36 days in Mexico, Caribbean, Central America & South America Itinerary

36 days in Mexico, Caribbean, Central America & South America Itinerary

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Start: Palm Springs, United States
Fly + Drive:  9 h 45 min
1
San Juan Teotihuacan, Mexico
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Mexico City, Mexico
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
3
Cuernavaca, Mexico
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7 h
4
Chichen Itza, Mexico
— 3 nights
+3
Bus + Fly + Taxi + Bus:  23 h
5
Trinidad, Cuba
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  34 h
6
Panama City, Panama
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Shuttle + Ferry + Bus:  9 h
7
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 4 nights
+3
Bus + Ferry + Taxi + Fly:  10 h 30 min
8
Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h
9
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  12 h
10
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Fly + Bus:  28 h
End: Palm Springs, United States

2
nights
San Juan Teotihuacan, Mexico

San Juan Teotihuacan ©
Home to perhaps the most impressive of Mexico's archaeological sites, San Juan Teotihuacan provides easy access to the World Heritage-listed "City of Gods," the largest pre-Columbian urban center in the Americas.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Teotihuacan Pyramids. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5.

Start your trip to San Juan Teotihuacan by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Palm Springs, USA to San Juan Teotihuacan is an approximately 10- hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Palm Springs to San Juan Teotihuacan is 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Mexico City.

Things to do in San Juan Teotihuacan

Historic Sites
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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana) as well as Monumento y Museo de la Revolucion. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museo Nacional de Antropologia and Museo del Templo Mayor. Step off the beaten path and head to Museo Nacional De Arte and Alameda Central. There's more to do: explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes and see the interesting displays at Museo Frida Kahlo.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Mexico City road trip planning app.

Getting from San Juan Teotihuacan to Mexico City by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August in Mexico City, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Cuernavaca.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Museo del Templo Mayor ©
Museo del Templo Mayor
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia

5
nights
Cuernavaca, Mexico

Cuernavaca ©
Cuernavaca is the capital and largest city of the state of Morelos in Mexico. You've added Garden Borda Cultural Center, Palacio de Cortes, River Rafting & Tubing, and other attractions to your itinerary. Visit Robert Brady Museum and Xochicalco for their historical value.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Cuernavaca trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by bus from Mexico City to Cuernavaca takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Mexico City in August, you will find days in Cuernavaca are somewhat warmer (81°F), and nights are about the same (61°F). On the 12th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Cuernavaca

Historic Sites Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Xochicalco
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Archaeological Zone of Xochicalco ©
Archaeological Zone of Xochicalco
Robert Brady Museum ©
Robert Brady Museum
Palacio de Cortes ©
Palacio de Cortes

3
nights
Chichen Itza, Mexico

Chichen Itza ©
Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cenotes Cuzama, Templo de Kukulkan and Izamal Ruins. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chichen Itza and Temple of the Big Tables. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Ossuary and Plataforma de Venus. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Temple of the Bearded Man and contemplate the waterfront views at Cenote Ik kil.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Chichen Itza day trip site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cuernavaca to Chichen Itza. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Cuernavaca in August; daily highs in Chichen Itza reach 92°F and lows reach 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Trinidad.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Yucatan Peninsula, Izamal Ruins, Cenotes Cuzama
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Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Templo de Kukulkan ©
Templo de Kukulkan
Izamal  Ruins ©
Izamal Ruins

4
nights
Trinidad, Cuba

Trinidad ©
Built on sugar and seemingly preserved in molasses, the town of Trinidad attracts visitors with its well-aged 19th century architecture and rustic charm, showcasing the sounds, scents, and sights of days gone by.
You've now added Disco Ayala to your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Salto del Caburni and Topes de Collantes. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museo de Historia Municipal and Romance Museum. Step out of Trinidad to go to Cienfuegos and see Delfinario de Cienfuegos, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from Iznaga Tower, contemplate the long history of Valle de los Ingenios, see the interesting displays at Colonial Architecture Museum, and take in the exciting artwork at Galerie D'Art Calleyro.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Trinidad road trip tool.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Chichen Itza to Trinidad in 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train. In August, daytime highs in Trinidad are 92°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. On the 20th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Delfinario de Cienfuegos, Topes de Collantes
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Delfinario de Cienfuegos ©
Delfinario de Cienfuegos
Museo de Historia Municipal ©
Museo de Historia Municipal
Iznaga Tower ©
Iznaga Tower

2
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Casco Viejo as well as Panama La Vieja. On the 22nd (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama and then visit Casco Viejo.

To see reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Panama City trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Trinidad to Panama City with the Route module. While traveling from Trinidad, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Panama City, ranging from highs of 87°F to lows of 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Panama La Vieja ©
Panama La Vieja
Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama ©
Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama

4
nights
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Puerto Ayora ©
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve as well as El Garrapatero. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Laguna las Ninfas and Chocolapagos Darwin's Favourites. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Charles Darwin Research Station, enjoy the sand and surf at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, get a taste of life in the country at Rancho Primicias, and explore the fascinating underground world of Lava Tunnel.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Ayora trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and bus from Panama City to Puerto Ayora takes 9 hours. In August, Puerto Ayora is a bit cooler than Panama City - with highs of 79°F and lows of 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Cruz
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Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve
Laguna las Ninfas ©
Laguna las Ninfas

3
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Museo Nacional de Arqueologia, Antropologia e Historia del Peru, Casa de Aliaga and Nor Yauyos-Cochas Landscape Reserve. Do some cultural sightseeing at MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima and Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo and AMANO, Museo Textil Precolombino. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Museo MATE, steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana, get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro).

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Lima trip planning website.

You can do a combination of bus, ferry, and flight from Puerto Ayora to Lima in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight. Traveling from Puerto Ayora in August, things will get little chillier in Lima: highs are around 66°F and lows about 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife
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MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima ©
MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima
Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo ©
Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo
Museo MATE ©
Museo MATE

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.
On the 1st (Tue), contemplate the long history of Tipon, then get engrossed in the history at Museo de Arte Precolombino, and then steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Qorikancha, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Historico Regional, and then delve into the distant past at Tambomachay.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Cusco online holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Lima to Cusco takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in August, plan for colder nights in Cusco, with lows around 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums
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Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Tambomachay ©
Tambomachay

1
night
Iguazu National Park, Argentina

Iguazu National Park ©
Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): go deep underground at Wanda Mines, then identify plant and animal life at Salto Bernabe Mendez, and then head off the coast to Isla San Martin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Salto San Martin and then admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Iguazu National Park day trip planning site.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Cusco to Iguazu National Park in 11 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Cusco to Iguazu National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cusco in September, things will get a bit warmer in Iguazu National Park: highs are around 81°F and lows about 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Wanda Mines
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Isla San Martin ©
Isla San Martin
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto San Martin ©
Salto San Martin

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