38 days in South America Itinerary

38 days in South America Itinerary

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La Paz, Bolivia
— 3 nights
Fly
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Salta, Argentina
— 1 night
Fly
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Maipu, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly to Mar del Plata, Bus to Tandil
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Tandil, Argentina
— 1 night
Bus to Mar del Plata, Fly to San Carlos de Bariloche
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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 1 night
Fly
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Cordoba, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly
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Iquique, Chile
— 1 night
Bus
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 1 night
Fly
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Hanga Roa, Chile
— 1 night
Fly
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Isla Negra, Chile
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Cruz, Chile
— 3 nights
Bus to Santiago, Fly to Mar del Plata
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Mar del Plata, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly to Carrasco International /General C L Berisso Airport, Drive to La Paloma
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La Paloma, Uruguay
— 1 night
Drive
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Punta del Este, Uruguay
— 3 nights
Fly
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Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 1 night
Fly
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Porto Seguro, Brazil
— 2 nights
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La Paz, Bolivia

— 3 nights

City that Touches the Sky

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore and Chacaltaya. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museum of Musical Instruments - Museo Instrumentos Musicales de Bolivia and Museo de Coca. Venture out of the city with trips to Huayna Potosi (in Milluni) and Chacaltaya Ski Resort (in Milluni). And it doesn't end there: have fun at Urban Rush Bolivia, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Andean Culture Distillery, wander the streets of San Miguel, and get a taste of the local shopping with Mistura - Manifestacion Creativa.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the La Paz online attractions planner.

If you are flying in from Norway, the closest major aiport is El Alto International Airport. In September, daily temperatures in La Paz can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can fly to Salta.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Salta, Argentina

— 1 night

Salta the Beautiful

Salta boasts a vibrant social life and array of informative museums appealing to visitors looking for a memorable cultural experience.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Nuestra Senora de La Candelaria de La Vina, get engrossed in the history at Museo Guemes, and then wander the streets of La Caldera. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Immaculada Madre del Divino Corazon Eucaristico de Jesus, contemplate the long history of Convento San Bernardo, then examine the collection at Museo de Antropologia de Salta, and finally explore the world behind art at Museo Pajcha Arte Etnico.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Salta trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by flight from La Paz to Salta takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from La Paz to Salta is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from La Paz in September; daily highs in Salta reach 28°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Maipu.

Things to do in Salta

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Maipu, Argentina

— 2 nights
Hedonists should not miss including a Maipu trip to their itinerary when in Mendoza.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): do a tasting at Bodega Familia Cecchin, steep yourself in history at Antigua Bodega Giol, do a tasting at RJ Vinedos, then do a tasting at Dolium Winery, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario Virgen de Lourdes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Finca Agostino and then do a tasting at Bodegas Cavas de Don Arturo.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Maipu trip planner.

Getting from Salta to Maipu by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Salta in September, expect nights in Maipu to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are little chillier, around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Tandil.

Things to do in Maipu

Wineries · Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tandil, Argentina

— 1 night
Nestled in the foothills of the nearby mountain range, the town of Tandil offers a solid combination of big-city energy and small-town tranquility.
On the 2nd (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Monasterio Trapense, then step into the grandiose world of Castillo Morisco, and then make a trip to Palacio Municipal de Tandil. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Museo Historico Fuerte Independencia, look for gifts at Huellas de Tandil, pause for some serene contemplation at Capilla de Santa Gema, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parroquia Santisimo Sacramento, then examine the collection at Todo Sobre Rieles, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes Tandil.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Tandil road trip planning app.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Maipu to Tandil in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Maipu in October; daily highs in Tandil reach 22°C and lows reach 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Tandil

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Museo de la Patagonia, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Bonita, then take in the waterfront at Puerto Panuelo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Parroquia San Eduardo. On the 5th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then explore by horseback at Arelauquen Golf & Country Club.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the San Carlos de Bariloche tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Tandil to San Carlos de Bariloche in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, San Carlos de Bariloche is a bit cooler than Tandil - with highs of 17°C and lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can fly to Cordoba.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

