32 days in Europe, Caribbean & South America Itinerary

32 days in Europe, Caribbean & South America Itinerary

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32 days in Europe, Caribbean & South America Itinerary

Start: Zurich, Switzerland
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 5 nights
Fly:  13 h 30 min
2
Havana, Cuba
— 4 nights
Fly:  7 h 15 min
3
Caracas, Venezuela
— 1 day
Foot + Fly:  6 h 30 min
4
Manaus, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  12 h
5
Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
Fly:  9 h 45 min
6
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  9 h 45 min
7
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  10 h
8
Cayenne, French Guiana
— 2 nights
Fly:  21 h
End: Zurich, Switzerland

5
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Explore Zurich's surroundings by going to Lucerne (Lake Lucerne, Town Hall, &more), St Gallus Catholic Church (in Kriens) and Interlaken (Rom.-Katholische Kirchgemeinde, Schlosskirche, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, stroll the grounds of Friedhof Fluntern, explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), and examine the collection at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip planning website.

If you are flying in from Switzerland, the closest major aiports are Zürich Airport, Basel Mulhouse Freiburg and Bern Belp Airport. In Juli in Zurich, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Havana.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lucerne, Interlaken
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich

4
nights
Havana, Cuba

Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Take a break from Havana with a short trip to Playa Paraiso in Cayo Largo, about 2 hours away. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Malecón of Havana, contemplate the long history of El Morro, take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion), and don't miss a visit to Old Havana.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Havana road trip website.

Fly from Zurich to Havana in 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Zurich to Havana is minus 6 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Zurich in Juli: high temperatures in Havana hover around 38°C and lows are around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Caracas.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trip

Playa Paraiso
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana
Playa Paraiso ©
Playa Paraiso

1
day
Caracas, Venezuela

Caracas ©
Tropical weather, great food, and memorable jungle surroundings seem like all the ingredients Caracas needs to become a must-see destination.
On the 11th (Sun), get outside with Parque Nacional el Avila.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Caracas trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Havana to Caracas with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Cuba Standard Time (CST) to Venezuela Time (VET) is 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Manaus.

Things to do in Caracas

Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional el Avila ©
Parque Nacional el Avila

3
nights
Manaus, Brazil

Manaus ©
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.
Manaus is known for nightlife, shopping, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Meeting of Waters, kick back and relax at Ponta Negra Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Paroquia Nossa Senhora de Fatima, and have fun at Shot In The Dark.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Manaus trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Caracas to Manaus by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in Juli, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Manaus

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Amazon Rainforest
Highlights from your plan
Meeting of Waters ©
Meeting of Waters
Amazon Rainforest ©
Amazon Rainforest
Ponta Negra Beach ©
Ponta Negra Beach

4
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.
Santiago is known for shopping, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Cerro Santa Lucia, take in panoramic vistas at Sky Costanera, see the interesting displays at La Chascona, and take in the pleasant sights at Plaza de Armas.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Santiago trip itinerary maker app.

You can fly from Manaus to Santiago in 12 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Patio Bellavista ©
Patio Bellavista

3
nights
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

Nestled against the foothills of the Andes, scenic San Carlos de Bariloche hugs the southern shore of Nahuel Huapi Lake and ranks among Argentina's top destinations for active outdoor vacations.
San Carlos de Bariloche is known for nature, winter sports, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Catedral Alta Patagonis, stroll around Parque Nahuelito, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and pause for some photo ops at Centro Civico.

Plan my day in San Carlos de Bariloche using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Fly from Santiago to San Carlos de Bariloche in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Santiago to San Carlos de Bariloche, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In Juli, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Catedral Alta Patagonis
Catedral Alta Patagonis
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi ©
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Rio de Janeiro side-trips: Petropolis (Cervejaria Bohemia, Imperial Museum, &more). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Ipanema, make a trip to Escadaria Selaron, and admire the striking features of Ilha Fiscal.

To see reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro tour planning tool.

Fly from San Carlos de Bariloche to Rio de Janeiro in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in Juli; daily highs in Rio de Janeiro reach 30°C and lows reach 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cayenne.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Petropolis
Highlights from your plan
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro
Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

2
nights
Cayenne, French Guiana

Cayenne ©
The capital of French Guiana, Cayenne sits at the mouth of the Cayenne River on the department's Atlantic coast.
Step out of Cayenne to go to Kourou and see Les Iles du Salut, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: get outside with Sentier des Salines, delve into the distant past at Site archeologique Habitation Loyola, head off the coast to Ilet la Mere, and see the interesting displays at Musee Departmental Alexandre-Franconie.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Cayenne trip itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Cayenne takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Rio de Janeiro in Juli, with highs in Cayenne at 36°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cayenne

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Les Iles du Salut, Zoo de Guyane, Site archeologique Habitation Loyola
Highlights from your plan
Ilet la Mere ©
Ilet la Mere
Devil's Island ©
Devil's Island
Zoo de Guyane ©
Zoo de Guyane

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