30 days in South America, Mexico & Caribbean Itinerary

30 days in South America, Mexico & Caribbean Itinerary

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30 days in South America, Mexico & Caribbean Itinerary

Start: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Fly + Drive:  22​h 15​min
1
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  19​h 15​min
2
Quito, Ecuador
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
San Andres Island, Colombia
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  10​h 15​min
4
Tulum, Mexico
— 4 nights
taxi + ferry:  2​h 45​min
5
Isla Mujeres, Mexico
— 2 nights
+3
ferry + bus + foot + Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Havana, Cuba
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
7
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
— 6 nights
Fly:  11​h
End: Buenos Aires, Argentina

3
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Machu Picchu: Maras (Moray & Salinas de Maras) and Qosqo Ayllu (in Ollantaytambo). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, examine the collection at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon, contemplate the long history of Sacred Valley of the Incas, and take some stellar pictures from Intipuncu.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Machu Picchu tour builder app .

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Machu Picchu is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Buenos Aires to Machu Picchu is minus 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Maras, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Qosqo Ayllu
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras

3
nights
Quito, Ecuador

Quito ©
High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
Change things up with these side-trips from Quito: Termas de Papallacta (in Papallacta) and Pichincha (in Puerto Quito). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, admire the striking features of El Sagrario, don't miss a visit to Mitad Del Mundo, and see the interesting displays at La Capilla Del Hombre.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Quito online itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Machu Picchu to Quito takes 19.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in June, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Quito

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Pichincha, Termas de Papallacta
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4
nights
San Andres Island, Colombia

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
San Andres Island is known for wildlife, nature, beaches, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, don't miss a visit to Blow Hole, look for all kinds of wild species at Cayo El Acuario, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de San Luis.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read San Andres Island day trip planner.

Getting from Quito to San Andres Island by flight takes about 6 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Quito in June, with highs in San Andres Island at 36°C and lows at 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Tulum.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Johnny Cay ©
Johnny Cay
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Rocky Cay ©
Rocky Cay

4
nights
Tulum, Mexico

Tulum ©
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Explore Tulum's surroundings by going to Playa del Carmen (Xcaret Park & Quinta Avenida) and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 15th (Mon) at Xel-Ha. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Tulum Archaeological Site, Head underground at Gran Cenote, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and look for gifts at Kaahal Home Tulum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tulum visit app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from San Andres Island to Tulum in 10.5 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from San Andres Island in June since evenings lows in Tulum dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Isla Mujeres.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Playa del Carmen, Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Xcaret Park ©
Xcaret Park
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret ©
Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret

2
nights
Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Isla Mujeres ©
Tiny municipal seat of an eponymous island, each season Isla Mujeres swells to bursting with international tourists coming here to swim, snorkel, dive, fish, and sail.
On the 19th (Fri), make a splash at Garrafon Natural Reef Park, delve into the distant past at Punta Sur, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On the next day, race across the water with a speed boat tour, kick back and relax at Playa Norte, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Guadalupe Chapel.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Isla Mujeres tour planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Tulum to Isla Mujeres in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. June in Isla Mujeres sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Havana.

Things to do in Isla Mujeres

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte
Punta Sur ©
Punta Sur
Spas

4
nights
Havana, Cuba

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Havana is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of El Malecon, make a trip to El Capitolio, admire the masterpieces at Museu Nacional de Belas Artes de Cuba, and get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion).

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Havana trip itinerary site .

Getting from Isla Mujeres to Havana by combination of ferry and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Isla Mujeres in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Havana, with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Punta Cana.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana
Old Havana ©
Old Havana
Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana ©

6
nights
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Punta Cana ©
In an area boasting beaches that face both the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, vacations in Punta Cana have been popular with tourists since the early 1970s.
Explore Punta Cana's surroundings by going to Isla Saona (in Parque Nacional del Este), La Romana (Altos de Chavon & Altos de Chavon Regional Museum of Archaeology) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Bayahibe). Spend the 28th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Bavaro Beach, play a few rounds at Punta Espada Golf Course, don't miss a visit to Jesus Maestro Parish, and get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Punta Cana online tour builder .

You can fly from Havana to Punta Cana in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and shuttle. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Havana to Punta Cana due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in June, and nighttime lows around 28°C. On the 30th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Punta Cana

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

La Romana, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Bavaro Beach ©
Bavaro Beach
Saona Island ©
Saona Island
Altos de Chavon ©
Altos de Chavon

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