36 days in United States, Caribbean, South America & Mexico Itinerary

36 days in United States, Caribbean, South America & Mexico Itinerary

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Start: Belgrade, Serbia
Fly:  12 h 30 min
1
New York City, United States
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
2
Soufriere, St. Lucia
— 4 nights
Fly:  19 h 15 min
3
Santiago, Chile
— 7 nights
Fly:  5 h
4
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly:  12 h 15 min
5
La Paz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h
6
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  10 h 30 min
7
Merida, Mexico
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  8 h 30 min
8
Los Angeles, United States
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
9
San Diego, United States
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
10
San Francisco, United States
— 3 nights
Fly:  18 h 15 min
End: Belgrade, Serbia

3
nights
New York City, United States

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Empire State Building, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Paul's Chapel, and don't miss a visit to Grand Central Terminal.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the New York City trip itinerary planning tool.

Belgrade, Serbia to New York City is an approximately 13-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Belgrade to New York City. In May in New York City, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Soufriere.

Things to do in New York City

Tours Parks Museums

Side Trip

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Highlights from your plan
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
Brooklyn Botanic Garden ©
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Grand Central Terminal ©
Grand Central Terminal

4
nights
Soufriere, St. Lucia

Soufriere ©
Home to some of Saint Lucia's landmark buildings and natural features, Soufriere provides travelers with an engaging and direct route into the center of island life.
Soufriere is known for nature, wildlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens, witness a stunning natural landmark at Sulphur Springs, hike along Tet Paul Nature Trail, and stroll through Petit Piton Trail.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Soufriere trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from New York City to Soufriere takes 9.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from New York City to Soufriere. Traveling from New York City in May, expect nights in Soufriere to be much hotter, around 30°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Soufriere

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens ©
Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens
Gros Piton Nature Trail ©
Gros Piton Nature Trail
Tet Paul Nature Trail ©
Tet Paul Nature Trail

7
nights
Santiago, Chile

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Venture out of the city with trips to Valparaiso (La Sebastiana, Walking tours, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, examine the collection at La Chascona, hunt for treasures at Central Market (Mercado Central), and stroll around Parque Metropolitano de Santiago - Parquemet.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Santiago attractions planner.

Fly from Soufriere to Santiago in 17 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Santiago

Tours Museums Parks

Side Trip

Valparaiso
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia

2
nights
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

San Pedro de Atacama ©
Major archeological sites and a renowned museum remain the big draws in San Pedro de Atacama tourism, appealing to visitors interested in learning more about South America's pre-Columbian cultures.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de Piedras and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques. On the next day, stop by Libreria Del Desierto, take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna, thenexplore the ancient world of Pukara de Quitor, and finally take in the natural beauty of Geyser del Tatio.

Plan trip to San Pedro de Atacama with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques ©
Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques
Geyser del Tatio ©
Geyser del Tatio
Valle De La Luna ©
Valle De La Luna

2
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
La Paz is known for nature, scenic drive, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Mercado de Las Brujas, stop by Unique, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our La Paz road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from San Pedro de Atacama to La Paz takes 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, La Paz is slightly colder than San Pedro de Atacama - with highs of 17°C and lows of -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in La Paz

Tours Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Mercado de Las Brujas ©
Mercado de Las Brujas
Valley of the Moon ©
Valley of the Moon

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 (Moray & Salinas de Maras) and Cerveceria Willkamayu (in Urubamba). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Qorikancha, get engrossed in the history at Museo Inka, steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Cusco trip planner.

Getting from La Paz to Cusco by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from La Paz to Cusco. In May, Cusco is a bit warmer than La Paz - with highs of 24°C and lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Merida.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trips

Maras, Cerveceria Willkamayu
Highlights from your plan
exploor ©
exploor
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha
Museo de Arte Precolombino ©
Museo de Arte Precolombino

2
nights
Merida, Mexico

Merida ©
Yucatan's busy capital, Merida remains a mid-sized urban center offering an impressive list of cultural activities, eclectic nightlife, and a chance to see tropical examples of French and Italian architecture.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Merida: Cenote Kankirixche (in Mucuyche) and Uxmal (in Uxmal). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Mayapan Archaeological Zone, wander the wide-open spaces of Hacienda Sotuta de Peon, see the interesting displays at Casa Museo Montes Molina, and admire the striking features of Paseo de Montejo.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Merida trip maker app.

Getting from Cusco to Merida by flight takes about 13 hours. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Cusco in May: high temperatures in Merida hover around 43°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Merida

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Cenote Kankirixche, Uxmal
Highlights from your plan
Merida Cathedral ©
Merida Cathedral
Uxmal ©
Uxmal
Mayapan Archaeological Zone ©
Mayapan Archaeological Zone

2
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.
Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Downtown Disney). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, don't miss a visit to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, explore the fascinating underground world of Bronson Caves, and get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles road trip site.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Merida to Los Angeles takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Merida to Los Angeles. Traveling from Merida in May, expect nights in Los Angeles to be little chillier, around 17°C, while days are colder, around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trip

Anaheim
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Downtown Disney ©
Downtown Disney

3
nights
San Diego, United States

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
When in San Diego, make a side trip to see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas, approximately Encinitas away. Next up on the itinerary: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, try out the rides at SeaWorld San Diego, examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego, and pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read San Diego attractions planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego

3
nights
San Francisco, United States

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, and stroll around Golden Gate Park.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco online travel route planner.

Fly from San Diego to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego in June, plan for slightly colder nights in San Francisco, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Tours Breweries & Distilleries
Highlights from your plan
Beer Tastings & Tours
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Park ©
Golden Gate Park

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