32 days in South America Itinerary

32 days in South America Itinerary

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Asuncion, Paraguay
— 2 nights
Drive
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Villarrica, Paraguay
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ciudad Del Este, Paraguay
— 2 nights
Drive
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Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
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Asuncion, Paraguay
— 2 nights
Fly
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Montevideo, Uruguay
— 2 nights
Bus
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Punta del Este, Uruguay
— 3 nights
Drive
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Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 1 night
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Mar del Plata, Argentina
— 2 nights
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Mendoza, Argentina
— 1 night
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Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
Drive
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Valparaiso, Chile
— 3 nights
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 2 nights
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Santiago, Chile
— 1 night
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Asuncion, Paraguay — 2 nights

Paraguay's capital and economic center, Asuncion ranks among the youngest cities on the continent, with more than half of its residents under 30 years of age.
You've added Catedral de San Lorenzo, Catedral Virgen de Caacupe, Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion, and other attractions to your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Museum of Fine Arts (Museo de Bellas Artes) and Playa De Aregua. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque Nu Guasu.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Asuncion road trip planner.

Guatemala City, Guatemala to Asuncion is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also fly. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Guatemala City to Asuncion due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Guatemala City in December: high temperatures in Asuncion hover around 38°C and lows are around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Villarrica.
Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Beaches
Side Trips

Villarrica, Paraguay — 2 nights

Villa Rica del Espíritu Santo, using its formal name is a city located in the middle of the Oriental Region of the Paraguayan territory, it is the capital of the Guairá Department. You've now added Salto Cristal to your itinerary.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Villarrica itinerary maker app.

Drive from Asuncion to Villarrica in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can drive to Ciudad Del Este.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Side Trips

Ciudad Del Este, Paraguay — 2 nights

The commercial center of eastern Paraguay, busy Ciudad Del Este serves primarily as a shopping destination for Argentines and Brazilians.
On the 5th (Mon), get outside with Lago de la Republica and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de San Blas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the exhibits of Museo de la Tierra Guarani and then stroll through Saltos del Monday.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Ciudad Del Este itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Villarrica to Ciudad Del Este takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Villarrica to Ciudad Del Este. In December in Ciudad Del Este, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Iguazu National Park.
Nature · Museums · Outdoors · Parks
Side Trips

Iguazu National Park, Argentina — 2 nights

Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
On the 7th (Wed), take in the dramatic scenery at Salto San Martin and then head off the coast to Isla San Martin. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Iguazu National Park journey builder website.

Traveling by car from Ciudad Del Este to Iguazu National Park takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Asuncion.
Nature · Parks

Asuncion, Paraguay — 2 nights

You've now added Palacio de López to your itinerary. Keep things going the next day: get a sense of history and politics at Palacio de López, browse the exhibits of Casa de la Independencia, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Maria Auxiliadora, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de la Santisima Trinidad.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Asuncion online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Iguazu National Park to Asuncion in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Iguazu National Park to Asuncion due to the time zone difference. On the 11th (Sun), you're off to Montevideo.
Historic Sites · Museums

Montevideo, Uruguay — 2 nights

With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): examine the collection at Museo Casa de Gobierno, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de las Carmelitas, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de Montevideo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Tue): take a stroll through Ciudad Vieja.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Montevideo online tour planner.

Getting from Asuncion to Montevideo by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Asuncion to Montevideo, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Asuncion in December: high temperatures in Montevideo hover around 32°C and lows are around 19°C. On the 13th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Punta del Este.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Punta del Este, Uruguay — 3 nights

With plenty of modern casinos, well-developed beaches, chic restaurants, and upscale hotels, Punta del Este vacations draw visitors from Argentina, Brazil, and beyond.
Explore hidden gems such as Playa Brava and Playa Mansa. Get outdoors at Playa Punta Ballena and Playa Portezuelo. It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Pinares and don't miss a visit to The Fingers of Punta del Este.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Punta del Este online trip planner.

You can drive from Montevideo to Punta del Este in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Montevideo in December, expect nights in Punta del Este to be about the same, around 21°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 28°C. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Colonia del Sacramento.
Beaches · Outdoors · Parks
Side Trip

Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay — 3 nights

Sleepy cobbled streets lined with pastel-colored houses lead down to the water in Colonia del Sacramento.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Matriz, wander the streets of Barrio Historico, then visit a coastal fixture at Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Paseo de San Gabriel.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Colonia del Sacramento route site.

