40 days in South America Itinerary

40 days in South America Itinerary

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40 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Perth, Australia
Fly:  29​h
1
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  7​h 15​min
2
El Chalten, Argentina
— 3 nights
+4
bus + taxi + Fly + taxi + bus:  8​h
3
Puerto Madryn, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
5
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
6
Sucre, Bolivia
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
7
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
8
La Paz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  1​h 45​min
9
Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 15​min
10
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  13​h 30​min
11
Iquitos, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
12
Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  30​h
End: Perth, Australia


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2
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi and Catedral Alta Patagonis. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museo de la Patagonia and Monumento Historico Municipal Capilla La Inmaculada. The adventure continues: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, cast your line with a fishing tour, and delve into the lush surroundings at Sendero de los Arrayanes.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our San Carlos de Bariloche visit planner .

Perth, Australia to San Carlos de Bariloche is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Perth to San Carlos de Bariloche is minus 11 hours. Traveling from Perth in June, you will find days in San Carlos de Bariloche are cooler (9°C), and nights are a bit cooler (-1°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to El Chalten.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Outdoors Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi ©
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi
Fishing Charters & Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
nights
El Chalten, Argentina

El Chalten ©
Nestled up against the hills of the Los Glaciares National Park, El Chalten serves as one of the nation's most bustling hubs for hikers and backpackers heading out into the wild landscape of southern Patagonia.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Laguna Torre and Sendero Loma del Pliegue Tumbado. Get in touch with nature at Los Huemules and La Leona Petrified Forest. Next up on the itinerary: get great views at El Mirador De Los Condores, stop by Marcopolo Bookstore, take in the awesome beauty at Glaciar Piedras Blancas, and take in the dramatic natural features at Amanecer en El Chalten.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the El Chalten trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from San Carlos de Bariloche to El Chalten in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. On the 22nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Puerto Madryn.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

La Leona Petrified Forest
Highlights from your plan
Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre
Sendero Loma del Pliegue Tumbado ©
Sendero Loma del Pliegue Tumbado
El Mirador De Los Condores ©
El Mirador De Los Condores

3
nights
Puerto Madryn, Argentina

Puerto Madryn ©
Whales and penguins frolic in the waters of Puerto Madryn, one of Argentine Patagonia's most important port cities.
On the 23rd (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Centro Nacional Patagonico -- CeNPat, then kick back and relax at Costas de Patagonia, and then see the interesting displays at Museo de Gemas. On the 24th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Peninsula Valdes and then get to know the fascinating history of The Town of Gaiman.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Puerto Madryn road trip website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from El Chalten to Puerto Madryn takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Puerto Madryn

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Costas de Patagonia ©
Costas de Patagonia
Peninsula Valdes ©
Peninsula Valdes
Centro Nacional Patagonico -- CeNPat ©

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Puerto Madero and Basilica de Lujan. Get in touch with nature at Delta El Tigre and Reserva Natural Urbana. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Buenos Aires: Museos & Cripta Basilica Nuestra Senora De Lujan (in Lujan), La Plata (Planetario Ciudad de La Plata & Museo de La Plata) and San Isidro (Catedral de San Isidro & Villa Ocampo). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento, make a trip to Iglesia Inmaculada Concepcion, see the interesting displays at Museo River Plate, and take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero.

Plan my day in Buenos Aires using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Puerto Madryn to Buenos Aires by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Lujan, San Isidro, La Plata, Delta El Tigre, Reserva Natural Urbana
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Catedral de San Isidro ©
Catedral de San Isidro
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento ©
Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento

5
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at BarraShopping and Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas. Get some historical perspective at Forte de Copacabana and Jerusalem Cultural Center. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rio de Janeiro: Niteroi (Fortaleza de Santa Cruz da Barra, Camboinhas Beach, & more). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach, stroll through Reserva Beach, admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, and examine the collection at Instituto Moreira Salles.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro online trip builder .

