41 days in South America Itinerary

41 days in South America Itinerary

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Cartagena, Colombia
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Bogota, Colombia
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Quito, Ecuador
— 2 nights
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
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Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 2 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
Bus to Ollantaytambo, Train to Machu Picchu
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Machu Picchu, Peru
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Lima, Peru
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La Paz, Bolivia
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Salta, Argentina
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Cordoba, Argentina
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
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Santiago, Chile
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Mendoza, Argentina
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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
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Puerto Madryn, Argentina
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Cartagena, Colombia

— 1 night

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.
On the 14th (Fri), get a sense of history and politics at Alcaldia Mayor, see the interesting displays at Casa Museo Rafael Nunez, steep yourself in history at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, then don't miss a visit to Plaza de San Pedro Claver, then contemplate the long history of Plaza de la Proclamacion, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Santa Catalina de Alejandria. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Plaza Fernandez Madrid, take a stroll through Centro Historico, then explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, and finally let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

Before you visit Cartagena, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Beirut, Lebanon to Cartagena is an approximately 21-hour flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Beirut to Cartagena due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Beirut in October, with highs in Cartagena at 38°C and lows at 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to fly to Bogota.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours · Spas

Bogota, Colombia

— 1 night

Athens of South America

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.
On the 16th (Sun), trek along Alameda de Quebrada Vieja, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Santa Clara, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Francisco, and finally wander the streets of Parque 93.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Bogota road trip planning website.

Fly from Cartagena to Bogota in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Cartagena in October, with highs in Bogota at 22°C and lows at 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can fly to Quito.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails

Quito, Ecuador

— 2 nights

Light of America

High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Museo Manuela Saenz, admire the striking features of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, take in the spiritual surroundings of El Sagrario, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Merced, then explore the world behind art at Convento De San Francisco, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana de Quito.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Quito online visit planner.

Fly from Bogota to Quito in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Bogota in October since evenings lows in Quito dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador

— 2 nights
The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): kick back and relax at La Loberia, kick back and relax at Playa de Oro, then enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Chino Beach, then get outside with Cerro Tijeretas, and finally trek along Punta Pitt. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion, kick back and relax at Playa Mann, stroll through Playa Punta Carola, then kick back and relax at Playa Baquerizo, and finally cast your line with Rosa Blanca.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno online trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Quito to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno takes 5.5 hours. Traveling from Quito in October, expect Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to be a bit warmer, temps between 30°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

— 2 nights
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): shop like a local with Galeria Exotico Ecuador, get a taste of the local shopping with Galeria Aymara, get a taste of life in the country at Rancho Primicias, then explore the striking landscape at Las Grietas, then kick back and relax at Playa de los Alemanes, and finally make a trip to Malecon de Puerto Ayora. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Charles Darwin Research Station, race across the water with a speed boat tour, explore the world behind art at Maprae, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna las Ninfas, then make a trip to Monumento de aves de Galapagos, and finally appreciate the history behind Monumento al Pescador Galapagueno.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Puerto Ayora online attractions planner.

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Ayora takes 3.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Puerto Ayora can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can catch the ferry to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Puerto Villamil, Ecuador

— 2 nights
Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Concha de Perla, get outside with Outdoor Activities, then look for all kinds of wild species at Rosedelco- Day tour, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Cristo Salvador, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at La Playita. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Playa Puerto Villamil, admire all the interesting features of Isabela Island Wetlands Complex, stroll through El Tunel del Estero, take a leisurely stroll along Malecon Cuna del Sol, then head outdoors with Cueva de Sucre, and finally head off the coast to Isabela Island.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Villamil travel planner.

Ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil in 3.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Cusco.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Cusco, Peru

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Qorikancha, see the interesting displays at Museo de Arte Precolombino, contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, stroll through Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi, then explore the ancient world of Tambomachay, and finally view the masterpieces at Ekekos San Blas - Arte & Colores. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, see exploor, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then explore the ancient world of Q'enqo, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cusco trip site.

