56 days in South America Itinerary

56 days in South America Itinerary

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56 days in South America Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + ferry:  4​h
2
Ilha Grande, Brazil
— 2 nights
ferry + Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Paraty, Brazil
— 2 nights
+2
bus + tram + Fly:  9​h 45​min
4
Puerto Iguazu, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h
5
Montevideo, Uruguay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
7
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
8
Salta, Argentina
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 15​min
9
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 2 nights
Drive:  11​h 45​min
10
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
11
Sucre, Bolivia
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
12
La Paz, Bolivia
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
13
Puno, Peru
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  3​h
14
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
15
Ollantaytambo, Peru
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
16
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
+2
train + foot + bus:  13​h
17
Arequipa, Peru
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
18
Nazca, Peru
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
19
Paracas, Peru
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
20
Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
21
Quito, Ecuador
— 7 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 30​min
22
Bogota, Colombia
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
23
Cartagena, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Bogota, Colombia

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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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): make a trip to Escadaria Selaron, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Bondinho Pao de Acucar, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pedra do Arpoador, and then stroll through Copacabana Beach.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Rio de Janeiro using our trip planner.

London, UK to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from London to Rio de Janeiro, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from London in February, with highs in Rio de Janeiro at 38°C and lows at 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Ilha Grande.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer
Bondinho  Pao de Acucar ©
Bondinho Pao de Acucar
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach

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Ilha Grande, Brazil

Ilha Grande ©
A tumultuous and unsavory history has kept Ilha Grande relatively undeveloped and free of the trappings of the modern world.
On the 23rd (Sun), kick back and relax at Lagoa Azul, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Aventureiro, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dois Rios Beach. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Abraaozinho Beach and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lagoa Verde, Ilha Grande.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Ilha Grande online holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Rio de Janeiro to Ilha Grande takes 4 hours. In February in Ilha Grande, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Paraty.

Things to do in Ilha Grande

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Aventureiro ©
Aventureiro
Lagoa Azul ©
Lagoa Azul
Lagoa Verde, Ilha Grande ©
Lagoa Verde, Ilha Grande

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nights
Paraty, Brazil

Paraty ©
Gazing out over a bay of tiny tropical islands, with rainforests climbing mountains in the background, it's easy to see why tourism in Paraty gets more popular by the year.
On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Cachoeira do Toboga, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then take a stroll through Centro Historico, and finally stop by Atelier de Ceramica Lulu Silva Telles.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Paraty road trip app .

Do a combination of ferry and car from Ilha Grande to Paraty in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Iguazu.

Things to do in Paraty

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Itamambuca Beach
Highlights from your plan
Cachoeira do Toboga ©
Cachoeira do Toboga
Centro Historico ©
Centro Historico
Itamambuca Beach ©
Itamambuca Beach

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nights
Puerto Iguazu, Argentina

Puerto Iguazu ©
The gateway to a national park inscribed on the World Heritage List, growing Puerto Iguazu sits on the confluence of two major rivers near the border with Paraguay and Brazil.
Venture out of the city with trips to Iguazu National Park (Salto San Martin, Iguazu Falls, & more). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Puerto Iguazu, don't miss a visit to Plaza San Martin, look for gifts at Duty Free Shop Puerto Iguazu, and explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Iguazu.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Iguazu attractions planning site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Paraty to Puerto Iguazu in 10 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or drive. February in Puerto Iguazu sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Montevideo.

Things to do in Puerto Iguazu

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Iguazu National Park
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto San Martin ©
Salto San Martin
Isla San Martin ©
Isla San Martin

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nights
Montevideo, Uruguay

Montevideo ©
With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
Montevideo is known for shopping, nightlife, museums, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Plaza Independencia, admire the masterpieces at Palacio Taranco, wander the streets of Ciudad Vieja, and take a leisurely stroll along Rambla de Montevideo.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Montevideo trip site .

Getting from Puerto Iguazu to Montevideo by flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Puerto Iguazu in March, expect Montevideo to be little chillier, temps between 28°C and 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Colonia del Sacramento.

Things to do in Montevideo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Ciudad Vieja ©
Ciudad Vieja
Plaza Independencia ©
Plaza Independencia
Rambla de Montevideo ©
Rambla de Montevideo

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nights
Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

Colonia del Sacramento ©
Sleepy cobbled streets lined with pastel-colored houses lead down to the water in Colonia del Sacramento.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): snap pictures at Puerta de la Ciudadela, then wander the streets of Plaza Mayor, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Barrio Historico, and finally enjoy the sea views from Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to La Calle de los Suspiros and then explore the activities along Rio de la Plata.

