23 days in Asia & South America Itinerary

23 days in Asia & South America Itinerary

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Start: Gangtok, India
Fly:  6 h 30 min
1
Mumbai, India
— 1 day
Fly:  29 h
2
Lima, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
3
Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  3 h 15 min
4
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
+2
Train + Foot + Bus:  3 h 15 min
5
Cusco, Peru
— Few hours
Fly:  1 h 45 min
6
La Paz, Bolivia
— 3 nights
Fly:  8 h
7
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  26 h
8
Mumbai, India
— 1 day
Fly:  6 h 30 min
End: Gangtok, India

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Mumbai, India

Mumbai ©
Only one word accurately describes India's commercial capital Mumbai: big.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): find something for the whole family at Red Carpet Wax Museum, thenexamine the collection at Nehru Planetarium, and then view the masterpieces at Jehangir Art Gallery.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Mumbai online journey planner.

Gangtok to Mumbai is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, daily temperatures in Mumbai can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Mumbai

Museums Shopping Theme Parks
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Jehangir Art Gallery ©
Jehangir Art Gallery

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Reserva Nacional Lomas de Lachay. Appreciate the collections at MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima and Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas. Take a break from Lima with a short trip to Playa Santa Maria del Mar in Santa Maria Del Mar, about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, wander the streets of San Isidro, admire the masterpieces at Museo Pedro de Osma, and get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Lima tour itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Mumbai to Lima takes 31 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 10.5 hours traveling from Mumbai to Lima. While traveling from Mumbai, expect cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Lima, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Reserva Nacional Lomas de Lachay, Playa Santa Maria del Mar
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MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima ©
MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima
San Isidro ©
San Isidro
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
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.
Sacsayhuaman and Horseback Riding Tours are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Q'enqo and Moray for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Cusco side-trips: Piquillacta (in Huarcapay) and Complejo Arqueologico Chinchero (in Chinchero). It doesn't end there: hunt for treasures at Mercado Central de San Pedro.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Cusco itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Lima to Cusco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Cusco when traveling from Lima in September, with lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Piquillacta, Moray, Complejo Arqueologico Chinchero
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Moray ©
Moray
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Piquillacta ©
Piquillacta

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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.
On the 14th (Sat), examine the collection at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon, experience the excitement of Samay Spa, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, thenstop by Machu Picchu market adjacent to the train station, thenhunt for treasures at Mercado de Artesanias, and finally don't miss a visit to Serpost.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu travel route planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Shopping Spas Fun & Games
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Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen ©
Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen

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hours
Cusco, Peru

Cusco ©
On the 15th (Sun), appreciate the extensive heritage of San Blas, thensteep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, and then explore the world behind art at Museo y Catacumbas Del Convento San Francisco de Asis Del Cusco.

Plan trip to Cusco with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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San Blas ©
San Blas
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

3
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Escape the urban bustle at Huayna Potosi and Chacaltaya Ski Resort. National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore and Museum of Musical Instruments - Museo Instrumentos Musicales de Bolivia are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Sopocachi, delve into the distant past at Tiwanaku, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Basilica Menor de Nuestra Senora de la Paz, and catch some excitement at Andean Culture Distillery.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the La Paz online sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Cusco to La Paz in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cusco to La Paz due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Cusco in September; daily highs in La Paz reach 18°C and lows reach 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in La Paz

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 18:
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Huayna Potosi ©
Huayna Potosi
Chacaltaya Ski Resort ©
Chacaltaya Ski Resort
National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore ©

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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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at BarraShopping and Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas. Forte de Copacabana and Fortaleza de Santa Cruz da Barra will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Rio de Janeiro: Niteroi (Camboinhas Beach, Igreja de Sao Francisco Xavier, &more). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Praia do Leme, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Ipanema, make a trip to Jerusalem Cultural Center, and catch a ride on Sugarloaf Mountain.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from La Paz to Rio de Janeiro in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Bolivia Time (BOT) to Brasilia Standard Time (BRT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from La Paz in September, with highs in Rio de Janeiro at 32°C and lows at 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Mumbai.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Niteroi
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Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Praia Da Joatinga ©
Praia Da Joatinga

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Mumbai, India

Mumbai ©
On the 26th (Thu), take an in-depth tour of Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mount Mary Basilica, and then make a trip to Kanheri Caves.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Mumbai online itinerary builder.

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Mumbai in 26 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Mumbai is 8.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Rio de Janeiro in September, with highs in Mumbai at 36°C and lows at 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mumbai

Parks Nature Museums
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 27:
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Mount Mary Basilica ©
Mount Mary Basilica
Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum ©
Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum

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