59 days in South America, Mexico & Asia Itinerary

59 days in South America, Mexico & Asia Itinerary

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Train to London Gatwick, Fly to Rio de Janeiro
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
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Asuncion, Paraguay
— 2 nights
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Montevideo, Uruguay
— 4 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 5 nights
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Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
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La Paz, Bolivia
— 3 nights
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Lima, Peru
— 4 nights
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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
— 4 nights
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
— 3 nights
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Bagan, Myanmar
— 2 nights
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Bangkok, Thailand
— 4 nights
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Kathmandu, Nepal
— 4 nights
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New Delhi, India
— 3 nights
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Jaipur, India
— 5 nights
Fly to Aqaba King Hussein International Airport, Drive to Wadi Rum
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Wadi Rum, Jordan
— 4 nights
Drive to Aqaba King Hussein International Airport, Fly to Bournemouth

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

— 3 nights

Marvelous City

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, nature, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, kick back and relax at Pedra do Arpoador, admire all the interesting features of Leblon Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Copacabana Beach.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro trip website.

Bournemouth, UK to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Bournemouth to Rio de Janeiro. Traveling from Bournemouth in January, expect Rio de Janeiro to be much warmer, temps between 37°C and 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Asuncion.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Asuncion, Paraguay

— 2 nights

Mother of Cities

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): head outdoors with Lago Ypacarai, then stroll through Botanical Garden and Zoo (Jardin Botanico y Zoologico), and then get a sense of history and politics at Palacio de López. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind The National Pantheon of Heroes and Oratory of the Virgin Our Lady Saint Mary of the Asuncion, explore the galleries of Casa de la Independencia, and then browse the exhibits of Museo Etnografico Andres Barbero.

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

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Asuncion takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) to Paraguay Standard Time (PYT) is minus 1 hour. In January in Asuncion, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Montevideo.

Things to do in Asuncion

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Montevideo, Uruguay

— 4 nights
With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Montevideo: Playa Punta Colorada (in Piriapolis), Punta Ballena (Playa Punta Ballena, Mirador Punta Ballena, &more) and Pizzorno Family Estates (in Canelones). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Plaza Independencia, admire the landmark architecture of Palacio Salvo, explore the world behind art at Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes Juan Manuel Blanes, and wander the streets of Ciudad Vieja.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Montevideo trip itinerary website.

Fly from Asuncion to Montevideo in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Asuncion to Montevideo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Asuncion in January, expect Montevideo to be a bit cooler, temps between 32°C and 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Montevideo

Neighborhoods · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 5 nights

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.
Buenos Aires is known for historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, make a trip to Plaza de Mayo, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, and look for gifts at El Ateneo Grand Splendid.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Buenos Aires day trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Montevideo to Buenos Aires takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Montevideo in January, Buenos Aires is a bit warmer at night with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Santiago.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Santiago, Chile

— 4 nights

City of the Island Hills

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Go for a jaunt from Santiago to Valparaiso to see La Sebastiana about 1h 35 min away. The adventure continues: admire all the interesting features of San Cristóbal Hill, get engrossed in the history at Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos, go for a walk through Plaza de Armas, and see the interesting displays at La Chascona.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Santiago travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Santiago takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Argentina Standard Time (ART) to Chile Standard Time (CLT) is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to La Paz.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

La Paz, Bolivia

— 3 nights

City that Touches the Sky

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around La Paz: Tiwanaku (in Tiwanaku) and Huayna Potosi (in Milluni). Spend the 23rd (Thu) exploring the striking scenery along WMDR Yungas Road. The adventure continues: make a trip to Mercado de Las Brujas and admire the striking features of Iglesia de San Francisco.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the La Paz trip app.

Traveling by flight from Santiago to La Paz takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. January in La Paz sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Lima.

Things to do in La Paz

Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Lima, Peru

— 4 nights

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.
Lima is known for historic sites, parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, stroll around Circuito Magico Del Agua, and examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Arqueologia, Antropologia e Historia del Peru.

To plan Lima vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by flight from La Paz to Lima takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from La Paz to Lima, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from La Paz in January, things will get much hotter in Lima: highs are around 31°C and lows about 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow time for the flight to Playa del Carmen.