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Getting from Montevideo to Colonia del Sacramento by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to ride a ferry to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Colonia del Sacramento

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature
Highlights from your plan
Barrio Historico ©
Barrio Historico
Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse ©
La Calle de los Suspiros ©
La Calle de los Suspiros

3
nights
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.
Buenos Aires is known for nightlife, historic sites, parks, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta, admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, and get a taste of the local shopping with Puerto Madero.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Buenos Aires day trip tool .

You can ride a ferry from Colonia del Sacramento to Buenos Aires in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In March in Buenos Aires, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Salta.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Calle Defensa ©
Calle Defensa
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

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Salta, Argentina

Salta ©
Salta boasts a vibrant social life and array of informative museums appealing to visitors looking for a memorable cultural experience.
On the 9th (Mon), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cuesta del Obispo, look for gifts at Almandina, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica Menor San Francisco. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Plaza Anfiteatro, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Salta, and then make a trip to Plaza 9 de Julio.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Salta online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Salta takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Buenos Aires in March, Salta is slightly colder at night with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Salta

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Basilica Menor San Francisco ©
Basilica Menor San Francisco
Cathedral of Salta ©
Cathedral of Salta
Cuesta del Obispo ©
Cuesta del Obispo

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Valle De La Luna, delve into the distant past at Pukara de Quitor, then take in the natural beauty of Geyser del Tatio, and finally look and learn at Atacama Observatory. Keep things going the next day: look and learn at Observatorio Etno-Astronomico Licanantay and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, read San Pedro de Atacama itinerary planner .

Drive from Salta to San Pedro de Atacama in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone changes from Argentine Time (ART) to Chile Time (CLT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Salta in March, San Pedro de Atacama is slightly colder at night with lows of 7°C. On the 13th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Uyuni.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Nature Parks Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Geyser del Tatio ©
Geyser del Tatio
Valle De La Luna ©
Valle De La Luna
Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques ©
Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques

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nights
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
When in Uyuni, make a side trip to see Museo de la Llama y la Sal in Colchani, approximately 54 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Salar de Uyuni, get a new perspective on nature at Museo Arquecologia y Antropologico de los Andes Meridionales, step off the mainland to explore Isla Incahuasi, and see the interesting displays at Train Cemetery.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Uyuni trip website .

Traveling by car from San Pedro de Atacama to Uyuni takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in March, you will find days in Uyuni are colder (11°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). You will leave for Sucre on the 16th (Mon).

Things to do in Uyuni

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Museo de la Llama y la Sal
Highlights from your plan
Salar de Uyuni ©
Salar de Uyuni
Isla Incahuasi ©
Isla Incahuasi
Train Cemetery ©
Train Cemetery

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nights
Sucre, Bolivia

Sucre ©
The constitutional capital of Bolivia, Sucre has a well-preserved historic center, with many buildings dating back to the city's founding in the 16th century.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): make a trip to Cal Orck'o, take an in-depth tour of House of Liberty Museum - Casa de la Libertad, view the masterpieces at Arte y Cultura Sucre Galeria, look for gifts at Casa de Turismo, then see the interesting displays at Museo del Tesoro, and finally make a trip to Plaza 25 de Mayo. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Museum of Indigenous Art ASUR and then take in the spiritual surroundings of La Recoleta.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Sucre road trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Uyuni to Sucre takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Uyuni in March, plan for a bit warmer days in Sucre, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Sucre

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Indigenous Art ASUR ©
Museum of Indigenous Art ASUR
Cal Orck'o ©
Cal Orck'o
Plaza 25 de Mayo ©
Plaza 25 de Mayo

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La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Spend the 20th (Fri) exploring the striking scenery along WMDR Yungas Road. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Mercado de Las Brujas, push the limits with an extreme tour, enjoy some diversion at Urban Rush Bolivia, and take in the dramatic natural features at Valley of the Moon.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our La Paz trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Sucre to La Paz in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sucre in March, things will get little chillier in La Paz: highs are around 17°C and lows about 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Puno.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors Scenic Drive Tours
Highlights from your plan
Urban Rush Bolivia ©
Urban Rush Bolivia
Mercado de Las Brujas ©
Mercado de Las Brujas
WMDR Yungas Road ©
WMDR Yungas Road

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Puno, Peru

Puno ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lake Titicaca. On the 22nd (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Titicaca.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Puno online route builder .

