47 days in South America Itinerary

47 days in South America Itinerary

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Quito, Ecuador
— 2 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
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Uyuni, Bolivia
— 2 nights
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Santiago, Chile
— 5 nights
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Punta Arenas, Chile
— 2 nights
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Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile
— 3 nights
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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 6 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
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Punta del Este, Uruguay
— 4 nights
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Montevideo, Uruguay
— 2 nights
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Asuncion, Paraguay
— 1 night
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 7 nights
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Manaus, Brazil
— 4 nights

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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.
On the 15th (Tue), admire the striking features of Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, admire the masterpieces at Convento De San Francisco, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at El Sagrario, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, then admire the masterpieces at Centro Cultural Metropolitano, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana de Quito. On the next day, get outside with Jardin Botanico de Quito, learn about all things military at Museo Casa de Sucre, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Merced.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Quito tour planner.

Cartagena, Colombia to Quito is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. In February, Quito is a bit cooler than Cartagena - with highs of 70°F and lows of 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cusco.

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Architectural Building
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco
4.7

4
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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Off-Road Tours and Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi. Explore hidden gems such as Moray and Kayaking & Canoeing. Step out of Cusco with an excursion to Salinas de Maras in Maras--about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, take in the spiritual surroundings of Qorikancha, hike along exploor, and steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cusco online route maker.

You can fly from Quito to Cusco in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Quito in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Cusco, with lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Uyuni.

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Sacsayhuaman
4.7
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Moray
4.7
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exploor
4.8

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Uyuni, Bolivia

Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
On the 21st (Mon), learn more about the world around you at Museo Arquecologia y Antropologico de los Andes Meridionales and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Uyuni day trip planner.

Getting from Cusco to Uyuni by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: fly; or 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. When traveling from Cusco in February, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Uyuni: temperatures range from 53°F by day to 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Uyuni

Outdoors · Tours · Museums
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Photography Tour
Photography Tours
3.6

5
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Vina Santa Rita and Vina Santa Carolina. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion and Iglesia de La Merced. On the 27th (Sun), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, wander the streets of Vitacura, walk around Cerro Santa Lucia, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Francisco Church.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Santiago road trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Uyuni to Santiago in 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Santiago

Historic Sites · Wineries · Parks · Tours

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Vina Santa Rita
4.5
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Winery / Vineyard
Vina Santa Carolina
4.7

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Punta Arenas, Chile

Punta Arenas ©
An erstwhile hub of the sheep wool industry, Punta Arenas has evolved into a gateway of sorts for hikers, cruise ship passengers, and adventure travelers heading out on the windswept lands of Chile's extreme southern reaches.
On the 28th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Sagrado Corazon, take an in-depth tour of Museo Regional De Magallanes, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Strait of Magellan, see the interesting displays at Nao Victoria Museo, then stroll the grounds of Cementerio Municipal, and finally explore the galleries of La Galeria: Tienda de Arte y Diseno.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Punta Arenas vacation planning site.

You can fly from Santiago to Punta Arenas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In February, daytime highs in Punta Arenas are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can take a bus to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine).

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Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) ©
Surrounded by towering mountains, shimmering lakes, and the region's rugged hills, Puerto Natales serves as a bustling jumping-off point for exploring the Torres del Paine National Park.
On the 2nd (Wed), Head underground at Mylodon Cave Natural Monument, head outdoors with Patagonia Line, then don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas Arturo Prat, and finally sample the fine beverages at Last Hope Distillery. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, browse the eclectic array of goods at Pueblo artesanal Etherh Aike, then see the interesting displays at Museo Historico e Industrial Puerto Bories, and finally see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) trip planner.

You can take a bus from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in 4 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in March, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Fri) to allow time for travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Nature
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Patagonia Line
5.0
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Fishing Charter / Tour
Fishing Charters & Tours
5.0

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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Parroquia San Eduardo and Museo Paleontologico Bariloche. Discover out-of-the-way places like Fishing Charters & Tours and Playa Bonita. Venture out of the city with trips to Villa La Angostura (Lago Espejo Grande & Museo Historico Regional de Villa La Angostura) and Bosque Sumergido (in Villa Traful). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, take in the awesome beauty at Refugio Otto Meiling, head outdoors with Cerro Lopez, and identify plant and animal life at Ventisquero Negro.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Carlos de Bariloche tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to San Carlos de Bariloche takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to San Carlos de Bariloche due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in March, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in San Carlos de Bariloche: temperatures range from 68°F by day to 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Cemiterio de Recoleta and Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento. Get some historical perspective at Villa Ocampo and Palacio Barolo. Step out of Buenos Aires to go to Acassuso and see Peru Beach, which is approximately 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, contemplate the long history of Basilica de Nuestra Senora Del Pilar, don't miss a visit to Recoleta, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario Virgen Maria del Rosario de San Nicolas.

