33 days in South America Itinerary

33 days in South America Itinerary

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33 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Cartagena, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Bogota, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 30​min
3
Quito, Ecuador
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
5
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 45​min
6
La Paz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
7
Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
8
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
ferry:  2​h 15​min
9
Montevideo, Uruguay
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
10
Asuncion, Paraguay
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
11
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  1​h 30​min
12
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Toronto, Canada

2
nights
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 1st (Tue): steep yourself in history at Plaza Fernandez Madrid. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Aviario Nacional de Colombia, kick back and relax at Playa Puntilla, take a stroll through Bairro Getsemani, then deepen your understanding at Plaza Santo Domingo, and finally appreciate the history behind Monumento a Miguel de Cervantes.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cartagena tour itinerary planner .

Toronto, Canada to Cartagena is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Toronto in October; daily highs in Cartagena reach 38°C and lows reach 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Isla Baru
Highlights from your plan
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo
Aviario Nacional de Colombia ©
Aviario Nacional de Colombia
Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver ©
Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver

2
nights
Bogota, Colombia

Bogota ©
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 4th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Casa Museo Quinta de Bolivar, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Francisco, examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Catedral Primada, then examine the collection at Gabriel García Márquez Cultural Center, and finally make a trip to Zona G Bogota. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, explore the world behind art at Museo Santa Clara, then examine the collection at National Museum of Colombia, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Basilica del Senor de Monserrate.

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

Fly from Cartagena to Bogota in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Cartagena in October; daily highs in Bogota reach 22°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
Highlights from your plan
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Iglesia de San Francisco ©
Iglesia de San Francisco

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Horseback Riding Tours and Termas de Papallacta. Get in touch with nature at Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve and Pasochoa Forest Reserve. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Casa del Alabado, find something for the whole family at Nayon Xtreme Valley, admire the landmark architecture of Catedral Metropolitana de Quito, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Quito trip maker tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Bogota to Quito takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Bogota in October since evenings lows in Quito dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Quito

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve, Termas de Papallacta
Highlights from your plan
Termas de Papallacta ©
Termas de Papallacta
Casa del Alabado ©
Casa del Alabado
Horseback Riding Tours

2
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.
On the 9th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then appreciate the extensive heritage of San Isidro, and finally contemplate the long history of Huaca Pucllana. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de las Nazarenas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento La Merced, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, explore the world behind art at MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally wander the streets of Miraflores.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Lima trip planning site .

Getting from Quito to Lima by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. October in Lima sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
San Isidro ©
San Isidro
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sacred Valley of the Incas and Cerro Colorado Vinicunca. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sacsayhuaman and San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas. Get out of town with these interesting Cusco side-trips: Piquillacta (in Huarcapay) and Moray (in Maras). Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, look for all kinds of wild species at Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and explore the ancient world of Tipon.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Cusco trip itinerary maker app .

Fly from Lima to Cusco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Lima in October since evenings lows in Cusco dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Spas Parks

Side Trips

San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Piquillacta, Moray
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Moray ©
Moray
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas

2
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Huayna Potosi, then hit the slopes at Scree Rush, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Basilica Menor de Nuestra Senora de la Paz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hit the slopes at Chacaltaya Ski Resort, then sample the fine beverages at Andean Culture Distillery, and then examine the collection at National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our La Paz trip maker app .

Getting from Cusco to La Paz by combination of flight and bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cusco to La Paz. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Cusco in October; daily highs in La Paz reach 19°C and lows reach 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in La Paz

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Huayna Potosi ©
Huayna Potosi
Chacaltaya Ski Resort ©
Chacaltaya Ski Resort

4
nights
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.
Vina Santa Rita and Barrio Italia are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion and Templo Baha'i. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santiago: Vina Undurraga (in Talagante), Casablanca (Vina Casas del Bosque, Bodegas RE, & more) and Casa de Isla Negra (in Isla Negra). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, do a tasting at Santa Carolina, and take an in-depth tour of National Museum of History.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Santiago day trip app .