Cordoba, Argentina

— 3 nights

The Learned One

History lives on in the streets of Cordoba, Argentina's second-largest city.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capilla Nuestra Senora del Rosario, enjoy the sand and surf at Balneario Playas de Oro, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at El Cerro de la Cruz. On your second day here, learn more about the world around you at Nuevo Museo de Ciencias Naturales, then examine the collection at Museo Emilio Caraffa, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Historico Provincial Marques de Sobre Monte, and finally examine the collection at Archivo Provincial de la Memoria.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Cordoba travel route builder.

You can fly from San Carlos de Bariloche to Cordoba in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be much warmer in Cordoba, with lows of 19°C. On the 8th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Iquique.

Things to do in Cordoba

Museums · Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Iquique, Chile

— 1 night
Thanks to the city's position on the Pacific coast, vacations in Iquique appeal to beachgoers, paragliders, bodyboarders, nature lovers, photographers, and fans of picture-perfect sunsets.
On the 9th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Chanavayita, get to know the fascinating history of Paseo Peatonal Baquedano, then take an in-depth tour of Regional Museum of Iquique, then stop by Fabrica de Chumbeques M.Koo, and finally contemplate the long history of Centro Cultural Palacio Astoreca. On the 10th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cavancha, then take in the waterfront at Paseo Peatonal Cavancha, then brush up on your military savvy at Museo Corbeta Esmeralda, and finally don't miss a visit to Teatro Municipal de Iquique.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Iquique trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Cordoba to Iquique by flight takes about 13.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Cordoba to Iquique is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Iquique

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

— 1 night
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 11th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Pukara de Quitor, explore the activities along Tebinquinche Lake, then make a trip to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote, and finally engage your brain at Museo del Meteorito. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Valle de Jere and then explore the striking landscape at Piedras Rojas.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the San Pedro de Atacama trip itinerary builder site.

You can take a bus from Iquique to San Pedro de Atacama in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In October, daytime highs in San Pedro de Atacama are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can fly to Hanga Roa.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Hanga Roa, Chile

— 1 night
The main town and capital of Chile's Easter Island, Hanga Roa serves as a base for most visitors to the island, with all explorations of Easter Island and its famous moai monoliths beginning here.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Museo Antropologico P. Sebastian Englert, explore the ancient world of Ahu Nau Nau, enjoy the sand and surf at Anakena, then steep yourself in history at Ahu Vinapu, and finally kick back and relax at Playa Pea. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Ahu Te Pito Kura, then kick back and relax at Ovahe, then delve into the distant past at Ahu Vaihu, and finally stroll the grounds of Cementerio de Isla de Pascua.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Hanga Roa trip itinerary planning website.

You can fly from San Pedro de Atacama to Hanga Roa in 11.5 hours. The time zone changes from Chile Standard Time to Easter Island Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in October: highs in Hanga Roa hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Isla Negra.

Things to do in Hanga Roa

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Isla Negra, Chile

— 1 night
Despite its name, Isla Negra is not an island but a small coastal area of Chile, near the town of El Quisco.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario de Lo Vasquez and then stroll through Playa Punta De Tralca. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Museo Vicente Huidobro and then stroll through Playa Mirasol.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Isla Negra visit planner.

Fly from Hanga Roa to Isla Negra in 7 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Hanga Roa to Isla Negra is 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Hanga Roa in October; daily highs in Isla Negra reach 20°C and lows reach 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Isla Negra

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, Chile

— 3 nights
The Chilean city of Santa Cruz offers a view into the country's agricultural and pastoral heritage, with well-preserved colonial-era traditions and architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa La Puntilla and then learn about winemaking at OWM. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at Vina Neyen, learn about winemaking at Vina Las Ninas, examine the collection at Museo El Huique, then see the interesting displays at Museo Mapuche Ruka Mani, and finally examine the collection at Museo Del Automóvil De Colchagua.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Santa Cruz trip planner.

