35 days in South America Itinerary

35 days in South America Itinerary

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly
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Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
Shuttle to Iguazu, Fly to Buenos Aires Jorge Newbery
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly
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Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 2 nights
Drive
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Uyuni, Bolivia
— 4 nights
Fly
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La Paz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Lima, Peru
— 1 night
Fly to José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport, Drive to Montanita
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Montanita, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Drive
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Banos, Ecuador
— 1 night
Drive
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Quito, Ecuador
— 1 day
Fly
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Cali, Colombia
— 1 night
Fly
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Bogota, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Medellin, Colombia
— 1 night
Fly
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Cartagena, Colombia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santa Marta, Colombia
— 2 nights
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Mirante Dona Marta, Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, Escadaria Selaron, and other attractions. Escape the urban bustle at Praia de Ipanema and Pedra do Arpoador. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro travel route app.

If you are flying in from Portugal, the closest major aiport is Rio Galeão – Tom Jobim International Airport. In February in Rio de Janeiro, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. You will leave for Foz do Iguacu on the 5th (Tue).

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Trails

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Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

Land of the Waterfalls

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 Devil's Throat. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Devil's Throat and then make a trip to Marco Das Tres Fronteiras.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, read our Foz do Iguacu itinerary planner.

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Foz do Iguacu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in February since evenings lows in Foz do Iguacu dip to 25°C. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Thu) before leaving for Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

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 Parque 3 de Febrero and Cemiterio de Recoleta. Let the collections at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes and Museo Nacional De Arte Decorativo capture your imagination. Next up on the itinerary: get a taste of the local shopping with Puerto Madero, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Primada, make a trip to Plaza de Mayo, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires trip planner.

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Foz do Iguacu to Buenos Aires in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Foz do Iguacu in February, you will find days in Buenos Aires are slightly colder (32°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

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Santiago, Chile

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.
On the 10th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, take a stroll through Barrio Bellavista, and then examine the collection at La Chascona. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts and then hit the slopes at Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Santiago trip planner.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Santiago in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Argentina Standard Time to Chile Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Santiago

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

Major archeological sites and a renowned museum remain the big draws in San Pedro de Atacama tourism, appealing to visitors interested in learning more about South America's pre-Columbian cultures.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Pukara de Quitor and then take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna. Here are some ideas for day two: look and learn at Atacama Observatory, take in the natural beauty of Geyser del Tatio, and then identify plant and animal life at Salar de Tara.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the San Pedro de Atacama trip itinerary builder app.

You can fly from Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 8°C. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Uyuni.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

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Uyuni, Bolivia

Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
You'll explore and learn at Train Cemetery and Museo de la Llama y la Sal. Get outdoors at Salar de Uyuni and Uyuni White And Green Bolivia. There's still lots to do: hike along Senda Andina and step off the mainland to explore Isla Incahuasi.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Uyuni trip app.

Getting from San Pedro de Atacama to Uyuni by car takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in February, plan for cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Uyuni: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Mon) to allow time for travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Uyuni

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

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La Paz, Bolivia

City that Touches the Sky

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
To find where to stay and more tourist information, read La Paz trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Uyuni to La Paz takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Uyuni in February, plan for somewhat warmer days in La Paz, with highs around 17°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 4°C. On the 20th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in La Paz

Museums · Parks · Nature · Shopping

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Lima, Peru

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.
To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Lima road trip website.

Traveling by flight from La Paz to Lima takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from La Paz to Lima due to the time zone difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from La Paz in February: high temperatures in Lima hover around 32°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Montanita.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

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Montanita, Ecuador

A small, secluded coastal town with a laid-back atmosphere and a countercultural hippy vibe, Montanita has a reputation as a seaside getaway with a twist.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then look for gifts at Pacha Chocolates. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario Blanca Estrella del Mar, pause for some photo ops at Monumento del Surfista, then kick back and relax at Playa Montanita, and finally examine the collection at Galeria Nautica Mirador Farrallon Dillon.

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

Explore your travel options from Lima to Montanita with the Route module. Traveling from Lima in February, plan for a bit warmer nights in Montanita, with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Banos.

Things to do in Montanita

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

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Banos, Ecuador

A trip to Banos, a relatively small town in the picturesque Andean highlands, ensures plenty of chances for outdoor activities like horseback riding, hiking, climbing, canyoning, and mountain biking.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): get a new perspective on nature at Museo Fray Enrique Mideros, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of the Virgin of the Holy Water (Nuestra Senora del Agua Santa), and then grab your bike and head to Ruta de las cascadas.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Banos holiday planner.

You can drive from Montanita to Banos in 7 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Quito.

Things to do in Banos

Trails · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

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Quito, Ecuador

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.
On the 26th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pichincha.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Quito trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Banos to Quito takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Quito can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cali.

Things to do in Quito

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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Cali, Colombia

Salsa Capital of the World

Learning how to salsa may be the most popular thing to do in Cali, but this giant city in southwestern Colombia represents more than just the "Salsa Capital of the World." Home to over 2 million people, thriving Cali serves as a major commercial and industrial center in South America, boasting the fastest-growing economy in Colombia.
On the 27th (Wed), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoologico de Cali, then take in the pleasant sights at Barrio San Antonio, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Iglesia de San Antonio.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cali route planner.

Getting from Quito to Cali by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Quito in February, things will get somewhat warmer in Cali: highs are around 36°C and lows about 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Cali

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

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Bogota, Colombia

Athens of South America

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.
On the 28th (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Casa Museo Quinta de Bolivar, then examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), and then take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Parque de Usaquen, wander the streets of Parque 93, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico de Bogota Jose Celestino Mutis.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Bogota journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Cali to Bogota takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Cali in February, expect nights in Bogota to be colder, around 9°C, while days are slightly colder, around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Nature

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Medellin, Colombia

City of the Eternal Spring

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then take an in-depth tour of Museo de Antioquia, and then make a trip to Plaza Botero.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Medellin trip planner.

Getting from Bogota to Medellin by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Bogota in March: high temperatures in Medellin hover around 32°C and lows are around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours · Museums

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Cartagena, Colombia

City of Heroes

The site of the continent's first Spanish colony, Cartagena retains much of its colonial flavor thanks to a World Heritage-listed old town, encircled by old walls and protected by imposing fortresses.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, see the interesting displays at Museo Historico de Cartagena de Indias, then take an in-depth tour of Museo del Oro Zenu, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cartagena route planner.

Getting from Medellin to Cartagena by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Medellin in March, things will get a bit warmer in Cartagena: highs are around 37°C and lows about 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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Santa Marta, Colombia

America's Pearl

Many visitors begin their Santa Marta holiday, surrounded by urban clutter and heavy traffic, expecting little from the city in terms of historical importance.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Santa Marta. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Yo Amo Santa Marta and then explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Santa Marta road trip tool.

You can drive from Cartagena to Santa Marta in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Santa Marta can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. On the 7th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips