60 days in Asia, Africa, South America & Central America Itinerary

60 days in Asia, Africa, South America & Central America Itinerary

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Luang Prabang, Laos
— 2 nights
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Wadi Rum, Jordan
— 3 nights
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Marrakech, Morocco
— 5 nights
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Essaouira, Morocco
— 4 nights
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Merzouga, Morocco
— 2 nights
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Salvador, Brazil
— 5 nights
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Brasilia, Brazil
— 3 nights
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
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Florianopolis, Brazil
— 9 nights
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Gramado, Brazil
— 7 nights
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Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 3 nights
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Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
— 3 nights
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Uyuni, Bolivia
— 3 nights
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Antigua, Guatemala
— 1 night

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Luang Prabang, Laos

Luang Prabang ©
Designated a World Heritage Site in 1995, Luang Prabang sits at the meeting point of two rivers and offers numerous opportunities for sailing, climbing, and exploring scenic caves and waterfalls.
Take a break from the city and head to Kuang Si Butterfly Farm and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Step off the beaten path and head to Old Quarter Luang Prabang and The Buddhist Archive of Photography. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Wat Xiengthong, steep yourself in history at Wat Manorom, don't miss a visit to Alms Giving Ceremony, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Jom Phet.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Luang Prabang trip builder tool.

Brize Norton, UK to Luang Prabang is an approximately 23-hour combination of car and flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Brize Norton to Luang Prabang due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Brize Norton in September: high temperatures in Luang Prabang hover around 38°C and lows are around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Wadi Rum.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

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Kuang Si Butterfly Farm ©
Kuang Si Butterfly Farm
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Old Quarter Luang Prabang ©
Old Quarter Luang Prabang

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Wadi Rum, Jordan

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and South Beach. The adventure continues: admire nature's extreme beauty at Wadi Rum Protected Area.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Wadi Rum online journey builder.

Fly from Luang Prabang to Wadi Rum in 21 hours. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time to Israel Standard Time is minus 5 hours. On the 11th (Sun), you'll travel to Marrakech.

Things to do in Wadi Rum

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Scuba & Snorkeling
South Beach
South Beach
Wadi Rum Protected Area ©
Wadi Rum Protected Area

5
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Marrakech, Morocco

Red City

You won't run out of things to do in Marrakech, a city where you can spend days exploring grandiose palaces and mosques, photogenic gardens, sacred tombs, and traditional mansions that evoke a bygone era.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Climbing Tours and Off-Road Tours. Do some cultural sightseeing at Musee Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech and Maison de la Photographie de Marrakech. On the 13th (Tue), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. The adventure continues: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, stroll around Cyber Parc Arsat Moulay Abdeslam, take in the spiritual surroundings of Koutoubia Mosque, and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Marrakech trip planning tool.

You can fly from Wadi Rum to Marrakech in 14 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Wadi Rum to Marrakech. In September, daily temperatures in Marrakech can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to Essaouira.

Things to do in Marrakech

Tours · Outdoors · Spas · Baths
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Climbing Tours
Off-Road Tours

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Essaouira, Morocco

Wind City of Africa

The laidback town of Essaouira, known for its forceful trade winds, attracts Moroccan and foreign tourists alike with its sweeping beaches and atmospheric, labyrinthine medina, a World Heritage Site.
Take a break from the city and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and Horseback Riding Tours. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Essaouira Beach and Cooperative feminie TILILA d'huile d'argane. Next up on the itinerary: take a leisurely stroll along Port de Pêche d'Essaouira, wander the streets of Medina of Essaouira, make a trip to Essaouira Ramparts, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Essaouira day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Marrakech to Essaouira takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. When traveling from Marrakech in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Essaouira: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 20°C at night. On the 20th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Merzouga.

Things to do in Essaouira

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Essaouira Beach ©
Essaouira Beach
Horseback Riding Tours

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Merzouga, Morocco

Merzouga ©
Make Merzuoga a stop on your Morocco trip as part of a desert safari.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): view the masterpieces at Art Sahara and then admire nature's extreme beauty at Merzouga Desert. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Ksar Oulad Abdelhalim and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Merzouga route planning website.

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Essaouira to Merzouga in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Salvador.

Things to do in Merzouga

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Merzouga Desert ©
Merzouga Desert
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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Salvador, Brazil

Salvador ©

Black Rome

Nowhere are the traditions of Brazil's African-background community as strong as in Salvador, the colorful, historical capital of Bahia state.
Get outdoors at Imbassai Beach and Praia do Lord. Visit Guarajuba Beach and Praia Farol da Barra for some beach relaxation. Venture out of the city with trips to Praia do Forte (Forte Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching, &more) and Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim (in Senhor Do Bonfim). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at MAM Museu de Arte Moderna, kick back and relax at Praia do Porto da Barra, admire the landmark architecture of Church of Our Lady of the Rosary of the Black People, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sao Francisco Church and Convent.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Salvador road trip site.

Traveling by flight from Merzouga to Salvador takes 22.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) is minus 3 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Brasilia.

Things to do in Salvador

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Guarajuba Beach ©
Guarajuba Beach
Imbassai Beach ©
Imbassai Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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Brasilia, Brazil

Brasilia ©

Capital of Hope

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.
Parque Nacional de Brasilia and Lago Paranoa are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Templo da Boa Vontade, get engrossed in the history at Memorial JK, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario Dom Bosco, and take in the views from Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Brasilia day trip planning app.