Getting from La Paz to Puno by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Bolivia Time to Peru Time is minus 1 hour. While traveling from La Paz, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Puno, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Puno

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, then explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, and then contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cusco vacation tool .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Puno to Cusco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Cusco when traveling from Puno in March, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow time for the bus ride to Ollantaytambo.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco

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Ollantaytambo, Peru

Ollantaytambo ©
Retaining much of its centuries-old architecture, Ollantaytambo represents one of the world's finest examples of Incan city planning.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): examine the collection at Choco Museo. On your second day here, take in the dramatic natural features at Salinas de Maras and then steep yourself in history at Sacred Valley of the Incas.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Ollantaytambo travel route planner .

Traveling by bus from Cusco to Ollantaytambo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in March, and nighttime lows around 9°C. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Ollantaytambo

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Sacred Valley of the Incas, Salinas de Maras, Cerveceria Willkamayu
Highlights from your plan
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Cerveceria Willkamayu ©
Cerveceria Willkamayu

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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 26th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Los Jardines de Mandor and then explore the ancient world of Intipuncu. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Plaza Manco Capac and then explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Machu Picchu road trip planner.

You can take a train from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu
Los Jardines de Mandor ©
Los Jardines de Mandor

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Arequipa, Peru

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de Armas, take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, then take in the exciting artwork at Arte Colonial, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus. On your second day here, examine the collection at Monasterio de la Recoleta, then steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Arequipa, and then stop by La Iberica.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Arequipa attractions planner.

Getting from Machu Picchu to Arequipa by combination of train and bus takes about 13 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Arequipa are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Nazca.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Museo Santuarios Andinos ©
Museo Santuarios Andinos

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Nazca, Peru

Nazca ©
The southern city of Nazca draws visitors to its archaeological and historical sites.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): stroll the grounds of Cementerio Chauchilla and then don't miss a visit to Nasca Lines. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Cahuachi and then explore the ancient world of Cantalloc Aqueduct.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Nazca trip builder site .

You can drive from Arequipa to Nazca in 7 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can go by car to Paracas.

Things to do in Nazca

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cementerio Chauchilla ©
Cementerio Chauchilla
Nasca Lines ©
Nasca Lines
Cahuachi ©
Cahuachi

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Paracas, Peru

Paracas ©
A port town largely devoted to tourism, Paracas serves as a popular starting point for exploration of Peru's south coast.
On the 2nd (Thu), explore the galleries of Pukasoncco, Arte Precolombino. and then head off the coast to Islas Ballestas.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Paracas travel route builder tool .

You can drive from Nazca to Paracas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. April in Paracas sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Lima.

Things to do in Paracas

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Islas Ballestas ©
Islas Ballestas

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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.
On the 3rd (Fri), admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), then contemplate the long history of Huaca Pucllana, and then get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco. On the next day, wander the streets of Barranco, wander the streets of Miraflores, walk around Parque Kennedy - Parque Central de Miraflores, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, and finally don't miss a visit to Circuito Magico Del Agua.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Lima trip planner.

Traveling by car from Paracas to Lima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Lima can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Quito.

Things to do in Lima

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

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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.
Go for a jaunt from Quito to Cotacachi to see Cuicocha about 1h 45 min away. Spend the 10th (Fri) among the fascinating landscape of Cotopaxi National Park. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, take in the spiritual surroundings of San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco), let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and gain insight at La Ronda.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Quito trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Lima to Quito by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Quito, with lows of 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Quito

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

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

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Bogota, Colombia

Bogota ©
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 12th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), and then walk around Parque Metropolitano Simon Bolivar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Bolivar plaza and then take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Bogota trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Quito to Bogota takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, Bogota is slightly colder than Quito - with highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

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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.
On the 14th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, get engrossed in the history at Museo del Oro Zenu, then don't miss a visit to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Las Bovedas and then contemplate the long history of Plaza Santo Domingo.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cartagena trip planner .

Getting from Bogota to Cartagena by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In April, Cartagena is much warmer than Bogota - with highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Museums
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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