30 days in South America Itinerary

30 days in South America Itinerary

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Cusco, Peru
— 1 night
Bus to Ollantaytambo, Train to Machu Picchu
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
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Arequipa, Peru
— 1 night
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La Paz, Bolivia
— 1 night
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Uyuni, Bolivia
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 1 night
Fly to Foz do Iguacu, Bus to Iguazu National Park
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Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
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Montevideo, Uruguay
— 2 nights
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Punta del Este, Uruguay
— 2 nights
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Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
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San Martin de los Andes, Argentina
— 3 nights
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Hanga Roa, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly to Hilo International Airport, Drive to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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Cusco, Peru

— 1 night

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 (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Qorikancha, then see exploor, and finally take a stroll through San Blas. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco, steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, and then steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Cusco online holiday maker.

Los Angeles, USA to Cusco is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Cusco. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, expect nights in Cusco to be much colder, around 5°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Trails

Machu Picchu, Peru

— 1 night
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 4th (Sat): take some stellar pictures from Intipuncu, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, and then make a trip to Plaza Manco Capac.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Machu Picchu visit planner.

Getting from Cusco to Machu Picchu by combination of bus and train takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Arequipa.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites

Arequipa, Peru

— 1 night

White City

In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Arequipa trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by flight from Machu Picchu to Arequipa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. On the 5th (Sun), you'll travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Arequipa

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

La Paz, Bolivia

— 1 night

City that Touches the Sky

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Valley of the Moon and then push the limits with an extreme tour. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Mi Teleferico, ponder the world of politics at Centro de Informacion Turistica, don't miss a visit to Calle Sagarnaga, then don't miss a visit to Mercado de Las Brujas, and finally experience the excitement of Andean Culture Distillery.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the La Paz trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Arequipa to La Paz takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Arequipa to La Paz. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Arequipa in September, with highs in La Paz at 18°C and lows at 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Uyuni.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Uyuni, Bolivia

— 2 nights
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
On the 7th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Museo de la Llama y la Sal, then explore the striking landscape at Salar de Uyuni, and then examine the collection at Train Cemetery.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Uyuni day trip app.

You can fly from La Paz to Uyuni in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from La Paz in September, plan for much colder days and about the same nights in Uyuni: temperatures range from 1°C by day to 0°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Wed) before leaving for San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Uyuni

Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): witness a stunning natural landmark at Geyser del Tatio, make a trip to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote, and then explore the striking landscape at Valle De La Luna.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the San Pedro de Atacama trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Uyuni to San Pedro de Atacama takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Uyuni in September, plan for much hotter days and about the same nights in San Pedro de Atacama: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 2°C at night. On the 10th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Iguazu National Park, Argentina

— 2 nights
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 11th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Isla San Martin, take in the dramatic scenery at Salto Bernabe Mendez, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Salto San Martin.

To see maps and more tourist information, read our Iguazu National Park day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Pedro de Atacama to Iguazu National Park takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Pedro de Atacama to Iguazu National Park. While traveling from San Pedro de Atacama, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Iguazu National Park, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemiterio de Recoleta, admire the landmark architecture of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, then explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, then admire the natural beauty at Jardin Japones, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Puerto Madero. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Obelisco de Buenos Aires, ponder the world of politics at Casa Rosada, snap pictures at Puente de la Mujer, pause for some photo ops at Floralis Generica, then admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, and finally explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Buenos Aires route planner.

Traveling by flight from Iguazu National Park to Buenos Aires takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, Buenos Aires is little chillier than Iguazu National Park - with highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Montevideo.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Montevideo, Uruguay

— 2 nights
With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take a stroll through Ciudad Vieja, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de Montevideo, then make a trip to Plaza Independencia, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Rambla de Montevideo. On your second day here, visit Pocitos, then take in the views from Puerta de la Ciudadela, then get a sense of history and politics at Palacio Legislativo, and finally make a trip to Mercado Agricola Montevideo - MAM.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Montevideo vacation planning app.

Fly from Buenos Aires to Montevideo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Punta del Este.

