60 days in United States, Mexico, Central America & South America Itinerary

60 days in United States, Mexico, Central America & South America Itinerary

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60 days in United States, Mexico, Central America & South America Itinerary

Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Houston, United States
— 8 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 7 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
San Pedro, Belize
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
4
Roatan, Honduras
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  2​h
5
San Salvador, El Salvador
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
6
Antigua, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
7
Leon, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
8
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 7 nights
+3
Drive + bus + Drive + ferry:  8​h
9
Bocas Town, Panama
— 1 night
+3
ferry + Drive + bus + Drive:  9​h 45​min
10
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
11
Quito, Ecuador
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + shuttle + ferry + bus:  5​h
12
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 3 nights
+4
ferry + foot + Fly + foot + Fly:  17​h 30​min
13
Arequipa, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
14
Cusco, Peru
— 6 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Auckland, New Zealand

8
nights
Houston, United States

Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Dolphin & Whale Watching and The Houston Museum of Natural Science. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Quintana Beach and Surfside Beach. Explore Houston's surroundings by going to Galveston (Bishop's Palace, Ashton Villa, & more), Blue Bell Creameries (in Brenham) and George Bush Presidential Library and Museum (in College Station). And it doesn't end there: get curious at Cockrell Butterfly Center, take in nature's colorful creations at Hermann Park's Japanese Garden, get your game on at Escape Hunt, and get a sense of history and politics at City Hall.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Houston trip planner .

Auckland, New Zealand to Houston is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 18 hours traveling from Auckland to Houston. While traveling from Auckland, expect much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Houston, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Houston

Outdoors Museums Parks

Side Trips

Galveston, George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, Texas Wolfdog Project, Quintana Beach, Blue Bell Creameries
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Fishing Charters & Tours
Cockrell Butterfly Center ©
Cockrell Butterfly Center

7
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.
Visiting Palancar Reef and Climbing Tours will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Santa Rosa Wall. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Playa del Carmen: Gran Cenote (in Tulum) and Cozumel (Submarine Tours, Jesus Es Rey, & more). There's still lots to do: take the plunge with a skydiving experience.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Playa del Carmen trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Houston to Playa del Carmen takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. October in Playa del Carmen sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Cozumel, Tulum, Scuba & Snorkeling
Highlights from your plan
Santa Rosa Wall ©
Santa Rosa Wall
Columbia Reef ©
Columbia Reef
Skydiving

3
nights
San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Shark Ray Alley. Explore hidden gems such as Fishing Charters & Tours and Spas. Go for a jaunt from San Pedro to Caye Caulker to see Cooper's Art Gallery about 1 hour away.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our San Pedro travel route planner.

Getting from Playa del Carmen to San Pedro by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Playa del Carmen to San Pedro, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In October in San Pedro, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to fly to Roatan.

Things to do in San Pedro

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Scuba & Snorkeling, Shark Ray Alley
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Shark Ray Alley ©
Shark Ray Alley
Scuba & Snorkeling

5
nights
Roatan, Honduras

Roatan ©
The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Little French Key and Zipline. Escape the urban bustle at West Bay Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Next up on the itinerary: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, kick back and relax at Tabyana Beach, and browse the different shops at Diamonds International.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Roatan travel route planner .

You can fly from San Pedro to Roatan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In October in Roatan, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Salvador.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Tabyana Beach ©
Tabyana Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
San Salvador, El Salvador

San Salvador ©
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
On the 25th (Fri), take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico La Laguna and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional El Boqueron.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the San Salvador trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Roatan to San Salvador in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In October, daily temperatures in San Salvador can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Antigua.

Things to do in San Salvador

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional El Boqueron ©
Parque Nacional El Boqueron
Jardin Botanico La Laguna ©
Jardin Botanico La Laguna

2
nights
Antigua, Guatemala

The former capital of Guatemala and a World Heritage Site, Antigua retains its colonial charm and remains one of the most visited destinations in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): don't miss a visit to The Plaza Central Park, then see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo, and then explore the ancient world of Arco de Santa Catalina. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Antigua trip itinerary builder website .

Drive from San Salvador to Antigua in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from San Salvador in October; daily highs in Antigua reach 28°C and lows reach 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Leon.

