60 days in Oaxaca, Central America & South America Itinerary

60 days in Oaxaca, Central America & South America Itinerary

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Huatulco, Mexico
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Puerto Escondido, Mexico
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Oaxaca, Mexico
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San Pedro, Belize
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Roatan, Honduras
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Panama City, Panama
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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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Santiago, Chile
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Cusco, Peru
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
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Huatulco, Mexico

A short flight from Mexico City, scenic Huatulco features nine picture-perfect bays on the Pacific coast.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): head outdoors with Scuba Diving Anfibios Huatulco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Xtreme Team, explore the galleries of Europa Galeria De Arte, and then enjoy some diversion at Maica Silver & Contemporary Bijoux.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Huatulco visit site.

Calgary, Canada to Huatulco is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Calgary in March, things will get much hotter in Huatulco: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Puerto Escondido.

Things to do in Huatulco

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Shopping

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Puerto Escondido, Mexico

Puerto Escondido is a small port and tourist center in the municipality of San Pedro Mixtepec Distrito 22 in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): cast your line with Puerto Fishing, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Marinero, and then take in the exciting artwork at Galeria de Arte Casa12. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Santuario La Escobilla, look for gifts at Central Surf Shop, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Coral.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Escondido day trip planner.

Drive from Huatulco to Puerto Escondido in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in March, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Puerto Escondido

Outdoors · Parks · Shopping · Beaches

Side Trip

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Oaxaca, Mexico

Capital city of the eponymous state, Oaxaca relies heavily on its colonial charm, its core a maze of tree-shaded alleys flanked by photogenic mansions, government buildings, and old churches.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): trek along Coyote Aventuras, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Felipe Neri Temple, then browse the exhibits of Voces de Copal, and finally stop by Antiga by VM. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Playa Del Amor, contemplate the long history of Temple Tlacochahuaya, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Convento de San Jeronimo.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Oaxaca trip itinerary builder site.

Fly from Puerto Escondido to Oaxaca in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Puerto Escondido in March, plan for a bit cooler nights in Oaxaca, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to San Pedro.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

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San Pedro, Belize

San Pedro evolved from small fishing village and now represents one of the most visited locations in Belize.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Gallery of San Pedro and Red Flower Gallery. Discover out-of-the-way places like Shark Ray Alley and Parasailing & Paragliding. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Pedro: Caye Caulker (Aria Kat Art & Turneffe Reef). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mexico Rocks, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, enjoy the sand and surf at Secret Beach Belize, and cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the San Pedro driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Oaxaca to San Pedro takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Oaxaca in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in San Pedro, with lows of 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Roatan.

Things to do in San Pedro

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

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Roatan, Honduras

The largest of the Bay Islands, Roatan is the most developed and the most popular among its neighbors.
Waves of Art and Flamingo Cultural Center are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Wahoo Slayer Fishing Charter and Blue Harbor Tropical Arboretum. The adventure continues: stroll through Mayan Eden, get outside with Mahogany Bay, kick back and relax at Mayan Day Passes, and see Off-Road Tours.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Roatan trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by flight from San Pedro to Roatan takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. March in Roatan sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. On the 18th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Roatan

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

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Panama City, Panama

Dubai of Latin America

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Get some historical perspective at Iglesia de la Merced and Iglesia de San Francisco de Asis. Bahai Temple and El Arco Chato are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Panama City: Gamboa (Panama Rainforest Discovery Center & Asociacion Panamericana para la Conservacion). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Plaza Bolivar, explore the ancient world of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, kick back and relax at Playa Veracruz, and try to win big at Crown Casino El Panama.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Panama City trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Roatan to Panama City takes 8 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Roatan to Panama City is 1 hour. In March in Panama City, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Panama City

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sao Francisco da Penitencia Church and Cais do Valongo. Step off the beaten path and head to Estatua Carlos Drummond de Andrade and Centro Cultural São Francisco da Penitência. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Diabo Beach, make a trip to Praca Sao Salvador, walk around Bosque da Barra, and pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Nossa Senhora de Copacabana e Santa Rosa de Lima.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro journey builder website.

