31 days in South America Itinerary

31 days in South America Itinerary

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31 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  29​h
1
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 30​min
4
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
5
Cartagena, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
6
Lima, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
7
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 45​min
8
La Paz, Bolivia
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
9
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 1 night
Drive:  11​h 15​min
10
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h
11
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Sydney, Australia

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi and Isla Victoria. Go for a jaunt from San Carlos de Bariloche to Villa La Angostura to see Rio Correntoso about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, walk around Parque Nahuelito, and contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Tronador.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our San Carlos de Bariloche trip site .

Sydney, Australia to San Carlos de Bariloche is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 13 hours traveling from Sydney to San Carlos de Bariloche due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Sydney, expect little chillier days and colder nights in San Carlos de Bariloche, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Rio Correntoso
Highlights from your plan
Cerro Tronador ©
Cerro Tronador
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi ©
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi
Rio Correntoso ©
Rio Correntoso

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Catedral de la Plata and Palermo. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Cemiterio de Recoleta, admire the architecture and history at Plaza de Mayo, get a sense of history and politics at Casa Rosada, and shop like a local with Puerto Madero.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires road trip planner .

Fly from San Carlos de Bariloche to Buenos Aires in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Buenos Aires, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Catedral de la Plata
Highlights from your plan
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Catedral de la Plata ©
Catedral de la Plata
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Barra da Tijuca Beach and Praia de Grumari. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pao de Acucar, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipanema, take some stellar pictures from Leblon Beach, and admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Rio de Janeiro trip simple and quick.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Buenos Aires in April: high temperatures in Rio de Janeiro hover around 33°C and lows are around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Pao de Acucar ©
Pao de Acucar
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer

3
nights
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mosteiro De Sao Bento and Catavento Cultural e Educacional. Take a break from Sao Paulo with a short trip to Parque Portugal in Campinas, about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: walk around Parque Ibirapuera, explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, pick up some local products at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo, and wander the streets of Paulista Avenue.

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You can do a combination of flight and bus from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in April; daily highs in Sao Paulo reach 30°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Parque Portugal
Highlights from your plan
Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera
Mosteiro De Sao Bento ©
Mosteiro De Sao Bento
Parque Portugal ©
Parque Portugal

2
nights
Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena ©
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Plaza Santo Domingo and Torre del Reloj. Spend the 27th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Caribe Jewelry Museum & Factory, make a trip to Plaza Bolivar, pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, and contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cartagena planning website .

You can fly from Sao Paulo to Cartagena in 12.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Cartagena. Traveling from Sao Paulo in April, expect Cartagena to be a bit warmer, temps between 38°C and 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo
Caribe Jewelry Museum & Factory ©
Caribe Jewelry Museum & Factory

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, wander the streets of Barranco, look for gifts at Artesanias Las Pallas, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, and finally don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor).

Before you visit Lima, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can fly from Cartagena to Lima in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cartagena in April, expect Lima to be a bit cooler, temps between 28°C and 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Barranco ©
Barranco
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sacred Valley of the Incas and Tambomachay. Step out of Cusco with an excursion to Pisac in Pisac--about 52 minutes away. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, take a stroll through San Blas, contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, and look for all kinds of wild species at Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi.

Find out how to plan Cusco trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can fly from Lima to Cusco in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in April, expect nights in Cusco to be much colder, around 7°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wildlife

Side Trips

Pisac, Sacred Valley of the Incas
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Tipon ©
Tipon

1
night
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): have fun at Urban Rush Bolivia, don't miss a visit to Mi Teleferico, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de San Francisco, and finally get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

For other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the La Paz journey builder tool .

Getting from Cusco to La Paz by combination of flight and bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cusco to La Paz. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Cusco in May, with highs in La Paz at 17°C and lows at -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in La Paz

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Urban Rush Bolivia ©
Urban Rush Bolivia
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Mi Teleferico ©
Mi Teleferico

1
night
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): head off the coast to Isla Incahuasi and then explore the striking landscape at Salar de Uyuni.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Uyuni road trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from La Paz to Uyuni takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect cooler weather when traveling from La Paz in May: highs in Uyuni hover around 3°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Uyuni

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Salar de Uyuni ©
Salar de Uyuni
Isla Incahuasi ©
Isla Incahuasi

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Salar de Tara and Nature & Wildlife Tours. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Piedras Rojas, don't miss a visit to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote, explore the activities along Tebinquinche Lake, and see the interesting displays at Museo del Meteorito.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the San Pedro de Atacama trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and bus from Uyuni to San Pedro de Atacama in 11.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car, train, and bus. Traveling from Uyuni in May, you will find days in San Pedro de Atacama are much hotter (25°C), and nights are about the same (2°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Salar de Tara ©
Salar de Tara
Piedras Rojas ©
Piedras Rojas
Tebinquinche Lake ©
Tebinquinche Lake

3
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like River Rafting & Tubing and Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania. Get out of town with these interesting Santiago side-trips: Cerro Concepcion (in Valparaiso) and Casa de Isla Negra (in Isla Negra). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, make a trip to Santa Lucia Hill, and examine the collection at La Chascona.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Santiago day trip tool .

Getting from San Pedro de Atacama to Santiago by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Nature Museums Tours

Side Trips

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

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