31 days in South America Itinerary

31 days in South America Itinerary

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Quito, Ecuador
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Cuenca, Ecuador
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Lima, Peru
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Cusco, Peru
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La Paz, Bolivia
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Santiago, Chile
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Quito, Ecuador — 3 nights

Light of America

High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
Quito is known for museums, historic sites, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, admire the landmark architecture of Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia Santa Barbara, and admire the masterpieces at Casa Museo Guayasamin.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Quito trip builder tool.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Quito is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Ecuador Time is minus 6 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to fly to Cuenca.
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Cuenca, Ecuador — 2 nights

Athens of Ecuador

Packed with impressive colonial architecture and a historic town center, Cuenca stands as perhaps the most charming city in the nation.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Pumapungo Museum and Arqueological Park - MCYP, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at El Cajas National Park, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Tomebamba. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Mirador de Turi, make a trip to Plaza de las flores, then admire the landmark architecture of Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral, then admire the majestic nature at Plaza Abdon Calderon, and finally explore the galleries of Homero Ortega.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Cuenca trip site.

You can fly from Quito to Cuenca in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Quito in July, with highs in Cuenca at 23°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can fly to Lima.
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Lima, Peru — 4 nights

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.
Lima is known for museums, parks, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, pause for some serene contemplation at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and shop like a local with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar).

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Fly from Cuenca to Lima in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cuenca in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Lima, with lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Cusco.
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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.
On the 10th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cusco Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of Museo Inka, then steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, and finally delve into the distant past at Tambomachay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Museo de Vida Monastica - Monasterio de Santa Catalina del Cusco, then steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, then delve into the distant past at Qorikancha, and finally admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cusco holiday maker site.

Fly from Lima to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be colder in Cusco, with lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to La Paz.
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La Paz, Bolivia — 3 nights

City that Touches the Sky

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Make the 13th (Thu) an unforgettable day with an extreme tour. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Mercado de Las Brujas, ponder the world of politics at Centro de Informacion Turistica, admire the masterpieces at Casa Museo Solon, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the La Paz online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to La Paz takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Peru Standard Time (PET) to Bolivia Time (BOT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Cusco in July, things will get little chillier in La Paz: highs are around 17°C and lows about -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can fly to Santiago.
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Santiago, Chile — 5 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santiago: Concha y Toro (in Pirque) and Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile (in Valle Nevado). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), take a stroll through Barrio Bellavista, and don't miss a visit to Cerro Santa Lucia.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Santiago travel planner.

Traveling by flight from La Paz to Santiago takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow time for the flight to Buenos Aires.
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Buenos Aires, Argentina — 5 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.
Buenos Aires is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, explore the engaging exhibits at Museo de los Ninos, and don't miss a visit to Plaza de Mayo.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Santiago to Buenos Aires takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Buenos Aires due to the time zone difference. July in Buenos Aires sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Sao Paulo.
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Sao Paulo, Brazil — 3 nights

Land of Drizzle

Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Sao Paulo is known for shopping, museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: walk around Parque Ibirapuera, take a stroll through Paulista Avenue, explore the world behind art at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Sao Paulo planning website.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Sao Paulo takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Buenos Aires in July; daily highs in Sao Paulo reach 26°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Rio de Janeiro.
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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.
Rio de Janeiro is known for sightseeing, beaches, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, admire the landmark architecture of Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas, and explore the world behind art at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro.

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Getting from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sao Paulo in July, with highs in Rio de Janeiro at 30°C and lows at 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Ecuador travel guide

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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.
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Peru travel guide

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Historic Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Incas
In a country renowned for its pre-Columbian archeological sites, no Peru vacation would be complete without an adrenaline-inducing hike to Machu Picchu, World Heritage-listed symbol of the once-mighty Incan Empire. Aside from visiting these spectacular ruins set against the backdrop of photogenic mountain peaks, most holidays in Peru also include an exploration of the country's pretty cities, boasting well-preserved colonial architecture and a slew of modern buildings housing fine museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Ideal for active vacationers, Peru trips are also tailor-made for gourmands, as the country's eclectic cuisine blends tasty influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe.
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Bolivia travel guide

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Landmarks · Geologic Formations · Specialty Museums
Tibet of the Americas
If you're an adventurous tourist, consider adding a Bolivia vacation to your travel itinerary. A land of rainforests, Andean glaciers, high altitude cities, and rushing rivers, Bolivia remains one of the most remote countries in the Western Hemisphere. With 60 percent of the population made up of indigenous peoples, native cultures permeate thecountry's music, architecture, and arts, as well as local folklore and traditions. Traveling in Bolivia you can experience diverse wildlife and ecosystems, learn about the country's rich history, try out its distinctive cuisine, and practice your Spanish with the locals, known for their clean and easy-to-understand accent.
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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.
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Argentina travel guide

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Landmarks · Bodies of Water · Specialty Museums
Land of Contrasts
Home to the highest and lowest points in South America, diverse Argentina enthralls visitors with its contrasting landscapes and rich cultural heritage. A tour of Argentina reveals a sprawling land of fiercely proud and hardworking gauchos, the legendary cowboys of South America's pampas. A vacation in Argentina also leads you to giant urban centers, filled with modern tourist attractions that include fine restaurants, award-winning museums, and renowned public parks, gardens, and zoos. Away from big cities, Argentina sightseeing combines visits to mighty waterfalls situated inside World Heritage-listed national parks in the north of the country, with excursions to icy glaciers in the south.
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Brazil travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Land of Brazilwood
The largest country in South America and the biggest Portuguese-speaking nation in the world, Brazil remains best known for its soccer tradition and annual Carnaval. Most visitors on holiday in Brazil come for the country's outstanding beaches, music, wildlife, and diverse neighborhoods, each one boasting its own distinct character, atmosphere, and way of life. A tour of Brazil reveals a vast land of great natural and human diversity, from its sprawling rainforest wildernesses, to its busy urban centers. There are plenty of things to do in Brazil, from basking on its coastline to chasing the samba scene or catching a picturesque sunset from one of the country's lush mountaintops.
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