31 days in South America Itinerary

31 days in South America Itinerary

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 2 nights
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Quito, Ecuador
— 3 nights
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Canaima National Park, Venezuela
— 5 nights
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Bogota, Colombia
— 2 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
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Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
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Santiago, Chile
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Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 4 nights

Queen of La Plata

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, get engrossed in the history at El Zanjon de Granados, take a stroll through Puerto Madero, and get a sense of history and politics at Casa Rosada.

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Buenos Aires trip maker app.

Adelaide, Australia to Buenos Aires is an approximately 21-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 12.5 hours traveling from Adelaide to Buenos Aires. Traveling from Adelaide in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 19°C in Buenos Aires. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games · Casinos

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

— 4 nights

Marvelous City

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: pause for some photo ops at Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, stroll through Parque Lage, admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, and kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro road trip planner.

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 November, expect Rio de Janeiro to be a bit warmer, temps between 33°C and 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Sao Paulo, Brazil

— 2 nights

Land of Drizzle

Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): pick up some local products at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo, then shop like a local with Paulista Avenue, and then admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get into the urban bustle at The Julio Prestes Cultural Center - Sala Sao Paulo and then walk around Parque Ibirapuera.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Sao Paulo trip planner.

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in November, expect a bit cooler with lows of 21°C in Sao Paulo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Shopping · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

Quito, Ecuador

— 3 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Casa Museo Guayasamin, admire the landmark architecture of Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Quito Old Town. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind Middle of the World, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, then don't miss a visit to Mitad Del Mundo, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museum of Maria Augusta Urrutia (La Casa Museo Maria Augusta Urrutia).

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Quito online trip builder.

Getting from Sao Paulo to Quito by flight takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) to Ecuador Time (ECT) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Sao Paulo in November, expect Quito to be slightly colder, temps between 26°C and 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Canaima National Park.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Canaima National Park, Venezuela

— 5 nights
One of the largest national parks in the world, Canaima National Park encompasses 30,000 sq km (12 sq mi) of distinct landscapes, varied wildlife, and the world's highest waterfalls.
Canaima National Park is known for nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Salto Kama - Kama Meru, explore the striking landscape at Salto Kawi, and explore the activities along Sorowapo.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Canaima National Park online itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Quito to Canaima National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Canaima National Park

Nature · Parks

Bogota, Colombia

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour and then see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro). Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica and then don't miss a visit to Monserrate.

To see maps, photos, and tourist information, read Bogota day trip tool.

Explore your travel options from Canaima National Park to Bogota with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in November, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Tours · Nature · Parks

Cusco, Peru

— 3 nights

Imperial City

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.
Cusco is known for historic sites, museums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, hike along exploor, delve into the distant past at Sacred Valley of the Incas, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cusco tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Bogota to Cusco in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Cusco are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Lima, Peru

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), ponder the world of politics at Palacio de Torre Tagle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro), and finally stroll around Circuito Magico Del Agua. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco and then steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Lima online day trip planner.

Fly from Cusco to Lima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in November, Lima is a bit warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

— 1 night
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 3rd (Thu): explore the ancient world of Pukara de Quitor, then take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Geyser del Tatio.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the San Pedro de Atacama online trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Lima to San Pedro de Atacama takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lima to San Pedro de Atacama due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder evenings in San Pedro de Atacama when traveling from Lima in December, with lows around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Santiago, Chile

— 3 nights

City of the Island Hills

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
On the 4th (Fri), go for a walk through Plaza de Armas, see the interesting displays at La Chascona, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cerro Santa Lucia. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, then admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and then explore the world behind art at Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Santiago route website.

Traveling by flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Santiago takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Argentina travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Bodies of Water
Land of Contrasts
Home to the highest and lowest points in South America, diverse Argentina enthralls visitors with its contrasting landscapes and rich cultural heritage. A tour of Argentina reveals a sprawling land of fiercely proud and hardworking gauchos, the legendary cowboys of South America's pampas. A vacation in Argentina also leads you to giant urban centers, filled with modern tourist attractions that include fine restaurants, award-winning museums, and renowned public parks, gardens, and zoos. Away from big cities, Argentina sightseeing combines visits to mighty waterfalls situated inside World Heritage-listed national parks in the north of the country, with excursions to icy glaciers in the south.

