26 days in South America Itinerary

26 days in South America Itinerary

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26 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Fly:  8​h
1
La Paz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  2​h
2
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  8​h 30​min
3
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  5​h
4
Santiago, Chile
— 1 night
shuttle:  1​h 30​min
5
Valle Nevado, Chile
— 1 night
Drive:  12​h 45​min
6
San Martin de los Andes, Argentina
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
Villa La Angostura, Argentina
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 30​min
9
Ushuaia, Argentina
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h
10
Puerto Madryn, Argentina
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
11
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
12
Montevideo, Uruguay
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Sao Paulo, Brazil

2
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue): cruise along WMDR Yungas Road.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read La Paz online visit planner .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to La Paz is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sao Paulo to La Paz, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Sao Paulo, expect little chillier days and colder nights in La Paz, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of -4°C. You'll set off for Cusco on the 3rd (Wed).

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
WMDR Yungas Road ©
WMDR Yungas Road

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.
You've now added Machu Picchu Reservations to your itinerary. On the 4th (Thu), delve into the distant past with Machu Picchu Reservations. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Tipon, delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, and then contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cusco road trip planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from La Paz to Cusco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from La Paz to Cusco. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from La Paz in June, with highs in Cusco at 24°C and lows at 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Machu Picchu Reservations ©
Machu Picchu Reservations
Tipon ©
Tipon

1
night
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.
Atacama Desert Stargazing has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): take in the natural beauty of Geyser del Tatio, explore the activities along Tebinquinche Lake, and then get a taste of local nightlife at Atacama Desert Stargazing. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Piedras Rojas and then don't miss a visit to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the San Pedro de Atacama online journey planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Cusco to San Pedro de Atacama in 8.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cusco to San Pedro de Atacama. In June, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 0°C. On the 7th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Nature Parks Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
Tebinquinche Lake ©
Tebinquinche Lake
Piedras Rojas ©
Piedras Rojas
Atacama Desert Stargazing ©
Atacama Desert Stargazing

1
night
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.
On the 8th (Mon), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, stroll around Cerro Santa Lucia, and then step into the grandiose world of Castillo Hidalgo.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Santiago trip maker .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Santiago takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to take a shuttle to Valle Nevado.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Castillo Hidalgo ©
Castillo Hidalgo

1
night
Valle Nevado, Chile

Valle Nevado ©
The largest ski zone in South America, Valle Nevado offers 2,800 hectares (7,000 acres) of skiable area in the El Plomo foothills near Santiago.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): get all the equipment you need at Parques de Farellones and then glide through natural beauty at Plaza de los Pumas.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Valle Nevado trip maker app .

Getting from Santiago to Valle Nevado by shuttle takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Valle Nevado

Winter Sports Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Farellones
Highlights from your plan
Parques de Farellones ©
Parques de Farellones
Plaza de los Pumas ©
Plaza de los Pumas

1
night
San Martin de los Andes, Argentina

San Martin de los Andes ©
Perched on the eastern tip of Lake Lacar, laidback San Martin de los Andes feels in tune with the nature around it.
On the 10th (Wed), take a memorable drive along Route of the Seven Lakes and then hit the slopes at Cerro Chapelco. On your second day here, snap pictures at Paseo Costanera Junin de los Andes, trek along Cerro Colorado, and then get outside with Lago Lacar.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the San Martin de los Andes road trip planning site .

Getting from Valle Nevado to San Martin de los Andes by car takes about 13 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Valle Nevado to San Martin de los Andes. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Villa La Angostura.

Things to do in San Martin de los Andes

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Paseo Costanera Junin de los Andes
Highlights from your plan
Cerro Chapelco ©
Cerro Chapelco
Lago Lacar ©
Lago Lacar
Route of the Seven Lakes ©
Route of the Seven Lakes

3
nights
Villa La Angostura, Argentina

Villa La Angostura ©
A trip to Villa La Angostura leads to the lush "Garden of Patagonia," where the scenic backdrop features pristine forests, lakes, and mountains.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cerro Bayo, delve into the lush surroundings at Bosque Sumergido, then contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Correntoso, and finally stop by Estacion Patagonia - Anden de Compras. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sat): take a peaceful walk through Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes and then explore the activities along Nahuel Huapi Lake.

