Granted. Mexico and Peru are the most iconic destinations in Latin America. However, few people think of joining the two of them in the same trip. Why? We do not know as it is very feasible -with some planning-
Both countries have one of the new 7 wonders of the world: Chichén Itzá in Yucatán and Machu Picchu in the Cusco region.
The two countries are great culinary destinations. Mexico City and Lima together have 3 restaurants among the best 20 in the world (Australia has only none).
Beaches and diverse cultural life have placed Mexico as the top 8th touristic destination in the world. More than 34 million international tourists visited it in 2016 (that is 5 times more than all total entries to Australia in the same year). Tourism in Peru is still not as developed as in Mexico. The Inca nation receives only one tenth of the international tourists arrivals to Mexico (3,3 million in 2016). However, most of them head to Cuzco and Machu Picchu.
The keyword here is Panama. How is it?
Peru and Mexico are large and diverse countries. Mexico would span all the way from Ireland to Istambul. Peru would be about the size as the Northern Territories.
They are in two different continents. One is in North America and the other in South America. And yet, it is possible to visit them in the same trip. However, by being so large and afar, you need to carefuly plan how to link the two countries.
Panama’s national aircarrier, Copa, has a mega hub linking North American cities with South America. It is very useful as it links four very important tourist destinations in Mexico with Lima and Chiclayo in Peru.
Spend one month traveling in Mexico and Peru. It is quite feasible.
Our recommendation is to start north.
You can do a two weeks tour in Mexico starting with some hiking in the beautiful mountains surrounding Monterrey (very easy to connect from Australia using Los Angeles or Dallas as connecting points).
Then you could spend some days in Mexico City, enjoying its cultural and culinary scenes. May be fly in a hot air balloon over Teotihuacan, the massive Toltec sacred city. These two tours: Adventour and Mayatour might give you a good idea about how to travel around.
Then head to Merida to see all the Mayan culture, including the beautifully white pyramid of Kukulcan in Chichen Itza and spend some lazy days in Playa de Carmen (much better destination close to Cancun).
By using Copa you could fly to Lima connecting in Panama and enjoy the extremely great value restaurants in Miraflores and San Isidro districts. Then head to Cordillera Blanca for those snow capped mountains surrounded by traditional villages. Consider Huaraz as your base in the region.
There will always be time for Machu Picchu when you fly from Lima to Cuzco. Spend in the region no less than 6 full days to enjoy the city, the valleys, the culture and the citadel. Cuzco is a beautiful colonial city, many times overlooked by tourist in their rush to reach Machu Picchu. The Inca citadel is nice for spending 4hours, but Cuzco is great to spend 3 days.
So, when are you coming to Latin America?
You could do all these in 1 month and have a great trip in the two most fantastic destination Latin America has to offer.
Machu Picchu in the eyes of Mexican photographer Fidel García0