44 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

44 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

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Start: Hong Kong, China
Fly:  29 h
1
Lima, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h
2
Cusco, Peru
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  3 h 30 min
3
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
+4
Train + Foot + Bus + Taxi + Fly:  15 h 30 min
4
La Paz, Bolivia
— 1 night
Fly + Shuttle:  12 h 45 min
5
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 1 night
Shuttle + Fly:  5 h
6
Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h
7
Punta Arenas, Chile
— 1 night
Fly:  6 h
8
Stanley, Falkland Islands
— 7 nights
+4
Fly + Foot + Bus + Foot + Bus:  14 h 30 min
9
Ushuaia, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
10
Cordoba, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
11
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
Ferry:  2 h 30 min
12
Montevideo, Uruguay
— 1 day
Drive:  3 h
13
Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
— 1 night
+3
Ferry + Foot + Shuttle + Fly:  6 h
14
Asuncion, Paraguay
— 1 night
Taxi + Bus:  1 h 30 min
15
Ciudad Del Este, Paraguay
— 1 night
Drive:  15 min
16
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 1 day
Fly:  3 h 45 min
17
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 30 min
18
Brasilia, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h
19
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 1 night
Fly:  8 h 30 min
20
Bogota, Colombia
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h 30 min
21
Medellin, Colombia
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4 h 15 min
22
Cucuta, Colombia
— 1 night
Fly:  12 h
23
Panama City, Panama
— 2 nights
Fly:  35 h
End: Hong Kong, China

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Lima, Peru

Lima ©
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.
On the 29th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, wander the streets of Miraflores, then delve into the distant past at Huaca Pucllana, then get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico de Lima, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco. Keep things going the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), then take in the local highlights with Peruvian Soul, and then wander the streets of Barranco.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Lima tour builder website.

Hong Kong, China to Lima is an approximately 26- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Hong Kong to Lima, you'll gain 13 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Hong Kong in May; daily highs in Lima reach 26°C and lows reach 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas ©
Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas

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

You can fly from Lima to Cusco in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect cooler evenings in Cusco when traveling from Lima in May, with lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Museo de Arte Precolombino ©
Museo de Arte Precolombino
San Blas ©
San Blas

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): take some stellar pictures from Intipuncu, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, then stroll through Mandor, and finally examine the collection at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon.

Find out how to plan Machu Picchu trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu
Mandor ©
Mandor
Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen ©
Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen

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La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): see the interesting displays at Museo de Metales Preciosos, examine the collection at Museum of Musical Instruments - Museo Instrumentos Musicales de Bolivia, push the limits with an extreme tour, then admire the landmark architecture of Iglesia de San Francisco, and finally examine the collection at National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore. Keep things going the next day: experience the excitement of Andean Culture Distillery, see the interesting displays at Museo de Textiles Andinos Bolivianos, and then tee off at Golf Tours Bolivia-Day Tours.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the La Paz day trip planner.

Do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Machu Picchu to La Paz in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Machu Picchu to La Paz, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June in La Paz, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and -4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors Museums Tours
Highlights from your plan
Golf Tours Bolivia-Day Tours ©
Golf Tours Bolivia-Day Tours
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Museo de Textiles Andinos Bolivianos ©
Museo de Textiles Andinos Bolivianos

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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

San Pedro de Atacama ©
Major archeological sites and a renowned museum remain the big draws in San Pedro de Atacama tourism, appealing to visitors interested in learning more about South America's pre-Columbian cultures.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Pukara de Quitor, take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna, witness a stunning natural landmark at Geyser del Tatio, look and learn at Atacama Observatory, then examine the collection at Museo del Meteorito, and finally examine the collection at Father Le Paige Museum.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the San Pedro de Atacama trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from La Paz to San Pedro de Atacama takes 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. Traveling from La Paz in June, things will get somewhat warmer in San Pedro de Atacama: highs are around 25°C and lows about 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Valle De La Luna ©
Valle De La Luna
Geyser del Tatio ©
Geyser del Tatio
Pukara de Quitor ©
Pukara de Quitor

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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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, explore the galleries of E.N.D. Espacio Nacional de Diseno, then examine the collection at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, and finally do a tasting at Concha y Toro. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Mercado Central), then see the interesting displays at La Chascona, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, and finally browse the different shops at Costanera Center.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Santiago trip simple and quick.

