60 days in South America, Central America & Mexico Itinerary

60 days in South America, Central America & Mexico Itinerary

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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La Paz, Bolivia
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Cusco, Peru
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Lima, Peru
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Cartagena, Colombia
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Medellin, Colombia
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Bogota, Colombia
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
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Granada, Nicaragua
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Antigua, Guatemala
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Mexico City, Mexico
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

— 5 nights

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Explore Rio de Janeiro's surroundings by going to Petropolis (Catedral de Sao Pedro de Alcantara, Imperial Museum, &more). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach, head outdoors with Leblon Beach, and hike along Pedra da Gavea.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro online trip itinerary maker.

London, UK to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from London to Rio de Janeiro, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Rio de Janeiro: highs are around 32°C and lows about 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 18 — 23:

Sao Paulo, Brazil

— 4 nights

Land of Drizzle

Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Sao Paulo is known for museums, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Paulista Avenue, see the interesting displays at Latin America Memorial, admire the masterpieces at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP, and savor the flavors at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo.

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You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Sao Paulo when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in September, with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums · Shopping · Fun & Games · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 27:

Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 5 nights

Queen of La Plata

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Museo de arte Tigre in Tigre (about 40 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemiterio de Recoleta, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, visit Palermo, and admire the natural beauty at Jardin Japones.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Buenos Aires trip maker.

Getting from Sao Paulo to Buenos Aires by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Sao Paulo in September: high temperatures in Buenos Aires hover around 20°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Casinos

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 27 — Oct 2:

La Paz, Bolivia

— 3 nights

City that Touches the Sky

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near La Paz: Tiwanaku (in Tiwanaku), Huayna Potosi (in Milluni) and Puma Punku (in Tiahuanaco). Spend the 5th (Mon) exploring the striking scenery along WMDR Yungas Road. There's still lots to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities and examine the collection at Museo de Textiles Andinos Bolivianos.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the La Paz travel route tool.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to La Paz takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Buenos Aires to La Paz. Traveling from Buenos Aires in October, you will find days in La Paz are slightly colder (19°C), and nights are colder (1°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 2 — 6:

Cusco, Peru

— 5 nights

Imperial City

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Maras (Salinas de Maras & Moray) and Pisac (in Pisac). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, contemplate the long history of Qorikancha, take an in-depth tour of Museo Inka, and admire the masterpieces at Ekekos San Blas - Arte & Colores.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cusco journey planner.

Getting from La Paz to Cusco by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Bolivia Time (BOT) to Peru Standard Time (PET) is minus 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from La Paz in October; daily highs in Cusco reach 24°C and lows reach 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 6 — 11:

Lima, Peru

— 4 nights

City of the Kings

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.
Lima is known for museums, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Arqueologia, Antropologia e Historia del Peru, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Lima trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Cusco to Lima by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Lima, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Lima

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 15:

Cartagena, Colombia

— 1 night

City of Heroes

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.
On the 16th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena and then make a trip to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cartagena online holiday maker.

You can fly from Lima to Cartagena in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Lima in October, plan for much hotter days in Cartagena, with highs around 38°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 16:

Medellin, Colombia

— 3 nights

City of the Eternal Spring

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Medellin is known for parks, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pedal to the sights with medellin 2000m DESCENT, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Parque Explora.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Medellin vacation maker website.

Fly from Cartagena to Medellin in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Cartagena in October, with highs in Medellin at 32°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Trails
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 19:

Bogota, Colombia

— 4 nights

Athens of South America

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Bogota side-trips: Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira) and Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, don't miss a visit to Bolivar Square, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Bogota trip itinerary site.

Fly from Medellin to Bogota in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Medellin in October, things will get a bit cooler in Bogota: highs are around 22°C and lows about 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 19 — 23:

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

— 5 nights
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, stroll through Proyecto Asis, and relax in the rural setting at Finca Loma Verde.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip maker site.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 9.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Colombia Standard Time (COT) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Granada.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 23 — 28:

Granada, Nicaragua

— 2 nights

La Gran Sultana

The lakeside city of Granada has the look and feel of a historically important economic and political center, with grand colonial architecture, a unified look, and many cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): get impressive views of Masaya Volcano and then explore the activities along Apoyo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Islets of Granada and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Granada travel route planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Granada takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Granada

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 28 — 30:

Antigua, Guatemala

— 5 nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Antigua: Guatemala City (Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, La Aurora Zoo, &more). There's lots more to do: stop by Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales, explore the ancient world of Arco de Santa Catalina, take an in-depth tour of Casa Santo Domingo Museums, and get impressive views of Volcan de Agua.

For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Antigua journey planner.

