49 days in South America Itinerary

49 days in South America Itinerary

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Cartagena, Colombia
— 3 nights
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Bogota, Colombia
— 1 night
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Quito, Ecuador
— 3 nights
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 2 nights
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 3 nights
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Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 3 nights
Fly to Baltra Island, Fly to Cuzco
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Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
Bus to Ollantaytambo, Train to Machu Picchu
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
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Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
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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

— 3 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.
Get some cultural insight at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver and Iglesia de la Trinidad. Your inner history buff will appreciate Barrio Getsemani and Catedral Santa Catalina de Alejandria. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cartagena: Isla Baru (Playa Puntilla, Aviario Nacional de Colombia, &more). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Centro de Convenciones Cartagena de Indias, steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, and ponder the world of politics at Alcaldia Mayor.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Cartagena trip planner.

Beirut, Lebanon to Cartagena is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Beirut to Cartagena is minus 7 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Cartagena can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Beaches

Side Trip

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 11th (Thu), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Francisco, then explore the world behind art at Museo Santa Clara, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Primada de Bogota.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Bogota trip site.

You can fly from Cartagena to Bogota in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cartagena in August, expect Bogota to be cooler, temps between 22°C and 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Bogota

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Spas

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.
On the 12th (Fri), walk around Parque Itchimbia, appreciate the extensive heritage of Quito Old Town, admire the striking features of El Sagrario, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, then examine the collection at Museo Casa del Alabado, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museum of Maria Augusta Urrutia (La Casa Museo Maria Augusta Urrutia). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Guapulo, take an in-depth tour of Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, head outdoors with Jardin Botanico de Quito, learn about all things military at Museo Casa de Sucre, then explore the world behind art at Centro Cultural Metropolitano, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Metropolitana de Quito.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Quito sightseeing planner.

Fly from Bogota to Quito in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bogota in August, things will get a bit warmer in Quito: highs are around 27°C and lows about 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

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 14th (Sun): kick back and relax at Playa de Oro, kick back and relax at Playa Mann, then learn more about the world around you at Interpretation Center, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Baquerizo, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Mon): cast your line with Rosa Blanca, stroll through La Loberia, kick back and relax at Puerto Chino Beach, then stroll through Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Punta Pitt.

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 6 hours. Traveling from Quito in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 24°C in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

— 3 nights
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Get outdoors at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay and Laguna las Ninfas. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Las Grietas and Playa de los Perros. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve, kick back and relax at Playa de La Estacion, wander the wide-open spaces of Rancho Primicias, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Ayora day trip planning website.

Getting from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Ayora by ferry takes about 3.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Puerto Ayora are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can ride a ferry to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Puerto Villamil, Ecuador

— 3 nights
Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Los Tuneles and Playa Puerto Villamil. Get outdoors at Las Tintoreras and Concha de Perla. There's lots more to do: get impressive views of Sierra Negra, stroll through Posada de flamengos, take in the dramatic natural features at El Tunel del Estero, and surround yourself with nature on Rosedelco- Day tour.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Villamil travel route builder app.

Ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil in 3.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil is minus 1 hour. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Cusco.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Cusco, Peru

— 4 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 Sacred Valley of the Incas and San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas. Sacsayhuaman and Church of San Blas (Iglesia de San Blas) will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Maras (Salinas de Maras & Moray), Piquillacta (in Huarcapay) and Chinchero (Iglesia Colonial de Chinchero & Complejo Arqueologico Chinchero). There's lots more to do: get outside with exploor, explore the ancient world of Tambomachay, steep yourself in history at Tipon, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

Plan a Cusco trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can fly from Puerto Villamil to Cusco in 13 hours. The time zone difference moving from Galapagos Time to Peru Standard Time is 1 hour. August in Cusco sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

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 (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu, steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, take in nature's colorful creations at Mandor, then don't miss a visit to Plaza Manco Capac, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Wonderful Hands Spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get great views at Intipuncu, then explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna, then look for gifts at Artesanias, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Cascadas Allcamayo.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu holiday planner.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Spas

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 (Mon): get outside with Balneario La Punta, steep yourself in history at Casa de Aliaga, browse the exhibits of Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro), then admire the striking features of Archbishops Palace, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Church and Sanctuary of Saint Rose of Lima. Keep things going the next day: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, wander the streets of Miraflores, admire the masterpieces at Museo Pedro de Osma, then stop by Barranco, then wander the streets of San Isidro, and finally admire the masterpieces at MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Lima route maker app.

Traveling by flight from Machu Picchu to Lima takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Lima can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Museums

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): head outdoors with Chacaltaya, hit the slopes at Chacaltaya Ski Resort, make a trip to Mercado de Las Brujas, then examine the collection at National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Musical Instruments - Museo Instrumentos Musicales de Bolivia, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Basilica Menor de Nuestra Senora de la Paz. Here are some ideas for day two: tee off at Golf Tours Bolivia-Day Tours, push the limits with an extreme tour, get a tailor-made plan with Private Tours, then indulge in some personalized pampering at Casa Luna, then play a few rounds at La Paz Golf Club, and finally walk around Plaza del Monticulo.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the La Paz travel route planner.