Things to do in Lima

Parks · Museums · Beaches · Outdoors

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

— 4 nights
The tourist hub of the popular Mayan Riviera, upscale Playa del Carmen remains the jewel of Mexico's Caribbean coastline.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Playa del Carmen: Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and Tulum (Kaahal Home Tulum, Tulum Archaeological Site, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Xcaret and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Playa del Carmen trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Lima to Playa del Carmen takes 9 hours. In January, daytime highs in Playa del Carmen are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to fly to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Playa del Carmen

Tours · Outdoors · Theme Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Chiang Mai, Thailand

— 3 nights

Rose of the North

Discover the diverse history and culture of northern Thailand during a holiday in Chiang Mai, the largest and most significant city in the region.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chiang Mai: Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community (in Mae Wang) and Doi Inthanon (in Doi Inthanon National Park). Spend the 4th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. It doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan and get great views at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep.

Make your Chiang Mai itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can fly from Playa del Carmen to Chiang Mai in 30 hours. You'll lose 12 hours traveling from Playa del Carmen to Chiang Mai due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Playa del Carmen, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Chiang Mai, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Bagan.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Bagan, Myanmar

— 2 nights
The thousands of temples at Bagan rise up from the plain, each with their own history, style, and spiritual meaning.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): get outside with Outdoor Activities, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dhammayan Gyi Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sulamani Guphaya Temple. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ananda Temple, contemplate the long history of Bagan Temples, and then contemplate the long history of Shwesandaw Pagoda.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Bagan trip planner.

You can fly from Chiang Mai to Bagan in 8.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car. You'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Chiang Mai to Bagan due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Bangkok.

Things to do in Bagan

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

Bangkok, Thailand

— 4 nights

City of Angels

Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
Change things up with a short trip to Wat Maha That in Ayutthaya (about 1h 20 min away). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at The Grand Palace, admire the masterpieces at Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC), take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun), and meet the residents at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Bangkok trip itinerary builder site.

Fly from Bagan to Bangkok in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. You'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Bagan to Bangkok due to the time zone difference. In February, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to fly to Kathmandu.

Things to do in Bangkok

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Kathmandu, Nepal

— 4 nights
Once synonymous with the mysterious and inaccessible Shangri-La, today Kathmandu draws an ever-increasing number of tourists, catering to independent travelers of various budgets.
Kathmandu is known for historic sites, spas, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, see Mountain Ascend Treks, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

Plan my day in Kathmandu using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Fly from Bangkok to Kathmandu in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, car, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1.2 hours traveling from Bangkok to Kathmandu. When traveling from Bangkok in February, plan for slightly colder days in Kathmandu, with highs around 26°C, while nights are colder with lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to New Delhi.

Things to do in Kathmandu

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

New Delhi, India

— 3 nights
Designed by notable English architects and proclaimed India's capital in 1931, New Delhi sits in the middle of a sprawling metropolitan area with a population of over 25 million.
New Delhi is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, don't miss a visit to Qutub Minar, steep yourself in history at India Gate, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Gurudwara Bangla Sahib.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read New Delhi online travel route planner.

Getting from Kathmandu to New Delhi by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Kathmandu to New Delhi is minus 0.2 hours. Traveling from Kathmandu in February, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 13°C in New Delhi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Jaipur.

Things to do in New Delhi

Tours · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

Jaipur, India

— 5 nights

Pink City

Known as the "Pink City" because of the color of the stone used for many of its notable structures, Jaipur draws visitors with its chaotic street life and a slew of colorful bazaars selling everything from handmade pottery to tie-dye scarves.
Jaipur is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Amber Palace, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, delve into the distant past at The Rustic Paths, and browse for treasures at Ellora Arts.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Jaipur trip maker website.

Traveling by flight from New Delhi to Jaipur takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In February in Jaipur, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Wadi Rum.

Things to do in Jaipur

Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks

Wadi Rum, Jordan

— 4 nights
Tourism in Wadi Rum revolves around UNESCO-protected desert scenery and spectacular limestone rock formations following a dry river bed, which in World War I served as the headquarters of a British-inspired Arab revolt against the Ottomans.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Wadi Rum: Petra - Wadi Musa (Al-Beidha - Little Petra & Petra). It doesn't end there: admire nature's extreme beauty at Wadi Rum Protected Area and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Wadi Rum online holiday maker.

