22 days in United States & South America Itinerary

22 days in United States & South America Itinerary

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22 days in United States & South America Itinerary

Start: Hanoi, Vietnam
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles, United States
— 1 night
Fly:  11​h 30​min
2
Quito, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Lima, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
4
Cusco, Peru
— 1 day
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 15​min
5
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
+4
train + foot + bus + taxi + Fly:  11​h 15​min
6
Puno, Peru
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
7
La Paz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  10​h 45​min
8
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  12​h 15​min
9
El Calafate, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
10
Ushuaia, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  42​h
End: Hanoi, Vietnam

1
night
Los Angeles, United States

Los Angeles
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles online attractions planner .

Hanoi, Vietnam to Los Angeles is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Indochina Time (ICT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -15 hour difference. In January, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. On the 18th (Sat), you're off toQuito.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Parks Tours

2
nights
Quito, Ecuador

Quito ©
High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
Head to Olga Fisch Folklore and Vulgomaestrefor some retail therapy. Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania and San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco) will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Quito side-trips: Otavalo Market (in Otavalo) and Termas de Papallacta (in Papallacta). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila and get to know the fascinating history of Quito Old Town.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, read our Quito trip planning tool .

Getting from Los Angeles to Quito by flight takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Quito. Traveling from Los Angeles in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Quito, with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Quito

Shopping Historic Sites Spas

Side Trips

Otavalo Market, Termas de Papallacta
Highlights from your plan
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania
Termas de Papallacta ©
Termas de Papallacta

1
night
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.
For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Lima route planner.

You can fly from Quito to Lima in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Quito in January, with highs in Lima at 31°C and lows at 24°C. On the 22nd (Wed), you're off toCusco.

Things to do in Lima

Tours Outdoors Nightlife

1
day
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.
To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Cusco day trip planner.

Getting from Lima to Cusco by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in January, expect nights in Cusco to be much colder, around 9°C, while days are little chillier, around 22°C. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

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 23rd (Thu): contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then take in nature's colorful creations at Los Jardines de Mandor. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, then look for gifts at Mapi Art, and then get great views at Intipuncu.

To find photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Puno.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu
Los Jardines de Mandor ©
Los Jardines de Mandor

1
night
Puno, Peru

Puno ©
Hugging the western tip of Lake Titicaca, Puno serves as a melting pot of indigenous and imported cultures, and makes a great base for explorations around the region.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): explore the different monuments and memorials at Sillustani and then step off the mainland to explore Taquile Island.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Puno road trip website .

Drive from Machu Picchu to Puno in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to La Paz.

Things to do in Puno

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island

2
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Popular historic sites such as Tiwanaku and Puma Punku are in your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Golf Tours Bolivia-Day Tours. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Valley of the Moon, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Andean Culture Distillery, have fun at Urban Rush Bolivia, and don't miss a visit to Mi Teleferico.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read La Paz trip builder site .

Drive from Puno to La Paz in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone changes from Peru Time to Bolivia Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Puno in January, plan for little chillier days in La Paz, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Puma Punku
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Tiwanaku ©
Tiwanaku
Puma Punku ©
Puma Punku

1
night
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

San Pedro de Atacama ©
Major archeological sites and a renowned museum remain the big draws in San Pedro de Atacama tourism, appealing to visitors interested in learning more about South America's pre-Columbian cultures.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): engage your brain at Museo del Meteorito, take in the natural beauty of Geyser del Tatio, then delve into the distant past at Pukara de Quitor, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Salar de Tara.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Pedro de Atacama tour planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from La Paz to San Pedro de Atacama takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from La Paz in January, with highs in San Pedro de Atacama at 29°C and lows at 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to El Calafate.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Salar de Tara ©
Salar de Tara
Valle De La Luna ©
Valle De La Luna
Geyser del Tatio ©
Geyser del Tatio

3
nights
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.
Visiting Parque Nacional Los Glaciares and Climbing Tours will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Avenida Libertador and Glaciarium Museo del Hielo Patagónico. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Laguna Nimez Reserva Natural Municipal, look for gifts at Vellon Negro, explore the activities along Lago Argentino, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Paseo de Los Artesanos.

For traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read El Calafate day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro de Atacama to El Calafate takes 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Pedro de Atacama to El Calafate, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in January: highs in El Calafate hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
Climbing Tours
Lago Argentino
Lago Argentino

2
nights
Ushuaia, Argentina

Ushuaia ©
Often called the "End of the World" because of its position on the southernmost tip of South America, the expanding city of Ushuaia serves as both a busy commercial port and attractive tourist hub.
On the 3rd (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Beagle and then explore the striking landscape of Tierra del Fuego National Park. On the next day, head off the coast to Isla Bridges, then explore the striking landscape of Senda Costera, and then see the interesting displays at Museo Maritimo y del Presidio de Ushuaia.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Ushuaia planning app .

You can fly from El Calafate to Ushuaia in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from El Calafate in February since evenings lows in Ushuaia dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Senda Costera
Highlights from your plan
Tierra del Fuego National Park ©
Tierra del Fuego National Park
Canal Beagle ©
Canal Beagle

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