25 days in South America Itinerary

25 days in South America Itinerary

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25 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Puerto Iguazu, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
bus:  7​h 30​min
4
Cordoba, Argentina
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Salta, Argentina
— 2 nights
bus:  10​h
6
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 2 nights
Drive:  11​h
7
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 2 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h 45​min
8
Copacabana, Bolivia
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
9
Cusco, Peru
— 1 night
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 30​min
10
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
+2
train + foot + bus:  3​h 30​min
11
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
End: Cusco, Peru

4
nights
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro ©
Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Thu): make a trip to Escadaria Selaron, pause for some serene contemplation at The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian, stroll through Pedra do Arpoador, then stroll through Praia de Ipanema, and finally kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary maker .

Lisbon, Portugal to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Lisbon to Rio de Janeiro, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lisbon in October, expect Rio de Janeiro to be somewhat warmer, temps between 32°C and 24°C. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Ilha Grande.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Cachoeira do Mato Dentro Farm
Highlights from your plan
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Barra da Tijuca Beach ©
Barra da Tijuca Beach

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Iguazu, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Virgen del Carmen, and then take a stroll through Puerto Iguazu.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Iguazu online journey planner .

Getting from Bonito to Puerto Iguazu by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Bonito to Puerto Iguazu, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In October in Puerto Iguazu, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Tue) before leaving for San Ignacio.

Things to do in Puerto Iguazu

Parks Nature Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Puerto Iguazu ©
Puerto Iguazu
Catedral Virgen del Carmen ©
Catedral Virgen del Carmen

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Buenos Aires Free Tour. Visit Calle Defensa and La Boca for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Puerto Madero and Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, step into the grandiose world of Palacio de Aguas Corrientes, look for gifts at El Ateneo Grand Splendid, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.

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

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from San Ignacio to Buenos Aires. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Ignacio to Buenos Aires due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from San Ignacio in October; daily highs in Buenos Aires reach 24°C and lows reach 17°C. On the 26th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cordoba.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Calle Defensa ©
Calle Defensa
La Boca
La Boca

1
night
Cordoba, Argentina

Cordoba
History lives on in the streets of Cordoba, Argentina's second-largest city.
To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Cordoba trip builder .

Getting from Buenos Aires to Cordoba by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Buenos Aires, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Cordoba, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to San Miguel de Tucuman.

Things to do in Cordoba

Parks Outdoors Tours

2
nights
Salta, Argentina

Salta
Salta boasts a vibrant social life and array of informative museums appealing to visitors looking for a memorable cultural experience.
To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Salta road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Cafayate to Salta in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 13°C. On the 31st (Thu), you'll travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Salta

Tours Outdoors Parks

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.
For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the San Pedro de Atacama trip maker app .

Drive from Salta to San Pedro de Atacama in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Salta to San Pedro de Atacama is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Salta in February, things will get slightly colder in San Pedro de Atacama: highs are around 28°C and lows about 8°C. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Uyuni.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

2
nights
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Uyuni day trip planning app .

You can drive from San Pedro de Atacama to Uyuni in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in February, expect nights in Uyuni to be somewhat warmer, around 12°C, while days are much colder, around 13°C. On the 23rd (Sun), you're off toCopacabana.

Things to do in Uyuni

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

3
nights
Copacabana, Bolivia

Copacabana ©
The town of Copacabana represents the largest Bolivian settlement on the shore of Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in the continent.
Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Avenida 6 de Agosto, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Titicaca, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cerro Calvario.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Copacabana travel route app .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Uyuni to Copacabana takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 13th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Cusco.

Things to do in Copacabana

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca
Cerro Calvario ©
Cerro Calvario
Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana
Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana

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 25th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman and then contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas.

Before you visit Cusco, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Copacabana to Cusco takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Copacabana to Cusco due to the time zone difference. In February in Cusco, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

1
night
Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu ©
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 17th (Sun): take in the natural beauty of Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes), then tour the pleasant surroundings at Los Jardines de Mandor, and then delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Lucho Soler.

Plan a Machu Picchu trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lucho Soler
Highlights from your plan
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Los Jardines de Mandor ©
Los Jardines de Mandor
Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes) ©
Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes)

2
nights
Cusco, Peru

Cusco ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Tambomachay, examine the collection at Museo Quechua, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cusco Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Museo de Vida Monastica - Monasterio de Santa Catalina del Cusco and then delve into the distant past at Centro Historico De Cusco.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Cusco online route planner .

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Iglesia De Santo Domingo ©
Iglesia De Santo Domingo
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco
Tambomachay ©
Tambomachay

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