Brazil travel guide

4.4
Beaches · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Land of Brazilwood
The largest country in South America and the biggest Portuguese-speaking nation in the world, Brazil remains best known for its soccer tradition and annual Carnaval. Most visitors on holiday in Brazil come for the country's outstanding beaches, music, wildlife, and diverse neighborhoods, each one boasting its own distinct character, atmosphere, and way of life. A tour of Brazil reveals a vast land of great natural and human diversity, from its sprawling rainforest wildernesses, to its busy urban centers. There are plenty of things to do in Brazil, from basking on its coastline to chasing the samba scene or catching a picturesque sunset from one of the country's lush mountaintops.

Ecuador travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
With abundant opportunities to discover fascinating World Heritage Sites, a holiday in Ecuador remains among the most culturally enriching travel experiences. Home to the world's highest active volcano, this little country packs a big punch when it comes to tourist activities. Some of the most popular things to do in Ecuador include visits to its astonishingly biodiverse wilderness areas, home to some 1,500 bird species, 840 species of amphibians and reptiles, and nearly 20,000 plant species. Of course, the highlight of many Ecuador vacations is bound to be the Galapagos Islands, made famous by naturalist Charles Darwin. Aside from the stunning nature, Ecuador also boasts many historic cities filled with photogenic colonial-era churches, mansions, and plazas.

Venezuela travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Landmarks · Gift & Specialty Shops
Land of Grace
A vacation in Venezuela, one of the most biodiverse countries on the planet, can be both affordable and highly rewarding. From snowcapped mountains and vast grassland, to tropical islands and lush rainforests, Venezuela's varied landscapes are a paradise for nature lovers. Whether you're looking to laze on the Caribbean beaches, trek through the verdant jungles, or immerse yourself in the vibrant city culture, a Venezuela holiday offers something for everyone. Admire the world's highest waterfalls, go island hopping, discover tasty local delicacies, and witness the sheer abundance of wildlife and endemic species in Venezuela.

Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Diverse in terms of landscapes, climates, and cultures, Colombia remains one of South America's least explored tourist destinations, overshadowed by its more popular southern neighbors. Combining the best of what the continent has to offer, a vacation in Colombia allows you to blend outdoor adventures with tours of picture-perfect cobblestoned towns dating back to the colonial era. Tourists on a Colombia holiday can easily hop from sun-kissed coastal spots to the hilly coffee-growing region, where thriving plantations quickly give way to a landscape of snow-covered volcanic peaks and the paramo--alpine ecosystems sheltering some of the rarest plants growing above the continuous forest line.

Peru travel guide

4.6
Historic Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Incas
In a country renowned for its pre-Columbian archeological sites, no Peru vacation would be complete without an adrenaline-inducing hike to Machu Picchu, World Heritage-listed symbol of the once-mighty Incan Empire. Aside from visiting these spectacular ruins set against the backdrop of photogenic mountain peaks, most holidays in Peru also include an exploration of the country's pretty cities, boasting well-preserved colonial architecture and a slew of modern buildings housing fine museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Ideal for active vacationers, Peru trips are also tailor-made for gourmands, as the country's eclectic cuisine blends tasty influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Chile travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Parks · Specialty Museums
Land of Poets
Squeezed between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, geographically diverse Chile is a long, thin stretch of land encompassing some of the world's driest deserts in the north, and some of its largest glacial fields in the south. Though most Chile holidays include some form of adventure in the vast wilderness areas, the country also contains charming cities providing plenty of urban things to do and see. Many tours of Chile include at least a brief visit to the country's lush wine regions, where backyard vineyards compete with sprawling estates producing some of the world's most respected whites and reds.