29 days in Asia, Mexico, South America & South Pacific Itinerary

29 days in Asia, Mexico, South America & South Pacific Itinerary

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Vientiane, Laos
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Tokyo, Japan
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Sapporo, Japan
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Mexico City, Mexico
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Chichen Itza, Mexico
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Lima, Peru
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Machu Picchu, Peru
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Santiago, Chile
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

— 1 night

Garden City of Lights

A holiday in Kuala Lumpur, a modern metropolis and capital of Malaysia, reveals a place where colonial influences, Asian traditions, and modern aesthetics come together in urban architecture and street layout.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, explore the fascinating underground world of Batu Caves, then admire the landmark architecture of Petronas Twin Towers, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Menara Kuala Lumpur.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kuala Lumpur trip itinerary tool.

Sydney, Australia to Kuala Lumpur is an approximately 12-hour flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Kuala Lumpur due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in December; daily highs in Kuala Lumpur reach 37°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

— 1 night

Charming City

On the confluence of two major rivers, Phnom Penh occupies a scenic location largely responsible for its nickname the "Charming City." On a trip to Phnom Penh you'll discover one of Asia's most dynamic cities, where the natives live much of their lives outdoors, on the streets, and in the bustling markets filled with scents of spicy foods.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phnom, get engrossed in the history at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, then look for gifts at Penh Lenh, and finally contemplate the long history of Choeung Ek Genocidal Center.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Phnom Penh online sightseeing planner.

Fly from Kuala Lumpur to Phnom Penh in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Phnom Penh is minus 1 hour. In December, daytime highs in Phnom Penh are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Vientiane.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:

Vientiane, Laos

— 1 night
The riverside capital of Laos, Vientiane still has a relatively small urban area and a laid-back, relaxed feel to it.
On the 30th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang), appreciate the history behind Wat That Luang Neua, stroll around Buddha Park, take in panoramic vistas at Patuxai, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Ho Phra Keo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Si Saket.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Vientiane online vacation planner.

You can fly from Phnom Penh to Vientiane in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Phnom Penh in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Vientiane, with lows of 21°C. You will leave for Tokyo on the 31st (Fri).

Things to do in Vientiane

Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:

Tokyo, Japan

— 2 nights
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
On the 1st (Sat), discover the magic at Tokyo Disneyland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo DisneySea, then admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, then make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and finally don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo route planning app.

Fly from Vientiane to Tokyo in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Vientiane to Tokyo. Traveling from Vientiane in January, expect Tokyo to be colder, temps between 11°C and 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:

Sapporo, Japan

— 1 night

CIty of Ramen

A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): stroll around Odori Park, then get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, then make a trip to Sapporo Clock Tower, and finally find something for the whole family at Shiroi Koibito Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Sapporo tour app.

You can fly from Tokyo to Sapporo in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in January, expect nights in Sapporo to be slightly colder, around -6°C, while days are cooler, around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Mexico City.

Things to do in Sapporo

Theme Parks · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 4:

Mexico City, Mexico

— 2 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Mexico City is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a new perspective on nature at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, make a trip to Zocalo, explore the historical opulence of Chapultepec Castle, and delve into the distant past at Museo del Templo Mayor.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Mexico City travel route site.

Getting from Sapporo to Mexico City by flight takes about 19.5 hours. Traveling from Sapporo to Mexico City, you'll gain 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Sapporo in January, with highs in Mexico City at 24°C and lows at 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Chichen Itza.

Things to do in Mexico City

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:

Chichen Itza, Mexico

— 1 day
Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): explore the activities along Cenote Ik kil.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Chichen Itza travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Mexico City to Chichen Itza in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Mexico City in January, you will find days in Chichen Itza are a bit warmer (33°C), and nights are much hotter (26°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Chichen Itza

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 7:
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Lima, Peru

— 1 night

City of the Kings

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 8th (Sat): admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), then explore the ancient world of Huaca Pucllana, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, and finally make a trip to Paseo de los Heroes Navales. Keep things going the next day: stop by Miraflores, then walk around Parque Kennedy - Parque Central de Miraflores, then shop like a local with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), and finally get engrossed in the history at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Lima attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Chichen Itza to Lima takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and flight. In January, daily temperatures in Lima can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 9:

Machu Picchu, Peru

— 2 nights
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Mariposario de Machupicchu and then explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Lima to Machu Picchu takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 11:

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

— 2 nights

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
On the 12th (Wed), examine the collection at Folclore Edison Carneiro Museum, pause for some photo ops at Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Ipanema, and finally kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Pedra do Arpoador, then take some stellar pictures from Leblon Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Barra da Tijuca Beach, and finally admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro journey website.

Traveling by flight from Machu Picchu to Rio de Janeiro takes 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Machu Picchu to Rio de Janeiro, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 13:

Sao Paulo, Brazil

— 2 nights

Land of Drizzle

Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, stroll around Parque Ibirapuera, and then pick up some local products at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sat): examine the collection at Latin America Memorial, wander the streets of Paulista Avenue, and then admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Sao Paulo travel planner.

Fly from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in January: high temperatures in Sao Paulo hover around 33°C and lows are around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Shopping · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 15:

Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 2 nights

Queen of La Plata

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): appreciate the history behind Floralis Generica, take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, then make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta, and finally explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional De Arte Decorativo. On your second day here, ponder the world of politics at Casa Rosada, take a stroll through Puerto Madero, admire the architecture and history at Plaza de Mayo, then admire the striking features of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, and finally admire the striking features of Palacio Barolo.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Sao Paulo to Buenos Aires takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. January in Buenos Aires sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 17:

Santiago, Chile

— 2 nights

City of the Island Hills

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
On the 18th (Tue), go for a walk through Plaza de Armas, examine the collection at La Chascona, and then stroll around Cerro Santa Lucia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Lazaro, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, and then browse the exhibits of Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Santiago trip itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Santiago in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Argentina Standard Time to Chile Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 19:

Auckland, New Zealand

— 1 night

City of Sails

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): observe the fascinating underwater world at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, then learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, then look for gifts at Pauanesia, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Auckland online attractions planner.

Fly from Santiago to Auckland in 16.5 hours. You'll lose 16 hours traveling from Santiago to Auckland due to the time zone difference. In January, daytime highs in Auckland are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Nightlife · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 21:

Queenstown, New Zealand

— 3 nights

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Step out of Queenstown to go to Te Anau and see Gertrude Saddle, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. On the 22nd (Sat), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Lake Marian Track, see Off-Road Tours, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and trek along Lake Gunn.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Queenstown trip planner.

Fly from Auckland to Queenstown in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 21 — 24:

Mexico travel guide

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Ruins · Beaches · Landmarks
Tailor-made for anyone seeking that traditional sun-and-sand experience, Mexico vacations allow visitors to explore nearly 10,000 km (6,200 mi) of picturesque coastlines. Idyllic beaches and favorable year-round weather aside, this diverse country with a rich pre-Colombian history allows tourists a chance to discover a fascinating cuisine, numerous archaeological sites, state-of-the-art museums, colonial-era haciendas, and outstanding examples of 21st-century architecture. Most visitors get to know the country by its cities, but if you want a well-rounded Mexico tour, spend some time exploring its jungles, cloud forests, Caribbean reefs, snowcapped volcanoes, vast deserts, and tranquil lagoons. Life is lived outdoors in Mexico, so wherever you go, don't forget to dine alfresco and stroll the country's colonial streets.