39 days in South America Itinerary

39 days in South America Itinerary

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Cartagena, Colombia
— 3 nights
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Islas de Rosario, Colombia
— 1 night
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Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 3 nights
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Calama, Chile
— 1 night
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 7 nights
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Santiago, Chile
— 6 nights
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Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
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Valparaiso, Chile
— 2 nights
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Santiago, Chile
— 1 day
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
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Santos, Brazil
— 2 nights
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights

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Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena ©

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.
Cartagena is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, don't miss a visit to Torre del Reloj, and gain insight at Plaza Santo Domingo.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Cartagena online journey maker.

Auckland, New Zealand to Cartagena is an approximately 27-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 17 hours traveling from Auckland to Cartagena. Traveling from Auckland in February, you will find days in Cartagena are somewhat warmer (36°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Islas de Rosario.

Things to do in Cartagena

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Islas de Rosario, Colombia

Islas de Rosario ©
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): head outdoors with Bora Bora Cartagena Beach Club and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Oceanario. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with IslaBela.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Islas de Rosario road trip site.

You can ride a ferry from Cartagena to Islas de Rosario in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in February, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Islas de Rosario

Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
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Outdoor Activity
IslaBela
3.7

2
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Cusco, Peru

Cusco ©

Imperial City

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.
On the 17th (Wed), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, get engrossed in the history at Museo Inka, admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Museo de Vida Monastica - Monasterio de Santa Catalina del Cusco.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cusco route planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Islas de Rosario to Cusco. Traveling from Islas de Rosario in February, expect Cusco to be cooler, temps between 23°C and 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

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Historic Site
Sacsayhuaman
4.7
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Religious Site
Qorikancha
4.5
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Historic Site
Plaza de Armas
4.7

3
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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.
Machu Picchu is known for historic sites, nature, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, take in the natural beauty of Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes), and don't miss a visit to Plaza Manco Capac.

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

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Calama.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums
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Must see
Winay Wayna
4.9
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Lookout
Intipuncu
4.7

1
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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.
On the 21st (Sun), head outdoors with Sol Del Desierto, then make a trip to Mina de Chuquicamata, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Mall Plaza Calama. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Parque para la Preservacion de la Memoria Historica and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de San Juan Bautista.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Calama travel route tool.

Explore your travel options from Machu Picchu to Calama with the Route module. Traveling from Machu Picchu to Calama, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in February, and nighttime lows around 8°C. On the 22nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Calama

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Shopping
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7
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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.
Step out of San Pedro de Atacama to go to Antofagasta and see Salar de Atacama, which is approximately 1h 35 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna, explore the ancient world of Pukara de Quitor, explore the activities along Laguna de Piedras, and take an exotic tour of On Safari Atacama.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the San Pedro de Atacama road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Calama to San Pedro de Atacama takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in February, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

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Must see
On Safari Atacama
4.9
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Geologic Formation
Valle De La Luna
4.7
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Hot Spring
Geyser del Tatio
4.6

6
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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.
Go for a jaunt from Santiago to San Jose de Maipo to see River Rafting & Tubing about 1h 5 min away. Dedicate the 4th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at La Chascona, do a tasting at Vina Cousino Macul, browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Mercado Central), and walk around Araucano Park.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Santiago online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from San Pedro de Atacama to Santiago by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Santiago

Wineries · Tours · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

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Wine Tour / Tasting
Wine Tours & Tastings
4.5
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Specialty Museum
La Chascona
4.6

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Santiago, Chile

Santiago ©

City of the Island Hills

On the 7th (Sun), browse the different shops at Costanera Center, walk around Cerro Santa Lucia, and then step into the grandiose world of Castillo Hidalgo. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, don't miss a visit to Palacio de Tribunales de Justicia, then admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and finally go for a walk through Plaza de Armas.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Santiago vacation builder.

You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Valparaiso.

Things to do in Santiago

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Scenic Walking Area
Plaza de Armas
3.9

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Valparaiso, Chile

Jewel of the Pacific

Navigating through a maze of colorful streets winding up and down steep hills remains an integral part of any Valparaiso tour.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): admire the striking features of Edificio Luis Cousino, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and then examine the collection at La Sebastiana. On the next day, make a trip to Kirche Nuestra Senora de Dolores, make a trip to Flower Clock (Reloj de Flores), examine the collection at Corporacion Museo de Arqueologia e Historia Francisco Fonck, kick back and relax at Reñaca, then take a stroll through Paseo Dimalow, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo de Historia Natural de Valparaiso.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Valparaiso visit planning tool.

Getting from Santiago to Valparaiso by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Santiago.

Things to do in Valparaiso

Tours · Museums · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Walking tour
Walking tours
4.7
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Specialty Museum
La Sebastiana
4.3

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Santiago, Chile

Santiago ©

City of the Island Hills

On the 11th (Thu), get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Natural History and then get engrossed in the history at Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Santiago online tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Valparaiso to Santiago takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Santiago

Highlights from your trip
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Natural History Museum
National Museum of Natural History
4.3

2
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Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): take a stroll through Puerto Madero, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Mayo, stop by El Ateneo Grand Splendid, then don't miss a visit to Cemiterio de Recoleta, and finally explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires. Here are some ideas for day two: get a sense of history and politics at Casa Rosada, then appreciate the history behind Floralis Generica, then admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Japones.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires travel site.

You can fly from Santiago to Buenos Aires in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Buenos Aires. March in Buenos Aires sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Santos.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

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World heritage site
Parque 3 de Febrero
4.6
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Neighborhood
Puerto Madero
4.5

2
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Santos, Brazil

Santos ©
A lively coastal city, Santos has become known for its sea, soccer, and sand.
On the 14th (Sun), examine the collection at Museu Pele, take an in-depth tour of Coffee Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Orla e Jardins da Praia de Santos, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Municipal Aquarium of Santos. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Enseada Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Tombo Beach, and then appreciate the history behind Praca da Independencia.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Santos day trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Buenos Aires to Santos in 8.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Buenos Aires in March, with highs in Santos at 33°C and lows at 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Santos

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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Beach
Tombo Beach
4.6
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History Museum
Coffee Museum
4.6

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro ©

Marvelous City

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, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Copacabana Beach, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, don't miss a visit to Escadaria Selaron, and kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro day trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Santos to Rio de Janeiro takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March in Rio de Janeiro, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Tours
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