52 days in South America Itinerary

52 days in South America Itinerary

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52 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Wellington, New Zealand
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Punta Arenas, Chile
— 4 nights
bus:  3​h
2
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
3
Puerto Varas, Chile
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Pucon, Chile
— 4 nights
+3
bus + foot + Fly + bus:  12​h 30​min
5
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  1​h 30​min
6
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
7
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
San Miguel de Tucuman, Argentina
— 2 nights
Drive:  10​h 45​min
9
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 4 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  6​h 30​min
10
Iquique, Chile
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  8​h 45​min
11
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
12
Hanga Roa, Chile
— 7 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Wellington, New Zealand


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4
nights
Punta Arenas, Chile

Punta Arenas ©
An erstwhile hub of the sheep wool industry, Punta Arenas has evolved into a gateway of sorts for hikers, cruise ship passengers, and adventure travelers heading out on the windswept lands of Chile's extreme southern reaches.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nao Victoria Museo and Palacio Sara Braun. Do some cultural sightseeing at Salesian Museum and British Club. Spend a day of island exploring on the 12th (Fri) at Expedicion Fitz Roy. There's much more to do: visit a coastal fixture at Faro San Isidro, take in the exciting artwork at La Galeria: Tienda de Arte y Diseno, don't miss a visit to Plaza Munoz Gamero, and identify plant and animal life at Reserva nacional Magallanes.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Punta Arenas online trip itinerary builder .

Wellington, New Zealand to Punta Arenas is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 16 hours traveling from Wellington to Punta Arenas due to the time zone difference. In April, Punta Arenas is little chillier than Wellington - with highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine).

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Cabo Froward ©
Cabo Froward
Reserva nacional Magallanes ©
Reserva nacional Magallanes

4
nights
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile

Surrounded by towering mountains, shimmering lakes, and the region's rugged hills, Puerto Natales serves as a bustling jumping-off point for exploring the Torres del Paine National Park.
Escape the urban bustle at Madre Roca Patagonia and Fishing Charters & Tours. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kayaking & Canoeing and Patagonia Viajes. Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, examine the collection at Museo Historico e Industrial Puerto Bories, look for gifts at Etnia Souvenirs & Wool, and take in the dramatic natural features at Glaciar Amalia.

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) trip itinerary site .

Traveling by bus from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Puerto Varas.

Things to do in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Fishing Charters & Tours

3
nights
Puerto Varas, Chile

Puerto Varas ©
Overlooking a lake, with a conical volcano looming in the background, Puerto Varas enjoys memorable scenery but retains its authentic atmosphere.
Explore hidden gems such as Parque Nacional Vicente Perez Rosales and Puyehue National Park. Get outdoors at Parque Tagua-Tagua and Volcan Osorno. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lake Llanquihue.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Varas road trip planning app .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to Puerto Varas in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in April, expect nights in Puerto Varas to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Pucon.

Things to do in Puerto Varas

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Parque Tagua-Tagua, Volcan Osorno, Puyehue National Park
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Parque Nacional Vicente Perez Rosales ©
Parque Tagua-Tagua ©
Parque Tagua-Tagua
Puyehue National Park ©
Puyehue National Park

4
nights
Pucon, Chile

Pucon ©
Nestled in the shadow of the snow-capped Villarrica volcano, Pucon ranks among the world's premier destinations for adventure sports and high-thrills activities.
Escape the urban bustle at Saltos del Huilo-Huilo and Parasailing & Paragliding. Step off the beaten path and head to Huerquehue National Park and Canyoning Pucon. Explore Pucon's surroundings by going to Salto Nina Encantada (in Panguipulli) and Fortin Mapuche (in Conaripe). There's more to do: admire the sheer force of Ojos del Caburga and take in the natural beauty of Termas Geometricas.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Pucon road trip app .

