36 days in Mexico, Caribbean & South America Itinerary

36 days in Mexico, Caribbean & South America Itinerary

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36 days in Mexico, Caribbean & South America Itinerary

Start: Orlando, United States
Fly:  9 h 15 min
1
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
2
Mexico City, Mexico
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Taxi + Ferry + Bus:  6 h 30 min
3
Tulum, Mexico
— 3 nights
+3
Bus + Ferry + Taxi + Fly:  11 h
4
Willemstad, Curacao
— 3 nights
Fly:  12 h
5
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  14 h 15 min
6
Ubatuba, Brazil
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h
7
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
8
Porto Seguro, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  7 h 15 min
9
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Shuttle + Taxi:  5 h 45 min
10
Maragogi, Brazil
— 3 nights
+2
Taxi + Shuttle + Fly:  14 h
End: Orlando, United States

3
nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Old Vallarta and Zona Romantica. Take a break from the city and head to Nuevo Vallarta Beach and Swim with Dolphins. Go for a jaunt from Puerto Vallarta to Sayulita to see Dolphin & Whale Watching about 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Puerto Vallarta vacation builder website .

Orlando, USA to Puerto Vallarta is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Orlando in February since evenings lows in Puerto Vallarta dip to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nuevo Vallarta
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Nuevo Vallarta Beach ©
Nuevo Vallarta Beach
Swim with Dolphins
Old Vallarta ©
Old Vallarta

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): get a sense of history and politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional), then explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, then examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo Frida Kahlo. On your second day here, examine the collection at Museo del Tiempo Tlalpan, make a trip to Zocalo, then delve into the distant past at Museo del Templo Mayor, and finally explore the ancient world of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Mexico City planning app .

You can fly from Puerto Vallarta to Mexico City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Puerto Vallarta in February: high temperatures in Mexico City hover around 75°F and lows are around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums Historic Sites
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Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Museo Frida Kahlo ©
Museo Frida Kahlo

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Casa Cenote. Get in touch with nature at Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve and Two Eyes Cenote. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tulum: Cozumel (Museo de la Isla de Cozumel & Mr Sanchos Beach Club Cozumel). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, get outside with Samula Cenote, and explore the activities along Gran Cenote.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tulum online journey planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Mexico City to Tulum in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Mexico City to Tulum, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Mexico City in February since evenings lows in Tulum dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Willemstad.

Things to do in Tulum

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Cozumel, Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Scuba & Snorkeling
Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve ©
Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve

3
nights
Willemstad, Curacao

Willemstad is the capital city of Curaçao, an island in the southern Caribbean Sea that forms a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Punda and Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kleine Knip and Kura Hulanda Museum. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Cas Abao Beach, explore the striking landscape of Shete Boka Park, take in the views from Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Willemstad trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Tulum to Willemstad takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tulum to Willemstad due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tulum in February, things will get a bit warmer in Willemstad: highs are around 86°F and lows about 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Willemstad

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cas Abao Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Shete Boka Park ©
Shete Boka Park
Cas Abao Beach ©
Cas Abao Beach

2
nights
Cusco, Peru

Cusco ©
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sacsayhuaman and San Blas. Get some historical perspective at Sacred Valley of the Incas and Iglesia De Santo Domingo. Venture out of the city with trips to Maras (Moray & Salinas de Maras). It doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cusco Cathedral.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Cusco trip builder app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Willemstad to Cusco. The time zone difference when traveling from Willemstad to Cusco is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Willemstad in February, you will find days in Cusco are a bit cooler (68°F), and nights are cooler (46°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ubatuba.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Maras, Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Moray ©
Moray
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman

3
nights
Ubatuba, Brazil

Ubatuba ©
Ubatuba, a municipality with great swathes of lush, green forest and over 100 beaches, offers plenty of excitement and relaxation to suit a range of itineraries.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Praia do Cachadaco and Juquehy Beach. Visiting Itamambuca Beach and Felix Beach will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia das Toninhas and kick back and relax at Domingas Dias Beach.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Ubatuba holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Cusco to Ubatuba takes 14.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cusco to Ubatuba. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Ubatuba

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Praia do Cachadaco, Juquehy Beach
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Praia das Toninhas ©
Praia das Toninhas
Juquehy Beach ©
Juquehy Beach
Praia do Cachadaco ©
Praia do Cachadaco

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pao de Acucar and Copacabana Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Barra da Tijuca Beach and Leblon Beach. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Praia de Ipanema, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, pause for some photo ops at Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, and kick back and relax at Praia de Grumari.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Ubatuba to Rio de Janeiro in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Amazon Time to Brasilia Time is 1 hour. In February, daytime highs in Rio de Janeiro are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to fly to Porto Seguro.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

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

4
nights
Porto Seguro, Brazil

Porto Seguro ©
In a sense, Porto Seguro is where Brazil as a country began, marking the spot where Portuguese explorers first arrived in the 16th century.
Visiting Mirror Beach and Taperapua Beach will get you outdoors. Get some historical perspective at Quadrado and Capela de Nossa Senhora da Ajuda. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Taipe Beach, see the vivid underwater world at Recife de Fora, stroll through Coroa Vermelha Beach, and pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Sao Joao Batista.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Porto Seguro road trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Porto Seguro takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Rio de Janeiro in February, plan for slightly colder days in Porto Seguro, with highs around 84°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Porto Seguro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Coroa Vermelha Beach
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Mirror Beach ©
Mirror Beach
Coroa Vermelha Beach ©
Coroa Vermelha Beach
Pitinga Beach ©
Pitinga Beach

4
nights
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

Fernando de Noronha ©
With 21 lush islands scattered among pristine waters in the Atlantic Ocean, a Fernando de Noronha holiday is well worth the effort it takes to get there.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Praia do Sueste and Praia do Cachorro. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Baia do Sancho and Praia do Leão. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Fernando de Noronha, enjoy the sand and surf at Conceicao Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Capela de Sao Pedro, and enjoy breathtaking views from Forte Sao Pedro do Boldro.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Fernando de Noronha trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Porto Seguro to Fernando de Noronha by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Porto Seguro to Fernando de Noronha. In March, daily temperatures in Fernando de Noronha can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Maragogi.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Fernado de Noronha Island ©
Fernado de Noronha Island
Praia do Cacimba do Padre ©
Praia do Cacimba do Padre
Conceicao Beach ©
Conceicao Beach

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nights
Maragogi, Brazil

Maragogi ©
Located on the scenic Costa dos Corais, the municipality of Maragogi has become a hot spot for ecotourism.
On the 8th (Sun), explore the gorgeous colors at Gales de Maragogi and then enjoy the sand and surf at Japaratinga Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Praia Ponta de Mangue and then stroll through Antunes Beach.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Maragogi online day trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Fernando de Noronha to Maragogi in 6 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Maragogi. In March, daily temperatures in Maragogi can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. On the 10th (Tue), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Maragogi

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Japaratinga Beach
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Gales de Maragogi ©
Gales de Maragogi
Antunes Beach ©
Antunes Beach
Praia Ponta de Mangue ©
Praia Ponta de Mangue

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