55 days in Mexico & South America Itinerary

55 days in Mexico & South America Itinerary

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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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Mexico City, Mexico
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Lima, Peru
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Machu Picchu, Peru
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Train to Ollantaytambo, Bus to Cusco
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Cusco, Peru
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La Paz, Bolivia
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
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Santiago, Chile
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Mendoza, Argentina
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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 6 nights
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Gramado, Brazil
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Playa del Carmen, Mexico

The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Get out of town with these interesting Playa del Carmen side-trips: Tulum (Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Cenotes Casa Tortuga Tulum, &more) and Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Xcaret and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Xaman Ha Aviary.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Playa del Carmen day trip planning app.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Playa del Carmen is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Israel Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Tel Aviv in November, plan for a bit warmer nights in Playa del Carmen, with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 4:

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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.
When in Mexico City, make a side trip to see Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5 in San Juan Teotihuacan, approximately San Juan Teotihuacan away. Next up on the itinerary: learn more about the world around you at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, admire the masterpieces at Palacio de Bellas Artes, explore the galleries of Museo del Templo Mayor, and see the interesting displays at Museo Frida Kahlo.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Mexico City sightseeing planner.

Fly from Playa del Carmen to Mexico City in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Playa del Carmen to Mexico City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Playa del Carmen in December, you will find days in Mexico City are a bit cooler (26°C), and nights are much colder (9°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 4 — 10:

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Lima, Peru

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.
Lima is known for museums, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and walk around Circuito Magico Del Agua.

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You can fly from Mexico City to Lima in 10 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Mexico City to Lima is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Lima when traveling from Mexico City in December, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 13:

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Machu Picchu, Peru

A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Machu Picchu route maker site.

You can fly from Lima to Machu Picchu in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 14:
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Cusco, Peru

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.
On the 18th (Fri), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, make a trip to San Blas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Qorikancha, and hike along exploor.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Cusco trip maker app.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in December, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 14 — 19:

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La Paz, Bolivia

City that Touches the Sky

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Get out of town with these interesting La Paz side-trips: Huayna Potosi (in Milluni), Puma Punku (in Tiahuanaco) and Tiwanaku (in Tiwanaku). Spend the 20th (Sun) exploring the striking scenery along WMDR Yungas Road. There's much more to do: make a trip to Mercado de Las Brujas, take in breathtaking views at Palca Canyon, examine the collection at Museo de Textiles Andinos Bolivianos, and get great views at Mirador Killi Killi.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our La Paz tour planner.

Fly from Cusco to La Paz in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Peru Standard Time (PET) to Bolivia Time (BOT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Cusco in December, with highs in La Paz at 18°C and lows at 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in La Paz

Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 24:

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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

Major archeological sites and a renowned museum remain the big draws in San Pedro de Atacama tourism, appealing to visitors interested in learning more about South America's pre-Columbian cultures.
San Pedro de Atacama is known for nature, wildlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Geyser del Tatio, take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna, explore the fascinating landscape at Atacama Desert, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the San Pedro de Atacama trip planner.

Traveling by flight from La Paz to San Pedro de Atacama takes 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from La Paz, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in San Pedro de Atacama, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:

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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.
On the 28th (Mon), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, explore the world behind art at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, explore the galleries of Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts, and admire all the interesting features of Cerro Santa Lucia.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Santiago tour itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Santiago takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Mendoza.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 27 — Jan 1:

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Mendoza, Argentina

Famed for its neat vineyards and thriving wine production, Mendoza remains the place to visit for a pleasant combination of relaxation and recreation.
Get out of town with these interesting Mendoza side-trips: Tupungato (La Quebrada del Condor-Day Trip & Valle de Uco). On the 2nd (Sat), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. There's more to do: do a tasting at Bodega Matervini and stroll around Parque General San Martin.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Mendoza trip planner.

You can fly from Santiago to Mendoza in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Mendoza due to the time zone difference. In January in Mendoza, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Mendoza

Tours · Wineries · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Nestled against the foothills of the Andes, scenic San Carlos de Bariloche hugs the southern shore of Nahuel Huapi Lake and ranks among Argentina's top destinations for active outdoor vacations.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Circuito Chico and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

Discover how to plan a San Carlos de Bariloche trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Mendoza to San Carlos de Bariloche takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Mendoza in January: highs in San Carlos de Bariloche hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:

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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: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemiterio de Recoleta, steep yourself in history at Casa Rosada, get engrossed in the history at El Zanjon de Granados, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Buenos Aires journey app.

