29 days in South America Itinerary

29 days in South America Itinerary

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29 days in South America Itinerary

Start: New Delhi, India
Fly + foot:  26​h
1
Caracas, Venezuela
— 2 nights
foot + Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Bogota, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  12​h
4
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 day
+2
train + foot + bus:  3​h 15​min
5
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  8​h 30​min
6
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  20​h 30​min
7
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
8
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
— 1 night
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h 45​min
9
Puerto Madryn, Argentina
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  7​h 15​min
10
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
11
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
12
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  1​h 30​min
13
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: New Delhi, India


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2
nights
Caracas, Venezuela

Caracas ©
Tropical weather, great food, and memorable jungle surroundings seem like all the ingredients Caracas needs to become a must-see destination.
You'll explore and learn at Salto El Sapo and Museo de Las Piedras. Get outdoors at Salto Kama - Kama Meru and Playa Caribe. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Yurani Falls, wander the streets of Centro Paseo El Hatillo, explore the world behind art at Hacienda La Trinidad Parque Cultural, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Metropolitana de Caracas.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Caracas road trip app .

New Delhi, India to Caracas is an approximately 26-hour flight. Traveling from New Delhi to Caracas, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Caracas

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Canaima National Park, Playa Caribe, Museo de Las Piedras
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Yurani Falls ©
Yurani Falls
Hacienda La Trinidad Parque Cultural ©
Sapo ©
Sapo

3
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.
For shopping fun, head to Laguna de Guatavita or National Museum of Colombia. Your inner history buff will appreciate Iglesia de San Francisco and Parque Natural Chicaque. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), take an in-depth tour of Museo Santa Clara, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado de las Pulgas de Usaquen.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Bogota holiday planner .

Fly from Caracas to Bogota in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Caracas to Bogota due to the time zone difference. December in Bogota sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Laguna de Guatavita, Parque Natural Chicaque
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Museo Nacional de Colombia ©
Museo Nacional de Colombia
Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)

2
nights
Lima, Peru

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 20th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte de Lima - MALI, then wander the streets of San Isidro, then get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), and finally explore the world behind art at Museo Pedro de Osma. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Lima trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Bogota to Lima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bogota in December, things will get a bit warmer in Lima: highs are around 28°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Lima

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima ©
MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima
San Isidro ©
San Isidro

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): examine the collection at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon and then steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Machu Picchu trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Lima to Machu Picchu in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Museums
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©

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 23rd (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas, identify plant and animal life at Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi, then explore the ancient world of Tambomachay, then explore the ancient world of Q'enqo, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museo de Arte Precolombino. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hunt for treasures at Mercado Central de San Pedro, get engrossed in the history at Museo Historico Regional, and then pause for some photo ops at Arco de Santa Clara.

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Traveling by combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December in Cusco, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 9°C at night. On the 24th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas
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Q'enqo ©
Q'enqo
Museo Historico Regional ©
Museo Historico Regional
Tambomachay ©
Tambomachay

2
nights
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
On the 25th (Wed), step off the mainland to explore Isla Incahuasi and then explore the striking landscape at Salar de Uyuni. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Cristobal Lipez and then make a trip to Avenida Ferroviaria.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Uyuni trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Cusco to Uyuni takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cusco to Uyuni due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Cusco in December, plan for a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Uyuni: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine).

Things to do in Uyuni

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Salar de Uyuni ©
Salar de Uyuni
Isla Incahuasi ©
Isla Incahuasi
Avenida Ferroviaria ©
Avenida Ferroviaria

2
nights
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile

Surrounded by towering mountains, shimmering lakes, and the region's rugged hills, Puerto Natales serves as a bustling jumping-off point for exploring the Torres del Paine National Park.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): see what you can catch with a fishing tour, view the masterpieces at La Tehuelche, then stop by Etnia Souvenirs & Wool, and finally explore the striking landscape of Bernardo O'Higgins National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Torres del Paine National Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) visit planner .

