50 days in South America, Caribbean, Mexico & United States Itinerary

50 days in South America, Caribbean, Mexico & United States Itinerary

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50 days in South America, Caribbean, Mexico & United States Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
2
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 1 night
Fly:  13​h 15​min
3
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h
4
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  16​h 45​min
5
Bogota, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h
6
Nassau, Bahamas
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Havana, Cuba
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
8
Cancun, Mexico
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
9
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
10
Cozumel, Mexico
— 3 nights
ferry + bus:  5​h 45​min
11
Chichen Itza, Mexico
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  11​h 45​min
12
Las Vegas, United States
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
13
Los Angeles, United States
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
14
Honolulu, United States
— 7 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Melbourne, Australia

2
nights
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.
To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Santiago online trip builder .

Melbourne, Australia to Santiago is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Santiago is minus 14 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Santiago

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Vina Undurraga
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Vina Undurraga ©
Vina Undurraga
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill

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.
To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Iguazu National Park itinerary maker tool .

Fly from Santiago to Iguazu National Park in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Santiago to Iguazu National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in April, and nighttime lows around 19°C. On the 4th (Sat), you're off toCusco.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas and then hunt for treasures at Mercado Central de San Pedro. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Q'enqo, then identify plant and animal life at Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Cusco trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Iguazu National Park to Cusco takes 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone changes from Argentine Time (ART) to Peru Time (PET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Iguazu National Park in April; daily highs in Cusco reach 23°C and lows reach 7°C. On the 6th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Spas Historic Sites Adventure
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
River Rafting & Tubing
Q'enqo ©
Q'enqo

2
nights
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.
On the 6th (Mon), snap pictures at Inca Bridge, then explore the ancient world of Intipuncu, and then examine the collection at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, admire the natural beauty at Los Jardines de Mandor, get a sense of history and politics at Serpost, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, then hunt for treasures at Mercado de Artesanias, and finally stop by Mapi Art.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Machu Picchu trip planner .

Do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Inca Bridge, Ruinas de Choquequirao
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu
Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu ©
Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu

2
nights
Bogota, Colombia

Bogota ©
Colombia's heart and soul, Bogota has earned the nickname "Athens of South America" thanks to its abundance of universities, libraries, and lower-level schools.
On the 9th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), then view the masterpieces at Galeria La Cometa, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Bioparque La Reserva. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Laguna de Guatavita, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sal, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Centro Comercial Cento Chia.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Bogota road trip planning website .

Getting from Machu Picchu to Bogota by combination of car and flight takes about 17 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. April in Bogota sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Nassau.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Centro Comercial Cento Chia, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, Laguna de Guatavita, Bioparque La Reserva
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Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira ©
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira

3
nights
Nassau, Bahamas

Nassau ©
On a trip to Nassau you can immerse yourself in a dynamic city atmosphere or spend your days lazing on the soft golden sands.
Antonius Roberts Studio & Gallery and Christ Church Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cable Beach and Tag Heuer Boutique. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Cabbage Beach, play a few rounds at Ocean Club Golf Course, get interesting insight from Tours, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Nassau tour itinerary planner .

You can fly from Bogota to Nassau in 9 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Bogota in April: highs in Nassau hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Havana.

Things to do in Nassau

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Paradise Island, Love Beaches
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Cable Beach ©
Cable Beach
Cabbage Beach ©
Cabbage Beach
Jaws Beach ©
Jaws Beach

5
nights
Havana, Cuba

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to El Morro and Havana Cathedral. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playas de Este and Santa Maria del Mar. Get out of town with these interesting Havana side-trips: Matanzas (Cuevas de Bellamar, Lolo Galeria-Taller, & more) and Playa de Jibacoa (in Santa Cruz del Norte). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of El Malecon, get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion), steep yourself in history at Castillo de la Real Fuerza, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Church and Convent of St. Francis of Asisi.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Havana trip itinerary site .

You can fly from Nassau to Havana in 4.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Havana can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Matanzas, Playa de Jibacoa
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El Morro ©
El Morro
Playa de Jibacoa ©
Playa de Jibacoa

4
nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Punta Sur and Captain Dulche's Museum. Get some historical perspective at Zona Arqueológica El Meco and Iglesia de Cristo Rey. Get out of town with these interesting Cancun side-trips: Isla Mujeres (Fishing Charters & Tours, El Centro, & more). Next up on the itinerary: browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, get in on the family fun at Selvatica, and steep yourself in history at El Rey Ruins (Zona Arqueologica El Rey).

