20 days in South America Itinerary

20 days in South America Itinerary

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20 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Moscow, Russia
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  8​h 15​min
3
Humahuaca, Argentina
— 1 night
Drive:  26​h
4
Perito Moreno, Argentina
— 1 night
Drive:  22​h 30​min
5
Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h
6
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 2 nights
Drive:  11​h 45​min
7
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
8
La Paz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  2​h
9
Cusco, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
10
Lima, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Moscow, Russia

1
night
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.
On the 25th (Wed), add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, contemplate the long history of Centro Naval, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Nuestra Senora de la Merced.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires tour itinerary planner.

Moscow, Russia to Buenos Aires is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Argentine Time (ART) is minus 6 hours. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Moscow in December; daily highs in Buenos Aires reach 33°C and lows reach 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Kayaking & Canoeing
Highlights from your plan
Basilica Nuestra Senora de la Merced ©
Kayaking & Canoeing
Centro Naval ©
Centro Naval

2
nights
Iguazu National Park, Argentina

Iguazu National Park ©
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 26th (Thu), step off the mainland to explore Isla San Martin, look for all kinds of wild species at Salto Bernabe Mendez, then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Wanda Mines, and finally explore the activities along Lago Urugua-i. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Provincial Urugua-i Park.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Iguazu National Park travel route planning website .

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Iguazu National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Iguazu National Park sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Humahuaca.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Lago Urugua-i, Wanda Mines, Provincial Urugua-i Park
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Provincial Urugua-i Park ©
Provincial Urugua-i Park
Isla San Martin ©
Isla San Martin
Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez

1
night
Humahuaca, Argentina

Humahuaca ©
The largest settlement in the Quebrada de Humahuaca, Humahuaca allows for thorough exploration of the colorful valley that links the high Andean lands and the temperate plains of southeastern South America.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Cruz y San Francisco, delve into the distant past at Torre de Santa Barbara, examine the collection at Museo Arqueologico Municipal, then take in the dramatic natural features at Quebrada de Las Senoritas, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Francisco de Paula, and finally examine the collection at Museo Folklorico Regional.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Humahuaca travel route planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Iguazu National Park to Humahuaca in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Perito Moreno.

Things to do in Humahuaca

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Uquia
Highlights from your plan
Iglesia San Francisco de Paula ©
Iglesia San Francisco de Paula
Quebrada de Las Senoritas ©
Quebrada de Las Senoritas
Torre de Santa Barbara ©
Torre de Santa Barbara

1
night
Perito Moreno, Argentina

Perito Moreno
Perito Moreno is a town in the northwest of Santa Cruz Province, Argentina, 25 km east of Lake Buenos Aires. Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Cave of the Hands.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Perito Moreno trip planner .

Traveling by car from Humahuaca to Perito Moreno takes 38 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in December, and nighttime lows around 10°C. On the 31st (Tue), you'll travel to Santiago.
Highlights from your plan
Cave of the Hands
Cave of the Hands

2
nights
Santiago, Chile

Santiago ©
Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Templo Baha'i and Paseo Yugoslavo. Get outdoors at Playa El Canelillo and Climbing Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Santiago: Kingston Family Vineyards (in Casablanca) and Cementerio de Disidentes (in Valparaiso). It doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Castillo Hidalgo and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Santo Domingo.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Santiago online route planner .

You can drive from Perito Moreno to Santiago in 22.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Perito Moreno to Santiago. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Santiago

Outdoors Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Valparaiso, Kingston Family Vineyards, Playa El Canelillo
Highlights from your plan
Playa El Canelillo ©
Playa El Canelillo
Templo Baha'i ©
Templo Baha'i
Castillo Hidalgo ©
Castillo Hidalgo

2
nights
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

San Pedro de Atacama ©
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 4th (Sat), get outside with Quebrada del Diablo, explore the ancient world of Pukara de Quitor, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Valle Arcoiris. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Museo del Meteorito and then contemplate the geological forces at Lascar.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Pedro de Atacama trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in San Pedro de Atacama can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Uyuni.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Valle Arcoiris ©
Valle Arcoiris
Lascar ©
Lascar
Pukara de Quitor ©
Pukara de Quitor

1
night
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
On the 6th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia San Cristobal Lipez and then don't miss a visit to Avenida Ferroviaria.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Uyuni itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from San Pedro de Atacama to Uyuni takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Expect cooler weather when traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in January: highs in Uyuni hover around 15°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Uyuni

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Avenida Ferroviaria ©
Avenida Ferroviaria
Iglesia San Cristobal Lipez ©
Iglesia San Cristobal Lipez

2
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Huayna Potosi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): fly down the slopes at Scree Rush and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Basilica Menor de Nuestra Senora de la Paz.

To find reviews and other tourist information, read our La Paz trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Cusco to La Paz takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cusco to La Paz due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Cusco in December, with highs in La Paz at 18°C and lows at 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in La Paz

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Huayna Potosi ©
Huayna Potosi

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Cerro Colorado Vinicunca, stroll through Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi, delve into the distant past at Q'enqo, then make a trip to Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, and finally trek along exploor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): get outside with Outdoor Activities, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas, and then delve into the distant past at Piquillacta.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Cusco trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from La Paz to Cusco takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from La Paz to Cusco, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from La Paz in January, with highs in Cusco at 22°C and lows at 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Cusco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Piquillacta, San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas
Highlights from your plan
exploor ©
exploor
Piquillacta ©
Piquillacta
Kayaking & Canoeing

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Palomino. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Zona Arqueologica caral, explore the different monuments and memorials at Museo Cementerio Presbítero Maestro, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Our Lady of Mercy.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Lima trip itinerary website .

Moscow, Russia to Lima is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Moscow to Lima due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Moscow in December: high temperatures in Lima hover around 28°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Zona Arqueologica caral
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of Our Lady of Mercy ©
Basilica of Our Lady of Mercy
Zona Arqueologica caral ©
Zona Arqueologica caral
Museo Cementerio Presbítero Maestro ©

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