37 days in South America Itinerary

37 days in South America Itinerary

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37 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Perth, Australia
Fly:  24​h
1
Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Puerto Montt, Chile
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
El Calafate, Argentina
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h
5
El Chalten, Argentina
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h
6
El Calafate, Argentina
— 1 night
7
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  7​h 30​min
8
Ushuaia, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
9
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
10
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 1 night
11
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 6 nights
Fly:  12​h
12
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  8​h 30​min
13
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  11​h 45​min
14
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Perth, Australia

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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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): see the interesting displays at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, get great views at San Cristóbal Hill, then wander the streets of Barrio Bellavista, and finally explore the galleries of Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Santiago travel itinerary planner.

Perth, Australia to Santiago is an approximately 24-hour flight. You'll gain 12 hours traveling from Perth to Santiago due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Puerto Montt.

Things to do in Santiago

Neighborhoods Museums Nature
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Barrio Bellavista ©
Barrio Bellavista
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill

1
night
Puerto Montt, Chile

Puerto Montt ©
Though the city serves as a regional transport and commercial hub, vacations in Puerto Montt rarely focus on the city itself; instead, Southern Chile's volcanoes, glacial lakes, and national parks get most of the attention here.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Puerto Montt, then enjoy the sand and surf at Angelmo, then contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Osorno, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museo Pablo Fierro. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Alerce Andino and then take an in-depth tour of Museo Colonial Aleman.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Montt travel route planner .

You can fly from Santiago to Puerto Montt in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in February, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Puerto Montt

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Museo Pablo Fierro, Museo Colonial Aleman
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Volcan Osorno ©
Volcan Osorno
Parque Nacional Alerce Andino ©
Parque Nacional Alerce Andino
Museo Colonial Aleman ©
Museo Colonial Aleman

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nights
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

San Carlos de Bariloche ©
Nestled against the foothills of the Andes, scenic San Carlos de Bariloche hugs the southern shore of Nahuel Huapi Lake and ranks among Argentina's top destinations for active outdoor vacations.
On the 6th (Thu), look for gifts at Chocolaterie VanWynsberghe, then stroll through Circuito Chico, then take in panoramic vistas at Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Cerro Otto.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the San Carlos de Bariloche day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Puerto Montt to San Carlos de Bariloche takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Montt to San Carlos de Bariloche. When traveling from Puerto Montt in February, plan for a bit warmer days in San Carlos de Bariloche, with highs around 27°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to El Calafate.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi ©
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi
Circuito Chico ©
Circuito Chico
Cerro Otto ©
Cerro Otto

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El Calafate, Argentina

El Calafate ©
El Calafate tourism thrives mostly thanks to the city's proximity to a World Heritage-listed national park, famed for containing over 40 large glaciers.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): explore the activities along Lago Argentino, see the interesting displays at Glaciarium Museo del Hielo Patagónico, then look for gifts at Vellon Negro, and finally take a stroll through Avenida Libertador. On the next day, learn more about the world around you at Museo Regional Municipal de El Calafate and then explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Los Glaciares.

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Getting from San Carlos de Bariloche to El Calafate by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in February, expect nights in El Calafate to be a bit warmer, around 16°C, while days are slightly colder, around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to El Chalten.

Things to do in El Calafate

Nature Parks Museums
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Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
Lago Argentino
Lago Argentino

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nights
El Chalten, Argentina

El Chalten ©
Nestled up against the hills of the Los Glaciares National Park, El Chalten serves as one of the nation's most bustling hubs for hikers and backpackers heading out into the wild landscape of southern Patagonia.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Chorillo del Salto, then contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Capri, then take some stellar pictures from El Mirador De Los Condores, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Laguna Torre. Keep things going the next day: trek along Laguna de los Tres and then stroll through Fitz Roy.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the El Chalten online attractions planner .

Traveling by bus from El Calafate to El Chalten takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to El Calafate.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Laguna de los Tres
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Fitz Roy ©
Fitz Roy
Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre
Laguna Capri ©
Laguna Capri

1
night
El Calafate, Argentina

El Calafate ©
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Laguna Nimez Reserva Natural Municipal, then examine the collection at El Calafate Historical Interpretation Center, then hunt for treasures at Paseo de Los Artesanos, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Estacionamiento Pasarelas Glaciar Perito Moreno.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the El Calafate day trip planning site .

You can take a bus from El Chalten to El Calafate in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to catch the shuttle to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine).

