42 days in United States & South America Itinerary

42 days in United States & South America Itinerary

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42 days in United States & South America Itinerary

Start: Paris, France
Fly:  12​h
1
Miami, United States
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Quito, Ecuador
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Riobamba, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Banos, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Otavalo, Ecuador
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  11​h
6
Paracas, Peru
— 4 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  14​h
7
Lambayeque, Peru
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
8
Trujillo, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
9
Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
10
Cusco, Peru
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h
11
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h 30​min
12
Arequipa, Peru
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
13
Puno, Peru
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
14
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  10​h 45​min
15
Bogota, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Paris, France

1
night
Miami, United States

Miami ©
Florida’s mecca of fun in the sun, the lively tropical metropolis of Miami is one of the world’s top vacation spots.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): enjoy some diversion at Lock & Load Miami, take a stroll through Lincoln Road, then kick back and relax at South Beach, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Art Deco Historic District. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, then see the interesting displays at Lock & Load Museum, and then admire the masterpieces at Wynwood Walls.

Plan trip to Miami with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Paris, France to Miami is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 6 hours. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Paris in October, with highs in Miami at 36°C and lows at 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Quito.

Things to do in Miami

Museums Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Miami Beach
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South Beach ©
South Beach
Lincoln Road ©
Lincoln Road
Art Deco Historic District ©
Art Deco Historic District

4
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania and Basilica del Voto Nacional. Appreciate the collections at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila and Intinan Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Termas de Papallacta in Papallacta (about 1h 20 min away). Spend the 11th (Fri) among the fascinating landscape of Cotopaxi National Park. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Guayasamin Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Quito Old Town, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco), and examine the collection at La Capilla Del Hombre.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Quito online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by flight from Miami to Quito takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Miami in October: high temperatures in Quito hover around 26°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Riobamba.

Things to do in Quito

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Cotopaxi National Park, Termas de Papallacta
Highlights from your plan
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania
Cotopaxi National Park ©
Cotopaxi National Park

2
nights
Riobamba, Ecuador

Riobamba ©
Riobamba is the capital of the Chimborazo Province in central Ecuador, which is located at the Chambo River Valley of the Andes. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Balbanera and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Pro Bici. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Sangay National Park.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Riobamba road trip website .

Getting from Quito to Riobamba by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Riobamba when traveling from Quito in October, with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Banos.

Things to do in Riobamba

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Pro Bici ©
Pro Bici
Sangay National Park ©
Sangay National Park
Iglesia de Balbanera ©
Iglesia de Balbanera

2
nights
Banos, Ecuador

Banos ©
A trip to Banos, a relatively small town in the picturesque Andean highlands, ensures plenty of chances for outdoor activities like horseback riding, hiking, climbing, canyoning, and mountain biking.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of the Virgin of the Holy Water (Nuestra Senora del Agua Santa), then admire the sheer force of Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron), and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Ruta de las cascadas. Keep things going the next day: browse for treasures at Mundo Verde and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Banos trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by bus from Riobamba to Banos takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can drive to Otavalo.

Things to do in Banos

Outdoors Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan

3
nights
Otavalo, Ecuador

Otavalo ©
An Andean market town that has done business its own way for hundreds of years, Otavalo has a largely indigenous population.
On the 18th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Museo Fabrica Imbabura, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Matriz, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Cuicocha. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Museo del Banco Central del Ecuador Ibarra, steep yourself in history at Estacion Tren de la Libertad - Ibarra, and then admire the sheer force of Cascada de Peguche.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Otavalo trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Banos to Otavalo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Paracas.

Things to do in Otavalo

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Cotacachi, Ibarra, Museo Fabrica Imbabura
Highlights from your plan
Cuicocha ©
Cuicocha
Cascada de  Peguche ©
Cascada de Peguche

4
nights
Paracas, Peru

Paracas ©
A port town largely devoted to tourism, Paracas serves as a popular starting point for exploration of Peru's south coast.
You'll explore and learn at Pukasoncco, Arte Precolombino. and Museo De Sitio Julio C Tello De Paracas. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tambo Colorado and El Carmen District. There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Islas Ballestas, kick back and relax at Playa Roja, get engrossed in the history at Paracas History Museum - Juan Navarro Hierro, and make a trip to The Chandelier.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Paracas online visit planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Otavalo to Paracas. In October, daily temperatures in Paracas can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Lambayeque.

Things to do in Paracas

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tambo Colorado, El Carmen District
Highlights from your plan
Playa Roja ©
Playa Roja
Islas Ballestas ©
Islas Ballestas
Tambo Colorado ©
Tambo Colorado

1
night
Lambayeque, Peru

Lambayeque ©
The main places to visit in Lambayeque are its archaeological museums, notable for their collections of artifacts.
On the 25th (Fri), explore by horseback at Rancho Santana horseback riding Peru, then see the interesting displays at Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Arqueologico Nacional Bruning, and finally make a trip to Casa Montjoy.