You can fly from San Carlos de Bariloche to Buenos Aires in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Buenos Aires, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Gramado.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 12:

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Gramado, Brazil

Hydrangea Garden

Surrounded by impressive mountain scenery in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, the small city of Gramado charms visitors with its alpine European-style architecture and blossoming flowers.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): do a tasting at Casa Seganfredo, then explore the activities along Lago Negro, then walk around Mini Mundo, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Matriz Sao Pedro Apostolo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Rua Coberta, pause for some serene contemplation at Paroquia Nossa Senhora de Lourdes, then immerse yourself in nature at Parque Estadual do Caracol, and finally make a trip to Caro Watson Escape Game.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Gramado trip itinerary maker tool.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Buenos Aires to Gramado in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Gramado

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 14:

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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.
Sao Paulo is known for museums, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Parque Ibirapuera, pick up some local products at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo, stop by Bom Retiro, and wander the streets of Paulista Avenue.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Sao Paulo trip planning website.

You can fly from Gramado to Sao Paulo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. January in Sao Paulo sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 17:

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Rio de Janeiro is known for beaches, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, admire the masterpieces at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro, step into the grandiose world of Ilha Fiscal, and steep yourself in history at Parque Lage.

To see maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sao Paulo in January: high temperatures in Rio de Janeiro hover around 37°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 22:

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.

Peru travel guide

4.6
Historic Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Incas
In a country renowned for its pre-Columbian archeological sites, no Peru vacation would be complete without an adrenaline-inducing hike to Machu Picchu, World Heritage-listed symbol of the once-mighty Incan Empire. Aside from visiting these spectacular ruins set against the backdrop of photogenic mountain peaks, most holidays in Peru also include an exploration of the country's pretty cities, boasting well-preserved colonial architecture and a slew of modern buildings housing fine museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Ideal for active vacationers, Peru trips are also tailor-made for gourmands, as the country's eclectic cuisine blends tasty influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Bolivia travel guide

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Landmarks · Geologic Formations · Specialty Museums
Tibet of the Americas
If you're an adventurous tourist, consider adding a Bolivia vacation to your travel itinerary. A land of rainforests, Andean glaciers, high altitude cities, and rushing rivers, Bolivia remains one of the most remote countries in the Western Hemisphere. With 60 percent of the population made up of indigenous peoples, native cultures permeate thecountry's music, architecture, and arts, as well as local folklore and traditions. Traveling in Bolivia you can experience diverse wildlife and ecosystems, learn about the country's rich history, try out its distinctive cuisine, and practice your Spanish with the locals, known for their clean and easy-to-understand accent.

Chile travel guide

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Landmarks · Parks · Specialty Museums
Land of Poets
Squeezed between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, geographically diverse Chile is a long, thin stretch of land encompassing some of the world's driest deserts in the north, and some of its largest glacial fields in the south. Though most Chile holidays include some form of adventure in the vast wilderness areas, the country also contains charming cities providing plenty of urban things to do and see. Many tours of Chile include at least a brief visit to the country's lush wine regions, where backyard vineyards compete with sprawling estates producing some of the world's most respected whites and reds.

Argentina travel guide

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Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Bodies of Water
Land of Contrasts
Home to the highest and lowest points in South America, diverse Argentina enthralls visitors with its contrasting landscapes and rich cultural heritage. A tour of Argentina reveals a sprawling land of fiercely proud and hardworking gauchos, the legendary cowboys of South America's pampas. A vacation in Argentina also leads you to giant urban centers, filled with modern tourist attractions that include fine restaurants, award-winning museums, and renowned public parks, gardens, and zoos. Away from big cities, Argentina sightseeing combines visits to mighty waterfalls situated inside World Heritage-listed national parks in the north of the country, with excursions to icy glaciers in the south.

Brazil travel guide

4.4
Beaches · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Land of Brazilwood
The largest country in South America and the biggest Portuguese-speaking nation in the world, Brazil remains best known for its soccer tradition and annual Carnaval. Most visitors on holiday in Brazil come for the country's outstanding beaches, music, wildlife, and diverse neighborhoods, each one boasting its own distinct character, atmosphere, and way of life. A tour of Brazil reveals a vast land of great natural and human diversity, from its sprawling rainforest wildernesses, to its busy urban centers. There are plenty of things to do in Brazil, from basking on its coastline to chasing the samba scene or catching a picturesque sunset from one of the country's lush mountaintops.