29 days in South America Itinerary

29 days in South America Itinerary

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Train to London Heathrow, Fly to Rio de Janeiro
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 2 nights
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Gramado, Brazil
— 3 nights
Bus to Porto Alegre, Fly to Buenos Aires
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 2 nights
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Mendoza, Argentina
— 2 nights
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Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
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La Paz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
Bus to Ollantaytambo, Train to Machu Picchu
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
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Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

— 4 nights

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Morro Dois Irmaos and Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro. Step out of Rio de Janeiro to go to Niteroi and see Fortaleza de Santa Cruz da Barra, which is approximately 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some photo ops at Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, tour the pleasant surroundings at Copacabana Beach, and take in the waterfront activity at Marina Da Gloria.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro trip planner.

Bristol, UK to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of train and flight. Traveling from Bristol to Rio de Janeiro, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, daily temperatures in Rio de Janeiro can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sao Paulo, Brazil

— 2 nights

Land of Drizzle

Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario e Convento Sao Francisco de Assis, shop like a local with Mercado Municipal de São Paulo, and then admire the landmark architecture of Oca do Ibirapuera. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Batman Alley, then examine the collection at Museu da Imagem e do Som - MIS, and then stroll around Parque Ibirapuera.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Sao Paulo itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in December, things will get a bit cooler in Sao Paulo: highs are around 32°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to fly to Gramado.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Neighborhoods

Gramado, Brazil

— 3 nights

Hydrangea Garden

Surrounded by impressive mountain scenery in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, the small city of Gramado charms visitors with its alpine European-style architecture and blossoming flowers.
Discover out-of-the-way places like River Rafting & Tubing and Casa do Colono. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Portico Via Taquara, stroll around Mini Mundo, explore the activities along Lago Negro, and see the interesting displays at Mundo de Chocolate.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Gramado travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Sao Paulo to Gramado by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Gramado

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 4 nights

Queen of La Plata

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento and Walking tours. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Rosedal De Palermo, see the interesting displays at Buque Museo Fragata ARA Presidente Sarmiento, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemiterio de Recoleta, and admire the striking features of Mafalda Statue.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Buenos Aires sightseeing planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Gramado to Buenos Aires in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Buenos Aires can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

— 2 nights
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.
On the 31st (Fri), take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada de los Duendes, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and then get curious at Museo Paleontologico Bariloche. Keep things going the next day: hike along Circuito Chico, stroll around Parque Municipal Llao Llao, and then stop by Evo Sports.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the San Carlos de Bariloche trip itinerary planning site.

Fly from Buenos Aires to San Carlos de Bariloche in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in December, you will find days in San Carlos de Bariloche are little chillier (24°C), and nights are cooler (6°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can fly to Mendoza.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Mendoza, Argentina

— 2 nights
Famed for its neat vineyards and thriving wine production, Mendoza remains the place to visit for a pleasant combination of relaxation and recreation.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon): enjoy breathtaking views from Terraza Jardin Mirador, then walk around Parque General San Martin, and then don't miss a visit to Plaza Independencia.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Mendoza travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from San Carlos de Bariloche to Mendoza takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in January, expect nights in Mendoza to be warmer, around 23°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 38°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to fly to Santiago.

Things to do in Mendoza

Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Santiago, Chile

— 2 nights

City of the Island Hills

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, stroll around Parque Forestal, and then stroll around Cerro Santa Lucia. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion, then admire all the interesting features of San Cristóbal Hill, and then admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Santiago trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Mendoza to Santiago takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Mendoza to Santiago. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to La Paz.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

La Paz, Bolivia

— 2 nights

City that Touches the Sky

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
On the 6th (Thu), head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then examine the collection at National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Museum of Musical Instruments - Museo Instrumentos Musicales de Bolivia, then get great views at Mirador Killi Killi, and then get a sense of history and politics at Centro de Informacion Turistica.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the La Paz trip planner.

You can fly from Santiago to La Paz in 6 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in La Paz can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Cusco.

Things to do in La Paz

Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Cusco, Peru

— 3 nights

Imperial City

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'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tipon and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, trek along exploor, delve into the distant past at Tambomachay, and admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Cusco tour planner.

Traveling by flight from La Paz to Cusco takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from La Paz to Cusco, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from La Paz in January; daily highs in Cusco reach 22°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

Machu Picchu, Peru

— 2 nights
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
On the 11th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Mandor and then contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu road trip planner.

Getting from Cusco to Machu Picchu by combination of bus and train takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. You will leave for Lima on the 12th (Wed).

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Lima, Peru

— 2 nights

City of the Kings

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Lima online holiday maker.

Traveling by flight from Machu Picchu to Lima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Lima

Museums · Historic Sites

Brazil travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Land of Brazilwood
The largest country in South America and the biggest Portuguese-speaking nation in the world, Brazil remains best known for its soccer tradition and annual Carnaval. Most visitors on holiday in Brazil come for the country's outstanding beaches, music, wildlife, and diverse neighborhoods, each one boasting its own distinct character, atmosphere, and way of life. A tour of Brazil reveals a vast land of great natural and human diversity, from its sprawling rainforest wildernesses, to its busy urban centers. There are plenty of things to do in Brazil, from basking on its coastline to chasing the samba scene or catching a picturesque sunset from one of the country's lush mountaintops.

Argentina travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Bodies of Water · Specialty Museums
Land of Contrasts
Home to the highest and lowest points in South America, diverse Argentina enthralls visitors with its contrasting landscapes and rich cultural heritage. A tour of Argentina reveals a sprawling land of fiercely proud and hardworking gauchos, the legendary cowboys of South America's pampas. A vacation in Argentina also leads you to giant urban centers, filled with modern tourist attractions that include fine restaurants, award-winning museums, and renowned public parks, gardens, and zoos. Away from big cities, Argentina sightseeing combines visits to mighty waterfalls situated inside World Heritage-listed national parks in the north of the country, with excursions to icy glaciers in the south.

Bolivia travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Geologic Formations · Specialty Museums
Tibet of the Americas
If you're an adventurous tourist, consider adding a Bolivia vacation to your travel itinerary. A land of rainforests, Andean glaciers, high altitude cities, and rushing rivers, Bolivia remains one of the most remote countries in the Western Hemisphere. With 60 percent of the population made up of indigenous peoples, native cultures permeate thecountry's music, architecture, and arts, as well as local folklore and traditions. Traveling in Bolivia you can experience diverse wildlife and ecosystems, learn about the country's rich history, try out its distinctive cuisine, and practice your Spanish with the locals, known for their clean and easy-to-understand accent.

Peru travel guide

4.6
Historic Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Incas
In a country renowned for its pre-Columbian archeological sites, no Peru vacation would be complete without an adrenaline-inducing hike to Machu Picchu, World Heritage-listed symbol of the once-mighty Incan Empire. Aside from visiting these spectacular ruins set against the backdrop of photogenic mountain peaks, most holidays in Peru also include an exploration of the country's pretty cities, boasting well-preserved colonial architecture and a slew of modern buildings housing fine museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Ideal for active vacationers, Peru trips are also tailor-made for gourmands, as the country's eclectic cuisine blends tasty influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe.