49 days in South America Itinerary

49 days in South America Itinerary

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Bogota, Colombia
— 1 night
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Cartagena, Colombia
— 4 nights
Bus
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Santa Marta, Colombia
— 2 nights
Bus
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Minca, Colombia
— 2 nights
Bus
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Santa Marta, Colombia
— 1 night
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Cartagena, Colombia
— 1 night
Fly
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Quito, Ecuador
— 3 nights
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Quilotoa, Ecuador
— 2 nights
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Banos, Ecuador
— 5 nights
Bus
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Cuenca, Ecuador
— 3 nights
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Mancora, Peru
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Talara, Peru
Fly
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Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly
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Cusco, Peru
— 9 nights
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Puno, Peru
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Copacabana, Bolivia
— 3 nights
Ferry to San Pablo de Tiquina, Bus to La Paz
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La Paz, Bolivia
— 3 nights
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Uyuni, Bolivia
— 4 nights
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico de Bogota Jose Celestino Mutis, see the interesting displays at Casa de Moneda - Coleccion Numismatica del Banco de la Republica, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Francisco, and finally walk around Parque Metropolitano Simon Bolivar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the exhibits of Museo Santa Clara, then see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), and then stroll around Parque de Usaquen.

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If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major aiport is El Dorado International Airport. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Cartagena, Colombia

— 4 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.
Torre del Reloj and Walled City of Cartagena are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Centro de Convenciones Cartagena de Indias and Museo del Oro Zenu. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Plaza de San Pedro Claver, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, contemplate the long history of Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, and look for gifts at La Casa del Joyero.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Cartagena trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Bogota to Cartagena by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Bogota in August; daily highs in Cartagena reach 38°C and lows reach 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Tours · Spas · Museums

Santa Marta, Colombia

— 2 nights

America's Pearl

Many visitors begin their Santa Marta holiday, surrounded by urban clutter and heavy traffic, expecting little from the city in terms of historical importance.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia de Nuestra Senora de la Medalla Milagrosa. On the next day, meet the residents at Marine World Aquarium, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Santa Marta, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia San Jeronimo.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Marta attractions planner.

Getting from Cartagena to Santa Marta by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Santa Marta are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Minca.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Minca, Colombia

— 2 nights
A Minca vacation takes you to a small mountain village nestled above Santa Marta in the Sierra Nevada.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Playa de las 7 Olas and then see what you can catch with Titan Dive Center.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Minca road trip planning app.

Drive from Santa Marta to Minca in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Minca

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Santa Marta, Colombia

— 1 night

America's Pearl

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Santa Marta trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Minca to Santa Marta takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cartagena.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Historic Sites · Museums

Cartagena, Colombia

— 1 night

City of Heroes

Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de la Trinidad, make a trip to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, and then examine the collection at Casa Museo Rafael Nunez.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Cartagena trip tool.

Drive from Santa Marta to Cartagena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Museums

Quito, Ecuador

— 3 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 27th (Sat): brush up on your military savvy at Museo Casa de Sucre, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at El Sagrario, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, see the interesting displays at Museo Casa del Alabado, then get engrossed in the history at Museum of Maria Augusta Urrutia (La Casa Museo Maria Augusta Urrutia), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santo Domingo Church. On the 28th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Museo de la Ciudad, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Merced, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana de Quito, then admire the masterpieces at Centro Cultural Metropolitano, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Quito Old Town.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Quito day trip website.

You can fly from Cartagena to Quito in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cartagena in August, you will find days in Quito are little chillier (27°C), and nights are much colder (15°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can go by car to Quilotoa.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites · Museums

Quilotoa, Ecuador

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): explore the activities along Laguna Quilotoa. On the 30th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sendero al Fondo del Crater and then take some stellar pictures from Shalala Lodge.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Quilotoa trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Quito to Quilotoa in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Banos.

Things to do in Quilotoa

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Banos, Ecuador

— 5 nights
A trip to Banos, a relatively small town in the picturesque Andean highlands, ensures plenty of chances for outdoor activities like horseback riding, hiking, climbing, canyoning, and mountain biking.
Get some cultural insight at Church of the Virgin of the Holy Water (Nuestra Senora del Agua Santa) and Nate Saint House. Explore hidden gems such as Cascada el Pailon (del Diablo) and Parasailing & Paragliding. Change things up with these side-trips from Banos: Riobamba (Iglesia de Balbanera, Laguna de Colta, &more) and Puyo (Yana Cocha & Museo Etnoarqueologico). There's still lots to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada el Manto de la Novia, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and stop by Jacinto Guevara & Hijos Evanistas.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Banos trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Quilotoa to Banos in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can drive to Cuenca.