Traveling by car from Puerto Varas to Pucon takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Pucon

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Fortin Mapuche, Salto Nina Encantada, Saltos del Huilo-Huilo
Highlights from your plan
Saltos del Huilo-Huilo ©
Saltos del Huilo-Huilo
Huerquehue National Park ©
Huerquehue National Park
Fortin Mapuche ©
Fortin Mapuche

4
nights
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tombo beach and Instituto Tomie Ohtake. Do some cultural sightseeing at Matriz de Sant'Anna Church and Igreja Matriz Sao Joao Batista. Change things up with these side-trips from Sao Paulo: Peruibe (Praia Guarau, Tres Marias Beach, & more) and Juquehy Beach (in Sao Sebastiao). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Eparquia Nossa Senhora do Paraiso, explore and take pictures at Allianz Parque, take a stroll through Jardins District, and take in the exciting artwork at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Sao Paulo trip itinerary site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Pucon to Sao Paulo takes 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Pucon to Sao Paulo is 1 hour. In April, daytime highs in Sao Paulo are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Peruibe, Matriz de Sant'Anna Church, Juquehy Beach, Tombo Beach
Highlights from your plan
Juquehy Beach ©
Juquehy Beach
Matriz de Sant'Anna Church ©
Matriz de Sant'Anna Church
Tombo Beach ©
Tombo Beach

4
nights
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro ©
Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Explore hidden gems such as Praia de Itauna and Igreja de Nossa Senhora de Nazareth. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Parasailing & Paragliding and Claudio Coutinho Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Rio de Janeiro side-trips: Serra dos Orgaos National Park (in Teresopolis) and Praia de Itacoatiara (in Niteroi). The adventure continues: learn about all things military at Museu Historico do Exercito e Forte de Copacabana and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro itinerary app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May, Rio de Janeiro is somewhat warmer than Sao Paulo - with highs of 31°C and lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Saquarema, Parque Nacional da Serra dos Orgaos, Praia de Itacoatiara
Highlights from your plan
Igreja de Nossa Senhora de Nazareth ©
Praia de Itauna ©
Praia de Itauna
Parque Nacional da Serra dos Orgaos ©

1
night
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires ©
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.
On the 6th (Mon), explore and take pictures at Estadio Alberto J. Armando (La Bombonera), examine the collection at Fragata ARA Sarmiento, take in the views from Puente de la Mujer, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento, and finally take a stroll through Palermo Soho. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parroquia Nuestra Senora de Balvanera, pause for some photo ops at Floralis Generica, then ponder the world of politics at Quinta Trabucco, and finally head outdoors with Delta El Tigre.

Discover how to plan a Buenos Aires trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, Buenos Aires is slightly colder than Rio de Janeiro - with highs of 20°C and lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Miguel de Tucuman.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Outdoors Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Delta El Tigre, Quinta Trabucco
Highlights from your plan
Palermo Soho ©
Palermo Soho
Parroquia Nuestra Senora de Balvanera ©
Fragata ARA Sarmiento ©
Fragata ARA Sarmiento

2
nights
San Miguel de Tucuman, Argentina

San Miguel de Tucuman ©
The commercial hub of an area known for its high production of sugarcane, tobacco, and rice, San Miguel de Tucuman also has a historical claim to fame, having hosted the national congress that declared independence from Spain in 1816.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Capilla Nuestra Senora de Lourdes, take in the spiritual surroundings of Parroquia de Nuestro Senor del Milagro y San Maron, contemplate the long history of Foto Historica, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia Santo Domingo (Basilica Ntra Sra del Rosario), then see the interesting displays at Casa Historica de Tucuman, and finally examine the collection at Instituto de Arqueologia y Museo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de San Miguel de Tucuman, then take a pleasant ride with Loma Bola Vuelo y Aventura - Parapente, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cristo Redentor.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our San Miguel de Tucuman road trip planner .

