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

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

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1
San Juan Teotihuacan, Mexico
— 2 nights
2
Mexico City, Mexico
— 3 nights
3
Cuernavaca, Mexico
— 5 nights
4
Chichen Itza, Mexico
— 3 nights
5
Trinidad, Cuba
— 4 nights
6
Panama City, Panama
— 2 nights
7
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 4 nights
8
Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
9
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
10
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 1 night

2
nights
San Juan Teotihuacan, Mexico

San Juan Teotihuacan ©
Home to perhaps the most impressive of Mexico's archaeological sites, San Juan Teotihuacan provides easy access to the World Heritage-listed "City of Gods," the largest pre-Columbian urban center in the Americas.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Teotihuacan Pyramids. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5.

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Palm Springs, USA to San Juan Teotihuacan is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Palm Springs to San Juan Teotihuacan is 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Mexico City.

Things to do in San Juan Teotihuacan

Historic Sites
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3
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana) as well as Monumento y Museo de la Revolucion. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museo Nacional de Antropologia and Museo Nacional De Arte. Step off the beaten path and head to Museo del Templo Mayor and Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, stroll through Alameda Central, and examine the collection at Museo Frida Kahlo.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Mexico City road trip tool.

Drive from San Juan Teotihuacan to Mexico City in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Mexico City, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cuernavaca.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
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Museo Nacional De Arte ©
Museo Nacional De Arte
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Museo del Templo Mayor ©
Museo del Templo Mayor

5
nights
Cuernavaca, Mexico

Cuernavaca ©
Cuernavaca is the capital and largest city of the state of Morelos in Mexico. You've added Garden Borda Cultural Center, Palacio de Cortes, River Rafting & Tubing, and other attractions to your itinerary. Visit Robert Brady Museum and Xochicalco for their historical value.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cuernavaca trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Mexico City to Cuernavaca takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Mexico City in August, you will find days in Cuernavaca are somewhat warmer (81°F), and nights are about the same (61°F). On the 12th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Cuernavaca

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Xochicalco
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Archaeological Zone of Xochicalco ©
Archaeological Zone of Xochicalco
Robert Brady Museum ©
Robert Brady Museum
Palacio de Cortes ©
Palacio de Cortes

3
nights
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Cenotes Cuzama, Templo de Kukulkan and Zona Arqueologica de Izamal. Get a sense of the local culture at Chichen Itza and Zona Arqueologica de Ake. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Ossuary and La Iglesia. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Temple of the Bearded Man and explore the striking landscape at Cenote Ik kil.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Chichen Itza trip itinerary builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cuernavaca to Chichen Itza. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cuernavaca in August: high temperatures in Chichen Itza hover around 92°F and lows are around 79°F. On the 15th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Trinidad.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Dzibichaltun, Zona Arqueologica de Ake, Zona Arqueologica de Izamal, Cenotes Cuzama
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Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Zona Arqueologica de Izamal ©
Zona Arqueologica de Izamal
Templo de Kukulkan ©
Templo de Kukulkan

4
nights
Trinidad, Cuba

Trinidad ©
Built on sugar and seemingly preserved in molasses, the town of Trinidad attracts visitors with its well-aged 19th century architecture and rustic charm, showcasing the sounds, scents, and sights of days gone by.
You've now added Disco Ayala to your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Salto del Caburni and Valle de los Ingenios. Museum-lovers will get to explore Colonial Architecture Museum and Galerie D'Art Calleyro. Step out of Trinidad to go to Cienfuegos and see Delfinario de Cienfuegos, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Topes de Collantes, make a trip to Plaza Mayor, see the interesting displays at Museo de Historia Municipal, and take in panoramic vistas at Iznaga Tower.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Trinidad online trip builder.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Chichen Itza to Trinidad in 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train. August in Trinidad sees daily highs of 92°F and lows of 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Topes de Collantes, Delfinario de Cienfuegos
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Delfinario de Cienfuegos ©
Delfinario de Cienfuegos
Museo de Historia Municipal ©
Museo de Historia Municipal
Iznaga Tower ©
Iznaga Tower

2
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Casco Viejo as well as Panama La Vieja. On the 22nd (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama and then visit Casco Viejo.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Panama City trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Trinidad to Panama City with the Route module. While traveling from Trinidad, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Panama City, ranging from highs of 87°F to lows of 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
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Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Panama La Vieja ©
Panama La Vieja
Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama ©
Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama

4
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve as well as El Garrapatero. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Laguna las Ninfas and Lava Tunnel. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Charles Darwin Research Station, enjoy the sand and surf at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, get a taste of life in the country at Rancho Primicias, and stop by Chocolapagos Darwin's Favourites.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Ayora trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Panama City to Puerto Ayora takes 12.5 hours. In August, Puerto Ayora is a bit cooler than Panama City - with highs of 79°F and lows of 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Santa Cruz
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Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
Laguna las Ninfas ©
Laguna las Ninfas
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve

3
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Museo Nacional de Arqueologia, Antropologia e Historia del Peru, Casa de Aliaga and Nor Yauyos-Cochas Landscape Reserve. Do some cultural sightseeing at MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima and Huaca Pucllana. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo and AMANO, Museo Textil Precolombino. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, explore the world behind art at Museo MATE, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro), and browse the exhibits of Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Lima day trip app.

Traveling by combination of bus, ferry, and flight from Puerto Ayora to Lima takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Puerto Ayora in August, with highs in Lima at 66°F and lows at 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
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MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima ©
MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima
Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo ©
Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo
Museo MATE ©
Museo MATE

2
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.
On the 1st (Tue), contemplate the long history of Tipon, then get engrossed in the history at Museo de Arte Precolombino, and then steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Qorikancha, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Historico Regional, and then delve into the distant past at Tambomachay.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cusco online holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Lima to Cusco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in August, plan for colder nights in Cusco, with lows around 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Museums
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Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Tambomachay ©
Tambomachay

1
night
Iguazu National Park, Argentina

Iguazu National Park ©
Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): go deep underground at Wanda Mines, then identify plant and animal life at Salto Bernabe Mendez, and then head off the coast to Isla San Martin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Salto San Martin and then admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls.

For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Iguazu National Park day trip planning site.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Cusco to Iguazu National Park in 11 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Cusco to Iguazu National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cusco in September, things will get a bit warmer in Iguazu National Park: highs are around 81°F and lows about 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Wanda Mines
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Isla San Martin ©
Isla San Martin
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto San Martin ©
Salto San Martin

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