26 days in South America Itinerary

26 days in South America Itinerary

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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 1 night
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Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
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Mendoza, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly to Malvinas Argentinas Airport, Drive to Tierra del Fuego National Park
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Tierra del Fuego National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
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Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile
— 2 nights
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Valparaiso, Chile
— 2 nights
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La Paz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
Bus to Ollantaytambo, Train to Machu Picchu
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
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Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
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Fly to Baltra Island, Ferry to Santa Cruz Ferry Terminal, Bus to Puerto Ayora
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 2 nights
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 2 nights
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Quito, Ecuador
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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.
On the 6th (Fri), take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read San Pedro de Atacama online attractions planner.

London, UK to San Pedro de Atacama is an approximately 22-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from London to San Pedro de Atacama. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in May: highs in San Pedro de Atacama hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Santiago.
Parks · Nature
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Santiago, Chile — 2 nights

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): take in the pleasant sights at Plaza de Armas, stroll around Cerro Santa Lucia, and then admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana). On the 8th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, then stop by Patio Bellavista, and then see the interesting displays at La Chascona.

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You can fly from San Pedro de Atacama to Santiago in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Mendoza.
Museums · Parks · Shopping

Mendoza, Argentina — 2 nights

Famed for its neat vineyards and thriving wine production, Mendoza remains the place to visit for a pleasant combination of relaxation and recreation.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink. On the next day, stroll around Parque General San Martin and then do a tasting at Bodega Cruzat. Bubbles Experience.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Mendoza trip maker website.

Fly from Santiago to Mendoza in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Mendoza. May in Mendoza sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tierra del Fuego National Park.
Wineries · Tours · Parks

Tierra del Fuego National Park, Argentina — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Senda Costera. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Lago Roca.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Tierra del Fuego National Park journey maker.

Explore your travel options from Mendoza to Tierra del Fuego National Park with the Route module. When traveling from Mendoza in May, plan for colder days in Tierra del Fuego National Park, with highs around 7°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine).
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Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile — 2 nights

Surrounded by towering mountains, shimmering lakes, and the region's rugged hills, Puerto Natales serves as a bustling jumping-off point for exploring the Torres del Paine National Park.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Grey. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Historical Museum,Municipality of Puerto Natales.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) trip planner.

You can drive from Tierra del Fuego National Park to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in 10 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Argentina Standard Time (ART) to Chile Standard Time (CLT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in May, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to fly to Valparaiso.
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Valparaiso, Chile — 2 nights

Navigating through a maze of colorful streets winding up and down steep hills remains an integral part of any Valparaiso tour.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Flower Clock (Reloj de Flores), then see the interesting displays at Corporacion Museo de Arqueologia e Historia Francisco Fonck, then view the masterpieces at Miel de Oveja, and finally see the interesting displays at La Sebastiana. On your second day here, discover the deep blue sea with Cinco Oceanos Dive Center and then learn about winemaking at Matetic Vineyards.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Valparaiso trip builder.

Fly from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to Valparaiso in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in May; daily highs in Valparaiso reach 19°C and lows reach 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to fly to La Paz.
Museums · Wineries · Wildlife · Tours
Side Trips

La Paz, Bolivia — 2 nights

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): walk around Valley of the Moon, then get a sense of history and politics at Centro de Informacion Turistica, and then make a trip to Mi Teleferico. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: push the limits with an extreme tour, then make a trip to Mercado de Las Brujas, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the La Paz day trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Valparaiso to La Paz takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Valparaiso in May, La Paz is colder at night with lows of -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Cusco.
Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Cusco, Peru — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Qorikancha, take an in-depth tour of Museo Inka, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cusco Cathedral. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Museo de Arte Precolombino, then delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, then contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, and finally explore the ancient world of Centro Historico De Cusco.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Cusco trip planner.

Traveling by flight from La Paz to Cusco takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Bolivia Time to Peru Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from La Paz in May, expect Cusco to be somewhat warmer, temps between 24°C and 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Machu Picchu.
Historic Sites · Museums

Machu Picchu, Peru — 2 nights

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 21st (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Mandor and then contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Machu Picchu online trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. On the 22nd (Sun), you're off to Lima.
Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Lima, Peru — 2 nights

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 23rd (Mon): admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) and then get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Lima road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Machu Picchu to Lima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. May in Lima sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 21°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Puerto Ayora.
Museums · Historic Sites

Puerto Ayora, Ecuador — 2 nights

The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
On the 25th (Wed), stroll through El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve, then head outdoors with Think Galapagos, and then shop like a local with Samay Latin Art. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, then take an in-depth tour of Maprae, and then stroll through Charles Darwin Research Station.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Ayora trip tool.

Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and bus from Lima to Puerto Ayora takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry. In May, Puerto Ayora is a bit warmer than Lima - with highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to catch the ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.
Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches
Side Trip

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador — 2 nights

The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): see some colorful creatures with Planet Ocean Dive Center and then learn more about the world around you at Interpretation Center. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado and then enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Chino Beach.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Baquerizo Moreno holiday website.

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in 3.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to fly to Quito.
Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours
Side Trip

Quito, Ecuador — 2 nights

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 29th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica del Voto Nacional, then admire the striking features of Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, then admire the striking features of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, and finally admire the masterpieces at Convento De San Francisco.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Quito travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Quito takes 5.5 hours. In May, Quito is slightly colder than Puerto Baquerizo Moreno - with highs of 25°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Museums

Galapagos Islands travel guide

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World heritage site · Nature & Parks · Beaches
Famous worldwide thanks to Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, the remote World Heritage-listed Galapagos Islands are situated in the Pacific Ocean and belong to Ecuador. On a tour of Galapagos Islands, you can witness the staggering amount of endemic wildlife the archipelago is noted for. Besides a couple of cities on the main islands, the landscape remains mostly pristine, as the guided tours follow strict rules and limit visitor numbers. Fascinating creatures, untouched nature, unrivalled snorkeling, scuba diving, and more await you on your Galapagos Islands trip.