21 days in Asia & South America Itinerary

21 days in Asia & South America Itinerary

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New Delhi, India
— 1 night
2
Lima, Peru
— 4 nights
3
Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
4
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
5
Cusco, Peru
— Few hours
6
La Paz, Bolivia
— 3 nights
7
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
8
New Delhi, India
— 1 day

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New Delhi, India

New Delhi ©
Designed by notable English architects and proclaimed India's capital in 1931, New Delhi sits in the middle of a sprawling metropolitan area with a population of over 25 million.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): steep yourself in history at India Gate.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the New Delhi trip planner.

If you are flying in from India, the closest major aiport is Indira Gandhi International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in September, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
Highlights from your plan
India Gate ©
India Gate
Red Fort ©
Red Fort
Gandhi Smriti ©
Gandhi Smriti

4
nights
Lima, Peru

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Parasailing & Paragliding. Visit Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas and Huaca Pucllana for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, wander the streets of Miraflores, view the masterpieces at Jade Rivera World, and browse the exhibits of Galeria Indigo.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Lima travel route planner.

Fly from New Delhi to Lima in 28 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from New Delhi to Lima is minus 10.5 hours. Expect colder weather when traveling from New Delhi in September: highs in Lima hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas ©

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.
You'll explore and learn at Museo de Arte Precolombino and Museo Inka. Popular historic sites such as Sacsayhuaman and Sacred Valley of the Incas are in your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from Cusco to Maras to see Salinas de Maras about 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado Central de San Pedro, steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, wander the streets of San Blas, and stop by Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Cusco trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Lima to Cusco by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in September, plan for little chillier nights in Cusco, with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Sacred Valley of the Incas, Salinas de Maras
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

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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 16th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then take some stellar pictures from Intipuncu.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Machu Picchu online journey planner.

Getting from Cusco to Machu Picchu by combination of bus and train takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

few
hours
Cusco, Peru

Cusco ©
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cusco Cathedral, then shop like a local with Avenida El Sol, then explore the ancient world of Q'enqo, and finally explore the ancient world of Tambomachay.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cusco sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Tambomachay ©
Tambomachay
Cusco Cathedral ©
Cusco Cathedral
Q'enqo ©
Q'enqo

3
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museo de Textiles Andinos Bolivianos and National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore. Step out of the city life by going to Valley of the Moon and WMDR Yungas Road. Next up on the itinerary: shop like a local with Casa Museo Solon and delve into the distant past at Tiwanaku.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our La Paz trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Cusco to La Paz in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Peru Standard Time to Bolivia Time is 1 hour. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Cusco in September; daily highs in La Paz reach 18°C and lows reach 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Museums
Highlights from your plan
WMDR Yungas Road ©
WMDR Yungas Road
Tiwanaku ©
Tiwanaku
Valley of the Moon ©
Valley of the Moon

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Copacabana Beach and Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Shopping Leblon and Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas. Step out of Rio de Janeiro to go to Petropolis and see Imperial Museum, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, stroll through Sugarloaf Mountain, contemplate the long history of Parque Lage, and catch a live event at Maracanã.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro trip builder website.

Traveling by flight from La Paz to Rio de Janeiro takes 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. In September, Rio de Janeiro is warmer than La Paz - with highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to New Delhi.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Imperial Museum
Highlights from your plan
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain

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day
New Delhi, India

New Delhi ©
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): examine the collection at Gandhi Smriti, admire the striking features of Humayun's Tomb, and then learn the tricks of the trade with Gourmet Desire.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our New Delhi holiday site.

Fly from Rio de Janeiro to New Delhi in 25 hours. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually an 8.5 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in September; daily highs in New Delhi reach 41°C and lows reach 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New Delhi

Tours · Classes · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Gourmet Desire ©
Gourmet Desire
Humayun's Tomb ©
Humayun's Tomb
Gandhi Smriti ©
Gandhi Smriti

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