14 days in South America, Caribbean & Europe Itinerary

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 3 nights
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
Noord, Aruba
— 4 nights
Lisbon, Portugal
— 1 night


Buenos Aires, Argentina — 3 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.
Visit Cementerio de la Recoleta and Catedral Primada for their historical value. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires and Palermo Soho. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, examine the collection at Buque Museo Fragata ARA Presidente Sarmiento, get a sense of history and politics at Casa Rosada, and explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires trip itinerary builder.

Lisbon, Portugal to Buenos Aires is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Argentina Standard Time (ART), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Lisbon in January, with highs in Buenos Aires at 33°C and lows at 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Machu Picchu.
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Machu Picchu, Peru — 3 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 8th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Intipuncu and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Natura Spa Healing Hands. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Plaza Manco Capac and then steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu day trip website.

Getting from Buenos Aires to Machu Picchu by flight takes about 10 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Buenos Aires to Machu Picchu. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can drive to Cusco.
Historic Sites · Spas
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Cusco, Peru — 2 nights

Imperial City

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.
On the 10th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Museo Historico Regional, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino, then delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Cusco trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Cusco can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to fly to Noord.
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Noord, Aruba — 4 nights

Noord itineraries allow for cultural exploration and adventure tourism, as the most populous and visited town on the island.
Visiting Boca Cataavlina and Stand-Up Paddleboarding will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Hooiberg and Rancho Notorious Aruba. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Malmok Beach, enjoy the sea views from California Lighthouse and Sasariwichi Dunes, stop by Eternity Fine Jewels, and explore the striking landscape at Ayo Rock Formations.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Noord trip itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Cusco to Noord in 13.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Cusco to Noord is 1 hour. Traveling from Cusco in January, expect nights in Noord to be much warmer, around 28°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 35°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Lisbon.
Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Beaches
Side Trips
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Lisbon, Portugal — 1 night

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, then see the interesting displays at National Coach Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Arco do Triunfo, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Anthony.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Lisbon trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Noord to Lisbon takes 17 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Noord to Lisbon is 4 hours. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Noord in January; daily highs in Lisbon reach 17°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel back home.
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Aruba travel guide

Happy Island
A Dutch outpost in the Caribbean, sun-drenched Aruba provides a mix of modern seaside resorts and quiet coastal areas ideal for those wishing to escape the crowds. Vacations in Aruba, known affectionately as the "Happy Island," generally combine water-based activities with tours of the untamed backcountry, where you can discover unusual rock formations, historic churches, ostrich farms, and animal sanctuaries. Island capital Oranjestad offers some of the finest shopping and cultural sightseeing in Aruba, with an eco-friendly electric streetcar providing quick access to all of the city's major attractions, including numerous shops, restaurants, and hotels.