Getting from Buenos Aires to San Miguel de Tucuman by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In May in San Miguel de Tucuman, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in San Miguel de Tucuman

Historic Sites Adventure Parks

Side Trip

Loma Bola Vuelo y Aventura
Highlights from your plan
Capilla Nuestra Senora de Lourdes ©
Capilla Nuestra Senora de Lourdes
Catedral de San Miguel de Tucuman ©
Catedral de San Miguel de Tucuman
Loma Bola Vuelo y Aventura ©
Loma Bola Vuelo y Aventura

4
nights
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

San Pedro de Atacama ©
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pukara de Quitor and Museo del Meteorito. Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Laguna de Piedras. Spend the 11th (Sat) exploring nature at Reserva Nacional de Flamencos. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Piedras Rojas, don't miss a visit to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote, identify plant and animal life at Salar de Tara, and take in the natural beauty of Termas Banos de Puritama.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the San Pedro de Atacama trip maker app .

Drive from San Miguel de Tucuman to San Pedro de Atacama in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from San Miguel de Tucuman to San Pedro de Atacama. Traveling from San Miguel de Tucuman in May, plan for slightly colder nights in San Pedro de Atacama, with lows around 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Iquique.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Salar de Tara ©
Salar de Tara
Valle Arcoiris ©
Valle Arcoiris
Reserva Nacional de Flamencos ©
Reserva Nacional de Flamencos

3
nights
Iquique, Chile

Iquique ©
Thanks to the city's position on the Pacific coast, vacations in Iquique appeal to beachgoers, paragliders, bodyboarders, nature lovers, photographers, and fans of picture-perfect sunsets.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Museo Corbeta Esmeralda and Baquedano Street. You'll get in some beach time at Playa Chanavayita and Playa Cavancha. And it doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Salar del Huasco, get outside with Iquique WIngs, make a trip to Torre del Reloj, and mingle with the ghosts of the past at Oficina Salitrera Santiago Humberstone.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Iquique trip builder website .

Traveling by bus from San Pedro de Atacama to Iquique takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Iquique

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Geisers of Puchuldiza
Highlights from your plan
Playa Cavancha ©
Playa Cavancha
Parque Nacional Salar del Huasco ©
Parque Nacional Salar del Huasco
Geisers of Puchuldiza ©
Geisers of Puchuldiza

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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.
Cathedral of Lima and Iglesia San Francisco de Asis are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Faro de la Marina and Iglesia San Marcelo will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Lima with an excursion to Playa Santa Maria del Mar in Santa Maria Del Mar--about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Museo Senor De Los Milagros, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, take a stroll through Centro Historico de Lima, and take a leisurely stroll along Miraflores Boardwalk.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Lima planner .

Getting from Iquique to Lima by combination of bus and flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Iquique to Lima due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Hanga Roa.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Santa Maria del Mar
Highlights from your plan
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Playa Santa Maria del Mar ©
Playa Santa Maria del Mar
Iglesia San Marcelo ©
Iglesia San Marcelo

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nights
Hanga Roa, Chile

Hanga Roa ©
The main town and capital of Chile's Easter Island, Hanga Roa serves as a base for most visitors to the island, with all explorations of Easter Island and its famous moai monoliths beginning here.
Step out of the city life by going to Playa Ovahe and Orongo. Your inner history buff will appreciate Ahu Tahai and Ahu Nau Nau. Spend the 24th (Fri) exploring nature at Rapa Nui National Park. There's still lots to do: get impressive views of Rano Kau, delve into the distant past at Ahu Vaihu, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Rapa Nui, and pause for some photo ops at Hanga Kioe.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Hanga Roa trip maker app .

Getting from Lima to Hanga Roa by flight takes about 14.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Lima to Hanga Roa is minus 1 hour. In May in Hanga Roa, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hanga Roa

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Easter Island
Highlights from your plan
Ahu Nau Nau ©
Ahu Nau Nau
Ahu Tahai ©
Ahu Tahai
Ahu Vinapu
Ahu Vinapu

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