15 days in Africa & South America Itinerary

15 days in Africa & South America Itinerary

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Johannesburg, South Africa
— 1 day
2
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
3
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 2 nights
4
Lima, Peru
— 1 night
5
Maras, Peru
— 1 night
6
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
7
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): examine the collection at Apartheid Museum, contemplate the long history of Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, and then take in the exciting artwork at Kim Sacks Gallery.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Johannesburg driving holiday planner.

If you are flying in from South Africa, the closest major aiports are O R Tambo International and Pilanesberg International Airport. In December in Johannesburg, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct ©
Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct
Kim Sacks Gallery ©
Kim Sacks Gallery

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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.
For shopping fun, head to Shopping Leblon or Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas. Get some cultural insight at Copacabana Beach and Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro. And it doesn't end there: go from sight to sight with Sugarloaf Mountain, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Ipanema, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Grumari, and don't miss a visit to Escadaria Selaron.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Rio de Janeiro takes 15.5 hours. Traveling from Johannesburg to Rio de Janeiro, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of °C in Rio de Janeiro. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough 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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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Galeria Aymara and The Angelique Art Gallery. Do your shopping at Maki-Art Gallery and Galeria Exotico Ecuador. There's lots more to do: stroll through Charles Darwin Research Station, look for gifts at Chocolapagos Darwin's Favourites, Head underground at Tunel de Lava Bellavista, and enjoy the sand and surf at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Ayora online trip maker.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Rio de Janeiro to Puerto Ayora takes 18.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) to Ecuador Time (ECT), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in December, expect nights in Puerto Ayora to be about the same, around °C, while days are little chillier, around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Wildlife Museums

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Indigo, view the masterpieces at Jade Rivera World, thenshop like a local with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), and finally wander the streets of Miraflores. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, thencontemplate the long history of Huaca Pucllana, thenget engrossed in the history at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, and finally stroll through Circuito Magico Del Agua.

To find traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Lima online route maker.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Puerto Ayora to Lima in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Puerto Ayora in December; daily highs in Lima reach °C and lows reach °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Maras.

Things to do in Lima

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Galeria Indigo ©
Galeria Indigo
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): explore the ancient world of Moray and then contemplate the long history of Salinas de Maras.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Maras vacation planner.

Fly from Lima to Maras in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Lima, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in Maras, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Maras

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

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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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): get great views at Intipuncu and then contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Machu Picchu sightseeing planning website.

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Maras to Machu Picchu in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): delve into the distant past at Centro Historico De Cusco and then contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman.

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

Do a combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time for 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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