59 days in South Pacific, South America, Caribbean, Mexico & United States Itinerary

59 days in South Pacific, South America, Caribbean, Mexico & United States Itinerary

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Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  1 h 30 min
1
Sydney, Australia
— Few hours
Fly:  13 h 30 min
2
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly:  9 h 45 min
3
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  15 h 45 min
4
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  16 h 15 min
5
Havana, Cuba
— 7 nights
Fly:  4 h
6
Cancun, Mexico
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h
7
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 7 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
8
Miami, United States
— 13 nights
Fly:  15 h 15 min
9
Kailua-Kona, United States
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
10
Honolulu, United States
— 12 nights
Fly:  13 h 30 min
End: Melbourne, Australia

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Sydney, Australia

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Mrs Macquarie's Chair.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney tour builder.

Melbourne to Sydney is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in May; daily highs in Sydney reach 24°C and lows reach 14°C. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Santiago.

Things to do in Sydney

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Mrs Macquarie's Chair ©
Mrs Macquarie's Chair

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Santiago, Chile

Santiago ©
Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Get some historical perspective at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania and Capilla Medalla Milagrosa Virgen De Los Rayos. Step out of the city life by going to San Cristóbal Hill and Region IX Ltd. Change things up with a short trip to Concha y Toro in Pirque (about 48 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Cerro Santa Lucia, shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de La Merced, and admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Santiago tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Sydney to Santiago by flight takes about 17.5 hours. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Chile Standard Time, which is usually a -14 hour difference. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Concha y Toro, Region IX Ltd
Highlights from your plan
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Concha y Toro ©
Concha y Toro
Barrio Bellavista ©
Barrio Bellavista

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Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
On the 31st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, take in nature's colorful creations at Mandor, and then get great views at Intipuncu.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Machu Picchu travel tool.

You can fly from Santiago to Machu Picchu in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Santiago to Machu Picchu, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

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Iguazu National Park, Argentina

Iguazu National Park ©
Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
On the 3rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Salto Bernabe Mendez, head off the coast to Isla San Martin, thenadmire the sheer force of Salto San Martin, and finally admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Iguazu National Park trip itinerary builder tool.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Machu Picchu to Iguazu National Park in 15 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Machu Picchu to Iguazu National Park due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in June, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Havana.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Wanda, Provincial Urugua-i Park
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez
Salto San Martin ©
Salto San Martin

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Havana, Cuba

Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Malecón of Havana and Old Havana will appeal to history buffs. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Paraiso and Sirena Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Havana side-trips: Cayo Largo (Punta Mal Tiempo, Sea Turtle Hatchery, &more) and Las Terrazas Complex (in Las Terrazas). There's lots more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, contemplate the long history of Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana, take a stroll through Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon), and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Havana online journey planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Iguazu National Park to Havana in 17 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone difference moving from Argentina Standard Time (ART) to Cuba Standard Time (CST) is minus 2 hours. In June, Havana is somewhat warmer than Iguazu National Park - with highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Cayo Largo, Las Terrazas Complex
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Playa Paraiso ©
Playa Paraiso
Sirena Beach ©
Sirena Beach

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Cancun, Mexico

Cancun ©
Few destinations in Mexico dazzle visitors quite like Cancun, a modern resort town filled with glitzy hotels sitting on picturesque and well-developed Caribbean beaches.
Visiting Playa Delfines and Playa Norte will get you outdoors. Visit Zona Arqueologica El Rey and Zona Arqueológica El Meco for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cancun: Isla Mujeres (Guadalupe Chapel, Galeria de Arte Mexicano, &more). There's lots more to do: fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, catch a ride with Jeromi Transfers, enjoy the sand and surf at Xcacel Beach, and get outside with Cancun Whale Sharks Encounters.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Cancun tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Havana to Cancun takes 4.5 hours. In June in Cancun, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Isla Mujeres, Zona Arqueológica El Meco
Highlights from your plan
Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte
Swim with Dolphins
Zipline

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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.
Two Eyes Cenote has been added to your itinerary. You'll get in some beach time at Paradise Beach and Akumal Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret and LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park. Get out of town with these interesting Playa del Carmen side-trips: Tulum (Caleta Tankha Beach, Tulum Archaeological Site, &more) and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba). The adventure continues: make a trip to Quinta Avenida, tee off at El Camaleon Mayakoba Golf Club, stop by La Casa de las Hamacas, and Head underground at Rio Secreto.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Playa del Carmen trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Cancun to Playa del Carmen takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Playa del Carmen can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. On the 25th (Thu), you'll travel to Miami.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Tulum, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá, Akumal Beach, Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
Highlights from your plan
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret ©
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá

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Miami, United States

Miami ©
Florida’s mecca of fun in the sun, the lively tropical metropolis of Miami is one of the world’s top vacation spots.
Popular historic sites such as Art Deco Historic District and Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College are in your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Anhinga Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Miami side-trips: Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (in Tavernier), John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park (in Key Largo) and Gumbo Limbo Trail (in Everglades National Park). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at South Beach, make a trip to Bayside Marketplace, have fun at Lock & Load Miami, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Miami Seaquarium.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Miami day trip planning site.

You can fly from Playa del Carmen to Miami in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 29°C. On the 8th (Wed), you'll travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Miami

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Miami Beach, Key Largo, Everglades National Park
Highlights from your plan
South Beach ©
South Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center ©

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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.
On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay) and then stroll through Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kailua-Kona tour itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Miami to Kailua-Kona by flight takes about 15.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Miami to Kailua-Kona. Traveling from Miami in July, expect nights in Kailua-Kona to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 35°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kealakekua Bay, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
Highlights from your plan
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park ©
Kealakekua Bay ©
Kealakekua Bay

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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 the city life by going to Diamond Head State Monument and Waikiki Beach. Your inner history buff will appreciate USS Arizona Memorial and Battleship Missouri Memorial. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Honolulu: Kailua (Kailua Beach Park & Lanikai Beach), Hawaiian Memorial Park Cemetery & Funeral Services (in Kaneohe) and Kapolei (Ihilani Spa, Ko Olina Lagoons, &more). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Sunset Beach Park, appreciate the extensive heritage of Makapuu Lighthouse Trail, admire the sheer force of Manoa Falls, and get some jogging in at Ala Moana Beach Park.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Honolulu road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Kailua-Kona to Honolulu takes 4 hours. In July in Honolulu, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Oahu, Kapolei, Haleiwa, Pupukea, Waianae
Highlights from your plan
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park

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