59 days in South Pacific, South America, Caribbean, Mexico & United States Itinerary

59 days in South Pacific, South America, Caribbean, Mexico & United States Itinerary

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59 days in South Pacific, South America, Caribbean, Mexico & United States Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  1 h 30 min
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Sydney, Australia
— Few hours
Fly:  13 h 30 min
2
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
+4
Fly + Taxi + Bus + Foot + Train:  9 h 45 min
3
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 3 nights
+4
Train + Foot + Bus + Taxi + Fly:  15 h 45 min
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Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  16 h 15 min
5
Havana, Cuba
— 7 nights
Fly:  4 h
6
Cancun, Mexico
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h
7
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 7 nights
+2
Ferry + Taxi + Fly:  5 h 15 min
8
Miami, United States
— 13 nights
Fly:  15 h 15 min
9
Kailua-Kona, United States
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
10
Honolulu, United States
— 12 nights
Fly:  13 h 30 min
End: Melbourne, Australia

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Sydney, Australia

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Mrs Macquarie's Chair.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Sydney travel route builder site .

Melbourne to Sydney is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in May: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 24°C and lows are around 14°C. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Santiago.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Nature
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Mrs Macquarie's Chair ©
Mrs Macquarie's Chair

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Santiago, Chile

Santiago ©
Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Get in touch with nature at San Cristóbal Hill and Climbing Tours. Popular historic sites such as Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania and Iglesia de La Merced are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santiago: Concha y Toro (in Pirque) and Region IX Ltd (in Villarrica). And it doesn't end there: walk around Cerro Santa Lucia, pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion, take a stroll through Barrio Bellavista, and admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Santiago trip planner.

Fly from Sydney to Santiago in 17.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Chile Time, which is usually a -14 hour difference. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Sat) before leaving for Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Concha y Toro, Region IX Ltd
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San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Concha y Toro ©
Concha y Toro
Barrio Bellavista ©
Barrio Bellavista

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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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, tour the pleasant surroundings at Los Jardines de Mandor, and then delve into the distant past at Intipuncu.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of flight, bus, and train from Santiago to Machu Picchu takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Santiago to Machu Picchu is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

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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.
Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Salto Bernabe Mendez, step off the mainland to explore Isla San Martin, then admire the sheer force of Salto San Martin, and finally admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Iguazu National Park driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Machu Picchu to Iguazu National Park in 16 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Peru Time (PET) to Argentine Time (ART), which is usually a 2 hour difference. June in Iguazu National Park sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Havana.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Wanda, Provincial Urugua-i Park
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez
Salto San Martin ©
Salto San Martin

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Havana, Cuba

Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Get some historical perspective at Malecón of Havana and El Morro. Visit Playa Paraiso and Sirena Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Havana: Cayo Largo (Playa Mal Tiempo, Sea Turtle Hatchery, &more) and Las Terrazas Complex (in Las Terrazas). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Old Havana, make a trip to Plaza de la Catedral, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and take a stroll through Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon).

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Havana day trip planning app .

Getting from Iguazu National Park to Havana by flight takes about 16.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Iguazu National Park to Havana due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Iguazu National Park in June, expect Havana to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Cayo Largo, Las Terrazas Complex
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Playa Paraiso ©
Playa Paraiso
Sirena Beach ©
Sirena Beach

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Cancun, Mexico

Cancun ©
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Playa Delfines and Xcacel Beach. Get outdoors at Swim with Dolphins and La Isla Shopping Village. Change things up with these side-trips from Cancun: Isla Mujeres (Guadalupe Chapel, Playa Norte, &more). The adventure continues: get outside with Outdoor Activities, kick back and relax at Playa Tortugas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de la Santisima Trinidad, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Cancun trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Havana to Cancun takes 4 hours. Traveling from Havana in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 27°C in Cancun. On the 24th (Fri), you're off to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Isla Mujeres, Zona Arqueológica El Meco
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Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte
Swim with Dolphins
Zipline

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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've now added Two Eyes Cenote to your itinerary. You'll get in some beach time at Paradise Beach and Akumal Beach. Visit Tulum Archaeological Site and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Playa del Carmen side-trips: Tulum (Caleta Tankha Beach, LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park, &more). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret, make a trip to Quinta Avenida, look for gifts at La Casa de las Hamacas, and play a few rounds at El Camaleon Mayakoba Golf Club.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Playa del Carmen itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Cancun to Playa del Carmen takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Playa del Carmen can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. On the 1st (Fri), you're off to Miami.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Tulum, Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret, Akumal Beach, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret ©
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá

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Miami, United States

Miami ©
Florida’s mecca of fun in the sun, the lively tropical metropolis of Miami is one of the world’s top vacation spots.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Art Deco Historic District and Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College. Step out of the city life by going to Anhinga Trail and Scuba & Snorkeling. Explore Miami's surroundings by going to John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park (in Key Largo), Gumbo Limbo Trail (in Everglades National Park) and Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (in Tavernier). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at South Beach, take a stroll through Ocean Drive, examine the collection at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ermita de la Caridad.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Miami holiday planning website .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Playa del Carmen to Miami takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Miami can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. On the 16th (Sat), you're off to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Miami

Parks Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Miami Beach, Key Largo, Everglades National Park
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South Beach ©
South Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

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Kailua-Kona, United States

Kailua-Kona ©
Thanks to its favorable location near a mountain range blocking the northeasterly trade winds, Kailua-Kona gets little rainfall, allowing adventure seekers and nature lovers a chance to enjoy over 300 days of sunshine each year.
On your second day here, kick back and relax at Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay) and then enjoy the sand and surf at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kailua-Kona trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Miami to Kailua-Kona by flight takes about 15.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Miami to Kailua-Kona due to the time zone difference. May in Kailua-Kona sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Kealakekua Bay
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Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Kealakekua Bay ©
Kealakekua Bay

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Honolulu, United States

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Get in touch with nature at Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head State Monument. Get some historical perspective at USS Arizona Memorial and National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Explore Honolulu's surroundings by going to Kapolei (Ihilani Spa, Ko Olina Lagoons, &more), Haleiwa (Waimea Valley, Waimea Bay, &more) and Kailua (Kailua Beach Park & Lanikai Beach). The adventure continues: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, get to know the fascinating history of Makapuu Lighthouse Trail, and contemplate the long history of Battleship Missouri Memorial.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Honolulu travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Kailua-Kona to Honolulu in 4 hours. In July, daytime highs in Honolulu are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Oahu, Kapolei, Haleiwa, Waianae, Pupukea
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Swim with Dolphins
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park

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