38 days in United States, Caribbean & South America Itinerary

38 days in United States, Caribbean & South America Itinerary

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New York City, United States
— 6 nights
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Nassau, Bahamas
— 3 nights
3
Paradise Island, Bahamas
— 4 nights
4
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
5
Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
6
La Paz, Bolivia
— 4 nights
7
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
8
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 5 nights

6
nights
New York City, United States

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building, admire the landmark architecture of Grand Central Terminal, wander the streets of Times Square, and take some stellar pictures from Top of the Rock.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the New York City trip itinerary builder app.

Perth, Australia to New York City is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -13 hour difference. In December, New York City is colder than Perth - with highs of 10°C and lows of 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Nassau.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
Central Park ©
Central Park
Rockefeller Center ©
Rockefeller Center

3
nights
Nassau, Bahamas

Nassau ©
On a trip to Nassau you can immerse yourself in a dynamic city atmosphere or spend your days lazing on the soft golden sands.
Nassau is known for theme parks, beaches, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cable Beach, step off the mainland to explore Blue Lagoon Island, have some family-friendly fun at Jetline Simulation Bahamas, and don't miss a visit to The Cloister.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Nassau trip itinerary builder.

Fly from New York City to Nassau in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from New York City in December, with highs in Nassau at 32°C and lows at 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Paradise Island.

Things to do in Nassau

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Cable Beach ©
Cable Beach
Cabbage Beach ©
Cabbage Beach
Christ Church Cathedral ©
Christ Church Cathedral

4
nights
Paradise Island, Bahamas

Paradise Island ©
Located just off the shore from the capital city, Paradise Island offers glamorous gambling, luxury living, and a welcome dose of island exploration as well.
Paradise Island is known for zoos & aquariums, casinos, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: play a few rounds at Ocean Club Golf Course, try your luck at Atlantis Casino, admire the natural beauty at Versailles Gardens and French Cloister, and look for gifts at Bahama Craft Centre.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Paradise Island trip planner.

Paradise Island is just a stone's throw from Nassau. In January, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Paradise Island

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Marine Habitat at Atlantis ©
Marine Habitat at Atlantis
Predator Lagoon ©
Predator Lagoon
Versailles Gardens and French Cloister ©
Versailles Gardens and French Cloister

2
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.
Machu Picchu is known for historic sites, nature, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, take in the natural beauty of Banos Termales de Cocalmayo, get great views at Intipuncu, and delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Machu Picchu trip itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Paradise Island to Machu Picchu in 20 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Banos Termales de Cocalmayo
Highlights from your plan
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cusco side-trips: Maras (Moray & Salinas de Maras). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, get engrossed in the history at Museo Inka, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, and explore the ancient world of Tipon.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Cusco trip maker site.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Maras, Sacred Valley of the Incas
Highlights from your plan
exploor ©
exploor
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas

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nights
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Spend the 14th (Tue) exploring the striking scenery along WMDR Yungas Road. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Tiwanaku, don't miss a visit to Mercado de Las Brujas, examine the collection at Museo de Textiles Andinos Bolivianos, and admire the striking features of Iglesia de San Francisco.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the La Paz vacation planner.

Getting from Cusco to La Paz by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco to La Paz, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cusco in January, things will get little chillier in La Paz: highs are around 17°C and lows about 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
WMDR Yungas Road ©
WMDR Yungas Road
Tiwanaku ©
Tiwanaku
Mercado de Las Brujas ©
Mercado de Las Brujas

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.
Rio de Janeiro is known for beaches, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a memorable ride with Sugarloaf Mountain, stroll through Copacabana Beach, take some stellar pictures from Pedra Bonita, and take a peaceful walk through Parque Nacional Tijuca.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro attractions planner.

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 moving from Bolivia Time to Brasilia Standard Time is 1 hour. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from La Paz in January, with highs in Rio de Janeiro at 37°C and lows at 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach

5
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.
Buenos Aires is known for historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemiterio de Recoleta, admire the architecture and history at Plaza de Mayo, admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, and admire the striking features of El Ateneo Grand Splendid.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires road trip site.

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in January, expect Buenos Aires to be little chillier, temps between 33°C and 24°C. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Plaza de Mayo ©
Plaza de Mayo

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