34 days in South America & Mexico Itinerary

34 days in South America & Mexico Itinerary

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
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Salvador, Brazil
— 2 nights
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Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 2 nights
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Uyuni, Bolivia
— 2 nights
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Copacabana, Bolivia
— 1 night
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La Paz, Bolivia
— 3 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
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Lima, Peru
— 1 night
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Medellin, Colombia
— 2 nights
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Bogota, Colombia
— 3 nights
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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
— 4 nights

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro ©

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Copacabana Beach and Parque Lage. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Leblon Beach and Real Gabinete Portugues Da Leitura. There's much more to do: pause for some photo ops at Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, go for a walk through Avenida Atlantica, see a show at Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, and make a trip to Feira de Sao Cristovao.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro road trip website.

Sydney, Australia to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Rio de Janeiro is minus 13 hours. Traveling from Sydney in February, expect Rio de Janeiro to be a bit warmer, temps between 38°C and 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Salvador.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

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Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Parque Lage ©
Parque Lage
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer

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Salvador, Brazil

Salvador ©

Black Rome

Nowhere are the traditions of Brazil's African-background community as strong as in Salvador, the colorful, historical capital of Bahia state.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sao Francisco Church and Convent, then pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Porto da Barra, and finally admire the striking features of Church of Our Lady of the Rosary of the Black People. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Itapua Beach, take an in-depth tour of Misericordia Museum, and then take a stroll through Pelourinho.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Salvador itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Salvador takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Salvador are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Salvador

Side Trips

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Praia do Porto da Barra ©
Praia do Porto da Barra
Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim ©
Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim

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Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

Foz do Iguacu ©

Land of the Waterfalls

A gateway to the world-renowned Iguacu Falls, which spectacularly divide Brazil and Argentina, the modern, high-rise city of Foz do Iguacu can't help but play second fiddle to the natural wonder in its vicinity.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Buddhist Temple, admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls, and then snap pictures at Ponte Tancredo Neves.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Foz do Iguacu road trip planner.

You can fly from Salvador to Foz do Iguacu in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Salvador in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Foz do Iguacu, with lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Buddhist Temple ©
Buddhist Temple
Ponte Tancredo Neves ©
Ponte Tancredo Neves

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Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©

Land of Drizzle

Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at São Paulo Cathedral, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro De Sao Bento, then explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, and finally walk around Parque da Independencia. Keep things going the next day: delve into the lush surroundings at Parque Estadual da Cantareira - Nucleo Pedra Grande, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Solomon, and then admire the striking features of Pateo do Collegio.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Sao Paulo itinerary planner.

You can fly from Foz do Iguacu to Sao Paulo in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Foz do Iguacu in February, expect nights in Sao Paulo to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are slightly colder, around 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors
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Mosteiro De Sao Bento ©
Mosteiro De Sao Bento
Temple of Solomon ©
Temple of Solomon

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Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Salar de Uyuni has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Necropolis & Museum Kawsay Wasy, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Cristobal Lipez, then examine the collection at Train Cemetery, and finally head off the coast to Isla Incahuasi. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Salar de Uyuni and then get impressive views of Tunupa Volcano.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Uyuni itinerary builder app.

You can fly from Sao Paulo to Uyuni in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sao Paulo to Uyuni due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Sao Paulo in February, plan for cooler days in Uyuni, with highs around 13°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Copacabana.

Things to do in Uyuni

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 18 — 20:
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Salar de Uyuni ©
Salar de Uyuni
Isla Incahuasi ©
Isla Incahuasi
Tunupa Volcano ©
Tunupa Volcano

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Copacabana, Bolivia

Copacabana ©
The town of Copacabana represents the largest Bolivian settlement on the shore of Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in the continent.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Horca del Inca, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cerro Calvario, and then don't miss a visit to Avenida 6 de Agosto.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Copacabana tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry from Uyuni to Copacabana in 9.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to La Paz.

