20 days in South America Itinerary

20 days in South America Itinerary

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Villavicencio, Colombia
— 1 day
2
La Macarena, Colombia
— 1 day
3
Pasto, Colombia
— 1 day
4
Banos, Ecuador
— 1 day
5
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 1 day
6
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 3 nights
7
Iquitos, Peru
— 1 day
8
Urubamba, Peru
— 1 night
9
La Paz, Bolivia
— 1 day
10
Potosi, Bolivia
— 1 night
11
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 1 day
12
Hanga Roa, Chile
— 1 day
13
Valparaiso, Chile
— 1 day
14
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile
— 1 day
15
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 1 day
16
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 1 night

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Villavicencio, Colombia

Villavicencio
In the foothills of the Andes, Villavicencio vacations focus primarily on the surrounding natural wonders.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Canocristales_la_macarena.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Villavicencio trip itinerary planner.

Dusseldorf, Germany to Villavicencio is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Dusseldorf to Villavicencio, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Dusseldorf in September; daily highs in Villavicencio reach 36°C and lows reach 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to La Macarena.

Things to do in Villavicencio

Parks · Nature

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La Macarena, Colombia

La Macarena ©
A gateway to one of the world's most fascinating rivers, La Macarena enjoys a special place in the heart of Colombian nature lovers.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): explore the activities along Cano Cristales.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the La Macarena online journey maker.

You can drive from Villavicencio to La Macarena in 8.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Pasto.

Things to do in La Macarena

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Cano Cristales ©
Cano Cristales

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Pasto, Colombia

Pasto ©
Pasto sits in the Andes mountain range at an altitude of 2,527 m (8,290 ft) above sea level.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo de San Felipe, then pause for some serene contemplation at Templo de Cristo Rey, then make a trip to Plaza del Carnaval, and finally admire the striking features of Las Lajas Sanctuary.

To find photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Pasto trip planner.

Drive from La Macarena to Pasto in 20.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Banos.

Things to do in Pasto

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Las Lajas Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Las Lajas Sanctuary ©
Las Lajas Sanctuary
Templo de San Felipe ©
Templo de San Felipe
Templo de Cristo Rey ©
Templo de Cristo Rey

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Banos, Ecuador

Banos ©
A trip to Banos, a relatively small town in the picturesque Andean highlands, ensures plenty of chances for outdoor activities like horseback riding, hiking, climbing, canyoning, and mountain biking.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron), grab your bike and head to Ruta de las cascadas, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of the Virgin of the Holy Water (Nuestra Senora del Agua Santa).

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Banos holiday planner.

Drive from Pasto to Banos in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Banos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Ruta de las cascadas ©
Ruta de las cascadas
Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron) ©
Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron)

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Puerto Villamil, Ecuador

Puerto Villamil ©
Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): explore the activities along Laguna de los Diablos, head off the coast to Las Tintoreras, and then stroll through Concha de Perla.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Villamil trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Banos to Puerto Villamil takes 8 hours. Traveling from Banos to Puerto Villamil, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks · Wildlife · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Concha de Perla ©
Concha de Perla
Las Tintoreras ©
Las Tintoreras

3
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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 El Garrapatero and Galapagos Living. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Galeria Exotico Ecuador and Parque San Francisco. There's more to do: stroll through El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve and take in the dramatic natural features at Las Grietas.

Start your trip to Puerto Ayora by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora takes 3.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora. In September, daily temperatures in Puerto Ayora can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Iquitos.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve
El Garrapatero ©
El Garrapatero
Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station

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Iquitos, Peru

Iquitos ©
The largest city in the Peruvian Amazon and the world's largest metropolis unreachable by road, Iquitos represents a major starting point for river and rainforest adventures.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Amazon Rescue Center and then stroll through Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Iquitos day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus, ferry, and flight from Puerto Ayora to Iquitos takes 17 hours. Traveling from Puerto Ayora in September, you will find days in Iquitos are somewhat warmer (38°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Urubamba.

Things to do in Iquitos

Parks · Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm ©
Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm
Amazon Rescue Center ©
Amazon Rescue Center

1
night
Urubamba, Peru

Urubamba ©
The largest town in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Urubamba represents a transport hub, often frequented by tourists wanting to get out and see the ruins and natural sights of the valley.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Urubamba, then take in the dramatic natural features at Salinas de Maras, and then explore the ancient world of Sacred Valley of the Incas.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Urubamba driving holiday planning website.

