29 days in South America Itinerary

29 days in South America Itinerary

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29 days in South America Itinerary

Start: New Delhi, India
+2
Fly + shuttle + ferry:  29​h
1
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 2 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
2
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  12​h 15​min
3
Lima, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
4
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 45​min
5
La Paz, Bolivia
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
6
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  11​h 30​min
7
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 15​min
8
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  5​h 15​min
9
Gramado, Brazil
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
10
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  1​h 30​min
11
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: New Delhi, India

2
nights
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Puerto Ayora ©
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Puerto Ayora is known for wildlife, nature, beaches, adventure, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Charles Darwin Research Station, take in the waterfront at Malecon de Puerto Ayora, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Aymara.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Puerto Ayora road trip planning site .

New Delhi, India to Puerto Ayora is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Ecuador Time is minus 10 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from New Delhi in December: highs in Puerto Ayora hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can catch the ferry to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Cruz
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Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
Reserva El Chato ©
Reserva El Chato
Las Grietas ©
Las Grietas

3
nights
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador

Puerto Villamil ©
Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Puerto Villamil is known for wildlife, nature, zoos & aquariums, adventure, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the geological forces at Sierra Negra, take in the waterfront at Malecon Cuna del Sol, head off the coast to Turtle Island, and contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de los Diablos.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Villamil day trip planning tool .

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil takes 2.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Ecuador Time (ECT) to Galapagos Time (GALT) is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Sierra Negra
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Sierra Negra ©
Sierra Negra
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
The Wall of Tears ©
The Wall of Tears

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): don't miss a visit to Miraflores, contemplate the long history of Huaca Pucllana, then don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, examine the collection at National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History, and then stroll through Playa Kon-Tiki.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Lima trip planning app .

Explore your travel options from Puerto Villamil to Lima with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Villamil to Lima. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

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

3
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.
Cusco is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, trails, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco, pause for some serene contemplation at Cusco Cathedral, and gain insight with exploor.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Cusco tour itinerary planner .

Fly from Lima to Cusco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Lima, expect little chillier days and colder nights in Cusco, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Sacred Valley of the Incas
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exploor ©
exploor
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas

1
night
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
On the 27th (Fri), enjoy some diversion at Urban Rush Bolivia, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de San Francisco, then don't miss a visit to Mercado de Las Brujas, and finally stroll around Valley of the Moon.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our La Paz trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Cusco to La Paz in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco to La Paz, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cusco in December, expect La Paz to be little chillier, temps between 18°C and 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in La Paz

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Urban Rush Bolivia ©
Urban Rush Bolivia
Mercado de Las Brujas ©
Mercado de Las Brujas
Valley of the Moon ©
Valley of the Moon

1
night
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): head off the coast to Isla Incahuasi and then take in the dramatic natural features at Salar de Uyuni.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Uyuni trip itinerary site .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from La Paz to Uyuni in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from La Paz in December: highs in Uyuni hover around 13°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Uyuni

Parks Nature
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Salar de Uyuni ©
Salar de Uyuni
Isla Incahuasi ©
Isla Incahuasi

2
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, museums, parks, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Recoleta Cemetery, take in the history at Plaza de Mayo, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, and stop by El Ateneo Grand Splendid.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Buenos Aires itinerary planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Uyuni to Buenos Aires in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Uyuni to Buenos Aires is 1 hour. When traveling from Uyuni in December, plan for much warmer days in Buenos Aires, with highs around 33°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Gramado.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

1
night
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

Foz do Iguacu ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosque of Omar Ibn Al-Khattab and then see human ingenuity at work at Iguazu Falls. Keep things going the next day: admire the engineering at Itaipu Hydroelectric Dam, take in the spiritual surroundings of Buddhist Temple, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parque das Aves Bird Park.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Foz do Iguacu holiday builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Buenos Aires to Foz do Iguacu takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Buenos Aires in January: highs in Foz do Iguacu hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Gramado.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Parque das Aves Bird Park ©
Parque das Aves Bird Park
Itaipu Hydroelectric Dam ©
Itaipu Hydroelectric Dam

1
night
Gramado, Brazil

Gramado ©
Surrounded by impressive mountain scenery in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, the small city of Gramado charms visitors with its alpine European-style architecture and blossoming flowers.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Matriz Sao Pedro Apostolo, stroll around Mini Mundo, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Black Lake. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Rua Coberta, look for gifts at Maos do Mundo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Pedra, then get in on the family fun at Snowland, and finally learn about winemaking at Casa Seganfredo.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Gramado tour planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Foz do Iguacu to Gramado takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Gramado

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trip

Canela
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Black Lake ©
Black Lake
Mini Mundo ©
Mini Mundo
Snowland ©
Snowland

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, admire the masterpieces at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP, and then stroll around Ibirapuera Park. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at São Paulo Cathedral, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then wander the streets of Paulista Avenue, and finally pick up some local products at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Sao Paulo journey planning app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Gramado to Sao Paulo in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. In January in Sao Paulo, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Shopping Parks
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Ibirapuera Park ©
Ibirapuera Park
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo

5
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.
Rio de Janeiro is known for beaches, nature, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Sugarloaf Mountain, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, make a trip to Escadaria Selaron, and kick back and relax at Pedra do Arpoador.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro planner .

Getting from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro by combination of bus and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Sao Paulo in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Rio de Janeiro: highs are around 37°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach

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