Explore your travel options from Jaipur to Wadi Rum with the Route module. You'll gain 3.5 hours traveling from Jaipur to Wadi Rum due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Wadi Rum

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Brazil travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Land of Brazilwood
The largest country in South America and the biggest Portuguese-speaking nation in the world, Brazil remains best known for its soccer tradition and annual Carnaval. Most visitors on holiday in Brazil come for the country's outstanding beaches, music, wildlife, and diverse neighborhoods, each one boasting its own distinct character, atmosphere, and way of life. A tour of Brazil reveals a vast land of great natural and human diversity, from its sprawling rainforest wildernesses, to its busy urban centers. There are plenty of things to do in Brazil, from basking on its coastline to chasing the samba scene or catching a picturesque sunset from one of the country's lush mountaintops.

Paraguay travel guide

3.9
Shopping Malls · Landmarks · Gift & Specialty Shops
Heart of South America
Divided in half by its eponymous river, Paraguay is a land of contrasts, especially between its lush eastern region where most of the population lives and the arid west, filled with rustic villages and old Jesuit colonies. Although under Spanish rule for three centuries and with a recent history of dictatorships and wars, Paraguay retained its native Guarani culture, with more than 80 percent of population of indigenous heritage. You'll find plenty of things to do in Paraguay, from touring cosmopolitan cities and quaint Jesuit colonies, to browsing affordable arts and crafts stores and sailing on rivers that crisscross the diverse natural landscape that makes up this landlocked nation.

Uruguay travel guide

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Landmarks · Scenic Walking Areas · Architectural Buildings
Switzerland of South America
One of the smallest countries in South America, tourist-friendly Uruguay is often called the "Switzerland of South America" because of its consistent economic development and progressive society. Open-minded Montevideo serves as the starting point of most Uruguay vacations, offering visitors an eclectic cultural scene and a chance to discover some of South America's major architectural treasures. Away from the cosmopolitan capital city, vacations in Uruguay involve exploring wildlife-rich areas along the Atlantic and touring the rustic interior on horseback, gaucho style. In this sports-loving country, the highlight of your Uruguay trip might just be a soccer match between Penarol and Nacional, the country's two major clubs.

Argentina travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Bodies of Water · Specialty Museums
Land of Contrasts
Home to the highest and lowest points in South America, diverse Argentina enthralls visitors with its contrasting landscapes and rich cultural heritage. A tour of Argentina reveals a sprawling land of fiercely proud and hardworking gauchos, the legendary cowboys of South America's pampas. A vacation in Argentina also leads you to giant urban centers, filled with modern tourist attractions that include fine restaurants, award-winning museums, and renowned public parks, gardens, and zoos. Away from big cities, Argentina sightseeing combines visits to mighty waterfalls situated inside World Heritage-listed national parks in the north of the country, with excursions to icy glaciers in the south.

Chile travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Parks · Specialty Museums
Land of Poets
Squeezed between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, geographically diverse Chile is a long, thin stretch of land encompassing some of the world's driest deserts in the north, and some of its largest glacial fields in the south. Though most Chile holidays include some form of adventure in the vast wilderness areas, the country also contains charming cities providing plenty of urban things to do and see. Many tours of Chile include at least a brief visit to the country's lush wine regions, where backyard vineyards compete with sprawling estates producing some of the world's most respected whites and reds.

Bolivia travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Geologic Formations · Specialty Museums
Tibet of the Americas
If you're an adventurous tourist, consider adding a Bolivia vacation to your travel itinerary. A land of rainforests, Andean glaciers, high altitude cities, and rushing rivers, Bolivia remains one of the most remote countries in the Western Hemisphere. With 60 percent of the population made up of indigenous peoples, native cultures permeate thecountry's music, architecture, and arts, as well as local folklore and traditions. Traveling in Bolivia you can experience diverse wildlife and ecosystems, learn about the country's rich history, try out its distinctive cuisine, and practice your Spanish with the locals, known for their clean and easy-to-understand accent.

