35 days in South America Itinerary

35 days in South America Itinerary

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35 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
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + shuttle + ferry:  7​h
3
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 4 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
4
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 4 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 day
Drive:  11​h 30​min
8
Mendoza, Argentina
— 2 nights
9
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 15​min
10
Gramado, Brazil
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
11
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  1​h 30​min
12
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): steep yourself in history at 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.

To see photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Cartagena day trip planning site .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Cartagena is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time to Colombia Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. July in Cartagena sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can 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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and then make a trip to Bolivar plaza. Keep things going the next day: browse the collection at Biblioteca Virgilio, then make a trip to Casa Libreria Wilborada 1047, and then take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Bogota travel route builder app .

Traveling by flight from Cartagena to Bogota takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Cartagena in July, expect Bogota to be colder, temps between 21°C and 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Nature Parks
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

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. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Charles Darwin Research Station, explore the striking landscape at Las Grietas, kick back and relax at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, and make a trip to Dragon Hill (Cerro Dragon).

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Ayora trip planner .

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 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, El Trapiche Ecologico Galapagos, North Seymour Island
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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

4
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: contemplate the geological forces at Sierra Negra, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Centro de Crianza Tortugas Gigantes Arnaldo Tupiza Chamaidan, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and step off the mainland to explore Isabela Island.

To see ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Puerto Villamil travel route builder website .

Getting from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Isabela
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Sierra Negra ©
Sierra Negra
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Isabela Island ©
Isabela Island

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), and then take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Miraflores, then explore the ancient world of Huaca Pucllana, then walk around Circuito Magico Del Agua, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro).

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Lima route builder tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Puerto Villamil to Lima. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Villamil to Lima due to the time zone difference. In July, daily temperatures in Lima can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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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.
Take a break from Cusco with a short trip to Salinas de Maras in Maras, about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, steep yourself in history at Sacred Valley of the Incas, take a stroll through San Blas, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia De Santo Domingo.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Cusco trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by flight from Lima to Cusco takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for cooler nights when traveling from Lima in July since evenings lows in Cusco dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Tierra Amarilla.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

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

1
day
Tierra Amarilla, Chile

Tierra Amarilla ©
Tierra Amarilla is a Chilean commune and city in Copiapó Province, Atacama Region. On the 24th (Fri), examine the collection at Museo Minero de Tierra Amarilla.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tierra Amarilla day trip planning tool .

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 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Mendoza.

Things to do in Tierra Amarilla

Museums
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Museo Minero de Tierra Amarilla ©
Museo Minero de Tierra Amarilla

2
nights
Mendoza, Argentina

Famed for its neat vineyards and thriving wine production, Mendoza remains the place to visit for a pleasant combination of relaxation and recreation.
Step out of Mendoza with an excursion to Valle de Uco in Tupungato--about 1h 20 min away. Dedicate the 25th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: walk around Parque General San Martin, do a tasting at Bodega Roberto Bonfanti, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Mendoza trip planner .

You can drive from Tierra Amarilla to Mendoza in 12.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Tierra Amarilla to Mendoza is 1 hour. In July in Mendoza, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Mendoza

Tours Parks Wineries

Side Trip

Valle de Uco
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Food Tours
Parque General San Martin ©
Parque General San Martin
Wine Tours & Tastings

4
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: make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta, wander the streets of San Telmo, admire the landmark architecture of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, and take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires route app .

You can fly from Mendoza to Buenos Aires in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Buenos Aires when traveling from Mendoza in July, with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to 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

2
nights
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.
Gramado is known for parks, museums, theme parks, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Mini Mundo, make a trip to Rua Coberta, get in on the family fun at Snowland, and pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Matriz Sao Pedro Apostolo.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Gramado tour itinerary website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Buenos Aires to Gramado in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Gramado

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trip

Canela
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Mini Mundo ©
Mini Mundo
Snowland ©
Snowland
Parque Estadual do Caracol ©
Parque Estadual do Caracol

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): take a stroll through Paulista Avenue, stroll around Parque Ibirapuera, and then pick up some local products at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, admire the masterpieces at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP, and then get your game on at Pixel Realidade Virtual.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Sao Paulo trip planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Gramado to Sao Paulo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Sao Paulo can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Shopping Parks
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Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera
Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo

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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.
Rio de Janeiro is known for beaches, nature, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Pao de Acucar, stroll through Praia de Ipanema, make a trip to Escadaria Selaron, and pause for some photo ops at Corcovado Christ the Redeemer.

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You can do a combination of bus and flight from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Sao Paulo in August since evenings lows in Rio de Janeiro dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Nature Outdoors
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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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