53 days in South America Itinerary

53 days in South America Itinerary

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Paraty, Brazil
— 3 nights
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Asuncion, Paraguay
— 1 night
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Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
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Maldonado, Uruguay
— 4 nights
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Montevideo, Uruguay
— 4 nights
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Santiago, Chile
— 5 nights
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 3 nights
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
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Huascaran National Park, Peru
— 4 nights
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San Andres Island, Colombia
— 7 nights
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 2 nights
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Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 2 nights
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 5 nights
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La Paz, Bolivia
— 5 nights

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Paraty, Brazil

Paraty ©
Gazing out over a bay of tiny tropical islands, with rainforests climbing mountains in the background, it's easy to see why tourism in Paraty gets more popular by the year.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Horseback Riding Tours and Cachoeira do Toboga e Poço do Tarzan. Get outdoors at Centro Historico and Scuba & Snorkeling. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Iriri Beach, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Alambique Paratiana, kick back and relax at Prainha, and savor the flavors at Alambique Cachaca Pedra Branca.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Paraty trip builder.

Belo Horizonte to Paraty is an approximately 9-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Asuncion.

Things to do in Paraty

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 11:
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Centro Historico ©
Centro Historico
Horseback Riding Tours
Prainha ©
Prainha

1
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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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): kick back and relax at Playa De Aregua and then get outside with Parque de la Salud. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Plaza Infante Rivarola, then try to win big at Vivant, and then get a sense of history and politics at Banco Nacional de Fomento.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Asuncion tour itinerary app.

You can fly from Paraty to Asuncion in 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time to Paraguay Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In January in Asuncion, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Asuncion

Outdoors · Parks · Casinos · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 13:
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Playa De Aregua ©
Playa De Aregua
Vivant ©
Vivant
Banco Nacional de Fomento ©
Banco Nacional de Fomento

2
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Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

Land of the Waterfalls

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): let the river carry you with Rafting in the River Iguacu and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: see the sky in a new way at Astronomy Polo Casimiro Montenegro Filho.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Foz do Iguacu online travel route planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Asuncion to Foz do Iguacu in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Traveling from Asuncion to Foz do Iguacu, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January in Foz do Iguacu, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 24°C at night. On the 15th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Maldonado.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 15:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Astronomy Polo Casimiro Montenegro Filho ©
Astronomy Polo Casimiro Montenegro Filho

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Playa Brava and Pan De Azucar. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Bikini and Playa Chihuahua. Step out of Maldonado with an excursion to Barcos del Este in Piriapolis--about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Puente Leonel Viera, stroll through Playa Solanas, kick back and relax at Playa Portezuelo, and indulge your taste buds at The Wine Experience.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Maldonado trip itinerary builder.

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Foz do Iguacu to Maldonado in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Foz do Iguacu, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Maldonado, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Montevideo.

Things to do in Maldonado

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 15 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Playa Brava ©
Playa Brava
Pan De Azucar ©
Pan De Azucar
Playa Pinares ©
Playa Pinares

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Pizzorno Family Estates and The Wine Experience. There's much more to do: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, stop by Pocitos, get all the equipment you need at Orange Bike, and make a trip to Plaza Matriz.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Montevideo trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Maldonado to Montevideo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Montevideo sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Montevideo

Wineries · Neighborhoods · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 19 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Pizzorno Family Estates ©
Pizzorno Family Estates
The Wine Experience ©
The Wine Experience
Pocitos ©
Pocitos

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to San Cristóbal Hill and Horseback Riding Tours. Explore hidden gems such as Parque Forestal and Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Barrio Italia, take in panoramic vistas at Grand Santiago Tower, stroll around Cerro Santa Lucia, and explore the historical opulence of Castillo Hidalgo.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Santiago trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Montevideo to Santiago by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Uruguay Standard Time (UYT) to Chile Standard Time (CLT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 28:
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San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Horseback Riding Tours
Parque Forestal ©
Parque Forestal

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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 29th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Valle Arcoiris and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Geyser del Tatio. On the next day, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then explore the striking landscape at Valle De La Luna.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our San Pedro de Atacama travel route builder website.

You can fly from Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Spas
Find places to stay Jan 28 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Valle Arcoiris ©
Valle Arcoiris
On Safari Atacama ©
On Safari Atacama
Valle De La Luna ©
Valle De La Luna

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Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
On the 1st (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu, indulge in some personalized pampering at SPA Rocas Sagradas, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Machu Picchu travel planner.

