54 days in South America & Caribbean Itinerary

54 days in South America & Caribbean Itinerary

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
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Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
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Sucre, Bolivia
— 3 nights
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Uyuni, Bolivia
— 5 nights
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La Paz, Bolivia
— 3 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 4 nights
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Arequipa, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly to Lima, Bus to Ica
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Ica, Peru
— 1 night
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Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
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Iquitos, Peru
— 4 nights
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Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
— 13 nights
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — 3 nights

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Copacabana Beach and Pedra do Arpoador. Do some cultural sightseeing at Praia de Ipanema and Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, take some stellar pictures from Leblon Beach, don't miss a visit to Escadaria Selaron, and explore the activities along Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon.

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Vilnius, Lithuania to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Vilnius to Rio de Janeiro is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Vilnius in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Rio de Janeiro, with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Foz do Iguacu.
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Foz do Iguacu, Brazil — 2 nights

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.
On the 1st (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Buddhist Temple, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Diocesana Nossa Senhora de Guadalupe, then see the interesting displays at Museu de Cera Dreamland, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosque of Omar Ibn Al-Khattab, and finally browse the different shops at Shopping Mercosul.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Foz do Iguacu sightseeing planner.

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Foz do Iguacu by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 15°C in Foz do Iguacu. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Sucre.
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Sucre, Bolivia — 3 nights

City of the Four Names

The constitutional capital of Bolivia, Sucre has a well-preserved historic center, with many buildings dating back to the city's founding in the 16th century.
House of Liberty Museum - Casa de la Libertad and Cal Orck'o are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Museum of Indigenous Art ASUR, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at La Recoleta, and don't miss a visit to Plaza 25 de Mayo.

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Fly from Foz do Iguacu to Sucre in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Foz do Iguacu to Sucre due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Foz do Iguacu in September; daily highs in Sucre reach 26°C and lows reach 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Uyuni.
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Uyuni, Bolivia — 5 nights

Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Visiting Salar de Uyuni and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pueblo Pulacayo and Museo de la Llama y la Sal. Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Isla Incahuasi, don't miss a visit to Plaza Arce, see the interesting displays at Train Cemetery, and see Off-Road Tours.

For where to stay and other tourist information, you can read our Uyuni online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Sucre to Uyuni by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Sucre in September, you will find days in Uyuni are colder (1°C), and nights are a bit cooler (0°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can fly to La Paz.
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La Paz, Bolivia — 3 nights

City that Touches the Sky

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Step out of the city life by going to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Valley of the Moon. Do some cultural sightseeing at Tiwanaku and National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Museo de Textiles Andinos Bolivianos, get a sense of history and politics at Centro de Informacion Turistica, admire the landmark architecture of Iglesia de San Francisco, and make a trip to Mi Teleferico.

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Traveling by flight from Uyuni to La Paz takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Uyuni in September, you will find days in La Paz are much hotter (18°C), and nights are about the same (0°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Cusco.
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Cusco, Peru — 5 nights

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Salinas de Maras. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sacsayhuaman and Plaza de Armas. Step out of Cusco to go to Chinchero and see Centro Texti Urpi, which is approximately 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Qorikancha, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Museo de Vida Monastica - Monasterio de Santa Catalina del Cusco, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, and admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cusco road trip planning website.

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 September, expect Cusco to be a bit warmer, temps between 25°C and 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Machu Picchu.
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Machu Picchu, Peru — 4 nights

A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Get some cultural insight at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and Choquequirao Archeological Park. Escape the urban bustle at Mandor and Phutuq K'usi. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna, get great views at Intipuncu, don't miss a visit to Plaza Manco Capac, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes).

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to fly to Arequipa.
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Arequipa, Peru — 4 nights

White City

In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Get outdoors at Volcan Misti and River Rafting & Tubing. Do some cultural sightseeing at Santa Catalina Monastery and Historic Centre of Arequipa. Spend the 24th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, make a trip to Complejo de la Compania de Jesus, appreciate the extensive heritage of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Arequipa day trip planner.

Fly from Machu Picchu to Arequipa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Arequipa can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Ica.
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Ica, Peru — 1 night

Located on the Ica River in the desert areas of Peru's southern coast, the city of Ica stands as something of an oasis in the dry, barren landscape.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, do a tasting at Tacama, and then learn about winemaking at El Catador. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Thu): examine the collection at Regional Museum of Ica and then learn insider's secrets on a distillery tour.

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Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Arequipa to Ica takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Arequipa in September since evenings lows in Ica dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Lima.
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Lima, Peru — 3 nights

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museo Larco and Miraflores. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana, don't miss a visit to Circuito Magico Del Agua, appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Historico de Lima, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Lima trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ica to Lima takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Lima are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can fly to Iquitos.
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Iquitos, Peru — 4 nights

Capital of the Peruvian Amazon

The largest city in the Peruvian Amazon and the world's largest metropolis unreachable by road, Iquitos represents a major starting point for river and rainforest adventures.
Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Pilpintuwasi - Wildlife Rescue Center And Butterfly Farm will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museum of Indigenous Amazonian Cultures and Belen. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at La Isla De Los Monos, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas de Iquitos, and stop by Centro Artesanal Turistico Anaconda.

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Fly from Lima to Iquitos in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. When traveling from Lima in October, plan for much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Iquitos: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Punta Cana.
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Punta Cana, Dominican Republic — 13 nights

In an area boasting beaches that face both the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, vacations in Punta Cana have been popular with tourists since the early 1970s.
We've included these beaches for you: Bavaro Beach and Public Beach Playa Dominicus. Get outdoors at Zipline and Macao Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Punta Cana: La Romana (Altos de Chavon Regional Museum of Archaeology, Teeth Of The Dog, &more) and Bayahibe (Nature & Wildlife Tours, Playa Bayahibe, &more). Spend the 10th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Spend the 16th (Mon) exploring nature at National Park of the East. There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with Aqua Track Private Day Trips, explore the fascinating underground world of Cave Oleg Bat House, trot along with a tour on horseback, and tee off at Punta Espada Golf Course.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Punta Cana day trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Iquitos to Punta Cana. The time zone difference when traveling from Iquitos to Punta Cana is 1 hour. In October, daily temperatures in Punta Cana can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Bolivia travel guide

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Landmarks · Geologic Formations · Specialty Museums
Tibet of the Americas
If you're an adventurous tourist, consider adding a Bolivia vacation to your travel itinerary. A land of rainforests, Andean glaciers, high altitude cities, and rushing rivers, Bolivia remains one of the most remote countries in the Western Hemisphere. With 60 percent of the population made up of indigenous peoples, native cultures permeate thecountry's music, architecture, and arts, as well as local folklore and traditions. Traveling in Bolivia you can experience diverse wildlife and ecosystems, learn about the country's rich history, try out its distinctive cuisine, and practice your Spanish with the locals, known for their clean and easy-to-understand accent.
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Peru travel guide

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Historic Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Incas
In a country renowned for its pre-Columbian archeological sites, no Peru vacation would be complete without an adrenaline-inducing hike to Machu Picchu, World Heritage-listed symbol of the once-mighty Incan Empire. Aside from visiting these spectacular ruins set against the backdrop of photogenic mountain peaks, most holidays in Peru also include an exploration of the country's pretty cities, boasting well-preserved colonial architecture and a slew of modern buildings housing fine museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Ideal for active vacationers, Peru trips are also tailor-made for gourmands, as the country's eclectic cuisine blends tasty influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe.
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