Things to do in Antigua

Tours Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Coffee & Tea Tours
Arco de Santa Catalina ©
Arco de Santa Catalina
The Plaza Central Park ©
The Plaza Central Park

2
nights
Leon, Nicaragua

Leon ©
A cultured and storied city, Leon attracts guests from all over the world, drawn to the second city's style, thriving intellectual life, and liveliness.
On the 28th (Mon), stop by Buho Books and then contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Negro Volcano. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de la Asunción and then kick back and relax at Playa Las Penitas.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Leon trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Antigua to Leon in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Antigua in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Leon: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Leon

Parks Nature Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Cerro Negro Volcano ©
Cerro Negro Volcano
Playa Las Penitas ©
Playa Las Penitas
Catedral de la Asunción ©
Catedral de la Asunción

7
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Ecotermales Fortuna. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Butterfly Conservatory and Rio Chollin. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around La Fortuna de San Carlos: Rio Celeste (in Tenorio Volcano National Park) and Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park). The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, take in nature's colorful creations at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, explore the activities along Lake Arenal, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos travel planning tool .

You can drive from Leon to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Bocas Town.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Butterfly Conservatory, Rio Celeste, Poas Volcano
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory

1
night
Bocas Town, Panama

The colorful and relaxed Bocas Town has a welcoming atmosphere, with the modestly sized urban area showcasing typical Caribbean clapboard houses and home to a mixed community from across the world.
On the 6th (Wed), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, then see the interesting displays at Plastic Bottle Village, and then kick back and relax at Wizard Beach.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Bocas Town online itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of car, bus, and ferry from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Bocas Town takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Bocas Town is 1 hour. In November in Bocas Town, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Wizard Beach
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Wizard Beach ©
Wizard Beach

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.
Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and Fishing Charters & Tours will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and Zipline. Step out of Manuel Antonio with an excursion to Horseback Riding Tours in Esterillos Este--about 56 minutes away. It doesn't end there: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio holiday planning tool .

Traveling by combination of ferry, car, and bus from Bocas Town to Manuel Antonio takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Bocas Town to Manuel Antonio, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Fishing Charters & Tours, Zipline, Horseback Riding Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Parasailing & Paragliding

4
nights
Quito, Ecuador

Quito ©
High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
Step off the beaten path and head to Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila and Intinan Museum. Go for a jaunt from Quito to Peguche to see Cascada de Peguche about 1h 50 min away. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Quito Old Town, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, make a trip to El Panecillo, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica del Voto Nacional.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Quito online travel route planner .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Quito by flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manuel Antonio to Quito is 1 hour. In November, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Quito

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Cascada de Peguche
Highlights from your plan
Cascada de  Peguche ©
Cascada de Peguche
Food Tours

3
nights
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Puerto Ayora ©
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay and Las Grietas. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve and don't miss a visit to Santa Cruz Fish Market.

Plan my day in Puerto Ayora using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and bus from Quito to Puerto Ayora in 5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Quito in November; daily highs in Puerto Ayora reach 31°C and lows reach 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Beaches Wildlife

Side Trip

Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
Highlights from your plan
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
Santa Cruz Fish Market ©
Santa Cruz Fish Market

2
nights
Arequipa, Peru

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Historic Centre of Arequipa and Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Plaza de Armas, see the interesting displays at Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa, contemplate the long history of Yanahuara, and get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Arequipa trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Puerto Ayora to Arequipa takes 17.5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Puerto Ayora in November: highs in Arequipa hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 11°C. On the 22nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Arequipa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa
Yanahuara ©
Yanahuara
Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa ©
Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa

6
nights
Cusco, Peru

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 Zipline and Horseback Riding Tours. Step off the beaten path and head to Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi and Pisac. There's much more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, admire the striking features of The Company of Jesus Church, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and steep yourself in history at Sacred Valley of the Incas.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Cusco tour itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Arequipa to Cusco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November in Cusco, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 8°C at night. You will leave for home on the 28th (Thu).

Things to do in Cusco

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Pisac, Zipline, Sacred Valley of the Incas
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Zipline
Horseback Riding Tours

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