27 days in South America Itinerary

27 days in South America Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Cartagena, Colombia
— 2 nights
2
Medellin, Colombia
— 1 night
3
Bogota, Colombia
— 3 nights
4
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
5
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
6
Punta Arenas, Chile
— 3 nights
7
El Calafate, Argentina
— 2 nights
8
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 2 nights
9
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
10
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights

2
nights
Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena ©
The site of the continent's first Spanish colony, Cartagena retains much of its colonial flavor thanks to a World Heritage-listed old town, encircled by old walls and protected by imposing fortresses.
On the 2nd (Tue), steep yourself in history at Baluarte de la Merced, contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, thenget engrossed in the history at Museo del Oro Zenu, and finally pause for some photo ops at Monumento a Miguel de Cervantes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ermita Nuestra Senora De La Candelaria, pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, meet the residents at Oceanario, explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, thengo for a walk through Plazoleta de Blas de Lezo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Cartagena travel route tool.

Manchester, UK to Cartagena is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Manchester to Cartagena due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Manchester in February: high temperatures in Cartagena hover around °C and lows are around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trip

Oceanario
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Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa ©
Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa

1
night
Medellin, Colombia

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Medellin trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cartagena to Medellin takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Cartagena in February: high temperatures in Medellin hover around °C and lows are around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Walking tours

3
nights
Bogota, Colombia

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.
Bogota is known for museums, nature, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), pick up a one of a kind souvenir at El Cuchitril Second Hand Shop, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and steep yourself in history at Bolivar Square.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Bogota trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Bogota takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Medellin in February, with highs in Bogota at °C and lows at °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Tours Nature
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Food Tours
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica

2
nights
Cusco, Peru

Cusco ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Tambomachay, admire the masterpieces at Ekekos San Blas - Arte & Colores, thenget engrossed in the history at Museo de Vida Monastica - Monasterio de Santa Catalina del Cusco, thencontemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museo Inka. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Qorikancha, and then contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas.

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Getting from Bogota to Cusco by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. February in Cusco sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Ekekos San Blas  - Arte  & Colores ©
Ekekos San Blas - Arte & Colores
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha

2
nights
Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Machu Picchu trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu

3
nights
Punta Arenas, Chile

Punta Arenas ©
An erstwhile hub of the sheep wool industry, Punta Arenas has evolved into a gateway of sorts for hikers, cruise ship passengers, and adventure travelers heading out on the windswept lands of Chile's extreme southern reaches.
Spend the 14th (Sun) at Oficinas de Turismo Punta Arenas. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Museo Regional De Magallanes, see the interesting displays at Palacio Sara Braun, take in the exciting artwork at La Galeria: Tienda de Arte y Diseno, and get outside with Strait of Magellan.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Punta Arenas road trip planning site.

Fly from Machu Picchu to Punta Arenas in 17 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Peru Standard Time to Chile Standard Time is 1 hour. In February, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to El Calafate.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Museums Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Museo Regional De Magallanes ©
Museo Regional De Magallanes
Palacio Sara Braun ©
Palacio Sara Braun
Isla Magdalena ©
Isla Magdalena

2
nights
El Calafate, Argentina

El Calafate ©
El Calafate tourism thrives mostly thanks to the city's proximity to a World Heritage-listed national park, famed for containing over 40 large glaciers.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Estacionamiento Pasarelas Glaciar Perito Moreno. Keep things going the next day: stop by La Despensa Espacio de Sabores, thenexplore the activities along Lago Argentino, and then get outside with Enjoy!.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the El Calafate day trip planning website.

Getting from Punta Arenas to El Calafate by bus takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Chile Standard Time (CLT) to Argentina Standard Time (ART), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in El Calafate when traveling from Punta Arenas in February, with lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in El Calafate

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Lago Argentino
Lago Argentino

2
nights
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

Nestled against the foothills of the Andes, scenic San Carlos de Bariloche hugs the southern shore of Nahuel Huapi Lake and ranks among Argentina's top destinations for active outdoor vacations.
On the 17th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Thu): trek along Circuito Chico and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read San Carlos de Bariloche travel planner.

Getting from El Calafate to San Carlos de Bariloche by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Traveling from El Calafate in February, expect nights in San Carlos de Bariloche to be a bit cooler, around °C, while days are a bit warmer, around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi ©
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi
Circuito Chico ©
Circuito Chico

4
nights
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires ©
Cultural capital of South America, Buenos Aires remains one of the largest cities on the continent, serving as a point of departure for exploring the rest of the country.
Buenos Aires is known for historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll the grounds of Cemiterio de Recoleta, admire the striking features of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, get a sense of history and politics at Casa Rosada, and take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Buenos Aires trip planner.

Getting from San Carlos de Bariloche to Buenos Aires by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in February, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Buenos Aires: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes ©
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

5
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.
Rio de Janeiro is known for beaches, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Copacabana Beach, appreciate the history behind Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, step into the grandiose world of Ilha Fiscal, and wander the streets of Santa Teresa.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in February, expect Rio de Janeiro to be a bit warmer, temps between °C and °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

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