You can fly from San Pedro de Atacama to Machu Picchu in 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from San Pedro de Atacama to Machu Picchu, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Huascaran National Park.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Parks · Wildlife · Spas · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 2:
Highlights from your plan
Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu ©
Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu
Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen ©
Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen

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Huascaran National Park, Peru

Huascaran National Park ©
A trip to Huascaran National Park allows visitors to explore part of the Cordillera Blanca, the world’s highest tropical mountain range.
Take a break from the city and head to Huascaran and Duck Canyon. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Laguna Llaca and Plaza Mayor de Chacas. Step out of Huascaran National Park to go to Chacas and see Museo de Chacas, which is approximately 36 minutes away.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Huascaran National Park online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Machu Picchu to Huascaran National Park takes 20.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Huascaran National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 2 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Huascaran ©
Huascaran
Plaza Mayor de Chacas ©
Plaza Mayor de Chacas
Museo de Chacas ©
Museo de Chacas

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San Andres Island, Colombia

San Andres Island
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
We've included these beaches for you: Playa de San Luis and Playa Charquitos. Explore hidden gems such as Cayo El Acuario and Bahia del Cove. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at West View, explore the fascinating underground world of Morgan's Cave, appreciate the history behind Plaza Canon de Morgan, and explore the striking landscape at Hoyo Soplador.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our San Andres Island trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Huascaran National Park to San Andres Island. In February, daytime highs in San Andres Island are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Feb 6 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
West View
West View
Cayo El Acuario ©
Cayo El Acuario
Banda Dive Shop ©
Banda Dive Shop

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Aymara, then take in the waterfront at Malecon de Puerto Ayora, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Las Grietas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Tunel de Lava Bellavista, then admire the masterpieces at Galeria Exotico Ecuador, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and finally explore the world behind art at Maprae.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Ayora trip maker site.

Do a combination of flight and bus from San Andres Island to Puerto Ayora in 15 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, ferry, and bus. In February in Puerto Ayora, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to ride a ferry to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 13 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Tunel de Lava Bellavista ©
Tunel de Lava Bellavista
Speed Boats Tours
Malecon de Puerto Ayora ©
Malecon de Puerto Ayora

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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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de los Diablos, identify plant and animal life at Isabela Island Wetlands Complex, and then identify plant and animal life at Rosedelco- Day tour. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Playa Puerto Villamil, don't miss a visit to Malecon Cuna del Sol, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Posada de flamengos, and finally explore the activities along Laguna Salinas.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Villamil attractions app.

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil in 3.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to ride a ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Scenic Drive
Find places to stay Feb 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Posada de flamengos ©
Posada de flamengos

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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno ©
The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
Step off the beaten path and head to Puerto Chino Beach and Playa de Oro. Visiting Playa Punta Carola and Cerro Tijeretas will get you outdoors. Spend the 18th (Thu) exploring nature at Cerro Tijeretas. There's much more to do: learn more about the world around you at Interpretation Center, take a leisurely stroll along Malecon San Cristobal, stroll through Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, and race across the water with Galapagos Fishing Adventures Gustavo Tour S.A.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Puerto Baquerizo Moreno online day trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno takes 6 hours. The time zone difference moving from Galapagos Time to Ecuador Time is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in February, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 17 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Puerto Chino Beach ©
Puerto Chino Beach
Cerro Tijeretas ©
Cerro Tijeretas
Playa Punta Carola ©
Playa Punta Carola

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La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©

City that Touches the Sky

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Visiting Vertical Route and Scree Rush will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Muela del Diablo and Golf Tours Bolivia-Day Tours. And it doesn't end there: fly down the slopes at Chacaltaya Ski Resort, get a sense of history and politics at Centro de Informacion Turistica, get reinvigorated at Casa Luna, and sample some tasty brews at The Saya Beer Brewery Tour.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the La Paz trip builder site.

Explore your travel options from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to La Paz with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Ecuador Time (ECT) to Bolivia Time (BOT) is 1 hour. Traveling from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in February, expect La Paz to be colder, temps between 17°C and 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Feb 23 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Vertical Route ©
Vertical Route
Scree Rush ©
Scree Rush
Chacaltaya Ski Resort ©
Chacaltaya Ski Resort

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