36 days in South America Itinerary

36 days in South America Itinerary

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Cartagena, Colombia
— 1 night
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Bogota, Colombia
— 3 nights
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 2 nights
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Maldonado, Uruguay
— 3 nights
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Montevideo, Uruguay
— 3 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 5 nights
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Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 2 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
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Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
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Quito, Ecuador
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Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena ©

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, then step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Oceanario.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Cartagena trip itinerary planner.

Mexico City, Mexico to Cartagena is an approximately 8-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mexico City to Cartagena due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Mexico City in December, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Cartagena: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trip

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Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Food Tours

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Bogota, Colombia

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.
On the 15th (Tue), take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate, see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), and then contemplate the long history of Bolivar Square. On the next day, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour and then explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Bogota trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cartagena to Bogota takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Cartagena in December: high temperatures in Bogota hover around 22°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Tours · Parks · Nature
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Food Tours
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro ©

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 beaches, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach, stroll through Praia de Grumari, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pedra Bonita, and get great views at Leblon Beach.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro route planning website.

You can fly from Bogota to Rio de Janeiro in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Colombia Standard Time to Brasilia Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. When traveling from Bogota in December, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Rio de Janeiro: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

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

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Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©

Land of Drizzle

Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): wander the streets of Paulista Avenue, walk around Parque Ibirapuera, and then pick up some local products at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Latin America Memorial, take a stroll around The Julio Prestes Cultural Center - Sala Sao Paulo, and then explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Sao Paulo trip maker app.

Fly from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in December: high temperatures in Sao Paulo hover around 32°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Maldonado.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Shopping · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
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Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera
Mercado Municipal de São Paulo ©
Mercado Municipal de São Paulo
Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue

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Maldonado, Uruguay

Maldonado ©
One of the larger cities in the country, Maldonado draws visitors primarily interested in the city's coastline and the wider region's beaches.
When in Maldonado, make a side trip to see Cerro San Antonio in Piriapolis, approximately Piriapolis away. The adventure continues: explore the galleries of Museo – Taller de Casapueblo, kick back and relax at Playa Mansa, get outside with MAREAS Escuela de Buceo, and stroll through Playa Brava.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Maldonado trip itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Sao Paulo to Maldonado in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Sao Paulo in December, plan for slightly colder days in Maldonado, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Montevideo.

Things to do in Maldonado

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:
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The Wine Experience ©
The Wine Experience
Museo – Taller de Casapueblo ©
Museo – Taller de Casapueblo
Museo Del Mar ©
Museo Del Mar

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Montevideo, Uruguay

Montevideo ©
With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
Change things up with a short trip to Pizzorno Family Estates in Canelones (about 44 minutes away). The adventure continues: make a trip to Plaza Independencia, explore the world behind art at Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes Juan Manuel Blanes, take in the pleasant sights at Rambla de Montevideo, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Montevideo.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Montevideo planner.

Getting from Maldonado to Montevideo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Maldonado in December, you will find days in Montevideo are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Montevideo

Neighborhoods · Wineries · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

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Pizzorno Family Estates ©
Pizzorno Family Estates
Plaza Independencia ©
Plaza Independencia
Rambla de Montevideo ©
Rambla de Montevideo

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires ©

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, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll the grounds of Cemiterio de Recoleta, get a sense of history and politics at Casa Rosada, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, and look for gifts at El Ateneo Grand Splendid.

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Traveling by flight from Montevideo to Buenos Aires takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Montevideo in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Buenos Aires, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Plaza de Mayo ©
Plaza de Mayo

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Santiago, Chile

Santiago ©

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.
Santiago is known for shopping, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), see the interesting displays at Museo de la Moda, and go for a walk through Plaza de Armas.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Santiago trip planner.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Santiago in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Buenos Aires to Santiago. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums · Parks · Nature · Shopping
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La Chascona ©
La Chascona
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): trek along with On Safari Atacama, explore the striking landscape at Valle De La Luna, and then take in the natural beauty of Geyser del Tatio. Here are some ideas for day two: admire nature's extreme beauty at Atacama Desert.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our San Pedro de Atacama road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in San Pedro de Atacama, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 8°C at night. On the 9th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 7 — 9:
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On Safari Atacama ©
On Safari Atacama
Valle De La Luna ©
Valle De La Luna
Geyser del Tatio ©
Geyser del Tatio

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Cusco, Peru

Cusco ©

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.
Cusco is known for historic sites, museums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, delve into the distant past at Tipon, admire the masterpieces at Ekekos San Blas - Arte & Colores, and hike along exploor.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Cusco tour itinerary builder.

Getting from San Pedro de Atacama to Cusco by flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Chile Standard Time to Peru Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in January, expect nights in Cusco to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are little chillier, around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

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Ekekos San Blas  - Arte  & Colores ©
Ekekos San Blas - Arte & Colores
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas

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Lima, Peru

Lima ©

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.
On the 13th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Huaca Pucllana, see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Arqueologia, Antropologia e Historia del Peru, and then get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), then take in the spiritual surroundings of San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro), and finally stroll around Circuito Magico Del Agua.

Discover how to plan a Lima trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Fly from Cusco to Lima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in January, you will find days in Lima are a bit warmer (31°C), and nights are much hotter (24°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Quito.

Things to do in Lima

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 14:
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Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

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Quito, Ecuador

Quito ©

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.
When in Quito, make a side trip to see Middle of the World in Cayambe, approximately Cayambe away. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, admire the masterpieces at Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Quito, stop by Olga Fisch Folklore, and walk around Parque La Carolina.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Quito trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Lima to Quito takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in January, expect Quito to be slightly colder, temps between 26°C and 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Quito

Side Trip

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Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila ©
Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco ©
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco

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