33 days in South America Itinerary

33 days in South America Itinerary

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Lima, Peru
— 1 night
Fly
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Iquitos, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly
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Cusco, Peru
— 1 night
Bus to Ollantaytambo, Train to Machu Picchu
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
Train to Ollantaytambo, Bus to Cusco
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Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
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Puno, Peru
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Paz, Bolivia
— 1 night
Fly
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Uyuni, Bolivia
— 1 night
Drive
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Iquique, Chile
— 2 nights
Drive
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Antofagasta, Chile
— 1 night
Drive
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Bahia Inglesa, Chile
— 1 night
Drive
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La Serena, Chile
— 1 night
Fly
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Valparaiso, Chile
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santiago, Chile
— Few hours
Fly
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Concepcion, Chile
— 1 night
Fly
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Punta Arenas, Chile
— 1 night
Bus
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Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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El Calafate, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly
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Asuncion, Paraguay
— 1 night
Drive
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Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights

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Lima, Peru

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): stop by Barranco, then contemplate the long history of Huaca Pucllana, then make a trip to Miraflores, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Lima route builder.

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major aiport is Jorge Chávez International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. On the 23rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Iquitos.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Adventure

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Iquitos, Peru

Capital of the Peruvian Amazon

The largest city in the Peruvian Amazon and the world's largest metropolis unreachable by road, Iquitos represents a major starting point for river and rainforest adventures.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museum of Indigenous Amazonian Cultures and Belen. Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and La Isla De Los Monos. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Iquitos, and look for gifts at Centro Artesanal Turistico Anaconda.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Iquitos planner.

Traveling by flight from Lima to Iquitos takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Traveling from Lima in January, you will find days in Iquitos are a bit warmer (37°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). On the 26th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Iquitos

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

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Cusco, Peru

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): trek along exploor and then delve into the distant past at Tambomachay.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cusco trip itinerary builder tool.

Fly from Iquitos to Cusco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. Traveling from Iquitos in January, things will get cooler in Cusco: highs are around 22°C and lows about 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Trails · Parks · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

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Machu Picchu, Peru

A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna and then delve into the distant past at Intipuncu. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then take in nature's colorful creations at Mandor.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Cusco to Machu Picchu by combination of bus and train takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

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Cusco, Peru

Imperial City

Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): explore the galleries of Xapiri, steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, and then wander the streets of San Blas. On the next day, explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Cusco holiday builder website.

Do a combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Puno.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

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Puno, Peru

City of the Lake

Hugging the western tip of Lake Titicaca, Puno serves as a melting pot of indigenous and imported cultures, and makes a great base for explorations around the region.
On your second day here, stroll the grounds of Sillustani and then step off the mainland to explore Taquile Island.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Puno trip planner.

Getting from Cusco to Puno by train takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Puno, with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to La Paz.

Things to do in Puno

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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La Paz, Bolivia

City that Touches the Sky

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): don't miss a visit to Mercado de Las Brujas and then explore the ancient world of Tiwanaku. Keep things going the next day: have fun at Urban Rush Bolivia, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and then explore the striking landscape at Valley of the Moon.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read La Paz trip planner.

Getting from Puno to La Paz by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Puno to La Paz, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Puno in February: highs in La Paz hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Uyuni, Bolivia

Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Uyuni road trip app.

Traveling by flight from La Paz to Uyuni takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from La Paz in February, expect nights in Uyuni to be a bit warmer, around 12°C, while days are little chillier, around 13°C. On the 5th (Sat), you're off to Iquique.

Things to do in Uyuni

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nightlife

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Iquique, Chile

Thanks to the city's position on the Pacific coast, vacations in Iquique appeal to beachgoers, paragliders, bodyboarders, nature lovers, photographers, and fans of picture-perfect sunsets.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Brava, then brush up on your military savvy at Museo Corbeta Esmeralda, then kick back and relax at Playa Cavancha, and finally see a world frozen in time at Oficina Salitrera Santiago Humberstone.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Iquique route planner.

Traveling by car from Uyuni to Iquique takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Antofagasta.

Things to do in Iquique

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

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Antofagasta, Chile

Pearl of the North

A major port city of northern Chile, Antofagasta officially became part of the country in 1904, when the Treaty of Peace and Friendship between Chile and Bolivia formerly enshrined a new regional status quo after the War of the Pacific (1879-83).
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at La Portada and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Antofagasta.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Antofagasta route maker site.

Traveling by car from Iquique to Antofagasta takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In February, daily temperatures in Antofagasta can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Bahia Inglesa.

