56 days in South America Itinerary

56 days in South America Itinerary

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56 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Santiago, Chile
1
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
2
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
+2
bus + foot + ferry:  4​h
3
Ilha Grande, Brazil
— 3 nights
ferry + Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Paraty, Brazil
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
La Paz, Bolivia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
7
Rurrenabaque, Bolivia
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
8
La Paz, Bolivia
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
9
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 2 nights
Drive:  12​h
10
Puno, Peru
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  3​h
11
Cusco, Peru
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  4​h
12
Ica, Peru
— 3 nights
bus:  4​h
13
Lima, Peru
— 8 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  5​h
14
Mancora, Peru
— 5 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  5​h
15
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Santiago, Chile

3
nights
Santiago, Chile

Santiago ©
Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
When in Santiago, make a side trip to see Concha y Toro in Pirque, approximately 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, get great views at Sky Costanera, admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and learn about winemaking at Santa Carolina.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Santiago tour site .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airport is Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Santiago

Nature Wineries Parks

Side Trip

Concha y Toro
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San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Patio Bellavista ©
Patio Bellavista
La Chascona ©
La Chascona

4
nights
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro ©
Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Take a break from Rio de Janeiro with a short trip to Imperial Museum in Petropolis, about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pao de Acucar, enjoy some music at Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, pause for some photo ops at Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, and kick back and relax at Pedra do Arpoador.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro tour planner.

Fly from Santiago to Rio de Janeiro in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Rio de Janeiro. September in Rio de Janeiro sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ilha Grande.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Imperial Museum
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Corcovado Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer
Bondinho  Pao de Acucar ©
Bondinho Pao de Acucar
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach

3
nights
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 enjoy the sand and surf at Santo Antonio Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Dois Rios Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Lagoa Azul and then kick back and relax at Aventureiro.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Ilha Grande trip itinerary planning tool .

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Rio de Janeiro to Ilha Grande in 4 hours. In October in Ilha Grande, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Paraty.

Things to do in Ilha Grande

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Dois Rios Beach ©
Dois Rios Beach
Lagoa Verde, Ilha Grande ©
Lagoa Verde, Ilha Grande
Lagoa Azul ©
Lagoa Azul

3
nights
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, historic sites, outdoors, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Centro Historico, admire the sheer force of Cachoeira do Toboga, enjoy the sand and surf at Meio Beach, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Piscina Natural da Caixa d'Aco.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Paraty vacation tool .

Getting from Ilha Grande to Paraty by combination of ferry and car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Paraty

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Centro Historico ©
Centro Historico
Praia do Cachadaco ©
Praia do Cachadaco
Alambique Engenho D'Ouro ©
Alambique Engenho D'Ouro

1
night
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
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.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Sao Paulo planner .

Drive from Paraty to Sao Paulo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow time for travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Parks Shopping Museums
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Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera
Mercado Municipal de São Paulo ©
Mercado Municipal de São Paulo
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo

3
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
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 lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Tiwanaku, walk around Valley of the Moon, enjoy some diversion at Urban Rush Bolivia, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read La Paz day trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Sao Paulo to La Paz takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sao Paulo to La Paz due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Sao Paulo in October, plan for little chillier days in La Paz, with highs around 19°C, while nights are colder with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Rurrenabaque.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors Scenic Drive Tours
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Urban Rush Bolivia ©
Urban Rush Bolivia
Tiwanaku ©
Tiwanaku
WMDR Yungas Road ©
WMDR Yungas Road

4
nights
Rurrenabaque, Bolivia

Rurrenabaque ©
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. There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Canopy Villa Alcira, play a few rounds at El Chocolatal Golf Eco Resort, look for gifts at Artesanias El Patuju, and make a splash at Oscar's Swimming Pool.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Rurrenabaque trip maker website .