Traveling by flight from Puerto Villamil to Cusco takes 14 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Villamil to Cusco due to the time zone difference. October in Cusco sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Machu Picchu, Peru

— 2 nights
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 27th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Cascadas Allcamayo, relax and rejuvenate at Wonderful Hands Spa, examine the collection at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Mariposario de Machupicchu, then explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna, and finally get great views at Intipuncu. On the next day, stroll through Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu, contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, admire the natural beauty at Mandor, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Phutuq K'usi, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes).

To find ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Machu Picchu trip website.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to fly to Lima.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Lima, Peru

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico de Lima, browse the exhibits of Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church and Sanctuary of Saint Rose of Lima, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de las Nazarenas, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, explore the world behind art at MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima, wander the streets of San Isidro, then explore the ancient world of Huaca Pucllana, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Pedro de Osma, and finally explore the world behind art at Museo MATE.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Lima trip tool.

You can fly from Machu Picchu to Lima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Lima can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can fly to La Paz.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

La Paz, Bolivia

— 2 nights

City that Touches the Sky

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
On the 31st (Mon), get great views at Muela del Diablo, relax and rejuvenate at Casa Luna, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then stop by Sopocachi, and finally stroll around Plaza del Monticulo. On your second day here, play a few rounds at Golf Tours Bolivia-Day Tours, don't miss a visit to Mi Teleferico, then hit the slopes at Chacaltaya Ski Resort, then get outside with Chacaltaya, and finally sample some tasty brews at The Saya Beer Brewery Tour.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read La Paz travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Lima to La Paz in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Peru Standard Time to Bolivia Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Lima in October, expect nights in La Paz to be cooler, around 1°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can fly to Salta.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Salta, Argentina

— 2 nights

Salta the Beautiful

Salta boasts a vibrant social life and array of informative museums appealing to visitors looking for a memorable cultural experience.
On the 3rd (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nuestra Senora de la Merced, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Salta, get engrossed in the history at Museo Guemes, get a new perspective on nature at MAAM - Museo de Arqueologia de Alta Montana de Salta, then contemplate the waterfront views at Ojo de Mar, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica Menor San Francisco. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: awaken your taste buds at Andes Challenge, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes de Salta, then don't miss a visit to Iglesia Nuestra Senora de La Candelaria de La Vina, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Alfonso.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Salta travel site.

Traveling by flight from La Paz to Salta takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from La Paz to Salta. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from La Paz in November: high temperatures in Salta hover around 31°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Cordoba.

Things to do in Salta

Tours · Wineries · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Cordoba, Argentina

— 2 nights

The Learned One

History lives on in the streets of Cordoba, Argentina's second-largest city.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): examine the collection at Colegio Nacional de Monserrat, steep yourself in history at Museo Historico UNC Manzana Jesuitica, see the interesting displays at Museo Historico de la Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Society of Jesus Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Los Capuchinos, and finally steep yourself in history at Paseo del Buen Pastor. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Museo Manuel de Falla, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia nuestra Senora de la Merced, kick back and relax at Carlos Paz Waterfront, then head outdoors with Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes, then grab your bike and head to Parque del Kempes, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Santo Domingo.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cordoba itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Salta to Cordoba takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Salta, expect little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Cordoba, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow time for the flight to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

— 3 nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Atacama Desert and Geyser del Tatio. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pukara de Quitor and Cementerio de Toconao. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Chaxa, engage your brain at Museo del Meteorito, contemplate the geological forces at Lascar, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

Make your San Pedro de Atacama itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Cordoba to San Pedro de Atacama by flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cordoba to San Pedro de Atacama due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cordoba in November, expect colder with lows of 3°C in San Pedro de Atacama. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Santiago.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Santiago, Chile

— 3 nights

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.
Visit San Francisco Church and Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion for their historical value. Discover out-of-the-way places like Vina Undurraga and Barrio Italia. Change things up with these side-trips from Santiago: Playa Punta De Tralca (in El Quisco), Playa El Pejerrey (in Algarrobo) and Casablanca (Vinedos Veramonte, Kingston Family Vineyards, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo Baha'i, take a stroll through Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and stop by Vitacura.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Santiago online travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Santiago takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Mendoza.

