60 days in South Pacific, United States, Central America & South America Itinerary

60 days in South Pacific, United States, Central America & South America Itinerary

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60 days in South Pacific, United States, Central America & South America Itinerary

Start: Tokyo, Japan
Train + Fly:  14 h
1
Melbourne, Australia
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Sydney, Australia
— 5 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
3
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h 15 min
4
Auckland, New Zealand
— 1 night
Fly:  12 h
5
Honolulu, United States
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Shuttle:  20 h
6
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
+2
Shuttle + Bus + Fly:  8 h 45 min
7
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
8
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  10 h
9
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 5 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  4 h 45 min
10
Santiago, Chile
— 6 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
11
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  1 h 30 min
12
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  18 h
13
Los Angeles, United States
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
14
San Diego, United States
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  5 h 15 min
End: Houston, United States

5
nights
Melbourne, Australia

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, and appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne online tour planner.

Tokyo, Japan to Melbourne is an approximately 14- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Tokyo to Melbourne, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Melbourne when traveling from Tokyo in October, with lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

5
nights
Sydney, Australia

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Sydney is known for nightlife, shopping, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, and examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. In October, Sydney is somewhat warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 76°F and lows of 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
Highlights from your plan
ATTY Gallery ©
ATTY Gallery
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

5
nights
Queenstown, New Zealand

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Take a break from Queenstown with a short trip to Milford Sound in Te Anau, about 1h 45 min away. Next up on the itinerary: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, trek along Lake Gunn, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Queenstown holiday builder website.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Queenstown takes 6 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Queenstown. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Lake Gunn, Milford Sound, The Arrowtown Jade & Opal Factory
Highlights from your plan
Beer Tastings & Tours
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown

1
night
Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland ©
The largest and most populous city in New Zealand, Auckland combines a rich history and thriving contemporary culture in an abundance of museums, art galleries, and performance venues.
On the 31st (Sat), get impressive views of Mount Eden, then brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, then look for gifts at Pauanesia, and finally take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the resident critters at Auckland Zoo.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Auckland trip planning app.

Getting from Queenstown to Auckland by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In October, daytime highs in Auckland are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. On the 1st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
Highlights from your plan
Mount Eden ©
Mount Eden
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum

4
nights
Honolulu, United States

Honolulu ©
In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Explore Honolulu's surroundings by going to Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua), Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument (in Pupukea) and Haleiwa (Sunset Beach Park & Waimea Bay). And it doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of USS Arizona Memorial, look for all kinds of wild species at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, browse the exhibits of Iolani Palace, and kick back and relax at Waikiki Beach.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Honolulu using our trip planner.

You can fly from Auckland to Honolulu in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Auckland to Honolulu, you'll gain 22 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Auckland in November, with highs in Honolulu at 84°F and lows at 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Kailua Beach Park, Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument, Halona Blowhole
Highlights from your plan
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach

5
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

Set against the backdrop of the imposing Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos offers visitors a chance to explore diverse natural landscapes and sample some delicious local produce.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near La Fortuna de San Carlos: Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca) and Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park). And it doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, get engrossed in the history at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna, relax in the rural setting at Finca Loma Verde, and take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos itinerary planner.

Getting from Honolulu to La Fortuna de San Carlos by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 20 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Honolulu to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Poas Volcano, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Arenal Volcano
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

2
nights
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.
Lima is known for historic sites, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), walk around Circuito Magico Del Agua, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Lima trip planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Lima by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 9 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Lima due to the time zone difference. In November, daily temperatures in Lima can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco

3
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.
On the 15th (Sun), admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco, steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, and then delve into the distant past at Tambomachay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, then steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Inka, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Cusco road trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Lima to Cusco takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Cusco, with lows of 45°F. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

5
nights
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires ©
Cultural capital of South America, Buenos Aires remains one of the largest cities on the continent, serving as a point of departure for exploring the rest of the country.
Buenos Aires is known for historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll the grounds of Cemiterio de Recoleta, take in the history at Plaza de Mayo, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, and shop like a local with Puerto Madero.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Buenos Aires takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Cusco to Buenos Aires. Traveling from Cusco in November, plan for a bit warmer nights in Buenos Aires, with lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

6
nights
Santiago, Chile

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Santiago is known for shopping, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, admire the masterpieces at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, see the interesting displays at La Chascona, and hunt for treasures at Central Market (Mercado Central).

To find photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Santiago trip itinerary maker tool.

Fly from Buenos Aires to Santiago in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Buenos Aires to Santiago. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Shopping Tours
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia

2
nights
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Sao Paulo is known for museums, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Parque Ibirapuera, pick up some local products at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo, explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, and get curious at Catavento Cultural e Educacional.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Sao Paulo road trip planning tool.

Getting from Santiago to Sao Paulo by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Santiago to Sao Paulo, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In November, daily temperatures in Sao Paulo can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo
Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera
Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue

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nights
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro ©
Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Rio de Janeiro is known for beaches, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some photo ops at Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, kick back and relax at Barra da Tijuca Beach, explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Tijuca, and don't miss a visit to Escadaria Selaron.

Start your trip to Rio de Janeiro by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Sao Paulo in November, plan for a bit warmer nights in Rio de Janeiro, with lows around 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

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nights
Los Angeles, United States

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Anaheim to see Disneyland Park about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Hollywood, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and admire the striking features of Bradbury Building.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip planner.

Fly from Rio de Janeiro to Los Angeles in 18 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Los Angeles is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in December, you will find days in Los Angeles are little chillier (69°F), and nights are much colder (49°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Nightlife

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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nights
San Diego, United States

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
San Diego is known for zoos & aquariums, museums, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, find something for the whole family at SeaWorld San Diego, and pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument.

To find where to stay and tourist information, go to the San Diego trip planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. December in San Diego sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

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