31 days in South America Itinerary

31 days in South America Itinerary

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31 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
Fly:  25​h
1
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 1 day
bus + Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  5​h
3
Gramado, Brazil
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
Montevideo, Uruguay
— 1 night
ferry:  2​h 15​min
5
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Puerto Varas, Chile
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
8
Santiago, Chile
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  5​h
9
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  8​h
10
Asuncion, Paraguay
— 1 day
Fly + taxi:  5​h 30​min
11
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  8​h 30​min
12
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
13
Quito, Ecuador
— 1 night
+3
Fly + shuttle + ferry + bus:  8​h
14
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 1 night
+2
ferry + shuttle + Fly:  14​h
15
San Andres Island, Colombia
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
16
Cartagena, Colombia
— 1 night
Drive:  19​h 30​min
17
Canaima National Park, Venezuela
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  46​h
End: Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar

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Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): engage your brain at Catavento Cultural e Educacional and then stroll around Parque Ibirapuera.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Sao Paulo trip planner .

Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar to Sao Paulo is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Yangon (Rangoon) to Sao Paulo is minus 9 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Catavento Cultural e Educacional ©
Catavento Cultural e Educacional
Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): stroll through Praia de Ipanema, stroll through Copacabana Beach, and then take in the awesome beauty at Pao de Acucar.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro online itinerary planner .

Getting from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro by combination of bus and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Sao Paulo in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 24°C in Rio de Janeiro. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Gramado.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Bondinho  Pao de Acucar ©
Bondinho Pao de Acucar
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

2
nights
Gramado, Brazil

Gramado ©
Surrounded by impressive mountain scenery in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, the small city of Gramado charms visitors with its alpine European-style architecture and blossoming flowers.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): do a tasting at Vitivinicola Jolimont, stroll around Mini Mundo, then get to know the resident critters at GramadoZoo, and finally contemplate the long history of Casa do Colono. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Cascata do Caracol, then stroll around Parque da Ferradura, and then admire the striking features of Portico via Nova Petropolis.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Gramado online trip maker .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Rio de Janeiro to Gramado takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Montevideo.

Things to do in Gramado

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Canela
Highlights from your plan
Parque da Ferradura ©
Parque da Ferradura
GramadoZoo ©
GramadoZoo
Casa do Colono ©
Casa do Colono

1
night
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 6th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Montevideo Sign, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then make a trip to Plaza Independencia, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Montevideo, and finally ponder the world of politics at Palacio Legislativo.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Montevideo journey website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Gramado to Montevideo takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Montevideo, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to ride a ferry to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Montevideo

Tours Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Catedral de Montevideo ©
Catedral de Montevideo
Palacio Legislativo ©
Palacio Legislativo

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): admire the architecture and history at Plaza de Mayo, then take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, then admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, and finally make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta. On the next day, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, then admire the landmark architecture of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, then explore the engaging exhibits at Museo de los Ninos, and finally wander the streets of Puerto Madero.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by ferry from Montevideo to Buenos Aires takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums Childrens Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Museo de los Ninos ©
Museo de los Ninos
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): hit the slopes at Piedras Blancas and then walk around Parque Nahuelito. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Outdoor Activities and then take a peaceful walk through Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Carlos de Bariloche trip itinerary planning website .

You can fly from Buenos Aires to San Carlos de Bariloche in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Buenos Aires in October, plan for little chillier days and cooler nights in San Carlos de Bariloche: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Puerto Varas.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi ©
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi
Parque Nahuelito ©
Parque Nahuelito
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Puerto Varas, Chile

Puerto Varas ©
Overlooking a lake, with a conical volcano looming in the background, Puerto Varas enjoys memorable scenery but retains its authentic atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Todos Los Santos, admire the masterpieces at Museo Pablo Fierro, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Llanquihue.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Varas road trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Carlos de Bariloche to Puerto Varas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche to Puerto Varas is minus 1 hour. Traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Puerto Varas, with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Puerto Varas

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Lake Llanquihue ©
Lake Llanquihue
Lago Todos Los Santos ©
Lago Todos Los Santos
Museo Pablo Fierro ©
Museo Pablo Fierro