Things to do in Antofagasta

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

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Bahia Inglesa, Chile

Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): enjoy the sea views from Faro de Punta Caldera, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa la virgen, and then get into the urban bustle at Centro Cultural Estacion Caldera.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Bahia Inglesa day trip website.

You can drive from Antofagasta to Bahia Inglesa in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in February, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow time for travel to La Serena.

Things to do in Bahia Inglesa

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

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La Serena, Chile

City of Churches

Packed with old stone churches in a unique urban landscape, La Serena represents one of Chile's oldest settlements, equally popular with architecture buffs and beachgoers.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): kick back and relax at Avenida del Mar.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our La Serena trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Bahia Inglesa to La Serena in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. In February, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Valparaiso.

Things to do in La Serena

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
Highlights from your trip

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Valparaiso, Chile

Jewel of the Pacific

Navigating through a maze of colorful streets winding up and down steep hills remains an integral part of any Valparaiso tour.
For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Valparaiso road trip planning site.

Getting from La Serena to Valparaiso by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In February in Valparaiso, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Santiago.

Things to do in Valparaiso

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trip

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Santiago, Chile

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): get great views at San Cristóbal Hill and then see the interesting displays at La Chascona.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Santiago trip planner.

Drive from Valparaiso to Santiago in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Concepcion.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks · Nature · Museums

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Concepcion, Chile

Cradle of Chilean Rock

Concepcion has emerged as one of the most industrialized and developed metropolises of Chile, with a population approaching 300,000 and a long history of trade and commerce centered around its main port.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Museo Huascar, grab your bike and head to Caleta Lenga, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de la Santisima Concepcion.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Concepcion tour planner.

You can fly from Santiago to Concepcion in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February in Concepcion, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Concepcion

Wildlife · Trails · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Punta Arenas, Chile

An erstwhile hub of the sheep wool industry, Punta Arenas has evolved into a gateway of sorts for hikers, cruise ship passengers, and adventure travelers heading out on the windswept lands of Chile's extreme southern reaches.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): stroll the grounds of Cementerio Municipal.

Start your trip to Punta Arenas by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can fly from Concepcion to Punta Arenas in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Concepcion in February, with highs in Punta Arenas at 17°C and lows at 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow time for the bus ride to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine).

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

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Surrounded by towering mountains, shimmering lakes, and the region's rugged hills, Puerto Natales serves as a bustling jumping-off point for exploring the Torres del Paine National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): examine the collection at Museo Historico e Industrial Puerto Bories.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) day trip planner.

Take a bus from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Punta Arenas in February, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 11°C in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to take a shuttle to El Calafate.

Things to do in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

Museums · Parks · Nature

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El Calafate, Argentina

El Calafate tourism thrives mostly thanks to the city's proximity to a World Heritage-listed national park, famed for containing over 40 large glaciers.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): look for gifts at Vellon Negro, then examine the collection at Glaciarium Museo del Hielo Patagónico, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Laguna Nimez Reserva Natural Municipal. On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Argentino and then see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our El Calafate itinerary builder app.

Getting from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to El Calafate by shuttle takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Chile Standard Time to Argentina Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in El Calafate when traveling from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in February, with lows around 16°C. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Asuncion.

Things to do in El Calafate

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Museums

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Asuncion, Paraguay

Mother of Cities

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 19th (Sat): stop by Mercado La Recova.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Asuncion journey planner.

Traveling by flight from El Calafate to Asuncion takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Argentina Standard Time (ART) to Paraguay Standard Time (PYT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from El Calafate in February: highs in Asuncion hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 26°C. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Asuncion

Shopping

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Iguazu National Park, Argentina

Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sun): discover the riches below the earth's surface at Wanda Mines, take in the dramatic scenery at Salto San Martin, then step off the mainland to explore Isla San Martin, and finally admire the sheer force of Salto Bernabe Mendez.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Iguazu National Park road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Asuncion to Iguazu National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Asuncion to Iguazu National Park. In February, daytime highs in Iguazu National Park are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

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.
On the 22nd (Tue), visit Calle Defensa, then take a stroll through Puerto Madero, then don't miss a visit to Plaza de Mayo, and finally admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero. On your second day here, take a stroll through Recoleta, then don't miss a visit to Cemiterio de Recoleta, and then steep yourself in history at Casa Rosada.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Buenos Aires attractions planner.

You can fly from Iguazu National Park to Buenos Aires in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Iguazu National Park in February, you will find days in Buenos Aires are a bit cooler (32°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Atacama Region travel guide

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Beaches · National Parks · Nightlife