29 days in South America Itinerary

29 days in South America Itinerary

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Sao Borja, Brazil
— 1 night
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Corrientes, Argentina
— 1 night
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Salta, Argentina
— 2 nights
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 3 nights
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Iquique, Chile
— 2 nights
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Tacna, Peru
— 1 night
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Arequipa, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly
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Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
Bus to Ollantaytambo, Train to Machu Picchu
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
Train to Ollantaytambo, Bus to Cusco
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Cusco, Peru
— 1 night
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Puno, Peru
— 2 nights
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La Paz, Bolivia
— 1 night
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Uyuni, Bolivia
— 1 night
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Purmamarca, Argentina
— 1 night
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Corrientes, Argentina
— 2 nights
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Sao Borja, Brazil
— 1 night
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Sao Borja, Brazil — 1 night

São Borja is a city in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Mausoleu Getulio Vargas.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Sao Borja trip itinerary maker.

Florianopolis to Sao Borja is an approximately 12.5-hour car ride. Traveling from Florianopolis in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Sao Borja, with lows of 14°C. You'll set off for Corrientes on the 5th (Mon).
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 5:

Corrientes, Argentina — 1 night

With an interesting blend of modern and colonial buildings, Corrientes hosts one of the largest carnival events in Argentina.
On the 6th (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Convento de San Francisco Iglesia, then don't miss a visit to Esteros de Ibera, and then kick back and relax at Balneario Paso de la Patria.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Corrientes trip builder.

You can drive from Sao Borja to Corrientes in 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Salta.
Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 6:

Salta, Argentina — 2 nights

Salta boasts a vibrant social life and array of informative museums appealing to visitors looking for a memorable cultural experience.
Get some historical perspective at Basilica Menor San Francisco and Parroquia San Lorenzo Martir. Let the collections at MAAM - Museo de Arqueologia de Alta Montana de Salta and Museo Didactico de la Gesta Guemesiana y Gaucha capture your imagination. There's lots more to do: do sightseeing your way with Andes Challenge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convento San Bernardo, and pause for some photo ops at Monumento General Martín Miguel de Güemes.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Salta day trip app.

You can drive from Corrientes to Salta in 10.5 hours. Another option is to fly. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Corrientes in September since evenings lows in Salta dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Pedro de Atacama.
Tours · Wildlife · Wineries · Outdoors
Side Trip
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 9:

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile — 3 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): stroll through Salar de Tara. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): see exotic creatures in open habitats at On Safari Atacama and then explore the striking landscape at Valle De La Luna.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the San Pedro de Atacama trip planning website.

Getting from Salta to San Pedro de Atacama by car takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Salta to San Pedro de Atacama is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Salta in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 2°C in San Pedro de Atacama. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can catch the bus to Iquique.
Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 12:

Iquique, Chile — 2 nights

Thanks to the city's position on the Pacific coast, vacations in Iquique appeal to beachgoers, paragliders, bodyboarders, nature lovers, photographers, and fans of picture-perfect sunsets.
On the 12th (Mon), examine the collection at Salitrera Santa Laura. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Chanavayita and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Cavancha.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Iquique journey planner.

Traveling by bus from San Pedro de Atacama to Iquique takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Tacna.
Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 14:

Tacna, Peru — 1 night

Located close to Peru's border with Chile, Tacna stands as the capital of the Tacna Region and represents one of the most populous urban areas in the country.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Samatours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Museo De Sitio Alto dela Alianza and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Tacna.

To find out how to plan a trip to Tacna, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Iquique to Tacna takes 5 hours. The time zone changes from Chile Standard Time to Peru Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. September in Tacna sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Arequipa.
Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 15:

Arequipa, Peru — 2 nights

In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
On the 16th (Fri), stroll through Playa los Arcos and then admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de Armas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sat): examine the collection at Museo La Recoleta, get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, then examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, and finally get out on two wheels at MotoAndes.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Arequipa trip maker app.

Drive from Tacna to Arequipa in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Arequipa, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Cusco.
Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Beaches
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 17:

Cusco, Peru — 3 nights

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sacsayhuaman and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Visit San Blas and Iglesia San Pedro for their historical value. It doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Sacred Valley of the Incas.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Cusco trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by flight from Arequipa to Cusco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Arequipa in September since evenings lows in Cusco dip to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Machu Picchu.
Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors
Side Trip
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 20:

Machu Picchu, Peru — 2 nights

A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
On the 21st (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Mandor and then contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna and then relax and rejuvenate at SPA Rocas Sagradas.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Machu Picchu visit planner.

Do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Cusco.
Historic Sites · Spas · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 22:

Cusco, Peru — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): delve into the distant past at Centro Historico De Cusco, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Qorikancha, then explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museo Inka.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Cusco trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Puno.
Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 23:

Puno, Peru — 2 nights

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 24th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Uros Tupirmarka Lodge and then head off the coast to Uros Floating Islands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head off the coast to Taquile Island.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Puno tour itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Puno takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in September, expect Puno to be slightly colder, temps between 22°C and 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to La Paz.
Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 25:

La Paz, Bolivia — 1 night

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour and then examine the collection at Museo de Textiles Andinos Bolivianos.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read La Paz route planner.

You can drive from Puno to La Paz in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puno to La Paz. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Puno in September: highs in La Paz hover around 18°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Uyuni.
Tours · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 26:

Uyuni, Bolivia — 1 night

Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): examine the collection at Train Cemetery, then take in the dramatic natural features at Salar de Uyuni, and then make a trip to Plaza Arce.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Uyuni road trip planner.

You can fly from La Paz to Uyuni in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect cooler weather when traveling from La Paz in September: highs in Uyuni hover around 1°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can drive to Purmamarca.
Museums · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 27:

Purmamarca, Argentina — 1 night

With a population of just over 2,000, the small village of Purmamarca possesses a remote Andean charm, with its adobe houses and colorful market streets some of the most photogenic in the area.
On the 28th (Wed), take in the dramatic natural features at Cerro Morado and then take in the awesome beauty at The Hill of Seven Colors.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Purmamarca sightseeing planning site.

Getting from Uyuni to Purmamarca by car takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and bus. The time zone changes from Bolivia Time to Argentina Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Corrientes.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Trails
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 29:

Corrientes, Argentina — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): take in the views from Puente General Manuel Belgrano, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Costanera de Corrientes, and then head outdoors with Experiencia Corrientes.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Corrientes travel planner.

Getting from Purmamarca to Corrientes by car takes about 12 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Sao Borja.
Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 1:

Sao Borja, Brazil — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): examine the collection at Museu Getúlio Vargas.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Sao Borja online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Corrientes to Sao Borja in 5 hours. You'll set off for home on the 2nd (Sun).
Museums
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 2:
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