27 days in South America Itinerary

27 days in South America Itinerary

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Asuncion, Paraguay
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Montevideo, Uruguay
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Santiago, Chile
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La Paz, Bolivia
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Cusco, Peru
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Lima, Peru
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Quito, Ecuador
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Bogota, Colombia
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Cartagena, Colombia
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Margarita Island, Venezuela
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Georgetown, Guyana
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Paramaribo, Suriname
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Fly to Cayenne – Félix Eboué Airport, Drive to Remire-Montjoly
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Remire-Montjoly, French Guiana
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Asuncion, Paraguay

— 1 night

Mother of Cities

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 contemplate the long history of Casa de la Independencia.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Asuncion online trip maker.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Asuncion is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. 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 catch the flight to Montevideo.

Things to do in Asuncion

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 1 — 2:

Montevideo, Uruguay

— 2 nights
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.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Montevideo trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Asuncion to Montevideo takes 5.5 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 fly to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Montevideo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 2 — 4:

Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 3 nights

Queen of La Plata

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: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemiterio de Recoleta, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, take a stroll through Puerto Madero, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Japones.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Buenos Aires trip builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Montevideo to Buenos Aires takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of car and bus. In March, daytime highs in Buenos Aires are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Santiago.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 4 — 7:

Santiago, Chile

— 3 nights

City of the Island Hills

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).

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Santiago itinerary planner.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Santiago in 5.5 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 fly to La Paz.

Things to do in Santiago

Shopping · Parks · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 7 — 10:

La Paz, Bolivia

— 1 night

City that Touches the Sky

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, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the La Paz online trip builder.

You can fly from Santiago to La Paz in 6 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 fly to Cusco.

Things to do in La Paz

Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Mar 10 — 11:

Cusco, Peru

— 2 nights

Imperial City

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 see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cusco day trip planning website.

You can fly from La Paz to Cusco in 4.5 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 catch the flight to Lima.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 11 — 13:

Lima, Peru

— 2 nights

City of the Kings

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 take in the architecture and atmosphere at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro).

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

You can fly from Cusco to Lima in 3.5 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 fly to Quito.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Mar 13 — 15:

Quito, Ecuador

— 2 nights

Light of America

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): see the interesting displays at 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, admire the landmark architecture of 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 see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Quito trip builder website.

Fly from Lima to Quito in 6 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 fly to Bogota.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 15 — 17:

Bogota, Colombia

— 2 nights

Athens of South America

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): admire all the interesting features of 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 maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Bogota trip maker.

Getting from Quito to Bogota by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. 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 fly to Cartagena.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 17 — 19:

Cartagena, Colombia

— 1 night

City of Heroes

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.
On the 20th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, then steep yourself in history at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, and finally contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cartagena road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Cartagena takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, Cartagena is warmer than Bogota - with highs of 37°C and lows of 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Margarita Island.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 19 — 20:

Margarita Island, Venezuela

— 1 day

Pearl of the Caribbean

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.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Margarita Island planning website.

You can fly from Cartagena to Margarita Island in 9 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 fly to Georgetown.

Things to do in Margarita Island

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 20 — 21:

Georgetown, Guyana

— 1 night

Garden City of the Caribbean

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 stroll through 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, then appreciate the history behind The Non Aligned Monumnet, and finally snap pictures at Kissing Bridge.

Plan a Georgetown trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Getting from Margarita Island to Georgetown by flight takes about 7 hours. Traveling from Margarita Island in March, expect nights in Georgetown to be about the same, around 30°C, while days are slightly colder, around 34°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Paramaribo.

Things to do in Georgetown

Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 21 — 23:

Paramaribo, Suriname

— 1 night

Wooden City

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.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Paramaribo online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Georgetown to Paramaribo takes 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
Find places to stay Mar 23 — 24:

Remire-Montjoly, French Guiana

— 2 nights
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, browse the exhibits of Musee Departmental Alexandre-Franconie, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Remire-Montjoly Beach.

For where to stay 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 · Beaches · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 24 — 26:

Paraguay travel guide

3.9
Shopping Malls · Landmarks · Gift & Specialty Shops
Heart of South America
Divided in half by its eponymous river, Paraguay is a land of contrasts, especially between its lush eastern region where most of the population lives and the arid west, filled with rustic villages and old Jesuit colonies. Although under Spanish rule for three centuries and with a recent history of dictatorships and wars, Paraguay retained its native Guarani culture, with more than 80 percent of population of indigenous heritage. You'll find plenty of things to do in Paraguay, from touring cosmopolitan cities and quaint Jesuit colonies, to browsing affordable arts and crafts stores and sailing on rivers that crisscross the diverse natural landscape that makes up this landlocked nation.

Uruguay travel guide

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Landmarks · Scenic Walking Areas · Architectural Buildings
Switzerland of South America
One of the smallest countries in South America, tourist-friendly Uruguay is often called the "Switzerland of South America" because of its consistent economic development and progressive society. Open-minded Montevideo serves as the starting point of most Uruguay vacations, offering visitors an eclectic cultural scene and a chance to discover some of South America's major architectural treasures. Away from the cosmopolitan capital city, vacations in Uruguay involve exploring wildlife-rich areas along the Atlantic and touring the rustic interior on horseback, gaucho style. In this sports-loving country, the highlight of your Uruguay trip might just be a soccer match between Penarol and Nacional, the country's two major clubs.

