36 days in Mexico, Caribbean, Central America & South America Itinerary

36 days in Mexico, Caribbean, Central America & South America Itinerary

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Fly to Licenciado Benito Juarez International Airport, Drive to San Juan Teotihuacan
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San Juan Teotihuacan, Mexico
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mexico City, Mexico
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cuernavaca, Mexico
— 5 nights
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Drive to Licenciado Benito Juarez International Airport, Fly to Licenciado Manuel Crescencio Rejon Int Airport, Drive to Chichen Itza
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Chichen Itza, Mexico
— 3 nights
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Bus to Cancun, Fly to Camaguey, Bus to Trinidad
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Trinidad, Cuba
— 4 nights
Drive to Vilo Acuña International Airport, Fly to Marcos A. Gelabert International Airport
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Panama City, Panama
— 2 nights
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Fly to Baltra Island, Fly to San Cristobal, Ferry to Puerto Ayora
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 4 nights
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Bus to Santa Cruz Ferry Terminal, Ferry to Isla Baltra Ferry Terminal, Fly to Lima
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Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly
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Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly to Foz do Iguacu, Bus to Iguazu National Park
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Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 1 night
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Bus to Foz do Iguacu, Fly to Los Angeles, Bus to Palm Springs

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San Juan Teotihuacan, Mexico

— 2 nights
Home to perhaps the most impressive of Mexico's archaeological sites, San Juan Teotihuacan provides easy access to the World Heritage-listed "City of Gods," the largest pre-Columbian urban center in the Americas.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Teotihuacan Pyramids. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5.

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Palm Springs, USA to San Juan Teotihuacan is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Palm Springs to San Juan Teotihuacan is 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Mexico City.

Things to do in San Juan Teotihuacan

Historic Sites

Mexico City, Mexico

— 3 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana) as well as Monumento y Museo de la Revolucion. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museo Nacional de Antropologia and Museo del Templo Mayor. Step off the beaten path and head to Museo Nacional De Arte and Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, stroll through Alameda Central, and examine the collection at Museo Frida Kahlo.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Mexico City road trip tool.

Drive from San Juan Teotihuacan to Mexico City in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Mexico City, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cuernavaca.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Cuernavaca, Mexico

— 5 nights
Cuernavaca is the capital and largest city of the state of Morelos in Mexico. You've added Garden Borda Cultural Center, Palacio de Cortes, River Rafting & Tubing, and other attractions to your itinerary. Visit Robert Brady Museum and Xochicalco for their historical value.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cuernavaca trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Mexico City to Cuernavaca takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Mexico City in August, you will find days in Cuernavaca are somewhat warmer (81°F), and nights are about the same (61°F). On the 12th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Cuernavaca

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

Chichen Itza, Mexico

— 3 nights
Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Cenotes Cuzama, Templo de Kukulkan and Zona Arqueologica de Izamal. Get a sense of the local culture at Chichen Itza and The Ossuary. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Zona Arqueologica de Ake and La Iglesia. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Temple of the Bearded Man and explore the striking landscape at Cenote Ik kil.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Chichen Itza trip itinerary builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cuernavaca to Chichen Itza. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cuernavaca in August: high temperatures in Chichen Itza hover around 92°F and lows are around 79°F. On the 15th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Trinidad.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Trinidad, Cuba

— 4 nights
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.
You've now added Disco Ayala to your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Salto del Caburni and Topes de Collantes. Museum-lovers will get to explore Colonial Architecture Museum and Galerie D'Art Calleyro. Step out of Trinidad to go to Cienfuegos and see Delfinario de Cienfuegos, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Plaza Mayor, examine the collection at Museo de Historia Municipal, contemplate the long history of Valle de los Ingenios, and take in panoramic vistas at Iznaga Tower.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Trinidad online trip builder.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Chichen Itza to Trinidad in 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train. August in Trinidad sees daily highs of 92°F and lows of 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Panama City, Panama

— 2 nights

Dubai of Latin America

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Casco Viejo as well as Panama La Vieja. On the 22nd (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama and then visit Casco Viejo.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Panama City trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Trinidad to Panama City with the Route module. While traveling from Trinidad, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Panama City, ranging from highs of 87°F to lows of 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

— 4 nights
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Your day by day itinerary now includes El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve as well as El Garrapatero. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Laguna las Ninfas and Chocolapagos Darwin's Favourites. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Charles Darwin Research Station, enjoy the sand and surf at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, get a taste of life in the country at Rancho Primicias, and explore the fascinating underground world of Lava Tunnel.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Ayora trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Panama City to Puerto Ayora takes 12.5 hours. In August, Puerto Ayora is a bit cooler than Panama City - with highs of 79°F and lows of 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Lima, Peru

— 3 nights

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Museo Nacional de Arqueologia, Antropologia e Historia del Peru, Casa de Aliaga and Nor Yauyos-Cochas Landscape Reserve. Do some cultural sightseeing at MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima and Museo Larco. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo and AMANO, Museo Textil Precolombino. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana, explore the world behind art at Museo Pedro de Osma, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro).

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Lima trip planning website.

You can do a combination of bus, ferry, and flight from Puerto Ayora to Lima in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight. Traveling from Puerto Ayora in August, things will get little chillier in Lima: highs are around 66°F and lows about 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Cusco, Peru

— 2 nights

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.
On the 1st (Tue), contemplate the long history of Tipon, then get engrossed in the history at Museo de Arte Precolombino, and then steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Qorikancha, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Historico Regional, and then delve into the distant past at Tambomachay.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cusco online holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Lima to Cusco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in August, plan for colder nights in Cusco, with lows around 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Museums

Iguazu National Park, Argentina

— 1 night
Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): go deep underground at Wanda Mines, then identify plant and animal life at Salto Bernabe Mendez, and then head off the coast to Isla San Martin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Salto San Martin and then admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls.

For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Iguazu National Park day trip planning site.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Cusco to Iguazu National Park in 11 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Cusco to Iguazu National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cusco in September, things will get a bit warmer in Iguazu National Park: highs are around 81°F and lows about 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.

Galapagos Islands travel guide

4.4
World heritage site · Nature & Parks · Beaches
Famous worldwide thanks to Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, the remote World Heritage-listed Galapagos Islands are situated in the Pacific Ocean and belong to Ecuador. On a tour of Galapagos Islands, you can witness the staggering amount of endemic wildlife the archipelago is noted for. Besides a couple of cities on the main islands, the landscape remains mostly pristine, as the guided tours follow strict rules and limit visitor numbers. Fascinating creatures, untouched nature, unrivalled snorkeling, scuba diving, and more await you on your Galapagos Islands trip.