30 days in South America Itinerary

30 days in South America Itinerary

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30 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Lima, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
2
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  2​h
3
La Paz, Bolivia
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h
4
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
5
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
7
Mendoza, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  2​h
8
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h
9
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  20​h
End: Sydney, Australia

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.
On the 17th (Sat), ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor). Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, delve into the distant past at Huaca Pucllana, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, and finally take a stroll through Centro Historico de Lima.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Lima trip app .

Sydney, Australia to Lima is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 15 hours traveling from Sydney to Lima. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Sydney in October: highs in Lima hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Centro Historico de Lima ©
Centro Historico de Lima
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco ©

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.
Sacsayhuaman and Sacred Valley of the Incas will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Moray and Tipon. When in Cusco, make a side trip to see Salinas de Maras in Maras, approximately 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Q'enqo, look for gifts at Hilo, contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, and admire the striking features of The Company of Jesus Church.

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

You can fly from Lima to Cusco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Cusco when traveling from Lima in October, with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Maras, Sacred Valley of the Incas
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Moray ©
Moray
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas

1
night
La Paz, Bolivia

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): have fun at Urban Rush Bolivia, don't miss a visit to Mi Teleferico, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de San Francisco, and finally get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the La Paz trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Cusco to La Paz takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco to La Paz, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Cusco in October, with highs in La Paz at 19°C and lows at 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in La Paz

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Iglesia de San Francisco ©
Iglesia de San Francisco
Urban Rush Bolivia ©
Urban Rush Bolivia

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sao Bento Monastery and Igreja Sao Lourenco. Get a sense of the local culture at Pao de Acucar and Claudio Coutinho Trail. There's still lots to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Parque Nacional Tijuca, enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach, don't miss a visit to Olimpic Park, and examine the collection at Instituto Moreira Salles.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro trip builder .

Fly from La Paz to Rio de Janeiro in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Bolivia Time to Brasilia Time is 1 hour. In October, Rio de Janeiro is warmer than La Paz - with highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Igreja Sao Lourenco
Highlights from your plan
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Bondinho  Pao de Acucar ©
Bondinho Pao de Acucar
Parque Nacional Tijuca ©
Parque Nacional Tijuca

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.
Get some cultural insight at Catedral de la Plata and San Telmo. Popular historic sites such as Plaza de Mayo and Palermo Soho are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, ponder the world of politics at Casa Rosada, and get a taste of the local shopping with Puerto Madero.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires vacation planner .

Fly from Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in October, things will get little chillier in Buenos Aires: highs are around 24°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Catedral de la Plata
Highlights from your plan
Catedral de la Plata ©
Catedral de la Plata
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Calle Defensa ©
Calle Defensa

4
nights
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

San Carlos de Bariloche ©
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Piedras Blancas and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Visiting Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro and Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi will get you outdoors. Take a break from San Carlos de Bariloche with a short trip to Rio Correntoso in Villa La Angostura, about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parroquia San Eduardo and head off the coast to Isla Victoria.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Carlos de Bariloche route maker .

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to San Carlos de Bariloche takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Buenos Aires in October: highs in San Carlos de Bariloche hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mendoza.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Rio Correntoso
Highlights from your plan
Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro ©
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi ©
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi
Rio Correntoso ©
Rio Correntoso

3
nights
Mendoza, Argentina

Mendoza ©
Famed for its neat vineyards and thriving wine production, Mendoza remains the place to visit for a pleasant combination of relaxation and recreation.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Bodega Tierras Altas and Casa El Enemigo. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pulenta Estate Winery and Cerro de la Gloria. It doesn't end there: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour and learn about winemaking at Bodega Chandon.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Mendoza day trip site .

Traveling by flight from San Carlos de Bariloche to Mendoza takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Mendoza, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Mendoza

Wineries Tours

Side Trip

Casa El Enemigo
Highlights from your plan
Bodega Catena Zapata ©
Bodega Catena Zapata
Casa El Enemigo ©
Casa El Enemigo
Bodega Chandon ©
Bodega Chandon

3
nights
Santiago, Chile

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Casa de Isla Negra. Popular historic sites such as Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania and Moai are in your itinerary. Step out of Santiago to go to Valparaiso and see Cerro Concepcion, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: stroll through San Cristóbal Hill, make a trip to Santa Lucia Hill, examine the collection at La Chascona, and take some stellar pictures from Sky Costanera.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Santiago trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Mendoza to Santiago takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Mendoza to Santiago is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Tours Museums

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Casa de Isla Negra, Moai, Cerro Concepcion
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Casa de Isla Negra ©
Casa de Isla Negra
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill

5
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Salar de Tara and Reserva Nacional de Flamencos. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Piedras Rojas and Valle Arcoiris. There's much more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, admire the striking features of Church of San Pedro de Atacama, don't miss a visit to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Termas Banos de Puritama.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the San Pedro de Atacama trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in November, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Salar de Tara ©
Salar de Tara
Reserva Nacional de Flamencos ©
Reserva Nacional de Flamencos
Piedras Rojas ©
Piedras Rojas

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