40 days in United States, South America, Central America, Mexico & South Pacific Itinerary

40 days in United States, South America, Central America, Mexico & South Pacific Itinerary

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40 days in United States, South America, Central America, Mexico & South Pacific Itinerary

Start: Orlando, United States
Fly:  3 h 30 min
1
Fort Lauderdale, United States
— 2 nights
ferry:  4 h 30 min
2
Cartagena, Colombia
— 2 nights
ferry:  10 h
3
San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h
4
Jaco, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  10 h 15 min
5
Huatulco, Mexico
— 1 day
Fly:  5 h
6
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h
7
Los Angeles, United States
— 4 nights
Fly:  9 h 15 min
8
Kailua-Kona, United States
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
9
Honolulu, United States
— 3 nights
Fly:  9 h 15 min
10
Pago Pago, American Samoa
— 1 day
Fly + Drive:  26 h
11
Suva, Fiji
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  12 h
12
Paihia, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3 h
13
Tauranga, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
14
Auckland, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
15
Papeete, French Polynesia
— 1 day
Fly + Ferry:  2 h 45 min
16
Vaitape, French Polynesia
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  21 h 30 min
End: Orlando, United States

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Fort Lauderdale, United States

Fort Lauderdale ©
Known as the "Venice of America" because of its extensive network of navigable waterways, Fort Lauderdale welcomes over 10 million annual visitors, most of them attracted by the city's popular beaches and marinas.
Fort Lauderdale is known for beaches, shopping, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Fort Lauderdale Beach.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Fort Lauderdale trip itinerary maker website .

Orlando to Fort Lauderdale is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Orlando in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 62°F in Fort Lauderdale. On the 5th (Tue), you're off toCartagena.

Things to do in Fort Lauderdale

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Fort Lauderdale Beach ©
Fort Lauderdale Beach

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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.
To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cartagena trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Fort Lauderdale to Cartagena in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and flight. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Fort Lauderdale in January; daily highs in Cartagena reach 88°F and lows reach 75°F. You will leave for San Juan del Sur on the 7th (Thu).

Things to do in Cartagena

Tours Outdoors Nightlife

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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

San Juan del Sur ©
Set in a crescent-shaped bay, San Juan del Sur has become known as a popular surfing spot and coastal holiday destination for Nicaraguan families and international visitors alike.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): kick back and relax at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve and then get outside with Costa Dulce Beach.

Plan my day in San Juan del Sur using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cartagena to San Juan del Sur. The time zone difference when traveling from Cartagena to San Juan del Sur is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in January, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Jaco.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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La Flor Beach Natural Reserve ©
La Flor Beach Natural Reserve

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Jaco, Costa Rica

A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): trot along with a tour on horseback and then get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sun): take a memorable tour with Tours and then see Off-Road Tours.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Jaco trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from San Juan del Sur to Jaco takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and ferry; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Huatulco.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Zipline
Off-Road Tours

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Huatulco, Mexico

Huatulco ©
A short flight from Mexico City, scenic Huatulco features nine picture-perfect bays on the Pacific coast.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): experience the excitement of Maica Silver & Contemporary Bijoux and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cacaluta.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Huatulco trip itinerary maker .

Explore your travel options from Jaco to Huatulco with the Route module. In January, daytime highs in Huatulco are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Huatulco

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Cacaluta ©
Cacaluta

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Change things up with a short trip to Vallarta Botanical Gardens in Cabo Corrientes (about 58 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in the exciting artwork at Galleria Dante, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and don't miss a visit to Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Puerto Vallarta trip planning app .

Fly from Huatulco to Puerto Vallarta in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Huatulco in January, things will get slightly colder in Puerto Vallarta: highs are around 80°F and lows about 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Vallarta Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Zipline
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe ©
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe

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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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). There's more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood and get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Puerto Vallarta to Los Angeles in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. In January, Los Angeles is slightly colder than Puerto Vallarta - with highs of 70°F and lows of 49°F. On the 18th (Mon), you'll travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Anaheim
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park

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nights
Kailua-Kona, United States

Kailua-Kona ©
Thanks to its favorable location near a mountain range blocking the northeasterly trade winds, Kailua-Kona gets little rainfall, allowing adventure seekers and nature lovers a chance to enjoy over 300 days of sunshine each year.
Explore Kailua-Kona's surroundings by going to Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (in Puako), Puukohola National Historic Park (in Kawaihae) and Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park). The adventure continues: appreciate the views at Pololu Valley Lookout, get engrossed in the history at Kona Coffee Living History Farm, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kahaluu Beach.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Kailua-Kona travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Los Angeles to Kailua-Kona in 9.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. In January, Kailua-Kona is somewhat warmer than Los Angeles - with highs of 80°F and lows of 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kona Coffee Living History Farm, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Kahaluu Beach, Pololu Valley Lookout
Highlights from your plan
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
Pololu Valley Lookout ©
Pololu Valley Lookout
Puukohola National Historic Park ©
Puukohola National Historic Park

