31 days in South America Itinerary

31 days in South America Itinerary

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Quito, Ecuador
— 1 night
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Fly to Guayaquil, Shuttle to Puerto López, Bus to Salinas
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Salinas, Ecuador
— 1 night
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Bus to La Entrada, Shuttle to Guayaquil, Fly to Puerto Villamil
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Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 4 nights
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Ferry to San Cristobal, Fly to Baltra Island, Fly to Punta Arenas
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Punta Arenas, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly to Puerto Montt, Bus to San Carlos de Bariloche
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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 3 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
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Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
Bus to Foz do Iguacu, Fly to La Paz
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La Paz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
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Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
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Quito, Ecuador

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Quito travel planning site.

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Quito is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from San Juan to Quito due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Juan in August, you will find days in Quito are a bit cooler (27°C), and nights are cooler (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Salinas.

Things to do in Quito

Adventure · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

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Salinas, Ecuador

The coastal city of Salinas is the westernmost city on mainland Ecuador and a leading tourist destination.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): get outside with La Chocolatera and then stroll through La Loberia.

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

You can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus from Quito to Salinas in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Quito in August since evenings lows in Salinas dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Salinas

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

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Puerto Villamil, Ecuador

Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Puerto Villamil is known for nature, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a dose of the wild on Pahoehoe Galapagos Tours, step off the mainland to explore Turtle Island, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Cristo Salvador, and identify plant and animal life at Isabela Island Wetlands Complex.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Villamil sightseeing planner.

Getting from Salinas to Puerto Villamil by combination of bus, shuttle, and flight takes about 9 hours. The time zone changes from Ecuador Time to Galapagos Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

4
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Puerto Ayora is known for parks, nature, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Charles Darwin Research Station, enjoy the sand and surf at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, explore the activities along Laguna las Ninfas, and view the masterpieces at Galeria Aymara.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Ayora trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora in 3.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora is 1 hour. In August, daytime highs in Puerto Ayora are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

2
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Punta Arenas, Chile

An erstwhile hub of the sheep wool industry, Punta Arenas has evolved into a gateway of sorts for hikers, cruise ship passengers, and adventure travelers heading out on the windswept lands of Chile's extreme southern reaches.
On the 13th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Palacio Sara Braun, learn about all things military at Museo Naval y Maritimo, then stop by Cerveceria Hernando de Magallanes, and finally fly down the slopes at Club Andino Centro de Ski.

For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Punta Arenas trip app.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Puerto Ayora to Punta Arenas takes 23.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Ayora to Punta Arenas is 1 hour. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Puerto Ayora in August, with highs in Punta Arenas at 6°C and lows at 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Museums · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks

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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.
categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, take some stellar pictures from Cerro Otto, stop by Evo Sports, and see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read San Carlos de Bariloche driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Punta Arenas to San Carlos de Bariloche in 12.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Punta Arenas to San Carlos de Bariloche. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in August, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

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: stroll the grounds of Cemiterio de Recoleta, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, get a sense of history and politics at Casa Rosada, and take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Buenos Aires tour itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from San Carlos de Bariloche to Buenos Aires takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in August: high temperatures in Buenos Aires hover around 20°C and lows are around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Casinos

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Iguazu National Park, Argentina

Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
On the 22nd (Sun), 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 and then identify plant and animal life at Salto Bernabe Mendez.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Iguazu National Park road trip tool.

Fly from Buenos Aires to Iguazu National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Buenos Aires, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Iguazu National Park, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 14°C. On the 23rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

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La Paz, Bolivia

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 24th (Tue): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then don't miss a visit to Mercado de Las Brujas, then make a trip to Calle Sagarnaga, and finally look for gifts at Mistura - Manifestacion Creativa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): whizz through the canopy at Vertical Route and then see the interesting displays at Museo de Textiles Andinos Bolivianos.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our La Paz planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Iguazu National Park to La Paz takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Iguazu National Park to La Paz is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Iguazu National Park in August, plan for slightly colder days and much colder nights in La Paz: temperatures range from 18°C by day to -3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Museums

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Cusco, Peru

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cusco: Cerveceria Willkamayu (in Urubamba) and Maras (Moray & Salinas de Maras). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco, get engrossed in the history at Museo Inka, and see the interesting displays at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cusco trip itinerary maker app.

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. In August, Cusco is somewhat warmer than La Paz - with highs of 24°C and lows of 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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Lima, Peru

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.
On the 30th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Huaca Pucllana, ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), then explore the galleries of Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro).

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Fly from Cusco to Lima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in August, Lima is much hotter at night with lows of 18°C. On the 31st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites · Museums

Ecuador travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
With abundant opportunities to discover fascinating World Heritage Sites, a holiday in Ecuador remains among the most culturally enriching travel experiences. Home to the world's highest active volcano, this little country packs a big punch when it comes to tourist activities. Some of the most popular things to do in Ecuador include visits to its astonishingly biodiverse wilderness areas, home to some 1,500 bird species, 840 species of amphibians and reptiles, and nearly 20,000 plant species. Of course, the highlight of many Ecuador vacations is bound to be the Galapagos Islands, made famous by naturalist Charles Darwin. Aside from the stunning nature, Ecuador also boasts many historic cities filled with photogenic colonial-era churches, mansions, and plazas.

Galapagos Islands travel guide

4.4
World heritage site · Nature & Parks · Beaches
Famous worldwide thanks to Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, the remote World Heritage-listed Galapagos Islands are situated in the Pacific Ocean and belong to Ecuador. On a tour of Galapagos Islands, you can witness the staggering amount of endemic wildlife the archipelago is noted for. Besides a couple of cities on the main islands, the landscape remains mostly pristine, as the guided tours follow strict rules and limit visitor numbers. Fascinating creatures, untouched nature, unrivalled snorkeling, scuba diving, and more await you on your Galapagos Islands trip.

Argentina travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Bodies of Water
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.