To plan Villa La Angostura vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Getting from San Martin de los Andes to Villa La Angostura by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in June, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Villa La Angostura

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Bosque Sumergido
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes ©
Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes
Rio Correntoso ©
Rio Correntoso
Cerro Bayo ©
Cerro Bayo

1
night
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

San Carlos de Bariloche ©
Nestled against the foothills of the Andes, scenic San Carlos de Bariloche hugs the southern shore of Nahuel Huapi Lake and ranks among Argentina's top destinations for active outdoor vacations.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Mon): stroll through Piedras Blancas and then examine the collection at Museo del Lago Gutierrez.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the San Carlos de Bariloche tour planner.

You can drive from Villa La Angostura to San Carlos de Bariloche in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In June in San Carlos de Bariloche, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi ©
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi
Museo del Lago Gutierrez ©
Museo del Lago Gutierrez

2
nights
Ushuaia, Argentina

Ushuaia ©
Often called the "End of the World" because of its position on the southernmost tip of South America, the expanding city of Ushuaia serves as both a busy commercial port and attractive tourist hub.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lago Roca and Ushuaia Bay. The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Isla Martillo, take in the dramatic natural features at Glaciar Vinciguerra, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tierra del Fuego National Park, and make a trip to Paseo del Centenario.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Ushuaia driving holiday app .

Traveling by flight from San Carlos de Bariloche to Ushuaia takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. While traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Ushuaia, ranging from highs of 5°C to lows of 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Madryn.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Tierra del Fuego National Park
Highlights from your plan
Tierra del Fuego National Park ©
Tierra del Fuego National Park
Lago Roca ©
Lago Roca
Ushuaia Bay ©
Ushuaia Bay

1
night
Puerto Madryn, Argentina

Puerto Madryn ©
Whales and penguins frolic in the waters of Puerto Madryn, one of Argentine Patagonia's most important port cities.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Museo de Gemas, then enjoy the sand and surf at Costas de Patagonia, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Valle de Los Altares. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): explore the activities along Peninsula Valdes, take in the waterfront at Muelle Luis Piedra Buena, and then appreciate the history behind Monument to the Welsh Settlers.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Puerto Madryn trip site .

Getting from Ushuaia to Puerto Madryn by combination of flight and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Puerto Madryn

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Valle de Los Altares
Highlights from your plan
Valle de Los Altares ©
Valle de Los Altares
Peninsula Valdes ©
Peninsula Valdes
Museo de Gemas ©
Museo de Gemas

2
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 Cafe Tortoni as well as Madero Tango. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero and then enjoy the dining and entertainment at Madero Tango. Here are some ideas for day two: catch an entertaining show at Cafe Tortoni.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires trip site .

You can fly from Puerto Madryn to Buenos Aires in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in June, and nighttime lows around 11°C. On the 23rd (Tue), you're off toMontevideo.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Nightlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Cafe Tortoni ©
Cafe Tortoni
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Madero Tango ©
Madero Tango

2
nights
Montevideo, Uruguay

Montevideo ©
With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mirador Punta Ballena and Estevez Palace. Step out of Montevideo to go to Punta Ballena and see Museo – Taller de Casapueblo, which is approximately 1h 50 min away. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de las Carmelitas, don't miss a visit to Plaza Matriz, ponder the world of politics at Palacio Municipal de Montevideo, and take a stroll through Ciudad Vieja.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Montevideo tour planner .

You can ride a ferry from Buenos Aires to Montevideo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Montevideo, with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Montevideo

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Maldonado
Highlights from your plan
Iglesia de las Carmelitas ©
Iglesia de las Carmelitas
Mirador Punta Ballena ©
Mirador Punta Ballena
Plaza Independencia ©
Plaza Independencia

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