60 days in Mexico, South America & Caribbean Itinerary

60 days in Mexico, South America & Caribbean Itinerary

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Tulum, Mexico
— 3 nights
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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 3 nights
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Cancun, Mexico
— 5 nights
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Medellin, Colombia
— 3 nights
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Salento, Colombia
— 2 nights
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Isnos, Colombia
— 4 nights
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Bogota, Colombia
— 6 nights
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Palm - Eagle Beach, Aruba
— 5 nights
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Bridgetown, Barbados
— 5 nights
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Kingston, Jamaica
— 4 nights
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Ocho Rios, Jamaica
— 4 nights
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Montego Bay, Jamaica
— 4 nights
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Varadero, Cuba
— 4 nights
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Havana, Cuba
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Tulum, Mexico

— 3 nights
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Tulum is known for historic sites, wildlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach, explore the fascinating underground world of Gran Cenote, and don't miss a visit to Plastic Flamingo.

To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Tulum itinerary planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Tulum is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -6 hour difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Zurich in November, with highs in Tulum at 32°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

— 3 nights
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Change things up with a short trip to Swim with Dolphins in Cozumel (about 1h 35 min away). Spend the 4th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Xcaret, explore the fascinating underground world of Rio Secreto, and don't miss a visit to Quinta Avenida.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Playa del Carmen trip planner.

Drive from Tulum to Playa del Carmen in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. December in Playa del Carmen sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Cancun, Mexico

— 5 nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Isla Mujeres (Playa Norte & Punta Sur). Spend the 9th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, see where the action happens at Plaza de Toros Cancun, take in the pleasant sights at Av Kukulkan, and stroll through Playa Delfines.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cancun visit website.

Drive from Playa del Carmen to Cancun in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. December in Cancun sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Beaches

Side Trip

Medellin, Colombia

— 3 nights

City of the Eternal Spring

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Medellin is known for parks, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Parque Explora, gain insight at Universidad de Antioquia, and look for gifts at Makeno Tienda.

To see ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Medellin vacation planning site.

You can fly from Cancun to Medellin in 7 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Cancun in December since evenings lows in Medellin dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Salento.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Salento, Colombia

— 2 nights

Father of Quindio

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
On the 14th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, then indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour, and then appreciate the views at Valle del Cocora. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bosques de Cocora.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Salento trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Salento takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Isnos.

Things to do in Salento

Parks · Nature · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Isnos, Colombia

— 4 nights
Isnos is a town and municipality in the Huila Department, Colombia. Venture out of the city with trips to Alcaldia de Pitalito (in Pitalito) and Termales Aquatibia (in Coconuco). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Salto de Bordones, explore the ancient world of Alto de Las Piedras Archaeological Park, admire the sheer force of El Salto del Mortino, and make a trip to Parque Arqueologico Alto de los Idolos.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Isnos online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Salento to Isnos takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Salento in December, plan for a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Isnos: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 27°C at night. On the 20th (Fri), you'll travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Isnos

Theme Parks · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bogota, Colombia

— 6 nights

Athens of South America

Colombia's heart and soul, Bogota has earned the nickname "Athens of South America" thanks to its abundance of universities, libraries, and lower-level schools.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bogota: Vivero Crisalide (in Chia), Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira) and Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), get your bearings at Biblioteca Virgilio, browse the exhibits of Barrio La Candelaria, and contemplate the long history of Bolivar Square.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Bogota travel planning app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Isnos to Bogota. When traveling from Isnos in December, plan for slightly colder days in Bogota, with highs around 22°C, while nights are colder with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Palm - Eagle Beach.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

Palm - Eagle Beach, Aruba

— 5 nights
A long stretch of powdery white sand and aquamarine waters, Palm - Eagle Beach remains one of Aruba's most visited vacation spots.
Go for a jaunt from Palm - Eagle Beach to San Nicolas to see Baby Beach about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Eagle Beach, look for gifts at Kay's Fine Jewelry, tour the pleasant surroundings at Palm Beach, and explore the striking landscape of Arikok National Park.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Palm - Eagle Beach trip planner.

You can fly from Bogota to Palm - Eagle Beach in 6.5 hours. Traveling from Bogota to Palm - Eagle Beach, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bogota in December, expect Palm - Eagle Beach to be warmer, temps between 36°C and 30°C. On the 1st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Bridgetown.

Things to do in Palm - Eagle Beach

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Bridgetown, Barbados

— 5 nights
Bridgetown is the capital and largest city of Barbados. Change things up with these side-trips from Bridgetown: Bottom Bay (in Saint Philip Parish) and St. Nicholas Abbey (in Saint Peter Parish). There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Harrison's Cave., enjoy the sand and surf at Soup Bowl, stroll through Carlisle Bay, and take in nature's colorful creations at Hunte's Gardens.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Bridgetown online tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Palm - Eagle Beach to Bridgetown takes 9.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Kingston.

