60 days in South America, Central America & Mexico Itinerary

60 days in South America, Central America & Mexico Itinerary

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 6 nights
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 4 nights
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Gramado, Brazil
— 3 nights
Bus to Porto Alegre, Fly to Buenos Aires
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 6 nights
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Santiago, Chile
— 6 nights
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Panama City, Panama
— 5 nights
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Contadora Island, Panama
— 2 nights
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Boquete, Panama
— 2 nights
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 7 nights
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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 6 nights
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

— 6 nights

Marvelous City

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, nature, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: pause for some photo ops at Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, explore the historical opulence of Ilha Fiscal, kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, and don't miss a visit to Escadaria Selaron.

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Dresden, Germany to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) is minus 4 hours. Traveling from Dresden in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Rio de Janeiro, with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to fly to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Sao Paulo, Brazil

— 4 nights

Land of Drizzle

Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Sao Paulo is known for shopping, museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Parque Ibirapuera, see the interesting displays at Museu De Arte Sacra De Sao Paulo, explore the world behind art at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP, and get into the urban bustle at The Julio Prestes Cultural Center - Sala Sao Paulo.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Sao Paulo trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Sao Paulo, with lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Gramado.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Childrens Museums

Gramado, Brazil

— 3 nights

Hydrangea Garden

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 trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Negro, admire the landmark architecture of Portico via Nova Petropolis, don't miss a visit to Rua Coberta, and immerse yourself in nature at Parque Estadual do Caracol.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Gramado trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Sao Paulo to Gramado takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Gramado

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Theme Parks

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 6 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.
Buenos Aires is known for historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemiterio de Recoleta, visit Puerto Madero, take a stroll through Palermo, and have fun and explore at Museo de los Ninos.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Buenos Aires trip builder site.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Gramado to Buenos Aires in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Buenos Aires can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to fly to Santiago.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping

Santiago, Chile

— 6 nights

City of the Island Hills

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
When in Santiago, make a side trip to see Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile in Valle Nevado, approximately Valle Nevado away. There's still lots to do: stroll around Cerro Santa Lucia, browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Mercado Central), examine the collection at La Chascona, and fly down the slopes at La Parva Ski Resort.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Santiago trip itinerary planning website.

Fly from Buenos Aires to Santiago in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Argentina Standard Time (ART) to Chile Standard Time (CLT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Panama City.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks · Museums · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trip

Panama City, Panama

— 5 nights

Dubai of Latin America

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Panama City is known for historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, explore the striking landscape of Metropolitan National Park, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Casco Viejo.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Panama City trip planner.

Fly from Santiago to Panama City in 10 hours. The time zone difference moving from Chile Standard Time (CLT) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 1 hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Contadora Island.

Things to do in Panama City

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Contadora Island, Panama

— 2 nights
The most visited of the islands in the archipelago, Contadora Island benefits from having the area's only airport, linking it to the mainland and boosting tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Larga, kick back and relax at Playa de las Suecas, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Cacique. Here are some ideas for day two: see majestic marine mammals with Coral Dreams and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Ejecutiva.

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Traveling by ferry from Panama City to Contadora Island takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of subway and ferry. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Boquete.

Things to do in Contadora Island

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Boquete, Panama

— 2 nights
Now known internationally for its fresh mountain air, year-round pleasant temperatures, and large community of North American expats, Boquete has changed rapidly since the start of the century, changing from a humble mountain town, into a humble mountain surrounded by gated communities and estates.
On the 17th (Fri), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Volcan Baru National Park and then get outside with Finca Lerida Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: experience rural life at Cloud Forest Botanicals and then stroll through Sendero Los Quetzales (The Quetzales Trail).

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Boquete online trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Contadora Island to Boquete in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Boquete

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

— 5 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Get out of town with these interesting Manuel Antonio side-trips: Uvita (Parque Nacional Marino Ballena & Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge) and Jaco (Zipline, Spas, &more). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

Before you visit Manuel Antonio, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Boquete to Manuel Antonio in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Monteverde, Costa Rica

— 1 night
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Monteverde driving holiday website.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

— 7 nights
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 trip includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cabalgata Don Tobias.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can fly to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

— 6 nights
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 (Tankah, Cenotes Sac Actun, &more) and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba). Spend the 5th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: get in on the family fun at Xcaret and take the plunge with a skydiving experience.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Playa del Carmen trip itinerary builder website.

You can fly from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Playa del Carmen in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Playa del Carmen due to the time zone difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Mexico City.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Mexico City, Mexico

— 5 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mexico City: Cuernavaca (Robert Brady Museum & Spanish Language Institute - Day Course) and Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 (in San Juan Teotihuacan). And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on nature at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), get to know the fascinating history of Zocalo, and explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Mexico City planner.

Fly from Playa del Carmen to Mexico City in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Playa del Carmen to Mexico City due to the time zone difference. In October, Mexico City is a bit cooler than Playa del Carmen - with highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Panama travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Historic Walking Areas · Shopping Malls
With a lively banking sector and a booming tourism industry, Panama remains one of the most powerful nations in the Americas, though it's also one of the smallest by land area. The country boasts coastlines on both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, so it's not surprising most Panama holidays include some form of seaside entertainment. With outstanding beaches all over the country, it's easy to find an ideal spot to swim, snorkel, dive, fish, sail, or simply kick back on the sand with a few cold drinks. The country's best-known landmark and one of the world's most significant shipping routes, Panama Canal tops most tourist itineraries--many choose to see this engineering wonder by traveling the length of it by train.

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.

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.