36 days in South America Itinerary

36 days in South America Itinerary

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1
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 2 nights
2
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 2 nights
3
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
4
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
5
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
6
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 2 nights
7
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 1 day
8
La Paz, Bolivia
— 1 night
9
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
10
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
11
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 3 nights
12
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 5 nights

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.
Visiting Copacabana Beach and Sugarloaf Mountain will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Forte de Copacabana and Instituto Moreira Salles. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, take in the exciting artwork at Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas, and stroll through Pedra do Arpoador.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro road trip planner.

New Delhi, India to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 25-hour flight. You'll gain 8.5 hours traveling from New Delhi to Rio de Janeiro due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from New Delhi in September: high temperatures in Rio de Janeiro hover around °C and lows are around °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
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain

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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, thenexplore the world behind art at Oca do Ibirapuera, thenadmire the striking features of Paróquia Nossa Senhora do Brasil, and finally explore the world behind art at Instituto Moreira Salles - IMS Paulista. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, examine the collection at Museu de Arte Brasileira - FAAP, thenwander the streets of Paulista Avenue, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of the Faculty of Law.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Sao Paulo holiday tool.

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in September, plan for little chillier nights in Sao Paulo, with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Oca do Ibirapuera ©
Oca do Ibirapuera
Itau Cultural Institute ©
Itau Cultural Institute
Museu da Imigração do Estado de São Paulo ©

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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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Isla San Martin, thenidentify plant and animal life at Salto Bernabe Mendez, and then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Wanda Mines.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Iguazu National Park trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Sao Paulo to Iguazu National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. September in Iguazu National Park sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time 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
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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Parque 3 de Febrero and Peru Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Catedral de San Isidro and Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento. Explore Buenos Aires' surroundings by going to Delta El Tigre (in Tigre) and Villa Ocampo (in San Isidro). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, see the interesting displays at Fragata ARA, wander the streets of Puerto Madero, and get a taste of the local shopping with Recoleta.

To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Buenos Aires trip maker app.

Traveling by flight from Iguazu National Park to Buenos Aires takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Iguazu National Park in September, with highs in Buenos Aires at °C and lows at °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Parks Historic Sites Nature

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
Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento ©
Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento

3
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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion and Templo Baha'i. Museo Interactivo Mirador and La Chascona will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with a short trip to Vina Undurraga in Talagante (about 36 minutes away). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, take a stroll through Isidora Goyenechea, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de La Merced, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Historico Nacional.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Santiago trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Buenos Aires to Santiago in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Buenos Aires to Santiago. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Vina Undurraga
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Vina Undurraga ©
Vina Undurraga
Museo Interactivo Mirador ©
Museo Interactivo Mirador
Templo Baha'i ©
Templo Baha'i

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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.
On the 2nd (Wed), explore the ancient world of Pukara de Quitor, look for all kinds of wild species at Valle Arcoiris, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Piedras Rojas. Here are some ideas for day two: witness a stunning natural landmark at Geyser del Tatio, thenhunt for treasures at Feria Artesanal San Pedro de Atacama, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the San Pedro de Atacama road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can 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

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day
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Isla Incahuasi and then explore the striking landscape at Salar de Uyuni.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Uyuni driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from San Pedro de Atacama to Uyuni takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in October, plan for much colder days in Uyuni, with highs around °C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can 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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): examine the collection at National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore, thenlook for gifts at Mistura - Manifestacion Creativa, thenhave fun at Urban Rush Bolivia, and finally fly down the slopes at Chacaltaya Ski Resort.

To find more things to do and other tourist information, you can read our La Paz travel route builder website.

You can fly from Uyuni to La Paz in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Uyuni in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in La Paz, with highs around °C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in La Paz

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors
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Chacaltaya Ski Resort ©
Chacaltaya Ski Resort
National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore ©
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sacsayhuaman and Iglesia San Sebastian. Discover out-of-the-way places like Horseback Riding Tours and Cerro Colorado Vinicunca. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Q'enqo, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, explore the galleries of Familia Gutierrez Arte Grafico del Peru, and hike along exploor.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Cusco trip builder.

Traveling by flight from La Paz to Cusco takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from La Paz to Cusco. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from La Paz in October: high temperatures in Cusco hover around °C and lows are around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

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

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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then stop by Machu Picchu market adjacent to the train station. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mandor, thenexplore the ancient world of Winay Wayna, and finally delve into the distant past at Intipuncu.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu trip builder.

Do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu
Mandor ©
Mandor

3
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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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at El Faro and Playa Puerto Villamil. Get outdoors at Concha de Perla and El Tunel del Estero. There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de los Diablos, make a trip to Malecon Cuna del Sol, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Cristo Salvador.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Puerto Villamil journey maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Machu Picchu to Puerto Villamil. The time zone difference moving from Peru Standard Time to Galapagos Time is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time 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

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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.
Head to Galeria Aymara and Maki-Art Galleryfor some retail therapy. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay and El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve. And it doesn't end there: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore the striking landscape at Las Grietas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Los Gemelos, and contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna las Ninfas.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Ayora holiday maker.

Ride a ferry from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora in 3.5 hours. The time zone changes from Galapagos Time (GALT) to Ecuador Time (ECT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In October, daily temperatures in Puerto Ayora can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough 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
Scuba & Snorkeling
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve

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