39 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

39 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 3 nights
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Cordoba, Argentina
— 2 nights
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Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 4 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
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Bogota, Colombia
— 2 nights
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Cartagena, Colombia
— 2 nights
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Panama City, Panama
— 2 nights
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Puerto Madryn, Argentina
— 2 nights
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El Calafate, Argentina
— 2 nights
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Ushuaia, Argentina
— 3 nights

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Costao de Itacoatiara and Museu Historico do Exercito e Forte de Copacabana. When in Rio de Janeiro, make a side trip to see Camboinhas Beach in Niteroi, approximately Niteroi away. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some photo ops at Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, contemplate the long history of Parque Lage, enjoy breathtaking views from Mirante Dona Marta, and see the interesting displays at Instituto Moreira Salles.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro tour site.

Chicago, USA to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Brasilia Standard Time, which is usually a 3 hour difference. Traveling from Chicago in October, you will find days in Rio de Janeiro are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are warmer (24°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Niteroi
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Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Costao de Itacoatiara ©
Costao de Itacoatiara

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Temple of Solomon and Itau Cultural Institute. The adventure continues: walk around Parque Ibirapuera, go for a walk through Igreja Chagas do Serafico Pai Francisco, admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, and examine the collection at Museu da Imigração do Estado de São Paulo.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Sao Paulo route maker website.

Fly from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Sao Paulo, with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cordoba.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
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Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera
Temple of Solomon ©
Temple of Solomon
Museu da Imigração do Estado de São Paulo ©

2
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Cordoba, Argentina

Cordoba ©
History lives on in the streets of Cordoba, Argentina's second-largest city.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Paseo del Buen Pastor, see the interesting displays at Colegio Nacional de Monserrat, then see the interesting displays at Museo Historico de la Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, then contemplate the long history of Museo Historico UNC Manzana Jesuitica, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento Santa Catalina de Siena. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the landscape on two wheels at Parque del Kempes, then make a trip to Paseo de Sobremonte, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Los Capuchinos.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Cordoba trip itinerary maker site.

Fly from Sao Paulo to Cordoba in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Sao Paulo in October: highs in Cordoba hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors
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Paseo del Buen Pastor ©
Paseo del Buen Pastor
Iglesia de Los Capuchinos ©
Iglesia de Los Capuchinos
Museo Historico UNC  Manzana Jesuitica ©
Museo Historico UNC Manzana Jesuitica

4
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Santiago, Chile

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Food Tours and Horseback Riding Tours. There's lots more to do: stroll around Cerro Santa Lucia, examine the collection at La Chascona, do a tasting at Vina Santa Carolina, and pause for some serene contemplation at San Francisco Church.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Santiago holiday planner.

Getting from Cordoba to Santiago by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Cordoba to Santiago is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Santiago

Tours · Outdoors · Parks
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Food Tours
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
Horseback Riding Tours

4
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Atacama Desert and Lagunas Baltinache. Take a break from San Pedro de Atacama with a short trip to Cementerio de Toconao in Toconao, about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Chaxa, look for all kinds of wild species at Valle Arcoiris, delve into the distant past at Pukara de Quitor, and don't miss a visit to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read San Pedro de Atacama vacation tool.

Traveling by flight from Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Atacama Desert, Cementerio de Toconao
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Atacama Desert ©
Atacama Desert
Laguna Chaxa ©
Laguna Chaxa
Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote ©
Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote

5
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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cerro Colorado Vinicunca and Horseback Riding Tours. Spend the 23rd (Fri) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, contemplate the long history of Tipon, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cusco tour itinerary builder website.

Fly from San Pedro de Atacama to Cusco in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from San Pedro de Atacama to Cusco due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in October: highs in Cusco hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Cusco

Tours · Historic Sites · Parks
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exploor ©
exploor
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Photography Tours

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo, then walk around Parque de Usaquen, then admire the landmark architecture of Torre Colpatria, and finally see the interesting displays at Casa de Moneda - Coleccion Numismatica del Banco de la Republica. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Teatro Colon Bogota, then get advice or help at Luis Angel Arango Library, and then get your bearings at Biblioteca Virgilio.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Bogota trip website.

Fly from Cusco to Bogota in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Parks
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Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo ©
Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo
Parque de Usaquen ©
Parque de Usaquen

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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 27th (Tue): make a trip to Plaza de los Coches, then don't miss a visit to Torre del Reloj, then make a trip to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, and finally let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally don't miss a visit to Casa del Diablo.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Cartagena tour itinerary app.

Getting from Bogota to Cartagena by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Bogota in October; daily highs in Cartagena reach 38°C and lows reach 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Tours · Spas

Side Trip

Casa del Diablo
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Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Food Tours
Torre del Reloj ©
Torre del Reloj

2
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Panama City, Panama

Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
On the 29th (Thu), get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bahai Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, then make a trip to Independence Square, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

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You can fly from Cartagena to Panama City in 5.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to Puerto Madryn.

Things to do in Panama City

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama ©
Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama
Helicopter Tours

2
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Puerto Madryn, Argentina

Puerto Madryn ©
Whales and penguins frolic in the waters of Puerto Madryn, one of Argentine Patagonia's most important port cities.
On the 1st (Sun), get outside with Napra Club, then take in the waterfront at Muelle Luis Piedra Buena, and then identify plant and animal life at Peninsula Valdes. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Museo de Gemas, then enjoy the sand and surf at Costas de Patagonia, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Centro Nacional Patagonico -- CeNPat.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Puerto Madryn trip simple and quick.

Getting from Panama City to Puerto Madryn by flight takes about 19 hours. Traveling from Panama City to Puerto Madryn, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to El Calafate.

Things to do in Puerto Madryn

Parks · Wildlife · Nature
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Peninsula Valdes ©
Peninsula Valdes
Museo de Gemas ©
Museo de Gemas
Napra Club ©
Napra Club

2
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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 3rd (Tue): catch some excitement at Estancia 25 de Mayo, get a new perspective on nature at Museo Regional Municipal de El Calafate, then head outdoors with Enjoy!, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Onelli Glacier. Keep things going the next day: cast your line with Estancia Cristina and then pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Teresita del Nino Jesus.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the El Calafate road trip planner.

Getting from Puerto Madryn to El Calafate by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in El Calafate are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in El Calafate

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
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Estancia Cristina ©
Estancia Cristina
Estancia 25 de Mayo ©
Estancia 25 de Mayo
Santa Teresita del Nino Jesus ©
Santa Teresita del Nino Jesus

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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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Plaza Malvinas, then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and finally make a trip to Galeria Tematica Historia Fueguina. Keep things going the next day: learn more about the world around you at Acatushun Museum, head off the coast to Isla Martillo, then pause for some photo ops at Monumento Antiguos Pobladores de Ushuaia, and finally grab your bike and head to Ushuaia Bay.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Ushuaia trip itinerary planner.

Getting from El Calafate to Ushuaia by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from El Calafate in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Ushuaia, with lows of 3°C. On the 7th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Lago Roca
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Isla Martillo ©
Isla Martillo
Helicopter Tours
Lago Roca ©
Lago Roca

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