32 days in South America Itinerary

32 days in South America Itinerary

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Caracas, Venezuela
— 3 nights
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Bogota, Colombia
— 4 nights
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Lima, Peru
— 4 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 5 nights
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Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Caracas, Venezuela

Caracas ©

Heaven's Branch on Earth

Tropical weather, great food, and memorable jungle surroundings seem like all the ingredients Caracas needs to become a must-see destination.
Step off the beaten path and head to Centro de Arte Los Galpones and Panteon Nacional. Change things up with these side-trips from Caracas: Salto Kama - Kama Meru (in Canaima National Park) and Playa Punta La Cruz (in Puerto La Cruz). Next up on the itinerary: meet the residents at Expanzoo, get outside with Parque Nacional el Avila, browse the different shops at C.C. Galerias Sebucan Shopping Mall, and look for gifts at La Praline Chocolatier.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Caracas road trip website.

London, UK to Caracas is an approximately 16-hour flight. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from London to Caracas due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Caracas

Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Beaches

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Historic Site
Panteon Nacional
4.3

4
nights
Bogota, Colombia

Bogota ©

Athens of South America

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Catedral Diocesana and Suesca Outdoor Experience. Explore Bogota's surroundings by going to Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira) and Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra). There's much more to do: stroll around Parque Metropolitano Simon Bolivar, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and don't miss a visit to Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Bogota sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Caracas to Bogota in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Caracas to Bogota. In January, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Bogota

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

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4
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Lima, Peru

Lima ©

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like San Isidro and Bridge of Sighs. Step out of Lima to go to San Jeronimo de Surco and see Toboganes de Songos, which is approximately 1h 55 min away. There's lots more to do: get a sense of history and politics at Presidential Palace (Palacio de Gobierno), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Lima, admire the striking features of Palacio de Torre Tagle, and tour the pleasant surroundings at El Parque del Amor.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Lima road trip planning app.

You can fly from Bogota to Lima in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Bogota in January: highs in Lima hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Lima

Parks · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

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Neighborhood
San Isidro
4.4

5
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Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires ©

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Fundacion Proa and Plaza Moreno. Change things up with these side-trips from Buenos Aires: La Plata (Catedral de la Plata & Museo de La Plata), Temaiken Biopark (in Belen de Escobar) and Basilica de Lujan (in Lujan). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico, ponder the world of politics at Casa Rosada, contemplate the waterfront views at Delta El Tigre, and take in the history at Plaza de Mayo.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires road trip app.

You can fly from Lima to Buenos Aires in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Peru Standard Time (PET) to Argentina Standard Time (ART), which is usually a 2 hour difference. In January, daily temperatures in Buenos Aires can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

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Landmark
Plaza Moreno
4.3

4
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Santiago, Chile

Santiago ©

City of the Island Hills

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Explore hidden gems such as Parroquia San Jose De Maipo and Villard Fine Wines. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santiago: Jardin Botanico Nacional (in Vina del Mar), Vina Undurraga (in Talagante) and San Jose de Maipo (River Rafting & Tubing & El Yeso Dam). There's still lots to do: stroll around Parque Forestal, get a sense of history and politics at Former National Congress Building, explore the galleries of Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Santiago online route planner.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Santiago takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires to Santiago, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks · Adventure · Wineries · Outdoors

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro ©

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Reserva Beach and Morro da Cruz Viewpoint. Venture out of the city with trips to Parque Nacional da Serra dos Orgaos (in Teresopolis) and Praia de Itauna (in Saquarema). The adventure continues: hike along Claudio Coutinho Trail, wander the streets of Urca, tour the pleasant surroundings at Morro Dois Irmaos, and enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Grumari.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Santiago to Rio de Janeiro in 9 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Santiago to Rio de Janeiro, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January, daily temperatures in Rio de Janeiro can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails

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Must see
Reserva Beach
4.7

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