60 days in Mexico, Tikal National Park & South America Itinerary

60 days in Mexico, Tikal National Park & South America Itinerary

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Cancun, Mexico
— 4 nights
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Chichen Itza, Mexico
— 2 nights
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Drive to Licenciado Manuel Crescencio Rejon Int Airport, Fly to Mundo Maya International Airport, Drive to Tikal National Park
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Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 2 nights
Drive to Mundo Maya International Airport, Fly to Jose Maria Córdova International Airport
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Medellin, Colombia
— 2 nights
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Cartagena, Colombia
— 2 nights
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Quito, Ecuador
— 4 nights
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Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
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Nazca, Peru
— 1 night
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Cusco, Peru
— 6 nights
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La Paz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
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Uyuni, Bolivia
— 3 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 6 nights
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Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Cancun, Mexico

— 4 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Playacar Golf Club. Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá and La Isla Shopping Village are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Cancun's surroundings by going to Playa del Carmen (Zipline & Skydiving). There's still lots to do: make a trip to El Parque de las Palapas.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Cancun travel route builder tool.

Dublin, Ireland to Cancun is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Dublin to Cancun due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Dublin in October; daily highs in Cancun reach 35°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can drive to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 3:

Chichen Itza, Mexico

— 2 nights
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 4th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Plataforma de Venus, explore the ancient world of Chichen Itza, explore the ancient world of The Ossuary, delve into the distant past at Temple of the Bearded Man, then take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Ik kil, and finally delve into the distant past at La Iglesia.

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Chichen Itza road trip planner.

You can drive from Cancun to Chichen Itza in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Cancun in November, Chichen Itza is a bit warmer at night with lows of 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 5:

Tikal National Park, Guatemala

— 2 nights
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
On the 6th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tikal.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Chichen Itza to Tikal National Park. The time zone difference when traveling from Chichen Itza to Tikal National Park is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 5 — 7:
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Medellin, Colombia

— 2 nights

City of the Eternal Spring

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
On the 8th (Mon), head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then stroll through Ciclovia. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Museum Pablo Escobar, then look for all kinds of wild species at Aquarius Diving Club, and then take in the exciting artwork at KJ Art shop & Coffee.

To find out how to plan a trip to Medellin, use our trip itinerary maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tikal National Park to Medellin. The time zone difference when traveling from Tikal National Park to Medellin is 1 hour. In November in Medellin, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Medellin

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 9:

Cartagena, Colombia

— 2 nights

City of Heroes

The site of the continent's first Spanish colony, Cartagena retains much of its colonial flavor thanks to a World Heritage-listed old town, encircled by old walls and protected by imposing fortresses.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): admire the striking features of Las Bovedas, explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, and finally make a trip to Plaza Santo Domingo. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa and then contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cartagena vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Cartagena takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Medellin in November, expect Cartagena to be a bit warmer, temps between 37°C and 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 11:

Quito, Ecuador

— 4 nights

Light of America

High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
Escape the urban bustle at Pichincha and Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila and Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Casa Museo Guayasamin, get to know the fascinating history of Quito Old Town, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica del Voto Nacional, and admire the striking features of Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Quito tour builder tool.

Getting from Cartagena to Quito by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cartagena in November, expect nights in Quito to be colder, around 16°C, while days are little chillier, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites · Nature · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 11 — 15:

Lima, Peru

— 3 nights

City of the Kings

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 inner history buff will appreciate Huaca Pucllana and Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo. Museo Larco and Miraflores are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, shop like a local with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), stop by Barranco, and explore the galleries of Galeria Indigo.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Lima journey builder website.

Getting from Quito to Lima by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Quito in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 20°C in Lima. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Nazca.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 18:

Nazca, Peru

— 1 night
The southern city of Nazca draws visitors to its archaeological and historical sites.
On the 19th (Fri), hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, then explore the ancient world of Cantalloc Aqueduct, and then take an in-depth tour of Didactic Museum Antonini (Museo Antonini).

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Nazca route planner.