Things to do in Bridgetown

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Kingston, Jamaica

— 4 nights
The country's capital, Kingston offers all the excitement of a lively and storied city, while also housing the services and facilities travelers need to get around and see the rest of the island.
Step out of Kingston with an excursion to Reach Falls in Port Antonio--about 1h 35 min away. There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Blue Mountains, look for gifts at Chocolate Dreams, stroll around Emancipation Park, and explore and take pictures at Port Royal.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kingston trip itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Bridgetown to Kingston takes 8 hours. The time zone difference moving from Atlantic Standard Time (AST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Ocho Rios.

Things to do in Kingston

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

— 4 nights
A trip to Ocho Rios, the tourist hub of Saint Ann Parish, offers travelers a staggering amount of activities and cultural attractions.
Explore Ocho Rios' surroundings by going to Bob Marley Museum (in St. Ann's Bay), Green Grotto Caves (in Runaway Bay) and Columbus Park (in Discovery Bay). Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Dunn's River Falls and Park, trot along with a tour on horseback, contemplate the long history of Firefly, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Ocho Rios day trip website.

You can drive from Kingston to Ocho Rios in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Montego Bay.

Things to do in Ocho Rios

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Montego Bay, Jamaica

— 4 nights
The second largest city in Jamaica, Montego Bay boasts an international airport and a major cruise-line terminal, so it regularly receives a big influx of visitors to the island.
Get out of town with these interesting Montego Bay side-trips: YS Falls (in Saint Elizabeth Parish) and Negril (Mary, Gate of Heaven Catholic Church & Seven Mile Beach). Spend the 18th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Rose Hall Great House, buy something for everyone on your list at Whitter Village Shopping Mall, contemplate the waterfront views at Martha Brae Rafting Village, and enjoy the sand and surf at Doctor's Cave Beach.

To see maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Montego Bay trip itinerary site.

Getting from Ocho Rios to Montego Bay by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Varadero.

Things to do in Montego Bay

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Varadero, Cuba

— 4 nights
One of the largest resort towns in the Caribbean, Varadero boasts a 20 km (12 mi) long stretch of sand, lined with hotels and all-inclusive resorts.
Go for a jaunt from Varadero to Matanzas to see Cuevas de Bellamar about 54 minutes away. There's much more to do: stroll through Varadero Beach, raise your glass at Mi Casa Beatles, explore the fascinating underground world of Cueva de Saturno, and tee off at Varadero Golf Club.

For traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Varadero trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Montego Bay to Varadero takes 6 hours. In January, Varadero is slightly colder than Montego Bay - with highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Havana.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Havana, Cuba

— 3 nights

Rome of the Caribbean

Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Havana is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Malecón of Havana, make a trip to Plaza de la Catedral, contemplate the long history of El Morro, and explore the world behind art at Museu Nacional de Belas Artes de Cuba.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Havana online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Varadero to Havana in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and train. January in Havana sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Parks

Mexico travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Beaches · Landmarks
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.

Aruba travel guide

4.3
Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling · Gift & Specialty Shops
Happy Island
A Dutch outpost in the Caribbean, sun-drenched Aruba provides a mix of modern seaside resorts and quiet coastal areas ideal for those wishing to escape the crowds. Vacations in Aruba, known affectionately as the "Happy Island," generally combine water-based activities with tours of the untamed backcountry, where you can discover unusual rock formations, historic churches, ostrich farms, and animal sanctuaries. Island capital Oranjestad offers some of the finest shopping and cultural sightseeing in Aruba, with an eco-friendly electric streetcar providing quick access to all of the city's major attractions, including numerous shops, restaurants, and hotels.

Barbados travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling · Caves
Little England
Plan a vacation on the small Caribbean island of Barbados and experience its rich history and vibrant culture. Affectionately called "Little England," the island retains a noticeable British influence in its lively culture, visible especially in sport, religion, and the charming British style buildings with a Caribbean flair. On a tour of Barbados you can lounge on sandy beaches, participate in world-class surfing, roam the World Heritage-listed capital, or explore the lush island interior. When on the island, don't forget to sample its world-famous rum and the signature local dish, the flying fish.

Jamaica travel guide

4.1
Waterfalls · Beaches · Nightlife
The third most populous English-speaking country in the Americas, Jamaica remains a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, with the British monarch its official head of state. Jamaica tourism thrives thanks to the island nation's reputation for natural beauty, outstanding cuisine, and lively music scene. The country's landscape is as diverse as its population, its tropical climate supporting varied ecosystems that include everything from savannahs to rugged mountain slopes. For most visitors, a holiday in Jamaica is a largely outdoor affair, with hiking, fishing, golfing, camping, snorkeling, horseback riding, and kite surfing among the most popular things to do.

Cuba travel guide

4.4
Beaches · Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks
The largest island in the Caribbean, Cuba lies just 140 km (90 mi) south of Florida and captivates a growing number of Western visitors with its tropical landscapes and cultural attractions. Sightseeing in Cuba inevitably begins in Havana, a city of photogenic architecture, lively nightlife, and a passion for baseball. The country's smaller colonial towns usually feature central squares, ideal places to meet the locals under wrought-iron street lamps. Savvy visitors escape the cities during their Cuba holidays, devoting plenty of time to the country's charming countryside, where you can get the feel for this diverse land by conversing with friendly tobacco farmers and small-scale fruit producers.