54 days in South America Itinerary

54 days in South America Itinerary

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Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 4 nights
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Gramado, Brazil
— 5 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 5 nights
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Mendoza, Argentina
— 5 nights
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Santiago, Chile
— 5 nights
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 4 nights
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Quito, Ecuador
— 3 nights
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 6 nights
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Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 6 nights
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La Paz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights

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Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©

Land of Drizzle

Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Matriz Basilica Nossa Senhora Aparecida and Mosteiro De Sao Bento will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore and learn at Museu do Futebol and Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP. Step out of Sao Paulo with an excursion to National Sanctuary of Our Lady of Aparecida in Aparecida--about 1h 55 min away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Museu da Lingua Portuguesa, admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, walk around Parque Ibirapuera, and take a stroll through Paulista Avenue.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Sao Paulo road trip tool.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Sao Paulo is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. Traveling from Jeddah to Sao Paulo, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Jeddah in July; daily highs in Sao Paulo reach 26°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Gramado.

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Matriz Basilica Nossa Senhora Aparecida ©
Matriz Basilica Nossa Senhora Aparecida
National Sanctuary of Our Lady of Aparecida ©
Museu do Futebol ©
Museu do Futebol

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Gramado, Brazil

Gramado ©

Hydrangea Garden

Surrounded by impressive mountain scenery in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, the small city of Gramado charms visitors with its alpine European-style architecture and blossoming flowers.
Step out of the city life by going to Ecoparque Sperry and Lago Negro. Popular historic sites such as Santuario N S do Caravaggio and Igreja Matriz Sao Pedro Apostolo are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gramado: Bento Goncalves (Vinicola Dom Candido & Vinicola Torcello), Castelo Lacave (in Caxias Do Sul) and Flores Da Cunha (Terrasul Vinhos Finos, Vinicola Luiz Argenta, &more). There's much more to do: stop by Cristais de Gramado, see the interesting displays at Museu dos Beatles, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja do Relogio, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Gram Bier.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Gramado online tour planner.

Getting from Sao Paulo to Gramado by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Gramado

Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

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Vinicola Salvattore ©
Vinicola Salvattore
Ecoparque Sperry ©
Ecoparque Sperry
Vinicola Torcello ©
Vinicola Torcello

5
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Buenos Aires, Argentina

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Parque 3 de Febrero and Reserva Ecologica Vicente Lopez. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento and Cemiterio de Recoleta. Change things up with these side-trips from Buenos Aires: Complejo Ecologico Naturaleza Viva (in Florencio Varela), Reserva Natural Urbana (in Castelar) and Catedral de San Isidro (in San Isidro). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Museo Del Bicentenario, take a stroll around Usina del Arte, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional De Arte Decorativo, and wander the streets of Recoleta.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires trip itinerary builder site.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Gramado to Buenos Aires in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Mendoza.

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Horseback Riding Tours
Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento ©
Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta

5
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Mendoza, Argentina

Mendoza ©
Famed for its neat vineyards and thriving wine production, Mendoza remains the place to visit for a pleasant combination of relaxation and recreation.
Finca Agostino and Museo Nacional Del Vino y la Vendimia will appeal to museum buffs. Bodega Tierras Altas and Bodega Cruzat. Bubbles Experience are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mendoza: Maipu (Bodega Santa Julia - Familia Zuccardi & Bodega CarinaE). There's more to do: do a tasting at Bodegas Lopez and ride a horse along Los Pingos Horse Riding.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Mendoza trip planning app.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Mendoza in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in July, Mendoza is little chillier at night with lows of 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Mendoza

Wineries · Museums · Parks · Shopping

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Bodega Tierras Altas ©
Bodega Tierras Altas
Bodegas Lopez ©
Bodegas Lopez
Bodega Santa Julia - Familia Zuccardi ©
Bodega Santa Julia - Familia Zuccardi

5
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Santiago, Chile

Santiago ©

City of the Island Hills

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Get outdoors at Off-Road Tours and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Get some cultural insight at Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion and Vina Cousino Macul. Change things up with a short trip to Vina Santa Rita in Buin (about 38 minutes away). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at La Chascona, stop by Barrio Italia, don't miss a visit to Patio Bellavista, and learn about winemaking at Vina Santa Carolina.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Santiago day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Mendoza to Santiago takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Mendoza to Santiago is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Wineries