You can fly from Iquitos to Urubamba in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Iquitos in September, with highs in Urubamba at 25°C and lows at 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Urubamba

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Sacred Valley of the Incas, Salinas de Maras
Highlights from your plan
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas

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La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): admire all the interesting features of WMDR Yungas Road.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read La Paz holiday builder website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Urubamba to La Paz. The time zone difference moving from Peru Standard Time to Bolivia Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Urubamba in September, expect La Paz to be slightly colder, temps between 18°C and 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Potosi.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors · Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
WMDR Yungas Road ©
WMDR Yungas Road

1
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Potosi, Bolivia

Potosi ©
One of the highest cities in the world at 4,090 m (13,420 ft), Potosi actually rose to fame for something below the ground.
On the 18th (Wed), admire the striking features of San Francisco of Potosi Convent and Temple, then contemplate the long history of Cerro Rico, and then admire the striking features of Catedral de la Ciudad de Potosi.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Potosi trip planner.

You can fly from La Paz to Potosi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Potosi

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cerro Rico ©
Cerro Rico
San Francisco of Potosi Convent and Temple ©
Catedral de la Ciudad de Potosi ©
Catedral de la Ciudad de Potosi

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote, see the interesting displays at Museo del Meteorito, then identify plant and animal life at Salar de Tara, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Piedras Rojas.

For traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the San Pedro de Atacama trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Potosi to San Pedro de Atacama takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Potosi in September; daily highs in San Pedro de Atacama reach 27°C and lows reach 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Hanga Roa.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks · Wildlife · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Rojas ©
Piedras Rojas
Salar de Tara ©
Salar de Tara
Museo del Meteorito ©
Museo del Meteorito

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Hanga Roa, Chile

Hanga Roa ©
The main town and capital of Chile's Easter Island, Hanga Roa serves as a base for most visitors to the island, with all explorations of Easter Island and its famous moai monoliths beginning here.
On the 20th (Fri), take in the dramatic natural features at Orongo, explore the ancient world of Ahu Tongariki, and then contemplate the geological forces at Rano Raraku.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Hanga Roa trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Hanga Roa takes 12 hours. Traveling from San Pedro de Atacama to Hanga Roa, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter nights when traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in September since evenings lows in Hanga Roa dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Valparaiso.

Things to do in Hanga Roa

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Easter Island
Highlights from your plan
Orongo ©
Orongo
Rano Raraku ©
Rano Raraku
Ahu Tongariki ©
Ahu Tongariki

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Valparaiso, Chile

Valparaiso ©
Navigating through a maze of colorful streets winding up and down steep hills remains an integral part of any Valparaiso tour.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): get great views at Paseo Yugoslavo, don't miss a visit to Cerro Concepcion, then get to know the fascinating history of Paseo Gervasoni, and finally kick back and relax at Reñaca.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Valparaiso trip planner.

You can fly from Hanga Roa to Valparaiso in 8.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Hanga Roa to Valparaiso is 2 hours. Traveling from Hanga Roa in September, expect Valparaiso to be a bit cooler, temps between 19°C and 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine).

Things to do in Valparaiso

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Reñaca
Highlights from your plan
Reñaca ©
Reñaca
Paseo Gervasoni ©
Paseo Gervasoni
Paseo Yugoslavo ©
Paseo Yugoslavo

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Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile

Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) ©
Surrounded by towering mountains, shimmering lakes, and the region's rugged hills, Puerto Natales serves as a bustling jumping-off point for exploring the Torres del Paine National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Madre Roca Patagonia.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) trip itinerary maker website.

You can fly from Valparaiso to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Valparaiso in September; daily highs in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) reach 10°C and lows reach 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Highlights from your plan
Madre Roca Patagonia ©
Madre Roca Patagonia

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Iguazu National Park, Argentina

Iguazu National Park ©
Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Iguazu National Park vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to Iguazu National Park takes 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Chile Standard Time (CLT) to Argentina Standard Time (ART) is 1 hour. Traveling from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in September, expect nights in Iguazu National Park to be somewhat warmer, around 17°C, while days are much hotter, around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls

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Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
On the 24th (Tue), stroll around Parque Ibirapuera, then take a stroll through Paulista Avenue, and then admire the masterpieces at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Sao Paulo trip maker app.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Iguazu National Park to Sao Paulo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue
Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera

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