35 days in South America Itinerary

35 days in South America Itinerary

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
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Paraty, Brazil
— 5 nights
Drive to Angra dos Reis, Ferry to Ilha Grande
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Ilha Grande, Brazil
— 7 nights
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Ferry to Conceição de Jacareí, Bus to Rodoviaria, Fly to Foz do Iguacu
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Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
Shuttle to Iguazu, Fly to Buenos Aires Jorge Newbery
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 5 nights
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Lima, Peru
— 1 night
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Arequipa, Peru
— 1 night
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Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
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Bogota, Colombia
— 3 nights
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

— 5 nights

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Parque Lage and The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian. Appreciate the collections at Museu Historico do Exercito e Forte de Copacabana and Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipanema, admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, appreciate the history behind Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, and tour or see a show at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary builder.

London, UK to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from London to Rio de Janeiro. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from London in October: high temperatures in Rio de Janeiro hover around 32°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Paraty.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 17:

Paraty, Brazil

— 5 nights
Gazing out over a bay of tiny tropical islands, with rainforests climbing mountains in the background, it's easy to see why tourism in Paraty gets more popular by the year.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Centro Historico and Iriri Beach. Appreciate the collections at Centro Cultural Sesc Paraty and Atelier Marcio Franco. There's still lots to do: stroll through Saco do Mamangua Beach, kick back and relax at Lula Beach, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For photos and tourist information, read our Paraty journey builder app.

Traveling by car from Rio de Janeiro to Paraty takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Ilha Grande.

Things to do in Paraty

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 22:

Ilha Grande, Brazil

— 7 nights
A tumultuous and unsavory history has kept Ilha Grande relatively undeveloped and free of the trappings of the modern world.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Lagoa Azul and Saco do Ceu Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Crena Beach and Dois Rios Beach. It doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Lopes Mendes Beach and stroll through Baleia Beach.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Ilha Grande trip itinerary planning app.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Paraty to Ilha Grande in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in October, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Ilha Grande

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Spas
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 29:

Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

— 2 nights

Land of the Waterfalls

A gateway to the world-renowned Iguacu Falls, which spectacularly divide Brazil and Argentina, the modern, high-rise city of Foz do Iguacu can't help but play second fiddle to the natural wonder in its vicinity.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls, examine the collection at Museu de Cera Dreamland, and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour. Keep things going the next day: see human ingenuity at work at Itaipu Dam, get to know the resident critters at Parque das Aves Bird Park, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Igreja Batista de Tres Lagoas.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Foz do Iguacu road trip tool.

Traveling by combination of ferry, bus, and flight from Ilha Grande to Foz do Iguacu takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Foz do Iguacu can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 29 — 31:

Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 5 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.
Head to Puerto Madero and El Ateneo Grand Splendidfor plenty of shopping. Do some cultural sightseeing at Cemiterio de Recoleta and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, ponder the world of politics at Casa Rosada, get to know the fascinating history of La Boca, and wander the streets of Calle Defensa.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Buenos Aires trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Foz do Iguacu to Buenos Aires in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Foz do Iguacu in October, things will get slightly colder in Buenos Aires: highs are around 24°C and lows about 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 5:

Lima, Peru

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Huaca Pucllana, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Indigo, take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro).

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Lima vacation builder app.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Lima takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires to Lima, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In November, daytime highs in Lima are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 5 — 6:

Arequipa, Peru

— 1 night

White City

In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, then examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, and finally steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Arequipa.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Arequipa trip site.

You can fly from Lima to Arequipa in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Arequipa when traveling from Lima in November, with lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 7:

Cusco, Peru

— 5 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.
Sacsayhuaman and Centro Historico De Cusco will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Qorikancha and Museo Inka. Change things up with these side-trips from Cusco: Maras (Moray & Salinas de Maras). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Museo de Arte Precolombino, explore the world behind art at Ekekos San Blas - Arte & Colores, delve into the distant past at Tipon, and hike along exploor.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Cusco day trip planner.

You can fly from Arequipa to Cusco in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in November, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 7 — 12:

Bogota, Colombia

— 3 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 13th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Museo de Arquitectura Leopoldo Rother, examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), and then explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate, then examine the collection at Casa de Moneda - Coleccion Numismatica del Banco de la Republica, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Bogota trip itinerary tool.

You can fly from Cusco to Bogota in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cusco in November, plan for a bit cooler days in Bogota, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 12 — 15:

Peru travel guide

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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.

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.