31 days in South America Itinerary

31 days in South America Itinerary

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Fly
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Quito, Ecuador
— 1 night
Fly to Baltra Island, Fly to Puerto Villamil
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Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 6 nights
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Bus to Santa Cruz Ferry Terminal, Ferry to Isla Baltra Ferry Terminal, Fly to Lima
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Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly
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Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
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Punta Arenas, Chile
— 3 nights
Bus to Río Gallegos, Fly to Buenos Aires Jorge Newbery
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
— 1 night
Drive
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Montevideo, Uruguay
— 2 nights
Fly
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Asuncion, Paraguay
— 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.
On the 1st (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Abya-Yala Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of Maria Augusta Urrutia (La Casa Museo Maria Augusta Urrutia), and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Merced. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get impressive views of Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve, take an in-depth tour of Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, then make a trip to Mitad Del Mundo, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Quito trip planner.

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Quito is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. Traveling from San Juan to Quito, you'll gain 1 hour 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 colder (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Quito

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

4
nights
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: add some adventure to your tour with Pahoehoe Galapagos Tours, explore and take pictures at Isabela Island Wetlands Complex, head off the coast to Turtle Island, and kick back and relax at Playa Puerto Villamil.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Villamil trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Quito to Puerto Villamil takes 6 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Quito to Puerto Villamil. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

6
nights
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: stroll through Charles Darwin Research Station, explore the activities along Laguna las Ninfas, kick back and relax at Playa de los Alemanes, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Ayora travel route app.

Getting from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora by ferry takes about 3.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Galapagos Time (GALT) to Ecuador Time (ECT) is 1 hour. August in Puerto Ayora sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Lima.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

2
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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 13th (Fri), ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), then steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana, and then wander the streets of Miraflores. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, stop by Wica Licoreria Artesanal, take an in-depth tour of Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, then get a sense of history and politics at Palacio de Torre Tagle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro), and finally stroll around Circuito Magico Del Agua.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Lima tour builder app.

Do a combination of bus, ferry, and flight from Puerto Ayora to Lima in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Puerto Ayora in August: high temperatures in Lima hover around 22°C and lows are around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

5
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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cusco: Maras (Moray & Salinas de Maras) and Cerveceria Willkamayu (in Urubamba). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, take in the spiritual surroundings of Qorikancha, admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco, and take a stroll through San Blas.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Cusco online visit planner.

You can fly from Lima to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be much colder in Cusco, with lows of 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

3
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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.
Punta Arenas is known for historic sites, museums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Palacio Sara Braun, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, hit the slopes at Club Andino Centro de Ski, and sample the tasty concoctions at Cerveceria Hernando de Magallanes.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Punta Arenas trip site.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Punta Arenas takes 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cusco to Punta Arenas due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Cusco in August: highs in Punta Arenas hover around 6°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time for travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums

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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: make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, get a sense of history and politics at Casa Rosada, and take a stroll through Puerto Madero.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires day trip website.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Punta Arenas to Buenos Aires in 8.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Punta Arenas to Buenos Aires. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Punta Arenas in August: highs in Buenos Aires hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can ride a ferry to Colonia del Sacramento.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

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Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

Sleepy cobbled streets lined with pastel-colored houses lead down to the water in Colonia del Sacramento.
On the 27th (Fri), take in the pleasant sights at Rambla Colonia Del Sacramento, get engrossed in the history at Museo Portugues, then don't miss a visit to La Calle de los Suspiros, then visit a coastal fixture at Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse, and finally wander the streets of Barrio Historico.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Colonia del Sacramento online visit planner.

Getting from Buenos Aires to Colonia del Sacramento by ferry takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Montevideo.

Things to do in Colonia del Sacramento

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

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Montevideo, Uruguay

With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
On the 28th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Montevideo, admire the landmark architecture of Palacio Salvo, then don't miss a visit to Plaza Independencia, and finally wander the streets of Ciudad Vieja. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Pocitos, take in the pleasant sights at Rambla de Montevideo, then get a sense of history and politics at Palacio Legislativo, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes Juan Manuel Blanes.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Montevideo tour planner.

Traveling by car from Colonia del Sacramento to Montevideo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Montevideo are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Asuncion.

Things to do in Montevideo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites

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Asuncion, Paraguay

Mother of Cities

Paraguay's capital and economic center, Asuncion ranks among the youngest cities on the continent, with more than half of its residents under 30 years of age.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Museo Etnografico Andres Barbero, then steep yourself in history at Casa de la Independencia, and then get a sense of history and politics at Palacio de López.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Asuncion online attractions planner.

Getting from Montevideo to Asuncion by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Uruguay Standard Time (UYT) to Paraguay Standard Time (PYT) is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Montevideo in August; daily highs in Asuncion reach 31°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Asuncion

Museums · Historic Sites

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.

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.

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.

Uruguay travel guide

3.9
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.

Paraguay travel guide

3.8
Landmarks · Shopping Malls · Gift & Specialty Shops
Heart of South America
Divided in half by its eponymous river, Paraguay is a land of contrasts, especially between its lush eastern region where most of the population lives and the arid west, filled with rustic villages and old Jesuit colonies. Although under Spanish rule for three centuries and with a recent history of dictatorships and wars, Paraguay retained its native Guarani culture, with more than 80 percent of population of indigenous heritage. You'll find plenty of things to do in Paraguay, from touring cosmopolitan cities and quaint Jesuit colonies, to browsing affordable arts and crafts stores and sailing on rivers that crisscross the diverse natural landscape that makes up this landlocked nation.