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

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

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 2 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
4
Panama City, Panama
— 2 nights
5
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
6
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
7
Mexico City, Mexico
— 3 nights
8
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 4 nights
9
Havana, Cuba
— 4 nights
10
Cap-Haitien, Haiti
— 1 night
11
San Juan, Puerto Rico
— 3 nights
12
Culebra, Puerto Rico
— 3 nights
13
Isla de Vieques, Puerto Rico
— 3 nights

4
nights
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro
Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Copacabana Beach and Sugarloaf Mountain. Visit Praia de Ipanema and Pedra do Arpoador for some beach relaxation. The adventure continues: pause for some photo ops at Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, tour the pleasant surroundings at Barra da Tijuca Beach, kick back and relax at Praia de Grumari, and delve into the lush surroundings at Parque Nacional Tijuca.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro online route planner.

Cairo, Egypt to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Brasilia Standard Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. Traveling from Cairo in January, things will get much warmer in Rio de Janeiro: highs are around 37°C and lows about 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
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Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain

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Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
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 7th (Thu): stroll around Parque Ibirapuera, wander the streets of Paulista Avenue, then admire the masterpieces at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP, and finally explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Museu da Lingua Portuguesa, see the interesting displays at Museu De Arte Sacra De Sao Paulo, then see the interesting displays at Latin America Memorial, and finally examine the collection at Afro Brazil Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Sao Paulo trip planning app.

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Rio de Janeiro in January, with highs in Sao Paulo at 33°C and lows at 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums · Parks · Shopping
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Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo
Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires ©
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 and learn at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes and Museo Nacional De Arte Decorativo. Get a sense of the local culture at Cemiterio de Recoleta and Parque 3 de Febrero. There's still lots to do: take in the history at Plaza de Mayo, get to know the fascinating history of La Boca, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, and take a stroll through Puerto Madero.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Buenos Aires trip itinerary 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 January, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
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Plaza de Mayo ©
Plaza de Mayo
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero

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Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama and Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo. Get some cultural insight at Casco Viejo and Panama La Vieja. There's more to do: explore the striking landscape of Soberania National Park and don't miss a visit to Panama Canal.

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Panama City trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Panama City takes 11.5 hours. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Buenos Aires to Panama City due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Panama City when traveling from Buenos Aires in January, with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Panama City

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Museo de La Real Aduana de Portobelo
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Soberania National Park ©
Soberania National Park
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama ©
Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama

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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Manuel Antonio and Parque Nacional Marino Ballena. Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Go for a jaunt from Manuel Antonio to Dominical to see Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary about 1h 5 min away. There's still lots to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio online tour itinerary builder.

Fly from Panama City to Manuel Antonio in 8 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Quepos, Parque Nacional Marino Ballena, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena ©
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena

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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

La Fortuna de San Carlos ©
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Tabacon Hot Springs and Arenal Volcano. Get out of town with these interesting La Fortuna de San Carlos side-trips: Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park) and Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca). There's lots more to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, stroll through Bogarin Trail, head outdoors with Canopy San Luis, and hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip site.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Poas Volcano, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano
River Rafting & Tubing

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Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Get some historical perspective at Zocalo and Museo del Templo Mayor. Museo Nacional de Antropologia and Museo Frida Kahlo are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mexico City: Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 (in San Juan Teotihuacan) and Puebla (Puebla Cathedra, Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario), &more). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), stop by Historic Center (Centro Historico), and steep yourself in history at Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Mexico City vacation maker website.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Mexico City takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January in Mexico City, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Puebla, Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes

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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Tulum Archaeological Site and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá. Chichen Itza and Ek Balam are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Playa del Carmen: Tulum (Paradise Beach, Art Gallery Miniature, &more). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and find something for the whole family at Xcaret.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Playa del Carmen day trip app.

Fly from Mexico City to Playa del Carmen in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mexico City to Playa del Carmen due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Mexico City in January, you will find days in Playa del Carmen are a bit warmer (30°C), and nights are much warmer (22°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Havana.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Tulum, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá, Chichen Itza, Ek Balam
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Scuba & Snorkeling

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Havana, Cuba

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Visit Playa Paraiso and Punta Mal Tiempo for some beach relaxation. Popular historic sites such as Malecón of Havana and Old Havana are in your itinerary. Take a break from Havana with a short trip to Sirena Beach in Cayo Largo, about 2 hours away. There's still lots to do: stop by Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon), steep yourself in history at El Morro, take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion), and admire the landmark architecture of Casa de la Amistad.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Havana vacation maker website.

Getting from Playa del Carmen to Havana by flight takes about 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cap-Haitien.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Cayo Largo
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Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana
Playa Paraiso ©
Playa Paraiso
Sirena Beach ©
Sirena Beach

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Cap-Haitien, Haiti

Cap-Haitien ©
Haiti's second city, Cap-Haitien offers an atmosphere at odds with what you'll find in the capital.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Heros de Vertieres, then contemplate the long history of Citadelle Laferrière, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Cap Haitien.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Cap-Haitien day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Havana to Cap-Haitien takes 15.5 hours. Traveling from Havana in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Cap-Haitien, with lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Juan.

Things to do in Cap-Haitien

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Citadelle Laferrière
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Citadelle Laferrière ©
Citadelle Laferrière
Cathedrale Notre Dame de Cap Haitien ©
Cathedrale Notre Dame de Cap Haitien
Heros de Vertieres ©
Heros de Vertieres

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San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan ©
Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S.
Take a break from the city and head to El Yunque Rain Forest and Luquillo Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Pine Grove Beach and Carolina Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Museo de Arte de Ponce in Ponce (about 1h 35 min away). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old San Juan, kick back and relax at Condado Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana Basilica de San Juan Bautista, and delve into the lush surroundings at Bosque Nacional El Yunque.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Juan travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Cap-Haitien to San Juan in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cap-Haitien to San Juan. In February, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Culebra.

Things to do in San Juan

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Carolina, Bosque Nacional El Yunque, El Yunque Rain Forest, Luquillo Beach, Museo de Arte de Ponce
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El Yunque Rain Forest ©
El Yunque Rain Forest
Old San Juan ©
Old San Juan
Museo de Arte de Ponce ©
Museo de Arte de Ponce

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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.
You'll get in some beach time at Flamenco Beach and Carlos Rosario Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Culebrita Island and Brava Beach. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Zoni Beach, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Punta Soldado Beach, and visit a coastal fixture at Culebrita Lighthouse.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Culebra trip itinerary planner.

Getting from San Juan to Culebra by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of shuttle and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in February, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Isla de Vieques.

Things to do in Culebra

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
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Culebrita Island ©
Culebrita Island
Flamenco Beach ©
Flamenco Beach
Zoni Beach ©
Zoni Beach

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Isla de Vieques, Puerto Rico

Isla de Vieques ©
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Sun Bay Beach and La Chiva. Get in touch with nature at Media Luna Beach and La Plata Beach. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Vieques National Wildlife Refuge, explore the ancient world of El Hombre de Puerto Ferro, kick back and relax at Caracas Beach, and get great views at Puerto Ferro Lighthouse.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Isla de Vieques trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Culebra to Isla de Vieques takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In February, daytime highs in Isla de Vieques are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
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Sun Bay Beach ©
Sun Bay Beach
Media Luna Beach ©
Media Luna Beach
La Chiva ©
La Chiva

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