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks Nature Museums
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nights
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile

Surrounded by towering mountains, shimmering lakes, and the region's rugged hills, Puerto Natales serves as a bustling jumping-off point for exploring the Torres del Paine National Park.
Historical Museum,Municipality of Puerto Natales and Museo Historico e Industrial Puerto Bories are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Mylodon Cave Natural Monument and Kayaking & Canoeing. The adventure continues: cast your line with a fishing tour, make a trip to Muelle Historico, explore the striking landscape of Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, and take in the dramatic natural features at Channel of Last Hope (Ultima Esperanza).

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by shuttle from El Calafate to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from El Calafate to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) due to the time zone difference. Traveling from El Calafate in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), with lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Mylodon Cave Natural Monument ©
Mylodon Cave Natural Monument
Fishing Charters & Tours

3
nights
Ushuaia, Argentina

Ushuaia ©
Often called the "End of the World" because of its position on the southernmost tip of South America, the expanding city of Ushuaia serves as both a busy commercial port and attractive tourist hub.
On the 15th (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tierra del Fuego National Park, then see the interesting displays at Museo del Fin del Mundo, and then see the interesting displays at Museo Maritimo y del Presidio de Ushuaia. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Glacier Martial, explore the activities along Canal Beagle, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Ushuaia Bay.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Ushuaia tour website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to Ushuaia in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to Ushuaia due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in February, things will get little chillier in Ushuaia: highs are around 15°C and lows about 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Tierra del Fuego National Park ©
Tierra del Fuego National Park
Glacier Martial ©
Glacier Martial
Ushuaia Bay ©
Ushuaia Bay

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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Parque 3 de Febrero and Plaza de Mayo. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, take a stroll through Palermo, and get to know the fascinating history of La Boca.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires online itinerary builder .

Getting from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Ushuaia in February, expect Buenos Aires to be much warmer, temps between 32°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero

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night
Iguazu National Park, Argentina

Iguazu National Park
Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Iguazu National Park journey planning app .

Fly from Buenos Aires to Iguazu National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in February, expect nights in Iguazu National Park to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 37°C. You will leave for Rio de Janeiro on the 21st (Fri).

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife
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6
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.
Visiting Pao de Acucar and Praia de Ipanema will get you outdoors. Copacabana Beach and Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Rio de Janeiro with an excursion to Imperial Museum in Petropolis--about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, take some stellar pictures from Leblon Beach, take a peaceful walk through Parque Nacional Tijuca, and see where the action happens at Maracanã.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary builder site .

You can fly from Iguazu National Park to Rio de Janeiro in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Iguazu National Park in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Rio de Janeiro, with lows of 28°C. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Cusco.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Imperial Museum
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Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Pao de Acucar ©
Pao de Acucar
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Salinas de Maras and exploor. Sacsayhuaman and Museo de Arte Precolombino are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, delve into the distant past at Sacred Valley of the Incas, and get engrossed in the history at Museo Quechua.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Cusco itinerary builder website .

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Cusco by flight takes about 12 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Cusco, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in February; daily highs in Cusco reach 23°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sun) to allow time for travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Sacred Valley of the Incas, Salinas de Maras
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco

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Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): get a new perspective on nature at Museo Arquecologia y Antropologico de los Andes Meridionales, then examine the collection at Train Cemetery, then don't miss a visit to Avenida Ferroviaria, and finally step off the mainland to explore Isla Incahuasi. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the geological forces at Tunupa Volcano and then take in the dramatic natural features at Salar de Uyuni.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Uyuni online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Cusco to Uyuni takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone changes from Peru Time to Bolivia Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Cusco in March, plan for slightly colder days in Uyuni, with highs around 11°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Uyuni

Nature Parks Museums
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Salar de Uyuni ©
Salar de Uyuni
Isla Incahuasi ©
Isla Incahuasi
Tunupa Volcano ©
Tunupa Volcano

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Santiago, Chile

Escape the urban bustle at Ski Portillo and Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile. Get some cultural insight at La Chascona and Santa Carolina. Change things up with these side-trips from Santiago: River Rafting & Tubing (in San Jose de Maipo) and Concha y Toro (in Pirque). Explore Santiago further: make a trip to Santa Lucia Hill, admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), take an in-depth tour of Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, and take some stellar pictures from Sky Costanera.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Santiago travel route planning tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Uyuni to Santiago in 12 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile, Concha y Toro, River Rafting & Tubing, Ski Portillo
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River Rafting & Tubing
Ski Portillo ©
Ski Portillo
Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile ©
Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile

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