Argentina travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Bodies of Water · Specialty Museums
Land of Contrasts
Home to the highest and lowest points in South America, diverse Argentina enthralls visitors with its contrasting landscapes and rich cultural heritage. A tour of Argentina reveals a sprawling land of fiercely proud and hardworking gauchos, the legendary cowboys of South America's pampas. A vacation in Argentina also leads you to giant urban centers, filled with modern tourist attractions that include fine restaurants, award-winning museums, and renowned public parks, gardens, and zoos. Away from big cities, Argentina sightseeing combines visits to mighty waterfalls situated inside World Heritage-listed national parks in the north of the country, with excursions to icy glaciers in the south.

Chile travel guide

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Landmarks · Parks · Specialty Museums
Land of Poets
Squeezed between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, geographically diverse Chile is a long, thin stretch of land encompassing some of the world's driest deserts in the north, and some of its largest glacial fields in the south. Though most Chile holidays include some form of adventure in the vast wilderness areas, the country also contains charming cities providing plenty of urban things to do and see. Many tours of Chile include at least a brief visit to the country's lush wine regions, where backyard vineyards compete with sprawling estates producing some of the world's most respected whites and reds.

Bolivia travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Geologic Formations · Specialty Museums
Tibet of the Americas
If you're an adventurous tourist, consider adding a Bolivia vacation to your travel itinerary. A land of rainforests, Andean glaciers, high altitude cities, and rushing rivers, Bolivia remains one of the most remote countries in the Western Hemisphere. With 60 percent of the population made up of indigenous peoples, native cultures permeate thecountry's music, architecture, and arts, as well as local folklore and traditions. Traveling in Bolivia you can experience diverse wildlife and ecosystems, learn about the country's rich history, try out its distinctive cuisine, and practice your Spanish with the locals, known for their clean and easy-to-understand accent.

Peru travel guide

4.6
Historic Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Incas
In a country renowned for its pre-Columbian archeological sites, no Peru vacation would be complete without an adrenaline-inducing hike to Machu Picchu, World Heritage-listed symbol of the once-mighty Incan Empire. Aside from visiting these spectacular ruins set against the backdrop of photogenic mountain peaks, most holidays in Peru also include an exploration of the country's pretty cities, boasting well-preserved colonial architecture and a slew of modern buildings housing fine museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Ideal for active vacationers, Peru trips are also tailor-made for gourmands, as the country's eclectic cuisine blends tasty influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Ecuador travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
With abundant opportunities to discover fascinating World Heritage Sites, a holiday in Ecuador remains among the most culturally enriching travel experiences. Home to the world's highest active volcano, this little country packs a big punch when it comes to tourist activities. Some of the most popular things to do in Ecuador include visits to its astonishingly biodiverse wilderness areas, home to some 1,500 bird species, 840 species of amphibians and reptiles, and nearly 20,000 plant species. Of course, the highlight of many Ecuador vacations is bound to be the Galapagos Islands, made famous by naturalist Charles Darwin. Aside from the stunning nature, Ecuador also boasts many historic cities filled with photogenic colonial-era churches, mansions, and plazas.

Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Diverse in terms of landscapes, climates, and cultures, Colombia remains one of South America's least explored tourist destinations, overshadowed by its more popular southern neighbors. Combining the best of what the continent has to offer, a vacation in Colombia allows you to blend outdoor adventures with tours of picture-perfect cobblestoned towns dating back to the colonial era. Tourists on a Colombia holiday can easily hop from sun-kissed coastal spots to the hilly coffee-growing region, where thriving plantations quickly give way to a landscape of snow-covered volcanic peaks and the paramo--alpine ecosystems sheltering some of the rarest plants growing above the continuous forest line.

Venezuela travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Tourist Spots · Shopping
Land of Grace
A vacation in Venezuela, one of the most biodiverse countries on the planet, can be both affordable and highly rewarding. From snowcapped mountains and vast grassland, to tropical islands and lush rainforests, Venezuela's varied landscapes are a paradise for nature lovers. Whether you're looking to laze on the Caribbean beaches, trek through the verdant jungles, or immerse yourself in the vibrant city culture, a Venezuela holiday offers something for everyone. Admire the world's highest waterfalls, go island hopping, discover tasty local delicacies, and witness the sheer abundance of wildlife and endemic species in Venezuela.

Guyana travel guide

3.5
Nature & Parks · Architectural Buildings · Museums
Land of Many Waters
A land of thick rainforest, expansive savannas, and lively Caribbean culture, Guyana is becoming more and more notable for its adventure and eco-tourism opportunities. Sightseeing in Guyana ranges from touring the colonial-era architectural gems of the historic capital, to hiking the verdant forest trails. Scenic waterfalls and mountaintops, laidback ranches, an array of tropical wildlife, and delicious Creole fusion cuisine await you on your Guyana holiday.

Suriname travel guide

3.7
Historic Sites · Churches · Parks
The smallest country in South America, Suriname features thick jungles, rushing rivers, and lively, culturally diverse places to visit. Independent since 1975, Suriname retained the Dutch language and influences, as well as the Caribbean and the culture of its indigenous tribes. A third of the country's landscape is made up of natural reserves, providing tourists the opportunity to explore lush tropical rainforests, pristine beaches, scenic rivers and waterfalls, as well as a staggering variety of animals and birds. On a trip to Suriname you shouldn't pass up a visit to its capital and only city, World Heritage-listed Paramaribo, noted for its colonial-era architecture.

French Guiana travel guide

3.5
Museums · Tourist Spots · Wildlife Areas
The only part of South America still governed by an overseas country, the tropical, rainforest-covered French Guiana is the second largest region of France. The department was used by France as a penal colony in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with several islands that you can visit today used as prisons where inmates were forced to catch butterflies. On a trip to French Guiana, you can witness different ecosystems, diverse plant and animal life, as well a mix of cultures influenced by French colonization and a large immigrant population.