29 days in Colombia & South America Itinerary

29 days in Colombia & South America Itinerary

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29 days in Colombia & South America Itinerary

Start: Bogota, Colombia
1
Bogota, Colombia
— 2 nights
+4
Fly + Taxi + Bus + Foot + Train:  16​h 45​min
2
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
+2
Train + Foot + Bus:  3​h 15​min
3
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Shuttle:  8​h 30​min
5
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
6
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
8
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
9
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
10
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Bogota, Colombia

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Impulse Travel. Change things up with a short trip to Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira in Zipaquira (about 54 minutes away). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), make a trip to Bolivar plaza, look for gifts at El Cuchitril Second Hand Shop, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Bogota trip itinerary planning website .

If you are flying in from Colombia, the closest major airport is El Dorado International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Bogota

Tours Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

1
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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 30th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Tue): delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Machu Picchu trip builder site .

Do a combination of flight and car from Bogota to Machu Picchu in 17 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna

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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.
Cusco is known for historic sites, museums, classes, trails, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, and hike along exploor.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cusco trip planner .

Getting from Machu Picchu to Cusco by combination of train and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Sacred Valley of the Incas
Highlights from your plan
exploor ©
exploor
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

3
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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.
Step out of Santiago to go to Valle Nevado and see Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile, which is approximately 1h 35 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, make a trip to Plaza de Armas, browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Mercado Central), and explore the world behind art at Museo de Artes Visuales.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Santiago trip maker website .

Fly from Cusco to Santiago in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cusco to Santiago. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Los Glaciares National Park.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trip

Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile
Highlights from your plan
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
La Chascona ©
La Chascona

1
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Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

Los Glaciares National Park ©
A World Heritage Site, Los Glaciares National Park contains a giant ice cap that feeds 47 vast glaciers.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Perito Moreno Glacier. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Glaciar Seco and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glaciar Spegazzini.

For reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Los Glaciares National Park travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Santiago to Los Glaciares National Park takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Chile Time (CLT) to Argentine Time (ART) is 1 hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Perito Moreno Glacier ©
Perito Moreno Glacier
Glaciar Spegazzini ©
Glaciar Spegazzini
Glaciar Seco ©
Glaciar Seco

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.
Buenos Aires is known for nightlife, museums, parks, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta, admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, steep yourself in history at Casa Rosada, and take in the history at Plaza de Mayo.

To find other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires trip itinerary tool .

Fly from Los Glaciares National Park to Buenos Aires in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Glaciares National Park in October, you will find days in Buenos Aires are warmer (24°C), and nights are a bit warmer (17°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

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Iguazu National Park, Argentina

Iguazu National Park ©
Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Salto San Martin and then take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: head off the coast to Isla San Martin and then admire the sheer force of Salto Bernabe Mendez.

To find more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Iguazu National Park trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Iguazu National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Buenos Aires in October: highs in Iguazu National Park hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez
Salto San Martin ©
Salto San Martin

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Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

Foz do Iguacu ©
A gateway to the world-renowned Iguacu Falls, which spectacularly divide Brazil and Argentina, the modern, high-rise city of Foz do Iguacu can't help but play second fiddle to the natural wonder in its vicinity.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Buddhist Temple, then get to know the resident critters at Parque das Aves Bird Park, and then admire the engineering at Itaipu Dam. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls.

To see where to stay and tourist information, refer to the Foz do Iguacu sightseeing planning site .

Getting from Iguazu National Park to Foz do Iguacu by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Parque das Aves Bird Park ©
Parque das Aves Bird Park
Buddhist Temple ©
Buddhist Temple

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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.
Rio de Janeiro is known for beaches, nature, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pao de Acucar, enjoy the sand and surf at Barra da Tijuca Beach, appreciate the history behind Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, and stroll through Praia de Ipanema.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro trip planner.

You can fly from Foz do Iguacu to Rio de Janeiro in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Foz do Iguacu in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 24°C in Rio de Janeiro. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach

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Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

Fernando de Noronha ©
With 21 lush islands scattered among pristine waters in the Atlantic Ocean, a Fernando de Noronha holiday is well worth the effort it takes to get there.
Fernando de Noronha is known for beaches, museums, wildlife, outdoors, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Baia do Sancho, stroll through Fernando de Noronha, trek along Trilha do Piquinho, and take in the pleasant sights at Trilha Atalaia.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Fernando de Noronha online trip maker .

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Fernando de Noronha in 8 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Fernando de Noronha due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Fernando de Noronha when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in October, with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Baia dos Porcos ©
Baia dos Porcos
Fernado de Noronha Island ©
Fernado de Noronha Island

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