23 days in South America Itinerary

23 days in South America Itinerary

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23 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  22​h
1
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Puerto Iguazu, Argentina
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  13​h 45​min
3
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
4
Ollantaytambo, Peru
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  12​h 15​min
5
Quito, Ecuador
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
6
Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Melbourne, Australia

3
nights
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 2nd (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de Lujan, then shop like a local with Puerto Madero, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Delta El Tigre, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de San Isidro, and then don't miss a visit to Iglesia Inmaculada Concepcion.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Buenos Aires trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Buenos Aires is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Argentine Time (ART), which is usually a -13 hour difference. Traveling from Melbourne in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Buenos Aires, with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Iguazu.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Outdoors Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Basilica de Lujan, Catedral de San Isidro, Delta El Tigre
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Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento ©
Catedral de San Isidro ©
Catedral de San Isidro
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero

2
nights
Puerto Iguazu, Argentina

Puerto Iguazu ©
The gateway to a national park inscribed on the World Heritage List, growing Puerto Iguazu sits on the confluence of two major rivers near the border with Paraguay and Brazil.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Cataratas del Iguazu - Lado Argentino and then hike along Sendero Macuco.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Iguazu trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Puerto Iguazu takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in December, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Puerto Iguazu

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Iguazu Falls
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Cataratas del Iguazu - Lado Argentino ©
Puerto Iguazu ©
Puerto Iguazu

2
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Horseback Riding Tours and exploor. Get some cultural insight at Sacsayhuaman and Piquillacta. Go for a jaunt from Cusco to Andahuaylillas to see San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas about 58 minutes away. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Tipon, identify plant and animal life at Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi, and admire the landmark architecture of The Company of Jesus Church.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Cusco day trip website .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Puerto Iguazu to Cusco takes 14 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Puerto Iguazu to Cusco due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Puerto Iguazu, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Cusco, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Ollantaytambo.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Piquillacta, San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Piquillacta ©
Piquillacta
Tipon ©
Tipon

3
nights
Ollantaytambo, Peru

Ollantaytambo ©
Retaining much of its centuries-old architecture, Ollantaytambo represents one of the world's finest examples of Incan city planning.
On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Urubamba, explore the striking landscape at Salinas de Maras, then don't miss a visit to Moray, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Naupa Iglesia, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Qosqo Ayllu.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Ollantaytambo trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Cusco to Ollantaytambo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Ollantaytambo are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Quito.

Things to do in Ollantaytambo

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Urubamba, Maras, Sacred Valley of the Incas
Highlights from your plan
Moray ©
Moray
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras

6
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.
Get outdoors at Cotopaxi National Park and Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve. Step off the beaten path and head to Horseback Riding Tours and Catedral Metropolitana de Quito. Get out of town with these interesting Quito side-trips: Paz de las Aves Bird Refuge (in Mindo) and Termas de Papallacta (in Papallacta). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Casa del Alabado, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, and pause for some photo ops at La Virgen del Panecillo.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Quito tour planning tool .

Explore your travel options from Ollantaytambo to Quito with the Route module. Traveling from Ollantaytambo in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Quito, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Quito

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Termas de Papallacta, Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve, Cotopaxi National Park, Paz de las Aves Bird Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Cotopaxi National Park ©
Cotopaxi National Park
Casa del Alabado ©
Casa del Alabado
Catedral Metropolitana de Quito ©
Catedral Metropolitana de Quito

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.
Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion and Templo Baha'i will appeal to history buffs. Vina Santa Rita and Vina Undurraga are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, learn about winemaking at Santa Carolina, and step into the grandiose world of Castillo Hidalgo.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Santiago trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Quito to Santiago by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Quito to Santiago, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Wineries Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Vina Undurraga, Vina Santa Rita
Highlights from your plan
Vina Santa Rita ©
Vina Santa Rita
Vina Undurraga ©
Vina Undurraga
Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion ©

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