23 days in Asia & South America Itinerary

23 days in Asia & South America Itinerary

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23 days in Asia & South America Itinerary

Start: Gangtok, India
taxi + Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Mumbai, India
— 1 day
Fly:  29​h
2
Lima, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
3
Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 15​min
4
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
+2
train + foot + bus:  3​h 15​min
5
Cusco, Peru
— Few hours
Fly + bus:  1​h 45​min
6
La Paz, Bolivia
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h
7
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  26​h
8
Mumbai, India
— 1 day
Fly + taxi:  6​h 30​min
End: Gangtok, India


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Mumbai, India

Mumbai ©
Only one word accurately describes India's commercial capital Mumbai: big.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): get in on the family fun at Red Carpet Wax Museum, see the interesting displays at Nehru Planetarium, and then take in the exciting artwork at Jehangir Art Gallery.

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Gangtok to Mumbai is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of taxi and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In September in Mumbai, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lima.

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Museums Shopping Theme Parks
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Jehangir Art Gallery ©
Jehangir Art Gallery
Red Carpet Wax Museum ©
Red Carpet Wax Museum
Nehru Planetarium ©
Nehru Planetarium

4
nights
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.
San Isidro and MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Reserva Nacional Lomas de Lachay and Playa Santa Maria del Mar will get you outdoors. Spend the 9th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, and get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mumbai to Lima. The time zone difference when traveling from Mumbai to Lima is minus 10 hours. When traveling from Mumbai in September, plan for much colder days in Lima, with highs around 22°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Playa Santa Maria del Mar, Reserva Nacional Lomas de Lachay
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San Isidro ©
San Isidro
MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima ©
MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Piquillacta and Qorikancha. Do some cultural sightseeing at Complejo Arqueologico Chinchero and Q'enqo. Take a break from Cusco with a short trip to Moray in Maras, about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, hunt for treasures at Mercado Central de San Pedro, and explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Cusco online holiday planner .

You can fly from Lima to Cusco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Lima in September since evenings lows in Cusco dip to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Moray, Complejo Arqueologico Chinchero, Piquillacta
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Moray ©
Moray
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Piquillacta ©
Piquillacta

1
night
Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon, experience the excitement of Samay Spa, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, then look for gifts at Machu Picchu market adjacent to the train station, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado de Artesanias, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Serpost.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Machu Picchu sightseeing website .

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Fun & Games Spas Shopping
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Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen ©
Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen

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hours
Cusco, Peru

Cusco ©
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): don't miss a visit to San Blas, then steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, and then explore the world behind art at Museo y Catacumbas Del Convento San Francisco de Asis Del Cusco.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cusco tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Machu Picchu to Cusco by combination of train and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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San Blas ©
San Blas
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

3
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Escape the urban bustle at Huayna Potosi and Chacaltaya Ski Resort. Get a sense of the local culture at National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore and Catedral Basilica Menor de Nuestra Senora de la Paz. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Tiwanaku, stop by Mistura - Manifestacion Creativa, sample the fine beverages at Andean Culture Distillery, and see the interesting displays at Museum of Musical Instruments - Museo Instrumentos Musicales de Bolivia.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read La Paz road trip app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Cusco to La Paz in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cusco to La Paz. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Cusco in September; daily highs in La Paz reach 18°C and lows reach 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in La Paz

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Huayna Potosi ©
Huayna Potosi
Chacaltaya Ski Resort ©
Chacaltaya Ski Resort

5
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.
Head to BarraShopping and Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinasfor some retail therapy. Forte de Copacabana and Santa Cruz da Barra Fortress will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Rio de Janeiro side-trips: Niteroi (Camboinhas Beach, Igreja de Sao Francisco Xavier, & more). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sugarloaf Mountain, enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach, see the interesting displays at Instituto Moreira Salles, and stroll through Recreio dos Bandeirantes Beach.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro online route planner .

You can fly from La Paz to Rio de Janeiro in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from La Paz to Rio de Janeiro, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from La Paz in September, things will get warmer in Rio de Janeiro: highs are around 32°C and lows about 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mumbai.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Niteroi
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Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Reserva Beach ©
Reserva Beach

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day
Mumbai, India

Mumbai ©
On the 26th (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mount Mary Basilica, and then don't miss a visit to Kanheri Caves.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Mumbai journey planner .

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Mumbai in 26 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Mumbai. In September, Mumbai is a bit warmer than Rio de Janeiro - with highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mumbai

Museums Nature Parks
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Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum ©
Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum
Mount Mary Basilica ©
Mount Mary Basilica

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