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Honolulu, United States

Honolulu ©
In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Step out of Honolulu to go to Kailua and see Kailua Beach Park, which is approximately 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the different monuments and memorials at USS Arizona Memorial, kick back and relax at Waikiki Beach, take in the pleasant sights at Diamond Head State Monument, and see the interesting displays at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Honolulu trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Kailua-Kona to Honolulu in 4 hours. January in Honolulu sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Pago Pago.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Kailua Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach

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Pago Pago, American Samoa

Pago Pago ©
Head to Pago Pago, the territorial capital of American Samoa, for an authentic Pacific Islands holiday.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Alava, explore the wealth of natural beauty at National Park of American Samoa, then take in the awesome beauty at Matafao Peak, and finally stroll through National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Pago Pago trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Honolulu to Pago Pago. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in January, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Suva.

Things to do in Pago Pago

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Tutuila
Highlights from your plan
National Park of American Samoa ©
National Park of American Samoa
Mount Alava ©
Mount Alava
Matafao Peak
Matafao Peak

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Suva, Fiji

Suva ©
Situated on a verdant, hilly peninsula, Suva is the second-largest city in the South Pacific and has been the capital of Fiji since 1882.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): browse the eclectic array of goods at Suva Municipal Market, explore the galleries of 21K Gallery, then get engrossed in the history at Fiji Museum, and finally admire the natural beauty at Thurston Garden.

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

The Route module can help you plan travel from Pago Pago to Suva. The time zone changes from Hawaii Standard Time to Fiji Time, which is usually a 22 hour difference. Traveling from Pago Pago in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Suva, with lows of 82°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Suva

Shopping Museums Parks
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Suva Municipal Market ©
Suva Municipal Market
Fiji Museum ©
Fiji Museum
21K Gallery ©
21K Gallery

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Paihia, New Zealand

Paihia ©
The main tourist town in the Bay of Islands area, Paihia gives visitors a good range of accommodations, a convenient town center, long sandy beaches, and interesting architecture.
Paihia is known for wildlife, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, get in on the family fun at Action World, take in the dramatic scenery at Haruru Falls, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Paihia online trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Suva to Paihia with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tauranga.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Kerikeri
Highlights from your plan
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Scuba & Snorkeling
Urupukapuka Island ©
Urupukapuka Island

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Tauranga, New Zealand

Tauranga
The largest city in the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga features extensive sandy beaches, well-maintained hiking paths, and a good range of accommodations.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tauranga: Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Rotorua (Horseback Riding Tours, Te Puia, & more). It doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of McLaren Falls Park.

Discover how to plan a Tauranga trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Tauranga takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in February, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Tauranga

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Rotorua, Hobbiton Movie Set
Highlights from your plan
McLaren Falls Park
McLaren Falls Park
Te Puia ©
Te Puia
Horseback Riding Tours

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Auckland, New Zealand

The largest and most populous city in New Zealand, Auckland combines a rich history and thriving contemporary culture in an abundance of museums, art galleries, and performance venues.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Auckland: Tawharanui Regional Park (in Warkworth) and Connells Bay Sculpture Park (in Waiheke Island). And it doesn't end there: take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, head off the coast to Waiheke Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Cheltenham Beach, and learn about all things military at Auckland Museum.

Plan a Auckland trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Tauranga to Auckland takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Tauranga in February since evenings lows in Auckland dip to 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Papeete.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Tawharanui Regional Park, Connells Bay Sculpture Park, Cheltenham Beach
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum

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Papeete, French Polynesia

Papeete
The capital of French Polynesia, Pape'ete amounts to little more than a medium-sized town by Western standards, but it is still a thriving hub of culture and commerce.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Point Venus, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Tahiti and the Islands, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Municipal Market.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Papeete travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Papeete takes 7 hours. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Tahiti Time is minus 22 hours. When traveling from Auckland in February, plan for a bit warmer days in Papeete, with highs around 87°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Vaitape.

Things to do in Papeete

Shopping Parks Nature

Side Trips

Point Venus, Museum of Tahiti and the Islands
Highlights from your plan
Municipal Market
Municipal Market
Museum of Tahiti and the Islands ©
Museum of Tahiti and the Islands
Point Venus ©
Point Venus

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Vaitape, French Polynesia

Vaitape ©
Perched at the foot of Bora Bora's emerald peak, by the side of the deep blue central lagoon, Vaitape is breathtakingly beautiful.
On the 8th (Mon), stop by JENA and then enjoy the sand and surf at Matira Beach. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the exhibits of Bora Art Upstairs, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To find out how to plan a trip to Vaitape, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Papeete to Vaitape takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vaitape

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bora Bora
Highlights from your plan
Matira Beach ©
Matira Beach
Bora Art Upstairs ©
Bora Art Upstairs

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