30 days in Central America, Mexico, South America & Asia Itinerary

30 days in Central America, Mexico, South America & Asia Itinerary

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30 days in Central America, Mexico, South America & Asia Itinerary

Start: Jerusalem, Israel
+4
Fly + Foot + Bus + Foot + Bus:  28 h
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 1 day
+4
Bus + Foot + Bus + Foot + Fly:  6 h 30 min
2
Mexico City, Mexico
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
3
Cancun, Mexico
— 1 night
Fly:  14 h 15 min
4
Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly:  1 h
5
Puerto Maldonado, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  7 h 15 min
6
Paracas, Peru
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
7
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  12 h 15 min
8
Punta Arenas, Chile
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h 30 min
9
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile
— 1 night
Bus:  5 h 45 min
10
El Calafate, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
11
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
12
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  5 h 15 min
13
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 1 night
Fly:  8 h
14
Salvador, Brazil
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h
15
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  19 h 30 min
16
Tel Aviv, Israel
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h
End: Jerusalem, Israel

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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.
For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Antigua vacation trip planner.

Jerusalem, Israel to Antigua is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. Traveling from Jerusalem in September, expect nights in Antigua to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Antigua

Historic Sites
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Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced

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Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City ©
Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): make a trip to Zocalo, then explore the ancient world of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Coyoacan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Frida Kahlo Museum, then delve into the distant past at Templo Mayor Museum, then explore the world behind art at Palacio de Bellas Artes, and finally see the interesting displays at National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia).

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Mexico City trip itinerary builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Antigua to Mexico City. In September, daytime highs in Mexico City are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Cancun.

Things to do in Mexico City

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Palacio de Bellas Artes ©
Palacio de Bellas Artes
Museo Nacional de Antropologia ©
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Museo del Templo Mayor ©
Museo del Templo Mayor

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Cancun, Mexico

Cancun
Few destinations in Mexico dazzle visitors quite like Cancun, a modern resort town filled with glitzy hotels sitting on picturesque and well-developed Caribbean beaches.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Delfines.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Cancun trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Mexico City to Cancun takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of tram and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mexico City to Cancun. Traveling from Mexico City in September, expect Cancun to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cusco.

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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Catedral del Cuzco o Catedral Basilica de la Virgen de la Asuncion and Convento de Santo Domingo. Get some historical perspective at Sacsayhuaman and Plaza de Armas. There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of San Blas, delve into the distant past at Choquequirao Archeological Park, steep yourself in history at Sacred Valley of the Incas, and see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Cusco trip itinerary maker.

Explore your travel options from Cancun to Cusco with the Route module. When traveling from Cancun in September, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Cusco: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Puerto Maldonado.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Sacred Valley of the Incas, Choquequirao Archeological Park
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Iglesia De Santo Domingo ©
Iglesia De Santo Domingo
Cusco Cathedral ©
Cusco Cathedral
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman

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Puerto Maldonado, Peru

Puerto Maldonado ©
Puerto Maldonado sits at the confluence of the Tambopata and Madre de Dios Rivers in the Amazon rainforest.
On the 2nd (Mon), admire the natural beauty at Mariposario Tambopata, look for all kinds of wild species at Inkaterra Ecological Reserve, and then wander the streets of Native Community of Ese"Ejas.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Maldonado itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Cusco in October, things will get warmer in Puerto Maldonado: highs are around 39°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Paracas.

Things to do in Puerto Maldonado

Parks Wildlife Neighborhoods
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Inkaterra Ecological Reserve ©
Inkaterra Ecological Reserve
Mariposario Tambopata ©
Mariposario Tambopata

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Paracas, Peru

Paracas ©
A port town largely devoted to tourism, Paracas serves as a popular starting point for exploration of Peru's south coast.
For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Paracas vacation planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Puerto Maldonado to Paracas in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. When traveling from Puerto Maldonado in October, plan for much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Paracas: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Lima.

Things to do in Paracas

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Playa Roja ©
Playa Roja

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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 5th (Thu): get a sense of history and politics at Palacio de Torre Tagle, then stroll through Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, then explore the ancient world of Huaca Pucllana, and finally get engrossed in the history at Larco Museum.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Lima itinerary maker.

