34 days in South America Itinerary

34 days in South America Itinerary

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Fly to Foz do Iguacu, Bus to Iguazu National Park
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Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
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Mendoza, Argentina
— 4 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
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Ushuaia, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly to El Calafate, Shuttle to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)
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Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile
— 2 nights
Bus to Punta Arenas Airport, Fly to Santiago
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Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
Fly
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La Paz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Puno, Peru
— 1 night
Fly
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Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
Bus to Ollantaytambo, Train to Machu Picchu
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
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Lima, Peru
— 4 nights
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Iguazu National Park, Argentina

— 2 nights
Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
On the 20th (Tue), admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls. On your second day here, head off the coast to Isla San Martin, admire the sheer force of Salto San Martin, and then admire the sheer force of Salto Bernabe Mendez.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Iguazu National Park tour planner.

Manchester, UK to Iguazu National Park is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Iguazu National Park is minus 3 hours. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Manchester in April: high temperatures in Iguazu National Park hover around 32°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Mendoza.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Mendoza, Argentina

— 4 nights
Famed for its neat vineyards and thriving wine production, Mendoza remains the place to visit for a pleasant combination of relaxation and recreation.
Step off the beaten path and head to Casa El Enemigo and Bodega Santa Julia. Get in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and Los Pingos Horse Riding. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mendoza: Maipu (Santuario de Maria Auxiliadora & Bodega CarinaE). On the 25th (Sun), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Bodega Roberto Bonfanti, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario Virgen de Lourdes, and take some stellar pictures from Cerro de la Gloria.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Mendoza trip planner.

Fly from Iguazu National Park to Mendoza in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, Mendoza is slightly colder than Iguazu National Park - with highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Mendoza

Wineries · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 4 nights

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Catedral de la Plata and Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento. Museo Del Bicentenario and Museo de La Plata will appeal to museum buffs. Take a break from Buenos Aires with a short trip to Catedral de San Isidro in San Isidro, about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: stop by Palermo Soho, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Primada, take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, and examine the collection at Fragata ARA.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Buenos Aires day trip website.

Getting from Mendoza to Buenos Aires by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Buenos Aires when traveling from Mendoza in April, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Ushuaia, Argentina

— 3 nights

End of the World

Often called the "End of the World" because of its position on the southernmost tip of South America, the expanding city of Ushuaia serves as both a busy commercial port and attractive tourist hub.
Get in touch with nature at Glacier Martial and Laguna Esmeralda. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ushuaia Bay and Lago Roca. The adventure continues: see Off-Road Tours, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and make a trip to Les Éclaireurs Lighthouse.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Ushuaia tour site.

Getting from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Buenos Aires in April, things will get much colder in Ushuaia: highs are around 10°C and lows about 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine).

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile

— 2 nights
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 3rd (Mon), take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Grey. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Le Mouton Vert, then see the interesting displays at Museo Historico e Industrial Puerto Bories, and then Head underground at Mylodon Cave Natural Monument.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Ushuaia to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Ushuaia to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) due to the time zone difference. In May, daily temperatures in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

Santiago, Chile

— 4 nights

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.
Get some cultural insight at Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos and Barrio Italia. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Vina Santa Rita and Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, explore the historical opulence of Castillo Hidalgo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia San Franzisco de Sales, and examine the collection at La Chascona.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Santiago journey planning site.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to Santiago in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

La Paz, Bolivia

— 2 nights

City that Touches the Sky

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
On the 9th (Sun), cruise along WMDR Yungas Road. Keep things going the next day: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our La Paz trip planner.

You can fly from Santiago to La Paz in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In May, daytime highs in La Paz are 17°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Puno.

Things to do in La Paz

Tours · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Adventure

Puno, Peru

— 1 night

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 the 11th (Tue), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Puno trip planner.

Traveling by car from La Paz to Puno takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from La Paz to Puno is minus 1 hour. When traveling from La Paz in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Puno: temperatures range from 21°C by day to -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Puno

Outdoors · Tours
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Cusco, Peru

— 4 nights

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Horseback Riding Tours and Kayaking & Canoeing. Museum-lovers will get to explore ChocoMuseo and Museo Historico Regional. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, view the masterpieces at Ekekos San Blas - Arte & Colores, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and steep yourself in history at Qorikancha.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cusco journey builder site.

Traveling by flight from Puno to Cusco takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Cusco when traveling from Puno in May, with lows around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Machu Picchu, Peru

— 2 nights
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
On the 16th (Sun), relax and rejuvenate at Natura Spa Healing Hands, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then take some stellar pictures from Intipuncu. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Machu Picchu trip planner.

Do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

Lima, Peru

— 4 nights

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.
You'll explore and learn at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas and Museo Nacional de Arqueologia, Antropologia e Historia del Peru. Huaca Pucllana and Cathedral of Lima will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Barranco, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, walk around Parque Kennedy - Parque Central de Miraflores, and contemplate the long history of Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Lima itinerary maker site.

You can fly from Machu Picchu to Lima in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In May in Lima, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

Province of Tierra del Fuego travel guide

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Bodies of Water · National Parks · Art Galleries
End of the World
The remote archipelago encompassed by Province of Tierra del Fuego, explored by the likes of Ferdinand Magellan and Charles Darwin, fascinates travelers to this day. Located at the tip of the continent, the region's islands are part of Argentina and Chile and are crossed by the wildlife-rich Beagle Channel. While hard to reach, the isolated, windy archipelago offers dramatic natural scenery, rich history, and thrilling activities. On a tour of Province of Tierra del Fuego, you can explore untamed nature, enjoy snow sports (including dog sledding), cruise the rough waters of the channel, and encounter penguins, sea lions, and whales.