Traveling by car from Lima to Nazca takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Nazca

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 19:

Cusco, Peru

— 6 nights

Imperial City

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Salinas de Maras and exploor. Get some cultural insight at Sacsayhuaman and Qorikancha. Take a break from Cusco with a short trip to Moray in Maras, about 1h 20 min away. Spend the 21st (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Sacred Valley of the Incas, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cusco Cathedral, and delve into the distant past at Tambomachay.

To find other places to visit and tourist information, read Cusco road trip site.

You can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight from Nazca to Cusco in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Cusco can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 19 — 25:

La Paz, Bolivia

— 2 nights

City that Touches the Sky

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): examine the collection at National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore, then don't miss a visit to Mercado de Las Brujas, then get a taste of the local shopping with Casa Museo Solon, and finally examine the collection at Museo de Textiles Andinos Bolivianos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Calle Sagarnaga, then admire the striking features of Iglesia de San Francisco, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the La Paz sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Cusco to La Paz in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Peru Standard Time (PET) to Bolivia Time (BOT) is 1 hour. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Cusco in November: high temperatures in La Paz hover around 20°C and lows are around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in La Paz

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 27:

Uyuni, Bolivia

— 3 nights
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
On the 28th (Sun), examine the collection at Museo de la Llama y la Sal, then take in the dramatic natural features at Salar de Uyuni, then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Pueblo Pulacayo, and finally get a new perspective on nature at Museo Arquecologia y Antropologico de los Andes Meridionales. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Mon): see Off-Road Tours, then see the interesting displays at Train Cemetery, and then don't miss a visit to Plaza Arce.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Uyuni itinerary planner.

You can fly from La Paz to Uyuni in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from La Paz in November: highs in Uyuni hover around 12°C, while lows dip to 11°C. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Uyuni

Museums · Nature · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 27 — 30:

Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 6 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cemiterio de Recoleta and Puerto Madero. Visit Plaza de Mayo and Casa Rosada for their historical value. There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of La Boca, step into the grandiose world of Palacio de Aguas Corrientes, take a stroll through Palermo, and take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero.

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Getting from Uyuni to Buenos Aires by flight takes about 10 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Uyuni to Buenos Aires, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Uyuni in November: highs in Buenos Aires hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 6:

Iguazu National Park, Argentina

— 2 nights
Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
On the 7th (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Salto Bernabe Mendez, then take in the dramatic scenery at Salto San Martin, and then step off the mainland to explore Isla San Martin.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Iguazu National Park route planner.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Iguazu National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Iguazu National Park, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Nature · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 8:

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

— 19 nights

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Get outdoors at Copacabana Beach and Praia de Ipanema. Relax by the water at Pedra do Arpoador and Praia de Grumari. Get out of town with these interesting Rio de Janeiro side-trips: Petropolis (Cervejaria Bohemia, Imperial Museum, &more) and Niteroi (Praia de Itacoatiara & Museu de Arte Contemporanea de Niteroi). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, stroll through Mirante da Prainha, kick back and relax at Barra da Tijuca Beach, and explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Tijuca.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro road trip planning website.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Iguazu National Park to Rio de Janeiro takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Iguazu National Park in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 27°C in Rio de Janeiro. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 8 — 27:

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.

Yucatan travel guide

4.6
Ruins · Geologic Formations · Architectural Buildings
A trip to Yucatan reveals a place that caters to the more tranquil of travelers interested in seeing Mexico away from big crowds and modern resorts. A good alternative for anyone disinclined to visit Cancun or Cabo San Lucas, this part of the country boasts numerous historical and natural attractions, including pristine mangrove forests, quaint colonial-era towns, and a string of unspoiled beaches on the Gulf of Mexico. Most visitors begin their tour of Yucatan in Merida, the under-the-radar state capital considered one of Mexico's safest and architecturally significant cities. From there, you're just a drive away from hundreds of Mayan ruins, proof that organized humans lived here as long ago as 800 BCE.