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

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

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Oranjestad, Aruba
— 6 nights
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Cartagena, Colombia
— 4 nights
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Bogota, Colombia
— 2 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 6 nights
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Uyuni, Bolivia
— 2 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 5 nights
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Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
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Quito, Ecuador
— 2 nights
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Panama City, Panama
— 4 nights
Fly to Liberia, Shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 7 nights
Shuttle to San José, Fly to San Pedro
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San Pedro, Belize
— 5 nights
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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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Havana, Cuba
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Oranjestad, Aruba

— 6 nights
When vacationing on Aruba, don't miss taking a tour of Oranjestad, the capital of the small Caribbean island.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Baby Beach and Malmok Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Eagle Beach and Palm Beach. The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with Aruba Bob Snorkel & Scuba, tour the pleasant surroundings at Donkey Sanctuary Aruba, explore the striking landscape at Natural Pool, and relax in the rural setting at The Butterfly Farm.

To find more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Oranjestad trip planner.

Trondheim, Norway to Oranjestad is an approximately 18-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Trondheim to Oranjestad due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Trondheim in January, expect Oranjestad to be much hotter, temps between 35°C and 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Oranjestad

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Cartagena, Colombia

— 4 nights

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver and Iglesia de la Trinidad. Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa and Torre del Reloj will appeal to history buffs. Spend the 10th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Caribe Jewelry Museum & Factory, contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, and make a trip to Plaza Santo Domingo.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Cartagena online trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Oranjestad to Cartagena takes 7 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Oranjestad to Cartagena is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Bogota.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Bogota, Colombia

— 2 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.
On the 12th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica and then don't miss a visit to Monserrate.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Bogota travel planner.

You can fly from Cartagena to Bogota in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, Bogota is much colder than Cartagena - with highs of 23°C and lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Cusco.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Cusco, Peru

— 6 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.
Get some cultural insight at Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo and Tipon. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sacred Valley of the Incas and Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi. Go for a jaunt from Cusco to Urubamba to see Hacienda del Chalan about 1h 35 min away. Spend the 19th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: examine the collection at ChocoMuseo, steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, view the masterpieces at Ekekos San Blas - Arte & Colores, and wander the streets of San Blas.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Cusco sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Cusco takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Cusco are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Uyuni.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Uyuni, Bolivia

— 2 nights
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): head off the coast to Isla Incahuasi and then explore the striking landscape at Salar de Uyuni.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Uyuni trip planner.

You can fly from Cusco to Uyuni in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cusco to Uyuni due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Cusco, expect little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Uyuni, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 13°C. You'll set off for Buenos Aires on the 21st (Thu).

Things to do in Uyuni

Parks · Nature

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Catedral de la Plata and Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires. Cemiterio de Recoleta and Museo Nacional De Arte Decorativo will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Primada, take a stroll through Puerto Madero, admire the architecture and history at Plaza de Mayo, and get to know the fascinating history of La Boca.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Buenos Aires tour itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Uyuni to Buenos Aires in 10 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Uyuni to Buenos Aires, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Uyuni in January, plan for warmer days in Buenos Aires, with highs around 33°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Santiago.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Santiago, Chile

— 4 nights

City of the Island Hills

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Step off the beaten path and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Reñaca. Get some cultural insight at La Chascona and Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania. Step out of Santiago with an excursion to La Sebastiana in Valparaiso--about 1h 35 min away. There's still lots to do: get great views at San Cristóbal Hill, explore the world behind art at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and walk around Cerro Santa Lucia.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Santiago online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Santiago takes 5.5 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to fly to Quito.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Quito, Ecuador

— 2 nights

Light of America

High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
On the 31st (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica del Voto Nacional, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Quito Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Intinan Museum, take an in-depth tour of Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, and then make a trip to Mitad Del Mundo.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Quito route planner.

Getting from Santiago to Quito by flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Chile Standard Time (CLT) to Ecuador Time (ECT) is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in January, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to fly to Panama City.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites · Museums

Panama City, Panama

— 4 nights

Dubai of Latin America

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Escape the urban bustle at Soberania National Park and Metropolitan National Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Iglesia de San José and Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Avenida Balboa, wander the streets of Casco Viejo, stop by Cinta Costera, and don't miss a visit to Panama Canal.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Panama City trip builder.