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You can 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 March, expect nights in Buenos Aires to be much warmer, around 64°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Punta del Este.

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Villa Ocampo
4.6

4
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Punta del Este, Uruguay

Punta del Este ©

Monaco of South America

With plenty of modern casinos, well-developed beaches, chic restaurants, and upscale hotels, Punta del Este vacations draw visitors from Argentina, Brazil, and beyond.
Popular historic sites such as Parroquia Nuestra Senora de Fatima and Catedral de San Fernando de Maldonado are in your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to Playa Brava and Playa Portezuelo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Punta del Este: Playa Mansa (in Jose Ignacio), Playa Punta Ballena (in Punta Ballena) and Playa San Francisco (in Piriapolis). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Museo – Taller de Casapueblo, don't miss a visit to The Fingers of Punta del Este, kick back and relax at Playa Montoya, and indulge your senses at The Wine Experience.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Punta del Este journey website.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Punta del Este in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In March, daytime highs in Punta del Este are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive to Montevideo.

Things to do in Punta del Este

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

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Playa Brava
4.4

2
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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.
On the 19th (Sat), learn the secrets of beer at The Wine Experience, then do a tasting at Pizzorno Family Estates, and then admire the majestic nature at El Rosedal. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de las Carmelitas, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Orange Bike, and then visit Pocitos.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Montevideo trip planning site.

You can drive from Punta del Este to Montevideo in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Punta del Este in March, plan for a bit cooler nights in Montevideo, with lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Asuncion.

Things to do in Montevideo

Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Parks

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Neighborhood
Pocitos
4.5

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Asuncion, Paraguay

Asuncion ©

Mother of Cities

Paraguay's capital and economic center, Asuncion ranks among the youngest cities on the continent, with more than half of its residents under 30 years of age.
On the 21st (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de San Lorenzo, get outside with Parque de la Salud, and then relax and rejuvenate at Namaste Spa Masculino.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Asuncion route builder.

Traveling by flight from Montevideo to Asuncion takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Uruguay Standard Time (UYT) to Paraguay Standard Time (PYT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Montevideo in March, things will get somewhat warmer in Asuncion: highs are around 87°F and lows about 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Asuncion

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trip

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Spa / Wellness
Namaste Spa Masculino
4.5

7
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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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Copacabana Beach and Camboinhas Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Praia de Ipanema and Praia do Leme. Change things up with these side-trips from Rio de Janeiro: Niteroi (Sao Francisco Beach, Sossego Beach, &more) and Pedra do Elefante (in Marica). There's lots more to do: stroll through Praia Da Joatinga, don't miss a visit to Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Our Lady of the Candelaria, and enjoy the sand and surf at Vermelha Beach.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro trip planner.

You can fly from Asuncion to Rio de Janeiro in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Asuncion to Rio de Janeiro. In March, daytime highs in Rio de Janeiro are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Manaus.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

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Morro Dois Irmaos
4.9
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Copacabana Beach
4.3
Must see
Praia de Ipanema
4.4

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Manaus, Brazil

Manaus ©

Paris of the Tropics

It's hard not to get excited when planning a trip to Manaus, capital of the state of Amazonas, and the largest city on the mighty Amazon River.
Get some historical perspective at Palacio da Justica and Praca Heliodoro Balbi. Get outdoors at Praia do Tupe and Aguia Amazonas Turismo - Day Tours. Make the 31st (Thu) an awe-inspiring day at Amazon Rainforest. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paroquia Nossa Senhora de Fatima, browse the exhibits of Museu Casa Eduardo Ribeiro, revel in the low prices at Stylo Outlet, and look for gifts at Galeria Amazonica.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Manaus vacation builder website.

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Manaus in 8.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Manaus is minus 1 hour. In March, daytime highs in Manaus are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Manaus

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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World heritage site
Amazon Rainforest
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History Museum
Palacio da Justica
4.4

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