29 days in South America, Mexico & Central America Itinerary

29 days in South America, Mexico & Central America Itinerary

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La Paz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
2
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 3 nights
3
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
4
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
5
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
6
Lima, Peru
— 1 night
7
Cancun, Mexico
— Few hours
8
Caye Caulker, Belize
— 3 nights
9
Guatemala City, Guatemala
— 3 nights
10
Tulum, Mexico
— 3 nights

2
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read La Paz holiday maker app.

Wellington, New Zealand to La Paz is an approximately 31-hour flight. You'll gain 16 hours traveling from Wellington to La Paz due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Wellington in November, La Paz is a bit cooler at night with lows of °C. You'll set off for Uyuni on the 20th (Wed).

Things to do in La Paz

Tours Outdoors Parks
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nights
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Explore hidden gems such as Salar de Uyuni and Tunupa Volcano. Take a break from the city and head to Isla Incahuasi and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Step out of Uyuni with an excursion to Museo de la Llama y la Sal in Colchani--about 54 minutes away. There's much more to do: make a trip to Plaza Arce, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Cristobal Lipez, and learn more about the world around you at Museo Arquecologia y Antropologico de los Andes Meridionales.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Uyuni travel route planner.

Getting from La Paz to Uyuni by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from La Paz in November: highs in Uyuni hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Uyuni

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

Museo de la Llama y la Sal
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Salar de Uyuni ©
Salar de Uyuni
Isla Incahuasi ©
Isla Incahuasi
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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Lima, Peru

Lima ©
Founded in 1535 by Spanish explorer Francisco Pizarro, Lima represents an interesting blend of modern attractions and preserved colonial architecture, much of it clustered in the World Heritage-listed city center.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church and Sanctuary of Saint Rose of Lima, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Marcahuasi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro), admire the masterpieces at MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima, thenadmire the masterpieces at Museo MATE, thentake a stroll through San Isidro, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

Plan trip to Lima with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can fly from Uyuni to Lima in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Uyuni to Lima due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Uyuni, expect much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Lima, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Nature Historic Sites Parks
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Marcahuasi ©
Marcahuasi
Parasailing & Paragliding
Spas & Wellness

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Cusco, Peru

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.
On the 27th (Wed), hunt for treasures at Mercado Central de San Pedro, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, and finally explore the world behind art at Museo Maximo Laura. On the 28th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, delve into the distant past at Q'enqo, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi, and finally delve into the distant past at Tambomachay.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Cusco online tour planner.

You can fly from Lima to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Lima in November since evenings lows in Cusco dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Horseback Riding Tours
Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus ©
Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus

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Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): witness a stunning natural landmark at Banos Termales de Cocalmayo. On the 30th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Phutuq K'usi, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Mandor, and then snap pictures at Inca Bridge.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Machu Picchu journey builder website.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Banos Termales de Cocalmayo, Inca Bridge
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Phutuq K'usi ©
Phutuq K'usi
Mandor ©
Mandor
Inca Bridge ©
Inca Bridge

1
night
Lima, Peru

Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Arqueologia, Antropologia e Historia del Peru and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de Jesus, Maria y Jose and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Lima journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Machu Picchu to Lima takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Lima

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Room Escape Games
Iglesia de Jesus, Maria y Jose ©
Iglesia de Jesus, Maria y Jose

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hours
Cancun, Mexico

Cancun
Few destinations in Mexico dazzle visitors quite like Cancun, a modern resort town filled with glitzy hotels sitting on picturesque and well-developed Caribbean beaches.
To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Cancun vacation maker app.

Fly from Lima to Cancun in 9 hours. When traveling from Lima in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Cancun: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll travel to Caye Caulker.

Things to do in Cancun

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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nights
Caye Caulker, Belize

Caye Caulker ©
At just under 8 km (5 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide, the limestone coral island of Caye Caulker offers a small but perfectly formed getaway 32 km (20 mi) offshore from Belize City.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Turneffe Reef and Fishing Charters & Tours. Visiting The Estuary of Caye Caulker and The Split will get you outdoors. Explore Caye Caulker's surroundings by going to Belize City (The Belize Sign Monument & Museum of Belize). Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Little Blue Gift Shop, take in the exciting artwork at Aria Kat Art, and explore the galleries of Red Flower Gallery.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Caye Caulker online road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cancun to Caye Caulker takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cancun to Caye Caulker. In December in Caye Caulker, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Guatemala City.

Things to do in Caye Caulker

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Belize City
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The Split ©
The Split
Turneffe Reef ©
Turneffe Reef
Fishing Charters & Tours

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nights
Guatemala City, Guatemala

Guatemala City ©
The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
Step off the beaten path and head to La Azotea and San Jose El Viejo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Guatemala City: Antigua (Caoba Farms, Convento Santa Clara, &more) and Valhalla Experimental Station (in San Miguel Duenas). And it doesn't end there: get a sense of history and politics at Edificio de Correos Central, see the interesting displays at Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana, and buy something for everyone on your list at Oakland Mall.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Guatemala City trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Caye Caulker to Guatemala City by flight takes about 7 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Caye Caulker in December: high temperatures in Guatemala City hover around °C and lows are around °C. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Tulum.

Things to do in Guatemala City

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Antigua, La Azotea, Valhalla Experimental Station
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Caoba Farms ©
Caoba Farms
San Jose El Viejo ©
San Jose El Viejo
Valhalla Experimental Station ©
Valhalla Experimental Station

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nights
Tulum, Mexico

The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Relax by the water at La Playa Xpuha and Mayan Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Scuba & Snorkeling and Cenote Azul. Step out of Tulum to go to Akumal and see Aktun Chen, which is approximately 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, explore the fascinating underground world of Cenote Taak Bi Ha, tour the pleasant surroundings at LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park, and get engrossed in the history at Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Tulum trip itinerary maker website.

You can fly from Guatemala City to Tulum in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Guatemala City to Tulum is 1 hour. Traveling from Guatemala City in December, expect Tulum to be somewhat warmer, temps between °C and °C. On the 14th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tulum

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Akumal, La Playa Xpuha, Cenote Azul
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Scuba & Snorkeling
La Playa Xpuha ©
La Playa Xpuha
Climbing Tours

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