25 days in South America Itinerary

25 days in South America Itinerary

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25 days in South America Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  8​h
2
La Paz, Bolivia
— 5 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
3
Copacabana, Bolivia
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Cusco, Peru
— 12 nights
Fly:  20​h
End: London, United Kingdom

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Praia de Grumari and REGUA - Reserva Ecologica de Guapiacu. Do some cultural sightseeing at Bondinho Pao de Acucar and Praia de Ipanema. There's lots more to do: pause for some photo ops at Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, don't miss a visit to Escadaria Selaron, hike along Morro da Urca, and see where the action happens at Maracanã.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary builder .

London, UK to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Brasilia Time (BRT) is minus 3 hours. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from London in December, with highs in Rio de Janeiro at 36°C and lows at 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

REGUA - Reserva Ecologica de Guapiacu
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Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Bondinho  Pao de Acucar ©
Bondinho Pao de Acucar
Praia de Grumari ©
Praia de Grumari

5
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Popular historic sites such as Iglesia de San Francisco and Tiwanaku are in your itinerary. National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore and Sopocachi are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Huayna Potosi, fly down the slopes at Scree Rush, stroll through Chacaltaya Ski Resort, and take some stellar pictures from Muela del Diablo.

Discover how to plan a La Paz trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to La Paz takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Bolivia Time (BOT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in December, expect La Paz to be cooler, temps between 18°C and 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Copacabana.

Things to do in La Paz

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Chacaltaya Ski Resort ©
Chacaltaya Ski Resort
Huayna Potosi ©
Huayna Potosi

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): head off the coast to Isla De La Luna and then step off the mainland to explore Isla del Sol.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Copacabana travel itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from La Paz to Copacabana in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Copacabana

Parks Nature Trails
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Isla del Sol ©
Isla del Sol
Isla De La Luna ©
Isla De La Luna

12
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.
Inca Trail has been added to your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi and Salinas de Maras. Sacsayhuaman and Tipon are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cusco: Huasao Bosque de los Ents, del Senor de los Anillos (in Oropesa) and Centro Texti Urpi (in Chinchero). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Sacred Valley of the Incas, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino, hike along exploor, and admire the striking features of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cusco visit site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Copacabana to Cusco in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Bolivia Time to Peru Time is minus 1 hour. In January, daily temperatures in Cusco can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. On the 17th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Huasao Bosque de los Ents, del Senor de los Anillos, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Salinas de Maras, Centro Texti Urpi
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Tipon ©
Tipon

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