Fly from Panama City to Rio de Janeiro in 12 hours. Traveling from Panama City to Rio de Janeiro, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In March, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

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Sao Paulo, Brazil

Land of Drizzle

Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capela Nossa Senhora da Boa Viagem, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Carmo Cathedral, then examine the collection at Museum of the Japanese Immigration, and finally steep yourself in history at Igreja Chagas do Serafico Pai Francisco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Associação Cultural Nossa Senhora de Fátima, then wander the streets of Haddock Lobo Street, then pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Sao Luis Gonzaga, and finally explore the world behind art at Instituto Moreira Salles - IMS Paulista.

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Fly from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, Sao Paulo is little chillier than Rio de Janeiro - with highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Villa Ocampo and Iglesia de San Ignacio de Loyola. Santuario Virgen Maria del Rosario de San Nicolas and Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Buenos Aires side-trips: Peru Beach (in Acassuso) and Delta Terra Natural Reserve (in Tigre). The adventure continues: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Convento Santo Domingo, explore the world behind art at Museo Sivori, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at La Iglesia de San Salvador.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Buenos Aires attractions planner.

You can fly from Sao Paulo to Buenos Aires in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In March, daily temperatures in Buenos Aires can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Santiago, Chile

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Kingston Family Vineyards and Bodegas RE. Get some historical perspective at Castillo Hidalgo and Iglesia de Santo Domingo. Get out of town with these interesting Santiago side-trips: Casablanca (La Recova Wines & Casa Valle Vinamar), Alyan Family Wines (in Pirque) and Playa Punta De Tralca (in El Quisco). There's much more to do: surround yourself with nature on Horse Riding Chile, take an in-depth tour of Museo Violeta Parra, explore the world behind art at Museo Ralli Santiago, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Santiago online travel planner.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Santiago in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Argentina Standard Time to Chile Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Santiago

Wineries · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Cusco, Peru

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Piquillacta and Tipon. Popular historic sites such as San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas and Q'enqo are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, trek along exploor, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, and get engrossed in the history at Museo Historico Regional.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Cusco road trip planner.

You can fly from Santiago to Cusco in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Chile Standard Time to Peru Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In April, daily temperatures in Cusco can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Cusco

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Catedral de Ciudad Quesada and Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Galeria Estudio and ChocoMuseo La Fortuna. Change things up with these side-trips from La Fortuna de San Carlos: Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park (in La Virgen) and Butterfly Conservatory (in El Castillo). Spend the 19th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bogarin Trail, take in the natural beauty of Los Lagos Hot Springs, get impressive views of Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), and trek along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip maker.

Getting from Cusco to La Fortuna de San Carlos by flight takes about 13.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cusco to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
You'll get in some beach time at Playa Carrillo and Playa Danta. Explore hidden gems such as Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands and Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tamarindo: Playas del Coco (Hope Fellowship & Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco), Immaculate Church of Concepcion de Maria (in Liberia) and Church of San Blas (in Nicoya). Spend the 25th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkey Park, step aboard Kingpin Sportfishing, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To see reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip itinerary planner.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. On the 29th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Oaxaca travel guide

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Landmarks · Ruins · Bodies of Water
Despite its favorable coastal location on the Pacific, Oaxaca remains one of Mexico's least-developed states, visited mostly by die-hard fans of traditional cuisine and Mexico's native artistic traditions. Warm year-round weather ensures a pleasant Oaxaca holiday no matter when you visit, with the area's varied landscapes providing plenty of chances for outdoor activities. Dense forests burst with abundant plant and animal life, while rugged mountains hide a slew of sleepy indigenous communities untouched by modern developments and commercial tourism. Allowing visitors to discover the less-traveled side of Mexico, comprehensive tours of Oaxaca often include visits to secluded beaches and history-soaked sites from the pre-Hispanic period.