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Santiago in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums Shopping Nature

Side Trip

Concha y Toro
Highlights from your plan
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
La Chascona ©
La Chascona

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Punta Arenas, Chile

Punta Arenas ©
An erstwhile hub of the sheep wool industry, Punta Arenas has evolved into a gateway of sorts for hikers, cruise ship passengers, and adventure travelers heading out on the windswept lands of Chile's extreme southern reaches.
On the 7th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Parque del Estrecho de Magallanes, then learn about all things military at Museo Naval y Maritimo, and then examine the collection at Palacio Sara Braun.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Punta Arenas vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Santiago to Punta Arenas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in June, and nighttime lows around 0°C. On the 8th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Stanley.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Palacio Sara Braun ©
Palacio Sara Braun
Museo Regional De Magallanes ©
Museo Regional De Magallanes
Museo Naval y Maritimo ©
Museo Naval y Maritimo

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Stanley, Falkland Islands

Stanley ©
Founded in 1843, Stanley serves as the capital of the Falkland Islands yet still exudes its rural charm.
Falkland Islands Museum and Studio 52 are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Cape Pembroke Lighthouse and Memorial Wood. Go for a jaunt from Stanley to Mount Pleasant to see Bertha's Beach about 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: stroll through Gypsy Cove, enjoy the sea views from Faro Cabo San Felipe, kick back and relax at Surf Bay, and hike along Kidney Island.

For reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Stanley trip itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Punta Arenas to Stanley in 6 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Punta Arenas to Stanley is 1 hour. Traveling from Punta Arenas in June, plan for a bit warmer nights in Stanley, with lows around 3°C. On the 15th (Sat), you're off to Ushuaia.

Things to do in Stanley

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

East Falkland, Bertha's Beach
Highlights from your plan
Bluff Cove Lagoon ©
Bluff Cove Lagoon
Volunteer Point ©
Volunteer Point
Bertha's Beach ©
Bertha's Beach

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Ushuaia, Argentina

Ushuaia ©
Often called the "End of the World" because of its position on the southernmost tip of South America, the expanding city of Ushuaia serves as both a busy commercial port and attractive tourist hub.
Get outdoors at Tierra del Fuego National Park and Ushuaia Bay. Head to Tierra de Humos and Foto Centerfor some retail therapy. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Museo Maritimo y del Presidio de Ushuaia, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and explore the activities along Canal Beagle.

Plan my trip to Ushuaia with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Stanley to Ushuaia takes 15.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, bus, and car; or fly. In June, daytime highs in Ushuaia are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. On the 18th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cordoba.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Tierra del Fuego National Park ©
Tierra del Fuego National Park
Museo Maritimo y del Presidio de Ushuaia ©
Museo Maritimo y del Presidio de Ushuaia
Ushuaia Bay ©
Ushuaia Bay

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Cordoba, Argentina

Cordoba ©
History lives on in the streets of Cordoba, Argentina's second-largest city.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Wed): appreciate the views at Calamuchita Valley, get a taste of the local shopping with Paseo de las Artes, contemplate the long history of Museo Historico UNC Manzana Jesuitica, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Los Capuchinos, and finally contemplate the long history of Paseo del Buen Pastor.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cordoba travel route planner.

Getting from Ushuaia to Cordoba by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Ushuaia in June, with highs in Cordoba at 13°C and lows at 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Camino de las Las 100 Curvas, Museo Del Che Guevara, Calamuchita Valley
Highlights from your plan
Museo Historico UNC  Manzana Jesuitica ©
Museo Historico UNC Manzana Jesuitica
Paseo del Buen Pastor ©
Paseo del Buen Pastor
Museo Del Che Guevara ©
Museo Del Che Guevara

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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.
To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires online road trip planner.

