50 days in South America Itinerary

50 days in South America Itinerary

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50 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly:  22​h
1
Lima, Peru
— 5 nights
2
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 45​min
3
La Paz, Bolivia
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
4
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 2 nights
Drive:  11​h 15​min
5
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h
6
Santiago, Chile
— 5 nights
shuttle:  1​h 15​min
7
Valle Nevado, Chile
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Valparaiso, Chile
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  9​h
9
Ushuaia, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
10
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
11
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 8 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Dublin, Ireland


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5
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.
Lima is known for parks, historic sites, museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, wander the streets of Barranco, see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Arqueologia, Antropologia e Historia del Peru, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Lima trip maker tool .

Auckland, New Zealand to Lima is an approximately 22-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 17 hours traveling from Auckland to Lima. Traveling from Auckland in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Lima: highs are around 24°C and lows about 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cusco: Maras (Salinas de Maras & Moray). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, steep yourself in history at Sacred Valley of the Incas, admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cusco Cathedral.

To plan Cusco vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by flight from Lima to Cusco takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect cooler evenings in Cusco when traveling from Lima in June, with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Maras, Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco

5
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Step out of La Paz to go to Tiahuanaco and see Puma Punku, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. Spend the 14th (Sun) exploring the striking scenery along WMDR Yungas Road. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Tiwanaku, take in the dramatic natural features at Valley of the Moon, make a trip to Mercado de Las Brujas, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Huayna Potosi.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the La Paz day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Cusco to La Paz takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Cusco to La Paz is 1 hour. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Cusco in June: high temperatures in La Paz hover around 17°C and lows are around -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in La Paz

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Puma Punku
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Urban Rush Bolivia ©
Urban Rush Bolivia
WMDR Yungas Road ©
WMDR Yungas Road
Tiwanaku ©
Tiwanaku

2
nights
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
On the 19th (Fri), step off the mainland to explore Isla Incahuasi and then explore the striking landscape at Salar de Uyuni. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get impressive views of Tunupa Volcano.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Uyuni trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from La Paz to Uyuni takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from La Paz in June, expect nights in Uyuni to be a bit warmer, around 7°C, while days are little chillier, around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Uyuni

Parks Nature
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Salar de Uyuni ©
Salar de Uyuni
Isla Incahuasi ©
Isla Incahuasi
Tunupa Volcano ©
Tunupa Volcano

3
nights
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

San Pedro de Atacama ©
Major archeological sites and a renowned museum remain the big draws in San Pedro de Atacama tourism, appealing to visitors interested in learning more about South America's pre-Columbian cultures.
San Pedro de Atacama is known for nature, wildlife, historic sites, nightlife, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna, examine the collection at Father Le Paige Museum, take in the natural beauty of Geyser del Tatio, and make a trip to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our San Pedro de Atacama planning tool .

You can do a combination of car and bus from Uyuni to San Pedro de Atacama in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, train, and bus. Traveling from Uyuni in June, you will find days in San Pedro de Atacama are warmer (25°C), and nights are slightly colder (0°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Atacama Desert
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Atacama Desert ©
Atacama Desert
Valle De La Luna ©
Valle De La Luna
Geyser del Tatio ©
Geyser del Tatio

5
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.
Go for a jaunt from Santiago to Pirque to see Concha y Toro about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Santa Lucia Hill, take an in-depth tour of Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill.

Discover how to plan a Santiago trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Santiago in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to take a shuttle to Valle Nevado.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

Concha y Toro
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La Chascona ©
La Chascona
Santa Lucia Hill ©
Santa Lucia Hill
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): fly down the slopes at Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Valle Nevado road trip planning tool .

You can take a shuttle from Santiago to Valle Nevado in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. On the 30th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Valparaiso.

Things to do in Valle Nevado

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
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Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile ©
Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile

3
nights
Valparaiso, Chile

Valparaiso ©
Navigating through a maze of colorful streets winding up and down steep hills remains an integral part of any Valparaiso tour.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Valparaiso: Matetic Vineyards (in Lagunillas), Emiliana Organic Vineyards (in Casablanca) and Casa de Isla Negra (in Isla Negra). There's much more to do: examine the collection at La Sebastiana, admire the striking features of Palacio Rioja, wander the streets of Paseo Dimalow, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Valparaiso road trip planning site .

Drive from Valle Nevado to Valparaiso in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. June in Valparaiso sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in Valparaiso

Wineries Museums Tours

Side Trips

Vina del Mar, Emiliana Organic Vineyards, Matetic Vineyards, Casa de Isla Negra
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Emiliana Organic Vineyards ©
Emiliana Organic Vineyards
La Sebastiana ©
La Sebastiana
Walking tours

3
nights
Ushuaia, Argentina

Ushuaia ©
Often called the "End of the World" because of its position on the southernmost tip of South America, the expanding city of Ushuaia serves as both a busy commercial port and attractive tourist hub.
Ushuaia is known for nature, museums, winter sports, historic sites, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Tierra del Fuego National Park, hit the slopes at Cerro Castor (Castor Mount), don't miss a visit to Les Éclaireurs Lighthouse, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Ushuaia trip itinerary website .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Valparaiso to Ushuaia takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Valparaiso to Ushuaia is 1 hour. Traveling from Valparaiso in July, expect Ushuaia to be a bit cooler, temps between 5°C and 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Tierra del Fuego National Park ©
Tierra del Fuego National Park
Canal Beagle ©
Canal Beagle

6
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.
Buenos Aires is known for nightlife, museums, parks, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Cemiterio de Recoleta, wander the streets of San Telmo, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, and steep yourself in history at Casa Rosada.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Buenos Aires trip builder app .

Getting from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Ushuaia in July, things will get a bit warmer in Buenos Aires: highs are around 17°C and lows about 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
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Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero

8
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rio de Janeiro: Petropolis (Imperial Museum & Cervejaria Bohemia). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pao de Acucar, admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, enjoy some music at Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Ipanema.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro online vacation planner .

Getting from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in July, things will get a bit warmer in Rio de Janeiro: highs are around 30°C and lows about 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Petropolis
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Pao de Acucar ©
Pao de Acucar
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

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