32 days in South America Itinerary

32 days in South America Itinerary

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32 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  7​h 30​min
2
Cerro Colorado, Argentina
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  7​h 45​min
3
Mendoza, Argentina
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
4
Valle Nevado, Chile
— 2 nights
+4
bus + subway + bus + Fly + shuttle:  6​h 15​min
5
Copiapo, Chile
— 6 nights
Drive:  13​h 30​min
6
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 3 nights
Drive:  25​h
7
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 10 nights
Drive + Fly:  19​h 30​min
8
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Sao Paulo, Brazil

2
nights
Buenos Aires, Argentina

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 30th (Sat): take a stroll through Puerto Madero.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Buenos Aires trip planner .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Buenos Aires is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sao Paulo in May, expect Buenos Aires to be slightly colder, temps between 20°C and 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cerro Colorado.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Tours Outdoors Neighborhoods
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Horseback Riding Tours
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero

1
night
Cerro Colorado, Argentina

Cerro Colorado ©
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Cerro Colorado.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cerro Colorado trip builder site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Buenos Aires to Cerro Colorado. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll travel to Mendoza.

Things to do in Cerro Colorado

Parks Nature
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Cerro Colorado ©
Cerro Colorado

1
night
Mendoza, Argentina

Famed for its neat vineyards and thriving wine production, Mendoza remains the place to visit for a pleasant combination of relaxation and recreation.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): walk around Parque General San Martin, learn about winemaking at Bodega Tierras Altas, then learn about winemaking at Bodega Chandon, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Los Pingos Horse Riding. On the next day, learn about winemaking at Bodega Cruzat. Bubbles Experience and then see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Mendoza trip itinerary builder website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cerro Colorado to Mendoza. In June in Mendoza, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Valle Nevado.

Things to do in Mendoza

Outdoors Wineries Tours
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Climbing Tours
Bodega Chandon ©
Bodega Chandon
Parque General San Martin ©
Parque General San Martin

2
nights
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 5th (Fri): glide through natural beauty at Plaza de los Pumas.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Valle Nevado online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Mendoza to Valle Nevado in 6.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Mendoza to Valle Nevado is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Copiapo.

Things to do in Valle Nevado

Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Plaza de los Pumas
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Plaza de los Pumas ©
Plaza de los Pumas

6
nights
Copiapo, Chile

Copiapo ©
Surrounded by the Atacama Desert, Copiapo receives very little rainfall and owes its existence to the mining industry.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bahia Inglesa and Parque Paleontologico De Caldera. Change things up with these side-trips from Copiapo: Caldera (Centro Cultural Estacion Caldera, Iglesia de San Vicente de Paul, & more). Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Bahia Cisne, examine the collection at Museo Regional de Atacama, don't miss a visit to Orbicular Granite Nature Sanctuary, and stroll through Puerto Viejo.

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Copiapo tour planner .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Valle Nevado to Copiapo in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in Copiapo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Caldera
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Bahia Inglesa ©
Bahia Inglesa
Casa Tornini Museo - Centro Cultural ©
Parque Paleontologico De Caldera ©
Parque Paleontologico De Caldera

3
nights
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Salar de Uyuni has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): step off the mainland to explore Isla Incahuasi and then explore the striking landscape at Salar de Uyuni. On your second day here, contemplate the geological forces at Tunupa Volcano.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Uyuni trip planning app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Copiapo to Uyuni. June in Uyuni sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Uyuni

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Museo de la Llama y la Sal
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Salar de Uyuni ©
Salar de Uyuni
Isla Incahuasi ©
Isla Incahuasi
Tunupa Volcano ©
Tunupa Volcano

10
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Intipuncu and Sacred Valley of the Incas. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Machu Picchu: Siete Tinajas (in Quillabamba), Ruinas de Choquequirao (in Cachora) and Zipline (in Santa Teresa). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, make a trip to Plaza Manco Capac, take in the natural beauty of Banos Termales de Cocalmayo, and contemplate the long history of Choquequirao Archeological Park.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Machu Picchu day trip planning app .

You can drive from Uyuni to Machu Picchu in 25 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Uyuni to Machu Picchu due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Santa Teresa, Ruinas de Choquequirao, Mirador de Llactapata, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Siete Tinajas
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cerro Concepcion and Room Escape Games. Go for a jaunt from Santiago to Isla Negra to see Casa de Isla Negra about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion, do a tasting at Santa Carolina, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, and don't miss a visit to Santa Lucia Hill.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Santiago journey builder .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Machu Picchu to Santiago in 19.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Peru Time to Chile Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cerro Concepcion, Casa de Isla Negra
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San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Concepcion ©
Cerro Concepcion
Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion ©

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