27 days in South America Itinerary

27 days in South America Itinerary

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Start: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fly:  4 h
1
Asuncion, Paraguay
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 45 min
2
Montevideo, Uruguay
— 2 nights
Ferry:  2 h 15 min
3
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
4
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
5
La Paz, Bolivia
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h
6
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
7
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
8
Quito, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
9
Bogota, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
10
Cartagena, Colombia
— 1 night
Fly:  6 h 15 min
11
Margarita Island, Venezuela
— 1 day
Fly:  7 h 30 min
12
Georgetown, Guyana
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 30 min
13
Paramaribo, Suriname
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5 h 45 min
14
Remire-Montjoly, French Guiana
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  14 h 15 min
End: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

1
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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.
On the 2nd (Tue), make a trip to Plaza de los Desaparecidos, get a sense of history and politics at Palacio de López, then admire the landmark architecture of The National Pantheon of Heroes and Oratory of the Virgin Our Lady Saint Mary of the Asuncion, and finally explore the galleries of Casa de la Independencia.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Asuncion online trip maker.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Asuncion is an approximately 4- hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Standard Time to Paraguay Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in March, expect a bit cooler with lows of 24°C in Asuncion. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Montevideo.

Things to do in Asuncion

Historic Sites Museums
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Casa de la Independencia ©
Casa de la Independencia
Palacio de López ©
Palacio de López

2
nights
Montevideo, Uruguay

Montevideo ©
With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): go for a walk through Rambla de Montevideo, then don't miss a visit to Plaza Independencia, then stop by Ciudad Vieja, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Montevideo. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Pocitos, then admire the landmark architecture of Palacio Salvo, then ponder the world of politics at Palacio Legislativo, and finally explore the world behind art at Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes Juan Manuel Blanes.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Montevideo trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Asuncion to Montevideo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Asuncion to Montevideo, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Asuncion in March, things will get a bit cooler in Montevideo: highs are around 28°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to ride a ferry to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Montevideo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
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Rambla de Montevideo ©
Rambla de Montevideo
Plaza Independencia ©
Plaza Independencia
Pocitos ©
Pocitos

3
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.
Buenos Aires is known for historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll the grounds of Cemiterio de Recoleta, appreciate the extensive heritage of Calle Defensa, ponder the world of politics at Casa Rosada, and take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Montevideo to Buenos Aires in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and bus. In March, daytime highs in Buenos Aires are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero

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.
Santiago is known for shopping, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, go for a walk through Plaza de Armas, see the interesting displays at La Chascona, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Mercado Central).

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Santiago itinerary planner.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Santiago in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Argentina Standard Time to Chile Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Santiago

Shopping Parks Museums
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Patio Bellavista ©
Patio Bellavista
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia

1
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La Paz, Bolivia

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): push the limits with an extreme tour, then don't miss a visit to Mercado de Las Brujas, and then don't miss a visit to Calle Sagarnaga.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the La Paz online trip builder.

You can fly from Santiago to La Paz in 6.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In March, daytime highs in La Paz are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors Tours
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Mercado de Las Brujas ©
Mercado de Las Brujas
Calle Sagarnaga ©
Calle Sagarnaga

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Museo Inka, then contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, and then admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Qorikancha, steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, then explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, and finally delve into the distant past at Tambomachay.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Cusco day trip planning website.

You can fly from La Paz to Cusco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Bolivia Time (BOT) to Peru Standard Time (PET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from La Paz in March, with highs in Cusco at 23°C and lows at 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Cusco

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

2
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.
On the 14th (Sun), take a stroll through Miraflores, steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana, then take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Indigo, and finally don't miss a visit to Circuito Magico Del Agua. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, ponder the world of politics at Palacio de Torre Tagle, admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), then get engrossed in the history at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro).

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Lima trip app.

You can fly from Cusco to Lima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cusco in March, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Lima: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Circuito Magico Del Agua ©
Circuito Magico Del Agua

2
nights
Quito, Ecuador

Quito ©
High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): don't miss a visit to La Capilla Del Hombre, then make a trip to Mitad Del Mundo, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, and finally see the interesting displays at Intinan Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of El Sagrario, appreciate the extensive heritage of Quito Old Town, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, and finally examine the collection at Museo Camilo Egas.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Quito trip builder website.

