36 days in South America Itinerary

36 days in South America Itinerary

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36 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
— 3 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.
On the 7th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, then 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, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cartagena attractions planning app .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Cartagena is an approximately 19-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Cartagena. In July, daytime highs in Cartagena are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time 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

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 8th (Wed), take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate, explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and then contemplate the long history of Bolivar plaza. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get into the urban bustle at Centro Internacional de Negocios y Exposiciones, examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), and then don't miss a visit to Casa Libreria Wilborada 1047.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Bogota trip planner.

Fly from Cartagena to Bogota in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Cartagena in July: high temperatures in Bogota hover around 21°C and lows are around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough 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.
Change things up with a short trip to North Seymour Island in Baltra (about 1h 20 min away). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Charles Darwin Research Station, wander the wide-open spaces of Rancho Primicias, browse the exhibits of Galeria Aymara, and kick back and relax at Playa de los Alemanes.

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Ayora sightseeing planning website .

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 and warmer nights in Puerto Ayora: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough 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

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: get impressive views of Sierra Negra, get to know the resident critters at Centro de Crianza Tortugas Gigantes Arnaldo Tupiza Chamaidan, step off the mainland to explore Isabela Island, and kick back and relax at Playa Puerto Villamil.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Villamil trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to 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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, then ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), and then get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Miraflores, then explore the ancient world of Huaca Pucllana, then stroll around Circuito Magico Del Agua, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro).

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Lima driving holiday planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Puerto Villamil to Lima. The time zone changes from Galapagos Time (GALT) to Peru Time (PET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In July in Lima, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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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.
Step out of Cusco to go to Maras and see Salinas de Maras, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, take a stroll through San Blas, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Inka.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Cusco day trip planning tool .

You can fly from Lima to Cusco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect cooler evenings in Cusco when traveling from Lima in July, with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) 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
day
Tierra Amarilla, Chile

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

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Tierra Amarilla online road trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cusco to Tierra Amarilla. The time zone difference when traveling from Cusco to Tierra Amarilla is 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to 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. The adventure continues: stroll around Parque General San Martin, do a tasting at Bodega Budeguer, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Mendoza trip planner .

Traveling by car from Tierra Amarilla to Mendoza takes 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Mendoza

Tours Wineries Parks

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: don't miss a visit to Cemiterio de Recoleta, get a sense of history and politics at Casa Rosada, take a stroll through San Telmo, and get a taste of the local shopping with Palermo.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires online journey planner .

Traveling by flight from Mendoza to Buenos Aires takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Mendoza in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Buenos Aires, 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 Caro Watson Escape Game, do a tasting at Casa Seganfredo, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Pedra.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Gramado vacation builder website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Buenos Aires to Gramado in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough 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

3
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.
Sao Paulo is known for museums, shopping, parks, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Parque Ibirapuera, admire the masterpieces at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP, see the interesting displays at Afro Brazil Museum, and have some family-friendly fun at Pixel Realidade Virtual.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Sao Paulo tour itinerary app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Gramado to Sao Paulo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) 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

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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 your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pao de Acucar, stroll through Copacabana Beach, don't miss a visit to Escadaria Selaron, and explore the historical opulence of Ilha Fiscal.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro trip maker tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Sao Paulo in August since evenings lows in Rio de Janeiro dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough 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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