20 days in South America Itinerary

20 days in South America Itinerary

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20 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Curitiba, Brazil
Fly:  12​h
1
Cartagena, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Bogota, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  12​h
4
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
+2
train + foot + bus:  3​h 15​min
5
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
6
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
7
Montevideo, Uruguay
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Curitiba, Brazil

2
nights
Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena ©
The site of the continent's first Spanish colony, Cartagena retains much of its colonial flavor thanks to a World Heritage-listed old town, encircled by old walls and protected by imposing fortresses.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, contemplate the long history of Plaza Santo Domingo, and then admire the landmark architecture of Las Bovedas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, take an in-depth tour of Museo del Oro Zenu, then don't miss a visit to Plaza Bolivar, and finally steep yourself in history at Torre del Reloj.

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Curitiba, Brazil to Cartagena is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Curitiba to Cartagena. Traveling from Curitiba in February, expect Cartagena to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Museums
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Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo

2
nights
Bogota, Colombia

Bogota ©
Colombia's heart and soul, Bogota has earned the nickname "Athens of South America" thanks to its abundance of universities, libraries, and lower-level schools.
On the 5th (Wed), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate, examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), and then contemplate the long history of Bolivar plaza. On your second day here, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Whee Institute and then admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica.

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Fly from Cartagena to Bogota in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Cartagena in February, plan for a bit cooler days in Bogota, with highs around 24°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Classes Fun & Games
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, explore the ancient world of Huaca Pucllana, then admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Barranco, walk around Plazuela Chabuca Granda, then get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), then wander the streets of Miraflores, and finally stroll through Circuito Magico Del Agua.

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Fly from Bogota to Lima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bogota in February, you will find days in Lima are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are much warmer (24°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Intipuncu and then delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the natural beauty of Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes), then look for all kinds of wild species at Los Jardines de Mandor, and then explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna.

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You can do a combination of flight and car from Lima to Machu Picchu in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

3
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.
Cusco is known for historic sites, museums, classes, trails, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia De Santo Domingo.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Cusco online vacation planner .

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

3
nights
Santiago, Chile

Santiago ©
Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Santiago is known for shopping, museums, parks, nature, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, see the interesting displays at La Chascona, hunt for treasures at Central Market (Mercado Central), and take in panoramic vistas at Sky Costanera.

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Getting from Cusco to Santiago by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco to Santiago, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Montevideo.

Things to do in Santiago

Nature Shopping Parks
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San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Santa Lucia Hill ©
Santa Lucia Hill
La Chascona ©
La Chascona

4
nights
Montevideo, Uruguay

Montevideo ©
With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
Explore Montevideo's surroundings by going to Pizzorno Family Estates (in Canelones), Playa Punta Ballena (in Punta Ballena) and Museo – Taller de Casapueblo (in Punta del Este). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Plaza Independencia, take in the waterfront at Rambla de Montevideo, admire the landmark architecture of Palacio Salvo, and take a stroll through Ciudad Vieja.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Montevideo attractions tool .

You can fly from Santiago to Montevideo in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Montevideo. In February, daytime highs in Montevideo are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Montevideo

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Museo – Taller de Casapueblo, Playa Punta Ballena, Pizzorno Family Estates
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Mercado del Puerto ©
Mercado del Puerto
Plaza Independencia ©
Plaza Independencia
Rambla de Montevideo ©
Rambla de Montevideo

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