28 days in Central America & South America Itinerary

28 days in Central America & South America Itinerary

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Start: Frankfurt, Germany
Fly:  16 h 45 min
1
San Salvador, El Salvador
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  8 h 45 min
2
Playa Conchal, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  17 h 45 min
3
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
4
La Paz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h
5
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
6
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
7
Santiago, Chile
— 5 nights
Fly:  19 h 45 min
End: Frankfurt, Germany

3
nights
San Salvador, El Salvador

San Salvador ©
The country's capital, San Salvador sits in a scenic position surrounded by impressive volcanoes.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Iglesia El Rosario and Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park. Get in touch with nature at Parque Nacional El Boqueron and Volcan San Salvador. Go for a jaunt from San Salvador to Santa Ana to see Santa Ana Cathedral about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Monseñor Romero Center, take some stellar pictures from Mirador Municipal Jose Antonio Rodriguez Porth, learn more about the world around you at La Piskucha, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia del Calvario.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the San Salvador online driving holiday planner.

Frankfurt, Germany to San Salvador is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 7 hours. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Frankfurt in October; daily highs in San Salvador reach 85°F and lows reach 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Playa Conchal.

Things to do in San Salvador

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Andres, Santa Ana Cathedral
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Volcan San Salvador ©
Volcan San Salvador
Parque Nacional El Boqueron ©
Parque Nacional El Boqueron
Iglesia El Rosario ©
Iglesia El Rosario

1
night
Playa Conchal, Costa Rica

Playa Conchal ©
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, don't miss a visit to Playa Danta, and then kick back and relax at Playa Dantita. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Bahia Artshop and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Mina.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Playa Conchal day trip site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from San Salvador to Playa Conchal. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Playa Conchal

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Las Catalinas, Bahia Artshop
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Playa Danta ©
Playa Danta
Playa Mina ©
Playa Mina
Playa Dantita ©
Playa Dantita

5
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sacsayhuaman and Q'enqo. Visiting Horseback Riding Tours and Cerro Colorado Vinicunca will get you outdoors. Explore Cusco's surroundings by going to Piquillacta (in Huarcapay), San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas (in Andahuaylillas) and Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries (in Ollantaytambo). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Sacred Valley of the Incas, steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Cristobal Church, and look for gifts at Inlakesh - Peruvian Art & Design Store.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cusco sightseeing planner.

Explore your travel options from Playa Conchal to Cusco with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Playa Conchal to Cusco. In October, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Piquillacta, San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Moray, Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries
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San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas ©
San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Moray ©
Moray

2
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore and Catedral Basilica Menor de Nuestra Senora de la Paz are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Huayna Potosi and Valley of the Moon. When in La Paz, make a side trip to see Puma Punku in Tiahuanaco, approximately Tiahuanaco away. Next up on the itinerary: fly down the slopes at Chacaltaya Ski Resort and view the masterpieces at Casa Museo Solon.

To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our La Paz trip planner.

You can fly from Cusco to La Paz in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Cusco to La Paz is 1 hour. In October, La Paz is little chillier than Cusco - with highs of 61°F and lows of 34°F. On the 14th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in La Paz

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Puma Punku
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Huayna Potosi ©
Huayna Potosi
Chacaltaya Ski Resort ©
Chacaltaya Ski Resort
Puma Punku ©
Puma Punku

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Camboinhas Beach and Jerusalem Cultural Center. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Copacabana Beach and Praia de Ipanema. Get out of town with these interesting Rio de Janeiro side-trips: Fortaleza de Santa Cruz da Barra (in Niteroi) and Saquarema (Igreja de Nossa Senhora de Nazareth & Praia de Itauna). There's much more to do: take a memorable ride with Sugarloaf Mountain, kick back and relax at Praia do Leme, enjoy breathtaking views from Morro Dois Irmaos, and enjoy some diversion at Parque Olimpico.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro online trip builder.

You can fly from La Paz to Rio de Janeiro in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from La Paz to Rio de Janeiro is 1 hour. Traveling from La Paz in October, expect Rio de Janeiro to be warmer, temps between 82°F and 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Niteroi, Saquarema
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Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain

3
nights
Buenos Aires, Argentina

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Basilica de Lujan and Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Catedral de San Isidro and Horseback Riding Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Buenos Aires: Peru Beach (in Acassuso) and Delta El Tigre (in Tigre). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Fragata ARA, contemplate the long history of Basilica de Nuestra Senora Del Pilar, and admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, Buenos Aires is slightly colder than Rio de Janeiro - with highs of 69°F and lows of 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Catedral de San Isidro, Peru Beach, Delta El Tigre, Basilica de Lujan
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Horseback Riding Tours
Catedral de San Isidro ©
Catedral de San Isidro
Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento ©
Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento

5
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.
Escape the urban bustle at San Cristóbal Hill and Rompe Olas. Your inner history buff will appreciate Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion and Iglesia de La Merced. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santiago: Casa de Isla Negra (in Isla Negra) and Playa Grande Las Cruces (in Las Cruces). There's lots more to do: do a tasting at Vina Santa Carolina, stroll around Cerro Santa Lucia, take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo Baha'i, and fly down the slopes at El Colorado.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Santiago trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Santiago takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Buenos Aires to Santiago is minus 1 hour. On the 27th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Casa de Isla Negra, Rompe Olas, Playa Grande Las Cruces
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San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Casa de Isla Negra ©
Casa de Isla Negra
Templo Baha'i ©
Templo Baha'i

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