32 days in South America Itinerary

32 days in South America Itinerary

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32 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly + Shuttle:  21 h 15 min
1
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Puerto Iguazu, Argentina
— 2 nights
Drive:  15 min
3
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— Few hours
Fly:  2 h 30 min
4
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h 45 min
5
Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
Paracas, Peru
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h
7
Ica, Peru
— 1 night
Bus:  2 h
8
Nazca, Peru
— Few hours
Drive:  7 h
9
Arequipa, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
10
Cusco, Peru
— Few hours
Bus:  1 h
11
Ollantaytambo, Peru
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 30 min
12
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Foot + Bus:  3 h 15 min
13
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
Bus:  6 h 30 min
14
Puno, Peru
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
15
Copacabana, Bolivia
— 1 night
Bus:  3 h
16
La Paz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
17
Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
Fly:  17 h 15 min
End: Sydney, Australia

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Calle Defensa and then wander the streets of Puerto Madero. On the next day, wander the streets of Recoleta, stroll the grounds of Cemiterio de Recoleta, then explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Casa Rosada.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires travel route planning tool.

Sydney, Australia to Buenos Aires is an approximately 21.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Sydney to Buenos Aires, you'll gain 13 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in October, you will find days in Buenos Aires are slightly colder (24°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Iguazu.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes ©
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: visit Puerto Iguazu, take in the dramatic scenery at Salto San Martin, then identify plant and animal life at Salto Bernabe Mendez, and finally head off the coast to Isla San Martin.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Puerto Iguazu itinerary website.

Getting from Buenos Aires to Puerto Iguazu by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or drive. In October, Puerto Iguazu is somewhat warmer than Buenos Aires - with highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Puerto Iguazu

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Iguazu National Park
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez
Salto San Martin ©
Salto San Martin

few
hours
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

A gateway to the world-renowned Iguacu Falls, which spectacularly divide Brazil and Argentina, the modern, high-rise city of Foz do Iguacu can't help but play second fiddle to the natural wonder in its vicinity.
On the 20th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Museu de Cera Dreamland, get interesting insight from Tours, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Buddhist Temple.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Foz do Iguacu online route builder.

Foz do Iguacu is very close to Puerto Iguazu. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Outdoors Tours Museums
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Helicopter Tours
Buddhist Temple ©
Buddhist Temple
Museu de Cera Dreamland ©
Museu de Cera Dreamland

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Escadaria Selaron and then contemplate the long history of Parque Lage. On your second day here, browse the collection at Real Gabinete Portugues Da Leitura, then enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach, then stroll through Praia de Ipanema, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro.

Plan a Rio de Janeiro trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Foz do Iguacu to Rio de Janeiro takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Foz do Iguacu in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Rio de Janeiro, with lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

3
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.
Lima is known for historic sites, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, walk around Circuito Magico Del Agua, ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), and explore the ancient world of Huaca Pucllana.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Lima road trip planning site.

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Lima in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Lima due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Rio de Janeiro in October, with highs in Lima at 24°C and lows at 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Paracas.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

1
night
Paracas, Peru

Paracas ©
A port town largely devoted to tourism, Paracas serves as a popular starting point for exploration of Peru's south coast.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): head off the coast to Islas Ballestas and then gain insight at Ballestas Islands. On the 27th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to The Chandelier and then explore the engaging exhibits at Culturides La Maquina del Tiempo.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Paracas trip builder website.

You can drive from Lima to Paracas in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Paracas are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow time for the bus ride to Ica.

Things to do in Paracas

Nature Parks Nightlife

Side Trip

Ballestas Islands
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Islas Ballestas ©
Islas Ballestas
Ballestas Islands ©
Ballestas Islands
The Chandelier ©
The Chandelier

1
night
Ica, Peru

Ica ©
Located on the Ica River in the desert areas of Peru's southern coast, the city of Ica stands as something of an oasis in the dry, barren landscape.
You've now added Oasis of Huacachina to your itinerary. On the 27th (Tue), take in panoramic vistas at Parque De Las Brujas De Cachiche and then see the interesting displays at Regional Museum of Ica.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Ica visit planning tool.

