23 days in Asia & South America Itinerary

23 days in Asia & South America Itinerary

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Start: Mumbai, India
1
Mumbai, India
— 1 night
Fly:  26 h
2
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
3
Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
4
La Paz, Bolivia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Copacabana, Bolivia
— 1 night
Bus:  5 h 15 min
6
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  3 h 30 min
7
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  12 h
8
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  29 h
9
Mumbai, India
— Few hours
End: Mumbai, India

1
night
Mumbai, India

Mumbai ©
Only one word accurately describes India's commercial capital Mumbai: big.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): take in the views from Bandra-Worli Sea Link, thenview the masterpieces at Jehangir Art Gallery, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Mount Mary Basilica, and finally find something for the whole family at Red Carpet Wax Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Bank of India - History of Banking Museum, thenexplore the fascinating underground world of Kanheri Caves, and then get engrossed in the history at Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Mumbai trip planner.

If you are flying in from India, the closest major aiport is Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. September in Mumbai sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Mumbai

Museums Nature Historic Sites
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Mount Mary Basilica ©
Mount Mary Basilica
Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum ©
Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum
Jehangir Art Gallery ©
Jehangir Art Gallery

4
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Copacabana Beach and Praia de Ipanema. You'll explore and learn at Forte de Copacabana and Fortaleza de Santa Cruz da Barra. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rio de Janeiro: Igreja de Nossa Senhora de Nazareth (in Saquarema) and Camboinhas Beach (in Niteroi). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Jerusalem Cultural Center, examine the collection at Instituto Moreira Salles, view the masterpieces at Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas, and pause for some serene contemplation at Sao Francisco da Penitencia Church.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro day trip app.

Traveling by flight from Mumbai to Rio de Janeiro takes 26 hours. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Brasilia Standard Time is minus 8.5 hours. Traveling from Mumbai in September, things will get a bit cooler in Rio de Janeiro: highs are around 32°C and lows about 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Niteroi, Igreja de Nossa Senhora de Nazareth
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Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain

2
nights
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 11th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion, and then get engrossed in the history at Museo Historico Nacional.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Santiago road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Santiago takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) to Chile Standard Time (CLT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Santiago

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Museo Historico Nacional ©
Museo Historico Nacional

3
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Get some historical perspective at Catedral Basilica Menor de Nuestra Senora de la Paz and Tiwanaku. Escape the urban bustle at Huayna Potosi and Chacaltaya Ski Resort. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore, stop by Mistura - Manifestacion Creativa, have fun at Urban Rush Bolivia, and explore the world behind art at Casa Museo Solon.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our La Paz trip planner.

Fly from Santiago to La Paz in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in September, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Copacabana.

Things to do in La Paz

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 15:
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Huayna Potosi ©
Huayna Potosi
Chacaltaya Ski Resort ©
Chacaltaya Ski Resort
National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore ©

1
night
Copacabana, Bolivia

Copacabana ©
The town of Copacabana represents the largest Bolivian settlement on the shore of Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in the continent.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Isla del Sol, thensee the interesting displays at Museo del Poncho, and then stop by The Spitting Llama Bookstore & Outfitter.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Copacabana trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from La Paz to Copacabana takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Copacabana

Nature Historic Sites Parks
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Isla del Sol ©
Isla del Sol
Museo del Poncho ©
Museo del Poncho

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mercado Central de San Pedro and Tipon. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tambomachay and Q'enqo. Change things up with these side-trips from Cusco: Moray (in Maras), Complejo Arqueologico Chinchero (in Chinchero) and San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas (in Andahuaylillas). And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Piquillacta, hike along exploor, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Historico Regional.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cusco trip planning site.

You can take a bus from Copacabana to Cusco in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Copacabana to Cusco. In September, daily temperatures in Cusco can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Moray, Complejo Arqueologico Chinchero, Piquillacta, San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 19:
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San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas ©
San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas
Moray ©
Moray
Piquillacta ©
Piquillacta

2
nights
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.
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon and Samay Spa. The adventure continues: look for gifts at Artesanias.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu day trip app.

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. You will leave for Lima on the 21st (Sat).

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Spas Fun & Games
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen ©
Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen
Artesanias ©
Artesanias

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.
MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima and Church and Sanctuary of Saint Rose of Lima are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Parque Alfredo Salazar. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana, wander the streets of San Isidro, and pause for some serene contemplation at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Lima trip planning app.

You can fly from Machu Picchu to Lima in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Lima can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mumbai.

Things to do in Lima

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Highlights from your plan
MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima ©
MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima
Nature & Wildlife Tours
San Isidro ©
San Isidro

few
hours
Mumbai, India

Mumbai ©
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): look for gifts at Kulture Shop and then examine the collection at Nehru Planetarium.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Mumbai road trip planner.

You can fly from Lima to Mumbai in 31 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10.5 hours traveling from Lima to Mumbai. When traveling from Lima in September, plan for warmer days in Mumbai, with highs around 36°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mumbai

Museums Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 27:
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Kulture Shop ©
Kulture Shop

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