26 days in South America, Caribbean & United States Itinerary

26 days in South America, Caribbean & United States Itinerary

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26 days in South America, Caribbean & United States Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Santiago, Chile
— 1 night
2
Quito, Ecuador
— 1 day
+3
Fly + shuttle + ferry + bus:  8​h
3
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 1 night
ferry:  2​h 30​min
4
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  17​h 30​min
5
Fajardo, Puerto Rico
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h 15​min
6
Isla de Vieques, Puerto Rico
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  2​h
7
Culebra, Puerto Rico
— 1 night
+2
ferry + shuttle + Fly:  7​h 15​min
8
Havana, Cuba
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
9
Miami, United States
— 3 nights
Drive:  14​h 15​min
10
New Orleans, United States
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
11
Dallas, United States
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Sydney, Australia

1
night
Santiago, Chile

Santiago ©
Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de La Merced, step into the grandiose world of Castillo Hidalgo, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Santuario de la Naturaleza el Arrayan.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Santiago day trip app .

Sydney, Australia to Santiago is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Chile Time is minus 14 hours. On the 26th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Quito.

Things to do in Santiago

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Vina Undurraga
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Santuario de la Naturaleza el Arrayan ©
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Castillo Hidalgo ©
Castillo Hidalgo

1
day
Quito, Ecuador

High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Quito day trip site .

Traveling by flight from Santiago to Quito takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Quito due to the time zone difference. In August in Quito, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Quito

Tours Outdoors
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Horseback Riding Tours

1
night
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Puerto Ayora ©
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
On the 30th (Thu), take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Aymara, get engrossed in the history at Maprae, view the masterpieces at Galeria Exotico Ecuador, then view the masterpieces at Maki-Art Gallery, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna las Ninfas. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Playa de los Alemanes, view the masterpieces at The Angelique Art Gallery, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Los Gemelos.

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Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Quito to Puerto Ayora takes 8 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Quito in August since evenings lows in Puerto Ayora dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to catch the ferry to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Santa Cruz
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Laguna las Ninfas ©
Laguna las Ninfas
Los Gemelos ©
Los Gemelos
Playa de los Alemanes ©
Playa de los Alemanes

1
night
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador

Puerto Villamil ©
Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): make a trip to Malecon Cuna del Sol, explore the activities along Laguna de los Diablos, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Cristo Salvador, then explore the activities along Laguna Salinas, and finally take a memorable drive along Isabela Island Wetlands Complex. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Isabela Island.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Villamil journey planner.

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil in 2.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Fajardo.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Isabela Island
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Isabela Island ©
Isabela Island

1
night
Fajardo, Puerto Rico

Fajardo ©
Fajardo is a small city and municipality in Puerto Rico (U.S.) located in the east region of the island, bordering the Atlantic Ocean, north of Ceiba and east of Luquillo. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): explore the activities along Laguna Grande and then tour the water at your own pace with Culebra VIP & East. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Caribbean Trading Company Store, examine the collection at Casa Roig Museum, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Humacao Nature Reserve.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Fajardo trip itinerary planning app .

Explore your travel options from Puerto Villamil to Fajardo with the Route module. Traveling from Puerto Villamil to Fajardo, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Isla de Vieques.

Things to do in Fajardo

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Humacao, Laguna Grande, Caribbean Trading Company Store
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Culebra VIP & East ©
Culebra VIP & East
Natural Reserve of Humacao ©
Natural Reserve of Humacao
Laguna Grande ©
Laguna Grande

2
nights
Isla de Vieques, Puerto Rico

For sixty years until 2003, most of the Isla de Vieques was closed off to the public, with the US Navy using the island's beaches and surrounding waters for drills and testing of new military machinery, such as bombs.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): head off the coast to Vieques Island, enjoy the sea views from Puerto Ferro Lighthouse, and then take in the exciting artwork at Gallery Galleon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): cast your line with a fishing tour and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Isla de Vieques day trip planning tool .

Getting from Fajardo to Isla de Vieques by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In September, daytime highs in Isla de Vieques are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Culebra.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

Adventure Tours Wildlife
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Vieques Island ©
Vieques Island
Puerto Ferro Lighthouse ©
Puerto Ferro Lighthouse

1
night
Culebra, Puerto Rico

Culebra ©
With much of Culebra a nature refuge, the tropical island has been protected from overdevelopment, chain hotels, and the cruise set.
On the 7th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Punta Soldado Beach, stop by Zinkowski Art Studio, then get lost in a book at Culebra Public Library, and finally stroll through Brava Beach. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sea views from Culebrita Lighthouse and then identify plant and animal life at Culebra National Wildlife Refuge.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Culebra trip builder app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Isla de Vieques to Culebra takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight; or ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in September, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Havana.

Things to do in Culebra

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Brava Beach ©
Brava Beach
Culebra National Wildlife Refuge ©
Culebra National Wildlife Refuge
Playa Punta Soldado Beach ©
Playa Punta Soldado Beach

2
nights
Havana, Cuba

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Museo Napoleonico, then browse the exhibits of Church and Convent of St. Francis of Asisi, then identify plant and animal life at Quinta de los Molinos, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Playas de Este. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): experience rural life at Finca Tungasuk, then stroll through Central Park, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Havana online journey planner .

You can fly from Culebra to Havana in 7.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Culebra to Havana is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Havana when traveling from Culebra in September, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Miami.

Things to do in Havana

Parks Tours Museums

Side Trip

Finca Tungasuk
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Quinta de los Molinos ©
Quinta de los Molinos
Museo Napoleonico ©
Museo Napoleonico

3
nights
Miami, United States

Miami ©
Florida’s mecca of fun in the sun, the lively tropical metropolis of Miami is one of the world’s top vacation spots.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): get a tailor-made plan with Art Deco Tours, then see the interesting displays at Homestead Historic Town Hall Museum, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Anhinga Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Everglades National Park.

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You can do a combination of flight and tram from Havana to Miami in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and train. September in Miami sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. You'll set off for New Orleans on the 13th (Thu).

Things to do in Miami

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Anhinga Trail, Art Deco Tours, Everglades National Park, Homestead Historic Town Hall Museum
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Anhinga Trail ©
Anhinga Trail
Everglades National Park ©
Everglades National Park
Art Deco Tours ©
Art Deco Tours

2
nights
New Orleans, United States

New Orleans ©
Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Lafayette Cemetery No.1. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Audubon Zoo.

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the New Orleans travel planner.

Traveling by combination of tram and flight from Miami to New Orleans takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Miami to New Orleans, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Miami in September, expect nights in New Orleans to be a bit warmer, around 33°C, while days are little chillier, around 33°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Dallas.

Things to do in New Orleans

Zoos & Aquariums Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Nature & Wildlife Tours, Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site
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3
nights
Dallas, United States

Dallas ©
One of the country's most popular shopping destinations, Dallas and its sprawling suburbs include more shopping centers per capita than any other urban center in America.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Nasher Sculpture Center, examine the collection at Amon Carter Museum of American Art, and then explore the world behind art at Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of The Harbor Rockwall, then wander the streets of Bishop Arts District, and then contemplate the long history of Top O'Hill Terrace.

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Traveling by flight from New Orleans to Dallas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from New Orleans in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Dallas, with highs around 39°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dallas

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Fort Worth, Top O'Hill Terrace, The Harbor Rockwall
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Top O'Hill Terrace ©
Top O'Hill Terrace
Amon Carter Museum of American Art ©
Texas Civil War Museum ©
Texas Civil War Museum

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