19 days in Mexico & South America Itinerary

19 days in Mexico & South America Itinerary

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Mexico City, Mexico
— 2 nights
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Cozumel, Mexico
— 1 night
Ferry to Calica, Drive to Tulum
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Tulum, Mexico
— 4 nights
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Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
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Montevideo, Uruguay
— 2 nights
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Mexico City, Mexico

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Mexico City is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a new perspective on nature at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, get a sense of history and politics at National Palace (Palacio Nacional), take a peaceful walk through Bosque de Chapultepec, and explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Mexico City holiday app.

If you are flying in from Mexico, the closest major aiports are Licenciado Benito Juarez International Airport, Querétaro Intercontinental Airport and General Francisco J. Mujica International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in December, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Cozumel.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): get a new perspective on nature at Museo de la Isla de Cozumel, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Cozumel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Cozumel takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mexico City to Cozumel due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Mexico City in December: highs in Cozumel hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Spas
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Tulum, Mexico

The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tulum: Xcaret (in Playa del Carmen) and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba). There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, browse the exhibits of Balam Art On Feathers, and take in panoramic vistas at Tulum Tower.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Tulum trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Cozumel to Tulum by combination of ferry and car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. In December, daytime highs in Tulum are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Tulum

Wildlife · Adventure · Theme Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Santiago, Chile

City of the Island Hills

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Santiago is known for shopping, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, contemplate the long history of Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, admire the masterpieces at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, and stop by Patio Bellavista.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Santiago trip planner.

You can fly from Tulum to Santiago in 13 hours. Traveling from Tulum to Santiago, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks · Shopping · Museums · Nature
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Buenos Aires, Argentina

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: don't miss a visit to Cemiterio de Recoleta, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, and wander the streets of Puerto Madero.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Buenos Aires online travel planner.

Getting from Santiago to Buenos Aires by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Santiago to Buenos Aires is 1 hour. In December in Buenos Aires, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Montevideo.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks
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Montevideo, Uruguay

With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
On the 15th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral de Montevideo, then admire the landmark architecture of Palacio Salvo, then don't miss a visit to Plaza Independencia, and finally take a stroll through Ciudad Vieja. Here are some ideas for day two: get a sense of history and politics at Palacio Legislativo, then take in the pleasant sights at Rambla de Montevideo, and then wander the streets of Pocitos.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Montevideo tour planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Montevideo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Buenos Aires in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Montevideo, with lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Montevideo

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
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Sao Paulo, Brazil

Land of Drizzle

Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
On the 17th (Thu), take a stroll through Paulista Avenue, then walk around Parque Ibirapuera, and then pick up some local products at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Museu da Lingua Portuguesa, admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, and then admire the masterpieces at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Sao Paulo vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Montevideo to Sao Paulo takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Sao Paulo are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. On the 19th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Neighborhoods
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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.

Uruguay travel guide

3.9
Landmarks · Scenic Walking Areas · Art Museums
Switzerland of South America
One of the smallest countries in South America, tourist-friendly Uruguay is often called the "Switzerland of South America" because of its consistent economic development and progressive society. Open-minded Montevideo serves as the starting point of most Uruguay vacations, offering visitors an eclectic cultural scene and a chance to discover some of South America's major architectural treasures. Away from the cosmopolitan capital city, vacations in Uruguay involve exploring wildlife-rich areas along the Atlantic and touring the rustic interior on horseback, gaucho style. In this sports-loving country, the highlight of your Uruguay trip might just be a soccer match between Penarol and Nacional, the country's two major clubs.

State of Sao Paulo travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Parks · Specialty Museums
A trip to State of Sao Paulo reveals one of Brazil's wealthiest regions, considered one of South America's economic powerhouses and known for its high standard of living. The eponymous state capital remains one of the country's most cosmopolitan urban centers, housing almost 20 million residents in its metropolitan region. Beyond this hub of frantic nightlife and thriving commerce, a tour of State of Sao Paulo showcases lively beaches scattered across 600 km (370 mi) of coastline. Farther inland, visitors take advantage of the area's pleasant climate and explore numerous waterfalls, caves, mountains, rivers, spas, parks, and historical buildings dating back to early colonial times.