30 days in Mexico, Peru & Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

30 days in Mexico, Peru & Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

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30 days in Mexico, Peru & Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  23​h
1
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
La Paz, Mexico
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Mexico City, Mexico
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Cozumel, Mexico
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Tulum, Mexico
— 3 nights
7
Cancun, Mexico
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
8
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h
9
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Sydney, Australia


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3
nights
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

One of Mexico's premier vacation spots, Cabo San Lucas lures pleasure seekers with its trendy restaurant scene, raucous nightlife, and, of course, picture-perfect beaches.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shark Diving and Santa Maria Beach. Relax by the water at Playa del Amor and Divorce beach. When in Cabo San Lucas, make a side trip to see Ivan Guaderrama Art Gallery in San Jose del Cabo, approximately 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, take in the exciting artwork at La Turquesa Jewelry and Art, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Luke.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cabo San Lucas trip maker .

Sydney, Australia to Cabo San Lucas 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 changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -17 hour difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Sydney in June; daily highs in Cabo San Lucas reach 36°C and lows reach 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to La Paz.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Ivan Guaderrama Art Gallery
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Shark Diving
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

2
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La Paz, Mexico

La Paz ©
It's no coincidence that La Paz means "peace" in Spanish, as this tourist center with a small-town vibe offers a tranquil atmosphere and blissfully pleasant weather throughout the year.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): stroll through Balandra Beach, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then don't miss a visit to Malecon. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Migrino and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the La Paz online tour planner .

You can drive from Cabo San Lucas to La Paz in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Cabo San Lucas in June, plan for a bit warmer days in La Paz, with highs around 44°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Playa Migrino
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Balandra Beach ©
Balandra Beach
Fishing Charters & Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta ©
Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Zona Romantica, take in the spiritual surroundings of Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and then kick back and relax at Nuevo Vallarta Beach. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Vallarta sightseeing planner.

Getting from La Paz to Puerto Vallarta by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from La Paz to Puerto Vallarta. Traveling from La Paz in June, you will find days in Puerto Vallarta are slightly colder (36°C), and nights are a bit warmer (28°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Nuevo Vallarta Beach
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Nuevo Vallarta Beach ©
Nuevo Vallarta Beach
Zipline
Spas

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan and Museo Nacional de Antropologia. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Palacio de Bellas Artes and Palacio Postal. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Museo de Frida Kahlo, explore the striking landscape of Bosque de Chapultepec, admire the striking features of National Palace (Palacio Nacional), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at El Sagrario.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Mexico City tour itinerary website .

Fly from Puerto Vallarta to Mexico City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Puerto Vallarta in June; daily highs in Mexico City reach 28°C and lows reach 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5
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Museo del Tiempo Tlalpan ©
Museo del Tiempo Tlalpan
Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia

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Cozumel, Mexico

Cozumel ©
Thanks to the island's outstanding scuba diving and snorkeling options, Cozumel tourism sector remains a major employer and the main source of income for this Caribbean getaway.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Columbia Reef and Santa Rosa Wall. Step out of the city life by going to Fishing Charters & Tours and Scuba & Snorkeling. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Punta Sur Eco Beach Park, take in the dramatic natural features at Palancar Reef, explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueológica del Cedral, and put a fun spin on your tour with The Amazing Cozumel Race.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cozumel vacation maker site .

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Cozumel takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Mexico City to Cozumel is 1 hour. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Mexico City in June: high temperatures in Cozumel hover around 34°C and lows are around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
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Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Santa Rosa Wall ©
Santa Rosa Wall
Columbia Reef ©
Columbia Reef

3
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Tulum, Mexico

Tulum ©
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Visit Paradise Beach and Mayan Beach for some beach relaxation. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cenotes Sac Actun and Gran Cenote. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 16th (Tue) at Xel-Ha. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site and take in the exciting artwork at MiNiAtUrE art Gallery.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Tulum trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Cozumel to Tulum by car takes about 2.5 hours. June in Tulum sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
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Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret ©
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site

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Cancun, Mexico

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.
Get in touch with nature at Shark Diving and Playa Delfines. Get some cultural insight at Punta Sur and La Isla Shopping Village. There's more to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Cancun road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Tulum to Cancun takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Cancun are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Punta Sur
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Shark Diving
Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

2
nights
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.
River Rafting & Tubing and Walking tours are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like San Blas and Galeria Martin Chambi en Scotiabank. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino, steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, and admire the striking features of The Company of Jesus Church.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cusco trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Cancun to Cusco by flight takes about 10.5 hours. When traveling from Cancun in June, plan for little chillier days in Cusco, with highs around 24°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Cusco

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors
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Walking tours
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
San Blas ©
San Blas

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Morro Dois Irmaos and Praia de Ipanema. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Copacabana Beach and Pedra do Arpoador. Take a break from Rio de Janeiro with a short trip to Camboinhas Beach in Niteroi, about 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sugarloaf Mountain, explore the activities along Rodrigo de Freitas Lake, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sao Bento Monastery, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Rio de Janeiro takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Peru Time to Brasilia Time is 2 hours. When traveling from Cusco in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Rio de Janeiro, with highs around 30°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Camboinhas Beach
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Pao de Acucar ©
Pao de Acucar
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Morro da Urca ©
Morro da Urca

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