33 days in South America Itinerary

33 days in South America Itinerary

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 2 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
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Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
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La Paz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
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Lima, Peru
— 1 night
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Quito, Ecuador
— 3 nights
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Bogota, Colombia
— 3 nights
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Canaima National Park, Venezuela
— 5 nights
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

— 3 nights

Marvelous City

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, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the history behind Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, admire the striking features of Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro, kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, and stroll through Copacabana Beach.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro tour itinerary planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from Amsterdam to Rio de Janeiro, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Rio de Janeiro, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Beaches

Sao Paulo, Brazil

— 2 nights

Land of Drizzle

Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): get a taste of the local shopping with Mercado Municipal de São Paulo, take a stroll through Paulista Avenue, and then stroll around Parque Ibirapuera. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, admire the masterpieces at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP, and then examine the collection at Museu do Futebol.

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You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 15°C in Sao Paulo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Neighborhoods

Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 4 nights

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: wander the streets of Puerto Madero, admire the architecture and history at Plaza de Mayo, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, and take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires visit planning tool.

Getting from Sao Paulo to Buenos Aires by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Sao Paulo in August: high temperatures in Buenos Aires hover around 20°C and lows are around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to fly to Santiago.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Casinos

Santiago, Chile

— 4 nights

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.
Santiago is known for shopping, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, walk around Cerro Santa Lucia, admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and stroll through La Parva Ski Resort.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Santiago sightseeing app.

Fly from Buenos Aires to Santiago in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Argentina Standard Time (ART) to Chile Standard Time (CLT) is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to La Paz.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Outdoors

La Paz, Bolivia

— 2 nights

City that Touches the Sky

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
On the 13th (Sat), admire the landmark architecture of Iglesia de San Francisco, make a trip to Mercado de Las Brujas, and then examine the collection at Museo de Textiles Andinos Bolivianos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Valley of the Moon and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our La Paz online travel planner.

Fly from Santiago to La Paz in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. August in La Paz sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Cusco.

Things to do in La Paz

Tours · Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites

Cusco, Peru

— 3 nights

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.
Cusco is known for historic sites, museums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, trek along exploor, take in the spiritual surroundings of Qorikancha, and examine the collection at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cusco trip itinerary planner.

Getting from La Paz to Cusco by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: 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 a bit warmer than La Paz - with highs of 24°C and lows of 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to fly to Lima.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

Lima, Peru

— 1 night

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 18th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, then ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), and finally take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Lima trip builder website.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Lima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be much hotter in Lima, with lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to fly to Quito.

Things to do in Lima

Museums · Historic Sites

Quito, Ecuador

— 3 nights

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.
Quito is known for historic sites, museums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, and get in on the family fun at Nayon Xtreme Valley.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Quito travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Lima to Quito takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in August, you will find days in Quito are a bit warmer (27°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to fly to Bogota.

Things to do in Quito

Museums · Tours · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Bogota, Colombia

— 3 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Bolivar Square, then examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Bogota journey tool.

Getting from Quito to Bogota by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Quito in August, things will get a bit cooler in Bogota: highs are around 22°C and lows about 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Canaima National Park.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Tours · Nature · Parks

Canaima National Park, Venezuela

— 5 nights
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: admire the sheer force of Salto Kama - Kama Meru, contemplate the waterfront views at Sorowapo, and Head underground at Kavak Cave.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Canaima National Park trip builder app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Bogota to Canaima National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Canaima National Park

Nature · Parks

Cartagena, Colombia

— 2 nights

City of Heroes

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 30th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, then step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, and then look for gifts at La Casa del Joyero.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cartagena online trip itinerary builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Canaima National Park to Cartagena. In August in Cartagena, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Shopping

Brazil travel guide

4.4
Beaches · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Land of Brazilwood
The largest country in South America and the biggest Portuguese-speaking nation in the world, Brazil remains best known for its soccer tradition and annual Carnaval. Most visitors on holiday in Brazil come for the country's outstanding beaches, music, wildlife, and diverse neighborhoods, each one boasting its own distinct character, atmosphere, and way of life. A tour of Brazil reveals a vast land of great natural and human diversity, from its sprawling rainforest wildernesses, to its busy urban centers. There are plenty of things to do in Brazil, from basking on its coastline to chasing the samba scene or catching a picturesque sunset from one of the country's lush mountaintops.

Argentina travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Bodies of Water · Specialty Museums
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.

Chile travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Parks · Specialty Museums
Land of Poets
Squeezed between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, geographically diverse Chile is a long, thin stretch of land encompassing some of the world's driest deserts in the north, and some of its largest glacial fields in the south. Though most Chile holidays include some form of adventure in the vast wilderness areas, the country also contains charming cities providing plenty of urban things to do and see. Many tours of Chile include at least a brief visit to the country's lush wine regions, where backyard vineyards compete with sprawling estates producing some of the world's most respected whites and reds.

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.

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.

Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Diverse in terms of landscapes, climates, and cultures, Colombia remains one of South America's least explored tourist destinations, overshadowed by its more popular southern neighbors. Combining the best of what the continent has to offer, a vacation in Colombia allows you to blend outdoor adventures with tours of picture-perfect cobblestoned towns dating back to the colonial era. Tourists on a Colombia holiday can easily hop from sun-kissed coastal spots to the hilly coffee-growing region, where thriving plantations quickly give way to a landscape of snow-covered volcanic peaks and the paramo--alpine ecosystems sheltering some of the rarest plants growing above the continuous forest line.

Venezuela travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Tourist Spots · Shopping
Land of Grace
A vacation in Venezuela, one of the most biodiverse countries on the planet, can be both affordable and highly rewarding. From snowcapped mountains and vast grassland, to tropical islands and lush rainforests, Venezuela's varied landscapes are a paradise for nature lovers. Whether you're looking to laze on the Caribbean beaches, trek through the verdant jungles, or immerse yourself in the vibrant city culture, a Venezuela holiday offers something for everyone. Admire the world's highest waterfalls, go island hopping, discover tasty local delicacies, and witness the sheer abundance of wildlife and endemic species in Venezuela.