35 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

35 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

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35 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

Start: Manila, Philippines
Fly:  31 h
1
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly + Bus:  1 h 30 min
2
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
3
Montevideo, Uruguay
— 2 nights
Ferry:  2 h 15 min
4
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
5
Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
6
La Paz, Bolivia
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  2 h
7
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
8
Lima, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h
9
Quito, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
10
Bogota, Colombia
— 2 nights
Drive:  17 h 30 min
11
Canaima National Park, Venezuela
— 6 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  23 h 15 min
12
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
+2
Shuttle + Bus + Fly:  31 h
End: Manila, Philippines

5
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro and Imperial Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Bondinho Pao de Acucar and Corcovado Christ the Redeemer. The adventure continues: stroll through Copacabana Beach, kick back and relax at Praia de Grumari, admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, and don't miss a visit to Escadaria Selaron.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary maker site .

Manila, Philippines to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 31-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Philippines Time (PHT) to Brasilia Time (BRT) is minus 11 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Manila in June: high temperatures in Rio de Janeiro hover around 30°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Imperial Museum
Highlights from your plan
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

2
nights
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo and then steep yourself in history at Mosteiro De Sao Bento. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at São Paulo Cathedral.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Sao Paulo online vacation planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Rio de Janeiro in June, with highs in Sao Paulo at 26°C and lows at 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Montevideo.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Mosteiro De Sao Bento ©
Mosteiro De Sao Bento
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo
São Paulo Cathedral ©
São Paulo Cathedral

2
nights
Montevideo, Uruguay

Montevideo ©
With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
On the 9th (Tue), admire the masterpieces at Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes Juan Manuel Blanes, then examine the collection at 1972 Museum, and then admire the masterpieces at Palacio Taranco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Plaza Independencia and then wander the streets of Pocitos.

Find out how to plan Montevideo trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Getting from Sao Paulo to Montevideo by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sao Paulo in June, things will get little chillier in Montevideo: highs are around 19°C and lows about 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can catch the ferry to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Montevideo

Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Palacio Taranco ©
Palacio Taranco
Pocitos ©
Pocitos

2
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.
On the 11th (Thu), stop by El Ateneo Grand Splendid, take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, and then explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica de Nuestra Senora Del Pilar, then explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, and then take in the history at Plaza de Mayo.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires online visit planner .

Traveling by ferry from Montevideo to Buenos Aires takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Buenos Aires are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Plaza de Mayo ©
Plaza de Mayo

2
nights
Santiago, Chile

Santiago ©
Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
On the 13th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Capilla Medalla Milagrosa Virgen De Los Rayos and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Lazaro, examine the collection at La Chascona, and then steep yourself in history at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Santiago tour planner .

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Santiago in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Argentine Time (ART) to Chile Time (CLT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
La Chascona ©
La Chascona

1
night
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
On the 15th (Mon), explore the ancient world of Tiwanaku.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the La Paz online tour itinerary maker .

Getting from Santiago to La Paz by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and train. In June, daily temperatures in La Paz can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in La Paz

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Tiwanaku ©
Tiwanaku

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Tambomachay and then delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Museo Maximo Laura, take in the spiritual surroundings of Museo de Vida Monastica - Monasterio de Santa Catalina del Cusco, then examine the collection at Museo de Arte Precolombino, and finally contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cusco day trip site .

Do a combination of bus and flight from La Paz to Cusco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from La Paz to Cusco, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from La Paz in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Cusco: highs are around 24°C and lows about 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Museo de Arte Precolombino ©
Museo de Arte Precolombino

1
night
Lima, Peru

Lima ©
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.
On the 18th (Thu), delve into the distant past at Huaca Pucllana and then get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Lima vacation builder website .

You can fly from Cusco to Lima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in June, Lima is warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Quito.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco

2
nights
Quito, Ecuador

Quito ©
High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): stroll through Illiniza Ecological Reserve and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pichincha.

You can plan Quito trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Fly from Lima to Quito in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. June in Quito sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Quito

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Pichincha
Highlights from your plan
Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania
Pichincha ©
Pichincha

2
nights
Bogota, Colombia

Bogota ©
Colombia's heart and soul, Bogota has earned the nickname "Athens of South America" thanks to its abundance of universities, libraries, and lower-level schools.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Humedal de Cordoba and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Catedral Primada and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Bogota road trip planning site .

Getting from Quito to Bogota by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Quito in June, things will get slightly colder in Bogota: highs are around 22°C and lows about 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Canaima National Park.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
Highlights from your plan
Monserrate ©
Monserrate
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira ©
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
Humedal de Cordoba ©
Humedal de Cordoba

6
nights
Canaima National Park, Venezuela

Canaima National Park ©
One of the largest national parks in the world, Canaima National Park encompasses 30,000 sq km (12 sq mi) of distinct landscapes, varied wildlife, and the world's highest waterfalls.
Canaima National Park is known for nature and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from Mirador El Oso.

Plan my Canaima National Park trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Bogota to Canaima National Park. You will leave for La Fortuna de San Carlos on the 29th (Mon).
Highlights from your plan
Mirador El Oso ©
Mirador El Oso

3
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

La Fortuna de San Carlos ©
Set against the backdrop of the imposing Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos offers visitors a chance to explore diverse natural landscapes and sample some delicious local produce.
Appreciate the collections at Onirica Art Gallery and Wood & Art Gallery. Get in touch with nature at La Fortuna Waterfall and Tabacon Hot Springs. There's still lots to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation maker website .

Explore your travel options from Canaima National Park to La Fortuna de San Carlos with the Route module. Traveling from Canaima National Park to La Fortuna de San Carlos, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas
Highlights from your plan
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing

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