Fly from Quito to Panama City in 5 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Quito in February: high temperatures in Panama City hover around 37°C and lows are around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

— 7 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like River Rafting & Tubing and Natura Eco Park Costa Rica. Visiting Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Proyecto Asis will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: stroll through Bogarin Trail, push the limits with Sky Adventures Arenal Park, trot along with a tour on horseback, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Panama City to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

San Pedro, Belize

— 5 nights
San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Escape the urban bustle at Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. Explore hidden gems such as Shark Ray Alley and Secret Beach Belize. There's lots more to do: relax and float downstream with Tuff E Nuff Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mexico Rocks, and take the plunge with a skydiving experience.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the San Pedro online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Pedro takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In February, daily temperatures in San Pedro can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in San Pedro

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

— 6 nights
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Popular historic sites such as Tulum Archaeological Site and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá are in your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Paradise Beach and Ecopark Kantun Chi. Explore Playa del Carmen's surroundings by going to Aktun Chen (in Akumal), Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret (in Solidaridad) and Tulum (Mayan Beach & Gran Cenote). There's lots more to do: take the plunge with a skydiving experience, explore the world behind art at 3D Museum of Wonders, explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Chaak Tun, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Playa del Carmen online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from San Pedro to Playa del Carmen takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from San Pedro to Playa del Carmen, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Pedro in February, expect slightly colder with lows of 21°C in Playa del Carmen. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can fly to Havana.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Havana, Cuba

— 5 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Sirena Beach and Playas de Este. Plaza de San Francisco and Finca Vigía will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Havana: Cuevas de Bellamar (in Matanzas), Cueva de Saturno (in Varadero) and Sea Turtle Hatchery (in Cayo Largo). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at El Morro, make a trip to Plaza de la Catedral, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Havana, and stop by Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon).

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Havana visit planning website.

You can fly from Playa del Carmen to Havana in 4.5 hours. February in Havana sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Aruba travel guide

4.3
Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling · Gift & Specialty Shops
Happy Island
A Dutch outpost in the Caribbean, sun-drenched Aruba provides a mix of modern seaside resorts and quiet coastal areas ideal for those wishing to escape the crowds. Vacations in Aruba, known affectionately as the "Happy Island," generally combine water-based activities with tours of the untamed backcountry, where you can discover unusual rock formations, historic churches, ostrich farms, and animal sanctuaries. Island capital Oranjestad offers some of the finest shopping and cultural sightseeing in Aruba, with an eco-friendly electric streetcar providing quick access to all of the city's major attractions, including numerous shops, restaurants, and hotels.

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.

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.

Bolivia travel guide

4.2
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.

Argentina travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Bodies of Water · Specialty Museums
Land of Contrasts
Home to the highest and lowest points in South America, diverse Argentina enthralls visitors with its contrasting landscapes and rich cultural heritage. A tour of Argentina reveals a sprawling land of fiercely proud and hardworking gauchos, the legendary cowboys of South America's pampas. A vacation in Argentina also leads you to giant urban centers, filled with modern tourist attractions that include fine restaurants, award-winning museums, and renowned public parks, gardens, and zoos. Away from big cities, Argentina sightseeing combines visits to mighty waterfalls situated inside World Heritage-listed national parks in the north of the country, with excursions to icy glaciers in the south.

Chile travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Parks · Specialty Museums
Land of Poets
Squeezed between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, geographically diverse Chile is a long, thin stretch of land encompassing some of the world's driest deserts in the north, and some of its largest glacial fields in the south. Though most Chile holidays include some form of adventure in the vast wilderness areas, the country also contains charming cities providing plenty of urban things to do and see. Many tours of Chile include at least a brief visit to the country's lush wine regions, where backyard vineyards compete with sprawling estates producing some of the world's most respected whites and reds.

Ecuador travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
With abundant opportunities to discover fascinating World Heritage Sites, a holiday in Ecuador remains among the most culturally enriching travel experiences. Home to the world's highest active volcano, this little country packs a big punch when it comes to tourist activities. Some of the most popular things to do in Ecuador include visits to its astonishingly biodiverse wilderness areas, home to some 1,500 bird species, 840 species of amphibians and reptiles, and nearly 20,000 plant species. Of course, the highlight of many Ecuador vacations is bound to be the Galapagos Islands, made famous by naturalist Charles Darwin. Aside from the stunning nature, Ecuador also boasts many historic cities filled with photogenic colonial-era churches, mansions, and plazas.

Panama travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Historic Walking Areas · Shopping Malls
With a lively banking sector and a booming tourism industry, Panama remains one of the most powerful nations in the Americas, though it's also one of the smallest by land area. The country boasts coastlines on both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, so it's not surprising most Panama holidays include some form of seaside entertainment. With outstanding beaches all over the country, it's easy to find an ideal spot to swim, snorkel, dive, fish, sail, or simply kick back on the sand with a few cold drinks. The country's best-known landmark and one of the world's most significant shipping routes, Panama Canal tops most tourist itineraries--many choose to see this engineering wonder by traveling the length of it by train.

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.

Belize travel guide

4.5
Scuba & Snorkeling · River Rafting & Tubing · Reefs
Belize boasts a long coastline along the Caribbean Sea and serves as one of the world's top destinations for snorkeling and scuba diving. In a country providing a home for many different ethnic communities, a holiday in Belize ensures visitors experience a blend of cultures sharing a small land endowed with grand natural beauty. As you tour Belize, you'll see dense broadleaf forests sheltering a staggering variety of birds, ancient Maya ruins providing a palpable history lesson, and tiny coastal villages making up in hospitality what they lack in tourist infrastructure. Still relatively unexplored by foreigners, the country offers travelers a chance to experience pristine scenery free of big crowds and pushy souvenir vendors.

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.