Getting from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in June, expect Rio de Janeiro to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sucre.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Niteroi
Highlights from your plan
Bondinho  Pao de Acucar ©
Bondinho Pao de Acucar
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

3
nights
Sucre, Bolivia

Sucre ©
The constitutional capital of Bolivia, Sucre has a well-preserved historic center, with many buildings dating back to the city's founding in the 16th century.
Let the collections at House of Liberty Museum - Casa de la Libertad and Museum of Indigenous Art ASUR capture your imagination. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like La Recoleta and Parroquia de San Lazaro. The adventure continues: examine the collection at El Centro Turistico Comunitario, make a trip to Universidad de San Francisco Xavier de Chuquisaca, explore the stunning scenery at Icla Canyon, and admire the sheer force of The 7 Cascadas.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Sucre journey planner .

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Sucre takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time to Bolivia Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Rio de Janeiro, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in Sucre, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in Sucre

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Templo-Museo ©
La Recoleta ©
La Recoleta
Basilica de San Francisco ©
Basilica de San Francisco

2
nights
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
On the 7th (Tue), learn more about the world around you at Museo Arquecologia y Antropologico de los Andes Meridionales and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour. Keep things going the next day: head off the coast to Isla Incahuasi and then take in the dramatic natural features at Salar de Uyuni.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Uyuni trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Sucre to Uyuni by combination of flight and taxi takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Sucre in July, expect nights in Uyuni to be about the same, around 3°C, while days are cooler, around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Uyuni

Parks Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Salar de Uyuni ©
Salar de Uyuni
Isla Incahuasi ©
Isla Incahuasi
Photography Tours

2
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Tiwanaku, examine the collection at National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore, and then examine the collection at Museum of Musical Instruments - Museo Instrumentos Musicales de Bolivia. On your second day here, get the adrenaline pumping with Scree Rush.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the La Paz route planning site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Uyuni to La Paz in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Uyuni in July, expect nights in La Paz to be slightly colder, around -4°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in La Paz

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Horseback Riding Tours and Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi. Get some historical perspective at San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas and Sacsayhuaman. Get out of town with these interesting Cusco side-trips: Moray (in Maras) and Piquillacta (in Huarcapay). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Sacred Valley of the Incas, view the masterpieces at Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco, delve into the distant past at Q'enqo, and admire the landmark architecture of The Company of Jesus Church.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cusco trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from La Paz to Cusco takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from La Paz to Cusco is minus 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from La Paz in July; daily highs in Cusco reach 24°C and lows reach 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Piquillacta, Moray
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Moray ©
Moray
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon, take in nature's colorful creations at Los Jardines de Mandor, then stop by Machu Picchu market adjacent to the train station, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, and finally experience the excitement of Samay Spa.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Machu Picchu online vacation planner .

Getting from Cusco to Machu Picchu by combination of bus and train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. On the 16th (Thu), you'll travel to Iquitos.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Fun & Games Spas Parks
Highlights from your plan
Los Jardines de Mandor ©
Los Jardines de Mandor
Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen ©
Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen

2
nights
Iquitos, Peru

Iquitos ©
The largest city in the Peruvian Amazon and the world's largest metropolis unreachable by road, Iquitos represents a major starting point for river and rainforest adventures.
On the 17th (Fri), get the lay of the land with Walking tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): examine the collection at Museum of Indigenous Amazonian Cultures and then identify plant and animal life at Rainforest Awareness Rescue Education Center.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Iquitos travel route planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Machu Picchu to Iquitos in 13.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in Iquitos

Parks Wildlife Museums
Highlights from your plan

3
nights
Lima, Peru

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.
Let the collections at MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima and Museo Larco capture your imagination. You'll discover tucked-away gems like San Isidro and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Go for a jaunt from Lima to Huaral to see Reserva Nacional Lomas de Lachay about 1h 55 min away. There's more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar).

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Lima trip planner .

You can fly from Iquitos to Lima in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. When traveling from Iquitos in July, plan for colder days and a bit cooler nights in Lima: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 19°C at night. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Reserva Nacional Lomas de Lachay
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
San Isidro ©
San Isidro
MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima ©
MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima

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