24 days in South America Itinerary

24 days in South America Itinerary

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24 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Frankfurt, Germany
Fly:  17 h
1
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 5 nights
Fly:  6 h
2
Santiago, Chile
— 5 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
3
La Paz, Bolivia
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  1 h 30 min
4
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h
5
Lima, Peru
— 5 nights
Fly:  15 h 45 min
End: Frankfurt, Germany

5
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like San Telmo and La Boca. Puerto Madero and Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, get a sense of history and politics at Casa Rosada, have fun and explore at Museo de los Ninos, and admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires road trip app .

Frankfurt, Germany to Buenos Aires is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Frankfurt to Buenos Aires. In February, Buenos Aires is warmer than Frankfurt - with highs of 81°F and lows of 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Calle Defensa ©
Calle Defensa

5
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.
Visit Playa Tunquen and Reñaca for some beach relaxation. Let the collections at La Chascona and Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Santiago: La Sebastiana (in Valparaiso), Concha y Toro (in Pirque) and Casa de Isla Negra (in Isla Negra). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at San Cristóbal Hill, take a stroll through Barrio Bellavista, browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Mercado Central), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Santiago travel planning website .

Fly from Buenos Aires to Santiago in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Argentine Time (ART) to Chile Time (CLT) is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

La Sebastiana, Playa Tunquen, Casa de Isla Negra, Concha y Toro, Reñaca
Highlights from your plan
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Concha y Toro ©
Concha y Toro
La Chascona ©
La Chascona

1
night
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 12th (Fri): look for gifts at Mistura - Manifestacion Creativa and then steep yourself in history at Tiwanaku.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our La Paz trip planner .

Fly from Santiago to La Paz in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in La Paz

Historic Sites Shopping
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Tiwanaku ©
Tiwanaku
Mistura - Manifestacion Creativa ©
Mistura - Manifestacion Creativa

5
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.
Head to Galeria Arte Olave and Mercado Central de San Pedrofor some retail therapy. Get a sense of the local culture at Sacsayhuaman and Plaza de Armas. Explore Cusco's surroundings by going to Salinas de Maras (in Maras) and Cerveceria Willkamayu (in Urubamba). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco, take an in-depth tour of Museo Inka, stop by Hilo, and delve into the distant past at Sacred Valley of the Incas.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Cusco tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from La Paz to Cusco takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Bolivia Time (BOT) to Peru Time (PET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from La Paz in February, expect Cusco to be somewhat warmer, temps between 68°F and 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Cerveceria Willkamayu, Salinas de Maras, Sacred Valley of the Incas
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

5
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Museo Larco and Galeria Indigo. Do your shopping at Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar) and La Kasa Roja. Take a break from Lima with a short trip to Playa Santa Maria del Mar in Santa Maria Del Mar, about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Balneario Embajadores, explore the ancient world of Huaca Pucllana, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, and take a stroll through Barranco.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Lima using our trip planner.

Getting from Cusco to Lima by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in February, you will find days in Lima are a bit warmer (82°F), and nights are much warmer (70°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Santa Maria del Mar
Highlights from your plan
Playa Santa Maria del Mar ©
Playa Santa Maria del Mar
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana

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