35 days in South America Itinerary

35 days in South America Itinerary

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35 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  19​h 15​min
1
Cusco, Peru
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
2
Cartagena, Colombia
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Bogota, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
La Paz, Bolivia
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
5
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  11​h 30​min
6
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
8
Mendoza, Argentina
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Sydney, Australia

6
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes River Rafting & Tubing as well as Kayaking & Canoeing. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Moray and Sacred Valley of the Incas. Sacsayhuaman and Salinas de Maras will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Cusco: San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas (in Andahuaylillas), Pisac (in Pisac) and Cerveceria Willkamayu (in Urubamba). Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take an in-depth tour of Museo de Vida Monastica - Monasterio de Santa Catalina del Cusco, explore the ancient world of Tambomachay, and admire the striking features of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cusco trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Cusco is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 15 hours traveling from Sydney to Cusco due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Sydney in October, with highs in Cusco at 24°C and lows at 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Maras, Pisac, San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas, Cerveceria Willkamayu, Sacred Valley of the Incas
Highlights from your plan
exploor ©
exploor
Moray ©
Moray
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman

4
nights
Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena ©
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Torre del Reloj and St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Aviario Nacional de Colombia. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, and deepen your understanding at Plaza Santo Domingo.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cartagena online holiday planner .

Getting from Cusco to Cartagena by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Cusco in October, expect nights in Cartagena to be much hotter, around 30°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 38°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Aviario Nacional de Colombia
Highlights from your plan
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Torre del Reloj ©
Torre del Reloj
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Laguna de Guatavita and Esensal. Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira and La Catedral Primada will appeal to history buffs. When in Bogota, make a side trip to see Centro de Memoria El Cuartico in Valledupar, approximately 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Monserrate, examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), and explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Bogota online tour itinerary maker .

Fly from Cartagena to Bogota in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Cartagena in October, things will get cooler in Bogota: highs are around 22°C and lows about 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Zipaquira, Laguna de Guatavita, Centro de Memoria El Cuartico
Highlights from your plan
Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira ©
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

3
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at WMDR Yungas Road and Food Tours. There's much more to do: enjoy some diversion at Urban Rush Bolivia, make a trip to Mi Teleferico, admire the landmark architecture of Iglesia de San Francisco, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our La Paz day trip app .

Traveling by flight from Bogota to La Paz takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and train. The time zone difference moving from Colombia Time to Bolivia Time is 1 hour. In October, La Paz is slightly colder than Bogota - with highs of 19°C and lows of 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors Tours Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
WMDR Yungas Road ©
WMDR Yungas Road
Iglesia de San Francisco ©
Iglesia de San Francisco

2
nights
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Salar de Uyuni and then head off the coast to Isla Incahuasi. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get impressive views of Tunupa Volcano.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Uyuni trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from La Paz to Uyuni takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from La Paz in October, expect nights in Uyuni to be somewhat warmer, around 7°C, while days are little chillier, around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Uyuni

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Salar de Uyuni ©
Salar de Uyuni
Isla Incahuasi ©
Isla Incahuasi
Tunupa Volcano ©
Tunupa Volcano

4
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Catedral de la Plata and La Boca. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Puerto Madero, shop like a local with Palermo, take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, and stop by El Ateneo Grand Splendid.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Buenos Aires using our trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Uyuni to Buenos Aires takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Uyuni to Buenos Aires is 1 hour. While traveling from Uyuni, expect much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Buenos Aires, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Catedral de la Plata
Highlights from your plan
Catedral de la Plata ©
Catedral de la Plata
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Palermo ©
Palermo

5
nights
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

San Carlos de Bariloche ©
Nestled against the foothills of the Andes, scenic San Carlos de Bariloche hugs the southern shore of Nahuel Huapi Lake and ranks among Argentina's top destinations for active outdoor vacations.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Piedras Blancas and Rio Correntoso. Escape the urban bustle at Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro and Catedral Alta Patagonis. Next up on the itinerary: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and stroll through Isla Victoria.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the San Carlos de Bariloche trip itinerary builder site .

You can fly from Buenos Aires to San Carlos de Bariloche in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Buenos Aires in October: highs in San Carlos de Bariloche hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Mendoza.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Rio Correntoso
Highlights from your plan
Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro ©
River Rafting & Tubing
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi ©
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi

5
nights
Mendoza, Argentina

Mendoza ©
Famed for its neat vineyards and thriving wine production, Mendoza remains the place to visit for a pleasant combination of relaxation and recreation.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Pulenta Estate Winery and Bodega Roberto Bonfanti. Step out of the city life by going to Puente del Inca and River Rafting & Tubing. Step out of Mendoza with an excursion to Casa El Enemigo in Maipu--about 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: learn about winemaking at Bodega Tierras Altas, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario Virgen de Lourdes, and get great views at Cerro de la Gloria.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Mendoza trip planner .

Fly from San Carlos de Bariloche to Mendoza in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in October, expect Mendoza to be somewhat warmer, temps between 28°C and 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mendoza

Wineries Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Puente del Inca, Casa El Enemigo, Santuario Virgen de Lourdes
Highlights from your plan
Pulenta Estate Winery ©
Pulenta Estate Winery
Bodega Tierras Altas ©
Bodega Tierras Altas
Bodega Roberto Bonfanti ©
Bodega Roberto Bonfanti

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