31 days in South America Itinerary

31 days in South America Itinerary

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31 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  17 h 15 min
1
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  2 h
2
Mendoza, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
3
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  7 h 30 min
4
Gramado, Brazil
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  4 h 15 min
5
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  1 h 30 min
6
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  8 h
7
La Paz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  2 h
8
Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
9
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  6 h
10
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  20 h
End: Sydney, Australia

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.
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, walk around Cerro Santa Lucia, admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and take in panoramic vistas at Sky Costanera.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Santiago trip itinerary builder app.

Sydney, Australia to Santiago is an approximately 17.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Chile Time, which is usually a -14 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mendoza.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Shopping Museums
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 18:
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San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
La Chascona ©
La Chascona

3
nights
Mendoza, Argentina

Famed for its neat vineyards and thriving wine production, Mendoza remains the place to visit for a pleasant combination of relaxation and recreation.
Change things up with a short trip to Valle de Uco in Tupungato (about 1h 25 min away). There's lots more to do: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, do a tasting at Bodega Ruca Malen, make a trip to Plaza Independencia, and walk around Parque General San Martin.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Mendoza online trip itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Santiago to Mendoza in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Mendoza. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Mendoza

Wineries Tours Parks

Side Trip

Valle de Uco
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Food Tours
Parque General San Martin ©
Parque General San Martin
Bodega Tierras Altas ©
Bodega Tierras Altas

4
nights
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires ©
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: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemiterio de Recoleta, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, admire the architecture and history at Plaza de Mayo, and get engrossed in the history at El Zanjon de Granados.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Buenos Aires trip website.

You can fly from Mendoza to Buenos Aires in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Mendoza in October, expect nights in Buenos Aires to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Gramado.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes ©
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

1
night
Gramado, Brazil

Gramado ©
Surrounded by impressive mountain scenery in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, the small city of Gramado charms visitors with its alpine European-style architecture and blossoming flowers.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): find something for the whole family at Snowland, pause for some serene contemplation at Paroquia Nossa Senhora de Lourdes, and then don't miss a visit to Rua Coberta. On the 27th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at Casa Seganfredo, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Negro, then stroll around Mini Mundo, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Matriz Sao Pedro Apostolo.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Gramado road trip planning tool.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Buenos Aires to Gramado in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Gramado

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Paroquia Nossa Senhora de Lourdes
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Lago Negro ©
Lago Negro
Mini Mundo ©
Mini Mundo
Igreja Matriz Sao Pedro Apostolo ©
Igreja Matriz Sao Pedro Apostolo

2
nights
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
On the 28th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Museu de Arte Brasileira - FAAP, then stroll around Parque Ibirapuera, and then indulge your taste buds at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, then explore the world behind art at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP, and then wander the streets of Paulista Avenue.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Sao Paulo trip itinerary planning app.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Gramado to Sao Paulo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Shopping Parks
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 29:
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Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo
Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera
Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue

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.
Rio de Janeiro is known for beaches, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some photo ops at Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pedra do Arpoador, take some stellar pictures from Pedra Bonita, and enjoy the sand and surf at Leblon Beach.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary builder site.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Sao Paulo in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 24°C in Rio de Janeiro. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

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

2
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
On the 3rd (Tue), test your problem-solving skills at Atrapados Escape Rooms, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and then don't miss a visit to Mercado de Las Brujas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Iglesia de San Francisco and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Huayna Potosi.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our La Paz trip builder app.

Fly from Rio de Janeiro to La Paz in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Rio de Janeiro to La Paz. In November, La Paz is cooler than Rio de Janeiro - with highs of 20°C and lows of 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in La Paz

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Mercado de Las Brujas ©
Mercado de Las Brujas
Huayna Potosi ©
Huayna Potosi

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cusco: Maras (Moray & Salinas de Maras). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, head outdoors with exploor, admire the masterpieces at Ekekos San Blas - Arte & Colores, and steep yourself in history at Sacred Valley of the Incas.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Cusco day trip tool.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from La Paz to Cusco takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from La Paz to Cusco is minus 1 hour. Traveling from La Paz in November, expect Cusco to be somewhat warmer, temps between 26°C and 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Maras, Sacred Valley of the Incas
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exploor ©
exploor
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana, and then ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor). Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Museo de la Nacion, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, then take in the spiritual surroundings of San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro), and finally walk around Circuito Magico Del Agua.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Lima online driving holiday planner.

Fly from Cusco to Lima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Cusco in November since evenings lows in Lima dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Lima

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Nov 8 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana

2
nights
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.
On the 11th (Wed), delve into the distant past at Pukara de Quitor, explore the striking landscape at Valle De La Luna, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Geyser del Tatio. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Lagunas Altiplanicas and then admire nature's extreme beauty at Atacama Desert.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the San Pedro de Atacama trip planner.

Getting from Lima to San Pedro de Atacama by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima to San Pedro de Atacama, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder nights when traveling from Lima in November since evenings lows in San Pedro de Atacama dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Atacama Desert
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Geyser del Tatio ©
Geyser del Tatio
Valle De La Luna ©
Valle De La Luna
Atacama Desert ©
Atacama Desert

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