You can fly from Lima to La Paz in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Lima to La Paz is 1 hour. When traveling from Lima in August, plan for slightly colder days in La Paz, with highs around 18°C, while nights are much colder with lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Salta.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors · Golf · Parks · Tours

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Basilica Menor San Francisco and Salta Cabildo. Visit Virgen de los Tres Cerritos and Salta for their historical value. Change things up with a short trip to Horseback Riding Tours in Chicoana (about 46 minutes away). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Museo Guemes, indulge your senses at Andes Challenge, learn more about the world around you at MAAM - Museo de Arqueologia de Alta Montana de Salta, and take in the dramatic natural features at Ojo de Mar.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Salta trip tool.

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. In September, Salta is somewhat warmer than La Paz - with highs of 28°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cordoba.

Things to do in Salta

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Cordoba, Argentina

— 3 nights

The Learned One

History lives on in the streets of Cordoba, Argentina's second-largest city.
On the 5th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Society of Jesus Church, see the interesting displays at Museo Historico de la Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, get a new perspective on nature at Nuevo Museo de Ciencias Naturales, then steep yourself in history at Paseo del Buen Pastor, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Los Capuchinos, and finally kick back and relax at Carlos Paz Waterfront. Keep things going the next day: grab your bike and head to Parque del Kempes, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capilla Nuestra Senora del Rosario, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Religioso Juan de Tejeda, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia Catedral de Córdoba, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento Santa Catalina de Siena, and finally contemplate the long history of Museo Historico UNC Manzana Jesuitica.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Cordoba trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Salta to Cordoba takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Salta in September, plan for slightly colder days in Cordoba, with highs around 22°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

— 2 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Laguna Chaxa and Atacama Desert. Do some cultural sightseeing at Pukara de Quitor and Machuca. There's lots more to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at On Safari Atacama, take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and explore the activities along Lagunas Baltinache.

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 9.5 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 September, expect nights in San Pedro de Atacama to be colder, around 2°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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 Templo Baha'i and Castillo Hidalgo for their historical value. Discover out-of-the-way places like Vina Santa Rita and Barrio Italia. Change things up with these side-trips from Santiago: Panul Community Park (in La Florida), Rompe Olas (in Cartagena) and Vina Undurraga (in Talagante). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion, kick back and relax at Playa Chepica, stroll through Playa Punta De Tralca, and head outdoors with Canopy El Canelo.

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 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Mendoza.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wineries

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 13th (Tue), stroll around Parque General San Martin, do a tasting at Bodega Nieto Senetiner, learn about winemaking at Bodegas Lopez, then learn about winemaking at Bodega Tierras Altas, then do a tasting at Bodega Renacer, and finally do a tasting at Bodega Budeguer. Keep things going the next day: ride a horse along Los Pingos Horse Riding, learn about winemaking at Casarena Bodega y Vinedos, indulge your senses at Terrazas de los Andes, then do a tasting at Finca Decero, then do a tasting at Vina Cobos, and finally learn about winemaking at Bodega Carmelo Patti.

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 September, daytime highs in Mendoza are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Mendoza

Wineries · Parks · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trip

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 15th (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Nahuel Huapi, fly down the slopes at Cerro Catedral, stroll through Arelauquen Golf & Country Club, then tee off at Llao Llao Golf, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Circuito Chico, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parroquia San Eduardo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, head outdoors with Cerro Lopez, and then examine the collection at Museo del Lago Gutierrez.

Before you visit San Carlos de Bariloche, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Mendoza to San Carlos de Bariloche takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Mendoza in September, expect San Carlos de Bariloche to be a bit cooler, temps between 13°C and 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Madryn.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Puerto Madryn, Argentina

— 2 nights
Whales and penguins frolic in the waters of Puerto Madryn, one of Argentine Patagonia's most important port cities.
Visit Playa El Doradillo and Playa Parana for some beach relaxation. Get some cultural insight at The Town of Gaiman and Museo Pueblo de Luis. Explore Puerto Madryn's surroundings by going to Museo Historico Regional de Gaiman (in Gaiman), Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio (in Trelew) and Puerto Piramides (Punta Pardelas, Caleta Valdes, &more). There's much more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get outside with Yellow Submarine, enjoy the sand and surf at Costas de Patagonia, and contemplate the waterfront views at Peninsula Valdes.

For photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Madryn trip website.

You can fly from San Carlos de Bariloche to Puerto Madryn in 9 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Puerto Madryn

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Puerto Madero and Catedral de San Isidro. Explore hidden gems such as Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento and Parque 3 de Febrero. Change things up with these side-trips from Buenos Aires: Delta El Tigre (in Tigre), Peru Beach (in Acassuso) and Parque Nacional Ciervo de los Pantanos (in Campana). There's lots more to do: stroll the grounds of Cemiterio de Recoleta, don't miss a visit to Casa Rosada, take a stroll through Recoleta, and contemplate the long history of Plaza Francia.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Buenos Aires driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Puerto Madryn to Buenos Aires takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Buenos Aires are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Neighborhoods

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

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.

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.