32 days in South America Itinerary

32 days in South America Itinerary

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32 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  19 h 15 min
1
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
2
Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h
3
Quito, Ecuador
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
4
Bogota, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
5
Cartagena, Colombia
— 1 night
Fly:  11 h 30 min
6
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  1 h 30 min
7
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
8
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
9
Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
Fly:  17 h 15 min
End: Sydney, Australia

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.
Step out of Cusco with an excursion to Salinas de Maras in Maras--about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, admire the landmark architecture of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, trek along exploor, and delve into the distant past at Tambomachay.

To see more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Cusco online trip itinerary planner .

Sydney, Australia to Cusco is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 15 hours traveling from Sydney to Cusco due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Sydney in November, with highs in Cusco at 26°C and lows at 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Salinas de Maras, Sacred Valley of the Incas
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

3
nights
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.
Lima is known for parks, historic sites, museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, admire the landmark architecture of Palacio de Torre Tagle, and wander the streets of Miraflores.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Lima road trip app .

Getting from Cusco to Lima by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 20°C in Lima. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Quito.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

3
nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Quito: Pichincha (in Puerto Quito) and Termas de Papallacta (in Papallacta). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, take in the spiritual surroundings of San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco), admire the masterpieces at La Capilla Del Hombre, and get in on the family fun at Nayon Xtreme Valley.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Quito trip planner.

Fly from Lima to Quito in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Lima in November since evenings lows in Quito dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Quito

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Pichincha, Termas de Papallacta
Highlights from your plan
Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco ©

3
nights
Bogota, Colombia

Colombia's heart and soul, Bogota has earned the nickname "Athens of South America" thanks to its abundance of universities, libraries, and lower-level schools.
Step out of Bogota to go to Zipaquira and see Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, which is approximately 54 minutes away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Bogota trip itinerary maker site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Quito to Bogota in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Quito in November, with highs in Bogota at 22°C and lows at 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Oceanario, explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, and then steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Cartagena trip builder app .

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Cartagena takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Bogota in November; daily highs in Cartagena reach 37°C and lows reach 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trip

Oceanario
Highlights from your plan
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas

2
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.
Sao Paulo is known for museums, shopping, parks, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Parque Ibirapuera, see the interesting displays at Museu De Arte Sacra De Sao Paulo, shop like a local with Paulista Avenue, and explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Sao Paulo itinerary website .

Traveling by flight from Cartagena to Sao Paulo takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Cartagena to Sao Paulo due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cartagena in November: high temperatures in Sao Paulo hover around 30°C and lows are around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera
Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo

5
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.
Rio de Janeiro is known for beaches, parks, museums, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the history behind Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Grumari, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pedra do Arpoador, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Tijuca.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro vacation builder .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Sao Paulo in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 25°C in Rio de Janeiro. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

5
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.
Buenos Aires is known for nightlife, historic sites, parks, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Cemiterio de Recoleta, admire the striking features of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, and admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero.

To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires trip itinerary tool .

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 23°C in Buenos Aires. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

4
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.
Santiago is known for parks, museums, shopping, nature, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, take an in-depth tour of Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, see the interesting displays at La Chascona, and make a trip to Patio Bellavista.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Santiago tour planner.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Santiago in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Argentine Time (ART) to Chile Time (CLT) is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia

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