41 days in South America Itinerary

41 days in South America Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Lima, Peru
— 6 nights
2
La Paz, Bolivia
— 10 nights
3
Bogota, Colombia
— 12 nights
4
Quito, Ecuador
— 11 nights

6
nights
Lima, Peru

Lima ©
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Costa Verde and El Silencio. Huaca Pucllana and San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro) will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, wander the streets of Barranco, see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Arqueologia, Antropologia e Historia del Peru, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Lima.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Lima online itinerary planner.

Cartagena, Colombia to Lima is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Cartagena in December, with highs in Lima at 28°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

El Silencio
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Circuito Magico Del Agua ©
Circuito Magico Del Agua
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco

10
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tiwanaku and Catedral Basilica Menor de Nuestra Senora de la Paz. Get in touch with nature at Huayna Potosi and Valley of the Moon. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Iglesia de San Francisco, get great views at Mirador Killi Killi, don't miss a visit to Mercado de Las Brujas, and head outdoors with Chacaltaya.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the La Paz online itinerary planner.

Fly from Lima to La Paz in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lima to La Paz due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Lima in December, plan for little chillier days in La Paz, with highs around 18°C, while nights are colder with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in La Paz

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
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Illimani ©
Illimani
Tiwanaku ©
Tiwanaku
Valley of the Moon ©
Valley of the Moon

12
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate 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. Explore Bogota's surroundings by going to Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra), Catedral Diocesana (in Zipaquira) and Chia (Puente del Comun & Vinos Express). Pack the 29th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Parque Jaime Duque. And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate, take a stroll through Zona G Bogota, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico de Bogota Jose Celestino Mutis, and head outdoors with Parque El Virrey.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Bogota online trip builder.

Traveling by flight from La Paz to Bogota takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, car, and bus. The time zone changes from Bolivia Time (BOT) to Colombia Standard Time (COT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In December, Bogota is somewhat warmer than La Paz - with highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sat) to allow time for travel to Quito.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Zipaquira, Chia, Laguna de Guatavita, Parque Jaime Duque
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Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira ©
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)

11
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.
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania and El Sagrario will appeal to history buffs. Get in touch with nature at Cuicocha and Cascada de Peguche. Get out of town with these interesting Quito side-trips: Iglesia Matriz (in Cotacachi), Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve (in Calacali) and Termas de Papallacta (in Papallacta). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, admire the striking features of Basilica del Voto Nacional, explore the world behind art at Casa Museo Guayasamin, and stroll through Mindo Nambillo Cloud Forest Reserve.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Quito day trip tool.

You can fly from Bogota to Quito in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bogota in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 15°C in Quito. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Quito

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Cotacachi, Cascada de Peguche, Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve, Mindo Nambillo Cloud Forest Reserve, Termas de Papallacta
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Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania
Quito Old Town ©
Quito Old Town

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