36 days in South America Itinerary

36 days in South America Itinerary

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36 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo, Brazil
1
Asuncion, Paraguay
— Few hours
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Montevideo, Uruguay
— 3 nights
3
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
4
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 4 nights
5
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
6
La Paz, Bolivia
— 1 night
7
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
8
Quito, Ecuador
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h 30​min
9
Bogota, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
10
Cartagena, Colombia
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
11
Manaus, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Sao Paulo, Brazil

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Asuncion, Paraguay

Asuncion ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Panteon Nacional de los Heroes, get a sense of history and politics at Palacio de López, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado La Recova, and finally steep yourself in history at Casa de la Independencia.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Asuncion online trip planner .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Asuncion is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Sao Paulo to Asuncion is minus 1 hour. In August, daily temperatures in Asuncion can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Montevideo.

Things to do in Asuncion

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Casa de la Independencia ©
Casa de la Independencia
Palacio de López ©
Palacio de López
Panteon Nacional de los Heroes ©
Panteon Nacional de los Heroes

3
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Montevideo, Uruguay

Montevideo ©
With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
Get outdoors at Playa Solanas and El Rosedal. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pizzorno Family Estates and Esencia Uruguay. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Ciudad Vieja, hunt for treasures at Mercado del Puerto, don't miss a visit to Mercado Agricola Montevideo - MAM, and take a leisurely stroll along Rambla de Montevideo.

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You can fly from Asuncion to Montevideo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Asuncion to Montevideo due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Asuncion in August, with highs in Montevideo at 20°C and lows at 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to ride a ferry to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Montevideo

Shopping Neighborhoods Wineries

Side Trips

Pizzorno Family Estates, Playa Solanas
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Pizzorno Family Estates ©
Pizzorno Family Estates
Pocitos ©
Pocitos
Ciudad Vieja ©
Ciudad Vieja

4
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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Puerto Madero and Parque 3 de Febrero. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Palermo, contemplate the long history of Recoleta, admire the striking features of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, and make a trip to Recoleta Cemetery.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires travel route planner.

Traveling by ferry from Montevideo to Buenos Aires takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
San Telmo ©
San Telmo

4
nights
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

San Carlos de Bariloche ©
Nestled against the foothills of the Andes, scenic San Carlos de Bariloche hugs the southern shore of Nahuel Huapi Lake and ranks among Argentina's top destinations for active outdoor vacations.
Get in touch with nature at Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi and Catedral Alta Patagonis. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Catedral de San Carlos de Bariloche and Monumento Historico Municipal Capilla La Inmaculada. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Circuito Chico, play a few rounds at Arelauquen Golf & Country Club, get some fabulous bargains at Chocolate Patagonico, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Bonita.

Discover how to plan a San Carlos de Bariloche trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to San Carlos de Bariloche takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Buenos Aires in August, plan for slightly colder days in San Carlos de Bariloche, with highs around 9°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi ©
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi
Catedral Alta Patagonis
Catedral Alta Patagonis
Circuito Chico ©
Circuito Chico

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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Concha y Toro and Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania. Take a break from the city and head to San Cristóbal Hill and Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile. Go for a jaunt from Santiago to San Gregorio to see Parque Nacional Pali Aike about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Cerro Santa Lucia, admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), see the interesting displays at La Chascona, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Santiago holiday planning tool .

You can fly from San Carlos de Bariloche to Santiago in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche to Santiago, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile, Parque Nacional Pali Aike, Concha y Toro
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San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Concha y Toro ©
Concha y Toro
Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile ©
Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile

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La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Valley of the Moon and then delve into the distant past at Tiwanaku. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore and take pictures at WMDR Yungas Road.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the La Paz trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by flight from Santiago to La Paz takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in La Paz

Scenic Drive Outdoors Parks
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WMDR Yungas Road ©
WMDR Yungas Road
Tiwanaku ©
Tiwanaku
Valley of the Moon ©
Valley of the Moon

5
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Salinas de Maras and Inca Jungle. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sacsayhuaman and Centro Historico De Cusco. Venture out of the city with trips to Centro Texti Urpi (in Chinchero) and Perolniyoq Waterfall (in Ollantaytambo). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, look for all kinds of wild species at Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and delve into the distant past at Tambomachay.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Cusco road trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from La Paz to Cusco takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Bolivia Time to Peru Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from La Paz in September, expect Cusco to be somewhat warmer, temps between 25°C and 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Quito.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Salinas de Maras, Perolniyoq Waterfall, Centro Texti Urpi
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco

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Quito, Ecuador

Quito ©
High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Illiniza Ecological Reserve, then don't miss a visit to Independence Square, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de La Compania de Jesus, and finally stop by Olga Fisch Folklore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco), take an in-depth tour of Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica del Voto Nacional, then get to know the fascinating history of Quito Old Town, and finally examine the collection at La Capilla Del Hombre.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Quito trip itinerary builder site .

Fly from Cusco to Quito in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Quito when traveling from Cusco in September, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Quito

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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.
On the 16th (Mon), relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Monserrate. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico de Bogota Jose Celestino Mutis, then stop by Vitrina Guayca, and then see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro).

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Bogota trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Quito to Bogota takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Quito in September: high temperatures in Bogota hover around 22°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Museums Wildlife
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Mount Monserrate ©
Mount Monserrate
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©

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Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena ©
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Walled City of Cartagena and Torre del Reloj. Step out of the city life by going to Playa Blanca and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to San Felipe de Barajas Castle, stop by Swikar Caramelos Artisanales, contemplate the long history of Plaza Santo Domingo, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cartagena holiday maker app .

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Cartagena takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Bogota in September; daily highs in Cartagena reach 38°C and lows reach 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Manaus.

Things to do in Cartagena

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Playa Blanca
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Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Castillo San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo San Felipe de Barajas
Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca

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Manaus, Brazil

It's hard not to get excited when planning a trip to Manaus, capital of the state of Amazonas, and the largest city on the mighty Amazon River.
Get outdoors at Ponta Negra Beach and Arquipelago de Anavilhanas. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museu da Amazonia (MUSA) and Galeria Amazonica. Spend the 23rd (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Meeting of Waters, see the interesting displays at Amazonia Museum of Natural Science, revel in the low prices at Stylo Outlet, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Sao Sebastiao e Sao Francisco de Assis.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Manaus day trip planning website .

Fly from Cartagena to Manaus in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cartagena to Manaus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Manaus

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Ponta Negra Beach ©
Ponta Negra Beach
Arquipelago de Anavilhanas ©
Arquipelago de Anavilhanas

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