36 days in South America Itinerary

36 days in South America Itinerary

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36 days in South America Itinerary

Start: New Delhi, India
Fly:  25​h
1
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
4
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
5
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h
6
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 2 nights
Drive:  11​h 15​min
7
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 1 day
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
8
La Paz, Bolivia
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  1​h 45​min
9
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 15​min
10
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  22​h 30​min
11
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 3 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
12
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 5 nights
+3
bus + ferry + shuttle + Fly:  29​h
End: New Delhi, India

2
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.
Get some cultural insight at Sugarloaf Mountain and Pedra do Arpoador. Museum-lovers will appreciate Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas and Forte de Copacabana. The adventure continues: appreciate the history behind Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, enjoy breathtaking views from Morro Dois Irmaos, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Leme, and see the interesting displays at Instituto Moreira Salles.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary builder website .

New Delhi, India to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Brasilia Time (BRT), which is usually a -8 hour difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from New Delhi in September; daily highs in Rio de Janeiro reach 32°C and lows reach 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Pao de Acucar ©
Pao de Acucar

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 22nd (Sun): see the interesting displays at Museu da Imigração do Estado de São Paulo, explore the world behind art at Itau Cultural Institute, then admire the landmark architecture of Oca do Ibirapuera, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Paróquia Nossa Senhora do Brasil, and finally explore the world behind art at Instituto Moreira Salles - IMS Paulista. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, then examine the collection at Museu de Arte Brasileira - FAAP, then wander the streets of Paulista Avenue, and finally examine the collection at Museum of the Faculty of Law.

Start your trip to Sao Paulo by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Sao Paulo when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in September, with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Oca do Ibirapuera ©
Oca do Ibirapuera
Itau Cultural Institute ©
Itau Cultural Institute
Paróquia Nossa Senhora do Brasil ©
Paróquia Nossa Senhora do Brasil

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Cataratas del Iguazu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Isla San Martin, admire the sheer force of Salto Bernabe Mendez, and then explore and take pictures at Wanda Mines.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Iguazu National Park trip builder website .

Traveling by flight from Sao Paulo to Iguazu National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Wanda Mines
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez
Isla San Martin ©
Isla San Martin

2
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Parque 3 de Febrero and Delta El Tigre. Recoleta and Catedral de San Isidro will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Buenos Aires: Villa Ocampo (in San Isidro) and Peru Beach (in Acassuso). There's much more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Puerto Madero, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento, and see the interesting displays at Fragata ARA Sarmiento.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Iguazu National Park to Buenos Aires takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Iguazu National Park in September; daily highs in Buenos Aires reach 20°C and lows reach 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

San Isidro, Delta El Tigre, Peru Beach
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Catedral de San Isidro ©
Catedral de San Isidro
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes ©
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

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.
Get some historical perspective at Iglesia de La Merced and Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion. Explore hidden gems such as Museo Interactivo Mirador and National Museum of History. When in Santiago, make a side trip to see Vina Undurraga in Talagante, approximately 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, wander the streets of Isidora Goyenechea, examine the collection at La Chascona, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo Baha'i.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Santiago day trip website .

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Santiago takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires to Santiago, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vina Undurraga
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Museo Interactivo Mirador ©
Museo Interactivo Mirador
Vina Undurraga ©
Vina Undurraga
Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion ©

2
nights
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

San Pedro de Atacama ©
Major archeological sites and a renowned museum remain the big draws in San Pedro de Atacama tourism, appealing to visitors interested in learning more about South America's pre-Columbian cultures.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): delve into the distant past at Pukara de Quitor, then look for all kinds of wild species at Valle Arcoiris, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Piedras Rojas. On your second day here, witness a stunning natural landmark at Geyser del Tatio, then hunt for treasures at Feria Artesanal San Pedro de Atacama, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the San Pedro de Atacama trip planner .

Getting from Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Valle Arcoiris ©
Valle Arcoiris
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Piedras Rojas ©
Piedras Rojas

1
day
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
On the 4th (Fri), head off the coast to Isla Incahuasi and then take in the dramatic natural features at Salar de Uyuni.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Uyuni route maker app .

You can do a combination of bus and car from San Pedro de Atacama to Uyuni in 11.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and train. While traveling from San Pedro de Atacama, expect colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Uyuni, ranging from highs of 8°C to lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Uyuni

Nature Parks
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Salar de Uyuni ©
Salar de Uyuni
Isla Incahuasi ©
Isla Incahuasi

1
night
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
On the 5th (Sat), examine the collection at National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore, then stop by Mistura - Manifestacion Creativa, then enjoy some diversion at Urban Rush Bolivia, and finally hit the slopes at Chacaltaya Ski Resort.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the La Paz trip itinerary maker tool .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Uyuni to La Paz in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Uyuni, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in La Paz, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in La Paz

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks
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Chacaltaya Ski Resort ©
Chacaltaya Ski Resort
Mistura - Manifestacion Creativa ©
Mistura - Manifestacion Creativa

5
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.
Let the collections at Museo Inka and Familia Gutierrez Arte Grafico del Peru capture your imagination. Take a break from the city and head to exploor and Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi. Treat yourself to a day of pampering on the 9th (Wed) at some of the best spas. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, explore the ancient world of Tipon, browse the exhibits of Museo Maximo Laura, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado Central de San Pedro.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Cusco journey site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from La Paz to Cusco takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from La Paz to Cusco, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from La Paz in October; daily highs in Cusco reach 24°C and lows reach 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Spas Historic Sites Parks
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Tipon ©
Tipon
Horseback Riding Tours

2
nights
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.
On the 10th (Thu), delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then stop by Machu Picchu market adjacent to the train station. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon, then identify plant and animal life at Los Jardines de Mandor, then delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna, and finally explore the ancient world of Intipuncu.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu trip builder site .

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

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

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Playa Puerto Villamil and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Step off the beaten path and head to Cueva de Sucre and Isabela Island Wetlands Complex. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Concha de Perla, meet the residents at Centro de Crianza Tortugas Gigantes Arnaldo Tupiza Chamaidan, kick back and relax at El Faro, and explore the activities along Laguna de los Diablos.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Puerto Villamil online road trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Machu Picchu to Puerto Villamil with the Route module. Traveling from Machu Picchu to Puerto Villamil, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Concha de Perla ©
Concha de Perla
Scuba & Snorkeling
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

5
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.
For shopping fun, head to Galeria Aymara or The Angelique Art Gallery. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Maki-Art Gallery and Maprae. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Charles Darwin Research Station, kick back and relax at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and take in the dramatic natural features at Las Grietas.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Puerto Ayora visit planner .

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora in 2.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in October, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Cruz
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Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve
Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station

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