56 days in South America Itinerary

56 days in South America Itinerary

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Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
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Ilha Grande, Brazil
— 3 nights
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Paraty, Brazil
— 3 nights
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 1 night
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La Paz, Bolivia
— 3 nights
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Rurrenabaque, Bolivia
— 4 nights
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La Paz, Bolivia
— 3 nights
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Uyuni, Bolivia
— 2 nights
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Puno, Peru
— 3 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 6 nights
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Ica, Peru
— 3 nights
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Lima, Peru
— 8 nights
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Mancora, Peru
— 5 nights
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Lima, Peru
— 2 nights

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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.
Go for a jaunt from Santiago to Pirque to see Concha y Toro about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore and take pictures at San Cristóbal Hill, see the interesting displays at La Chascona, do a tasting at Vina Santa Carolina, and get great views at Sky Costanera.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Santiago trip planner.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiport is Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Santiago

Shopping · Wineries · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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Patio Bellavista ©
Patio Bellavista
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

4
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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.
Step out of Rio de Janeiro with an excursion to Imperial Museum in Petropolis--about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: take a memorable ride with Sugarloaf Mountain, pause for some photo ops at Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, catch a live performance at Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, and admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Santiago to Rio de Janeiro takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Chile Standard Time to Brasilia Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. September in Rio de Janeiro sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ilha Grande.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 4:
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Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach

3
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Ilha Grande, Brazil

Ilha Grande ©
A tumultuous and unsavory history has kept Ilha Grande relatively undeveloped and free of the trappings of the modern world.
On the 5th (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Lagoa Verde, Ilha Grande, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Santo Antonio Beach, and then kick back and relax at Dois Rios Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoa Azul and then kick back and relax at Aventureiro.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Ilha Grande online tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Rio de Janeiro to Ilha Grande in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. In October, daytime highs in Ilha Grande are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Paraty.

Things to do in Ilha Grande

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 7:
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Dois Rios Beach ©
Dois Rios Beach
Lagoa Verde, Ilha Grande ©
Lagoa Verde, Ilha Grande
Santo Antonio Beach ©
Santo Antonio Beach

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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.
Paraty is known for beaches, nature, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Centro Historico, stop by Atelier de Ceramica Lulu Silva Telles, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and view the masterpieces at Galeria Aecio Sarti.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Paraty attractions site.

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Ilha Grande to Paraty in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Paraty

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 10:
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Centro Historico ©
Centro Historico
Walking tours
Church of Our Lady of Remedies ©
Church of Our Lady of Remedies

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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): walk around Parque Ibirapuera and then browse the fresh offerings at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Sao Paulo trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Paraty to Sao Paulo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. On the 11th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Shopping · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo
Mercado Municipal de São Paulo ©
Mercado Municipal de São Paulo

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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.
Spend the 12th (Sat) exploring the striking scenery along WMDR Yungas Road. There's still lots to do: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, explore the ancient world of Tiwanaku, take in the dramatic natural features at Valley of the Moon, and enjoy some diversion at Urban Rush Bolivia.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read La Paz vacation planning app.

You can fly from Sao Paulo to La Paz in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sao Paulo to La Paz, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Sao Paulo in October, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in La Paz: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Rurrenabaque.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Tours · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
WMDR Yungas Road ©
WMDR Yungas Road
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Urban Rush Bolivia ©
Urban Rush Bolivia

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Rurrenabaque, Bolivia

Rurrenabaque ©

Gate to the Amazon

A holiday in Rurrenabaque is a great option for those interested in exploring the region's amazing natural biodiversity, breathtaking landscapes, and native cultures of the area.
Spend the 18th (Fri) exploring nature at Escorpion Travels. Next up on the itinerary: skim along the rocks with Canopy Villa Alcira, look for gifts at Artesanias El Patuju, laugh and play at Oscar's Swimming Pool, and tee off at El Chocolatal Golf Eco Resort.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Rurrenabaque trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from La Paz to Rurrenabaque takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from La Paz in October, things will get much hotter in Rurrenabaque: highs are around 39°C and lows about 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Rurrenabaque

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
River Yacuma ©
River Yacuma
El Chocolatal Golf Eco Resort ©
El Chocolatal Golf Eco Resort
Escorpion Travels ©
Escorpion Travels

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La Paz, Bolivia

City that Touches the Sky

On the 19th (Sat), take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then make a trip to Plaza Murillo, and then get great views at Mirador Killi Killi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Mercado de Las Brujas, don't miss a visit to Calle Sagarnaga, experience the excitement of Andean Culture Distillery, admire the landmark architecture of Iglesia de San Francisco, then don't miss a visit to Mi Teleferico, and finally don't miss a visit to Jaen Street.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the La Paz trip planner.