Things to do in Montevideo

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Punta del Este, Uruguay

— 2 nights

Monaco of South America

With plenty of modern casinos, well-developed beaches, chic restaurants, and upscale hotels, Punta del Este vacations draw visitors from Argentina, Brazil, and beyond.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Brava, then make a trip to The Fingers of Punta del Este, then make a trip to Puerto de Punta del Este, and finally step off the mainland to explore Isla de Lobos. On your second day here, take some stellar pictures from Mirador Punta Ballena, see the interesting displays at Museo Del Mar, then snap pictures at Puente Leonel Viera, and finally try your luck at Conrad Casino.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Punta del Este vacation planner.

Getting from Montevideo to Punta del Este by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to fly to Santiago.

Things to do in Punta del Este

Parks · Nature · Casinos · Beaches

Side Trip

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 19th (Sun): make a trip to Iglesia de San Lazaro, then walk around Cerro Santa Lucia, and then go for a walk through Plaza de Armas. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Mercado Central), then admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), then look for gifts at Patio Bellavista, and finally get great views at Sky Costanera.

To find out how to plan a trip to Santiago, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Punta del Este to Santiago in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Punta del Este to Santiago is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow time for travel to San Martin de los Andes.

Things to do in Santiago

Shopping · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

San Martin de los Andes, Argentina

— 3 nights
Perched on the eastern tip of Lake Lacar, laidback San Martin de los Andes feels in tune with the nature around it.
San Martin de los Andes is known for scenic drive, beaches, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Route of the Seven Lakes, stroll through Cerro Chapelco, explore the activities along Lago Lolog, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Quila Quina.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the San Martin de los Andes route planning app.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Santiago to San Martin de los Andes in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. The time zone changes from Chile Standard Time (CLT) to Argentina Standard Time (ART), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hanga Roa.

Things to do in San Martin de los Andes

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Scenic Drive

Hanga Roa, Chile

— 3 nights
The main town and capital of Chile's Easter Island, Hanga Roa serves as a base for most visitors to the island, with all explorations of Easter Island and its famous moai monoliths beginning here.
Spend the 29th (Wed) exploring nature at Rapa Nui Parque Nacional. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Ahu Tongariki, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio de Isla de Pascua, take in the dramatic natural features at Orongo, and contemplate the geological forces at Rano Raraku.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Hanga Roa trip builder website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from San Martin de los Andes to Hanga Roa. Traveling from San Martin de los Andes to Hanga Roa, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in September, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hanga Roa

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trip

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.

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.

Chile travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Parks · Specialty Museums
Land of Poets
Squeezed between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, geographically diverse Chile is a long, thin stretch of land encompassing some of the world's driest deserts in the north, and some of its largest glacial fields in the south. Though most Chile holidays include some form of adventure in the vast wilderness areas, the country also contains charming cities providing plenty of urban things to do and see. Many tours of Chile include at least a brief visit to the country's lush wine regions, where backyard vineyards compete with sprawling estates producing some of the world's most respected whites and reds.

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.

Uruguay travel guide

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Landmarks · Scenic Walking Areas · Art Museums
Switzerland of South America
One of the smallest countries in South America, tourist-friendly Uruguay is often called the "Switzerland of South America" because of its consistent economic development and progressive society. Open-minded Montevideo serves as the starting point of most Uruguay vacations, offering visitors an eclectic cultural scene and a chance to discover some of South America's major architectural treasures. Away from the cosmopolitan capital city, vacations in Uruguay involve exploring wildlife-rich areas along the Atlantic and touring the rustic interior on horseback, gaucho style. In this sports-loving country, the highlight of your Uruguay trip might just be a soccer match between Penarol and Nacional, the country's two major clubs.

Patagonia travel guide

4.3
Bodies of Water · Geologic Formations · National Parks
Sparsely populated and largely untamed, Patagonia is equally appealing to photographers, nature lovers, adrenaline seekers, and fans of long road trips through desolate regions far from the noise and pollution of big cities. Many Patagonia vacations start in thriving Neuquen, the region's largest center and a major hub of Argentina's fruit production. Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, is another important stop on most Patagonia tours, serving as a base for excursions across the region and trips to Antarctica. While its urban centers provide modern comforts, Patagonia's main appeal remains its vast, remote stretches, crossed by a network of paved roads linking old oil boomtowns with ancient forests and nature reserves.