52 days in South America Itinerary

52 days in South America Itinerary

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 6 nights
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 5 nights
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Gramado, Brazil
— 7 nights
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Uyuni, Bolivia
— 2 nights
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La Paz, Bolivia
— 3 nights
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
Train to Ollantaytambo, Bus to Cusco
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Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
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Bogota, Colombia
— 3 nights
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Medellin, Colombia
— 4 nights
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Cartagena, Colombia
— 2 nights
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Coro, Venezuela
— 5 nights
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Margarita Island, Venezuela
— 4 nights
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Canaima National Park, Venezuela
— 3 nights
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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.
Rio de Janeiro is known for beaches, nature, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, admire all the interesting features of Leblon Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Pedra do Arpoador, and admire the landmark architecture of Ilha Fiscal.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro itinerary planner.

London, UK to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Brasilia Standard Time (BRT), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from London in January, expect Rio de Janeiro to be much hotter, temps between 37°C and 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours

Sao Paulo, Brazil

— 5 nights

Land of Drizzle

Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Sao Paulo is known for shopping, museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Parque Ibirapuera, wander the streets of Paulista Avenue, see the interesting displays at Museu do Futebol, and explore the world behind art at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Sao Paulo online trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Rio de Janeiro in January, with highs in Sao Paulo at 33°C and lows at 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can fly to Gramado.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Gramado, Brazil

— 7 nights

Hydrangea Garden

Surrounded by impressive mountain scenery in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, the small city of Gramado charms visitors with its alpine European-style architecture and blossoming flowers.
Step out of Gramado with an excursion to River Rafting & Tubing in Tres Coroas--about 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Negro, immerse yourself in nature at Parque Estadual do Caracol, find something for the whole family at Mundo a Vapor, and pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Matriz Sao Pedro Apostolo.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Gramado trip site.

Fly from Sao Paulo to Gramado in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to fly to Uyuni.

Things to do in Gramado

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Uyuni, Bolivia

— 2 nights
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): examine the collection at Train Cemetery and then see Off-Road Tours. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Museo de la Llama y la Sal, explore the striking landscape at Salar de Uyuni, and then make a trip to Plaza Arce.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Uyuni trip planner.

Getting from Gramado to Uyuni by flight takes about 14 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, bus, and car. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) to Bolivia Time (BOT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in January, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to La Paz.

Things to do in Uyuni

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

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.
La Paz is known for parks, scenic drive, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: push the limits with an extreme tour, examine the collection at Museo de Metales Preciosos, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and take in the dramatic natural features at Valley of the Moon.

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

Traveling by flight from Uyuni to La Paz takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Uyuni in January since evenings lows in La Paz dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can fly to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in La Paz

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): stroll through Mandor and then delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take some stellar pictures from Intipuncu and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes).

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Machu Picchu trip planner.

You can fly from La Paz to Machu Picchu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Bolivia Time (BOT) to Peru Standard Time (PET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

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.
On the 1st (Tue), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Qorikancha, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Cusco itinerary website.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Cusco are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to fly to Bogota.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods · Museums

Bogota, Colombia

— 3 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.
Bogota is known for museums, nature, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Bogota trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Bogota takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Bogota can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Medellin.

Things to do in Bogota

Tours · Parks · Museums · Nature

Medellin, Colombia

— 4 nights

City of the Eternal Spring

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Medellin is known for parks, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, explore the activities along Laguna de Guatape, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico de Medellin, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Medellin road trip website.

You can fly from Bogota to Medellin in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Bogota in February, with highs in Medellin at 32°C and lows at 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Cartagena.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Nature

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Museo del Oro Zenu, then explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Cartagena planner.

You can fly from Medellin to Cartagena in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Medellin in February, expect Cartagena to be a bit warmer, temps between 36°C and 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Coro.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Museums

Coro, Venezuela

— 5 nights
The oldest city in western Venezuela, Coro was founded in 1527 and possesses a rich, varied cultural heritage.
Change things up with a short trip to Scuba & Snorkeling in Los Roques National Park (about 1h 40 min away). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Plaza San Clemente, head outdoors with Medanos de Coro, explore and take pictures at Cruz de San Clemente, and explore the galleries of Casa De Las Ventanas De Hierro.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Coro trip planner.

Getting from Cartagena to Coro by car takes about 14 hours. The time zone changes from Colombia Standard Time to Venezuela Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In February in Coro, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Margarita Island.

Things to do in Coro

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Margarita Island, Venezuela

— 4 nights

Pearl of the Caribbean

A popular holiday spot for Venezuelans, sunny Margarita Island boasts an exotic Caribbean location, but at the same time is easily accessible from the mainland.
Spend the 18th (Fri) exploring nature at Laguna de la Restinga. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Playa El Agua, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Parguito, shop like a local with Parque Costazul, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica Nuestra Senora Del Valle.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Margarita Island online travel planner.

Getting from Coro to Margarita Island by combination of car and ferry takes about 16 hours. Other options: fly. February in Margarita Island sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Canaima National Park.

Things to do in Margarita Island

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Canaima National Park, Venezuela

— 3 nights
One of the largest national parks in the world, Canaima National Park encompasses 30,000 sq km (12 sq mi) of distinct landscapes, varied wildlife, and the world's highest waterfalls.
Canaima National Park is known for nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Salto Aponguao.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Canaima National Park travel website.

Fly from Margarita Island to Canaima National Park in 14 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Margarita Island to Canaima National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. You'll set off for home on the 24th (Thu).

Things to do in Canaima National Park

Parks · Nature

Brazil travel guide

4.5
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.

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.

Colombia travel guide

4.1
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.

Venezuela travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Tourist Spots · Shopping
Land of Grace
A vacation in Venezuela, one of the most biodiverse countries on the planet, can be both affordable and highly rewarding. From snowcapped mountains and vast grassland, to tropical islands and lush rainforests, Venezuela's varied landscapes are a paradise for nature lovers. Whether you're looking to laze on the Caribbean beaches, trek through the verdant jungles, or immerse yourself in the vibrant city culture, a Venezuela holiday offers something for everyone. Admire the world's highest waterfalls, go island hopping, discover tasty local delicacies, and witness the sheer abundance of wildlife and endemic species in Venezuela.