Things to do in Santiago

Outdoors · Wineries · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Mendoza, Argentina

— 2 nights
Famed for its neat vineyards and thriving wine production, Mendoza remains the place to visit for a pleasant combination of relaxation and recreation.
On the 14th (Mon), indulge your senses at Bodega Kaiken, learn about winemaking at Casarena Bodega y Vinedos, do a tasting at Bodegas Belasco de Baquedano, do a tasting at Bodega Budeguer, then do a tasting at Bodega Ruca Malen, and finally learn about winemaking at Bodega Familia Adrover. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Riccitelli Wines & Bistro, do a tasting at Bodega Dante Robino, learn about winemaking at Bodega Familia Cassone, then do a tasting at Bodega Benegas, then do a tasting at Bodega Hacienda del Plata, and finally do a tasting at Cavas y Bodegas Weinert.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Mendoza trip planning website.

Fly from Santiago to Mendoza in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Chile Standard Time (CLT) to Argentina Standard Time (ART), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In November, daytime highs in Mendoza are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Mendoza

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites · Shopping

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.
On the 16th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, stroll through Circuito Chico, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Parroquia San Eduardo, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Bonita. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Refugio Frey, appreciate the history behind Stupa de la Iluminacion, ride a horse along Arelauquen Golf & Country Club, tee off at Llao Llao Golf, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and finally get outside with Circuito Grande.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for San Carlos de Bariloche using our trip planner.

You can fly from Mendoza to San Carlos de Bariloche in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Mendoza in November, plan for a bit cooler days in San Carlos de Bariloche, with highs around 21°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can fly to Puerto Madryn.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Puerto Madryn, Argentina

— 2 nights
Whales and penguins frolic in the waters of Puerto Madryn, one of Argentine Patagonia's most important port cities.
On the 18th (Fri), take in the waterfront at Muelle Luis Piedra Buena, examine the collection at Museo de Gemas, contemplate the waterfront views at Peninsula Valdes, then kick back and relax at Costas de Patagonia, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Centro Nacional Patagonico -- CeNPat, and finally stroll through Ecocentro. Here are some ideas for day two: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, head outdoors with Napra Club, tour the pleasant surroundings at Loberia de Punta Loma, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Parana, then get a new perspective on nature at Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Town of Gaiman.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Madryn day trip planner.

You can fly from San Carlos de Bariloche to Puerto Madryn in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to fly to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Puerto Madryn

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 2 nights

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 20th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, tour the pleasant surroundings at Peru Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de San Isidro, steep yourself in history at Villa Ocampo, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva Ecologica Vicente Lopez, and finally explore the galleries of Museo Nacional De Arte Decorativo. On the 21st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Calle Defensa, wander the streets of Puerto Madero, see the interesting displays at Buque Museo Fragata ARA Presidente Sarmiento, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento, then admire the landmark architecture of Palacio Barolo, and finally take a stroll through La Boca.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Buenos Aires trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Puerto Madryn to Buenos Aires takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Diverse in terms of landscapes, climates, and cultures, Colombia remains one of South America's least explored tourist destinations, overshadowed by its more popular southern neighbors. Combining the best of what the continent has to offer, a vacation in Colombia allows you to blend outdoor adventures with tours of picture-perfect cobblestoned towns dating back to the colonial era. Tourists on a Colombia holiday can easily hop from sun-kissed coastal spots to the hilly coffee-growing region, where thriving plantations quickly give way to a landscape of snow-covered volcanic peaks and the paramo--alpine ecosystems sheltering some of the rarest plants growing above the continuous forest line.

