60 days in South America, Central America, Mexico & Caribbean Itinerary

60 days in South America, Central America, Mexico & Caribbean Itinerary

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Start: London, United Kingdom
Train + Fly:  17 h 30 min
1
Asuncion, Paraguay
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
2
Mar del Plata, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
3
Cordoba, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
4
Santiago, Chile
— 5 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  5 h
5
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 4 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  8 h 15 min
6
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  3 h 15 min
7
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
+4
Train + Foot + Bus + Taxi + Fly:  5 h 15 min
8
Lima, Peru
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
9
Cartagena, Colombia
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
10
Bogota, Colombia
— 5 nights
+3
Fly + Bus + Foot + Bus:  7 h
11
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
12
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Fly:  8 h 15 min
13
Mexico City, Mexico
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h
14
Havana, Cuba
— 8 nights
Fly + Train:  13 h
End: London, United Kingdom

2
nights
Asuncion, Paraguay

Asuncion ©
Paraguay's capital and economic center, Asuncion ranks among the youngest cities on the continent, with more than half of its residents under 30 years of age.
On the 2nd (Sat), explore the galleries of Casa de la Independencia, then ponder the world of politics at Palacio de López, and then admire the masterpieces at Museo del Barro. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Aventura Xtrema, get outside with Lago Ypacarai, then view the masterpieces at El Cantaro, Almacen de Arte, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castillo Carlota Palmerola.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Asuncion travel route app.

London, UK to Asuncion is an approximately 17.5- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Asuncion is minus 4 hours. Traveling from London in January, things will get much hotter in Asuncion: highs are around 39°C and lows about 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Mar del Plata.

Things to do in Asuncion

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Bernardino, Castillo Carlota Palmerola
Highlights from your plan
Casa de la Independencia ©
Casa de la Independencia
Lago Ypacarai ©
Lago Ypacarai
Museo del Barro ©
Museo del Barro

2
nights
Mar del Plata, Argentina

Mar del Plata ©
Drenched in sunshine and fringed by wide expanses of sandy coastline, Mar del Plata stands out as one of Argentina's most popular vacation resorts.
On the 4th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Mar del Plata Cathedral, then enjoy the sand and surf at La Perla, then stroll through Playas de Chapadmalal, and finally contemplate the long history of Centro Cultural Villa Victoria Ocampo. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Varese, stroll through Punta Mogotes, and then kick back and relax at Balneario Medanos.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Mar del Plata holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Asuncion to Mar del Plata takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Asuncion to Mar del Plata, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Asuncion in January; daily highs in Mar del Plata reach 30°C and lows reach 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cordoba.

Things to do in Mar del Plata

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Balneario Medanos
Highlights from your plan
La Perla ©
La Perla
Centro Cultural Villa Victoria Ocampo ©
Centro Cultural Villa Victoria Ocampo
Balneario Medanos ©
Balneario Medanos

2
nights
Cordoba, Argentina

Cordoba ©
History lives on in the streets of Cordoba, Argentina's second-largest city.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Colegio Nacional de Monserrat, steep yourself in history at Museo Historico UNC Manzana Jesuitica, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Los Capuchinos, and finally contemplate the long history of Paseo del Buen Pastor. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Museo Historico Provincial Marques de Sobre Monte, pause for some serene contemplation at Society of Jesus Church, and then examine the collection at Museo Del Che Guevara.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Cordoba travel tool.

You can fly from Mar del Plata to Cordoba in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Mar del Plata in January, you will find days in Cordoba are slightly colder (18°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Museo Del Che Guevara
Highlights from your plan
Museo Historico UNC  Manzana Jesuitica ©
Museo Historico UNC Manzana Jesuitica
Paseo del Buen Pastor ©
Paseo del Buen Pastor

5
nights
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.
You'll explore and learn at La Chascona and Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino. Do some cultural sightseeing at Casa de Isla Negra and Concha y Toro. Venture out of the city with trips to River Rafting & Tubing (in San Jose de Maipo) and Emiliana Organic Vineyards (in Casablanca). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, see the interesting displays at Museo Artequin, take in the pleasant sights at Plaza de Armas, and admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Santiago trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cordoba to Santiago takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cordoba to Santiago. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums Parks Wineries

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Concha y Toro, Casa de Isla Negra, Emiliana Organic Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
La Chascona ©
La Chascona
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino ©
Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino

