30 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

30 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

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Manaus, Brazil
— 2 nights
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Panama City, Panama
— 4 nights
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Lima, Peru
— 4 nights
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 3 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
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Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
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Bonito, Brazil
— 3 nights
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights

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Manaus, Brazil

Manaus ©

Paris of the Tropics

It's hard not to get excited when planning a trip to Manaus, capital of the state of Amazonas, and the largest city on the mighty Amazon River.
Family-friendly places like Meeting of Waters and Ponta Negra Beach will thrill your kids. Museu do Seringal Vila Paraiso and Paroquia Nossa Senhora de Fatima are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Arquipelago de Anavilhanas, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Amazonica, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Sao Sebastiao e Sao Francisco de Assis, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Manaus planner.

Gibraltar, Gibraltar to Manaus is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Gibraltar to Manaus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Manaus when traveling from Gibraltar in July, with lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Manaus

Highlights from your plan
Meeting of Waters ©
Meeting of Waters
Arquipelago de Anavilhanas ©
Arquipelago de Anavilhanas
Ponta Negra Beach ©
Ponta Negra Beach

4
nights
Panama City, Panama

Dubai of Latin America

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Casco Viejo and Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Soberania National Park and Cinta Costera. The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Metropolitan National Park, admire the natural beauty at Mariposario Metropolitano, see the interesting displays at Biomuseo, and brush up on your military savvy at Centro de Interpretacion de Ciudad del Saber.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Panama City travel route app.

Fly from Manaus to Panama City in 7.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Manaus to Panama City. In August in Panama City, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Panama City

Outdoors · Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama ©
Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama

4
nights
Lima, Peru

Lima ©

City of the Kings

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museo Larco and Miraflores. Kids will appreciate attractions like Huaca Pucllana and Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor). There's still lots to do: explore the galleries of Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Indigo, deepen your understanding at Planetario Nacional IGP, and wander the streets of Barranco.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Lima road trip app.

Traveling by flight from Panama City to Lima takes 7.5 hours. When traveling from Panama City in August, plan for much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Lima: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Lima

Highlights from your plan
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Miraflores ©
Miraflores
Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas ©

3
nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen. Kids will enjoy Winay Wayna and Mandor. Go for a jaunt from Machu Picchu to Santa Teresa to see Zipline about 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Intipuncu, witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes), and admire the natural beauty at Mariposario de Machupicchu.

To find out how to plan a trip to Machu Picchu, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Lima to Machu Picchu takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Zipline

4
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Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires ©

Queen of La Plata

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.
Family-friendly places like Puerto Madero and Parque 3 de Febrero will thrill your kids. Get a sense of the local culture at Cemiterio de Recoleta and Palermo. There's still lots to do: explore the engaging exhibits at Museo de los Ninos, get a sense of history and politics at Casa Rosada, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, and admire the landmark architecture of El Ateneo Grand Splendid.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Buenos Aires trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Machu Picchu to Buenos Aires takes 14 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Peru Standard Time to Argentina Standard Time is 2 hours. August in Buenos Aires sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Highlights from your plan
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

2
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Iguazu National Park, Argentina

Iguazu National Park ©
Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls and then go deep underground at Wanda Mines. On the next day, take in the dramatic scenery at Salto San Martin, head off the coast to Isla San Martin, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Salto Bernabe Mendez.

Find out how to plan Iguazu National Park trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Getting from Buenos Aires to Iguazu National Park by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Buenos Aires in August: highs in Iguazu National Park hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Bonito.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez
Isla San Martin ©
Isla San Martin

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Bonito, Brazil

Bonito ©

Ecotourism Capital

A popular hub of ecotourism, Bonito offers plenty of attractions and activities for visitors in search of an adventurous, nature-filled holiday in Brazil.
Get some cultural insight at Gruta Sao Mateus and Casa da memoria Raida. Attractions like Lagoa Misteriosa and Gruta do Lago Azul make great kid-friendly stops. And it doesn't end there: observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquario Natural, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aquario de Bonito, explore the activities along Rio Sucuri, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Bonito trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Iguazu National Park to Bonito in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone difference moving from Argentina Standard Time to Amazon Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Bonito

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Aquario Natural ©
Aquario Natural
Lagoa Misteriosa ©
Lagoa Misteriosa
Rio Sucuri ©
Rio Sucuri

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro ©

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Attractions like Copacabana Beach and Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer make great kid-friendly stops. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Praia de Ipanema and Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rio de Janeiro: Petropolis (Museu de Porcelana de Petropolis, Cervejaria Bohemia, &more). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Pedra do Arpoador, admire the masterpieces at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro, get lost in a book at Real Gabinete Portugues Da Leitura, and enjoy some music at Cidade Do Samba.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro holiday planner.

You can fly from Bonito to Rio de Janeiro in 16.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bonito to Rio de Janeiro, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer

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