8 days in South America Itinerary

8 days in South America Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South America trip planner

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Cartagena, Colombia
— 1 night
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
Train to Ollantaytambo, Bus to Cusco
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Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly to Punta Arenas, Bus to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)
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Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile
— 1 night
Bus to Río Gallegos, Fly to Buenos Aires Jorge Newbery
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 1 night
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 1 night
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Cartagena, Colombia

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa and then step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cartagena trip itinerary app.

Toronto, Canada to Cartagena is an approximately 9-hour flight. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Toronto in April, with highs in Cartagena at 38°C and lows at 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites

Machu Picchu, Peru

— 1 night
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
On the 25th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then take in nature's colorful creations at Mariposario de Machupicchu.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu road trip site.

Traveling by flight from Cartagena to Machu Picchu takes 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Cusco, Peru

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Qorikancha, then steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, and then explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cusco tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Machu Picchu to Cusco by combination of train and bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Cusco are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine).

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Museums

Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile

— 1 night
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.
On the 28th (Wed), look for gifts at Krea Noe.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) online tour planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Cusco to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Cusco to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) is 1 hour. While traveling from Cusco, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 5°C. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

Shopping
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Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): get a taste of the local shopping with El Ateneo Grand Splendid, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemiterio de Recoleta, then admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, and finally take a stroll through Puerto Madero.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to Buenos Aires takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to Buenos Aires is 1 hour. In April, Buenos Aires is somewhat warmer than Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) - with highs of 26°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

— 1 night

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro sightseeing site.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, Rio de Janeiro is a bit warmer than Buenos Aires - with highs of 33°C and lows of 26°C. On the 30th (Fri), you're off to home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Tours · Nightlife · Outdoors · Parks