Traveling by combination of car, flight, and bus from Uyuni to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) takes 20.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Uyuni in December, Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) is slightly colder at night with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Los Glaciares National Park.

Things to do in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Fishing Charters & Tours
La Tehuelche ©
La Tehuelche
Etnia Souvenirs & Wool ©
Etnia Souvenirs & Wool

1
night
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

Los Glaciares National Park ©
A World Heritage Site, Los Glaciares National Park contains a giant ice cap that feeds 47 vast glaciers.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Glaciar Seco and then explore the striking landscape at Glaciar Spegazzini.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Los Glaciares National Park day trip planning tool .

You can take a bus from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to Los Glaciares National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to Los Glaciares National Park. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in December since evenings lows in Los Glaciares National Park dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Puerto Madryn.

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

Nature Parks
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Glaciar Spegazzini ©
Glaciar Spegazzini
Glaciar Seco ©
Glaciar Seco

2
nights
Puerto Madryn, Argentina

Puerto Madryn ©
Whales and penguins frolic in the waters of Puerto Madryn, one of Argentine Patagonia's most important port cities.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Costas de Patagonia, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa La Cantera, and then examine the collection at Museo de Gemas. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Punta Tombo.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Puerto Madryn itinerary website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Los Glaciares National Park to Puerto Madryn in 6 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Puerto Madryn

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Punta Tombo
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
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Punta Tombo ©
Punta Tombo
Playa La Cantera ©
Playa La Cantera
Costas de Patagonia ©
Costas de Patagonia

1
night
Iguazu National Park, Argentina

Iguazu National Park ©
Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): head off the coast to Isla San Martin and then take in the dramatic scenery at Salto Bernabe Mendez.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Iguazu National Park trip app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Puerto Madryn to Iguazu National Park in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. January in Iguazu National Park sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez
Isla San Martin ©
Isla San Martin

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take a stroll through Palermo Chico, see the interesting displays at Museo de la Pasion Boquense, then explore the world behind art at Museo de Bellas Artes de la Boca de Artistas Argentinos, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Calle Museo Caminito. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Reserva Natural Municipal Santa Catalina and then examine the collection at Fundacion Proa.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Buenos Aires online day trip planner .

You can fly from Iguazu National Park to Buenos Aires in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Iguazu National Park in January, plan for slightly colder days in Buenos Aires, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Reserva Natural Municipal Santa Catalina
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Museo Benito Quinquela Martin ©
Museo Benito Quinquela Martin
Calle Museo Caminito ©
Calle Museo Caminito
Palermo Chico ©
Palermo Chico

2
nights
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
On the 5th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario Nossa Senhora Aparecida and then hike along Borboletario Aguias da Serra. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capela Nossa Senhora da Boa Viagem, then make a trip to Solo Sagrado De Guarapiranga, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroquia Nossa Senhora das Dores e Santa Cruz, and finally stop by Shopping Sp Market.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Sao Paulo online attractions planner .

Getting from Buenos Aires to Sao Paulo by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In January in Sao Paulo, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Sao Bernardo Do Campo
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Borboletario Aguias da Serra ©
Borboletario Aguias da Serra
Santuario Nossa Senhora Aparecida ©
Santuario Nossa Senhora Aparecida

3
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Copacabana Beach, stroll through Pedra do Arpoador, then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipanema, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Sugarloaf Mountain. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Leme, see the interesting displays at Instituto Moreira Salles, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sao Francisco de Paula Church, then stroll through Barra da Tijuca Beach, and finally stop by BarraShopping.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro attractions planner .

Getting from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro by combination of bus and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sao Paulo in January, with highs in Rio de Janeiro at 37°C and lows at 28°C. On the 9th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Fortaleza de Santa Cruz da Barra
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 9:
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Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Bondinho  Pao de Acucar ©
Bondinho Pao de Acucar

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