Fly from Lima to Quito in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Lima in March: high temperatures in Quito hover around 24°C and lows are around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites Museums
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Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila ©
Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania
La Capilla Del Hombre ©
La Capilla Del Hombre

2
nights
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 18th (Thu): stroll through Monserrate, then explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and then make a trip to Bolivar Square. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Museo Internacional De La Esmeralda, examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), then look for gifts at Bta Capital, then steep yourself in history at Centro de Memoria El Cuartico, and finally examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Colombia.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Bogota trip maker.

Getting from Quito to Bogota by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, car, and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Quito in March since evenings lows in Bogota dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Centro de Memoria El Cuartico
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

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night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, and finally contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cartagena itinerary planning website.

Fly from Bogota to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Bogota in March, with highs in Cartagena at 37°C and lows at 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Margarita Island.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites
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Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa ©
Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa

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Margarita Island, Venezuela

Margarita Island ©
A popular holiday spot for Venezuelans, sunny Margarita Island boasts an exotic Caribbean location, but at the same time is easily accessible from the mainland.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): explore the striking landscape at El Farallon Isla Blanca and then explore the striking landscape of Laguna de la Restinga.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Margarita Island planning website.

You can fly from Cartagena to Margarita Island in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Cartagena to Margarita Island, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In March, daytime highs in Margarita Island are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Georgetown.

Things to do in Margarita Island

Nature Parks
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Laguna de la Restinga ©
Laguna de la Restinga
El Farallon Isla Blanca
El Farallon Isla Blanca

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Georgetown, Guyana

Georgetown ©
Guyana's capital and main urban area, Georgetown represents the starting point for many visits to the country.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then pause for some photo ops at Seven Ponds Monument, then admire the natural beauty at Promenade Gardens, and finally admire the striking features of St. George's Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: hunt for treasures at Stabroek Market, browse the exhibits of Guyana National Museum, appreciate the history behind The Non Aligned Monumnet, then browse the exhibits of Roy Geddes Steel Pan Museum, and finally take in the views from Kissing Bridge.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Georgetown trip planner.

You can fly from Margarita Island to Georgetown in 5 hours. Traveling from Margarita Island in March, expect nights in Georgetown to be about the same, around 30°C, while days are little chillier, around 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Paramaribo.

Things to do in Georgetown

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Guyana National Museum ©
Guyana National Museum
St. George's Cathedral ©
St. George's Cathedral
Spas & Wellness

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Paramaribo, Suriname

Paramaribo ©
With the chance to visit a World Heritage-listed inner city, tours of Paramaribo remain among the most culturally enriching things tourists can do in Suriname.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Dutch reformed church, then steep yourself in history at Fort Zeelandia, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Peter and Paul Basilica.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Paramaribo online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Georgetown to Paramaribo takes 2.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Guyana Time to Suriname Time is 1 hour. In March in Paramaribo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Remire-Montjoly.

Things to do in Paramaribo

Historic Sites
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Fort Zeelandia ©
Fort Zeelandia
Saint Peter and Paul Basilica ©
Saint Peter and Paul Basilica

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nights
Remire-Montjoly, French Guiana

Remire-Montjoly ©
A suburb of Cayenne, Remire-Montjoly possesses some of the best beaches in the capital city's environs.
On the 25th (Thu), meet the residents at Zoo de Guyane, examine the collection at Musee Departmental Alexandre-Franconie, and then get outside with Remire-Montjoly Beach.

For reviews and other tourist information, go to the Remire-Montjoly trip itinerary maker site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Paramaribo to Remire-Montjoly. In March in Remire-Montjoly, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. On the 26th (Fri), you're off to home.

Things to do in Remire-Montjoly

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Beaches

Side Trips

Musee Departmental Alexandre-Franconie, Zoo de Guyane
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Zoo de Guyane ©
Zoo de Guyane
Remire-Montjoly Beach ©
Remire-Montjoly Beach
Musee Departmental Alexandre-Franconie ©
Musee Departmental Alexandre-Franconie

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