15 days in Africa & South America Itinerary

15 days in Africa & South America Itinerary

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15 days in Africa & South America Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 1 day
Fly:  15​h
2
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Shuttle + Ferry:  19​h 15​min
3
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 2 nights
+2
Ferry + Shuttle + Fly:  9​h 45​min
4
Lima, Peru
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  2​h 15​min
5
Maras, Peru
— 1 night
Taxi + Train:  2​h
6
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
+2
Train + Foot + Bus:  3​h 15​min
7
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

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day
Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg ©
Founded when gold was discovered in the area in the late 19th century, Johannesburg quickly grew into a bustling metropolis, South Africa's largest city and the region's economic hub.
On the 20th (Fri), examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, then get a sense of history and politics at Constitution Hill, and then view the masterpieces at Kim Sacks Gallery.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Johannesburg travel route app .

If you are flying in from South Africa, the closest major airports are O R Tambo International and Pilanesberg International Airport. In December, daily temperatures in Johannesburg can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Tours Historic Sites
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill ©
Constitution Hill
Kim Sacks Gallery ©
Kim Sacks Gallery

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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.
Visiting Pao de Acucar and Parque Nacional Tijuca will get you outdoors. For shopping fun, head to Shopping Leblon or Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach, stroll through Pedra do Arpoador, pause for some photo ops at Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, and make a trip to Escadaria Selaron.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary builder tool .

Fly from Johannesburg to Rio de Janeiro in 15 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Brasilia Time is minus 5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Johannesburg in December since evenings lows in Rio de Janeiro dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Nature Beaches
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Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain

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nights
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Puerto Ayora ©
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Galeria Aymara and Maprae. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Maki-Art Gallery and Galeria Exotico Ecuador. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Charles Darwin Research Station, stroll through Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, take in the exciting artwork at The Angelique Art Gallery, and look for gifts at Chocolapagos Darwin's Favourites.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Ayora trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Rio de Janeiro to Puerto Ayora in 19.5 hours. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Puerto Ayora, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in December: highs in Puerto Ayora hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, Tunel de Lava Bellavista
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Galeria Aymara ©
Galeria Aymara
Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): view the masterpieces at Galeria Indigo, then explore the galleries of Jade Rivera World, then shop like a local with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), and finally don't miss a visit to Miraflores. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, contemplate the long history of Huaca Pucllana, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, and finally walk around Circuito Magico Del Agua.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Lima travel route planner.

Getting from Puerto Ayora to Lima by combination of ferry and flight takes about 10 hours. Traveling from Puerto Ayora in December, things will get little chillier in Lima: highs are around 28°C and lows about 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Maras.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Miraflores ©
Miraflores

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Maras, Peru

Maras ©
Maras is a town in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, 40 kilometers north of Cuzco, in the Cuzco Region of Peru. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Moray and then explore the striking landscape at Salinas de Maras.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Maras day trip planning tool .

Getting from Lima to Maras by combination of flight and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Lima in December, you will find days in Maras are slightly colder (24°C), and nights are much colder (9°C). On the 30th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Maras

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Moray ©
Moray

1
night
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 31st (Tue), don't miss a visit to Intipuncu and then contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Machu Picchu online journey planner .

Getting from Maras to Machu Picchu by combination of taxi and train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): explore the ancient world of Centro Historico De Cusco and then contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Cusco road trip planning website .

Getting from Machu Picchu to Cusco by combination of train and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Cusco are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco

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