21 days in South America & Europe Itinerary

21 days in South America & Europe Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Cartagena, Colombia
— 3 nights
2
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
3
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 2 nights
4
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
5
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
6
Reykjavik, Iceland
— 4 nights

3
nights
Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena ©
The site of the continent's first Spanish colony, Cartagena retains much of its colonial flavor thanks to a World Heritage-listed old town, encircled by old walls and protected by imposing fortresses.
Cartagena is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, deepen your understanding at Plaza Santo Domingo, pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ermita Nuestra Senora De La Candelaria.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Cartagena trip itinerary planning site.

Manchester, UK to Cartagena is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Manchester to Cartagena due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Manchester in January: high temperatures in Cartagena hover around °C and lows are around °C. On the 6th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Oceanario
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Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo

3
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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.
Cusco is known for historic sites, museums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, hike along exploor, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Quechua.

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Traveling by flight from Cartagena to Cusco takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Cartagena in January: high temperatures in Cusco hover around °C and lows are around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Museums
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Ekekos San Blas  - Arte  & Colores ©
Ekekos San Blas - Arte & Colores
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha

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Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): head off the coast to Isla Incahuasi and then explore the striking landscape at Salar de Uyuni.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Uyuni online travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Uyuni takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Peru Standard Time (PET) to Bolivia Time (BOT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Cusco in January: highs in Uyuni hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Uyuni

Nature Parks
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Salar de Uyuni ©
Salar de Uyuni
Isla Incahuasi ©
Isla Incahuasi

2
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Iguazu National Park, Argentina

Iguazu National Park ©
Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls. On your second day here, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Wanda Mines, thenadmire the sheer force of Salto San Martin, thenstep off the mainland to explore Isla San Martin, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Salto Bernabe Mendez.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Iguazu National Park trip tool.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Uyuni to Iguazu National Park in 15 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Uyuni to Iguazu National Park. When traveling from Uyuni in January, plan for much warmer days in Iguazu National Park, with highs around °C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Wanda Mines
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez
Isla San Martin ©
Isla San Martin

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.
Rio de Janeiro is known for beaches, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, take in the awesome beauty at Pedra da Gavea, take some stellar pictures from Leblon Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Barra da Tijuca Beach.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Iguazu National Park to Rio de Janeiro takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Iguazu National Park in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Rio de Janeiro, with lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

4
nights
Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik ©
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Get out of town with these interesting Reykjavik side-trips: Thermal Spas (in Grindavik), Blaskogabyggd (Haukadalur & Gullfoss Falls) and Strokkur (in Geysir). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, appreciate the history behind Sun Voyager, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Reykjavik trip builder tool.

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Reykjavik by flight takes about 23.5 hours. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Reykjavik, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In January, Reykjavik is much colder than Rio de Janeiro - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Blaskogabyggd, Thermal Spas, Rokksafn Islands - The Icelandic Museum of Rock 'n' Roll, Strokkur
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Hallgrimskirkja ©
Hallgrimskirkja
Thermal Spas
Gullfoss Falls ©
Gullfoss Falls

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