40 days in United States, South America, Central America, Mexico & South Pacific Itinerary

40 days in United States, South America, Central America, Mexico & South Pacific Itinerary

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Fort Lauderdale, United States
— 2 nights
2
Cartagena, Colombia
— 2 nights
3
San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
— 1 night
4
Jaco, Costa Rica
— 1 night
5
Huatulco, Mexico
— 1 day
6
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
— 3 nights
7
Los Angeles, United States
— 4 nights
8
Kailua-Kona, United States
— 3 nights
9
Honolulu, United States
— 3 nights
10
Pago Pago, American Samoa
— 1 day
11
Suva, Fiji
— 1 night
12
Paihia, New Zealand
— 3 nights
13
Tauranga, New Zealand
— 3 nights
14
Auckland, New Zealand
— 3 nights
15
Papeete, French Polynesia
— 1 day
16
Vaitape, French Polynesia
— 2 nights

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Fort Lauderdale, United States

Fort Lauderdale ©
Known as the "Venice of America" because of its extensive network of navigable waterways, Fort Lauderdale welcomes over 10 million annual visitors, most of them attracted by the city's popular beaches and marinas.
Fort Lauderdale is known for beaches, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Fort Lauderdale Beach.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Fort Lauderdale itinerary planner.

Orlando to Fort Lauderdale is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Orlando in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Fort Lauderdale, with lows around °F. On the 5th (Tue), you're off to Cartagena.

Things to do in Fort Lauderdale

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Fort Lauderdale Beach ©
Fort Lauderdale Beach

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Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena
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.
To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Cartagena trip planner.

Fly from Fort Lauderdale to Cartagena in 7 hours. Traveling from Fort Lauderdale in January, expect Cartagena to be a bit warmer, temps between °F and °F. You'll set off for San Juan del Sur on the 7th (Thu).

Things to do in Cartagena

Tours Outdoors Nightlife
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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

San Juan del Sur ©
Set in a crescent-shaped bay, San Juan del Sur has become known as a popular surfing spot and coastal holiday destination for Nicaraguan families and international visitors alike.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve and then head outdoors with Costa Dulce Beach.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the San Juan del Sur trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Cartagena to San Juan del Sur with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Colombia Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In January, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

Outdoors Wildlife Beaches
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La Flor Beach Natural Reserve ©
La Flor Beach Natural Reserve
Costa Dulce Beach ©
Costa Dulce Beach

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Jaco, Costa Rica

A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
On the 9th (Sat), trot along with a tour on horseback and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sun): scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Jaco trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from San Juan del Sur to Jaco takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of car and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Huatulco.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Off-Road Tours
Zipline

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Huatulco, Mexico

Huatulco ©
A short flight from Mexico City, scenic Huatulco features nine picture-perfect bays on the Pacific coast.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): have fun at Maica Silver & Contemporary Bijoux and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cacaluta.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Huatulco trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Jaco to Huatulco. In January, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

Things to do in Huatulco

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Cacaluta ©
Cacaluta

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Boasting a coastline made for perfectly framed photographs of romantic sunsets, Puerto Vallarta continuously ranks among the world's top tourist resorts.
Change things up with a short trip to Vallarta Botanical Gardens in Cabo Corrientes (about 58 minutes away). There's lots more to do: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, explore the striking landscape of Los Arcos, and view the masterpieces at Galleria Dante.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Vallarta driving holiday planning website.

Traveling by flight from Huatulco to Puerto Vallarta takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Huatulco in January: high temperatures in Puerto Vallarta hover around °F and lows are around °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Vallarta Botanical Gardens
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 14:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Zipline
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe ©
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe

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Los Angeles, United States

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). It doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood and get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles route builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Puerto Vallarta to Los Angeles takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Puerto Vallarta in January, expect Los Angeles to be slightly colder, temps between °F and °F. You will leave for Kailua-Kona on the 18th (Mon).

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Anaheim
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park

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Kailua-Kona, United States

Kailua-Kona ©
Thanks to its favorable location near a mountain range blocking the northeasterly trade winds, Kailua-Kona gets little rainfall, allowing adventure seekers and nature lovers a chance to enjoy over 300 days of sunshine each year.
Get out of town with these interesting Kailua-Kona side-trips: Puukohola National Historic Park (in Kawaihae), Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (in Puako) and Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Kona Coffee Living History Farm, appreciate the views at Pololu Valley Lookout, and kick back and relax at Kahaluu Beach.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kailua-Kona attractions planner.

