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
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 7 nights
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San Pedro, Belize
— 5 nights
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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 6 nights
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Havana, Cuba
— 5 nights

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Oranjestad, Aruba

Oranjestad ©
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: enjoy the sand and surf at Arashi Beach, 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 17.5-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

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Eagle Beach ©
Eagle Beach
Aruba Bob Snorkeling ©
Aruba Bob Snorkeling
Baby Beach ©
Baby Beach

4
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Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena ©

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 Plaza Santo Domingo and Iglesia de la Trinidad. Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa and Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver will appeal to history buffs. Spend the 10th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Torre del Reloj, make a trip to Plaza Bolivar, see the interesting displays at Caribe Jewelry Museum & Factory, and explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas.

Planning Cartagena trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Oranjestad to Cartagena takes 6 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Oranjestad to Cartagena due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Cartagena

Highlights from your plan
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo
Scuba & Snorkeling
Torre del Reloj ©
Torre del Reloj

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Bogota, Colombia

Bogota ©

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 4.5 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 travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira ©
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica

6
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Cusco, Peru

Cusco ©

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 Sacred Valley of the Incas. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tipon and ChocoMuseo Cusco. 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 still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, get engrossed in the history at Museo Inka, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, and view the masterpieces at Ekekos San Blas - Arte & Colores.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Cusco planner.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Cusco takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in Cusco

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo ©
Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas

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Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
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 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

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Salar de Uyuni ©
Salar de Uyuni
Isla Incahuasi ©
Isla Incahuasi

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires ©

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 Nacional De Arte Decorativo. Cemiterio de Recoleta and Catedral Primada will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: take in the history at Plaza de Mayo, take a stroll through Puerto Madero, steep yourself in history at Palacio Barolo, and take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero.

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 travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

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Highlights from your plan
Catedral de la Plata ©
Catedral de la Plata
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Catedral Primada ©
Catedral Primada

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Santiago, Chile

Santiago ©

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 Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos. Get outdoors at Reñaca and San Cristóbal Hill. Take a break from Santiago with a short trip to La Sebastiana in Valparaiso, about 1h 35 min away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at La Chascona, explore the galleries of Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, explore the world behind art at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, and admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Santiago planner.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Santiago in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Buenos Aires to Santiago due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
La Sebastiana ©
La Sebastiana
River Rafting & Tubing
Reñaca ©
Reñaca

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Quito, Ecuador

Quito ©

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 admire the landmark architecture of 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 9 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 travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Quito

Highlights from your plan
Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila ©
Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila
Quito Old Town ©
Quito Old Town
Basilica del Voto Nacional ©
Basilica del Voto Nacional

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Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©

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 Avenida Balboa and Iglesia de San José. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Panama La Vieja, take a stroll through Cinta Costera, don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, and stop by Casco Viejo.

To see reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Panama City journey maker tool.

Fly from Quito to Panama City in 6 hours. Traveling from Quito in February, expect Panama City to be somewhat warmer, temps between 37°C and 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Avenida Balboa ©
Avenida Balboa
Panama La Vieja ©
Panama La Vieja

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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 Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Visiting Proyecto Asis and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, get the adrenaline pumping with Sky Adventures Arenal Park, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bogarin Trail.

Before you visit La Fortuna de San Carlos, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Panama City to La Fortuna de San Carlos by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Panama City to La Fortuna de San Carlos due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
River Rafting & Tubing
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro ©
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 Mexico Rocks. Explore hidden gems such as Shark Ray Alley and Spas. Spend the 16th (Tue) exploring nature at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve. And it doesn't end there: relax and float downstream with Tuff E Nuff Tours, take the plunge with a skydiving experience, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Secret Beach Belize.

For photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the San Pedro trip planning tool.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Pedro in 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. February in San Pedro sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in San Pedro

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Hol Chan Marine Reserve ©
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Tuff E Nuff Tours ©
Tuff E Nuff Tours
Shark Ray Alley ©
Shark Ray Alley

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Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Playa del Carmen ©
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), Tulum (Mayan Beach & Gran Cenote) and Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret (in Solidaridad). And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Chaak Tun, get outside with Outdoor Activities, explore the world behind art at 3D Museum of Wonders, and take the plunge with a skydiving experience.

For reviews and tourist information, you can read our Playa del Carmen trip planner.

Traveling by flight from San Pedro to Playa del Carmen takes 7.5 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, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Playa del Carmen, with lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Havana.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret ©
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
Ecopark Kantun Chi ©
Ecopark Kantun Chi

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Havana, Cuba

Havana ©

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 Cueva de Saturno. Plaza de San Francisco and El Morro will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Havana: Sea Turtle Hatchery (in Cayo Largo) and Cuevas de Bellamar (in Matanzas). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Finca Vigía, don't miss a visit to Old Havana, visit Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon), and explore the world behind art at Museu Nacional de Belas Artes de Cuba.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Havana travel route planning tool.

You can fly from Playa del Carmen to Havana in 5 hours. February in Havana sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Sea Turtle Hatchery ©
Sea Turtle Hatchery
Sirena Beach ©
Sirena Beach
Finca Vigía ©
Finca Vigía

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