You can drive from Punta del Este to Colonia del Sacramento in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Punta del Este in December, expect nights in Colonia del Sacramento to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 32°C. On the 19th (Mon), you're off to Buenos Aires.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Buenos Aires, Argentina — 1 night

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.
On the 19th (Mon), take a stroll through Puerto Madero and then see the interesting displays at Buque Museo Fragata ARA Presidente Sarmiento.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires trip itinerary planning website.

You can ride a ferry from Colonia del Sacramento to Buenos Aires in 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Buenos Aires can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. On the 20th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Mar del Plata.
Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites

Mar del Plata, Argentina — 2 nights

Drenched in sunshine and fringed by wide expanses of sandy coastline, Mar del Plata stands out as one of Argentina's most popular vacation resorts.
Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Loma de Stella Maris and then stroll through Playas de Chapadmalal.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Mar del Plata sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Mar del Plata takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Mar del Plata when traveling from Buenos Aires in December, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to fly to Mendoza.
Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Mendoza, Argentina — 1 night

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 23rd (Fri): learn about winemaking at Bodega Benegas, then awaken your taste buds at Bodega Kaiken, and then do a tasting at Bodega Dante Robino.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Mendoza holiday planner.

Getting from Mar del Plata to Mendoza by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Mar del Plata in December, expect Mendoza to be somewhat warmer, temps between 37°C and 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Santiago.
Wineries · Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo Baha'i. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Museo Historico Nacional and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Santiago trip planner.

Fly from Mendoza to Santiago in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Mendoza to Santiago. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to drive to Valparaiso.
Historic Sites · Museums · Spas

Valparaiso, Chile — 3 nights

Navigating through a maze of colorful streets winding up and down steep hills remains an integral part of any Valparaiso tour.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Palacio Baburizza and Paseo Gervasoni. Discover out-of-the-way places like Corporacion Museo de Arqueologia e Historia Francisco Fonck and Wine Tours & Tastings. There's lots more to do: look for gifts at Miel de Oveja, admire the landmark architecture of Navy Building, and make a trip to Flower Clock (Reloj de Flores).

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Valparaiso road trip site.

Traveling by car from Santiago to Valparaiso takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Valparaiso can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can fly to San Pedro de Atacama.
Tours · Wineries · Museums · Historic Sites
Side Trip

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile — 2 nights

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 29th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Pukara de Quitor and then take an exotic tour of On Safari Atacama. On the 30th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then get outside with White And Green International Travel - Day Tour.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the San Pedro de Atacama visit website.

You can fly from Valparaiso to San Pedro de Atacama in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Valparaiso in December: highs in San Pedro de Atacama hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can fly to Santiago.
Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife

Santiago, Chile — 1 night

On the 31st (Sat), examine the collection at La Chascona.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Santiago driving holiday website.

Traveling by flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Santiago takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Museums
Highlights from your trip

Paraguay travel guide

3.8
Shopping Malls · Landmarks · Gift & Specialty Shops
Heart of South America
Divided in half by its eponymous river, Paraguay is a land of contrasts, especially between its lush eastern region where most of the population lives and the arid west, filled with rustic villages and old Jesuit colonies. Although under Spanish rule for three centuries and with a recent history of dictatorships and wars, Paraguay retained its native Guarani culture, with more than 80 percent of population of indigenous heritage. You'll find plenty of things to do in Paraguay, from touring cosmopolitan cities and quaint Jesuit colonies, to browsing affordable arts and crafts stores and sailing on rivers that crisscross the diverse natural landscape that makes up this landlocked nation.

Argentina travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Bodies of Water · Specialty Museums
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.

Uruguay travel guide

4.1
Landmarks · Scenic Walking Areas · Architectural Buildings
Switzerland of South America
One of the smallest countries in South America, tourist-friendly Uruguay is often called the "Switzerland of South America" because of its consistent economic development and progressive society. Open-minded Montevideo serves as the starting point of most Uruguay vacations, offering visitors an eclectic cultural scene and a chance to discover some of South America's major architectural treasures. Away from the cosmopolitan capital city, vacations in Uruguay involve exploring wildlife-rich areas along the Atlantic and touring the rustic interior on horseback, gaucho style. In this sports-loving country, the highlight of your Uruguay trip might just be a soccer match between Penarol and Nacional, the country's two major clubs.

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.