30 days in Mexico & South America Itinerary

30 days in Mexico & South America Itinerary

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Mexico City, Mexico
— 3 nights
2
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 3 nights
3
Cartagena, Colombia
— 2 nights
4
San Andres Island, Colombia
— 3 nights
5
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 4 nights
6
La Paz, Bolivia
— 1 day
7
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 1 night
8
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
9
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 2 nights
10
Gramado, Brazil
— 1 night

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.
Get some cultural insight at Museo Nacional de Antropologia and Palacio de Bellas Artes. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 and Coyoacan. There's much more to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Bosque de Chapultepec, get a sense of history and politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional), appreciate the history behind Monumento a los Heroes de la Independencia, and explore the galleries of Museo Frida Kahlo.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Mexico City trip itinerary planner.

Sydney, Australia to Mexico City is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 16 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in June; daily highs in Mexico City reach °C and lows reach °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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Coyoacan ©
Coyoacan
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Gran Cenote and Two Eyes Cenote. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tulum Archaeological Site and Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church. Explore Playa del Carmen's surroundings by going to Mr Sanchos Beach Club Cozumel (in Cozumel) and Tulum (Cenote Taak Bi Ha & Paradise Beach). Next up on the itinerary: kick your exploration up a notch at Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Playa del Carmen trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Mexico City to Playa del Carmen by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Mexico City to Playa del Carmen, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Mexico City in June, expect Playa del Carmen to be somewhat warmer, temps between °C and °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena ©
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Scuba & Snorkeling and Plaza Santo Domingo. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Torre del Reloj and Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Plaza Bolivar, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, and examine the collection at Caribe Jewelry Museum & Factory.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cartagena trip planner.

Getting from Playa del Carmen to Cartagena by flight takes about 9.5 hours. Traveling from Playa del Carmen in June, expect Cartagena to be somewhat warmer, temps between °C and °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 Wildlife
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Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo
Scuba & Snorkeling
Torre del Reloj ©
Torre del Reloj

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cayo El Acuario and Playa de Spratt Bight. Take a break from the city and head to West View and La Piscinita. There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Cayo Bolivar, stroll through Playa Charquitos, make a trip to Rocky Cay, and appreciate the history behind Plaza Canon de Morgan.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the San Andres Island route planning app.

Getting from Cartagena to San Andres Island by flight takes about 3 hours. June in San Andres Island sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish 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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Cayo El Acuario ©
Cayo El Acuario
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
West View
West View

4
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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo and Intipuncu. Get a sense of the local culture at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley of the Incas. Get out of town with these interesting Machu Picchu side-trips: Maras (Salinas de Maras & Moray) and Ollantaytambo (Choco Museo & Lucho Soler). And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, examine the collection at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Banos Termales de Cocalmayo.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Machu Picchu trip maker app.

You can fly from San Andres Island to Machu Picchu in 16 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

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

1
day
La Paz, Bolivia

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
On the 20th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Mi Teleferico, admire the striking features of Iglesia de San Francisco, and then push the limits with an extreme tour.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read La Paz tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Machu Picchu to La Paz takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Machu Picchu to La Paz due to the time zone difference. In June, daytime highs in La Paz are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can 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): step off the mainland to explore Isla Incahuasi and then explore the striking landscape at Salar de Uyuni.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Uyuni trip planner.

Traveling by flight from La Paz to Uyuni takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from La Paz in June: highs in Uyuni hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can 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

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Parque Nacional Tijuca and Barra da Tijuca Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Sugarloaf Mountain and Copacabana Beach. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipanema, stroll through Parque Lage, get lost in a book at Real Gabinete Portugues Da Leitura, and take some stellar pictures from Leblon Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro trip website.

Traveling by flight from Uyuni to Rio de Janeiro takes 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Uyuni to Rio de Janeiro. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Uyuni in June: high temperatures in Rio de Janeiro hover around °C and lows are around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Parque Nacional Tijuca ©
Parque Nacional Tijuca
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach

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nights
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): walk around Parque Ibirapuera, take a stroll through Liberdade, and then explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: 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, thensee the interesting displays at Museu do Futebol, and finally take a stroll through Paulista Avenue.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Sao Paulo online trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, Sao Paulo is a bit cooler than Rio de Janeiro - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough 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

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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.
On the 28th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Mundo a Vapor, contemplate the long history of Casa do Colono, admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Lavender Park, thenadmire the striking features of Portico via Nova Petropolis, and finally don't miss a visit to Fonte do Amor Eterno.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Gramado trip planner.

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

Things to do in Gramado

Museums Theme Parks Parks

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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