30 days in Mexico & South America Itinerary

30 days in Mexico & South America Itinerary

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30 days in Mexico & South America Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  23​h
1
Mexico City, Mexico
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  9​h 45​min
3
Cartagena, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
San Andres Island, Colombia
— 3 nights
+4
Fly + taxi + bus + foot + train:  10​h 15​min
5
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 4 nights
Drive:  15​h 15​min
6
La Paz, Bolivia
— 1 day
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
7
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  10​h
8
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 30​min
9
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
10
Gramado, Brazil
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  27​h
End: Sydney, Australia

3
nights
Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan and Museo de Frida Kahlo. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Palacio de Bellas Artes and Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, appreciate the extensive heritage of Zocalo, wander the streets of Coyoacan, and explore the galleries of National Palace (Palacio Nacional).

To see maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Mexico City trip planning app .

Sydney, Australia to Mexico City is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 16 hours. In June, Mexico City is a bit warmer than Sydney - with highs of 28°C and lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan
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Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan ©
Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia

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nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Paradise Beach and Gran Cenote. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church and Mr Sanchos Beach Club Cozumel. Explore Playa del Carmen's surroundings by going to Tulum (Tulum Archaeological Site, Cenotes Dos Ojos, & more). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 5th (Fri) at Xel-Ha.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Playa del Carmen day trip website .

You can fly from Mexico City to Playa del Carmen in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mexico City to Playa del Carmen due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Mexico City in June; daily highs in Playa del Carmen reach 34°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Tulum, Xel-Ha, Mr Sanchos Beach Club Cozumel
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Xel-Ha ©
Xel-Ha
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site

2
nights
Cartagena, Colombia

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa. Get a sense of the local culture at Plaza Santo Domingo and Plaza Bolivar. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Caribe Jewelry and Emerald Museum, step into the grandiose world of Castillo San Felipe de Barajas, contemplate the long history of Torre del Reloj, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cartagena journey maker app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Playa del Carmen to Cartagena takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Playa del Carmen in June; daily highs in Cartagena reach 38°C and lows reach 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo
Torre del Reloj ©
Torre del Reloj

3
nights
San Andres Island, Colombia

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Step out of the city life by going to Playa de Spratt Bight and Cayo Bolivar. Discover out-of-the-way places like West View and Cayo El Acuario. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Aquanautas, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Charquitos, and contemplate the long history of Plaza Canon de Morgan.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the San Andres Island trip maker .

Getting from Cartagena to San Andres Island by flight takes about 3.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in San Andres Island are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Playa de Spratt Bight ©
Playa de Spratt Bight
Cayo El Acuario ©
Cayo El Acuario
Aquanautas ©
Aquanautas

4
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and Salinas de Maras. Step off the beaten path and head to Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo and Sacred Valley of the Incas. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Machu Picchu: Moray (in Maras) and Ollantaytambo (Choco Museo & Lucho Soler). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Intipuncu, witness a stunning natural landmark at Banos Termales de Cocalmayo, examine the collection at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon, and delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Machu Picchu travel route planner.

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and train from San Andres Island to Machu Picchu in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to La Paz.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Ollantaytambo, Maras, Banos Termales de Cocalmayo, Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo ©
Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas

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La Paz, Bolivia

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Mi Teleferico, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de San Francisco, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the La Paz tour planner .

Drive from Machu Picchu to La Paz in 15.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Machu Picchu to La Paz, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June in La Paz, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and -4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Iglesia de San Francisco ©
Iglesia de San Francisco
Mi Teleferico ©
Mi Teleferico

1
night
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): head off the coast to Isla Incahuasi and then take in the dramatic natural features at Salar de Uyuni.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Uyuni road trip app .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from La Paz to Uyuni in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from La Paz in June, expect nights in Uyuni to be a bit warmer, around 7°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Uyuni

Nature Parks
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Salar de Uyuni ©
Salar de Uyuni
Isla Incahuasi ©
Isla Incahuasi

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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.
Sugarloaf Mountain and Praia de Ipanema are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Copacabana Beach and Barra da Tijuca Beach. And it doesn't end there: take a peaceful walk through Parque Nacional Tijuca, tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque Lage, admire all the interesting features of Maracanã, and take in the exciting artwork at Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro travel planning website .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Uyuni to Rio de Janeiro takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Uyuni to Rio de Janeiro is 1 hour. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Uyuni in June, with highs in Rio de Janeiro at 30°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

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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.
On the 26th (Fri), walk around Ibirapuera Park, then take a stroll through Liberdade, and then admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo. On the 27th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at São Paulo Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP, then examine the collection at Museu Do Futebol, and finally wander the streets of Paulista Avenue.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Sao Paulo tour planner.

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo by combination of flight and bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in June: high temperatures in Sao Paulo hover around 26°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Gramado.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Neighborhoods Parks
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Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo
Museu Do Futebol ©
Museu Do Futebol

1
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Gramado, Brazil

Gramado ©
Surrounded by impressive mountain scenery in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, the small city of Gramado charms visitors with its alpine European-style architecture and blossoming flowers.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Mundo a Vapor, contemplate the long history of Casa do Colono, then admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Lavender Park, then admire the landmark architecture of Portico via Nova Petropolis, and finally make a trip to Fonte do Amor Eterno.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Gramado trip builder site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Sao Paulo to Gramado takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gramado

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mundo a Vapor
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Mundo a Vapor ©
Mundo a Vapor
Casa do Colono ©
Casa do Colono
Fonte do Amor Eterno ©
Fonte do Amor Eterno

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