25 days in South America Itinerary

25 days in South America Itinerary

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25 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo, Brazil
bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  12​h
2
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 day
+2
train + foot + bus:  3​h 15​min
3
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 45​min
4
La Paz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
5
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 1 night
Drive:  11​h 15​min
6
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + shuttle:  8​h
7
Valle Nevado, Chile
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  11​h 45​min
8
Ushuaia, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
9
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Sao Paulo, Brazil

3
nights
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.
Huaca Pucllana and Centro Historico de Lima will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco and Miraflores. The adventure continues: head outdoors with Peruvian Soul, take in the spiritual surroundings of San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro), don't miss a visit to Circuito Magico Del Agua, and admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte de Lima - MALI.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Lima online tour itinerary planner .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Lima is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Peru Time (PET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. When traveling from Sao Paulo in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Lima: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Lima

Wildlife Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Peruvian Soul ©
Peruvian Soul
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco ©

1
day
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 15th (Thu), delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then delve into the distant past at Intipuncu.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Machu Picchu trip planner .

Getting from Lima to Machu Picchu by combination of flight and car takes about 12 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

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 Centro Historico De Cusco. Do some cultural sightseeing at Plaza de Armas and Sacred Valley of the Incas. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cusco: Maras (Salinas de Maras & Moray). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Convento de Santo Domingo, examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Art Museum, identify plant and animal life at Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Inka.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Cusco sightseeing site .

You can do a combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Cusco are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Maras, Choquequirao Archeological Park, Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

2
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
On the 21st (Wed), don't miss a visit to Mercado de Las Brujas, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de San Francisco, and then delve into the distant past at Tiwanaku. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Museo de Textiles Andinos Bolivianos and then take in the awesome beauty at Huayna Potosi.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your La Paz trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Cusco to La Paz in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Peru Time to Bolivia Time is 1 hour. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Cusco in August; daily highs in La Paz reach 18°C and lows reach -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in La Paz

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Huayna Potosi ©
Huayna Potosi
Tiwanaku ©
Tiwanaku
Iglesia de San Francisco ©
Iglesia de San Francisco

1
night
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): head off the coast to Isla Incahuasi and then take in the dramatic natural features at Salar de Uyuni.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Uyuni online trip itinerary builder .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from La Paz to Uyuni in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from La Paz in August, plan for little chillier days in Uyuni, with highs around 7°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Uyuni

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

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.
San Pedro de Atacama is known for nature, wildlife, historic sites, nightlife, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the fascinating landscape at Atacama Desert, delve into the distant past at Pukara de Quitor, make a trip to Yerbas Buenas Petroglyphs, and get lost in a book at Libreria Del Desierto.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the San Pedro de Atacama trip builder site .

You can do a combination of car and bus from Uyuni to San Pedro de Atacama in 11.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car, train, and bus. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Uyuni in August: highs in San Pedro de Atacama hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Valle Nevado.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Atacama Desert
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Atacama Desert ©
Atacama Desert
Salar de Tara ©
Salar de Tara
Pukara de Quitor ©
Pukara de Quitor

1
day
Valle Nevado, Chile

Valle Nevado ©
The largest ski zone in South America, Valle Nevado offers 2,800 hectares (7,000 acres) of skiable area in the El Plomo foothills near Santiago.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): fly down the slopes at Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile.

To see reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Valle Nevado holiday maker website .

Getting from San Pedro de Atacama to Valle Nevado by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in Valle Nevado

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks
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Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile ©
Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile

2
nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Museo Maritimo y del Presidio de Ushuaia and Museo del Fin del Mundo. Spend the 28th (Wed) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Estancia Tunel and don't miss a visit to Faro Les Eclaireurs.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Ushuaia holiday maker website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Valle Nevado to Ushuaia. Traveling from Valle Nevado to Ushuaia, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, daytime highs in Ushuaia are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Tierra del Fuego National Park ©
Tierra del Fuego National Park
Estancia Tunel ©
Estancia Tunel

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Puerto Madero and Palermo. Popular historic sites such as San Telmo and Catedral Metropolitana are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, catch a live event at Hipodromo Argentino de Palermo, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires, and wander the streets of Recoleta.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires trip app .

Fly from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. When traveling from Ushuaia in August, plan for warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Buenos Aires: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
San Telmo ©
San Telmo
La Boca
La Boca

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