23 days in South America Itinerary

23 days in South America Itinerary

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1
Bogota, Colombia
— 2 nights
2
La Paz, Bolivia
— 1 night
3
Copacabana, Bolivia
— 1 night
4
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 3 nights
5
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 3 nights
6
Guayaquil, Ecuador
— 1 night
7
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 6 nights
8
Quito, Ecuador
— 3 nights
9
Trujillo, Peru
— 2 nights

2
nights
Bogota, Colombia

Bogota ©
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 some historical perspective at Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira and Bolivar Square. Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Iglesia Basilica del Senor de Monserrate are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Catedral Diocesana (in Zipaquira) and Puente del Comun (in Chia). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Francisco, and explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Bogota route builder app.

Lima, Peru to Bogota is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in June, Bogota is a bit cooler at night with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Bogota

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Zipaquira, Puente del Comun
Highlights from your plan
Monserrate ©
Monserrate
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira ©
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)

1
night
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
On the 11th (Sun), make a trip to Mi Teleferico and then delve into the distant past at Tiwanaku.

To find photos and other tourist information, read our La Paz tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to La Paz takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, car, train, and taxi. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Bogota to La Paz due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bogota in June, expect nights in La Paz to be much colder, around -4°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Copacabana.

Things to do in La Paz

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Tiwanaku ©
Tiwanaku
Mi Teleferico ©
Mi Teleferico

1
night
Copacabana, Bolivia

Copacabana ©
The town of Copacabana represents the largest Bolivian settlement on the shore of Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in the continent.
On the 12th (Mon), head off the coast to Isla De La Luna and then trek along Isla del Sol.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Copacabana using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from La Paz to Copacabana takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Copacabana

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Isla del Sol ©
Isla del Sol
Isla De La Luna ©
Isla De La Luna

3
nights
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay and Playa de los Alemanes. Step out of the city life by going to Charles Darwin Research Station and El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Las Grietas, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Aymara, and don't miss a visit to Santa Cruz Fish Market.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Ayora day trip tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Copacabana to Puerto Ayora. The time zone difference moving from Bolivia Time to Ecuador Time is minus 1 hour. In June in Puerto Ayora, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno ©
The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
Take a break from the city and head to Cerro Tijeretas and La Loberia. Get some cultural insight at Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion and Interpretation Center. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Cerro Brujo and tour the pleasant surroundings at Puerto Chino Beach.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Baquerizo Moreno road trip planning tool.

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in 3.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

San Cristobal
Highlights from your plan
La Loberia ©
La Loberia
Cerro Brujo ©
Cerro Brujo
Puerto Chino Beach ©
Puerto Chino Beach

1
night
Guayaquil, Ecuador

Guayaquil ©
Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): take a stroll through Cerro Santa Ana, take a stroll through Las Penas, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Metropolitana de Guayaquil.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Guayaquil day trip app.

Getting from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Guayaquil by flight takes about 3.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Las Penas ©
Las Penas
Cerro Santa Ana ©
Cerro Santa Ana
Catedral Metropolitana de Guayaquil ©
Catedral Metropolitana de Guayaquil

6
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Copacabana Beach and Parque Nacional Tijuca. Relax by the water at Praia de Ipanema and Pedra do Arpoador. The adventure continues: see where the action happens at Maracanã, admire the masterpieces at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro, pause for some photo ops at Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, and steep yourself in history at Parque Lage.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro travel route planning app.

Traveling by flight from Guayaquil to Rio de Janeiro takes 13 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Ecuador Time (ECT) to Brasilia Standard Time (BRT), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Guayaquil in June, things will get slightly colder in Rio de Janeiro: highs are around 30°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Pedra do Arpoador ©
Pedra do Arpoador

3
nights
Quito, Ecuador

Quito ©
High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Santa Teresita, pause for some photo ops at La Virgen del Panecillo, then admire the landmark architecture of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, then gain insight at La Ronda, and finally admire the masterpieces at Casa Museo Guayasamin. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Quito Old Town, look for gifts at Kalahari handmade Decor, then stop by Olga Fisch Folklore, then contemplate the long history of Guapulo, and finally explore the world behind art at La Capilla Del Hombre.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Quito day trip planning site.

Fly from Rio de Janeiro to Quito in 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Quito due to the time zone difference. In June, Quito is slightly colder than Rio de Janeiro - with highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Trujillo.

Things to do in Quito

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Casa Museo Guayasamin ©
Casa Museo Guayasamin
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania
Quito Old Town ©
Quito Old Town

2
nights
Trujillo, Peru

Trujillo ©
Considered the country's capital of culture, Trujillo was the birthplace of the North Group, a community of artists and intellectuals that included celebrated poet Cesar Vallejo and notable novelist Ciro Alegria.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Huaca El Dragon and then steep yourself in history at Chan Chan. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at La Huaca del Sol, contemplate the long history of Site Museum, then steep yourself in history at Casa Urquiaga (Casa Calonge)ggj, and finally contemplate the long history of Casa Orbegoso.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Trujillo travel route planner.

You can fly from Quito to Trujillo in 11.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Trujillo

Historic Sites

Side Trip

La Huaca del Sol
Highlights from your plan
Chan Chan ©
Chan Chan
La Huaca del Sol ©
La Huaca del Sol
Site Museum ©
Site Museum

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