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

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

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51 days in South America, Mexico, Caribbean & 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:  18​h
4
Cancun, Mexico
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Havana, Cuba
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
7
Miami, United States
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
8
Nashville, United States
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
9
Memphis, United States
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
10
New Orleans, United States
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
11
Houston, United States
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
12
Honolulu, United States
— 9 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Melbourne, Australia

2
nights
Santiago, Chile

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 7th (Tue), trot along with a tour on horseback and then contemplate the long history of Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Santiago holiday planner.

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. Traveling from Melbourne to Santiago, you'll gain 14 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Santiago

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
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Horseback Riding Tours

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 Cataratas del Iguazu.

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

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Wanda
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Cataratas del Iguazu ©
Cataratas del Iguazu
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.
On the 11th (Sat), make a trip to Serpost and then make a trip to Intipuncu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, examine the collection at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon, then take in nature's colorful creations at Los Jardines de Mandor, and finally look for gifts at Mapi Art.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Machu Picchu travel route site .

Do a combination of flight and car from Iguazu National Park to Machu Picchu in 23.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Iguazu National Park to Machu Picchu, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Cancun.

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

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 Selvatica. Change things up with these side-trips from Cancun: Isla Mujeres (Playa Norte & Punta Sur). And it doesn't end there: buy something for everyone on your list at La Isla Shopping Village, delve into the distant past at El Rey Archaeological Zone, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia de Cristo Resucitado, and play a few rounds at Moon Palace Golf Course.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Cancun vacation planning tool .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Machu Picchu to Cancun takes 18 hours. April in Cancun sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough 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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Selvatica ©
Selvatica
Swim with Dolphins
Playa Delfines ©
Playa Delfines

6
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

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Tulum, Xel-Ha, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá, Akumal Beach
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Xel-Ha ©
Xel-Ha
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá ©
Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like El Malecon and El Morro. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Santa Maria del Mar and Playas de Este. Change things up with these side-trips from Havana: Las Terrazas Complex (in Las Terrazas), Varadero (Saturno Cave & Coral Beach) and Cuevas de Bellamar (in Matanzas). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Old Havana, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Havana Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Revolution Plaza, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon).

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Havana day trip planning app .

Getting from Playa del Carmen to Havana by flight takes about 4.5 hours. April in Havana sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Miami.

Things to do in Havana

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Varadero, Cuevas de Bellamar, Las Terrazas Complex
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Santa Maria del Mar ©
Santa Maria del Mar
El Malecon ©
El Malecon
Old Havana ©
Old Havana

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 Art Deco Historic District. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Miami: Speed Boats Tours (in Everglades City) and Everglades National Park (Anhinga Trail & Gumbo Limbo Trail). And it doesn't end there: enjoy some diversion at Lock & Load Miami, contemplate the long history of Barnacle State Historic Site, and take a stroll through Ocean Drive.

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You can fly from Havana to Miami in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train. In April, daily temperatures in Miami can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Miami

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Miami Beach, Everglades National Park, Speed Boats Tours
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Shark Valley ©
Shark Valley
South Beach ©
South Beach
Anhinga Trail ©
Anhinga Trail

3
nights
Nashville, United States

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Get in touch with nature at Radnor Lake State Park and Centennial Park. Your inner history buff will appreciate Lotz House Museum and Belle Meade Plantation. Go for a jaunt from Nashville to Sparta to see Burgess Falls State Park about 1h 40 min away. And it doesn't end there: catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, take an in-depth tour of The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, get to know the fascinating history of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, and sample the fine beverages at Prichard's Distillery at Fontanel.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Nashville trip maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Miami to Nashville takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Miami to Nashville is minus 1 hour. In May, Nashville is slightly colder than Miami - with highs of 31°C and lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lotz House Museum, Burgess Falls State Park
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Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Downtown Nashville ©
Downtown Nashville
Grand Ole Opry ©
Grand Ole Opry

3
nights
Memphis, United States

Memphis ©
The largest city on the Mississippi River, Memphis bills itself as both the "Birthplace of Rock" and "Home of the Blues." With such a rich musical heritage, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Elvis Presley chose to live in Memphis during his later years.
Escape the urban bustle at Parkin Archeological State Park and Overton Park. Sun Studio and National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Hampson Museum State Park (in Wilson) and Horseshoe Casino (in Tunica). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Memphis Zoo, immerse yourself in nature at Village Creek State Park, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Memphis trip itinerary maker site .

Drive from Nashville to Memphis in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May, daily temperatures in Memphis can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to New Orleans.

Things to do in Memphis

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trips

Hampson Museum State Park, Parkin Archeological State Park, Village Creek State Park, Horseshoe Casino
Find places to stay May 7 — 10:
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Memphis Zoo ©
Memphis Zoo
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio
Horseshoe Casino ©
Horseshoe Casino

3
nights
New Orleans, United States

New Orleans ©
Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the different monuments and memorials at Lafayette Cemetery No.1, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Audubon Zoo, and finally take a stroll through Garden District. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of French Quarter, take a stroll through Royal Street, explore and take pictures at Chalmette National Historical Park, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Louis Cathedral, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Jackson Square, and finally admire the striking features of Pontalba Buildings.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read New Orleans trip planner .

Traveling by car from Memphis to New Orleans takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. While traveling from Memphis, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in New Orleans, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Houston.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Garden District ©
Garden District
French Quarter ©
French Quarter
Jackson Square ©
Jackson Square

3
nights
Houston, United States

Houston ©
Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Glenwood Cemetery and The Chapel of St. Basil. Escape the urban bustle at Houston Audubon and Surfside Beach. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Chinatown, admire the sheer force of Water Wall, get curious at The Houston Museum of Natural Science, and explore and take pictures at Minute Maid Park.

To see more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Houston sightseeing app .

You can fly from New Orleans to Houston in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. When traveling from New Orleans in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Houston: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Houston

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Surfside Beach
Find places to stay May 13 — 16:
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Houston Zoo ©
Houston Zoo
Glenwood Cemetery ©
Glenwood Cemetery
Houston Audubon ©
Houston Audubon

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Waikiki Beach and Kailua Beach Park. Get outdoors at Diamond Head State Monument and Swim with Dolphins. Change things up with these side-trips from Honolulu: Haleiwa (Waimea Bay, Shark Diving, & more), Lanikai Beach (in Kailua) and Pupukea (Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument, Banzai Pipeline, & more). There's lots more to do: stroll the grounds of USS Arizona Memorial, identify plant and animal life at Malaekahana State Recreation Area, get to know the fascinating history of Makapuu Lighthouse Trail, and enjoy the sand and surf at Ala Moana Beach Park.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Honolulu journey website .

You can fly from Houston to Honolulu in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST) is minus 4 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Honolulu can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Oahu, Haleiwa, Pupukea, Kapolei, Kailua
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USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument

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