34 days in South America Itinerary

34 days in South America Itinerary

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
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Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile
— 1 night
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Punta Arenas, Chile
— 3 nights
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La Paz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
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Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
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Guayaquil, Ecuador
— 3 nights
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 4 nights
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Quito, Ecuador
— 4 nights

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro ©

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 museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach, steep yourself in history at Parque Lage, take in the awesome beauty at Pedra Bonita, and make a trip to Escadaria Selaron.

To see photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro driving holiday planner.

Manchester, UK to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Rio de Janeiro is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Manchester in December, expect Rio de Janeiro to be much hotter, temps between 36°C and 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine).

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

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Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) ©
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.
On the 7th (Mon), get outside with Outdoor Activities. On the 8th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Historical Museum,Municipality of Puerto Natales and then explore the fascinating underground world of Mylodon Cave Natural Monument.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) by combination of flight and bus takes about 17.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine). Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in December, expect Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to be cooler, temps between 15°C and 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Highlights from your plan
Mylodon Cave Natural Monument ©
Mylodon Cave Natural Monument
Fishing Charters & Tours

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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.
Punta Arenas is known for historic sites, museums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Strait of Magellan, examine the collection at Palacio Sara Braun, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Sagrado Corazon, and don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Punta Arenas online itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to Punta Arenas in 4 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in December, expect little chillier with lows of 6°C in Punta Arenas. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Museo Naval y Maritimo ©
Museo Naval y Maritimo
Cementerio Municipal ©
Cementerio Municipal

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La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©

City that Touches the Sky

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
When in La Paz, make a side trip to see Puma Punku in Tiahuanaco, approximately Tiahuanaco away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Tiwanaku, don't miss a visit to Mi Teleferico, look for gifts at Mistura - Manifestacion Creativa, and admire the landmark architecture of Iglesia de San Francisco.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read La Paz trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Punta Arenas to La Paz in 15.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in La Paz

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Shopping

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Tiwanaku ©
Tiwanaku
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Mercado de Las Brujas ©
Mercado de Las Brujas

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Cusco, Peru

Cusco ©

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: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, steep yourself in history at Qorikancha, and glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

Plan trip to Cusco with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by flight from La Paz to Cusco takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from La Paz to Cusco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from La Paz in December, things will get a bit warmer in Cusco: highs are around 24°C and lows about 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): make a trip to Plaza Manco Capac, explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna, and then get great views at Intipuncu. On your second day here, explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Machu Picchu trip itinerary builder website.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Highlights from your plan
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

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Lima, Peru

Lima ©

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.
Lima is known for museums, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Circuito Magico Del Agua, wander the streets of Barranco, stop by Miraflores, and make a trip to Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor).

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Lima vacation tool.

Traveling by flight from Machu Picchu to Lima takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Lima

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Circuito Magico Del Agua ©
Circuito Magico Del Agua
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana

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Guayaquil, Ecuador

Guayaquil ©

Pearl of the Pacific

Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Guayaquil is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Las Penas, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, examine the collection at Presley Norton Museum, and enjoy breathtaking views from La Perla.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Guayaquil online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Lima to Guayaquil by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, Guayaquil is somewhat warmer than Lima - with highs of 38°C and lows of 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Las Penas ©
Las Penas
Cerro Santa Ana ©
Cerro Santa Ana
Guayaquil Historical Park ©
Guayaquil Historical Park

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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Puerto Ayora ©
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Puerto Ayora is known for parks, nature, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Charles Darwin Research Station, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, don't miss a visit to Santa Cruz Fish Market, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Ayora online trip maker.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Guayaquil to Puerto Ayora in 8.5 hours. While traveling from Guayaquil, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Puerto Ayora, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Quito.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve
Playa de los Alemanes ©
Playa de los Alemanes

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Quito, Ecuador

Quito ©

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 museums, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, examine the collection at Intinan Museum, browse the exhibits of La Capilla Del Hombre, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica del Voto Nacional.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Quito trip itinerary planning app.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Puerto Ayora to Quito in 9.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Puerto Ayora in December; daily highs in Quito reach 26°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Quito

Highlights from your plan
Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila ©
Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco ©
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco

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