37 days in South America, Mexico & Central America Itinerary

37 days in South America, Mexico & Central America Itinerary

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Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly to Salvador, Ferry to Morro de Sao Paulo
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Morro de Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 2 nights
Ferry to Salvador, Fly to Porto Seguro
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Porto Seguro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly to Rio De Janeiro Santos Dumont, Bus to Armacao dos Buzios
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Armacao dos Buzios, Brazil
— 3 nights
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Bus to Conceição de Jacareí, Ferry to Ilha Grande
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Ilha Grande, Brazil
— 4 nights
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Ferry to Conceição de Jacareí, Bus to Rio de Janeiro, Fly to Buenos Aires
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
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Mexico City, Mexico
— 2 nights
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Tulum, Mexico
— 5 nights
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Roatan, Honduras
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Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

— 4 nights

Emerald of the Atlantic

With 21 lush islands scattered among pristine waters in the Atlantic Ocean, a Fernando de Noronha holiday is well worth the effort it takes to get there.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Praia do Sueste and Praia do Cachorro. Kids will appreciate attractions like Praia do Cacimba do Padre and Praia do Leão. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Atalaia Beach, stroll through Baia do Sancho, get outside with Morro dois Irmaos, and take in panoramic vistas at Forte Sao Pedro do Boldro.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Fernando de Noronha itinerary builder site.

Washington, USA to Fernando de Noronha is an approximately 25-hour flight. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Washington to Fernando de Noronha due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Washington in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Fernando de Noronha, with highs around 85°F, while nights are warmer with lows around 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Morro de Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Morro de Sao Paulo, Brazil

— 2 nights
One of the island of Tinhare's five villages, Morro de Sao Paulo stands as an old, charming settlement, with plenty of natural attractions and all the facilities to make visitors feel at home.
On the 19th (Wed), enjoy the sea views from Farol do Morro, then enjoy the sand and surf at Gamboa Beach, then kick back and relax at Quarta Praia, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Segunda Praia. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Garapua Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Da Nossa Senhora Da Luz, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Quinta Praia (Praia do Encanto).

To find photos and tourist information, you can read our Morro de Sao Paulo trip app.

Getting from Fernando de Noronha to Morro de Sao Paulo by combination of flight and ferry takes about 10.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Morro de Sao Paulo is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in May, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Porto Seguro.

Things to do in Morro de Sao Paulo

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Porto Seguro, Brazil

— 3 nights
In a sense, Porto Seguro is where Brazil as a country began, marking the spot where Portuguese explorers first arrived in the 16th century.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Igreja Matriz Nossa Senhora D'Ajuda and Igreja de Sao Joao Batista. Explore hidden gems such as Coroa Vermelha Beach and Praia dos Coqueiros. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Mirror Beach, get to know the fascinating history of Quadrado, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Taipe.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Porto Seguro route planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Morro de Sao Paulo to Porto Seguro takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Morro de Sao Paulo in May, Porto Seguro is little chillier at night with lows of 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Armacao dos Buzios.

Things to do in Porto Seguro

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Armacao dos Buzios, Brazil

— 3 nights

Brazil's St Tropez

Perched on the tip of a peninsula about 175 km (109 mi) east of Rio de Janeiro, the coastal town of Armacao dos Buzios attracts visitors looking to enjoy a beachside getaway without the crowds and chaos of the big city.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Prainhas do Pontal do Atalaia and Praia do Forte. Explore hidden gems such as Joao Fernandinho Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Go for a jaunt from Armacao dos Buzios to Arraial do Cabo to see Forno Beach about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ferradurinha Beach, make a trip to Rua das Pedras, take a leisurely stroll along Orla Bardot Boardwalk, and kick back and relax at Geriba Beach.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Armacao dos Buzios online route planner.

Getting from Porto Seguro to Armacao dos Buzios by combination of flight and bus takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in May, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can drive to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Armacao dos Buzios

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

— 3 nights

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Get a sense of the local culture at Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer and Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro. Bring the kids along to Praia de Ipanema and Leblon Beach. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach, stop by Feira da Praca XV, visit Santa Teresa, and admire the striking features of Ilha Fiscal.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Armacao dos Buzios to Rio de Janeiro takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in May, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Ilha Grande.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Ilha Grande, Brazil

— 4 nights
A tumultuous and unsavory history has kept Ilha Grande relatively undeveloped and free of the trappings of the modern world.
Get a sense of the local culture at Lopes Mendes Beach and Lagoa Azul. Explore hidden gems such as Aventureiro and Lagoa Verde, Ilha Grande. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Abraaozinho Beach, stroll through Julia Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Sao Sebastiao, and take a peaceful walk through Tropical Forest.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Ilha Grande route planner.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Rio de Janeiro to Ilha Grande in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. In May, daily temperatures in Ilha Grande can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Ilha Grande

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 3 nights

Queen of La Plata

Cultural capital of South America, Buenos Aires remains one of the largest cities on the continent, serving as a point of departure for exploring the rest of the country.
Head to Puerto Madero and Palermofor plenty of shopping. Bring the kids along to Cemiterio de Recoleta and Palacio Barolo. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, admire the striking features of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, get engrossed in the history at El Zanjon de Granados, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Calle Defensa.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Buenos Aires vacation maker.

You can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight from Ilha Grande to Buenos Aires in 11 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Ilha Grande in June; daily highs in Buenos Aires reach 60°F and lows reach 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Cusco.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums

Cusco, Peru

— 4 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Sacsayhuaman and Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo. Get some cultural insight at San Blas and Plaza de Armas. Venture out of the city with trips to Qosqo Ayllu (in Ollantaytambo) and Salinas de Maras (in Maras). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cusco Cathedral, stop by Ekekos San Blas - Arte & Colores, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cusco road trip app.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Cusco takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Buenos Aires to Cusco is minus 2 hours. While traveling from Buenos Aires, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Cusco, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 35°F. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Mexico City.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Mexico City, Mexico

— 2 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
On the 10th (Thu), get a sense of history and politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional), get to know the fascinating history of Zocalo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), then take an in-depth tour of Museo del Templo Mayor, then admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): take a peaceful walk through Bosque de Chapultepec, get a new perspective on nature at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, then step into the grandiose world of Chapultepec Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to Museo Frida Kahlo.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Mexico City tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Cusco to Mexico City in 11.5 hours. Traveling from Cusco to Mexico City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Cusco, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Mexico City, ranging from highs of 76°F to lows of 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Tulum.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Tulum, Mexico

— 5 nights
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Casa de los Venados and Off-Road Tours. Family-friendly places like Tulum Archaeological Site and Spas will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Tulum side-trips: Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and Xcaret (in Playa del Carmen). Spend the 16th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Gran Cenote, admire the striking features of Sfer Ik Tulum, kick back and relax at Paradise Beach, and stop by La Llorona.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Tulum online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Mexico City to Tulum by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Mexico City to Tulum, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June, Tulum is a bit warmer than Mexico City - with highs of 85°F and lows of 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Wed) to allow time for the flight to Roatan.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Roatan, Honduras

— 3 nights
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, buy something for everyone on your list at Diamonds International, then enjoy the sand and surf at West Bay Beach, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. On your second day here, get to know the resident critters at Manawakie Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Little French Key, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Roatan travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Tulum to Roatan takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tulum to Roatan. In June in Roatan, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 76°F at night. You will leave for home on the 19th (Sat).

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Mexico travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Landmarks · Zipline
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.