29 days in South America Itinerary

29 days in South America Itinerary

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29 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv, Israel
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
Cartagena, Colombia
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Bogota, Colombia
— 1 night
+2
Fly + shuttle + ferry:  7​h
3
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 4 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
4
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  12​h 15​min
5
Lima, Peru
— 1 night
6
Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  15​h
7
Tierra Amarilla, Chile
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  14​h 15​min
8
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 15​min
9
Gramado, Brazil
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
10
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  1​h 30​min
11
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Tel Aviv, Israel

1
night
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 7th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, steep yourself in history at Plaza Santo Domingo, and then don't miss a visit to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cartagena trip website .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Cartagena is an approximately 19-hour flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Cartagena due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Cartagena

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

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica and then see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro).

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Bogota trip planning tool .

Getting from Cartagena to Bogota by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Cartagena in July; daily highs in Bogota reach 21°C and lows reach 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)

4
nights
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Puerto Ayora ©
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Go for a jaunt from Puerto Ayora to Baltra to see North Seymour Island about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Charles Darwin Research Station, make a trip to Dragon Hill (Cerro Dragon), explore the striking landscape at Las Grietas, and kick back and relax at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Puerto Ayora road trip planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Bogota to Puerto Ayora in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry. When traveling from Bogota in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Puerto Ayora, with highs around 31°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, North Seymour Island, El Trapiche Ecologico Galapagos
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Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve
North Seymour Island ©
North Seymour Island

3
nights
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador

Puerto Villamil ©
Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Puerto Villamil is known for wildlife, nature, zoos & aquariums, adventure, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get impressive views of Sierra Negra, kick back and relax at Playa Puerto Villamil, explore the activities along Laguna de los Diablos, and take a memorable drive along Isabela Island Wetlands Complex.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Villamil route website .

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil in 2.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Sierra Negra
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Sierra Negra ©
Sierra Negra
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
The Wall of Tears ©
The Wall of Tears

1
night
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 16th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), and then don't miss a visit to Circuito Magico Del Agua. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Artesanias Las Pallas, then take a stroll through Miraflores, then contemplate the long history of Huaca Pucllana, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Lima trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Puerto Villamil to Lima. The time zone difference moving from Galapagos Time to Peru Time is 1 hour. July in Lima sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Cusco.

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)

4
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.
Go for a jaunt from Cusco to Maras to see Salinas de Maras about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, explore the ancient world of Sacred Valley of the Incas, take an in-depth tour of Museo Inka, and admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Cusco online vacation planner .

Fly from Lima to Cusco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in July, expect cooler with lows of 1°C in Cusco. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Tierra Amarilla.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Sacred Valley of the Incas, Salinas de Maras
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exploor ©
exploor
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

1
night
Tierra Amarilla, Chile

Tierra Amarilla ©
Tierra Amarilla is a Chilean commune and city in Copiapó Province, Atacama Region. On the 22nd (Wed), examine the collection at Museo Minero de Tierra Amarilla. Here are some ideas for day two: see human ingenuity at work at Tranque Lautaro.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Tierra Amarilla trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cusco to Tierra Amarilla. Traveling from Cusco to Tierra Amarilla, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Tierra Amarilla

Parks Museums
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Tranque Lautaro ©
Tranque Lautaro
Museo Minero de Tierra Amarilla ©
Museo Minero de Tierra Amarilla

3
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 nightlife, museums, parks, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Cemiterio de Recoleta, wander the streets of Puerto Madero, ponder the world of politics at Casa Rosada, and get a taste of the local shopping with Palermo.

Start your trip to Buenos Aires by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tierra Amarilla to Buenos Aires. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tierra Amarilla to Buenos Aires due to the time zone difference. In July, daily temperatures in Buenos Aires can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Gramado.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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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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night
Gramado, Brazil

Gramado ©
Surrounded by impressive mountain scenery in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, the small city of Gramado charms visitors with its alpine European-style architecture and blossoming flowers.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Rua Coberta, then walk around Mini Mundo, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Matriz Sao Pedro Apostolo. On the next day, make a trip to Caro Watson Escape Game, admire the majestic nature at Parque Estadual do Caracol, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Pedra, then get in on the family fun at Vitivinicola Jolimont, and finally do a tasting at Casa Seganfredo.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Gramado trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Buenos Aires to Gramado takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Gramado

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Canela
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Mini Mundo ©
Mini Mundo
Parque Estadual do Caracol ©
Parque Estadual do Caracol
Rua Coberta ©
Rua Coberta

2
nights
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
On the 30th (Thu), admire the masterpieces at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP, take a stroll through Paulista Avenue, and then stroll around Parque Ibirapuera. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Fri): explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, get your game on at Pixel Realidade Virtual, and then pick up some local products at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Sao Paulo day trip planning app .

Getting from Gramado to Sao Paulo by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Shopping Fun & Games
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Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera
Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Ilha Fiscal, take in the awesome beauty at Pao de Acucar, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, then appreciate the history behind Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, then stroll through Praia de Ipanema, and finally kick back and relax at Pedra do Arpoador.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro travel planning app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Sao Paulo in July, expect Rio de Janeiro to be a bit warmer, temps between 30°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Pao de Acucar ©
Pao de Acucar
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach

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