43 days in Mexico, Central America & South America Itinerary

43 days in Mexico, Central America & South America Itinerary

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43 days in Mexico, Central America & South America Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  24 h
1
Mexico City, Mexico
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
2
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 4 nights
+4
Bus + Foot + Fly + Bus + Shuttle:  9 h 15 min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
4
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
5
Panama City, Panama
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
6
Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
7
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  2 h
8
La Paz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  3 h 45 min
9
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  11 h 15 min
10
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  1 h 30 min
11
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4 h 15 min
12
Gramado, Brazil
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  26 h
End: Melbourne, Australia

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mexico City: San Juan Teotihuacan (Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 & Piramide de la Serpiente Emplumada). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional de Antropologia, take a peaceful walk through Bosque de Chapultepec, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and contemplate the long history of Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Mexico City holiday website.

Melbourne, Australia to Mexico City is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Melbourne to Mexico City, you'll gain 16 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Melbourne in March since evenings lows in Mexico City dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

San Juan Teotihuacan
Highlights from your plan
Museo del Tiempo Tlalpan ©
Museo del Tiempo Tlalpan
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

4
nights
Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Playa del Carmen ©
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Playa del Carmen: Tulum (Casa Cenote, Tulum Archaeological Site, &more). There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Xcaret, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Playa del Carmen travel route builder site.

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Playa del Carmen takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Mexico City to Playa del Carmen is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Mexico City in March; daily highs in Playa del Carmen reach 32°C and lows reach 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Tulum
Highlights from your plan
Xcaret ©
Xcaret
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

Set against the backdrop of the imposing Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos offers visitors a chance to explore diverse natural landscapes and sample some delicious local produce.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, get interesting insight from Tours, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and head outdoors with Salto.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Playa del Carmen to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Playa del Carmen to La Fortuna de San Carlos due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

3
nights
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Change things up with these side-trips from Manuel Antonio: Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge (in Uvita) and Jaco (Costa Rica SUP'ers & Canyoning & Rappelling Tours). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and glide peacefully along the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area.

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

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Jaco, Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

3
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Step out of Panama City to go to Isla Taboga and see Iglesia de San Pedro, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, hunt for treasures at Mercado de Mariscos, head outdoors with Ancon Hill, and explore the striking landscape of Metropolitan National Park.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Panama City online visit planner.

You can fly from Manuel Antonio to Panama City in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Manuel Antonio to Panama City, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In March, daily temperatures in Panama City can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Panama City

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Iglesia de San Pedro
Highlights from your plan
Soberania National Park ©
Soberania National Park
Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo

3
nights
Lima, Peru

Lima ©
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.
Lima is known for historic sites, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), wander the streets of Miraflores, steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana, and take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Indigo.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Lima trip itinerary website.

Fly from Panama City to Lima in 4.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Panama City in March; daily highs in Lima reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Tours Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco

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.
Cusco is known for historic sites, museums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, delve into the distant past at Tipon, and trek along exploor.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Cusco attractions planner.

Getting from Lima to Cusco by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in March, you will find days in Cusco are slightly colder (23°C), and nights are much colder (9°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
Ekekos San Blas  - Arte  & Colores ©
Ekekos San Blas - Arte & Colores
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha

2
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
On the 3rd (Fri), head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then don't miss a visit to Mercado de Las Brujas, and then make a trip to Fundacion Flavio Machicado Viscarra. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Huayna Potosi and then examine the collection at Museo de Textiles Andinos Bolivianos.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the La Paz trip itinerary builder app.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Cusco to La Paz in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Peru Time (PET) to Bolivia Time (BOT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In April, La Paz is slightly colder than Cusco - with highs of 17°C and lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Mercado de Las Brujas ©
Mercado de Las Brujas
Huayna Potosi ©
Huayna Potosi

1
night
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Isla Incahuasi and then take in the dramatic natural features at Salar de Uyuni.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Uyuni online sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from La Paz to Uyuni in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from La Paz, expect slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Uyuni, ranging from highs of 10°C to lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Uyuni

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Salar de Uyuni ©
Salar de Uyuni
Isla Incahuasi ©
Isla Incahuasi

4
nights
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro ©
Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Rio de Janeiro is known for beaches, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the history behind Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pedra Bonita, kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Uyuni to Rio de Janeiro takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Uyuni to Rio de Janeiro, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Uyuni in April, with highs in Rio de Janeiro at 33°C and lows at 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

3
nights
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Sao Paulo is known for museums, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Parque Ibirapuera, see the interesting displays at Museu da Lingua Portuguesa, explore the world behind art at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP, and savor the flavors at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Sao Paulo trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in April, things will get little chillier in Sao Paulo: highs are around 30°C and lows about 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Gramado.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo
Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera
Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue

3
nights
Gramado, Brazil

Gramado ©
Surrounded by impressive mountain scenery in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, the small city of Gramado charms visitors with its alpine European-style architecture and blossoming flowers.
Gramado is known for parks, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Negro, learn about winemaking at Casa Seganfredo, pause for some serene contemplation at Paroquia Nossa Senhora de Lourdes, and immerse yourself in nature at Parque Estadual do Caracol.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Gramado trip planning app.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Sao Paulo to Gramado takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gramado

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Canela
Highlights from your plan
Lago Negro ©
Lago Negro
Mini Mundo ©
Mini Mundo
Snowland ©
Snowland

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