Traveling by bus from Paracas to Ica takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daily temperatures in Ica can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Nazca.

Things to do in Ica

Parks Nature Museums
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Oasis of Huacachina ©
Oasis of Huacachina
Regional Museum of Ica
Regional Museum of Ica
Parque De Las Brujas De Cachiche ©
Parque De Las Brujas De Cachiche

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hours
Nazca, Peru

Nazca ©
The southern city of Nazca draws visitors to its archaeological and historical sites.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Cantalloc Aqueduct.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Nazca journey builder tool.

Getting from Ica to Nazca by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Arequipa.

Things to do in Nazca

Historic Sites
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Cantalloc Aqueduct ©
Cantalloc Aqueduct

2
nights
Arequipa, Peru

In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Arequipa is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Santa Catalina Monastery, visit Yanahuara, don't miss a visit to Complejo de la Compania de Jesus, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Arequipa day trip site.

You can drive from Nazca to Arequipa in 7 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in October, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Arequipa

Tours Museums Historic Sites
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Walking tours
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

few
hours
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 31st (Sat): steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Cusco online attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Arequipa to Cusco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Cusco, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Ollantaytambo.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites
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Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

1
night
Ollantaytambo, Peru

Ollantaytambo
Retaining much of its centuries-old architecture, Ollantaytambo represents one of the world's finest examples of Incan city planning.
For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Ollantaytambo day trip site.

You can take a bus from Cusco to Ollantaytambo in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. October in Ollantaytambo sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 7°C at night. You will leave for Machu Picchu on the 1st (Sun).

Things to do in Ollantaytambo

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
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2
nights
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.
Go for a jaunt from Machu Picchu to Santa Teresa to see Zipline about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, explore the ancient world of Intipuncu, witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes), and admire the natural beauty at Los Jardines de Mandor.

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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 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Zipline
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

2
nights
Cusco, Peru

Cusco ©
On the 4th (Wed), admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco, steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, and then see exploor. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, see the interesting displays at Museo Quechua, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cusco trip itinerary website.

Do a combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Puno.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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exploor ©
exploor
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): take some stellar pictures from Mirador Ing. Eduardo Sanchez and then step off the mainland to explore Taquile Island. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Mirador Puma Uta, explore the activities along Lake Titicaca, and then step off the mainland to explore Uros Floating Islands.

For reviews and other tourist information, you can read our Puno online route planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Cusco to Puno in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Puno, with lows of 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Copacabana.

Things to do in Puno

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Lake Titicaca
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Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island
Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca
Uros Floating Islands ©
Uros Floating Islands

1
night
Copacabana, Bolivia

Copacabana ©
The town of Copacabana represents the largest Bolivian settlement on the shore of Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in the continent.
On the 8th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana and then explore and take pictures at Isla del Sol.

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Getting from Puno to Copacabana by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puno to Copacabana. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to La Paz.

Things to do in Copacabana

Historic Sites Nature Outdoors
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Isla del Sol ©
Isla del Sol
Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana
Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana

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nights
La Paz, Bolivia

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Mi Teleferico, then don't miss a visit to Calle Sagarnaga, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read La Paz online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by bus from Copacabana to La Paz takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, daytime highs in La Paz are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors Tours
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Mi Teleferico ©
Mi Teleferico
Calle Sagarnaga ©
Calle Sagarnaga

4
nights
Santiago, Chile

Santiago ©
Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Take a break from Santiago with a short trip to Concha y Toro in Pirque, about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Costanera, go for a walk through Plaza de Armas, and see the interesting displays at La Chascona.

To find ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Santiago online vacation planner.

You can fly from La Paz to Santiago in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train, car, and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trip

Concha y Toro
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Patio Bellavista ©
Patio Bellavista
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia

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