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Cancun itinerary planning app .

Traveling by flight from Havana to Cancun takes 4 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Havana in April since evenings lows in Cancun dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Isla Mujeres, Zona Arqueológica El Meco
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Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur
Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado ©
Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado
Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte

4
nights
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.
Relax by the water at La Playa Xpuha and Mayan Beach. Head to MiNiAtUrE art Gallery and Art Gallery Casa Tzutuhilfor some retail therapy. Get out of town with these interesting Playa del Carmen side-trips: Tulum (LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park, Ruins of Tulum, & more). There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get interesting insight from Tours, and shop like a local with Gaston Charo Art Gallery Playa del Carmen.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Playa del Carmen travel route website .

Traveling by car from Cancun to Playa del Carmen takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Tulum, La Playa Xpuha
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
La Playa Xpuha ©
La Playa Xpuha
Fishing Charters & Tours

3
nights
Cozumel, Mexico

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.
Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Playa Chen Rio, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then make a trip to Coral Reefs Monument, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Galo Art Studio.

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Traveling by combination of ferry and taxi from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel takes an hour. In April, daily temperatures in Cozumel can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Columbia Reef ©
Columbia Reef
El Paso del Cedral Reef ©
El Paso del Cedral Reef

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): delve into the distant past at The Ossuary. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at El Castillo, explore the ancient world of Chichen Itza, delve into the distant past at Kinichna, delve into the distant past at Dzibichaltun, then take a stroll through Felipe Carrillo Puerto, and finally explore the ancient world of Nohoch Mul.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Chichen Itza trip website .

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Cozumel to Chichen Itza takes 6 hours. Traveling from Cozumel in May, things will get a bit warmer in Chichen Itza: highs are around 40°C and lows about 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Yucatan Peninsula
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Chichen Itza ©
Chichen Itza
Temple of the Bearded Man ©
Temple of the Bearded Man
The Ossuary ©
The Ossuary

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Las Vegas, United States

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Strip and Pinball Hall of Fame. Step out of the city life by going to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Little Finland. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Las Vegas: Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge (in Amargosa Valley), Willow Beach (in Fort Mohave) and Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge (in Alamo). Spend the 8th (Fri) exploring the stark beauty of Escape Adventures and Las Vegas Cyclery. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, take a stroll through The LINQ Promenade, take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains.

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Do a combination of bus and flight from Chichen Itza to Las Vegas in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chichen Itza to Las Vegas, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Chichen Itza in May, with highs in Las Vegas at 36°C and lows at 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Little Finland, Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge, Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Willow Beach
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The Strip ©
The Strip
The LINQ Promenade ©
The LINQ Promenade

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Los Angeles, United States

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Six Flags Magic Mountain as well as Universal Studios Hollywood. Head to Montana Avenue and Amoeba Musicfor some retail therapy. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Angelino Heights Historic Area and Los Angeles California Temple, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Change things up with a short trip to Crystal Cove in Laguna Beach (about 1h 15 min away). There's more to do: admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip builder website .

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to Los Angeles takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Las Vegas in May: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 28°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Nature

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Crystal Cove
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Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Angelino Heights Historic Area ©
Angelino Heights Historic Area

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nights
Honolulu, United States

Honolulu ©
In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Step out of the city life by going to Makapuu Lighthouse Trail and Koko Crater Railway Trail. Do some cultural sightseeing at USS Arizona Memorial and Wys Galleries. Get out of town with these interesting Honolulu side-trips: Kapolei (Ko Olina Lagoons & Dolphin & Whale Watching), Kailua (Kailua Beach Park & Lanikai Beach) and Byodo-In Temple (in Kaneohe). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Waikiki Beach, appreciate the views at Waimea Valley, explore the different monuments and memorials at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Honolulu road trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Honolulu is minus 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in May; daily highs in Honolulu reach 34°C and lows reach 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Kailua, Pupukea, Ko Olina Lagoons, Nu’uanu Pali
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Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park
Scuba & Snorkeling
Lanikai Beach ©
Lanikai Beach

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