days in Mexico, Caribbean & South America Itinerary

33 days in Mexico, Caribbean & South America Itinerary

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33 days in Mexico, Caribbean & South America Itinerary

Start: Brisbane, Australia
Fly:  21​h
1
Mexico City, Mexico
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 45​min
2
Chichen Itza, Mexico
— 2 nights
+3
bus + foot + bus + Fly:  7​h 15​min
3
Havana, Cuba
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
4
Holguin, Cuba
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h
5
Trinidad, Cuba
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  34​h
6
Georgetown, Guyana
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Port Mourant, Guyana
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  7​h 45​min
8
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
9
Scarborough, Trinidad and Tobago
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 15​min
10
Saint James Parish, Barbados
— 5 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Brisbane, Australia

2
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.
Step out of Mexico City to go to San Juan Teotihuacan and see Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de la Santa Veracruz, explore the historical opulence of Chapultepec Castle, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Mexico City trip builder .

Brisbane, Australia to Mexico City is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 16 hours traveling from Brisbane to Mexico City. September in Mexico City sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums

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
Museo Frida Kahlo ©
Museo Frida Kahlo

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nights
Chichen Itza, Mexico

Chichen Itza ©
Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Chichen Itza, then explore the striking landscape at Cenote Ik kil, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Convento de San Antonio de Padua. Here are some ideas for day two: Head underground at Cenotes Cuzama, then Head underground at Cenote Yokdzonot, then explore the ancient world of Las Monjas, and finally delve into the distant past at Plataforma de Venus.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Chichen Itza vacation builder app .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Mexico City to Chichen Itza in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Mexico City in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Chichen Itza, with highs around 38°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 30°C. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Havana.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Convento de San Antonio de Padua, Cenote Yokdzonot, Cenotes Cuzama
Highlights from your plan
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
Convento de San Antonio de Padua ©
Convento de San Antonio de Padua

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nights
Havana, Cuba

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): appreciate the history behind Neptune Statue, make a trip to Plaza de la Catedral, make a trip to Plaza de Armas, then make a trip to Malecón of Havana, and finally steep yourself in history at Old Square (Plaza Vieja). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to El Capitolio, steep yourself in history at Castillo de la Real Fuerza, and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Havana.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Havana day trip website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Chichen Itza to Havana in 7.5 hours. Traveling from Chichen Itza in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Havana, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Holguin.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Old Havana ©
Old Havana
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana
Plaza de la Catedral ©
Plaza de la Catedral

3
nights
Holguin, Cuba

Holguin ©
Not overly touristy, Holguin offers a different perspective on Cuban life, standing as a major city that doesn't seek to commercialize its past or cover itself in all inclusive resorts.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): kick back and relax at Playa Esmeralda, then stroll through Guardalavaca Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at Bahia de Naranjo Nature Park. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Pesquero and then stroll around Parque Calixto Garcia.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Holguin online holiday builder .

You can fly from Havana to Holguin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In September in Holguin, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Trinidad.

Things to do in Holguin

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Guardalavaca Beach ©
Guardalavaca Beach
Playa Esmeralda ©
Playa Esmeralda
Bahia de Naranjo Nature Park ©
Bahia de Naranjo Nature Park

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nights
Trinidad, Cuba

Trinidad ©
Built on sugar and seemingly preserved in molasses, the town of Trinidad attracts visitors with its well-aged 19th century architecture and rustic charm, showcasing the sounds, scents, and sights of days gone by.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): view the masterpieces at Yudit Vidal Faife, kick back and relax at Ancon Beach, then see the interesting displays at Romance Museum, then see the interesting displays at Museo de Historia Municipal, and finally contemplate the long history of Valle de los Ingenios. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Colonial Architecture Museum and then take in the dramatic scenery at Salto del Caburni.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Trinidad trip maker .