You can fly from Cordoba to Buenos Aires in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Cordoba, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Buenos Aires, ranging from highs of 18°C to lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to catch the ferry to Montevideo.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Plaza de Mayo ©
Plaza de Mayo

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Montevideo, Uruguay

Montevideo ©
With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
On the 22nd (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Montevideo, wander the streets of Ciudad Vieja, then admire the masterpieces at Palacio Taranco, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado del Puerto.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Montevideo travel route builder.

Traveling by ferry from Buenos Aires to Montevideo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Buenos Aires in June, Montevideo is slightly colder at night with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Colonia del Sacramento.

Things to do in Montevideo

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mercado del Puerto ©
Mercado del Puerto
Ciudad Vieja ©
Ciudad Vieja
Palacio Taranco ©
Palacio Taranco

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Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

Colonia del Sacramento
Sleepy cobbled streets lined with pastel-colored houses lead down to the water in Colonia del Sacramento.
For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Colonia del Sacramento day trip planner.

You can drive from Montevideo to Colonia del Sacramento in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. June in Colonia del Sacramento sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. On the 23rd (Sun), you're off to Asuncion.

Things to do in Colonia del Sacramento

Outdoors Parks Tours

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Asuncion, Paraguay

Asuncion ©
Paraguay's capital and economic center, Asuncion ranks among the youngest cities on the continent, with more than half of its residents under 30 years of age.
On the 23rd (Sun), admire the striking features of Torre Icono, get a sense of history and politics at Palacio de López, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion, then get to know the resident critters at Botanical Garden and Zoo (Jardin Botanico y Zoologico), then browse the range of quality goods at Paseo La Galeria, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping del Sol.

To find ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Asuncion tour itinerary planning site.

Getting from Colonia del Sacramento to Asuncion by combination of ferry and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Uruguay Standard Time to Paraguay Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Colonia del Sacramento in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Asuncion: highs are around 26°C and lows about 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Ciudad Del Este.

Things to do in Asuncion

Shopping Zoos & Aquariums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Shopping del Sol ©
Shopping del Sol
Paseo La Galeria ©
Paseo La Galeria
Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion ©
Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion

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Ciudad Del Este, Paraguay

Ciudad Del Este ©
The commercial center of eastern Paraguay, busy Ciudad Del Este serves primarily as a shopping destination for Argentines and Brazilians.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Saltos del Monday, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de San Blas, then browse the different shops at Shopping Paris, and finally stop by Monalisa Paraguay. Here are some ideas for day two: buy something for everyone on your list at Nissei, make a trip to PRESA DE ITAIPU, then examine the collection at Museo de la Tierra Guarani, then explore the engaging exhibits at Monumento Cientifico Moises Bertoni, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at SAX.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Ciudad Del Este trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Asuncion to Ciudad Del Este in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Asuncion to Ciudad Del Este is 1 hour. In June, daily temperatures in Ciudad Del Este can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Ciudad Del Este

Shopping Museums Nature

Side Trips

Presidente Franco, Museo de la Tierra Guarani
Highlights from your plan
Monalisa Paraguay ©
Monalisa Paraguay
Saltos del Monday ©
Saltos del Monday
Museo de la Tierra Guarani ©
Museo de la Tierra Guarani

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Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

Foz do Iguacu ©
A gateway to the world-renowned Iguacu Falls, which spectacularly divide Brazil and Argentina, the modern, high-rise city of Foz do Iguacu can't help but play second fiddle to the natural wonder in its vicinity.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): examine the collection at Museu de Cera Dreamland, take in the spiritual surroundings of Buddhist Temple, and then identify plant and animal life at Bela Vista Biological Refuge.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Foz do Iguacu trip itinerary planner.

