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:  4 h
4
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
Bus:  14 h
5
La Paz, Bolivia
— 3 nights
Bus:  9 h
6
Iquique, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
7
Salta, Argentina
— 2 nights
Drive:  10 h
8
Cordoba, Argentina
— 4 nights
Drive:  6 h 30 min
9
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 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 30 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.
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 browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado Central de San Pedro. On the next day, trot along with a tour on horseback, thenexplore the ancient world of Q'enqo, and then contemplate the long history of Tipon.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cusco day trip planner.

London, UK to Cusco is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Cusco is minus 5 hours. Traveling from London in August, plan for colder nights in Cusco, with lows around 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
Highlights from your plan
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.
To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Ollantaytambo tour itinerary planner.

You can take a shuttle from Cusco to Ollantaytambo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Ollantaytambo are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 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.
To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: 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 reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cusco trip itinerary builder 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 maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the La Paz online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Cusco to La Paz by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco to La Paz, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Cusco in August; daily highs in La Paz reach 18°C and lows reach -3°C. You'll set off for Iquique on the 11th (Tue).

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 where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Iquique travel 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 reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Salta trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Iquique to Salta in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Iquique to Salta. August in Salta sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 5°C at night. You'll set off for Cordoba on the 16th (Sun).

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 ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cordoba trip planner.

You can fly from Salta to Cordoba in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Salta in August, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Cordoba: temperatures range from 18°C by day to 18°C at night. 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 see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires road trip planning website.

Getting from Cordoba to Buenos Aires by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cordoba in August, Buenos Aires is little chillier at night with lows of 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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): try to win big at Casino Salto, get outside with Hot Springs of Arapey, and then get in on the family fun at Acuamania. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: do a tasting at Bodega Bertolini & Broglio, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gruta del Padre Pio, thencool off at Aquatic Park Termas de Salto Grande, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museo del Hombre y la Tecnologia.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Salto sightseeing website.

Getting from Buenos Aires to Salto by car takes about 5.5 hours. When traveling from Buenos Aires in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Salto: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Salto

Theme Parks Outdoors 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 see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Foz do Iguacu trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Salto to Foz do Iguacu takes 11.5 hours. Traveling from Salto in August, things will get a bit warmer in Foz do Iguacu: highs are around 29°C and lows about 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks Nature

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 other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Foz do Iguacu to Rio de Janeiro by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Foz do Iguacu in August since evenings lows in Rio de Janeiro dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Nature

Side Trip

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

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