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

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

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40 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
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  22​h 30​min
3
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  17​h 15​min
4
Havana, Cuba
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Cancun, Mexico
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 5 nights
+2
ferry + taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Miami, United States
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
8
Honolulu, United States
— 9 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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): do a tasting at Concha y Toro, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, then take a stroll through Barrio Bellavista, and finally contemplate the long history of Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Santiago tour builder site .

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 changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Chile Time, which is usually a -14 hour difference. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Nature Wineries

Side Trip

Concha y Toro
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San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Concha y Toro ©
Concha y Toro
Barrio Bellavista ©
Barrio Bellavista

2
nights
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Iguazu National Park online attractions planner .

You can fly from Santiago to Iguazu National Park in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Iguazu National Park. In April, daytime highs in Iguazu National Park are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Wanda
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez
Salto San Martin ©
Salto San Martin

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, identify plant and animal life at Los Jardines de Mandor, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, and finally take some stellar pictures from Intipuncu.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Machu Picchu trip planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Iguazu National Park to Machu Picchu in 23.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Iguazu National Park to Machu Picchu. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Havana.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

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.
Get some historical perspective at El Malecon and Old Havana. Visit Santa Maria del Mar and Playas de Este for some beach relaxation. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Havana: Matanzas (Cuevas de Bellamar & Parque de la Libertad), Varadero (Saturno Cave & Coral Beach) and Las Terrazas Complex (in Las Terrazas). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana, make a trip to Old Square (Plaza Vieja), stroll the grounds of Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Havana Cathedral.

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You can do a combination of car and flight from Machu Picchu to Havana in 17.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in April, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Matanzas, Varadero, Las Terrazas Complex
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El Malecon ©
El Malecon
Old Havana ©
Old Havana

6
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Playa Delfines and Xcacel Beach. Get outdoors at Swim with Dolphins and La Isla Shopping Village. Change things up with these side-trips from Cancun: Isla Mujeres (Playa Norte & Punta Sur). There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Selvatica, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueológica El Meco, and steep yourself in history at El Rey Archaeological Zone.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Cancun road trip site .

You can fly from Havana to Cancun in 4 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Havana in April since evenings lows in Cancun dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough 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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Playa Norte ©
Playa Norte
Swim with Dolphins
Selvatica ©
Selvatica

5
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Xel-Ha and Punta Laguna Nature Reserve. Visit Paradise Beach and Caleta Tankha Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore Playa del Carmen's surroundings by going to Tulum (Tulum Archaeological Site, LabnaHa Cenotes & Eco Park, & more), Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and Akumal Beach (in Akumal). There's much more to do: Head underground at Rio Secreto, tee off at El Camaleon Mayakoba Golf Club, take in the exciting artwork at Corazon de Mexico, and look for gifts at La Casa de las Hamacas.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Playa del Carmen tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Cancun to Playa del Carmen in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in April, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Havana.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tulum, Akumal Beach, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
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Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach

4
nights
Miami, United States

Miami ©
Florida’s mecca of fun in the sun, the lively tropical metropolis of Miami is one of the world’s top vacation spots.
Take a break from the city and head to Shark Valley and South Beach. Get some historical perspective at Lincoln Road and Barnacle State Historic Site. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Miami: Anhinga Trail (in Everglades National Park) and Fort Lauderdale Beach (in Fort Lauderdale). There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Art Deco Historic District, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, buy something for everyone on your list at Bayside Marketplace, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Miami attractions planner .

Fly from Havana to Miami in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. On the 4th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Honolulu.

Things to do in Miami

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Miami Beach, Everglades National Park, Fort Lauderdale Beach
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Shark Valley Visitor Center ©
Shark Valley Visitor Center
South Beach ©
South Beach
Anhinga Trail ©
Anhinga Trail

9
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.
Popular historic sites such as USS Arizona Memorial and Battleship Missouri Memorial are in your itinerary. Visiting Waikiki Beach and Kailua Beach Park will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Pupukea (Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument, Ehukai Beach Park, & more), Lanikai Beach (in Kailua) and Kapolei (Ihilani Spa & Ko Olina Lagoons). There's still lots to do: take in the pleasant sights at Diamond Head State Monument, appreciate the extensive heritage of Makapuu Lighthouse Trail, admire the sheer force of Manoa Falls, and get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Honolulu vacation site .

You can fly from Miami to Honolulu in 13.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST) is minus 5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Pupukea, Oahu, Kapolei, Kailua
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USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park

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