39 days in South America Itinerary

39 days in South America Itinerary

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39 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Manchester, United Kingdom
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
Cartagena, Colombia
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Bogota, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
4
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 45​min
5
La Paz, Bolivia
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  12​h 45​min
6
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h
7
Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
8
Punta Arenas, Chile
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  7​h 30​min
9
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  2​h 30​min
10
Asuncion, Paraguay
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
11
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  1​h 30​min
12
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 6 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Manchester, United Kingdom

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, then contemplate the long history of Plaza Santo Domingo, and then make a trip to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Cartagena trip site .

Manchester, UK to Cartagena is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Manchester to Cartagena. In February, Cartagena is much warmer than Manchester - with highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira in Zipaquira (about 54 minutes away). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), take in the architecture and design of Whee Institute, make a trip to Centro Empresarial Santa Barbara, and explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Bogota online tour planner .

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 February, expect nights in Bogota to be much colder, around 9°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
Highlights from your plan
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

3
nights
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.
Lima is known for parks, historic sites, museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, look for gifts at Artesanias Las Pallas, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Indigo, and delve into the distant past at Huaca Pucllana.

To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Lima online driving holiday planner .

Fly from Bogota to Lima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bogota in February, expect nights in Lima to be much warmer, around 24°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Parks Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Circuito Magico Del Agua ©
Circuito Magico Del Agua
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

3
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.
Cusco is known for historic sites, museums, classes, trails, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, take an in-depth tour of Museo Inka, and admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

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You can fly from Lima to Cusco in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Lima, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Cusco, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Sacred Valley of the Incas
Highlights from your plan
exploor ©
exploor
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas

3
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Spend the 13th (Thu) exploring the striking scenery along WMDR Yungas Road. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Tiwanaku, get outside with Outdoor Activities, enjoy some diversion at Urban Rush Bolivia, and don't miss a visit to Mercado de Las Brujas.

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Getting from Cusco to La Paz by combination of flight and bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Peru Time to Bolivia Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Cusco in February, expect La Paz to be little chillier, temps between 17°C and 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors Scenic Drive Tours
Highlights from your plan
Urban Rush Bolivia ©
Urban Rush Bolivia
Tiwanaku ©
Tiwanaku
WMDR Yungas Road ©
WMDR Yungas Road

3
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: explore the striking landscape at Valle De La Luna, explore the fascinating landscape at Atacama Desert, contemplate the waterfront views at Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques, and take in the natural beauty of Geyser del Tatio.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the San Pedro de Atacama tour itinerary maker site .

Getting from La Paz to San Pedro de Atacama by combination of flight and bus takes about 13 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from La Paz in February, things will get somewhat warmer in San Pedro de Atacama: highs are around 28°C and lows about 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Atacama Desert
Highlights from your plan
Atacama Desert ©
Atacama Desert
Valle De La Luna ©
Valle De La Luna
Geyser del Tatio ©
Geyser del Tatio

4
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.
Santiago is known for shopping, museums, parks, nature, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, hunt for treasures at Central Market (Mercado Central), take an in-depth tour of Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos, and admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Santiago trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Santiago takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Santiago

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

2
nights
Punta Arenas, Chile

An erstwhile hub of the sheep wool industry, Punta Arenas has evolved into a gateway of sorts for hikers, cruise ship passengers, and adventure travelers heading out on the windswept lands of Chile's extreme southern reaches.
On the 23rd (Sun), explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio Municipal, then see the interesting displays at Nao Victoria Museo, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Palacio Sara Braun, brush up on your military savvy at Museo Naval y Maritimo, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Regional De Magallanes, and finally head outdoors with Strait of Magellan.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Punta Arenas trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Santiago to Punta Arenas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. February in Punta Arenas sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Museo Regional De Magallanes ©
Museo Regional De Magallanes
Palacio Sara Braun ©
Palacio Sara Braun

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, museums, parks, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta, take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, wander the streets of Puerto Madero, and appreciate the extensive heritage of La Boca.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Buenos Aires online trip builder .

You can fly from Punta Arenas to Buenos Aires in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Punta Arenas to Buenos Aires due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Punta Arenas in February, expect Buenos Aires to be warmer, temps between 32°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Asuncion.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

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

1
night
Asuncion, Paraguay

Asuncion ©
Paraguay's capital and economic center, Asuncion ranks among the youngest cities on the continent, with more than half of its residents under 30 years of age.
On the 1st (Sun), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Botanical Garden and Zoo (Jardin Botanico y Zoologico), make a trip to Costanera de Asuncion, then get a sense of history and politics at Palacio de López, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Asuncion visit planning tool .

Fly from Buenos Aires to Asuncion in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Argentine Time to Paraguay Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Buenos Aires in February: highs in Asuncion hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Asuncion

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Palacio de López ©
Palacio de López
Room Escape Games

3
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.
Sao Paulo is known for museums, shopping, parks, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Parque Ibirapuera, admire the masterpieces at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP, wander the streets of Paulista Avenue, and contemplate the long history of Mosteiro De Sao Bento.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Sao Paulo visit planning tool .

Fly from Asuncion to Sao Paulo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Asuncion to Sao Paulo. Traveling from Asuncion in March, expect nights in Sao Paulo to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are little chillier, around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Shopping Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera
Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo

6
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.
Rio de Janeiro is known for beaches, nature, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Pao de Acucar, kick back and relax at Praia de Grumari, tour the pleasant surroundings at Barra da Tijuca Beach, and admire all the interesting features of Leblon Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro by combination of bus and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Sao Paulo in March, expect Rio de Janeiro to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer
Bondinho  Pao de Acucar ©
Bondinho Pao de Acucar
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach

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