You can fly from Rurrenabaque to La Paz in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, La Paz is cooler than Rurrenabaque - with highs of 19°C and lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in La Paz

Tours · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Mercado de Las Brujas ©
Mercado de Las Brujas
Iglesia de San Francisco ©
Iglesia de San Francisco

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Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Uyuni is known for nature, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Salar de Uyuni, get impressive views of Tunupa Volcano, make a trip to Plaza Arce, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Cristobal Lipez.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Uyuni holiday maker app.

Traveling by flight from La Paz to Uyuni takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from La Paz in October: highs in Uyuni hover around 8°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Puno.

Things to do in Uyuni

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Salar de Uyuni ©
Salar de Uyuni
Isla Incahuasi ©
Isla Incahuasi
Tunupa Volcano ©
Tunupa Volcano

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Puno, Peru

Puno ©

City of the Lake

Hugging the western tip of Lake Titicaca, Puno serves as a melting pot of indigenous and imported cultures, and makes a great base for explorations around the region.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Lake Titicaca. There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Taquile Island, make a trip to Catedral de Puno, explore the ancient world of Sillustani, and steep yourself in history at Catedral de Chucuito.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Puno trip itinerary planning tool.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Uyuni to Puno in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Uyuni to Puno, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Uyuni in October, plan for much hotter days and little chillier nights in Puno: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Puno

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 23 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca
Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island
Uros Floating Islands ©
Uros Floating Islands

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Salinas de Maras (in Maras) and Pisac (in Pisac). There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, wander the streets of San Blas, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino, and steep yourself in history at Qorikancha.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cusco trip itinerary website.

You can fly from Puno to Cusco in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Puno in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Cusco, with lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Ica.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 27 — Nov 2:
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas

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Ica, Peru

Ica ©
Located on the Ica River in the desert areas of Peru's southern coast, the city of Ica stands as something of an oasis in the dry, barren landscape.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ica: Paracas (La Catedral & The Chandelier). There's much more to do: learn about winemaking at Tacama, push the limits with an extreme tour, examine the collection at Regional Museum of Ica, and make a trip to Plaza de Armas.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Ica trip builder site.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Ica takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Cusco in November since evenings lows in Ica dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Lima.

Things to do in Ica

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 2 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
La Catedral ©
La Catedral
Tacama ©
Tacama
Regional Museum of Ica
Regional Museum of Ica

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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.
Lima is known for museums, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, take a leisurely stroll along Miraflores Boardwalk, ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), and make a trip to Miraflores.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Lima online tour itinerary builder.

Getting from Ica to Lima by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. November in Lima sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Mancora.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 5 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

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Mancora, Peru

Mancora ©
In a busy little beach town, Mancora tourism industry continues to grow, largely thanks to the sunniest climate of any region in the country.
Change things up with these side-trips from Mancora: Cerros de Amotape National Park (in Tumbes) and Playa Lobitos (in Piura). The adventure continues: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, don't miss a visit to Puerto Velero, enjoy the sea views from El Mirador del Faro, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Mancora driving holiday website.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Lima to Mancora takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Lima in November, with highs in Mancora at 31°C and lows at 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in Mancora

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 13 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Las Pocitas Beach ©
Las Pocitas Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Cerros de Amotape National Park ©
Cerros de Amotape National Park

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Lima, Peru

Lima ©

City of the Kings

On the 20th (Wed), stop by Mercado Los Incas, make a trip to Plaza San Martin, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then see the interesting displays at Museo Oro del Peru, then admire the striking features of Presidential Palace (Palacio de Gobierno), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Church and Sanctuary of Saint Rose of Lima.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Lima online trip itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Mancora to Lima in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Mancora in November; daily highs in Lima reach 26°C and lows reach 20°C. On the 21st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

Find places to stay Nov 19 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Museo Oro del Peru ©
Museo Oro del Peru
Presidential Palace (Palacio de Gobierno) ©
Archbishops Palace ©
Archbishops Palace

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