Drive from Holguin to Trinidad in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Trinidad can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Georgetown.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ancon Beach ©
Ancon Beach
Valle de los Ingenios ©
Valle de los Ingenios
Museo de Historia Municipal ©
Museo de Historia Municipal

5
nights
Georgetown, Guyana

Georgetown ©
Guyana's capital and main urban area, Georgetown represents the starting point for many visits to the country.
Georgetown is known for parks, zoos & aquariums, museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: do a tasting at Pandama Retreat & Winery, explore the galleries of Roy Geddes Steel Pan Museum, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and admire the landmark architecture of Parliament Bldg.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, refer to the Georgetown holiday builder site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Trinidad to Georgetown. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Trinidad to Georgetown due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Trinidad in October since evenings lows in Georgetown dip to 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Port Mourant.

Things to do in Georgetown

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
St. George's Cathedral ©
St. George's Cathedral
Pandama Retreat & Winery ©
Pandama Retreat & Winery
GT Motorsports ©
GT Motorsports

1
night
Port Mourant, Guyana

Port Mourant
Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the north and sugar cane fields to the south, Port Mourant hosts one of Guyana's largest and most colorful markets seven days per week.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): browse the fresh offerings at Port Mourant Market.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Mourant trip planner .

You can drive from Georgetown to Port Mourant in 2 hours. On the 7th (Thu), you're off toPort of Spain.

Things to do in Port Mourant

Shopping

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Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

Port of Spain ©
Port of Spain, the country's capital, sits between the sea and a scenic green mountain range, and acts as a gateway for eclectic adventures on land and sea.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Asa Wright Nature Centre, pause for some photo ops at Dattatreya Temple and Hanuman Statue, and then walk around Queen's Park Savannah. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: meet the residents at Emperor Valley Zoo, then enjoy the sand and surf at Maracas Beach, and then look for gifts at Cocobel.

For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Port of Spain tour itinerary builder .

Explore your travel options from Port Mourant to Port of Spain with the Route module. October in Port of Spain sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Scarborough.

Things to do in Port of Spain

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Asa Wright Nature Centre
Highlights from your plan
Queen's Park Savannah ©
Queen's Park Savannah
Asa Wright Nature Centre ©
Asa Wright Nature Centre
Maracas Beach
Maracas Beach

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nights
Scarborough, Trinidad and Tobago

Scarborough ©
Scarborough is the largest city and capital of the Island of Tobago and the fifth-most-populous in Trinidad and Tobago. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Argyle Waterfall, enjoy the sand and surf at Englishman's Bay, and then look for gifts at Time to Wine. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Pigeon Point Beach, then stroll through Store Bay, then grab your bike and head to Eden's Door, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Fort King George.

Find out how to plan Scarborough trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Getting from Port of Spain to Scarborough by car takes about 4 hours. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Saint James Parish.

Things to do in Scarborough

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tobago, Plymouth, Time to Wine
Highlights from your plan
Store Bay ©
Store Bay
Pigeon Point Beach ©
Pigeon Point Beach
Fort King George ©
Fort King George

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Saint James Parish, Barbados

Saint James Parish ©
Saint James Parish, with its white sand coastline and modern coastal developments, has gained a reputation as a favorite haunt of the rich and famous.
Change things up with these side-trips from Saint James Parish: Bottom Bay (in Saint Philip Parish) and Andromeda Botanic Gardens (in Bathsheba). There's still lots to do: Head underground at Harrison's Cave., play a few rounds at Royal Westmoreland Golf Course, enjoy the sand and surf at Paynes Bay Beach, and admire the landmark architecture of St. Nicholas Abbey.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Saint James Parish trip itinerary planning website .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Scarborough to Saint James Parish in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight. In October, daily temperatures in Saint James Parish can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Saint James Parish

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bridgetown, Saint Joseph Parish, Saint Thomas Parish, Animal Flower Cave, Bottom Bay
Highlights from your plan
Hunte's Gardens ©
Hunte's Gardens
Harrison's Cave. ©
Harrison's Cave.
Bottom Bay ©
Bottom Bay