Getting from La Paz to Santiago by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, car, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Santiago

Wineries Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Casablanca, Casa de Isla Negra, Vina Santa Rita, Playa Grande Las Cruces, Vina Undurraga
Highlights from your plan
Vina Santa Rita ©
Vina Santa Rita
Vina Undurraga ©
Vina Undurraga
Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion ©

3
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.
Catedral de San Isidro and Parque 3 de Febrero are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento and Horseback Riding Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Buenos Aires: Parque Nacional Ciervo de los Pantanos (in Campana), Villa Ocampo (in San Isidro) and Delta El Tigre (in Tigre). There's lots more to do: shop like a local with Puerto Madero, enjoy the sand and surf at Peru Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capilla de San Roque, and look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Natural Municipal Santa Catalina.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires day trip planning website .

You can fly from Santiago to Buenos Aires in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Chile Time (CLT) to Argentine Time (ART) is 1 hour. In October, daily temperatures in Buenos Aires can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Montevideo.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

San Isidro, Delta El Tigre, Parque Nacional Ciervo de los Pantanos, Peru Beach, Basilica de Lujan
Highlights from your plan
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Catedral de San Isidro ©
Catedral de San Isidro
Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento ©
Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento

2
nights
Montevideo, Uruguay

Montevideo ©
With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Pittamiglio's Castle, wander the streets of Ciudad Vieja, grab your bike and head to Orange Bike, then make a trip to Iglesia de las Carmelitas, then walk around El Rosedal, and finally do a tasting at Pizzorno Family Estates. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking at Establecimiento Juanico, look for all kinds of wild species at Costa Llana Reserva, and then wander the streets of Pocitos.

Plan my trip to Montevideo with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

You can ride a ferry from Buenos Aires to Montevideo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in October, Montevideo is slightly colder at night with lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Asuncion.

Things to do in Montevideo

Parks Wineries Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Canelones, Costa Llana Reserva
Highlights from your plan
Orange Bike ©
Orange Bike
Iglesia de las Carmelitas ©
Iglesia de las Carmelitas
Castillo Pittamiglio ©
Castillo Pittamiglio

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de la Santisima Trinidad, get engrossed in the history at Gran Hotel del Paraguay, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then see the interesting displays at Museo Del Futbol Sudamericano, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia Virgen de la Candelaria, and finally head outdoors with Parque Nu Guasu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Casa de la Independencia, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Maria Auxiliadora, then kick back and relax at Playa De Aregua, and finally head outdoors with Parque de la Salud.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Asuncion tour planner.

You can fly from Montevideo to Asuncion in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Montevideo to Asuncion due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Montevideo in October; daily highs in Asuncion reach 35°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Asuncion

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Aregua, Museo Del Futbol Sudamericano
Highlights from your plan
Playa De Aregua ©
Playa De Aregua
Casa de la Independencia ©
Casa de la Independencia
Iglesia Virgen de la Candelaria ©
Iglesia Virgen de la Candelaria

3
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Pitangueiras beach and Praia do Guaiúba. Take a break from the city and head to Pernambuco e do Mar Casado Beach and Asturias Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sao Paulo: Fo Guang Shan Brazil - Zu Lai Temple (in Cotia) and Praia de Pernambuco (in Guaruja). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paróquia Nossa Senhora do Brasil, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario e Convento Sao Francisco de Assis, admire the masterpieces at Museu do Som e Imagem - MIS, and contemplate the long history of Igreja Chagas do Serafico Pai Francisco.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Sao Paulo visit planner .

You can fly from Asuncion to Sao Paulo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Paraguay Time to Brasilia Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. While traveling from Asuncion, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Sao Paulo, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Guaruja, Fo Guang Shan Brazil - Zu Lai Temple
Highlights from your plan
Pitangueiras beach ©
Pitangueiras beach
Pernambuco e do Mar Casado Beach ©
Pernambuco e do Mar Casado Beach
Praia de Pernambuco ©
Praia de Pernambuco

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Morro Dois Irmaos and Praia do Leme. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Church of Our Lady of the Candelaria and Jerusalem Cultural Center. Step out of Rio de Janeiro to go to Niteroi and see Camboinhas Beach, which is approximately 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Praia de Ipanema, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sao Francisco da Penitencia Church, make a trip to Olimpic Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Sao Paulo in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Rio de Janeiro, with lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Camboinhas Beach
Highlights from your plan
Bondinho  Pao de Acucar ©
Bondinho Pao de Acucar
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

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