Traveling by car from Isla Negra to Santa Cruz takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Isla Negra, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Santa Cruz, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Mar del Plata.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Wineries · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Mar del Plata, Argentina

— 2 nights

Happy City

Drenched in sunshine and fringed by wide expanses of sandy coastline, Mar del Plata stands out as one of Argentina's most popular vacation resorts.
On the 20th (Sat), stop by Loma de Stella Maris, then get a sense of history and politics at Museo Casa sobre el Arroyo - Casa del Puente, then kick back and relax at Playa Chica, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Cerveceria Antares. On the 21st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia Nuestra Senora de Fatima, delve into the lush surroundings at Bosque Peralta Ramos, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playas de Chapadmalal.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Mar del Plata trip itinerary site.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Santa Cruz to Mar del Plata in 14 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Cruz to Mar del Plata, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Santa Cruz in October, expect nights in Mar del Plata to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to La Paloma.

Things to do in Mar del Plata

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

La Paloma, Uruguay

— 1 night
A small coastal city set on the edge of an attractive bay, La Paloma has a population of only around 3,500.
On the 23rd (Tue), visit a coastal fixture at Faro Cabo Santa Maria, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Balneario Punta Rubia, then don't miss a visit to Luna llena en el anden, and finally stroll through Playa Los Botes.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the La Paloma online trip itinerary maker.

Explore your travel options from Mar del Plata to La Paloma with the Route module. Expect a bit warmer evenings in La Paloma when traveling from Mar del Plata in October, with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Punta del Este.

Things to do in La Paloma

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Punta del Este, Uruguay

— 3 nights

Monaco of South America

With plenty of modern casinos, well-developed beaches, chic restaurants, and upscale hotels, Punta del Este vacations draw visitors from Argentina, Brazil, and beyond.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Museo Del Mar, then learn about winemaking at Alto de la Ballena, then admire the landmark architecture of Museo – Taller de Casapueblo, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia Nuestra Senora de Fatima. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Playa de Los Ingleses, kick back and relax at Playa el Emir, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de San Fernando de Maldonado, examine the collection at Cuartel de Dragones, then stroll through Playa Punta Ballena, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Solanas.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Punta del Este journey app.

You can drive from La Paloma to Punta del Este in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Fri) to allow time for the flight to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Punta del Este

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

— 1 night

Emerald of the Atlantic

With 21 lush islands scattered among pristine waters in the Atlantic Ocean, a Fernando de Noronha holiday is well worth the effort it takes to get there.
On the 27th (Sat), kick back and relax at Enseada da Caieira, then pause for some serene contemplation at Capela de Sao Pedro, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Americano. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Praia do Bode, then see the sky in a new way at Aulas de Energia – Espaco Usina Solar Fernando de Noronha, then enjoy the sand and surf at Air France Beach, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Buraco do Galego.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Fernando de Noronha road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Punta del Este to Fernando de Noronha takes 13 hours. The time zone changes from Uruguay Standard Time to Fernando de Noronha Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Punta del Este in October, you will find days in Fernando de Noronha are much hotter (34°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (28°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Porto Seguro.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Porto Seguro, Brazil

— 2 nights
In a sense, Porto Seguro is where Brazil as a country began, marking the spot where Portuguese explorers first arrived in the 16th century.
On the 29th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Macuco Artesanato, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mundai Beach, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Sao Joao Batista. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Rio da Barra Beach and then see the interesting displays at Museu do Descobrimento - Porto Seguro.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Porto Seguro vacation app.

You can fly from Fernando de Noronha to Porto Seguro in 12.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Fernando de Noronha Standard Time to Brasilia Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Fernando de Noronha in October, expect Porto Seguro to be a bit cooler, temps between 30°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Porto Seguro

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites