40 days in South America Itinerary

40 days in South America Itinerary

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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly to El Calafate, Bus to El Chalten
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El Chalten, Argentina
— 3 nights
Bus to El Calafate, Fly to Trelew
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Puerto Madryn, Argentina
— 3 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
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Sucre, Bolivia
— 3 nights
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Uyuni, Bolivia
— 2 nights
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La Paz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
Bus to Ollantaytambo, Train to Machu Picchu
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
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Iquitos, Peru
— 2 nights
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Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi and Museo de la Patagonia. Escape the urban bustle at Catedral Alta Patagonis and Fishing Charters & Tours. There's much more to do: take a peaceful walk through Sendero de los Arrayanes, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and see the interesting displays at Monumento Historico Municipal Capilla La Inmaculada.

For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read San Carlos de Bariloche trip planner.

Perth, Australia to San Carlos de Bariloche is an approximately 34-hour flight. You'll gain 11 hours traveling from Perth to San Carlos de Bariloche due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Perth, expect cooler days and a bit cooler nights in San Carlos de Bariloche, ranging from highs of 9°C to lows of -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel to El Chalten.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife
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3
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El Chalten, Argentina

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 El Mirador De Los Condores. Step out of the city life by going to La Leona Petrified Forest and Sendero Loma del Pliegue Tumbado. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Los Huemules, take in the awesome beauty at Amanecer en El Chalten, and stop by Marcopolo Bookstore.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the El Chalten trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Carlos de Bariloche to El Chalten takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Madryn.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Laguna Torre ©
Historic Walking Area
Laguna Torre
4.9

3
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Puerto Madryn, Argentina

Whales and penguins frolic in the waters of Puerto Madryn, one of Argentine Patagonia's most important port cities.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Centro Nacional Patagonico -- CeNPat, enjoy the sand and surf at Costas de Patagonia, and then examine the collection at Museo de Gemas. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Peninsula Valdes and then get to know the fascinating history of The Town of Gaiman.

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Getting from El Chalten to Puerto Madryn by combination of bus and flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Puerto Madryn

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Beaches
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Peninsula Valdes ©
World heritage site
Peninsula Valdes
4.5

4
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Buenos Aires, Argentina

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Catedral de San Isidro and Iglesia Inmaculada Concepcion. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Parque 3 de Febrero and Museo Del Bicentenario. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Buenos Aires: Lujan (Museos & Cripta Basilica Nuestra Senora De Lujan & Basilica de Lujan), La Plata (Planetario Ciudad de La Plata & Museo de La Plata) and Reserva Natural Urbana (in Castelar). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Puerto Madero, see the interesting displays at Museo River Plate, contemplate the waterfront views at Delta El Tigre, and steep yourself in history at Villa Ocampo.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Buenos Aires trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Puerto Madryn to Buenos Aires takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Buenos Aires are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

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5
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Do your shopping at Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas and BarraShopping. You'll explore and learn at Instituto Moreira Salles - IMS Rio and Fortaleza de Santa Cruz da Barra. Change things up with these side-trips from Rio de Janeiro: Niteroi (Camboinhas Beach & Costao de Itacoatiara). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerusalem Cultural Center, take in panoramic vistas at Morro Dois Irmaos, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia Da Joatinga.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro itinerary planner.

Fly from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Buenos Aires in June; daily highs in Rio de Janeiro reach 30°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sucre.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

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Sucre, Bolivia

City of the Four Names

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like La Recoleta and La Maja. Head to Arte y Cultura Sucre Galeria and Mercado Centralfor plenty of shopping. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at House of Liberty Museum - Casa de la Libertad, admire the sheer force of The 7 Cascadas, make a trip to Universidad de San Francisco Xavier de Chuquisaca, and see the interesting displays at Templo-Museo "San Francisco de Asis".

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Sucre trip itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Sucre in 9 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Sucre due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Rio de Janeiro in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Sucre, with highs around 24°C, while nights are colder with lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in Sucre

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip
La Recoleta ©
Religious Site
La Recoleta
4.3

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Uyuni, Bolivia

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 see Off-Road Tours. On your second day here, step off the mainland to explore Isla Incahuasi and then explore the striking landscape at Salar de Uyuni.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Uyuni itinerary planning app.

You can fly from Sucre to Uyuni in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sucre in July, expect nights in Uyuni to be about the same, around 3°C, while days are much colder, 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 · Nature · Tours
Highlights from your trip
Salar de Uyuni ©
Must see
Salar de Uyuni
4.9
Isla Incahuasi ©
Island
Isla Incahuasi
4.6
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Photography Tour
Photography Tours
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La Paz, Bolivia

City that Touches the Sky

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Tiwanaku, then see the interesting displays 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, fly down the slopes at Scree Rush.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the La Paz holiday app.

You can fly from Uyuni to La Paz in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Uyuni, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in La Paz, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in La Paz

Wildlife · Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
Scree Rush ©
Ski Area
Scree Rush
4.2
Tiwanaku ©
World heritage site
Tiwanaku
3.8

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Cusco, Peru

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sacsayhuaman and Moray. Sacred Valley of the Incas and Tambomachay will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Cusco side-trips: San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas (in Andahuaylillas) and Piquillacta (in Huarcapay). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Tipon, get engrossed in the history at Museo Historico Regional, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Cusco trip planner.

Fly from La Paz to Cusco in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Bolivia Time (BOT) to Peru Standard Time (PET) is minus 1 hour. In July, Cusco is somewhat warmer than La Paz - with highs of 24°C and lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Sacsayhuaman ©
Must see
Sacsayhuaman
4.7
Moray ©
Must see
Moray
4.7

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Machu Picchu, Peru

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 15th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon, admire the natural beauty at Mandor, look for gifts at Machu Picchu market adjacent to the train station, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, and finally catch some excitement at Samay Spa.

To plan Machu Picchu vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. You will leave for Iquitos on the 16th (Thu).

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Spas · Fun & Games · Wildlife · Parks
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Mandor ©
Garden
Mandor
4.4

2
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Iquitos, Peru

Capital of the Peruvian Amazon

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Museum of Indigenous Amazonian Cultures and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rainforest Awareness Rescue Education Center.

To find traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Iquitos tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Machu Picchu to Iquitos in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. In July, daytime highs in Iquitos are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Iquitos

Wildlife · Parks · Museums
Highlights from your trip

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Lima, Peru

City of the Kings

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Reserva Nacional Lomas de Lachay. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to San Isidro and Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima and take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Lima road trip planning website.

Getting from Iquitos to Lima by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. When traveling from Iquitos in July, plan for cooler days and little chillier 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

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
San Isidro ©
Must see
San Isidro
4.4

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