You can fly from Salvador to Brasilia in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Salvador in September, Brasilia is slightly colder at night with lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Brasilia

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional de Brasilia ©
Parque Nacional de Brasilia
Lago Paranoa ©
Lago Paranoa
Templo da Boa Vontade ©
Templo da Boa Vontade

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro ©

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
You'll get in some beach time at Camboinhas Beach and Praia de Itacoatiara. Discover out-of-the-way places like Claudio Coutinho Trail and Morro Dois Irmaos. Change things up with a short trip to Parque da Cidade in Niteroi (about 34 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Boulevard Olimpico, brush up on your military savvy at Museu Historico do Exercito e Forte de Copacabana, explore the activities along Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro vacation site.

Fly from Brasilia to Rio de Janeiro in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Brasilia in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 24°C in Rio de Janeiro. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Florianopolis.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Trails

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Claudio Coutinho Trail ©
Claudio Coutinho Trail
Morro Dois Irmaos ©
Morro Dois Irmaos
Camboinhas Beach ©
Camboinhas Beach

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Florianopolis, Brazil

Florianopolis ©

Magic Island

Divided between island and mainland, the distinctive city of Florianopolis charms visitors on first arrival with its impressive skyline.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Ribeirao da Ilha and Santo Antonio de Lisboa. Relax by the water at Forte Beach and Praia do Campeche. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Florianopolis: Garopaba Beach (in Garopaba), Praia do Rosa (in Praia do Rosa) and Balneario Camboriu (Morro do Careca & Praia das Laranjeiras). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Dunas da Joaquina, stroll through Bombinhas Beach, kick back and relax at Matadeiro Beach, and don't miss a visit to Ciclovia Beira Mar Norte.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Florianopolis trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Florianopolis takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Rio de Janeiro in October, with highs in Florianopolis at 28°C and lows at 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Gramado.

Things to do in Florianopolis

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Forte Beach ©
Forte Beach
Matadeiro Beach ©
Matadeiro Beach
Da Lagoa ©
Da Lagoa

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Gramado, Brazil

Gramado ©

Hydrangea Garden

Surrounded by impressive mountain scenery in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, the small city of Gramado charms visitors with its alpine European-style architecture and blossoming flowers.
Step out of the city life by going to National Park of Aparados da Serra and Parque da Ferradura. Get a sense of the local culture at Vale dos Vinhedos and Vinicola Ravanello. Explore Gramado's surroundings by going to Sao Pellegrino Church (in Caxias Do Sul) and Bento Goncalves (Casa Valduga Winery, Vinicola Torcello, &more). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Cascata do Caracol, take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Lavender Park, don't miss a visit to Fonte do Amor Eterno, and contemplate the long history of Casa do Colono.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Gramado online route builder.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Florianopolis to Gramado takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Gramado

Parks · Wineries · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
National Park of Aparados da Serra ©
National Park of Aparados da Serra
Vale dos Vinhedos ©
Vale dos Vinhedos
Sao Pellegrino Church ©
Sao Pellegrino Church

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Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

Foz do Iguacu ©

Land of the Waterfalls

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Devil's Throat and Iguacu River. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Itaipu Ecomuseu and Museu de Cera Dreamland. There's still lots to do: see the world from above with a helicopter tour, make a trip to Avenida Jorge Schimmelpfeng, explore the activities along Lake Itaipu, and steep yourself in history at Marco Das Tres Fronteiras.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Foz do Iguacu vacation planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Gramado to Foz do Iguacu in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. In October, daytime highs in Foz do Iguacu are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Colonia del Sacramento.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Devil's Throat ©
Devil's Throat
Itaipu Ecomuseu ©
Itaipu Ecomuseu
Helicopter Tours

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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.
On the 26th (Wed), snap pictures at Puerta de la Ciudadela, don't miss a visit to La Calle de los Suspiros, then visit a coastal fixture at Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse, then take a stroll through Barrio Historico, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Rio de la Plata. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Munay Pampa, then contemplate the long history of Plaza de toros Real de San Carlos, and then go for a walk through Rambla Colonia Del Sacramento.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Colonia del Sacramento trip planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, taxi, and bus from Foz do Iguacu to Colonia del Sacramento in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, bus, and ferry; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Foz do Iguacu in October: high temperatures in Colonia del Sacramento hover around 24°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in Colonia del Sacramento

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Rio de la Plata ©
Rio de la Plata
Rambla Colonia Del Sacramento ©
Rambla Colonia Del Sacramento
Puerta de la Ciudadela ©
Puerta de la Ciudadela

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Uyuni, Bolivia

Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): head off the coast to Isla Incahuasi and then take in the dramatic natural features at Salar de Uyuni. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Uyuni visit planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry, shuttle, and flight from Colonia del Sacramento to Uyuni takes 14.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, shuttle, flight, and car; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Uruguay Standard Time (UYT) to Bolivia Time (BOT) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Colonia del Sacramento in October, plan for colder days and slightly colder nights in Uyuni: temperatures range from 8°C by day to 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Antigua.

Things to do in Uyuni

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Isla Incahuasi ©
Isla Incahuasi
Salar de Uyuni ©
Salar de Uyuni

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Antigua, Guatemala

Antigua ©
The former capital of Guatemala and a World Heritage Site, Antigua retains its colonial charm and remains one of the most visited destinations in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): make a trip to The Plaza Central Park, admire the masterpieces at Casa Santo Domingo Museums, look for gifts at Casa El Patio, then delve into the distant past at Arco de Santa Catalina, and finally examine the collection at ChocoMuseo.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Antigua trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Uyuni to Antigua takes 18 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Uyuni to Antigua. Traveling from Uyuni in October, you will find days in Antigua are much hotter (28°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Antigua

Highlights from your plan
ChocoMuseo ©
ChocoMuseo
Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
Arco de Santa Catalina ©
Arco de Santa Catalina

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