42 days in Mexico, South America & Guatemala City Itinerary

42 days in Mexico, South America & Guatemala City Itinerary

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Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 5 nights
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 2 nights
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Paraty, Brazil
— 2 nights
Drive to Angra dos Reis, Ferry to Ilha Grande
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Ilha Grande, Brazil
— 5 nights
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Ferry to Conceição de Jacareí, Bus to Rio de Janeiro, Fly to Ezeiza
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
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Fly to Baltra Island, Ferry to Santa Cruz Ferry Terminal, Bus to Puerto Ayora
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 4 nights
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Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 3 nights
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 3 nights
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Guatemala City, Guatemala
— 3 nights
Fly
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Mexico City, Mexico
— 2 nights
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Cozumel, Mexico
— 2 nights
Ferry to Calica, Drive to Tulum
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Tulum, Mexico
— 2 nights
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Cancun, Mexico
— 3 nights
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Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

— 5 nights

Emerald of the Atlantic

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.
Fernando de Noronha is known for beaches, museums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Morro dois Irmaos, kick back and relax at Baia do Sancho, enjoy breathtaking views from Forte Sao Pedro do Boldro, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Boldro Beacch.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Fernando de Noronha trip itinerary builder tool.

Manchester, UK to Fernando de Noronha is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Manchester to Fernando de Noronha due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Manchester in November, with highs in Fernando de Noronha at 35°C and lows at 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 6:

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

— 2 nights

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, then pause for some photo ops at Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, and finally examine the collection at Folclore Edison Carneiro Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Mon): make a trip to Escadaria Selaron, then stroll through Copacabana Beach, then kick back and relax at Leblon Beach, and finally browse the exhibits of Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro takes 7.5 hours. Traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Fernando de Noronha in November, expect little chillier with lows of 25°C in Rio de Janeiro. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Paraty.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 8:

Paraty, Brazil

— 2 nights
Gazing out over a bay of tiny tropical islands, with rainforests climbing mountains in the background, it's easy to see why tourism in Paraty gets more popular by the year.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Alambique Paratiana, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Alambique Engenho D'Ouro, look for gifts at Alambique Cachaca Pedra Branca, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then wander the streets of Centro Historico, and finally view the masterpieces at Galeria Aecio Sarti. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Wed): race across the water with a speed boat tour and then take in the awesome beauty at Pao de Acucar Peak.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Paraty online itinerary planner.

Drive from Rio de Janeiro to Paraty in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Ilha Grande.

Things to do in Paraty

Tours · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries · Nature
Find places to stay Nov 8 — 10:

Ilha Grande, Brazil

— 5 nights
A tumultuous and unsavory history has kept Ilha Grande relatively undeveloped and free of the trappings of the modern world.
Ilha Grande is known for beaches, nature, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Camiranga Beach, stroll through Itaguacu Beach, explore the fascinating underground world of Cave of Achaia, and take a peaceful walk through Tropical Forest.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Ilha Grande online trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Paraty to Ilha Grande in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in November, and nighttime lows around 24°C. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Ilha Grande

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 15:

Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 4 nights

Queen of La Plata

Cultural capital of South America, Buenos Aires remains one of the largest cities on the continent, serving as a point of departure for exploring the rest of the country.
Buenos Aires is known for historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll the grounds of Cemiterio de Recoleta, wander the streets of Puerto Madero, take in the history at Plaza de Mayo, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Buenos Aires online holiday builder.

You can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight from Ilha Grande to Buenos Aires in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Ilha Grande in November; daily highs in Buenos Aires reach 28°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums · Fun & Games · Casinos · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 19:

Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

— 4 nights
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Puerto Ayora is known for parks, nature, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Think Galapagos, explore the striking landscape at Las Grietas, experience rural life at El Trapiche Ecologico Galapagos, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Charles Darwin Research Station.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Puerto Ayora trip website.