4
nights
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

San Pedro de Atacama ©
Major archeological sites and a renowned museum remain the big draws in San Pedro de Atacama tourism, appealing to visitors interested in learning more about South America's pre-Columbian cultures.
Get in touch with nature at Salar de Tara and Geyser del Tatio. Do some cultural sightseeing at Pukara de Quitor and Father Le Paige Museum. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Valle De La Luna, explore the activities along Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques, and look for all kinds of wild species at Valle Arcoiris.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read San Pedro de Atacama trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January in San Pedro de Atacama, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Valle De La Luna ©
Valle De La Luna
Geyser del Tatio ©
Geyser del Tatio
Salar de Tara ©
Salar de Tara

5
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Salinas de Maras and exploor. Get a sense of the local culture at Sacsayhuaman and Plaza de Armas. Step out of Cusco with an excursion to Moray in Maras--about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Qorikancha, delve into the distant past at Centro Historico De Cusco, take in the exciting artwork at Ekekos San Blas - Arte & Colores, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Inka.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Cusco tour itinerary website.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Cusco takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Chile Standard Time (CLT) to Peru Standard Time (PET) is minus 1 hour. While traveling from San Pedro de Atacama, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Cusco, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Maras, Sacred Valley of the Incas
Highlights from your plan
exploor ©
exploor
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Intipuncu and then delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu day trip website.

Do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

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

5
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Museo Larco and Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Penascal and Playa Kon-Tiki. Take a break from Lima with a short trip to Iglesia de Santiago Apostol in Lunahuana, about 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Huaca Pucllana, take a stroll through Miraflores, see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Arqueologia, Antropologia e Historia del Peru, and ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor).

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Lima trip maker website.

Traveling by combination of train, bus, and flight from Machu Picchu to Lima takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In January in Lima, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Lima

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Iglesia de Santiago Apostol
Highlights from your plan
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas ©
Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana

5
nights
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Walled City of Cartagena and Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas. Let the collections at Caribe Jewelry Museum & Factory and Museo del Oro Zenu capture your imagination. And it doesn't end there: gain insight at Plaza Santo Domingo, relax and rejuvenate at Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano), make a trip to Casa del Marquez de Valdehoyos, and get to know the fascinating history of Baluarte de la Merced.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cartagena trip maker site.

You can fly from Lima to Cartagena in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Lima in January, expect Cartagena to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Oceanario
Highlights from your plan
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo

5
nights
Bogota, Colombia

Bogota ©
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira and Museo De La Universidad Del Rosario. Explore Bogota's surroundings by going to Esensal (in Zipaquira), Museo Aeroespacial Colombiano (in Tocancipa) and Chingaza National Park (in Fomeque). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate, don't miss a visit to Basilica Del Señor de los Milagros, steep yourself in history at Bolivar Square, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Bogota road trip planning website.

Getting from Cartagena to Bogota by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. While traveling from Cartagena, expect little chillier days and colder nights in Bogota, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Zipaquira, Museo Aeroespacial Colombiano, Chingaza National Park, Basilica Del Señor de los Milagros
Highlights from your plan
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira ©
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira

5
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

La Fortuna de San Carlos ©
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.
You'll explore and learn at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna and Galeria Estudio. Get in touch with nature at Tabacon Hot Springs and La Fortuna Waterfall. Go for a jaunt from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Vara Blanca to see Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz about 1h 50 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, head outdoors with El Salto, explore the galleries of Onirica Art Gallery, and take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Bogota to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Colombia Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano
River Rafting & Tubing

3
nights
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio ©
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Visit Playa Manuel Antonio and Parque Nacional Marino Ballena for some beach relaxation. Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Birding Spots Manuel Antonio. There's more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Manuel Antonio National Park.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio vacation planner.

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Birding Spots Manuel Antonio, Parque Nacional Marino Ballena
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena ©
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena
Nature & Wildlife Tours

5
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.
Let the collections at Museo Nacional de Antropologia and Palacio de Bellas Artes capture your imagination. Get a sense of the local culture at Museo Frida Kahlo and Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana). Get out of town with these interesting Mexico City side-trips: San Juan Teotihuacan (Palacio de Tepantitla, Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5, &more). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Zocalo, take an in-depth tour of Museo del Templo Mayor, ponder the world of politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional), and take a peaceful walk through Bosque de Chapultepec.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Mexico City trip planner.

You can fly from Manuel Antonio to Mexico City in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. February in Mexico City sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Havana.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

8
nights
Havana, Cuba

Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Malecón of Havana and Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana. Old Havana and Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Havana: Cayo Largo (Playa Paraiso, Sea Turtle Hatchery, &more). There's still lots to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, admire the masterpieces at Museu Nacional de Belas Artes de Cuba, take a stroll through Iglesias de San Francisco de Paula, and take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion).

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Havana trip builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Havana takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mexico City to Havana. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Mexico City in February; daily highs in Havana reach 32°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Cayo Largo
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Playa Paraiso ©
Playa Paraiso
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana

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