You can fly from La Paz to Rurrenabaque in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from La Paz in October, things will get much warmer in Rurrenabaque: highs are around 39°C and lows about 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Rurrenabaque

Nature Parks Outdoors
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River Yacuma ©
River Yacuma
Escorpion Travels ©
Escorpion Travels
Oscar's Swimming Pool ©
Oscar's Swimming Pool

3
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then don't miss a visit to Plaza Murillo, and then take some stellar pictures from Mirador Killi Killi. On your second day here, make a trip to Mercado de Las Brujas, make a trip to Calle Sagarnaga, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Andean Culture Distillery, admire the striking features of Iglesia de San Francisco, then make a trip to Mi Teleferico, and finally don't miss a visit to Jaen Street.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the La Paz itinerary planner .

Getting from Rurrenabaque to La Paz by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rurrenabaque in October, things will get colder in La Paz: highs are around 19°C and lows about 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in La Paz

Tours Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Walking tours
Mercado de Las Brujas ©
Mercado de Las Brujas
Mi Teleferico ©
Mi Teleferico

2
nights
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, nightlife, outdoors, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Salar de Uyuni, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Cristobal Lipez, see the interesting displays at Train Cemetery, and get impressive views of Tunupa Volcano.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Uyuni day trip planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from La Paz to Uyuni in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from La Paz in October: highs in Uyuni hover around 8°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Puno.

Things to do in Uyuni

Nature Parks Museums
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Salar de Uyuni ©
Salar de Uyuni
Isla Incahuasi ©
Isla Incahuasi
Tunupa Volcano ©
Tunupa Volcano

3
nights
Puno, Peru

Puno ©
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.
You've now added Lake Titicaca to your itinerary. There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Taquile Island, race across the water with a speed boat tour, explore the different monuments and memorials at Sillustani, and don't miss a visit to Condor Hill (Mirador de Kuntur Wasi).

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Puno vacation planner.

You can drive from Uyuni to Puno in 12 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Uyuni to Puno is minus 1 hour. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Uyuni in October: highs in Puno hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Puno

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Chullpas
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Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca
Uros Floating Islands ©
Uros Floating Islands
Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island

6
nights
Cusco, Peru

Cusco ©
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cusco: Pisac (in Pisac) and Salinas de Maras (in Maras). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, take a stroll through San Blas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cusco Cathedral, and contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cusco trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Puno to Cusco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Puno in October, Cusco is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Ica.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Sacred Valley of the Incas, Salinas de Maras, Pisac
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

3
nights
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: do a tasting at Tacama, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas, take in panoramic vistas at Parque De Las Brujas De Cachiche, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Ica trip builder tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Cusco to Ica takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Ica, with lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Lima.

Things to do in Ica

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Paracas
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La Catedral ©
La Catedral
Regional Museum of Ica
Regional Museum of Ica
The Chandelier ©
The Chandelier

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nights
Lima, Peru

Lima ©
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 parks, historic sites, museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Arqueologia, Antropologia e Historia del Peru, and wander the streets of Miraflores.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Lima holiday planning website .

You can take a bus from Ica to Lima in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in November, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Mancora.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Tours Parks
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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.
Explore Mancora's surroundings by going to Cerros de Amotape National Park (in Tumbes) and Playa Lobitos (in Piura). And it doesn't end there: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, stroll through Las Pocitas Beach, have fun at Peru tours, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Mancora trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Lima to Mancora takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in November, things will get a bit warmer in Mancora: highs are around 31°C and lows about 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Mancora

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Organos, Cerros de Amotape National Park, Playa Lobitos
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Playa Mancora ©
Playa Mancora
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Cerros de Amotape National Park ©
Cerros de Amotape National Park

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Lima, Peru

Lima ©
On the 20th (Wed), look for gifts at Mercado Los Incas, don't miss a visit to Plaza San Martin, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then examine the collection at Museo Oro del Peru, then get a sense of history and politics at Presidential Palace (Palacio de Gobierno), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Church and Sanctuary of Saint Rose of Lima.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Lima holiday planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Mancora to Lima in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Mancora in November, expect Lima to be slightly colder, temps between 26°C and 20°C. On the 21st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

Museums Shopping Outdoors
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Museo Oro del Peru ©
Museo Oro del Peru
Archbishops Palace ©
Archbishops Palace

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