20 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

20 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

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20 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

Start: Singapore, Singapore
Fly:  27​h
1
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
2
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
4
La Paz, Bolivia
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  1​h 45​min
5
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
6
Lima, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Bogota, Colombia
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
8
Antigua, Guatemala
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  32​h
End: Singapore, Singapore

2
nights
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro ©
Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Rio de Janeiro is known for beaches, nature, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Pao de Acucar, contemplate the long history of Parque Lage, pause for some photo ops at Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, and admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro tour itinerary site .

Singapore, Singapore to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 11 hours traveling from Singapore to Rio de Janeiro due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Singapore in October, with highs in Rio de Janeiro at 32°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Corcovado Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer
Bondinho  Pao de Acucar ©
Bondinho Pao de Acucar
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach

2
nights
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires ©
Cultural capital of South America, Buenos Aires remains one of the largest cities on the continent, serving as a point of departure for exploring the rest of the country.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): get a sense of history and politics at Casa Rosada, take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, and finally make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta. On your second day here, take in the history at Plaza de Mayo, then wander the streets of Puerto Madero, then admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, and finally explore the engaging exhibits at Museo de los Ninos.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Buenos Aires online route builder .

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in October; daily highs in Buenos Aires reach 24°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

3
nights
Santiago, Chile

Santiago ©
Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Santiago is known for shopping, museums, parks, nature, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Mercado Central), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, and don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Santiago online day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Santiago takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Buenos Aires to Santiago is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Nature Museums
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San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
Patio Bellavista ©
Patio Bellavista

1
night
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): enjoy some diversion at Urban Rush Bolivia, don't miss a visit to Mercado de Las Brujas, and then contemplate the long history of Tiwanaku.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read La Paz trip maker website .

You can fly from Santiago to La Paz in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in La Paz

Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Urban Rush Bolivia ©
Urban Rush Bolivia
Tiwanaku ©
Tiwanaku
Mercado de Las Brujas ©
Mercado de Las Brujas

2
nights
Cusco, Peru

Cusco ©
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.
On the 15th (Thu), trek along exploor, steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, then contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, and finally explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino. On the next day, admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco, admire the landmark architecture of The Company of Jesus Church, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia De Santo Domingo.

Plan my day in Cusco using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from La Paz to Cusco by combination of bus and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Bolivia Time (BOT) to Peru Time (PET) is minus 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from La Paz in October, with highs in Cusco at 24°C and lows at 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

1
night
Lima, Peru

Lima ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, delve into the distant past at Huaca Pucllana, then ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Lima online vacation planner .

You can fly from Cusco to Lima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Lima, with lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Museums
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

1
night
Bogota, Colombia

Bogota ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica and then examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro).

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Bogota travel planner .

Getting from Lima to Bogota by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Bogota when traveling from Lima in October, with lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©

4
nights
Antigua, Guatemala

Antigua ©
The former capital of Guatemala and a World Heritage Site, Antigua retains its colonial charm and remains one of the most visited destinations in the country.
Change things up with these side-trips from Antigua: Guatemala City (La Aurora Zoo, Iglesia de San Francisco, & more). There's much more to do: get impressive views of Volcán Pacaya, delve into the distant past at Convento de las Capuchinas, stop by Nim Po't Centro de Textiles Tradicionales, and don't miss a visit to Cerro de la Cruz.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Antigua trip maker app .

You can fly from Bogota to Antigua in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bogota to Antigua. Traveling from Bogota in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Antigua: highs are around 28°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Antigua

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Guatemala City
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Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
La Aurora Zoo ©
La Aurora Zoo

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