1
night
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.
On the 12th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Santa Lucia Hill and then take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Santiago road trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Puerto Varas to Santiago takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia

2
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.
On the 13th (Sun), get curious at Museo del Meteorito and then identify plant and animal life at Salar de Tara. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote, then take in the dramatic natural features at Piedras Rojas, and then explore the activities along Tebinquinche Lake.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our San Pedro de Atacama sightseeing planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in San Pedro de Atacama are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Asuncion.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

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

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day
Asuncion, Paraguay

Asuncion ©
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 15th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of The National Pantheon of Heroes and Oratory of the Virgin Our Lady Saint Mary of the Asuncion, explore the world behind art at Museo Etnografico Andres Barbero, then contemplate the long history of Casa de la Independencia, and finally ponder the world of politics at Palacio de López.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Asuncion vacation builder website .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Asuncion takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Asuncion: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in Asuncion

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Museo Etnografico Andres Barbero ©
Museo Etnografico Andres Barbero
Palacio de López ©
Palacio de López
Casa de la Independencia ©
Casa de la Independencia

2
nights
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Isla Incahuasi and then take in the dramatic natural features at Salar de Uyuni.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Uyuni trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Asuncion to Uyuni in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Asuncion in October, expect Uyuni to be colder, temps between 8°C and 7°C. On the 17th (Thu), you'll travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Uyuni

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

2
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.
On the 18th (Fri), delve into the distant past at Tipon and then make a trip to Pisac. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of San Blas.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cusco itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Uyuni to Cusco takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Uyuni to Cusco is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Uyuni in October, plan for much warmer days in Cusco, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Pisac
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Pisac ©
Pisac
San Blas ©
San Blas

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night
Quito, Ecuador

Quito ©
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 20th (Sun): make a trip to Mitad Del Mundo, get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica del Voto Nacional, then admire the striking features of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Quito Old Town.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Quito driving holiday planner .

Getting from Cusco to Quito by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Quito, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Quito Old Town ©
Quito Old Town
Basilica del Voto Nacional ©
Basilica del Voto Nacional

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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Puerto Ayora ©
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
On the 21st (Mon), kick back and relax at Playa de los Perros and then look for all kinds of wild species at El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue): take in the waterfront at Malecon de Puerto Ayora, explore the striking landscape at Las Grietas, then make a trip to Santa Cruz Fish Market, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Puerto Ayora day trip app .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Quito to Puerto Ayora takes 8 hours. Traveling from Quito in October, expect Puerto Ayora to be a bit warmer, temps between 30°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
Highlights from your plan
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve
Santa Cruz Fish Market ©
Santa Cruz Fish Market

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San Andres Island, Colombia

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
On the 23rd (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Charquitos and then head off the coast to Cayo Bolivar. Here are some ideas for day two: see the vivid underwater world at West View and then look for all kinds of wild species at Cayo El Acuario.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the San Andres Island journey planner.

Getting from Puerto Ayora to San Andres Island by combination of ferry and flight takes about 14 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and flight. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Puerto Ayora in October: high temperatures in San Andres Island hover around 36°C and lows are around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Cayo El Acuario ©
Cayo El Acuario
Cayo Bolivar ©
Cayo Bolivar

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night
Cartagena, Colombia

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.
On the 25th (Fri), gain insight at Plaza Santo Domingo and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cartagena travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from San Andres Island to Cartagena takes 3.5 hours. In October in Cartagena, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Canaima National Park.

Things to do in Cartagena

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo

3
nights
Canaima National Park, Venezuela

Canaima National Park ©
One of the largest national parks in the world, Canaima National Park encompasses 30,000 sq km (12 sq mi) of distinct landscapes, varied wildlife, and the world's highest waterfalls.
Canaima National Park is known for nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Salto Kawi and take in the dramatic scenery at Salto Aponguao.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Canaima National Park trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Cartagena to Canaima National Park with the Route module. You'll set off for home on the 29th (Tue).

Things to do in Canaima National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Salto Kawi ©
Salto Kawi
Salto Aponguao ©
Salto Aponguao

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