53 days in South America Itinerary

53 days in South America Itinerary

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Start: Porto, Portugal
Fly:  17 h 30 min
1
Cartagena, Colombia
— 6 nights
+4
Fly + Taxi + Bus + Foot + Train:  22 h 30 min
2
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 7 nights
Drive:  20 h 30 min
3
Huasco, Chile
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Copiapo, Chile
— 5 nights
Fly:  19 h
5
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
6
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 9 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
7
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 8 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
8
Campinas, Brazil
— 6 nights
Fly:  13 h
End: Porto, Portugal

6
nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Scuba & Snorkeling and Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas. Walled City of Cartagena and Torre del Reloj will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Cartagena with an excursion to Aviario Nacional de Colombia in Isla Baru--about 50 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, steep yourself in history at Plaza Santo Domingo, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de la Trinidad.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Cartagena tour itinerary planner.

Porto, Portugal to Cartagena is an approximately 14.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Porto to Cartagena due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Porto in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Cartagena, with highs around 38°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Oceanario, Aviario Nacional de Colombia
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Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo

7
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.
Get outdoors at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and Mandor. Get a sense of the local culture at Sacred Valley of the Incas and Salinas de Maras. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Machu Picchu: Moray (in Maras) and Ollantaytambo (Sitio arqueológico Pinkuylluna, Perolniyoq Waterfall, &more). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Choquequirao Archeological Park, stroll through Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu, delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna, and take some stellar pictures from Intipuncu.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu trip builder site.

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and train from Cartagena to Machu Picchu in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow time for travel to Huasco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Ollantaytambo, Maras, Choquequirao Archeological Park, Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras

1
night
Huasco, Chile

Huasco ©
Huasco is a Chilean city and commune, in the Huasco Province, Atacama Region.The port city of Huasco is located 50 km west of Vallenar and close to the town of Huasco Bajo, which lies on the southern bank of the Huasco River and only a few km from its mouth. On the 22nd (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Llanos del Challe. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Tres Playitas, take in the waterfront at Costanera de Huasco, then experience rural life at Payantume Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and finally explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Llanos de Challe.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Huasco day trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Machu Picchu to Huasco with the Route module. The time zone changes from Peru Standard Time (PET) to Chile Standard Time (CLT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Copiapo.

Things to do in Huasco

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Parque Nacional Llanos de Challe
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Parque Nacional Llanos de Challe ©
Parque Nacional Llanos de Challe

5
nights
Copiapo, Chile

Copiapo ©
Surrounded by the Atacama Desert, Copiapo receives very little rainfall and owes its existence to the mining industry.
Get in touch with nature at Desierto Florido and Bahia Cisne. Visit Iglesia San Francisco and Parroquia Nuestra Senora de la Candelaria for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Copiapo: Caldera (Casa Tornini Museo - Centro Cultural, Faro de Punta Caldera, &more) and Museo Minero de Tierra Amarilla (in Tierra Amarilla). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Verde, see the interesting displays at Museo Mineralogico, enjoy the sand and surf at Bahia Inglesa, and hike along Cerro Bramador.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Copiapo online tour planner.

You can drive from Huasco to Copiapo in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Copiapo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Caldera, Museo Minero de Tierra Amarilla
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Desierto Florido ©
Desierto Florido
Iglesia San Francisco ©
Iglesia San Francisco
Bahia Inglesa ©
Bahia Inglesa

5
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.
Visiting Iguazu Falls and Helicopter Tours will get you outdoors. Popular historic sites such as Buddhist Temple and Mosque of Omar Ibn Al-Khattab are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parque das Aves Bird Park, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, identify plant and animal life at Bela Vista Biological Refuge, and admire the sheer force of Devil's Throat.

To see maps and more tourist information, refer to the Foz do Iguacu trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Copiapo to Foz do Iguacu with the Route module. Traveling from Copiapo to Foz do Iguacu, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Devil's Throat ©
Devil's Throat
Buddhist Temple ©
Buddhist Temple

9
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.
Ilha Fiscal and Parque Lage will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from the city and head to Sugarloaf Mountain and Copacabana Beach. There's still lots to do: trek along Outer Ecotrip Turismo, take in the awesome beauty at Pedra Bonita, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, and appreciate the history behind Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Foz do Iguacu to Rio de Janeiro in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Foz do Iguacu in July; daily highs in Rio de Janeiro reach 30°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach

8
nights
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP and Museu da Lingua Portuguesa are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at Raizes Aventura and Scuba & Snorkeling. Change things up with these side-trips from Sao Paulo: Parque Estadual Do Jurupara (in Ibiuna), Mogi das Cruzes (Pesqueiro Sao Luiz & Parque Natural Francisco Affonso de Mello) and Quilombo Valley (in Santos). Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Lago das Carpas, indulge your taste buds at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo, explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, and wander the streets of Paulista Avenue.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Sao Paulo trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in July: high temperatures in Sao Paulo hover around 26°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can go by car to Campinas.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Mogi das Cruzes, Parque Estadual Do Jurupara, Raizes Aventura, Quilombo Valley, Lago das Carpas
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Raizes Aventura ©
Raizes Aventura
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo
Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue

6
nights
Campinas, Brazil

Campinas ©
A large city of over 1 million stands at the center of the municipality of Campinas.
Get in touch with nature at Fundacao Serra do Japi and Fazendinha Vo Braulio. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fazenda Ipanema and Igreja Matriz Sao Sebastiao. Explore Campinas' surroundings by going to Extrema (Valenbier Microcervejaria & Parque Municipal Cachoeira do Salto), Parque Ecologico Eugenio Walter (in Boituva) and Indaiatuba (Parque Ecologico de Indaiatuba & Bosque do Saber). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Parque Natural da Água Vermelha, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ordinariado Militar – Capelania Sao Tomas de Aquino & Sao Judas Tadeu, and stroll around Mata Santa Genebra.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Campinas day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Sao Paulo to Campinas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Sao Paulo to Campinas is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Campinas

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Extrema, Sorocaba, Indaiatuba, Fazendinha Vo Braulio, Igreja Matriz Sao Sebastiao
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Fazenda Ipanema ©
Fazenda Ipanema
Sao Carlos Borromeu Church ©
Sao Carlos Borromeu Church
Parque Municipal Cachoeira do Salto ©
Parque Municipal Cachoeira do Salto

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