29 days in South America Itinerary

29 days in South America Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South America trip planner

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Cartagena, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly to Bucaramanga, Bus to Barichara
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Barichara, Colombia
— 3 nights
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Drive to Palonegro Airport, Fly to Cotopaxi International Airport, Drive to Banos
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Banos, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Drive
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Quito, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Fly
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Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
Bus to Ollantaytambo, Train to Machu Picchu
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly
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Valparaiso, Chile
— 1 night
Drive
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Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
Fly to Punta Arenas, Bus to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)
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Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile
— 1 night
Shuttle
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El Calafate, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly
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Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 1 night
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Cartagena, Colombia

— 3 nights

City of Heroes

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.
When in Cartagena, make a side trip to see Oceanario in Islas de Rosario, approximately Islas de Rosario away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, don't miss a visit to Torre del Reloj, step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, and admire the striking features of Las Bovedas.

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cartagena trip itinerary maker.

New York City, USA to Cartagena is an approximately 9-hour flight. Traveling from New York City in September, things will get a bit warmer in Cartagena: highs are around 91°F and lows about 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Barichara.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Barichara, Colombia

— 3 nights
A charming town of just over 7,000 people, Barichara displays rustic, dusty orange-colored architecture, protected by the Colombian People's Heritage Network.
On the 25th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Gallineral and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Keep things going the next day: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, view the masterpieces at Fundacion San Lorenzo De Barichara, then don't miss a visit to Capilla de Santa Barbara, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepcion.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Barichara trip builder.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Cartagena to Barichara takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cartagena in September, expect Barichara to be slightly colder, temps between 80°F and 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Banos.

Things to do in Barichara

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Wildlife

Side Trip

Banos, Ecuador

— 2 nights
A trip to Banos, a relatively small town in the picturesque Andean highlands, ensures plenty of chances for outdoor activities like horseback riding, hiking, climbing, canyoning, and mountain biking.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): stop by Jacinto Guevara & Hijos Evanistas, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of the Virgin of the Holy Water (Nuestra Senora del Agua Santa). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: grab your bike and head to Ruta de las cascadas, take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada el Pailon (del Diablo), then get outside with Canopy double puerta del cielo, and finally whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

Plan my day in Banos using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Barichara to Banos. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to Quito.

Things to do in Banos

Outdoors · Nature · Tours · Parks

Quito, Ecuador

— 2 nights

Light of America

High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
On the 30th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica del Voto Nacional, get to know the fascinating history of Quito Old Town, then admire the striking features of El Sagrario, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, and finally look for gifts at ARIU. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, then make a trip to Mitad Del Mundo, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, and finally see the interesting displays at Intinan Museum.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Quito tour planner.

Drive from Banos to Quito in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Quito can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Cusco, Peru

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Qorikancha, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, then delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, and finally trek along exploor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco, then steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, and then don't miss a visit to San Blas.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Cusco planner.

Traveling by flight from Quito to Cusco takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Quito in October, plan for little chillier nights in Cusco, with lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Trails · Parks

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then stroll through Mandor.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Machu Picchu vacation app.

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. You'll set off for Valparaiso on the 5th (Tue).

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Valparaiso, Chile

— 1 night

Jewel of the Pacific

Navigating through a maze of colorful streets winding up and down steep hills remains an integral part of any Valparaiso tour.
On the 6th (Wed), stop by Lapislázuli Faba Viña del Mar, examine the collection at Corporacion Museo de Arqueologia e Historia Francisco Fonck, then don't miss a visit to Flower Clock (Reloj de Flores), then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and finally see the interesting displays at La Sebastiana. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Reñaca, then wander the streets of Paseo Dimalow, and then don't miss a visit to Cerro Concepcion.

For other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Valparaiso online trip planner.

Fly from Machu Picchu to Valparaiso in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Machu Picchu to Valparaiso, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In October in Valparaiso, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Santiago.

Things to do in Valparaiso

Tours · Beaches · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Santiago, Chile

— 4 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.
Santiago is known for shopping, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Cerro Santa Lucia, browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Mercado Central), enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Costanera, and look for gifts at Patio Bellavista.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Santiago vacation tool.

You can drive from Valparaiso to Santiago in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine).

Things to do in Santiago

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Nature

Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile

— 1 night
Surrounded by towering mountains, shimmering lakes, and the region's rugged hills, Puerto Natales serves as a bustling jumping-off point for exploring the Torres del Paine National Park.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): examine the collection at Museo Historico e Industrial Puerto Bories, Head underground at Mylodon Cave Natural Monument, then pause for some photo ops at Monumento de la Mano, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Muelle Historico and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) day trip planning app.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Santiago to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in 9 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) can reach 52°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can catch the shuttle to El Calafate.

Things to do in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Nature

El Calafate, Argentina

— 2 nights
El Calafate tourism thrives mostly thanks to the city's proximity to a World Heritage-listed national park, famed for containing over 40 large glaciers.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Perito Moreno Glacier. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Lago Argentino, then get outside with Enjoy!, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Laguna Nimez Reserva Natural Municipal.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the El Calafate online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to El Calafate takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Chile Standard Time (CLT) to Argentina Standard Time (ART) is 1 hour. When traveling from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in El Calafate: temperatures range from 46°F by day to 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 3 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.
Buenos Aires is known for historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta, ponder the world of politics at Casa Rosada, appreciate the extensive heritage of Calle Defensa, and admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires trip itinerary site.

You can fly from El Calafate to Buenos Aires in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from El Calafate in October: highs in Buenos Aires hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Iguazu National Park, Argentina

— 1 night
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 18th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Salto Bernabe Mendez and then take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Iguazu National Park planner.

Getting from Buenos Aires to Iguazu National Park by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in October, you will find days in Iguazu National Park are somewhat warmer (84°F), and nights are about the same (62°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Nature · Parks · Wildlife