31 days in South America Itinerary

31 days in South America Itinerary

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31 days in South America Itinerary

Start: New Delhi, India
Fly:  25​h
1
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h
3
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 3 nights
4
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  9​h 30​min
5
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 3 nights
bus + Drive:  11​h 15​min
6
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 1 day
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
La Paz, Bolivia
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  1​h 45​min
8
Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
9
Quito, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: New Delhi, India

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.
Get some cultural insight at Parque Nacional Tijuca and Praia de Ipanema. Visiting Barra da Tijuca Beach and Leblon Beach will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Sugarloaf Mountain, appreciate the history behind Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach, and admire all the interesting features of Maracanã.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro trip planner .

New Delhi, India to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 25-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from New Delhi to Rio de Janeiro. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from New Delhi in September, with highs in Rio de Janeiro at 32°C and lows at 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Pao de Acucar ©
Pao de Acucar

4
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.
Head to Paulista Avenue and Mercado Municipal de São Paulofor some retail therapy. We've included these beaches for you: Tombo beach and Juquehy Beach. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Mosteiro De Sao Bento, pause for some serene contemplation at São Paulo Cathedral, examine the collection at Museu De Arte Sacra De Sao Paulo, and admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Sao Paulo trip itinerary app .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in September, Sao Paulo is a bit cooler at night with lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Juquehy Beach, Tombo Beach
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Juquehy Beach ©
Juquehy Beach
Tombo Beach ©
Tombo Beach
Mosteiro De Sao Bento ©
Mosteiro De Sao Bento

3
nights
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

San Carlos de Bariloche ©
Nestled against the foothills of the Andes, scenic San Carlos de Bariloche hugs the southern shore of Nahuel Huapi Lake and ranks among Argentina's top destinations for active outdoor vacations.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Piedras Blancas and Cerro Tronador. Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Circuito Chico. On the 28th (Sat), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Catedral Alta Patagonis. Next up on the itinerary: take in panoramic vistas at Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the San Carlos de Bariloche online trip builder .

You can fly from Sao Paulo to San Carlos de Bariloche in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sao Paulo in September, expect San Carlos de Bariloche to be cooler, temps between 13°C and 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi ©
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Catedral Alta Patagonis
Catedral Alta Patagonis

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.
Plaza de Mayo and San Telmo will appeal to history buffs. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Puerto Madero and Palermo. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, get to know the fascinating history of La Boca, don't miss a visit to Casa Rosada, and look for gifts at El Ateneo Grand Splendid.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires tour itinerary maker site .

Fly from San Carlos de Bariloche to Buenos Aires in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in October, you will find days in Buenos Aires are a bit warmer (24°C), and nights are much hotter (17°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

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

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Piedras Rojas. Visiting Valle Arcoiris and Reserva Nacional de Flamencos will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: witness a stunning natural landmark at Termas Banos de Puritama, see the interesting displays at Museo del Meteorito, contemplate the waterfront views at Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques, and make a trip to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the San Pedro de Atacama trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Buenos Aires to San Pedro de Atacama takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Argentine Time to Chile Time is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Buenos Aires in October, plan for a bit warmer days in San Pedro de Atacama, with highs around 28°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Piedras Rojas ©
Piedras Rojas
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Reserva Nacional de Flamencos ©
Reserva Nacional de Flamencos

1
day
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
On the 9th (Wed), head off the coast to Isla Incahuasi and then explore the striking landscape at Salar de Uyuni.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Uyuni trip planner .

Do a combination of bus and car from San Pedro de Atacama to Uyuni in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and train. Traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in October, expect nights in Uyuni to be a bit warmer, around 7°C, while days are much colder, around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Uyuni

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

1
night
La Paz, Bolivia

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): have fun at Urban Rush Bolivia, then make a trip to Mi Teleferico, then admire the striking features of Iglesia de San Francisco, and finally head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read La Paz travel route planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Uyuni to La Paz in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Uyuni in October: highs in La Paz hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in La Paz

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Iglesia de San Francisco ©
Iglesia de San Francisco
Mi Teleferico ©
Mi Teleferico

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sacred Valley of the Incas and Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sacsayhuaman and Salinas de Maras. On the 14th (Mon), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Q'enqo, make a trip to San Blas, get engrossed in the history at Museo de Arte Precolombino, and steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cusco road trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from La Paz to Cusco takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from La Paz to Cusco is minus 1 hour. Traveling from La Paz in October, expect Cusco to be a bit warmer, temps between 24°C and 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Nature

Side Trips

Sacred Valley of the Incas, Salinas de Maras, Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Q'enqo ©
Q'enqo

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): examine the collection at La Capilla Del Hombre, get to know the fascinating history of Quito Old Town, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica del Voto Nacional, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, then see the interesting displays at Casa del Alabado, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museum of Maria Augusta Urrutia (La Casa Museo Maria Augusta Urrutia). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Guayasamin Museum, see the interesting displays at Intinan Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco).

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Quito travel route tool .

Fly from Cusco to Quito in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Quito, with lows of 17°C. On the 17th (Thu), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Quito

Museums Historic Sites
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Quito Old Town ©
Quito Old Town
Basilica del Voto Nacional ©
Basilica del Voto Nacional

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