You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and bus from Buenos Aires to Puerto Ayora in 18 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Argentina Standard Time (ART) to Ecuador Time (ECT) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Buenos Aires in November, Puerto Ayora is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can catch the ferry to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 19 — 23:

Puerto Villamil, Ecuador

— 3 nights
Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Puerto Villamil is known for nature, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Cueva de Sucre, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Centro de Crianza Tortugas Gigantes Arnaldo Tupiza Chamaidan, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Cristo Salvador, and take in the dramatic natural features at El Tunel del Estero.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Villamil itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil takes 3.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to ride a ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 26:

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador

— 3 nights
The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
Spend the 28th (Sun) exploring nature at Cerro Tijeretas. Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Wreck Bay Diving Center, kick back and relax at Playa de Oro, stroll through Playa Mann, and get a new perspective on nature at Interpretation Center.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Puerto Baquerizo Moreno online attractions planner.

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in 6 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno due to the time zone difference. In November, daytime highs in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Guatemala City.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 26 — 29:

Guatemala City, Guatemala

— 3 nights

Guate

The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
Venture out of the city with trips to Antigua (Volcán Pacaya, Cerro de la Cruz, &more). And it doesn't end there: learn more about the world around you at National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Metropolitana, admire nature's wide array of creatures at La Aurora Zoo, and make a trip to Iglesia Santo domingo.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Guatemala City trip planning site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Guatemala City. The time zone difference moving from Ecuador Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in November, expect Guatemala City to be a bit cooler, temps between 27°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Guatemala City

Parks · Museums · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 3:

Mexico City, Mexico

— 2 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Step out of Mexico City with an excursion to Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan--about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional de Antropologia, admire the landmark architecture of National Palace (Palacio Nacional), admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Estatua Ecuestre de Carlos IV.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Mexico City trip itinerary builder tool.

Fly from Guatemala City to Mexico City in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Guatemala City in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Mexico City, with lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 3 — 5:

Cozumel, Mexico

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then get outside with Mr Sanchos Beach Club Cozumel. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find something for the whole family at Discover Mexico Park Cozumel, explore the gorgeous colors at Palancar Reef, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cozumel route planning website.

You can fly from Mexico City to Cozumel in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Mexico City to Cozumel is 1 hour. When traveling from Mexico City in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Cozumel, with highs around 31°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Classes
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 7:

Tulum, Mexico

— 2 nights
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Museo de la Prehistoria Parque Dos Ojos and then get in on the family fun at Xcaret. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Casa Cenote, then delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, then stroll through Tulum Tower, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tulum day trip site.

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Cozumel to Tulum in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Tulum can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cancun.

Things to do in Tulum

Theme Parks · Spas · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 7 — 9:

Cancun, Mexico

— 3 nights
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.
On the 10th (Fri), get outside with Outdoor Activities, then look for gifts at Tattooarte, and then browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village. Keep things going the next day: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, make a trip to El Parque de las Palapas, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral de la Santisima Trinidad.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cancun route planning site.

You can drive from Tulum to Cancun in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December in Cancun, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cancun

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 12:

Guatemala travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Volcanos · Ruins
Land of Eternal Spring
Offering a chance to discover a rich history, remarkable landscapes, and a vibrant culture, a holiday in Guatemala remains a great choice for a wide range of travelers. The heart of the Maya civilization, Guatemala boasts stunning ancient ruins and traditional villages that blend with the Spanish heritage of the colonial-era and its stately cathedrals and town halls. While the cities boast splendid architecture and cultural heritage, they make up a small percentage of the mountainous Guatemalan landscape. Adventurous travelers and nature lovers will have plenty of things to do in Guatemala, from boating on the rushing rivers and scenic lakes, to exploring caves, picturesque beaches, and lush national parks.

Mexico travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Beaches · Landmarks
Tailor-made for anyone seeking that traditional sun-and-sand experience, Mexico vacations allow visitors to explore nearly 10,000 km (6,200 mi) of picturesque coastlines. Idyllic beaches and favorable year-round weather aside, this diverse country with a rich pre-Colombian history allows tourists a chance to discover a fascinating cuisine, numerous archaeological sites, state-of-the-art museums, colonial-era haciendas, and outstanding examples of 21st-century architecture. Most visitors get to know the country by its cities, but if you want a well-rounded Mexico tour, spend some time exploring its jungles, cloud forests, Caribbean reefs, snowcapped volcanoes, vast deserts, and tranquil lagoons. Life is lived outdoors in Mexico, so wherever you go, don't forget to dine alfresco and stroll the country's colonial streets.