You can fly from Granada to Antigua in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 4:

Mexico City, Mexico

— 5 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Get out of town with these interesting Mexico City side-trips: Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 (in San Juan Teotihuacan), Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Tlaxcala (in Tlaxcala) and Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario) (in Puebla). Next up on the itinerary: learn more about the world around you at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Casa Luis Barragan.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Mexico City travel route builder website.

You can fly from Antigua to Mexico City in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Antigua in November, plan for slightly colder nights in Mexico City, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 4 — 9:

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

— 7 nights
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Playa del Carmen: Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and Tulum (Cenotes Sac Actun, Punta Laguna Nature Reserve, &more). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Xcaret, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, don't miss a visit to Quinta Avenida, and cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Playa del Carmen holiday planner.

Getting from Mexico City to Playa del Carmen by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mexico City to Playa del Carmen. In November, Playa del Carmen is somewhat warmer than Mexico City - with highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 9 — 16:

Bolivia travel guide

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Landmarks · Geologic Formations · Specialty Museums
Tibet of the Americas
If you're an adventurous tourist, consider adding a Bolivia vacation to your travel itinerary. A land of rainforests, Andean glaciers, high altitude cities, and rushing rivers, Bolivia remains one of the most remote countries in the Western Hemisphere. With 60 percent of the population made up of indigenous peoples, native cultures permeate thecountry's music, architecture, and arts, as well as local folklore and traditions. Traveling in Bolivia you can experience diverse wildlife and ecosystems, learn about the country's rich history, try out its distinctive cuisine, and practice your Spanish with the locals, known for their clean and easy-to-understand accent.

Peru travel guide

4.6
Historic Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Incas
In a country renowned for its pre-Columbian archeological sites, no Peru vacation would be complete without an adrenaline-inducing hike to Machu Picchu, World Heritage-listed symbol of the once-mighty Incan Empire. Aside from visiting these spectacular ruins set against the backdrop of photogenic mountain peaks, most holidays in Peru also include an exploration of the country's pretty cities, boasting well-preserved colonial architecture and a slew of modern buildings housing fine museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Ideal for active vacationers, Peru trips are also tailor-made for gourmands, as the country's eclectic cuisine blends tasty influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Diverse in terms of landscapes, climates, and cultures, Colombia remains one of South America's least explored tourist destinations, overshadowed by its more popular southern neighbors. Combining the best of what the continent has to offer, a vacation in Colombia allows you to blend outdoor adventures with tours of picture-perfect cobblestoned towns dating back to the colonial era. Tourists on a Colombia holiday can easily hop from sun-kissed coastal spots to the hilly coffee-growing region, where thriving plantations quickly give way to a landscape of snow-covered volcanic peaks and the paramo--alpine ecosystems sheltering some of the rarest plants growing above the continuous forest line.

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.

Nicaragua travel guide

4.2
Churches · Volcanos · Specialty Museums
Still emerging as a major tourist destination, Nicaragua, the largest country in Central America, entices travelers with its rich history and remarkable natural beauty just waiting to be discovered. A holiday in Nicaragua allows you to explore a vibrant culture, scenic beaches, and plenty of spots off the beaten path. Majestic volcanoes, lakes, and forests offer numerous chances for exploration and exciting adventures, while major cities boast splendid colonial architecture. With access to coastlines on both the Pacific and the Caribbean, a vacation in Nicaragua appeals to those looking for thrilling surfing experiences, dramatic views, or a chance to spread out on a deserted tropical beach.

Guatemala travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Volcanos · Ruins
Land of Eternal Spring
Offering a chance to discover a rich history, remarkable landscapes, and a vibrant culture, a holiday in Guatemala remains a great choice for a wide range of travelers. The heart of the Maya civilization, Guatemala boasts stunning ancient ruins and traditional villages that blend with the Spanish heritage of the colonial-era and its stately cathedrals and town halls. While the cities boast splendid architecture and cultural heritage, they make up a small percentage of the mountainous Guatemalan landscape. Adventurous travelers and nature lovers will have plenty of things to do in Guatemala, from boating on the rushing rivers and scenic lakes, to exploring caves, picturesque beaches, and lush national parks.

Mexico travel guide

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Ruins · Beaches · Landmarks
Tailor-made for anyone seeking that traditional sun-and-sand experience, Mexico vacations allow visitors to explore nearly 10,000 km (6,200 mi) of picturesque coastlines. Idyllic beaches and favorable year-round weather aside, this diverse country with a rich pre-Colombian history allows tourists a chance to discover a fascinating cuisine, numerous archaeological sites, state-of-the-art museums, colonial-era haciendas, and outstanding examples of 21st-century architecture. Most visitors get to know the country by its cities, but if you want a well-rounded Mexico tour, spend some time exploring its jungles, cloud forests, Caribbean reefs, snowcapped volcanoes, vast deserts, and tranquil lagoons. Life is lived outdoors in Mexico, so wherever you go, don't forget to dine alfresco and stroll the country's colonial streets.