Things to do in Banos

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Cuenca, Ecuador

— 3 nights

Athens of Ecuador

Packed with impressive colonial architecture and a historic town center, Cuenca stands as perhaps the most charming city in the nation.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ingapirca Ruins and Parroquia de Ingapirca. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pumapungo Museum and Arqueological Park - MCYP and Ingapirca Archaeological Complex. Step out of Cuenca to go to Ingapirca and see Cara del Inca, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Museo Catedral Vieja, view the masterpieces at Eduardo Vega Galeria Taller, contemplate the long history of Plaza de las flores, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cuenca trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Banos to Cuenca in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Mancora.

Things to do in Cuenca

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Nature

Side Trip

Mancora, Peru

In a busy little beach town, Mancora tourism industry continues to grow, largely thanks to the sunniest climate of any region in the country.
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You can drive from Cuenca to Mancora in 6.5 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cuenca in September: high temperatures in Mancora hover around 30°C and lows are around 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Fri) before leaving for Talara.

Things to do in Mancora

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife

Talara, Peru

Talara is a city in the Talara Province of the Piura Region, in northwestern Peru. On the 9th (Fri), appreciate the history behind Mirador Cristo Petrolero.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Talara road trip tool.

Getting from Mancora to Talara by car takes about 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Talara can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Lima.
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Lima, Peru

— 3 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 10th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, explore the world behind art at MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima, then explore the galleries of Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, then contemplate the long history of Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento La Merced. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro), explore the world behind art at Museo MATE, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Pedro de Osma, then delve into the distant past at Huaca Pucllana, and finally take an in-depth tour of AMANO, Museo Textil Precolombino.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Talara to Lima. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Talara in September, with highs in Lima at 22°C and lows at 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites · Museums

Cusco, Peru

— 9 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sacsayhuaman and Moray. Visit Sacred Valley of the Incas and Complejo Arqueologico Chinchero for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cusco: Huasao Bosque de los Ents, del Senor de los Anillos (in Oropesa), San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas (in Andahuaylillas) and Iglesia de Urubamba (in Urubamba). And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Piquillacta, contemplate the long history of Tipon, tour the pleasant surroundings at exploor, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of San Blas (Iglesia de San Blas).

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cusco trip itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Lima to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Lima in September since evenings lows in Cusco dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Puno.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Puno, Peru

City of the Lake

Hugging the western tip of Lake Titicaca, Puno serves as a melting pot of indigenous and imported cultures, and makes a great base for explorations around the region.
To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Puno trip planner.

You can fly from Cusco to Puno in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cusco in September: high temperatures in Puno hover around 22°C and lows are around 0°C. On the 21st (Wed), you'll travel to Copacabana.

Things to do in Puno

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks

Copacabana, Bolivia

— 3 nights
The town of Copacabana represents the largest Bolivian settlement on the shore of Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in the continent.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Isla De La Luna, then trek along Isla del Sol, and then make a trip to Avenida 6 de Agosto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Museo del Poncho, then get great views at Cerro Calvario, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Copacabana visit planner.

Drive from Puno to Copacabana in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Peru Standard Time to Bolivia Time is 1 hour. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to La Paz.

Things to do in Copacabana

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

La Paz, Bolivia

— 3 nights

City that Touches the Sky

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore and Catedral Basilica Menor de Nuestra Senora de la Paz. Do some cultural sightseeing at Iglesia de San Francisco and Museum of Musical Instruments - Museo Instrumentos Musicales de Bolivia. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's lots more to do: take some stellar pictures from Mirador Killi Killi, see the interesting displays at Bolivian Drink Museum, don't miss a visit to Mi Teleferico, and walk around Plaza del Monticulo.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our La Paz tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Copacabana to La Paz in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In September, daily temperatures in La Paz can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in La Paz

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Uyuni, Bolivia

— 4 nights
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Visit Pueblo Pulacayo and Avenida Ferroviaria for their historical value. Discover out-of-the-way places like Train Cemetery and Photography Tours. Spend the 28th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Salar de Uyuni, see the interesting displays at Museo de la Llama y la Sal, don't miss a visit to Plaza Arce, and learn more about the world around you at Museo Arquecologia y Antropologico de los Andes Meridionales.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Uyuni trip planner.

You can fly from La Paz to Uyuni in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from La Paz in September, you will find days in Uyuni are colder (1°C), and nights are about the same (0°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Uyuni

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

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.

Cotopaxi Province travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Volcanos · Lookouts
Cotopaxi is one of the provinces of Ecuador. The capital is Latacunga. The province contains the Cotopaxi Volcano, an intermittent volcano with a height of 19,388 feet.CantonsThe province is divided into 7 cantons. The following table lists each canton with its population (per the 2001 census), its area in square kilometres (km²), and the name of the canton seat (capital).DemographicsEthnic groups as of the Ecuadorian census of 2010: Mestizo 72.1%Indigenous 22.1%White 2.3%Montubio 1.8%Afro-Ecuadorian 1.7%Other 0.1%

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Peru travel guide

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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.