34 days in South America Itinerary

34 days in South America Itinerary

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Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
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Puno, Peru
— 1 day
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La Paz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
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Santiago, Chile
— 5 nights
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Mendoza, Argentina
— 3 nights
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Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 1 night
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly to Rio Gallegos, Bus to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)
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Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile
— 3 nights
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Lima, Peru

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Our Lady of Mercy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Costa Verde, then examine the collection at Museo de Minerales Andres del Castillo, then examine the collection at Museo Central - MUCEN (del Banco Central de Reserva del Peru), and finally make a trip to Barrio Chino.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Lima online tour planner.

Manchester, UK to Lima is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Lima is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Manchester in April, things will get much hotter in Lima: highs are around 28°C and lows about 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Lima

Museums · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Beaches

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 22nd (Thu), examine the collection at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon, then explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna, and then admire the natural beauty at Mariposario de Machupicchu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri): ponder the world of politics at Serpost, admire the sheer force of Cascadas Allcamayo, then relax and rejuvenate at Wonderful Hands Spa, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, and finally look for gifts at Artesanias.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu trip itinerary app.

You can fly from Lima to Machu Picchu in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Parks · Historic Sites · Spas · Museums

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 Off-Road Tours. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museo de Arte Precolombino and Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco. Get out of town with these interesting Cusco side-trips: Piquillacta (in Huarcapay) and San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas (in Andahuaylillas). The adventure continues: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Pedro, trek along exploor, and delve into the distant past at Q'enqo.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Cusco trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Cusco are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Puno.

Things to do in Cusco

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Puno, Peru

— 1 day

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia San Antonio, examine the collection at Museo Carlos Dreyer, then steep yourself in history at La Casa del Corregidor, and finally slough off your stress at Inca Sauna.

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You can fly from Cusco to Puno in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Puno when traveling from Cusco in April, with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to drive to La Paz.

Things to do in Puno

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Baths

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.
Get outdoors at Chacaltaya Ski Resort and River Rafting & Tubing. Discover out-of-the-way places like National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore and Sopocachi. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Basilica Menor de Nuestra Senora de la Paz, sample some tasty brews at The Saya Beer Brewery Tour, take an in-depth tour of Museo Litoral Boliviano, and see the interesting displays at Bolivian Drink Museum.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the La Paz holiday website.

Traveling by car from Puno to La Paz takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puno to La Paz. When traveling from Puno in April, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in La Paz: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in La Paz

Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Santiago, Chile

— 5 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.
Vina El Principal and Museo de Arte Colonial de San Francisco are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Museo de Colo Colo and River Rafting & Tubing. Take a break from Santiago with a short trip to Alyan Family Wines in Pirque, about 1 hour away. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Santo Domingo, see the interesting displays at Planetario de Santiago - Universidad de Santiago de Chile - Usach, visit Vitacura, and explore the historical opulence of Castillo Hidalgo.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Santiago holiday builder tool.

Fly from La Paz to Santiago in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mendoza.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries · Outdoors

Side Trip

Mendoza, Argentina

— 3 nights
Famed for its neat vineyards and thriving wine production, Mendoza remains the place to visit for a pleasant combination of relaxation and recreation.
Bodega Tierras Altas and Susana Balbo Wines are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Los Pingos Horse Riding and Bodega Carmelo Patti. When in Mendoza, make a side trip to see Bodega CarinaE in Maipu, approximately Maipu away. There's lots more to do: learn about winemaking at Bodega Alta Vista, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario de la Virgen de Lourdes, and examine the collection at Museo del vino.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Mendoza trip planner.

Fly from Santiago to Mendoza in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Santiago to Mendoza, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, daily temperatures in Mendoza can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Mendoza

Wineries · Outdoors · Trails · Museums

Side Trip

Iguazu National Park, Argentina

— 1 night
Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Salto San Martin, admire the sheer force of Salto Bernabe Mendez, and then step off the mainland to explore Isla San Martin.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Iguazu National Park day trip planning website.

Getting from Mendoza to Iguazu National Park by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Mendoza in May, with highs in Iguazu National Park at 26°C and lows at 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 3 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Villa Ocampo and Centro Naval. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Quinta Los Ombues and Museo Benito Quinquela Martin. Take a break from Buenos Aires with a short trip to Peru Beach in Acassuso, about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Palermo Chico, admire the striking features of Palacio Paz, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Inmaculada Concepcion, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Iguazu National Park to Buenos Aires takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Iguazu National Park in May, you will find days in Buenos Aires are a bit cooler (20°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine).

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours

Side Trips

Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile

— 3 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Bernardo O'Higgins National Park and Dragon de la Patagonia. Step off the beaten path and head to Muelle Historico and Patagonia Adventure. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Museo Historico e Industrial Puerto Bories, try your luck at Bar Casino de Puerto Natales S.A, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Sofia.

To find maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Buenos Aires to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Buenos Aires to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine). Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Buenos Aires in May: highs in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) hover around 8°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Casinos