43 days in South America Itinerary

43 days in South America Itinerary

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
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Santiago, Chile
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
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La Paz, Bolivia
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Cusco, Peru
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Quito, Ecuador
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Bogota, Colombia
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Cartagena, Colombia
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

— 6 nights

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pedra da Gavea and Leblon Beach. Attractions like Copacabana Beach and Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro make great kid-friendly stops. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, shop like a local with Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas, appreciate the history behind Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Grumari.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro road trip tool.

Manila, Philippines to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 31-hour flight. You'll gain 11 hours traveling from Manila to Rio de Janeiro due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Manila in April, expect Rio de Janeiro to be little chillier, temps between 33°C and 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 3 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.
Kids will enjoy Cemiterio de Recoleta and El Ateneo Grand Splendid. Step off the beaten path and head to Museo de los Ninos and El Zanjon de Granados. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, ponder the world of politics at Casa Rosada, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, and take in the history at Plaza de Mayo.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Buenos Aires trip planner.

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, Buenos Aires is little chillier than Rio de Janeiro - with highs of 26°C and lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Childrens Museums

San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

— 6 nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Rio Correntoso and Parque Nahuelito. Attractions like Sendero de los Arrayanes and Lago Espejo Grande make great kid-friendly stops. Spend the 28th (Wed) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Circuito Chico, stop by Chocolates Rapanui, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and take in the waterfront at Isla Victoria.

Discover how to plan a San Carlos de Bariloche trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to San Carlos de Bariloche takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in April, you will find days in San Carlos de Bariloche are a bit cooler (17°C), and nights are cooler (2°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time for travel to Santiago.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Santiago, Chile

— 4 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.
Family-friendly places like San Cristóbal Hill and Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana) will thrill your kids. Change things up with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in San Jose de Maipo (about 1h 5 min away). There's much more to do: stroll through Cerro Santa Lucia, see the interesting displays at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, take an in-depth tour of Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Santiago trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from San Carlos de Bariloche to Santiago takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche to Santiago. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums · Parks · Adventure · Tours

Side Trip

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

— 7 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.
Kids will enjoy Salar de Tara and Atacama Desert. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Termas Banos de Puritama. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Chaxa, delve into the distant past at Pukara de Quitor, witness a stunning natural landmark at Geyser del Tatio, and take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our San Pedro de Atacama day trip app.

Fly from Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 2°C. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Thu) before leaving for La Paz.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

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 14th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Mi Teleferico and then gain a rich perspective with a tour of cultural highlights. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sat): make a trip to Mercado de Las Brujas and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the La Paz trip planner.

Getting from San Pedro de Atacama to La Paz by flight takes about 12.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, La Paz is slightly colder than San Pedro de Atacama - with highs of 17°C and lows of -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in La Paz

Tours · Outdoors

Cusco, Peru

— 6 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Horseback Riding Tours and Museo de Arte Precolombino. Change things up with a short trip to Pisac in Pisac (about 54 minutes away). Spend the 16th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, take a stroll through San Blas, and get outside with exploor.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Cusco trip maker app.

You can fly from La Paz to Cusco in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from La Paz to Cusco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from La Paz in May, expect Cusco to be somewhat warmer, temps between 24°C and 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Quito.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): admire the striking features of Basilica del Voto Nacional, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, and then get to know the fascinating history of Quito Old Town. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at La Capilla Del Hombre and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pichincha.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Quito trip planner.

You can fly from Cusco to Quito in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for warmer nights when traveling from Cusco in May since evenings lows in Quito dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Bogota, Colombia

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica and then take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour and then see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro).

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Bogota online trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Quito to Bogota takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Quito in May, plan for little chillier nights in Bogota, with lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Tours · Nature · Parks

Cartagena, Colombia

— 2 nights

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 26th (Wed), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, then contemplate the long history of Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, and finally make a trip to Plaza Santo Domingo.

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

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Cartagena takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, Cartagena is warmer than Bogota - with highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Brazil travel guide

4.4
Beaches · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Land of Brazilwood
The largest country in South America and the biggest Portuguese-speaking nation in the world, Brazil remains best known for its soccer tradition and annual Carnaval. Most visitors on holiday in Brazil come for the country's outstanding beaches, music, wildlife, and diverse neighborhoods, each one boasting its own distinct character, atmosphere, and way of life. A tour of Brazil reveals a vast land of great natural and human diversity, from its sprawling rainforest wildernesses, to its busy urban centers. There are plenty of things to do in Brazil, from basking on its coastline to chasing the samba scene or catching a picturesque sunset from one of the country's lush mountaintops.

Argentina travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Bodies of Water
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.

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.

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.

Ecuador travel guide

4.5
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.

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.