23 days in South America Itinerary

23 days in South America Itinerary

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23 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Lima, Peru
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Bogota, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
La Paz, Bolivia
— 1 night
Bus:  2​h
3
Copacabana, Bolivia
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 3 nights
Ferry:  2​h 30​min
5
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
6
Guayaquil, Ecuador
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
7
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
8
Quito, Ecuador
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
9
Trujillo, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
End: Lima, Peru

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Salt Cathedral and Gold Museum (Museo del Oro). Popular historic sites such as Iglesia de San Francisco and Iglesia Basilica del Senor de Monserrate are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Bogota side-trips: Catedral Diocesana (in Zipaquira) and Puente del Comun (in Chia). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, contemplate the long history of Plaza de Bolivar, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia El Lugar De Su Presencia, and stroll through Mount Monserrate.

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

Lima, Peru to Bogota is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Bogota, with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to La Paz.

Things to do in Bogota

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Zipaquira, Puente del Comun
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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), don't miss a visit to Mi Teleferico and then explore the ancient world of Tiwanaku.

For other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read La Paz travel itinerary creator.

Getting from Bogota to La Paz by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bogota to La Paz, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Bogota in June: highs in La Paz hover around 17°C, while lows dip to -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus 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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Isla De La Luna and then head off the coast to Isla del Sol.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Copacabana itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from La Paz to Copacabana takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Copacabana

Parks Nature Trails
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. Visiting Charles Darwin Research Station and Las Grietas will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Reserva El Chato, look for gifts at Darwin's Cotton, make a trip to Santa Cruz Fish Market, and view the masterpieces at Galeria Aymara.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Puerto Ayora trip generator.

Getting from Copacabana to Puerto Ayora by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Copacabana to Puerto Ayora due to the time zone difference. In June, daytime highs in Puerto Ayora are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can ride a ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Outdoors 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion and Interpretation Center. Visiting Las Loberias and Cerro Brujo will get you outdoors. Spend the 18th (Sun) exploring nature at Cerro Tijeretas. There's more to do: stroll through Puerto Chino Beach.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno travel planner.

Ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in 2.5 hours. In June in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Outdoors Beaches

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.
On the 19th (Mon), wander the streets of Cerro Santa Ana, then wander the streets of Las Penas, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Metropolitana de Guayaquil.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Guayaquil itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Guayaquil in 2 hours. June in Guayaquil sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow 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 ©

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Pedra do Arpoador and Praia de Grumari. Visiting Praia de Ipanema and Parque Nacional Tijuca will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Parque Lage, take a leisurely stroll along Copacabana Beach, get your bearings at CCBB - Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, and admire the natural beauty at Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro vacation planner.

Getting from Guayaquil to Rio de Janeiro by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Guayaquil to Rio de Janeiro, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Guayaquil in June: high temperatures in Rio de Janeiro hover around 30°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Quito.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Santa Teresita, appreciate the history behind La Virgin del Panecillo, then admire the landmark architecture of Iglesia de La Compania de Jesus, then explore and take pictures at La Ronda, and finally admire the masterpieces at Guayasamin Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Quito Old Town, look for gifts at Kalahari handmade Decor, then look for gifts at Olga Fisch Folklore, then steep yourself in history at Guapulo, and finally examine the collection at La Capilla Del Hombre.

To see where to stay and tourist information, use the Quito trip builder.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Rio de Janeiro to Quito in 5.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Quito is minus 2 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in June; daily highs in Quito reach 24°C and lows reach 13°C. On the 28th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can do a combination of to Trujillo.

Things to do in Quito

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

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, then explore the ancient world of El Brujo, and then delve into the distant past at Chan Chan. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Huaca del Sol y la Luna, then delve into the distant past at Museo Huacas de Moche, then steep yourself in history at Casa Urquiaga, and finally contemplate the long history of Casa Orbegoso.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Trujillo vacation builder.

You can do a combination of from Quito to Trujillo in 9.5 hours. Another option is to fly. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Quito in June since evenings lows in Trujillo dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can catch the flight 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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