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Museo Interactivo Mirador ©
Museo Interactivo Mirador
Vina Santa Rita ©
Vina Santa Rita
La Chascona ©
La Chascona

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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

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.
Pukara de Quitor and Iglesia de Socaire will appeal to history buffs. Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Geyser del Tatio. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Valle Arcoiris, explore the striking landscape at Valle De La Luna, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and engage your brain at Museo del Meteorito.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the San Pedro de Atacama trip planner.

You can fly from Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. July in San Pedro de Atacama sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to Quito.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Valle Arcoiris ©
Valle Arcoiris
Pukara de Quitor ©
Pukara de Quitor

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Quito, Ecuador

Quito ©

Light of America

High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Quito Old Town and Basilica del Voto Nacional. Get a sense of the local culture at Museo Casa del Alabado and Museo Etnohistorico de Artesanias del Ecuador Mindalae. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Merced, and admire the striking features of El Sagrario.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Quito visit planner.

You can fly from San Pedro de Atacama to Quito in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from San Pedro de Atacama to Quito, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in July, Quito is much hotter at night with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Quito

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Quito Old Town ©
Quito Old Town
Basilica del Voto Nacional ©
Basilica del Voto Nacional
Museo Casa del Alabado ©
Museo Casa del Alabado

6
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Puerto Ayora ©
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Get in touch with nature at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay and El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve. Do your shopping at Galeria Aymara and Galeria Exotico Ecuador. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Las Grietas, head outdoors with Galapagos Sub Aqua, kick back and relax at Playa de los Perros, and get a taste of the local shopping with The Angelique Art Gallery.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Puerto Ayora driving holiday planner.

Getting from Quito to Puerto Ayora by combination of flight and ferry takes about 9.5 hours. Traveling from Quito in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Puerto Ayora, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

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El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station

2
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Lima, Peru

Lima ©

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.
On the 9th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Church and Sanctuary of Saint Rose of Lima, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento La Merced, and finally shop like a local with Jockey Plaza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, then wander the streets of San Isidro, then admire the masterpieces at MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Lima vacation planner.

Getting from Puerto Ayora to Lima by combination of bus, ferry, and flight takes about 11 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and flight. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Puerto Ayora in August, with highs in Lima at 22°C and lows at 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo ©
Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo
Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas ©
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco

6
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Cusco, Peru

Cusco ©

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 Plaza de Armas will appeal to history buffs. Step out of the city life by going to Climbing Tours and Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi. Venture out of the city with trips to San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas (in Andahuaylillas), Piquillacta (in Huarcapay) and Winay Wayna (in Machu Picchu). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Tipon, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, explore the ancient world of Q'enqo, and examine the collection at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Cusco trip itinerary site.

Getting from Lima to Cusco by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in August, plan for cooler nights in Cusco, with lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Cusco

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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Climbing Tours
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha

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La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©

City that Touches the Sky

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): fly down the slopes at Scree Rush, stop by Mistura - Manifestacion Creativa, and then examine the collection at National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): visit Sopocachi and then view the masterpieces at Casa Museo Solon.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the La Paz online holiday planner.

You can fly from Cusco to La Paz in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco to La Paz, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Cusco in August, with highs in La Paz at 18°C and lows at -3°C. On the 18th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in La Paz

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
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Scree Rush ©
Scree Rush
National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore ©
Casa Museo Solon ©
Casa Museo Solon

4
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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 Fortaleza de Santa Cruz da Barra and Forte de Copacabana. Discover out-of-the-way places like Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Morro Dois Irmaos. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Museu de Arte do Rio - MAR, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, view the masterpieces at Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas, and kick back and relax at Pedra do Arpoador.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary tool.

Fly from La Paz to Rio de Janeiro in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from La Paz to Rio de Janeiro due to the time zone difference. When traveling from La Paz in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Rio de Janeiro: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Fortaleza de Santa Cruz da Barra ©
Fortaleza de Santa Cruz da Barra

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