22 days in South America Itinerary

22 days in South America Itinerary

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Bogota, Colombia
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Caracas, Venezuela
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Manaus, Brazil
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Brasilia, Brazil
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Salvador, Brazil
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Quito, Ecuador
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Lima, Peru
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Bogota, Colombia

Athens of South America

Colombia's heart and soul, Bogota has earned the nickname "Athens of South America" thanks to its abundance of universities, libraries, and lower-level schools.
Get out of town with these interesting Bogota side-trips: Adrian Ibanez Galeria (in Tabio) and Zipaquira (Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira & Esensal). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), make a trip to Bolivar Square, explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Bogota travel planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Bogota is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Bogota due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Tel Aviv in November; daily highs in Bogota reach 22°C and lows reach 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Caracas.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Caracas, Venezuela

Heaven's Branch on Earth

Tropical weather, great food, and memorable jungle surroundings seem like all the ingredients Caracas needs to become a must-see destination.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Sagrado Corazon de Jesus, head outdoors with Parque Nacional el Avila, and then make a trip to Edificio El Castillito. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Nuestra Senora de Las Mercedes, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de San Francisco, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Caribe.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Caracas visit planner.

You can fly from Bogota to Caracas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Bogota to Caracas due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Manaus.

Things to do in Caracas

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

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Manaus, Brazil

Paris of the Tropics

It's hard not to get excited when planning a trip to Manaus, capital of the state of Amazonas, and the largest city on the mighty Amazon River.
On the 17th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Espaco Cultural Largo de Sao Sebastiao, then contemplate the waterfront views at Meeting of Waters, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paroquia Nossa Senhora de Fatima, and finally browse the different shops at Manauara Shopping. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Ponta Negra Beach, then have fun at Shot In The Dark, and then take a peaceful walk through Amazon Rainforest.

To see where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Manaus road trip planner.

Fly from Caracas to Manaus in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in November, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Brasilia.

Things to do in Manaus

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

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Brasilia, Brazil

Capital of Hope

Although it lacks the cultural flair of Rio de Janeiro and the massive urban sprawl of Sao Paulo, Brasilia holds a fascinating place in the tapestry of Brazil.
Brasilia is known for museums, shopping, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana, admire the striking features of Ermida Dom Bosco, take in the views from Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge, and take an in-depth tour of Memorial JK.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Brasilia online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Manaus to Brasilia takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference moving from Amazon Standard Time to Brasilia Standard Time is 1 hour. In November, Brasilia is a bit cooler than Manaus - with highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Salvador.

Things to do in Brasilia

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

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Salvador, Brazil

Black Rome

Nowhere are the traditions of Brazil's African-background community as strong as in Salvador, the colorful, historical capital of Bahia state.
Change things up with these side-trips from Salvador: Guarajuba Beach (in Guarajuba), Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim (in Senhor Do Bonfim) and Forte Beach (in Praia do Forte). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Pelourinho, take in panoramic vistas at Elevator Lacerda, stroll through Praia Farol da Barra, and contemplate the long history of Santo Antonio da Barra Fort and Nautic Museum of Bahia.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Salvador trip planner.

Fly from Brasilia to Salvador in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Brasilia in November, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Salvador, with lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Salvador

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Quito, Ecuador

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Otavalo (Mercado 24 de Mayo, Peguche Wasi, &more) and Cuicocha (in Cotacachi). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, make a trip to El Panecillo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at El Sagrario, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Quito Old Town.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Quito trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Salvador to Quito in 14.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) to Ecuador Time (ECT), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Salvador in November: high temperatures in Quito hover around 26°C and lows are around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

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Lima, Peru

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Iglesia de Santiago Apostol in Lunahuana (about 34 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Circuito Magico Del Agua, get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), wander the streets of Miraflores, and get engrossed in the history at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Lima sightseeing site.

Traveling by flight from Quito to Lima takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Lima when traveling from Quito in November, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

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