27 days in South America Itinerary

27 days in South America Itinerary

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27 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h
2
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  8​h 15​min
3
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
4
Lima, Peru
— 1 night
+2
Fly + shuttle + ferry:  9​h 45​min
5
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 4 nights
+2
ferry + shuttle + Fly:  7​h
6
Bogota, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Cartagena, Colombia
— 1 night
Fly:  11​h 30​min
8
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 1 day
bus + Fly:  1​h 30​min
9
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
10
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Sydney, Australia

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.
Let the collections at La Chascona and Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania capture your imagination. Visiting San Cristóbal Hill and Region IX Ltd will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino and make a trip to Cerro Santa Lucia.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Santiago itinerary planning tool .

Sydney, Australia to Santiago is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Chile Time is minus 14 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

Region IX Ltd
Highlights from your plan
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
La Chascona ©
La Chascona
Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino ©
Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino

3
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.
Get outdoors at Valle De La Luna and Salar de Tara. There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of Geyser del Tatio, relax and rejuvenate at Atacama Desert, and delve into the distant past at Pukara de Quitor.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Pedro de Atacama trip site .

Getting from Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in December, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Atacama Desert
Highlights from your plan
Valle De La Luna ©
Valle De La Luna
Geyser del Tatio ©
Geyser del Tatio
Salar de Tara ©
Salar de Tara

3
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.
Get outdoors at Salinas de Maras and Nature & Wildlife Tours. You'll explore and learn at Museo de Arte Precolombino and Museo Inka. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman and contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Cusco trip itinerary maker website .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Cusco in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from San Pedro de Atacama to Cusco is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in December: highs in Cusco hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Salinas de Maras, Sacred Valley of the Incas
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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 31st (Tue): kick back and relax at Playa Kon-Tiki, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, then take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Indigo, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Lima online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Lima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Cusco in December; daily highs in Lima reach 28°C and lows reach 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Lima

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco ©
Galeria Indigo ©
Galeria Indigo

4
nights
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Puerto Ayora ©
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Galeria Aymara and Maprae will appeal to museum buffs. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay and Playa de los Alemanes. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Charles Darwin Research Station, explore the striking landscape at Las Grietas, admire the masterpieces at Galeria Exotico Ecuador, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa las Bachas.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Ayora online road trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Lima to Puerto Ayora in 10 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, Tunel de Lava Bellavista
Highlights from your plan
Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay

2
nights
Bogota, Colombia

Bogota ©
Colombia's heart and soul, Bogota has earned the nickname "Athens of South America" thanks to its abundance of universities, libraries, and lower-level schools.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira and then explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Humedal de Cordoba, see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), and then stroll through Monserrate.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Bogota travel route planner .

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Puerto Ayora to Bogota in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight. Traveling from Puerto Ayora in January, you will find days in Bogota are little chillier (23°C), and nights are colder (7°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
Highlights from your plan
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

1
night
Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena ©
The site of the continent's first Spanish colony, Cartagena retains much of its colonial flavor thanks to a World Heritage-listed old town, encircled by old walls and protected by imposing fortresses.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena and then step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cartagena trip tool .

You can fly from Bogota to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Bogota in January, expect nights in Cartagena to be much warmer, around 28°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©

1
day
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
On the 9th (Thu), admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo and then walk around Parque Ibirapuera.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Sao Paulo trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Cartagena to Sao Paulo by flight takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Colombia Time (COT) to Brasilia Time (BRT), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Cartagena in January, things will get little chillier in Sao Paulo: highs are around 33°C and lows about 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©

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.
Visiting Bondinho Pao de Acucar and Parque Nacional Tijuca will get you outdoors. Relax by the water at Copacabana Beach and Praia de Ipanema. There's much more to do: stroll through Praia de Grumari, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, steep yourself in history at Parque Lage, and take in the exciting artwork at Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas.

To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro journey maker site .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Sao Paulo in January, expect Rio de Janeiro to be somewhat warmer, temps between 37°C and 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Bondinho  Pao de Acucar ©
Bondinho Pao de Acucar

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, then don't miss a visit to Cemiterio de Recoleta, then have fun and explore at Museo de los Ninos, and finally contemplate the long history of Palacio Barolo. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, then ponder the world of politics at Casa Rosada, and finally wander the streets of Puerto Madero.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Buenos Aires trip maker app .

Fly from Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Rio de Janeiro in January, with highs in Buenos Aires at 33°C and lows at 24°C. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta

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