34 days in South America Itinerary

34 days in South America Itinerary

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Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  17 h 30 min
1
Cusco, Peru
— 1 night
Shuttle:  1 h
2
Ollantaytambo, Peru
— 1 day
Train:  1 h 30 min
3
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 45 min
4
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
Bus:  14 h
5
La Paz, Bolivia
— 3 nights
Bus:  9 h
6
Iquique, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
7
Salta, Argentina
— 2 nights
Drive:  9 h 45 min
8
Cordoba, Argentina
— 4 nights
Drive:  6 h 30 min
9
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
10
Salto, Uruguay
— 2 nights
Drive:  12 h 30 min
11
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
12
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  15 h 15 min
End: London, United Kingdom

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): stop by Ekekos San Blas - Arte & Colores, get engrossed in the history at Museo Inka, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Museo de Vida Monastica - Monasterio de Santa Catalina del Cusco, and finally hunt for treasures at Mercado Central de San Pedro. Here are some ideas for day two: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, thendelve into the distant past at Q'enqo, and then steep yourself in history at Tipon.

To find out how to plan a trip to Cusco, use our trip itinerary maker.

London, UK to Cusco is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from London to Cusco. Plan for much colder nights when traveling from London in August since evenings lows in Cusco dip to 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to catch the shuttle to Ollantaytambo.

Things to do in Cusco

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
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Ekekos San Blas  - Arte  & Colores ©
Ekekos San Blas - Arte & Colores
Museo Inka ©
Museo Inka

1
day
Ollantaytambo, Peru

Ollantaytambo
Retaining much of its centuries-old architecture, Ollantaytambo represents one of the world's finest examples of Incan city planning.
For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Ollantaytambo trip itinerary app.

Traveling by shuttle from Cusco to Ollantaytambo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 2°C. You'll set off for Machu Picchu on the 3rd (Mon).

Things to do in Ollantaytambo

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

2
nights
Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu trip planner.

You can take a train from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 5th (Wed), you're off to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

2
nights
Cusco, Peru

Cusco
For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Cusco trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. On the 7th (Fri), you're off to La Paz.

Things to do in Cusco

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

3
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the La Paz online trip builder.

Getting from Cusco to La Paz by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Peru Standard Time (PET) to Bolivia Time (BOT) is 1 hour. Traveling from Cusco in August, expect La Paz to be slightly colder, temps between 18°C and -3°C. On the 11th (Tue), you're off to Iquique.

Things to do in La Paz

Tours Outdoors Parks

2
nights
Iquique, Chile

Iquique
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.
To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Iquique trip planner.

You can fly from La Paz to Iquique in 6 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. On the 13th (Thu), you'll travel to Salta.

Things to do in Iquique

Outdoors Tours Nightlife

2
nights
Salta, Argentina

Salta
Salta boasts a vibrant social life and array of informative museums appealing to visitors looking for a memorable cultural experience.
For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Salta trip builder tool.

You can fly from Iquique to Salta in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Chile Standard Time to Argentina Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August, daytime highs in Salta are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. On the 16th (Sun), you're off to Cordoba.

Things to do in Salta

Tours Outdoors Parks

4
nights
Cordoba, Argentina

Cordoba
History lives on in the streets of Cordoba, Argentina's second-largest city.
To find reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Cordoba trip planner.

Fly from Salta to Cordoba in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Salta in August, you will find days in Cordoba are slightly colder (18°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (18°C). On the 21st (Fri), you're off to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Cordoba

Outdoors Parks Tours

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.
To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires online road trip planner.

You can fly from Cordoba to Buenos Aires in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Cordoba in August since evenings lows in Buenos Aires dip to 12°C. You'll set off for Salto on the 24th (Mon).

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Nightlife Tours Outdoors

2
nights
Salto, Uruguay

Salto ©
In a thriving citrus-growing region, Salto allows visitors to explore attractive riverfront areas and admire neatly preserved 19th-century architecture.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): try your luck at Casino Salto, get outside with Hot Springs of Arapey, and then find something for the whole family at Acuamania. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): learn about winemaking at Bodega Bertolini & Broglio, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Gruta del Padre Pio, thenmake a splash at Aquatic Park Termas de Salto Grande, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museo del Hombre y la Tecnologia.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Salto trip planning app.

Getting from Buenos Aires to Salto by car takes about 5.5 hours. Traveling from Buenos Aires in August, you will find days in Salto are a bit warmer (24°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Salto

Theme Parks Fun & Games Casinos

Side Trip

Bodega Bertolini & Broglio
Highlights from your plan
Aquatic Park Termas de Salto Grande ©
Aquatic Park Termas de Salto Grande
Bodega Bertolini & Broglio ©
Bodega Bertolini & Broglio
Gruta del Padre Pio ©
Gruta del Padre Pio

2
nights
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

Foz do Iguacu ©
A gateway to the world-renowned Iguacu Falls, which spectacularly divide Brazil and Argentina, the modern, high-rise city of Foz do Iguacu can't help but play second fiddle to the natural wonder in its vicinity.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Iguazu Falls as well as Saltos del Monday.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Foz do Iguacu travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Salto to Foz do Iguacu takes 11.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Salto in August; daily highs in Foz do Iguacu reach 29°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Saltos del Monday
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Saltos del Monday ©
Saltos del Monday

4
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.
Ilha Grande State Park has been added to your itinerary.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Foz do Iguacu to Rio de Janeiro takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Foz do Iguacu in August, Rio de Janeiro is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Ilha Grande State Park
Highlights from your plan
Ilha Grande State Park ©
Ilha Grande State Park

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