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

Getting from Paracas to Lambayeque by combination of bus and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Paracas in October: highs in Lambayeque hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Trujillo.

Things to do in Lambayeque

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Rancho Santana horseback riding Peru
Highlights from your plan
Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum ©
Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum
Museo Arqueologico Nacional Bruning ©
Casa Montjoy ©
Casa Montjoy

2
nights
Trujillo, Peru

Trujillo ©
Considered the country's capital of culture, Trujillo was the birthplace of the North Group, a community of artists and intellectuals that included celebrated poet Cesar Vallejo and notable novelist Ciro Alegria.
On the 26th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Huaca del Sol y la Luna, get engrossed in the history at Casinelli Museum (Museo Arqueologico Casinelli), then stroll through Huanchaco Beach, and finally delve into the distant past at Chan Chan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Site Museum and then get engrossed in the history at Cao Museum.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Trujillo online day trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Lambayeque to Trujillo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Lambayeque in October, plan for slightly colder days in Trujillo, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in Trujillo

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Playa de Huanchaco, La Huaca del Sol
Highlights from your plan
Chan Chan ©
Chan Chan
Site Museum ©
Site Museum
La Huaca del Sol ©
La Huaca del Sol

3
nights
Lima, Peru

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.
Get some cultural insight at Museo Larco and Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco. Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and San Gallan Xpeditions. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Miraflores, explore the ancient world of Huaca Pucllana, appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Historico de Lima, and walk around Circuito Magico Del Agua.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Lima vacation planner.

You can fly from Trujillo to Lima in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In October in Lima, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Outdoors Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana

6
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 Plaza de Armas are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as Centro Historico De Cusco and Sacred Valley of the Incas are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Cusco side-trips: Cerveceria Willkamayu (in Urubamba), Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo (in Ollantaytambo) and Maras (Salinas de Maras & Moray). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, take an in-depth tour of Museo Inka, take in the spiritual surroundings of Qorikancha, and pick up some new knowledge with Faces of Cusco.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Cusco trip maker .

Getting from Lima to Cusco by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Cusco, with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Maras, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo, Cerveceria Willkamayu
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

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.
On the 6th (Wed), examine the collection at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon and then don't miss a visit to Intipuncu.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Machu Picchu trip maker app .

Do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. On the 6th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Arequipa.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

3
nights
Arequipa, Peru

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Step out of the city life by going to Volcan Misti and Playa los Arcos. Historic Centre of Arequipa and Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Yanahuara ( San Juan Bautista), get to know the fascinating history of Yanahuara, and admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de Armas.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Arequipa attractions planning tool .

Traveling by car from Machu Picchu to Arequipa takes 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Arequipa can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Puno.

Things to do in Arequipa

Parks Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Volcan Misti ©
Volcan Misti
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Museo Santuarios Andinos ©
Museo Santuarios Andinos

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nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): explore the different monuments and memorials at Sillustani, step off the mainland to explore Taquile Island, and then get great views at Mirador Ing. Eduardo Sanchez. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Museo Carlos Dreyer and then explore the activities along Lake Titicaca.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Puno travel route builder app .

Traveling by car from Arequipa to Puno takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Puno, with lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Uyuni.

Things to do in Puno

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island
Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca
Museo Carlos Dreyer ©
Museo Carlos Dreyer

3
nights
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Cristobal Lipez, examine the collection at Train Cemetery, and then examine the collection at Museo de la Llama y la Sal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Wed): head off the coast to Isla Incahuasi and then explore the striking landscape at Salar de Uyuni.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Uyuni trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Puno to Uyuni takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Peru Time (PET) to Bolivia Time (BOT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Puno in November, plan for little chillier days in Uyuni, with highs around 12°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 11°C. On the 14th (Thu), you're off toBogota.

Things to do in Uyuni

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Museo de la Llama y la Sal
Highlights from your plan
Salar de Uyuni ©
Salar de Uyuni
Isla Incahuasi ©
Isla Incahuasi
Train Cemetery ©
Train Cemetery

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nights
Bogota, Colombia

Bogota ©
Colombia's heart and soul, Bogota has earned the nickname "Athens of South America" thanks to its abundance of universities, libraries, and lower-level schools.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate, see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), and then don't miss a visit to Bolivar plaza. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Cesar Giraldo, Taller Manual Del Cuero, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Bogota trip planning tool .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Uyuni to Bogota in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference moving from Bolivia Time to Colombia Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Uyuni in November, you will find days in Bogota are a bit warmer (22°C), and nights are about the same (10°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Zipaquira
Highlights from your plan
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira ©
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira

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