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

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

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
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Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 1 night
Shuttle to Iguazu, Fly to Buenos Aires Jorge Newbery
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
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Medellin, Colombia
— 4 nights
Fly to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Drive to Tamarindo
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
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San Jose, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Fly to La Aurora Airport, Drive to Lanquin
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Lanquin, Guatemala
— 3 nights
Drive to La Aurora Airport, Fly to Cancún International Airport
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Cancun, Mexico
— 3 nights
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Varadero, Cuba
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Havana, Cuba
— 3 nights
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

— 3 nights

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
You'll get in some beach time at Copacabana Beach and Leblon Beach. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Santo Inacio, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pedra do Arpoador, and contemplate the long history of Parque Lage.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro holiday planner.

London, UK to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from London to Rio de Janeiro due to the time zone difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from London in February, with highs in Rio de Janeiro at 38°C and lows at 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

— 1 night

Land of the Waterfalls

A gateway to the world-renowned Iguacu Falls, which spectacularly divide Brazil and Argentina, the modern, high-rise city of Foz do Iguacu can't help but play second fiddle to the natural wonder in its vicinity.
For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Foz do Iguacu holiday planning site.

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Foz do Iguacu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in February, plan for little chillier nights in Foz do Iguacu, with lows around 25°C. On the 6th (Sat), you're off to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Tours · Outdoors · Shopping · Parks

Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 3 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.
Step out of Buenos Aires with an excursion to Peru Beach in Acassuso--about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, take an in-depth tour of El Zanjon de Granados, take a stroll through Calle Defensa, and get a sense of history and politics at Casa Rosada.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Buenos Aires trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Foz do Iguacu to Buenos Aires by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Foz do Iguacu, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Buenos Aires, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Medellin, Colombia

— 4 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Basilica Menor de Nuestra Senora del Rosario de Chiquinquira in La Estrella (about 38 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: see Off-Road Tours, pause for some serene contemplation at Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno, get engrossed in the history at Museo de Antioquia, and contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de Guatape.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Medellin trip tool.

Getting from Buenos Aires to Medellin by flight takes about 12 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Buenos Aires to Medellin is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Buenos Aires in February, Medellin is little chillier at night with lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Tamarindo, Costa Rica

— 2 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Hermosa and Playa Avellana. Take a break from Tamarindo with a short trip to Playa Conchal in Playa Conchal, about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and stop by Buena Nena.

Start your trip to Tamarindo by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Explore your travel options from Medellin to Tamarindo with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Medellin to Tamarindo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

— 3 nights

Walaba

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
Relax by the water at Puerto Viejo Beach and Playa Cocles. Spend the 20th (Sat) exploring nature at Cahuita National Park. There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Uva Beach and admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

San Jose, Costa Rica

— 3 nights
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.
Take a break from San Jose with a short trip to Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz in Vara Blanca, about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia La Soledad, look for gifts at Holalola Souvenir Shop, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read San Jose sightseeing planning site.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Jose takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. February in San Jose sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Lanquin.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Nature · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Lanquin, Guatemala

— 3 nights
San Agustín Lanquín, often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. Lanquin is known for nature and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Monumento Natural Semuc Champey, explore the fascinating underground world of Grutas Las Marias, and head outdoors with Aventura Grande.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Lanquin trip site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from San Jose to Lanquin. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Jose in February: highs in Lanquin hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 24°C. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Sat) before leaving for Cancun.

Things to do in Lanquin

Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Cancun, Mexico

— 3 nights
Few destinations in Mexico dazzle visitors quite like Cancun, a modern resort town filled with glitzy hotels sitting on picturesque and well-developed Caribbean beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Delfines. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Interactive Aquarium.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Cancun trip builder tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lanquin to Cancun. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lanquin to Cancun due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lanquin in February, you will find days in Cancun are little chillier (32°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Varadero.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors · Parks · Adventure · Tours

Varadero, Cuba

One of the largest resort towns in the Caribbean, Varadero boasts a 20 km (12 mi) long stretch of sand, lined with hotels and all-inclusive resorts.
For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Varadero planning site.

You can fly from Cancun to Varadero in 9 hours. Traveling from Cancun in March, Varadero is slightly colder at night with lows of 19°C. You'll set off for Havana on the 2nd (Tue).

Things to do in Varadero

Tours · Outdoors · Nightlife · Wildlife

Havana, Cuba

— 3 nights

Rome of the Caribbean

Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
On the 3rd (Wed), contemplate the long history of Old Square (Plaza Vieja), make a trip to Plaza de Armas, then make a trip to Plaza de la Catedral, and finally don't miss a visit to Old Havana. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Malecón of Havana, enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Maria del Mar, then stroll through Playas de Este, and finally explore the world behind art at Museo de Gallo.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Havana journey planning app.

You can drive from Varadero to Havana in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in March, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

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

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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.

Mexico travel guide

4.5
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.

Cuba travel guide

4.4
Beaches · Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks
The largest island in the Caribbean, Cuba lies just 140 km (90 mi) south of Florida and captivates a growing number of Western visitors with its tropical landscapes and cultural attractions. Sightseeing in Cuba inevitably begins in Havana, a city of photogenic architecture, lively nightlife, and a passion for baseball. The country's smaller colonial towns usually feature central squares, ideal places to meet the locals under wrought-iron street lamps. Savvy visitors escape the cities during their Cuba holidays, devoting plenty of time to the country's charming countryside, where you can get the feel for this diverse land by conversing with friendly tobacco farmers and small-scale fruit producers.