28 days in Central America & South America Itinerary

28 days in Central America & South America Itinerary

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28 days in Central America & South America Itinerary

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 + bus:  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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Iglesia El Rosario and San Andres. Discover out-of-the-way places like Parque Nacional El Boqueron and Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park. Change things up with a short trip to Santa Ana Cathedral in Santa Ana (about 1h 20 min away). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Monsignor Romero Center, get impressive views of Volcan San Salvador, get great views at Mirador Municipal Jose Antonio Rodriguez Porth, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia del Calvario.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our San Salvador journey planner.

Frankfurt, Germany to San Salvador is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Frankfurt to San Salvador. Traveling from Frankfurt in October, things will get much hotter in San Salvador: highs are around 85°F and lows about 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 ©
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): take a memorable tour with Tours, stroll through Playa Danta, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Dantita. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Bahia Artshop and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Mina.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Playa Conchal route builder .

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

Things to do in Playa Conchal

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Las Catalinas, Bahia Artshop
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Playa Danta ©
Playa Danta
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.
Sacsayhuaman and Moray are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Sacred Valley of the Incas and San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas will appeal to history buffs. Explore Cusco's surroundings by going to Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries (in Ollantaytambo), Inlakesh - Peruvian Art & Design Store (in Urubamba) and Piquillacta (in Huarcapay). And it doesn't end there: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, identify plant and animal life at Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi, and explore the striking landscape at Cerro Colorado Vinicunca.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cusco tour itinerary builder site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Playa Conchal to Cusco. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Peru Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Moray, Piquillacta, Inlakesh - Peruvian Art & Design Store, San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas, Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Piquillacta ©
Piquillacta
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Huayna Potosi and Chacaltaya Ski Resort. Get a sense of the local culture at National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore and Puma Punku. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Valley of the Moon, view the masterpieces at Casa Museo Solon, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Basilica Menor de Nuestra Senora de la Paz.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our La Paz online attractions planner .

Getting from Cusco to La Paz by combination of flight and bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Peru Time to Bolivia Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In October, La Paz is a bit cooler than Cusco - with highs of 61°F and lows of 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 Winter Sports

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Morro Dois Irmaos and Praia de Itauna. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pao de Acucar and Copacabana Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Niteroi (Fortaleza de Santa Cruz da Barra & Camboinhas Beach) and Igreja de Nossa Senhora de Nazareth (in Saquarema). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, make a trip to Olimpic Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pedra do Arpoador, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro journey 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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from La Paz to Rio de Janeiro. Traveling from La Paz in October, expect Rio de Janeiro to be much hotter, temps between 82°F and 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Niteroi, Saquarema
Highlights from your plan
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Bondinho  Pao de Acucar ©
Bondinho Pao de Acucar
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

3
nights
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires ©
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Catedral de San Isidro and Basilica de Nuestra Senora Del Pilar. Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento and Basilica de Lujan will appeal to history buffs. Explore Buenos Aires' surroundings by going to Peru Beach (in Acassuso) and Delta El Tigre (in Tigre). There's much more to do: trot along with a tour on horseback, see the interesting displays at Fragata ARA Sarmiento, and take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero.

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You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Rio de Janeiro in October, with highs in Buenos Aires at 69°F and lows at 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Delta El Tigre, Peru Beach, Basilica de Lujan, Catedral de San Isidro
Highlights from your plan
Catedral de San Isidro ©
Catedral de San Isidro
Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento ©
Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento
Delta El Tigre ©
Delta El Tigre

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion and Iglesia de La Merced. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Templo Baha'i and San Francisco Church. Explore Santiago's surroundings by going to Playa Grande Las Cruces (in Las Cruces), Rompe Olas (in Cartagena) and Casa de Isla Negra (in Isla Negra). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, do a tasting at Santa Carolina, hit the slopes at El Colorado, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Santiago travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Santiago takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Argentine Time (ART) to Chile Time (CLT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Casa de Isla Negra, Playa Grande Las Cruces, Rompe Olas
Highlights from your plan
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion ©
Casa de Isla Negra ©
Casa de Isla Negra

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