22 days in Mexico, Central America & South America Itinerary

22 days in Mexico, Central America & South America Itinerary

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Mexico City, Mexico
— 3 nights
2
Chichen Itza, Mexico
— 2 nights
3
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
4
Quito, Ecuador
— 3 nights
5
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
6
Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
7
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights

3
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Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
When in Mexico City, make a side trip to see Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan, approximately San Juan Teotihuacan away. There's still lots to do: learn more about the world around you at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, browse the exhibits of Museo Frida Kahlo, explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, and see the interesting displays at Museo del Carcamo de Dolores.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Mexico City tour itinerary planner.

Manchester, UK to Mexico City is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Manchester to Mexico City. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Manchester in September, with highs in Mexico City at 26°C and lows at 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

2
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Chichen Itza, Mexico

Chichen Itza ©
Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Chichen Itza, explore the ancient world of Plataforma de Venus, then take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Ik kil, then delve into the distant past at La Iglesia, and finally delve into the distant past at The Ossuary.

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Chichen Itza route maker app.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Mexico City to Chichen Itza takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Mexico City in September: highs in Chichen Itza hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
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Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Cenote Ik kil ©
Cenote Ik kil
The Ossuary ©
The Ossuary

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San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose ©
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Jose: Cartago (Ruins of the Church of Carthage, Jardin Botanico Lankester, &more) and Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca). There's much more to do: take a memorable drive along Top Travel Costa Rica, browse the exhibits of Galeria Namu, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, and look for gifts at Tienda eNe.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the San Jose day trip planning website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Chichen Itza to San Jose. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Chichen Itza in September, expect San Jose to be little chillier, temps between 32°C and 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Quito.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cartago, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz
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Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Jardin Botanico Lankester ©
Jardin Botanico Lankester

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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): contemplate the geological forces at Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve, get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, then don't miss a visit to Mitad Del Mundo, and finally don't miss a visit to Galeria de Arte Creacion. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Museum of Maria Augusta Urrutia (La Casa Museo Maria Augusta Urrutia), see the interesting displays at Museo Camilo Egas, admire the landmark architecture of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, then admire the landmark architecture of Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, then get to know the fascinating history of Quito Old Town, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of El Sagrario.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Quito sightseeing tool.

Traveling by flight from San Jose to Quito takes 8.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Jose to Quito due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Jose in September, things will get little chillier in Quito: highs are around 26°C and lows about 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Sun) before leaving for Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve
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Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila ©
Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila
Mitad Del Mundo ©
Mitad Del Mundo
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania

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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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then admire the natural beauty at Mariposario de Machupicchu.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu online visit planner.

You can fly from Quito to Machu Picchu in 12 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Tue) before leaving for Santiago.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Mariposario de Machupicchu ©
Mariposario de Machupicchu
Mapi Art ©
Mapi Art

4
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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.
When in Santiago, make a side trip to see Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile in Valle Nevado, approximately Valle Nevado away. And it doesn't end there: admire all the interesting features of Cerro Santa Lucia, examine the collection at La Chascona, go for a walk through Plaza de Armas, and enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Costanera.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Santiago journey builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Machu Picchu to Santiago takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Machu Picchu to Santiago. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile
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Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile ©
Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires ©
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 plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Puerto Madero, try to win big at Hipodromo Argentino de Palermo, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Japones, and stroll the grounds of Cemiterio de Recoleta.

For more things to do and tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires online day trip planner.

Fly from Santiago to Buenos Aires in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Santiago to Buenos Aires is 1 hour. September in Buenos Aires sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums · Historic Sites · Casinos
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes ©
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

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