31 days in South America Itinerary

31 days in South America Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South America travel route planner

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
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Lima, Peru
— 1 day
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
Train to Ollantaytambo, Bus to Cusco
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Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
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Bogota, Colombia
— 1 night
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Cartagena, Colombia
— 1 night
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 3 nights
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Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 2 nights
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 3 nights
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Ferry to San Cristobal, Fly to Baltra Island, Fly to Santiago
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Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 1 night
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

— 3 nights

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Copacabana Beach and Pedra do Arpoador. Praia de Ipanema and Parque Nacional Tijuca are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: pause for some photo ops at Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, admire the landmark architecture of Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas, brush up on your military savvy at Museu Historico do Exercito e Forte de Copacabana, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary maker tool.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Dubai to Rio de Janeiro due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dubai in October, things will get slightly colder in Rio de Janeiro: highs are around 32°C and lows about 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 5:

Lima, Peru

— 1 day

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, then take a stroll through Miraflores, then contemplate the long history of Huaca Pucllana, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Lima road trip planner.

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Lima by flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Standard Time to Peru Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Rio de Janeiro in October, with highs in Lima at 24°C and lows at 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 6:

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then take some stellar pictures from Intipuncu. On the 8th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Phutuq K'usi, take in nature's colorful creations at Mandor, stop by Artesanias, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, and finally examine the collection at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon.

Before you visit Machu Picchu, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can fly from Lima to Machu Picchu in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 8:

Cusco, Peru

— 3 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sacsayhuaman and Planetarium Cusco. You'll explore and learn at Museo de Arte Precolombino and Museo Inka. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco, pause for some serene contemplation at Cusco Cathedral, and stop by San Blas.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Cusco trip planner.

Do a combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October in Cusco, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 11:

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Casa Museo Quinta de Bolivar, then explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and then examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro).

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Bogota vacation builder site.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Bogota takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Bogota can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 12:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, then don't miss a visit to Plaza Santo Domingo, and then contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cartagena trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Cartagena takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bogota in October, things will get much warmer in Cartagena: highs are around 38°C and lows about 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 13:

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador

— 3 nights
The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Interpretation Center and Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at La Loberia and Playa de Oro. Spend the 14th (Mon) exploring nature at Cerro Tijeretas. There's lots more to do: stroll through Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, kick back and relax at Cerro Brujo, and take a leisurely stroll along Malecon San Cristobal.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Baquerizo Moreno vacation planning site.

Explore your travel options from Cartagena to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno with the Route module. Traveling from Cartagena in October, things will get little chillier in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno: highs are around 30°C and lows about 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 14 — 17:

Puerto Villamil, Ecuador

— 2 nights
Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de los Diablos and then kick back and relax at Playa Puerto Villamil. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Cristo Salvador, step off the mainland to explore Las Tintoreras, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Concha de Perla.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Villamil road trip planning app.

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Villamil takes 6 hours. Traveling from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Villamil, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 19:

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.
Visiting El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve and Charles Darwin Research Station will get you outdoors. We've included these beaches for you: Playa de los Alemanes and Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay. There's much more to do: view the masterpieces at Galeria Aymara, tour the pleasant surroundings at Black Turtle Cove, admire the masterpieces at Galeria Exotico Ecuador, and kick back and relax at Playa las Bachas.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Ayora trip builder tool.

Getting from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora by ferry takes about 3.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora. October in Puerto Ayora sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 19 — 22:

Santiago, Chile

— 2 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.
Get some cultural insight at La Chascona and Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts. You'll explore and learn at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino and Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos. Go for a jaunt from Santiago to Valle Nevado to see Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile about 1h 35 min away. Next up on the itinerary: walk around Cerro Santa Lucia, examine the collection at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Costanera, and contemplate the long history of Former National Congress Building.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Santiago trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Puerto Ayora to Santiago by combination of ferry and flight takes about 15.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Ayora to Santiago. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 23 — 25:

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

— 1 night
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 26th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Salar de Tara, take in the dramatic natural features at Piedras Rojas, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Pedro de Atacama. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Pukara de Quitor, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Geyser del Tatio, and then explore the fascinating landscape at Atacama Desert.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the San Pedro de Atacama trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in San Pedro de Atacama can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 25 — 27:

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.
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes and Museo Nacional De Arte Decorativo will appeal to museum buffs. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Puerto Madero and El Ateneo Grand Splendid. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, wander the streets of Palermo, and take in the history at Plaza de Mayo.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires travel planner.

Traveling by flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Buenos Aires takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Chile Standard Time (CLT) to Argentina Standard Time (ART) is 1 hour. Traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in October, expect nights in Buenos Aires to be somewhat warmer, around 17°C, while days are slightly colder, around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 30:

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.

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.