37 days in South America Itinerary

37 days in South America Itinerary

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37 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  26​h
1
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Puerto Maldonado, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yucay, Peru
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 15​min
5
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
+2
train + foot + bus:  3​h 15​min
6
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  3​h
7
Puno, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
8
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
9
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
10
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
11
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
12
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Melbourne, Australia

2
nights
Lima, Peru

Lima ©
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cathedral of Lima and Spas. Visit Monastery of Santo Domingo (Iglesia y Monasterio de Santo Domingo) and San Isidro for their historical value. Step out of Lima with an excursion to Fortaleza real felipe in Callao--about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History, explore the galleries of Galeria Indigo, look for gifts at Mercado Los Incas, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento La Merced.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Lima sightseeing site .

Melbourne, Australia to Lima is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Lima is minus 15 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in November, Lima is a bit warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Puerto Maldonado.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Fortaleza real felipe
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San Isidro ©
San Isidro
Cathedral of Lima ©
Cathedral of Lima

3
nights
Puerto Maldonado, Peru

Puerto Maldonado ©
Puerto Maldonado sits at the confluence of the Tambopata and Madre de Dios Rivers in the Amazon rainforest.
On the 16th (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Sandoval. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Panthera Sanctuary, contemplate the waterfront views at Tambopata River, and then wander the streets of Native Community of Ese"Ejas.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Puerto Maldonado route builder tool .

You can fly from Lima to Puerto Maldonado in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In November, Puerto Maldonado is somewhat warmer than Lima - with highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Yucay.

Things to do in Puerto Maldonado

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Lago Sandoval ©
Lago Sandoval
Tambopata River ©
Tambopata River

3
nights
Yucay, Peru

Yucay ©
Yucay is a town in southern Peru. Explore hidden gems such as Sacred Valley of the Incas and Urubamba Weavers' Route. Museo Inkariy and Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva will appeal to museum buffs.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Yucay day trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Puerto Maldonado to Yucay. Traveling from Puerto Maldonado in November, you will find days in Yucay are little chillier (26°C), and nights are colder (8°C). On the 21st (Thu), you're off toCusco.

Things to do in Yucay

Historic Sites Parks Trails

Side Trips

Urubamba Weavers' Route, Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva ©
Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva
Urubamba Weavers' Route ©
Urubamba Weavers' Route

3
nights
Cusco, Peru

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.
On the 21st (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Museo de Vida Monastica - Monasterio de Santa Catalina del Cusco and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church and Convent of Our Lady of Mercy (Iglesia de La Merced). On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Cusco trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Yucay to Cusco takes 1.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Cusco are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Spas Historic Sites Museums
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Spas
Tambomachay ©
Tambomachay
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): examine the collection at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon, then admire the natural beauty at Los Jardines de Mandor, then stop by Mapi Art, and finally admire the sheer force of Cascadas Allcamayo. On the 25th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then get to know the resident critters at Mariposario de Machupicchu.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu road trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Mapi Art ©
Mapi Art
Los Jardines de Mandor ©
Los Jardines de Mandor

2
nights
Cusco, Peru

Cusco ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Xapiri. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Qorikancha, get engrossed in the history at Museo Historico Regional, and then hunt for treasures at Mercado Central de San Pedro.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Cusco journey app .

Do a combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Puno.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Q'enqo ©
Q'enqo

3
nights
Puno, Peru

Puno ©
Hugging the western tip of Lake Titicaca, Puno serves as a melting pot of indigenous and imported cultures, and makes a great base for explorations around the region.
On the 29th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Titicaca, explore the different monuments and memorials at Sillustani, and then contemplate the long history of La Casa del Corregidor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get great views at Mirador Ing. Eduardo Sanchez, then don't miss a visit to Portal de Aramu Muru, and then step off the mainland to explore Taquile Island.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Puno trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Cusco to Puno takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Cusco in November since evenings lows in Puno dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Puno

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island
Sillustani ©
Sillustani
La Casa del Corregidor ©
La Casa del Corregidor

2
nights
Lima, Peru

Lima ©
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): take a stroll through Barranco, get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), and then get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Miraflores, explore the ancient world of Huaca Pucllana, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, and finally wander the streets of Centro Historico de Lima.

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You can fly from Puno to Lima in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Puno in December, expect nights in Lima to be warmer, around 22°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Centro Historico de Lima ©
Centro Historico de Lima
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco ©

2
nights
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

Foz do Iguacu ©
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.
Iguassu Falls Private Guide has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): stop by Kapadokya, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosque of Omar Ibn Al-Khattab, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Sao Joao Batista, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Shopping Catuai Palladium. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Iguassu Falls Private Guide, take in the spiritual surroundings of Buddhist Temple, and then see the sky in a new way at Astronomy Polo Casimiro Montenegro Filho.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Foz do Iguacu online tour planner .

Fly from Lima to Foz do Iguacu in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Lima to Foz do Iguacu is 2 hours. When traveling from Lima in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Foz do Iguacu, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Shopping Tours Outdoors
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Shopping Catuai Palladium ©
Shopping Catuai Palladium
Mosque of Omar Ibn Al-Khattab ©
Mosque of Omar Ibn Al-Khattab

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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.
Get some historical perspective at Santa Cruz da Barra Fortress and Church of Our Lady of the Candelaria. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Copacabana Beach and Praia de Ipanema. Change things up with these side-trips from Rio de Janeiro: Saquarema (Igreja de Nossa Senhora de Nazareth & Praia de Itauna) and Petropolis (Imperial Museum & Museu de Porcelana de Petropolis). There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at Museu Historico do Exercito e Forte de Copacabana, admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, look for gifts at BarraShopping, and stroll through Parque Lage.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Foz do Iguacu to Rio de Janeiro takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Rio de Janeiro can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Saquarema, Petropolis, Fortaleza de Santa Cruz da Barra
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Fortaleza de Santa Cruz da Barra ©
Praia de Itauna ©
Praia de Itauna
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach

3
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.
Museo de La Plata and Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires will appeal to museum buffs. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Puerto Madero and Karina Chavin Espacio De Arte. Get out of town with these interesting Buenos Aires side-trips: La Plata (Planetario Ciudad de La Plata & Plaza Moreno). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, see the interesting displays at Fragata ARA Sarmiento, browse the exhibits of Museo Nacional De Arte Decorativo, and take in the history at Plaza de Mayo.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Buenos Aires road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in December, Buenos Aires is little chillier at night with lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

La Plata
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento ©
Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes ©
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

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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 Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania and Castillo Hidalgo. Popular historic sites such as Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion and Iglesia de La Merced are in your itinerary. Step out of Santiago with an excursion to Vina Undurraga in Talagante--about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at La Chascona, browse the different shops at Costanera Center, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, and learn about winemaking at Santa Rita Winery.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Santiago trip itinerary app .

Fly from Buenos Aires to Santiago in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires to Santiago, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Wineries Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Vina Undurraga, Vina Santa Rita
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Vina Santa Rita ©
Vina Santa Rita
Vina Undurraga ©
Vina Undurraga
Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion ©

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