Drive from Paracas to Lima in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Lima can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Museums
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Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco ©

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Punta Arenas, Chile

Punta Arenas ©
An erstwhile hub of the sheep wool industry, Punta Arenas has evolved into a gateway of sorts for hikers, cruise ship passengers, and adventure travelers heading out on the windswept lands of Chile's extreme southern reaches.
On the 7th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Sagrado Corazon, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio Municipal, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Regional De Magallanes, and finally see the interesting displays at Centro Cultural Braun-Menendez.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Punta Arenas travel itinerary creator.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Lima to Punta Arenas. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lima to Punta Arenas. While traveling from Lima, expect little chillier days and much colder nights in Punta Arenas, ranging from highs of 12°C to lows of 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Puerto Natales.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Museums Historic Sites
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Museo Regional De Magallanes ©
Museo Regional De Magallanes
Cementerio Municipal ©
Cementerio Municipal
Centro Cultural Braun-Menendez ©
Centro Cultural Braun-Menendez

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Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile

Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) ©
Surrounded by towering mountains, shimmering lakes, and the region's rugged hills, Puerto Natales serves as a bustling jumping-off point for exploring the Torres del Paine National Park.
To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Natales trip generator.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. October in Puerto Natales sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to El Calafate.

Things to do in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

Museums Shopping
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La Tehuelche ©
La Tehuelche

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El Calafate, Argentina

El Calafate ©
El Calafate tourism thrives mostly thanks to the city's proximity to a World Heritage-listed national park, famed for containing over 40 large glaciers.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): see the interesting displays at El Calafate Historical Interpretation Center, explore the activities along Lago Argentino, and then examine the collection at Glaciarium Museo del Hielo Patagónico. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Teresita del Nino Jesus and then don't miss a visit to Av del Libertador.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the El Calafate trip builder.

You can drive from Puerto Natales to El Calafate in 3.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Natales to El Calafate due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Puerto Natales in October, you will find days in El Calafate are slightly colder (7°C), and nights are about the same (6°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in El Calafate

Museums Parks Nature
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Santa Teresita del Nino Jesus ©
Santa Teresita del Nino Jesus

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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

San Carlos de Bariloche
Nestled against the foothills of the Andes, scenic San Carlos de Bariloche hugs the southern shore of Nahuel Huapi Lake and ranks among Argentina's top destinations for active outdoor vacations.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cerro Otto, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de San Carlos de Bariloche. Here are some ideas for day two: fly down the slopes at Cerro Catedral Ski Resort.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our San Carlos de Bariloche trip itinerary planner.

Getting from El Calafate to San Carlos de Bariloche by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from El Calafate in October: highs in San Carlos de Bariloche hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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Catedral Alta Patagonis
Catedral Alta Patagonis
Cerro Otto ©
Cerro Otto
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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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 13th (Fri): take in the views from Puente de la Mujer, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, and then admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero. On the next day, take in the history at Plaza de Mayo, shop like a local with Puerto Madero, then don't miss a visit to Recoleta Cemetery, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires trip generator.

You can fly from San Carlos de Bariloche to Buenos Aires in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in October, expect nights in Buenos Aires to be warmer, around 17°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes ©
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta

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Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

Foz do Iguacu ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): see human ingenuity at work at Barragem de Itaipu Binacional.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Foz do Iguacu travel itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Buenos Aires to Foz do Iguacu in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Buenos Aires in October; daily highs in Foz do Iguacu reach 34°C and lows reach 20°C. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Mon) before leaving for Salvador.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Museums
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Museu de Cera Dreamland ©
Museu de Cera Dreamland

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Salvador, Brazil

Salvador ©
Nowhere are the traditions of Brazil's African-background community as strong as in Salvador, the colorful, historical capital of Bahia state.
To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Salvador trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Foz do Iguacu to Salvador takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Foz do Iguacu in October since evenings lows in Salvador dip to 27°C. On the 17th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Salvador

Historic Sites
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Sao Francisco Church and Convent ©
Sao Francisco Church and Convent
Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim ©
Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim

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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.
You'll get in some beach time at Praia de Ipanema and Pedra do Arpoador. Do some cultural sightseeing at Copacabana Beach and Corcovado Christ the Redeemer. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, see a show at Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, take some stellar pictures from Leblon Beach, and admire all the interesting features of Maracanã.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro trip planner.

Getting from Salvador to Rio de Janeiro by combination of bus and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Rio de Janeiro when traveling from Salvador in October, with lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Tel Aviv.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach

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Tel Aviv, Israel

Tel Aviv ©
Called the "White City" thanks to the color of its World Heritage-listed architectural landmarks, Tel Aviv serves as Israel's modern and cosmopolitan second city.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): examine the collection at Beit Hatfutsot - The Museum of the Jewish People, kick back and relax at Bograshov Beach, then take in the waterfront at Tayelet, and finally wander the streets of Jaffa Old City.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tel Aviv travel itinerary creator.

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Tel Aviv by flight takes about 19.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Tel Aviv is 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in October, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus back home.

Things to do in Tel Aviv

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Tayelet ©
Tayelet
Jaffa Old City ©
Jaffa Old City

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