28 days in Central America & South America Itinerary

28 days in Central America & South America Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
San Salvador, El Salvador
— 3 nights
2
Playa Conchal, Costa Rica
— 1 night
3
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
4
La Paz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
5
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
6
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
7
Santiago, Chile
— 5 nights

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. Change things up with these side-trips from San Salvador: Santa Ana Cathedral (in Santa Ana) and San Andres (in Santa Tecla). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Monseñor Romero Center, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de la Ceiba de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, get great views at Mirador Municipal Jose Antonio Rodriguez Porth, and get a new perspective on nature at La Piskucha.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our San Salvador trip tool.

Frankfurt, Germany to San Salvador is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Frankfurt to San Salvador. 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

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santa Ana Cathedral, San Andres
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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 Tambomachay. Visiting Horseback Riding Tours and Cerro Colorado Vinicunca will get you outdoors. Explore Cusco's surroundings by going to Piquillacta (in Huarcapay), Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries (in Ollantaytambo) and San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas (in Andahuaylillas). 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 · Outdoors

Side Trips

Inlakesh - Peruvian Art & Design Store, Moray, Piquillacta, Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries, Sacred Valley of the Incas
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 12:
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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 Puma Punku are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Huayna Potosi and Chacaltaya Ski Resort. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Valley of the Moon, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Basilica Menor de Nuestra Senora de la Paz, and take in the exciting artwork at Casa Museo Solon.

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Fly from Cusco to La Paz in 4.5 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 October; daily highs in La Paz reach 61°F and lows reach 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in La Paz

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Puma Punku
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 14:
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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 Reserva Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Copacabana Beach and Praia de Itauna. Get out of town with these interesting Rio de Janeiro side-trips: Fortaleza de Santa Cruz da Barra (in Niteroi) and Igreja de Nossa Senhora de Nazareth (in Saquarema). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, have fun at Parque Olimpico, take in panoramic vistas at Morro Dois Irmaos, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro online holiday planner.

Fly from La Paz to Rio de Janeiro in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from La Paz to Rio de Janeiro, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In October, Rio de Janeiro is much warmer than La Paz - with highs of 82°F and lows of 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time 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 Fragata ARA. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Catedral de San Isidro and Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento. 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: take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, contemplate the long history of Basilica de Nuestra Senora Del Pilar, trot along with a tour on horseback, and examine the collection at Museo River Plate.

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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

Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Catedral de San Isidro, Basilica de Lujan, Peru Beach, Delta El Tigre
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 22:
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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 Playa Grande Las Cruces. Your inner history buff will appreciate Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion and San Francisco Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santiago: Casa de Isla Negra (in Isla Negra) and Rompe Olas (in Cartagena). 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

Playa Grande Las Cruces, Casa de Isla Negra, Rompe Olas
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 27:
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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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