15 days in Chichen Itza & South America Itinerary

15 days in Chichen Itza & South America Itinerary

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Start: Washington DC, United States
Fly:  10 h
1
Chichen Itza, Mexico
— 1 night
Fly:  10 h 45 min
2
Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
3
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  13 h 45 min
4
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
5
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
6
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
7
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  13 h 30 min
End: Washington DC, United States

1
night
Chichen Itza, Mexico

Chichen Itza
Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Chichen Itza tour builder app.

Washington DC, USA to Chichen Itza is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive. While traveling from Washington DC, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Chichen Itza, ranging from highs of 88°F to lows of 77°F. On the 31st (Sat), you're off to Lima.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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3
nights
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 1st (Sun): ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), thencontemplate the long history of Huaca Pucllana, and then walk around Circuito Magico Del Agua. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, visit Barranco, thenwalk around Parque Kennedy - Parque Central de Miraflores, thenstop by Miraflores, and finally explore the galleries of Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Lima trip planner.

You can fly from Chichen Itza to Lima in 11 hours. Traveling from Chichen Itza in October, expect Lima to be little chillier, temps between 69°F and 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Mariposario de Machupicchu.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu trip planner.

You can fly from Lima to Machu Picchu in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Mariposario de Machupicchu ©
Mariposario de Machupicchu

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nights
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Japones, thenexplore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, thenmake a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta, and finally admire the landmark architecture of El Ateneo Grand Splendid. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, appreciate the history behind Monumento a Carlos Pellegrini, thentake a stroll through Puerto Madero, thentake in the history at Plaza de Mayo, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Casa Rosada.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires trip itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Machu Picchu to Buenos Aires in 14 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Peru Standard Time to Argentina Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. In November, daily temperatures in Buenos Aires can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires ©

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Salto Bernabe Mendez and then admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Iguazu National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Iguazu National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in November, expect nights in Iguazu National Park to be about the same, around 63°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 84°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez

2
nights
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

Foz do Iguacu ©
A gateway to the world-renowned Iguacu Falls, which spectacularly divide Brazil and Argentina, the modern, high-rise city of Foz do Iguacu can't help but play second fiddle to the natural wonder in its vicinity.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): hunt for treasures at Feirinha da JK, thenadmire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls, and then see the interesting displays at Museu de Cera Dreamland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Mon): admire the engineering at Itaipu Dam, stop by Artesanato Chocolate Caseiro Tres Fronteiras, thenadmire nature's wide array of creatures at Parque das Aves Bird Park, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Diocesana Nossa Senhora de Guadalupe.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Foz do Iguacu online route builder.

Drive from Iguazu National Park to Foz do Iguacu in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November in Foz do Iguacu, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Parque das Aves Bird Park ©
Parque das Aves Bird Park
Itaipu Dam ©
Itaipu Dam

3
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: pause for some photo ops at Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipanema, steep yourself in history at Parque Lage, and don't miss a visit to Escadaria Selaron.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro day trip planner.

You can fly from Foz do Iguacu to Rio de Janeiro in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Rio de Janeiro can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

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

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