49 days in South America Itinerary

49 days in South America Itinerary

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49 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Seoul, South Korea
Fly:  23​h
1
Bogota, Colombia
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 30​min
2
Quito, Ecuador
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 4 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
4
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 5 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
5
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 5 nights
Travel:  4​h 45​min
6
Floreana, Ecuador
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  14​h 15​min
7
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
8
Arequipa, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
9
La Paz, Bolivia
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  1​h 45​min
10
Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 15​min
11
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
+4
train + foot + bus + taxi + Fly:  10​h 15​min
12
San Andres Island, Colombia
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
13
Cartagena, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Seoul, South Korea

4
nights
Bogota, Colombia

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.
Go for a jaunt from Bogota to Zipaquira to see Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira about 54 minutes away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), take a stroll through Zona T, take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Bogota trip itinerary planning tool .

Seoul, South Korea to Bogota is an approximately 23-hour flight. You'll gain 14 hours traveling from Seoul to Bogota due to the time zone difference. In April, daytime highs in Bogota are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©

4
nights
Quito, Ecuador

Quito ©
High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
Explore Quito's surroundings by going to Cuicocha (in Cotacachi) and Pichincha (in Puerto Quito). Spend the 22nd (Wed) among the fascinating landscape of Cotopaxi National Park. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, admire the masterpieces at Guayasamin Museum, make a trip to Mitad Del Mundo, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Quito journey maker website .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Bogota to Quito takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bogota in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 18°C in Quito. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Quito

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Pichincha, Cuicocha, Cotopaxi National Park
Highlights from your plan
Cuicocha ©
Cuicocha
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania

4
nights
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno ©
The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is known for wildlife, museums, nature, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a new perspective on nature at Interpretation Center, explore the striking landscape of Cerro Tijeretas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion, and enjoy the sand and surf at Cerro Brujo.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Puerto Baquerizo Moreno online route planner .

You can fly from Quito to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in 4.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Quito in April; daily highs in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno reach 36°C and lows reach 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

San Cristobal
Highlights from your plan
Cerro Tijeretas ©
Cerro Tijeretas
Interpretation Center ©
Interpretation Center
Puerto Chino Beach ©
Puerto Chino Beach

5
nights
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Puerto Ayora ©
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
When in Puerto Ayora, make a side trip to see North Seymour Island in Baltra, approximately 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Charles Darwin Research Station, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and wander the wide-open spaces of Rancho Primicias.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Ayora online journey planner .

Getting from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Ayora by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. In April in Puerto Ayora, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, North Seymour Island
Highlights from your plan
Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve
North Seymour Island ©
North Seymour Island

5
nights
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador

Puerto Villamil ©
Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Puerto Villamil is known for wildlife, nature, zoos & aquariums, adventure, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get impressive views of Sierra Negra, identify plant and animal life at Concha de Perla, step off the mainland to explore Las Tintoreras, and make a trip to The Wall of Tears.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Villamil trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil in 2.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Ecuador Time to Galapagos Time is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Floreana.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Isabela
Highlights from your plan
Sierra Negra ©
Sierra Negra
Las Tintoreras ©
Las Tintoreras
Concha de Perla ©
Concha de Perla

1
night
Floreana, Ecuador

Floreana ©
On the 8th (Fri), explore the striking landscape at Devil's Crown, then meet the residents at Asilo de la Paz, then identify plant and animal life at Cormorant Point, and finally don't miss a visit to Post Office Bay.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Floreana online holiday planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Puerto Villamil to Floreana. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Villamil to Floreana is 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Floreana

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Devil's Crown ©
Devil's Crown
Post Office Bay ©
Post Office Bay

2
nights
Lima, Peru

Lima ©
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.
Lima is known for parks, historic sites, museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Indigo, shop like a local with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), and ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor).

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Lima journey planner.

Explore your travel options from Floreana to Lima with the Route module. In May, daily temperatures in Lima can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

3
nights
Arequipa, Peru

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Arequipa is known for museums, historic sites, nature, classes, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de Armas, get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, and steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Arequipa.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Arequipa day trip tool .

You can fly from Lima to Arequipa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Lima in May since evenings lows in Arequipa dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Museo Santuarios Andinos ©
Museo Santuarios Andinos

4
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Step out of La Paz to go to Tiahuanaco and see Puma Punku, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. Spend the 15th (Fri) exploring the striking scenery along WMDR Yungas Road. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Tiwanaku, don't miss a visit to Mi Teleferico, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and have fun at Urban Rush Bolivia.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the La Paz journey builder website .

Getting from Arequipa to La Paz by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Arequipa to La Paz due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Arequipa in May: high temperatures in La Paz hover around 17°C and lows are around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks

Side Trip

Puma Punku
Highlights from your plan
Urban Rush Bolivia ©
Urban Rush Bolivia
WMDR Yungas Road ©
WMDR Yungas Road
Tiwanaku ©
Tiwanaku

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.
Step out of Cusco with an excursion to Cerveceria Willkamayu in Urubamba--about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, and take a stroll through San Blas.

Start your trip to Cusco by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

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 changes from Bolivia Time to Peru Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from La Paz in May, things will get a bit warmer in Cusco: highs are around 24°C and lows about 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Sacred Valley of the Incas, Cerveceria Willkamayu
Highlights from your plan
exploor ©
exploor
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

2
nights
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 23rd (Sat): explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then explore the ancient world of Intipuncu. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, take in the natural beauty of Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes), then don't miss a visit to Plaza Manco Capac, and finally explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu trip 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

4
nights
San Andres Island, Colombia

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
San Andres Island is known for nature, wildlife, beaches, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay, make a trip to Rocky Cay, look for all kinds of wild species at La Piscinita, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de San Luis.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the San Andres Island trip itinerary planning app .

You can do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Machu Picchu to San Andres Island in 10.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in May, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Johnny Cay ©
Johnny Cay
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Rocky Cay ©
Rocky Cay

2
nights
Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, contemplate the long history of Plaza Santo Domingo, and then don't miss a visit to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas. On the 31st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then don't miss a visit to Torre del Reloj, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cartagena holiday builder app .

You can fly from San Andres Island to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo

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