37 days in South America Itinerary

37 days in South America Itinerary

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37 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Brisbane, Australia
Fly:  21​h
1
Mendoza, Argentina
— 8 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Lima, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
5
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 30​min
6
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
+2
train + foot + bus:  3​h 30​min
7
Cusco, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
8
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
9
Antofagasta, Chile
— Few hours
bus:  3​h
10
Calama, Chile
— Few hours
bus:  1​h 30​min
11
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
12
Calama, Chile
— Few hours
Fly:  4​h 30​min
13
Santiago, Chile
— Few hours
bus:  1​h 30​min
14
Valparaiso, Chile
— 8 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
15
Santiago, Chile
— 1 night
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Brisbane, Australia

8
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.
Termas Cacheuta - Terma Spa Full Day has been added to your itinerary. Take a break from Mendoza with a short trip to Rincon de los Oscuros in Potrerillos, about 56 minutes away. There's lots more to do: ride a horse along Los Pingos Horse Riding, get great views at Cerro de la Gloria, tour the pleasant surroundings at Potrerillos Dam, and make a trip to Paseo Peatonal Sarmiento.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Mendoza trip planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Mendoza is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 13 hours traveling from Brisbane to Mendoza. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Brisbane in January: highs in Mendoza hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 23°C. On the 11th (Sat), you'll travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Mendoza

Outdoors Parks Spas

Side Trip

Rincon de los Oscuros
Highlights from your plan
Rincon de los Oscuros ©
Rincon de los Oscuros
Cerro de la Gloria ©
Cerro de la Gloria
Paseo Peatonal Sarmiento ©
Paseo Peatonal Sarmiento

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.
Buenos Aires is known for nightlife, historic sites, parks, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Cemiterio de Recoleta, wander the streets of Calle Defensa, take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, and have fun and explore at Museo de los Ninos.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Buenos Aires route maker site .

Getting from Mendoza to Buenos Aires by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Mendoza in January, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Buenos Aires: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

2
nights
Iguazu National Park, Argentina

Iguazu National Park ©
Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Iguazu Falls. Venture out of the city with trips to Wanda (Wanda Mines & Minas Tierra Colorada).

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Iguazu National Park driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Iguazu National Park in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Buenos Aires in January: highs in Iguazu National Park hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Wanda
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Wanda Mines ©
Wanda Mines
Minas Tierra Colorada ©
Minas Tierra Colorada

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.
To find maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Lima travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Iguazu National Park to Lima in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Iguazu National Park to Lima, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Iguazu National Park in January: highs in Lima hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 24°C. You will leave for Cusco on the 18th (Sat).

Things to do in Lima

Tours Outdoors Nightlife

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 18th (Sat): sample the tasty concoctions at Cerveceria Willkamayu, explore the striking landscape at Salinas de Maras, and then contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Museo de Arte Precolombino, contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, and then explore the ancient world of Centro Historico De Cusco.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cusco trip planning site .

Fly from Lima to Cusco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in January, expect nights in Cusco to be much colder, around 9°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Cerveceria Willkamayu, Salinas de Maras
Highlights from your plan
exploor ©
exploor
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman

2
nights
Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Los Jardines de Mandor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): don't miss a visit to Intipuncu and then contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Machu Picchu vacation website .

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trip

Zipline
Highlights from your plan
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Zipline
Los Jardines de Mandor ©
Los Jardines de Mandor

1
night
Cusco, Peru

Cusco ©
On the 23rd (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Museo Quechua and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia De Santo Domingo.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Cusco tour planner .

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. On the 23rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Iglesia De Santo Domingo ©
Iglesia De Santo Domingo
Museo Quechua ©
Museo Quechua

2
nights
Lima, Peru

Lima ©
On the 23rd (Thu), walk around Parque Kennedy - Parque Central de Miraflores and then admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor).

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Lima trip planner .

Getting from Cusco to Lima by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cusco in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Lima, with highs around 31°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Antofagasta.

Things to do in Lima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)
Palacio de la Union ©
Palacio de la Union

few
hours
Antofagasta, Chile

Antofagasta
A major port city of northern Chile, Antofagasta officially became part of the country in 1904, when the Treaty of Peace and Friendship between Chile and Bolivia formerly enshrined a new regional status quo after the War of the Pacific (1879-83).
To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Antofagasta road trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lima to Antofagasta. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lima to Antofagasta due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Lima in January: high temperatures in Antofagasta hover around 27°C and lows are around 20°C. On the 25th (Sat), you're off toCalama.

Things to do in Antofagasta

Parks Outdoors Tours

few
hours
Calama, Chile

Calama ©
A hub of northern Chile's copper mining industry, Calama acts as a gateway for exploration of the geological and archaeological sites in the Atacama desert region.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): head outdoors with Sol Del Desierto and then make a trip to Mina de Chuquicamata.

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

Drive from Antofagasta to Calama in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Antofagasta in January since evenings lows in Calama dip to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to catcht the bus to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Calama

Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Mina de Chuquicamata ©
Mina de Chuquicamata

4
nights
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

San Pedro de Atacama ©
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.
San Pedro de Atacama is known for nature, wildlife, historic sites, nightlife, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna, make a trip to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote, get curious at Museo del Meteorito, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Geyser del Tatio.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the San Pedro de Atacama day trip planning tool .

Take a bus from Calama to San Pedro de Atacama in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January in San Pedro de Atacama, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Calama.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Valle De La Luna ©
Valle De La Luna
Geyser del Tatio ©
Geyser del Tatio
Salar de Tara ©
Salar de Tara

few
hours
Calama, Chile

Calama
To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Calama trip planner .

You can take a bus from San Pedro de Atacama to Calama in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. You'll set off for Santiago on the 29th (Wed).

Things to do in Calama

Parks Nightlife Historic Sites

few
hours
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): stroll around Cerro Santa Lucia.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Santiago trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by flight from Calama to Santiago takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Valparaiso.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks
Highlights from your plan
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia

8
nights
Valparaiso, Chile

Valparaiso ©
Navigating through a maze of colorful streets winding up and down steep hills remains an integral part of any Valparaiso tour.
Venture out of the city with trips to Playa Tunquen (in Tunquen), Casa de Isla Negra (in Isla Negra) and Parque Nacional La Campana (in Olmue). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at La Sebastiana, make a trip to Flower Clock (Reloj de Flores), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Zapallar, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Valparaiso online trip maker .

Getting from Santiago to Valparaiso by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In January, daily temperatures in Valparaiso can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. On the 6th (Thu), you'll travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Valparaiso

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Vina del Mar, Casablanca, Parque Nacional La Campana, Playa de Zapallar, Casa de Isla Negra
Highlights from your plan
Reñaca ©
Reñaca
Parque Nacional La Campana ©
Parque Nacional La Campana
La Sebastiana ©
La Sebastiana

1
night
Santiago, Chile

Santiago ©
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Costanera.

To see maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Santiago trip planning app .

Take a bus from Valparaiso to Santiago in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.
Highlights from your plan
Sky Costanera ©
Sky Costanera

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