Foz do Iguacu is very close to Ciudad Del Este. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in June, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Bela Vista Biological Refuge ©
Bela Vista Biological Refuge
Buddhist Temple ©
Buddhist Temple
Museu de Cera Dreamland ©
Museu de Cera Dreamland

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Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Sao Paulo road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Foz do Iguacu to Sao Paulo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Brasilia.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo

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Brasilia, Brazil

Brasilia ©
Although it lacks the cultural flair of Rio de Janeiro and the massive urban sprawl of Sao Paulo, Brasilia holds a fascinating place in the tapestry of Brazil.
On the 28th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Letreiro Eu Amo Brasilia, identify plant and animal life at Atlantic Forest South-East Reserves, explore the galleries of Memorial JK, admire the landmark architecture of Catedral Metropolitana, then take a leisurely stroll along Pontao do Lago Sul, and finally see the interesting displays at Museu de Valores.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Brasilia sightseeing planning tool.

You can fly from Sao Paulo to Brasilia in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. While traveling from Sao Paulo, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Brasilia, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Brasilia

Museums Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Memorial JK ©
Memorial JK
Catedral Metropolitana ©
Catedral Metropolitana
Pontao do Lago Sul ©
Pontao do Lago Sul

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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.
On the 29th (Sat), kick back and relax at Pedra do Arpoador, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipanema, kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Barra da Tijuca Beach, then steep yourself in history at Parque Lage, and finally see a show at Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro, then don't miss a visit to Escadaria Selaron, and then take a memorable ride with Sugarloaf Mountain.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro sightseeing website.

You can fly from Brasilia to Rio de Janeiro in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Brasilia in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Rio de Janeiro, with lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain

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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.
To find ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Bogota trip builder app.

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Bogota takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Bogota. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in June, expect Bogota to be slightly colder, temps between 22°C and 11°C. You will leave for Medellin on the 1st (Mon).

Things to do in Bogota

Tours Outdoors Nightlife

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Medellin, Colombia

Medellin ©
Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Mayorca Mega Plaza and Duna Store. Appreciate the collections at Museo de Antioquia and Arte Loft Galeria. Step out of Medellin to go to Caldas and see Catedral Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes, which is approximately 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: cruise along medellin 2000m DESCENT, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Parque Explora, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and buy something for everyone on your list at Centro Comercial Aves Maria.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Medellin road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Medellin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bogota in July, things will get a bit warmer in Medellin: highs are around 34°C and lows about 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cucuta.

Things to do in Medellin

Shopping Parks Tours

Side Trips

Sabaneta, Catedral Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes
Highlights from your plan
Mayorca Mega Plaza ©
Mayorca Mega Plaza
medellin 2000m DESCENT ©
medellin 2000m DESCENT
Parque Arvi ©
Parque Arvi

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Cucuta, Colombia

Cucuta ©
The site of some of the most important political and military events in Colombian history, Cucuta lies on the border with Venezuela and represents a regional hub of tourism, commerce, and productivity.
On the 4th (Thu), buy something for everyone on your list at Ventura Plaza, make a trip to Malecon, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Cucuta, then examine the collection at Museo Casa Natal del General Santander, and finally don't miss a visit to Plaza Parque Santander. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Fri): get advice or help at Biblioteca Publica Julio Perez Ferrero, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia del Carmen, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia Nuestra Senora de la Candelaria, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia Sagrada Familia.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Cucuta trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Medellin to Cucuta with the Route module. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Medellin in July, with highs in Cucuta at 39°C and lows at 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Cucuta

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Catedral de Cucuta ©
Catedral de Cucuta
Museo Casa Natal del General Santander ©
Museo Casa Natal del General Santander
Iglesia del Carmen ©
Iglesia del Carmen

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Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
On the 6th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Iglesia de San José, buy something for everyone on your list at Albrook Mall, then get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Casco Viejo. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Soberania National Park.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Panama City day trip planning site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cucuta to Panama City. In July, daily temperatures in Panama City can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. On the 8th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Panama City

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Isla Santa Catalina
Highlights from your plan
Soberania National Park ©
Soberania National Park
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama ©
Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama

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