20 days in South Pacific, South America & Central America Itinerary

20 days in South Pacific, South America & Central America Itinerary

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Sydney, Australia
— 4 nights
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Auckland, New Zealand
— 1 night
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Panama City, Panama
— 2 nights


Sydney, Australia — 4 nights

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.
Bring the kids along to Sydney Opera House and The Rocks. The adventure continues: observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, visit Darling Harbour, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and take in panoramic vistas at Pylon Lookout at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary maker website.

Singapore, Singapore to Sydney is an approximately 11-hour flight. Traveling from Singapore to Sydney, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Singapore in July, with highs in Sydney at 21°C and lows at 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Queenstown.
Parks · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Beaches
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jul 26 — 30:

Queenstown, New Zealand — 3 nights

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Attractions like Browns Ski Shop and Helicopter Tours make great kid-friendly stops. On the 2nd (Fri), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of The Remarkables Ski Area. On the 1st (Thu), spend a scenic day exploring the area around Coronet Peak. There's more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Queenstown online journey planner.

Getting from Sydney to Queenstown by flight takes about 6 hours. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can fly to Auckland.
Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 2:

Auckland, New Zealand — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Auckland Museum, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip planner.

You can fly from Queenstown to Auckland in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to fly to Buenos Aires.
Fun & Games · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 3:

Buenos Aires, Argentina — 4 nights

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.
Family-friendly places like Cemiterio de Recoleta and Puerto Madero will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, stop by El Ateneo Grand Splendid, steep yourself in history at Palacio Barolo, and admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires online trip builder.

Getting from Auckland to Buenos Aires by flight takes about 15 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 15 hours traveling from Auckland to Buenos Aires. When traveling from Auckland in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Buenos Aires, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Rio de Janeiro.
Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Aug 3 — 7:

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — 3 nights

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Attractions like Copacabana Beach and Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, enjoy the sand and surf at Pedra do Arpoador, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Ipanema, and explore the historical opulence of Ilha Fiscal.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro travel site.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Buenos Aires in August: high temperatures in Rio de Janeiro hover around 30°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow time for the flight to Panama City.
Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 7 — 10:

Panama City, Panama — 2 nights

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Casco Viejo and then don't miss a visit to Panama Canal. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Soberania National Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Panama City travel route builder tool.

Fly from Rio de Janeiro to Panama City in 10.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Panama City is minus 2 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Rio de Janeiro in August, with highs in Panama City at 36°C and lows at 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Aug 10 — 12:

New Zealand travel guide

Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Hiking Trails
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.