Things to do in Copacabana

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors
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Cerro Calvario ©
Cerro Calvario
Isla del Sol ©
Isla del Sol
Horca del Inca ©
Horca del Inca

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La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©

City that Touches the Sky

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Your day by day itinerary now includes WMDR Yungas Road. On your second day here, take a memorable drive along WMDR Yungas Road.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the La Paz travel planner.

Getting from Copacabana to La Paz by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 21 — 24:
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WMDR Yungas Road ©
WMDR Yungas Road
Iglesia de San Francisco ©
Iglesia de San Francisco

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Cusco, Peru

Cusco ©

Imperial City

Capital of the Inca Empire for three centuries, World Heritage-listed Cusco is now a major tourist destination, drawing nearly 2 million annual tourists with its well-preserved colonial architecture and proximity to Machu Picchu.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Inca Trail. Visit Moray and Sacsayhuaman for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Tambomachay and Plaza de Armas. Change things up with a short trip to Salinas de Maras in Maras (about 1h 25 min away). The adventure continues: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, and explore the ancient world of Tipon.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Cusco visit planner.

Traveling by flight from La Paz to Cusco takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from La Paz to Cusco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from La Paz in February, things will get a bit warmer in Cusco: highs are around 23°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

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Moray ©
Moray
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Inca Trail ©
Inca Trail

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Lima, Peru

Lima ©

City of the Kings

Founded in 1535 by Spanish explorer Francisco Pizarro, Lima represents an interesting blend of modern attractions and preserved colonial architecture, much of it clustered in the World Heritage-listed city center.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Huaca Pucllana, get engrossed in the history at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Lima, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Marcahuasi.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Lima online holiday planner.

You can fly from Cusco to Lima in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cusco in February, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Lima: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Cathedral of Lima ©
Cathedral of Lima
Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas ©
Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas

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Medellin, Colombia

Medellin ©

City of the Eternal Spring

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica, then see the sky in a new way at Planetario de Medellin, then steep yourself in history at Pueblito Paisa, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri): don't miss a visit to Plaza Botero, get engrossed in the history at Museo de Antioquia, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Parque Explora, and finally indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Medellin planning website.

You can fly from Lima to Medellin in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Medellin are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Medellin

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

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Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica ©
Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica
Museo de Antioquia ©
Museo de Antioquia
Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen ©
Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen

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Bogota, Colombia

Bogota ©

Athens of South America

Colombia's heart and soul, Bogota has earned the nickname "Athens of South America" thanks to its abundance of universities, libraries, and lower-level schools.
Step out of the city life by going to Monserrate and Mina de Sal de Nemocon. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Iglesia de San Francisco and Casa Museo Quinta de Bolivar. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bogota: Zipaquira (Catedral Diocesana & Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Bolivar Square, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia El lugar de Su Presencia, wander the streets of Barrio La Candelaria, and walk around Parque 93.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Bogota online vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Bogota takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, Bogota is a bit cooler than Medellin - with highs of 23°C and lows of 10°C. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Bolivar Square ©
Bolivar Square
Iglesia de San Francisco ©
Iglesia de San Francisco

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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Cabo San Lucas ©
One of Mexico's premier vacation spots, Cabo San Lucas lures pleasure seekers with its trendy restaurant scene, raucous nightlife, and, of course, picture-perfect beaches.
Get some historical perspective at Parroquia San Jose and Church of Saint Luke. Step out of the city life by going to Santa Maria Beach and El Arco de Cabo San Lucas. Step out of Cabo San Lucas to go to Cabo Pulmo and see Cabo Pulmo Marine Preserve, which is approximately 2 hours away. The adventure continues: ride a horse along Cuadra San Francisco, look for gifts at Arte de Origen, and explore the galleries of La Turquesa Jewelry and Art.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Cabo San Lucas sightseeing planner.

Explore your travel options from Bogota to Cabo San Lucas with the Route module. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Bogota to Cabo San Lucas due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Bogota in March, with highs in Cabo San Lucas at 31°C and lows at 22°C. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Santa Maria Beach ©
Santa Maria Beach
Cabo Pulmo Marine Preserve ©
Cabo Pulmo Marine Preserve
Parroquia San Jose ©
Parroquia San Jose

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