What would be an ideal time to travel to central and south America? Any recommendations on the route and must visit! I'm hoping to drive.
Is it also possible to rent a luxury SUV and travel around south America?
I would go during their spring or Fall if heading to Chile and Argentine, though really, anytime of year is good unless you want to avoid winter in the Andes. As for driving a luxury SUV through, I'd seriously reconsider that thinking. For starters, do your homework on bringing in foreign owned/bought vehicles across borders as each country will have it's own set of rules, requirements and paperwork. Insurance-make sure your car insurance provider will cover you.
Lastly, a foreigner in a luxury car in some of these roads and cities throughout the region is risking theft of belongings, being pulled over etc. I wouldn't do it. Look into renting in each country and options for one way pick up and drop offs. about 6 years ago
I don't recommend a car either. I did central America with my family, husband and two kids last summer, and south America two years ago. The bus system is very good, cheap and you can do overnights that save time and hotel stay. Belize, caye caulker. Tikal not worth it, if you have done machu pichu, which is a must. Costa rica, white water rafting. Honduras, Roatan. Stay away from capital cities, they are more dangerous and don't have much to offer. Chile, Torres del paine, Santiago. Argentina, glaciers, iguazu falls, and buenos aires. Beaches of uraguay about 6 years ago