24 days in South Pacific & South America Itinerary

24 days in South Pacific & South America Itinerary

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24 days in South Pacific & South America Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  6 h 45 min
1
Auckland, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly:  18 h 30 min
2
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  3 h 15 min
3
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 3 nights
+4
Train + Foot + Bus + Taxi + Fly:  7 h 15 min
4
La Paz, Bolivia
— 3 nights
Fly:  9 h
5
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 6 nights
Fly:  21 h 45 min
End: Melbourne, Australia

3
nights
Auckland, New Zealand

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.
Auckland is known for nature, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Auckland Zoo, admire the masterpieces at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, and enjoy a live performance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium.

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Melbourne, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 7- hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Melbourne to Auckland. When traveling from Melbourne in October, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Auckland: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

Takapuna Beach Playground
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Wine Tours & Tastings
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum

5
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.
Step out of Cusco with an excursion to Hacienda Sarapampa in Pisac--about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, hike along exploor, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cusco Cathedral, and get engrossed in the history at Museo Inka.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Cusco route planning website.

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Cusco takes 18.5 hours. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Peru Time, which is usually a -17 hour difference. When traveling from Auckland in October, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Cusco: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hacienda Sarapampa, Sacred Valley of the Incas
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exploor ©
exploor
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha

3
nights
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.
Take a break from Machu Picchu with a short trip to Zipline in Santa Teresa, about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna, take in nature's colorful creations at Los Jardines de Mandor, and get great views at Intipuncu.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Machu Picchu online attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Santa Teresa
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

3
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Step out of La Paz with an excursion to Puma Punku in Tiahuanaco--about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Tiwanaku, make a trip to Mercado de Las Brujas, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Huayna Potosi, and examine the collection at Museo de Textiles Andinos Bolivianos.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the La Paz online route planner.

You can do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Machu Picchu to La Paz in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Peru Time to Bolivia Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in La Paz

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Puma Punku
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Huayna Potosi ©
Huayna Potosi
Tiwanaku ©
Tiwanaku
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

6
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.
Buenos Aires is known for historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemiterio de Recoleta, shop like a local with El Ateneo Grand Splendid, take a stroll through Palermo, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.

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You can fly from La Paz to Buenos Aires in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from La Paz to Buenos Aires is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from La Paz in October: highs in Buenos Aires hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

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