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
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:  5 h
5
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 4 nights
Fly:  8 h 15 min
6
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  3 h 15 min
7
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
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
Fly:  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:  13 h
End: London, United Kingdom

2
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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, thenponder 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, thenview the masterpieces at El Cantaro, Almacen de Arte, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castillo Carlota Palmerola.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Asuncion travel route app.

London, UK to Asuncion is an approximately 17.5-hour 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
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Casa de la Independencia ©
Casa de la Independencia
Lago Ypacarai ©
Lago Ypacarai
Museo del Barro ©
Museo del Barro

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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, thenenjoy the sand and surf at La Perla, thenstroll 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 see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Mar del Plata holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Asuncion to Mar del Plata takes 13 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

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Balneario Medanos
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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, thentake 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 see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Cordoba travel tool.

You can fly from Mar del Plata to Cordoba in 4.5 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
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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 de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos. Do some cultural sightseeing at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino and Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania. Venture out of the city with trips to Casa de Isla Negra (in Isla Negra), River Rafting & Tubing (in San Jose de Maipo) and Concha y Toro (in Pirque). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, view the masterpieces at E.N.D. Espacio Nacional de Diseno, learn about winemaking at Emiliana Organic Vineyards, and admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Santiago day trip tool.

Fly from Cordoba to Santiago in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Argentina Standard Time to Chile Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Casa de Isla Negra, River Rafting & Tubing, Concha y Toro, Emiliana Organic Vineyards
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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 Valle Arcoiris. Do some cultural sightseeing at Pukara de Quitor and Father Le Paige Museum. There's much more to do: take in the natural beauty of Geyser del Tatio, take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna, and explore the activities along Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques.

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

Getting from Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama by flight takes about 5.5 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
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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. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Qorikancha, delve into the distant past at Tambomachay, explore the world behind art at Ekekos San Blas - Arte & Colores, and examine the collection at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cusco online road trip planner.

You can fly from San Pedro de Atacama to Cusco in 9.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from San Pedro de Atacama to Cusco is minus 1 hour. When traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in January, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Cusco: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 9°C at night. 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
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Ekekos San Blas  - Arte  & Colores ©
Ekekos San Blas - Arte & Colores
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 find traveler tips, other places to visit, 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 4 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
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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 Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas and Huaca Pucllana. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Penascal and Playa Kon-Tiki. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, take a stroll through Miraflores, appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Historico de Lima, and view the masterpieces at Galeria Indigo.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Lima online travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Machu Picchu to Lima takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, daytime highs in Lima are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Lima

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Iglesia de Santiago Apostol
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Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
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, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, steep yourself in history at Claustro de la Merced Mausoleo de Garcia Marquez, and don't miss a visit to Torre del Reloj.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Cartagena trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Lima to Cartagena takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Lima in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Cartagena: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Oceanario
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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 De La Universidad Del Rosario. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica and Bolivar Square. Explore Bogota's surroundings by going to Museo Aeroespacial Colombiano (in Tocancipa), Chingaza National Park (in Fomeque) and Zipaquira (Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira & Esensal). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate, see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Colombia, identify plant and animal life at Humedal de Cordoba, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Del Señor de los Milagros.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Bogota online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Cartagena to Bogota takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Cartagena, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Bogota, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Zipaquira, Museo Aeroespacial Colombiano, Basilica Del Señor de los Milagros, Chingaza National Park
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Monserrate ©
Monserrate
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica

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 Wood & Art Gallery. Get in touch with nature at Tabacon Hot Springs and Arenal Volcano. 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. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, get outside with El Salto, explore the galleries of Galeria Estudio, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos itinerary maker site.

You can fly from Bogota to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 9.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Bogota to La Fortuna de San Carlos is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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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.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, 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
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena ©
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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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.
Let the collections at Museo Nacional de Antropologia and Museo Frida Kahlo capture your imagination. Get a sense of the local culture at Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 and Museo del Templo Mayor. Get out of town with these interesting Mexico City side-trips: San Juan Teotihuacan (Palacio de Tepantitla & Museo Manuel Gamio Centro de Estudios Teotihuacanos). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), wander the streets of Historic Center (Centro Historico), and contemplate the long history of Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Mexico City trip maker app.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Mexico City by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In February in Mexico City, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Havana.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

San Juan Teotihuacan
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Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

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Havana, Cuba

Havana ©
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 Old Havana and Finca Vigía. Malecón of Havana and Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion) 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 much more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, explore the different monuments and memorials at Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon), contemplate the long history of Old Square (Plaza Vieja), and admire the landmark architecture of Casa de la Amistad.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Havana trip builder website.

Getting from Mexico City to Havana by flight takes about 6.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Mexico City to Havana is 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Mexico City in February, with highs in Havana at 32°C and lows at 19°C. Finish 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
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Playa Paraiso ©
Playa Paraiso
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana
Old Havana ©
Old Havana

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