Ecuador travel guide

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Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
With abundant opportunities to discover fascinating World Heritage Sites, a holiday in Ecuador remains among the most culturally enriching travel experiences. Home to the world's highest active volcano, this little country packs a big punch when it comes to tourist activities. Some of the most popular things to do in Ecuador include visits to its astonishingly biodiverse wilderness areas, home to some 1,500 bird species, 840 species of amphibians and reptiles, and nearly 20,000 plant species. Of course, the highlight of many Ecuador vacations is bound to be the Galapagos Islands, made famous by naturalist Charles Darwin. Aside from the stunning nature, Ecuador also boasts many historic cities filled with photogenic colonial-era churches, mansions, and plazas.

Galapagos Islands travel guide

4.4
World heritage site · Nature & Parks · Beaches
Famous worldwide thanks to Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, the remote World Heritage-listed Galapagos Islands are situated in the Pacific Ocean and belong to Ecuador. On a tour of Galapagos Islands, you can witness the staggering amount of endemic wildlife the archipelago is noted for. Besides a couple of cities on the main islands, the landscape remains mostly pristine, as the guided tours follow strict rules and limit visitor numbers. Fascinating creatures, untouched nature, unrivalled snorkeling, scuba diving, and more await you on your Galapagos Islands trip.

Peru travel guide

4.6
Historic Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Incas
In a country renowned for its pre-Columbian archeological sites, no Peru vacation would be complete without an adrenaline-inducing hike to Machu Picchu, World Heritage-listed symbol of the once-mighty Incan Empire. Aside from visiting these spectacular ruins set against the backdrop of photogenic mountain peaks, most holidays in Peru also include an exploration of the country's pretty cities, boasting well-preserved colonial architecture and a slew of modern buildings housing fine museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Ideal for active vacationers, Peru trips are also tailor-made for gourmands, as the country's eclectic cuisine blends tasty influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Bolivia travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Geologic Formations · Specialty Museums
Tibet of the Americas
If you're an adventurous tourist, consider adding a Bolivia vacation to your travel itinerary. A land of rainforests, Andean glaciers, high altitude cities, and rushing rivers, Bolivia remains one of the most remote countries in the Western Hemisphere. With 60 percent of the population made up of indigenous peoples, native cultures permeate thecountry's music, architecture, and arts, as well as local folklore and traditions. Traveling in Bolivia you can experience diverse wildlife and ecosystems, learn about the country's rich history, try out its distinctive cuisine, and practice your Spanish with the locals, known for their clean and easy-to-understand accent.

Argentina travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Bodies of Water · Specialty Museums
Land of Contrasts
Home to the highest and lowest points in South America, diverse Argentina enthralls visitors with its contrasting landscapes and rich cultural heritage. A tour of Argentina reveals a sprawling land of fiercely proud and hardworking gauchos, the legendary cowboys of South America's pampas. A vacation in Argentina also leads you to giant urban centers, filled with modern tourist attractions that include fine restaurants, award-winning museums, and renowned public parks, gardens, and zoos. Away from big cities, Argentina sightseeing combines visits to mighty waterfalls situated inside World Heritage-listed national parks in the north of the country, with excursions to icy glaciers in the south.

Chile travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Parks · Specialty Museums
Land of Poets
Squeezed between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, geographically diverse Chile is a long, thin stretch of land encompassing some of the world's driest deserts in the north, and some of its largest glacial fields in the south. Though most Chile holidays include some form of adventure in the vast wilderness areas, the country also contains charming cities providing plenty of urban things to do and see. Many tours of Chile include at least a brief visit to the country's lush wine regions, where backyard vineyards compete with sprawling estates producing some of the world's most respected whites and reds.

Patagonia travel guide

4.3
Bodies of Water · Geologic Formations · National Parks
Sparsely populated and largely untamed, Patagonia is equally appealing to photographers, nature lovers, adrenaline seekers, and fans of long road trips through desolate regions far from the noise and pollution of big cities. Many Patagonia vacations start in thriving Neuquen, the region's largest center and a major hub of Argentina's fruit production. Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, is another important stop on most Patagonia tours, serving as a base for excursions across the region and trips to Antarctica. While its urban centers provide modern comforts, Patagonia's main appeal remains its vast, remote stretches, crossed by a network of paved roads linking old oil boomtowns with ancient forests and nature reserves.