Mexico travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Beaches · Landmarks
Tailor-made for anyone seeking that traditional sun-and-sand experience, Mexico vacations allow visitors to explore nearly 10,000 km (6,200 mi) of picturesque coastlines. Idyllic beaches and favorable year-round weather aside, this diverse country with a rich pre-Colombian history allows tourists a chance to discover a fascinating cuisine, numerous archaeological sites, state-of-the-art museums, colonial-era haciendas, and outstanding examples of 21st-century architecture. Most visitors get to know the country by its cities, but if you want a well-rounded Mexico tour, spend some time exploring its jungles, cloud forests, Caribbean reefs, snowcapped volcanoes, vast deserts, and tranquil lagoons. Life is lived outdoors in Mexico, so wherever you go, don't forget to dine alfresco and stroll the country's colonial streets.

Thailand travel guide

3.9
Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Gift & Specialty Shops
Land of Smiles
Offering a rich culinary heritage, sun-kissed beaches, exotic culture, tropical climate, and stunning landscapes, a Thailand vacation remains one of the world's greatest magnets for curious travelers. In between the busy and crowded cities, the Asian nation features a quiet countryside: a blend of lush rice paddies, flourishing tropical forests, and tiny villages living according to an age-old agricultural clock that continues to play a major role in the locals' lifestyle. A tour of Thailand reveals a deep devotion to Buddhism, exemplified by eye-catching temples lavishly decorated with golden Buddha statues, simple shrines, and lively religious festivals celebrated throughout the country.

Myanmar travel guide

3.8
Monuments · Sacred & Religious Sites · Ruins
Golden Land
Closed to Western travelers for most of the 20th century, Myanmar draws an increasing number of visitors with its gilded pagodas and elaborately decorated temples. Visitors looking for sun and sand opt to vacation on Myanmar's many isolated beaches, ideal for escaping the modern world and kicking back with a drink and a book. In the cities, savvy shoppers easily find bargains on high-quality textiles, antiques, traditional tapestries, and precious stones. A well-rounded Myanmar itinerary also includes a few leisurely activities, like drinking tea at a cozy teahouse, enjoying a hearty meal at a family-run eatery, and pausing to contemplate at a centuries-old Buddhist shrine.

Nepal travel guide

4.4
Sacred & Religious Sites · Parasailing & Paragliding · Spas
With everything from snowcapped mountains and vast grasslands to dense tropical forests, Nepal represents one of the world's most ecologically diverse destinations. A trip to Nepal takes visitors to an ancient land situated between India and China, both of which influence the region's culture, cuisine, and religious traditions. Despite the country's natural appeal, commercial tourism in Nepal remains a relatively new industry and most of the area lies unspoiled and undiscovered by foreigners. Ideal for travelers interested in pushing their physical abilities to the limit, Nepal contains most of the world's tallest peaks, including the legendary Mount Everest.

India travel guide

4.6
Sacred & Religious Sites · Architectural Buildings · Beaches
It may very well be fair to call India "incredible," given its mind-boggling diversity of landscapes, climates, cultures, and languages. The world's largest democracy, and second only to China in terms of population, India contains majestic peaks dusted with glistening snow, sun-drenched beaches, ancient hand-carved temples, and sprawling cities jam-packed with people, vehicles, and animals. Many tour India during the country's devotional festivals, which range from immense parades that convert cities into giant performance stages, to simple farming fairs dedicated to relatively obscure local deities. Whenever you choose to vacation in India, make sure you see some of the country's World Heritage Sites, which include the legendary Taj Mahal and Chilika Lake, the planet's second-largest lagoon.

Jordan travel guide

4.2
Historic Sites · Ruins · Deserts
For such a small country, Jordan boasts a surprising variety of natural landscapes and urban attractions. A trip to Jordan takes visitors on a journey back to biblical times, when sites like the Dead Sea and the ancient yet astonishingly well-preserved city of Petra seemed to be at the heart of world events. Although covered in rocky deserts, Jordan boasts a good network of roads, which makes sightseeing by car an easy way to discover many of the country's top highlights. Begin your tour of Jordan in Amman, the largest urban center and a major political, cultural, and economic hub of this Middle Eastern kingdom.