13 days in South America Itinerary

13 days in South America Itinerary

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13 days in South America Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
Fly + bus:  18​h 45​min
1
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 1 day
shuttle + Fly:  5​h
2
Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Asuncion, Paraguay
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
La Paz, Bolivia
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  1​h 45​min
5
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 15​min
6
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  12​h
7
Lima, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h
End: New York City, United States

1
day
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 27th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Pukara de Quitor, then take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna, then take in the natural beauty of Geyser del Tatio, and finally examine the collection at Father Le Paige Museum.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our San Pedro de Atacama trip planner .

New York City, USA to San Pedro de Atacama is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from New York City to San Pedro de Atacama. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from New York City in October: highs in San Pedro de Atacama hover around 76°F, while lows dip to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Valle De La Luna ©
Valle De La Luna
Geyser del Tatio ©
Geyser del Tatio
Pukara de Quitor ©
Pukara de Quitor

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Santa Lucia Hill, take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, and then steep yourself in history at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania. On the 29th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at La Chascona, then make a trip to Patio Bellavista, and then admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Santiago tour itinerary tool .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Santiago in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Asuncion.

Things to do in Santiago

Nature Parks Museums
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San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Santa Lucia Hill ©
Santa Lucia Hill
Patio Bellavista ©
Patio Bellavista

2
nights
Asuncion, Paraguay

Asuncion ©
Paraguay's capital and economic center, Asuncion ranks among the youngest cities on the continent, with more than half of its residents under 30 years of age.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Panteon Nacional de los Heroes, admire the masterpieces at Museo Etnografico Andres Barbero, then steep yourself in history at Casa de la Independencia, then ponder the world of politics at Palacio de López, and finally don't miss a visit to Costanera de Asuncion. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Thu): make a trip to Cerro Lambare, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then explore the wide array of goods at Paseo La Galeria, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museo del Barro.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Asuncion holiday maker .

Traveling by flight from Santiago to Asuncion takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Asuncion, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Asuncion

Shopping Museums Fun & Games
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Paseo La Galeria ©
Paseo La Galeria
Casa de la Independencia ©
Casa de la Independencia
Palacio de López ©
Palacio de López

1
night
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): enjoy some diversion at Urban Rush Bolivia, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Andean Culture Distillery, then don't miss a visit to Mercado de Las Brujas, and finally push the limits with an extreme tour.

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our La Paz trip planner .

You can fly from Asuncion to La Paz in 5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Asuncion in October, with highs in La Paz at 61°F and lows at 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in La Paz

Tours Outdoors Fun & Games
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Urban Rush Bolivia ©
Urban Rush Bolivia
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Mercado de Las Brujas ©
Mercado de Las Brujas

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): delve into the distant past at Centro Historico De Cusco and then explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, then see the interesting displays at Museo de Arte Precolombino, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cusco Cathedral, and finally contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Cusco trip site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from La Paz to Cusco takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Bolivia Time to Peru Time is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from La Paz in November, with highs in Cusco at 72°F and lows at 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then explore the ancient world of Intipuncu.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Machu Picchu trip simple and quick.

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): browse the exhibits of Galeria Indigo, take in the waterfront at Miraflores Boardwalk, shop like a local with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), then make a trip to Circuito Magico Del Agua, and finally ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor). On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, then make a trip to Miraflores, then explore the ancient world of Huaca Pucllana, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco.

For reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Lima trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Machu Picchu to Lima takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. November in Lima sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 63°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)
Circuito Magico Del Agua ©
Circuito Magico Del Agua

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