29 days in South America Itinerary

29 days in South America Itinerary

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1
Caracas, Venezuela
— 2 nights
2
Bogota, Colombia
— 3 nights
3
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
4
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 day
5
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
6
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 2 nights
7
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile
— 2 nights
8
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
— 1 night
9
Puerto Madryn, Argentina
— 2 nights
10
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 1 night
11
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
12
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 2 nights
13
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Sapo and Yurani Falls. Get some cultural insight at Hacienda La Trinidad Parque Cultural and Museo de Las Piedras. Step out of Caracas to go to Canaima National Park and see Salto Kama - Kama Meru, which is approximately 11h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Playa Caribe, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Nuestra Senora de La Candelaria, take a stroll through Centro Paseo El Hatillo, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Metropolitana de Caracas.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Caracas tour itinerary maker site.

New Delhi, India to Caracas is an approximately 24-hour flight. You'll gain 9.5 hours traveling from New Delhi to Caracas due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Caracas

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Canaima National Park, Museo de Las Piedras, Playa Caribe
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Yurani Falls ©
Yurani Falls
Hacienda La Trinidad Parque Cultural ©
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Museo Nacional de Colombia and Laguna de Guatavita. Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Museo Santa Clara will appeal to museum buffs. Take a break from Bogota with a short trip to Parque Natural Chicaque in Chicaque, about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Francisco, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado de las Pulgas de Usaquen, and see the interesting displays at Museo Internacional De La Esmeralda.

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You can fly from Caracas to Bogota in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Caracas to Bogota is minus 1 hour. December in Bogota sees daily highs of °C and lows of °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 MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima, wander the streets of San Isidro, thenget 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. Keep things going the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Lima journey maker app.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Lima takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bogota in December, expect Lima to be a bit warmer, temps between °C and °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Lima

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): see the interesting displays at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon and then steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Machu Picchu online tour itinerary maker.

Getting from Lima to Machu Picchu by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Museums
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): make a trip to San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas, stroll through Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi, explore the ancient world of Tambomachay, thenexplore the ancient world of Q'enqo, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museo de Arte Precolombino. Here are some ideas for day two: hunt for treasures at Mercado Central de San Pedro, thentake an in-depth tour of Museo Historico Regional, and then pause for some photo ops at Arco de Santa Clara.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cusco travel planning website.

You can do a combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Cusco are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

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

2
nights
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 25th (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Isla Incahuasi and then explore the striking landscape at Salar de Uyuni. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Cristobal Lipez and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Avenida Ferroviaria.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Uyuni route tool.

You can fly from Cusco to Uyuni in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Peru Standard Time to Bolivia Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Cusco in December, plan for slightly colder days in Uyuni, with highs around °C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine).

Things to do in Uyuni

Parks Nature 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.
On the 28th (Sat), see what you can catch with a fishing tour, thentake in the exciting artwork at La Tehuelche, thenstop by Etnia Patagonia, and finally explore the striking landscape of Bernardo O'Higgins National Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) driving holiday tool.

Traveling by combination of car, flight, and bus from Uyuni to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) takes 20 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Uyuni in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), with lows around °C. On the 29th (Sun), you'll travel to Los Glaciares National Park.

Things to do in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Bernardo O'Higgins National Park
Bernardo O'Higgins National Park
La Tehuelche ©
La Tehuelche

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Glaciar Seco and then explore the striking landscape at Glaciar Spegazzini.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Los Glaciares National Park travel route planning site.

Getting from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to Los Glaciares National Park by bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: 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. Traveling from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Los Glaciares National Park, with lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Madryn.

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

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

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): tour the pleasant surroundings at Costas de Patagonia, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Playa La Cantera, and then see the interesting displays at Museo de Gemas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Punta Tombo.

To find ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Madryn holiday planner.

You can fly from Los Glaciares National Park to Puerto Madryn in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Puerto Madryn

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Punta Tombo
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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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Isla San Martin and then identify plant and animal life at Salto Bernabe Mendez.

For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Iguazu National Park trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Puerto Madryn to Iguazu National Park takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Iguazu National Park are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Parks Nature 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.
On the 3rd (Fri), visit Palermo Chico, thenexamine the collection at Museo de la Pasion Boquense, thenexplore the world behind art at Museo Benito Quinquela Martin, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Caminito. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Natural Municipal Santa Catalina and then take an in-depth tour of Fundacion Proa.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires online vacation planner.

Fly from Iguazu National Park to Buenos Aires in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Iguazu National Park, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Buenos Aires, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Reserva Natural Municipal Santa Catalina
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Museo Benito Quinquela Martin ©
Museo Benito Quinquela Martin
Caminito ©
Caminito
Reserva Natural Municipal Santa Catalina ©
Reserva Natural Municipal Santa Catalina

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario Nossa Senhora Aparecida and then hike along Borboletario Aguias da Serra. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capela Nossa Senhora da Boa Viagem, make a trip to Solo Sagrado De Guarapiranga, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Paroquia Nossa Senhora das Dores e Santa Cruz, and finally stop by Shopping Sp Market.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Sao Paulo trip builder website.

Getting from Buenos Aires to Sao Paulo by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Sao Paulo can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Trails Wildlife 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

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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, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Pedra do Arpoador, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipanema, and finally take some stellar pictures from Sugarloaf Mountain. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Praia do Leme, examine the collection at Instituto Moreira Salles, thenadmire the striking features of Igreja São Francisco de Paula, thenkick back and relax at Barra da Tijuca Beach, and finally look for gifts at BarraShopping.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro road trip app.

Fly from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sao Paulo in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Rio de Janeiro: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Fortaleza de Santa Cruz da Barra
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Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain

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