You can fly from Los Angeles to Kailua-Kona in 9.5 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles to Kailua-Kona, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Los Angeles in January: high temperatures in Kailua-Kona hover around °F and lows are around °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Puukohola National Historic Park, Kona Coffee Living History Farm, Kahaluu Beach, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Nature & Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
Puukohola National Historic Park ©
Puukohola National Historic Park
Kona Coffee Living History Farm ©
Kona Coffee Living History Farm

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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Kailua Beach Park in Kailua (about 32 minutes away). There's still lots to do: take in the pleasant sights at Diamond Head State Monument, explore the galleries of USS Arizona Memorial, see the interesting displays at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, and explore the activities along Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Honolulu day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Kailua-Kona to Honolulu takes 4 hours. In January, daytime highs in Honolulu are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Pago Pago.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Kailua Beach Park
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 24:
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Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach

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Pago Pago, American Samoa

Pago Pago ©
Head to Pago Pago, the territorial capital of American Samoa, for an authentic Pacific Islands holiday.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Alava, stroll through National Park of American Samoa, and then stroll through National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Pago Pago trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Honolulu to Pago Pago. In January, daytime highs in Pago Pago are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Suva.

Things to do in Pago Pago

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
National Park of American Samoa ©
National Park of American Samoa
Mount Alava ©
Mount Alava

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Suva, Fiji

Suva ©
Situated on a verdant, hilly peninsula, Suva is the second-largest city in the South Pacific and has been the capital of Fiji since 1882.
On the 28th (Thu), browse the eclectic array of goods at Suva Municipal Market, thenview the masterpieces at 21K Gallery, thenget engrossed in the history at Fiji Museum, and finally admire the natural beauty at Thurston Garden.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Suva trip itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Pago Pago to Suva with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Hawaii Standard Time to Fiji Standard Time is 22 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Pago Pago in January since evenings lows in Suva dip to °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Suva

Shopping Museums Parks
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Suva Municipal Market ©
Suva Municipal Market
Fiji Museum ©
Fiji Museum
21K Gallery ©
21K Gallery

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Paihia, New Zealand

Paihia ©
The main tourist town in the Bay of Islands area, Paihia gives visitors a good range of accommodations, a convenient town center, long sandy beaches, and interesting architecture.
Paihia is known for wildlife, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, admire the striking features of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

Plan a trip to Paihia easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Explore your travel options from Suva to Paihia with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Tauranga.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Haruru Falls
Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 1:
Highlights from your plan
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Scuba & Snorkeling

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Tauranga, New Zealand

Tauranga
The largest city in the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga features extensive sandy beaches, well-maintained hiking paths, and a good range of accommodations.
Explore Tauranga's surroundings by going to Rotorua (Horseback Riding Tours, Te Puia, &more) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). There's more to do: admire the sheer force of McLaren Falls Park.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Tauranga travel route builder tool.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Tauranga takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around °F in February, and nighttime lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Tauranga

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Rotorua, Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 4:
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McLaren Falls Park
McLaren Falls Park
Horseback Riding Tours
Te Puia ©
Te Puia

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Auckland, New Zealand

The largest and most populous city in New Zealand, Auckland combines a rich history and thriving contemporary culture in an abundance of museums, art galleries, and performance venues.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Auckland: Tawharanui Regional Park (in Warkworth) and Connells Bay Sculpture Park (in Waiheke Island). There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, step off the mainland to explore Waiheke Island, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and kick back and relax at Cheltenham Beach.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Auckland trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Tauranga to Auckland in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Auckland when traveling from Tauranga in February, with lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Papeete.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Tawharanui Regional Park, Connells Bay Sculpture Park, Cheltenham Beach
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum

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Papeete, French Polynesia

Papeete ©
The capital of French Polynesia, Pape'ete amounts to little more than a medium-sized town by Western standards, but it is still a thriving hub of culture and commerce.
On the 7th (Sun), explore the striking landscape at Point Venus, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Tahiti and the Islands, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Municipal Market.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Papeete road trip planning site.

You can fly from Auckland to Papeete in 9 hours. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Tahiti Time (TAHT), which is usually a -22 hour difference. Traveling from Auckland in February, you will find days in Papeete are somewhat warmer (°F), and nights are about the same (°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Vaitape.

Things to do in Papeete

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Point Venus, Museum of Tahiti and the Islands
Find places to stay Feb 6 — 7:
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Point Venus ©
Point Venus
Museum of Tahiti and the Islands ©
Museum of Tahiti and the Islands
Municipal Market
Municipal Market

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Vaitape, French Polynesia

Vaitape ©
Perched at the foot of Bora Bora's emerald peak, by the side of the deep blue central lagoon, Vaitape is breathtakingly beautiful.
On the 8th (Mon), look for gifts at JENA and then enjoy the sand and surf at Matira Beach. On your second day here, view the masterpieces at Bora Art Upstairs.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Vaitape travel planner.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Papeete to Vaitape in 3.5 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Vaitape

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Bora Bora
Find places to stay Feb 7 — 9:
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Matira Beach ©
Matira Beach
Bora Art Upstairs ©
Bora Art Upstairs

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