39 days in South America Itinerary

39 days in South America Itinerary

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1
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
2
Salta, Argentina
— 2 nights
3
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 3 nights
4
La Paz, Bolivia
— 1 night
5
Arequipa, Peru
— 2 nights
6
Ica, Peru
— 1 night
7
Cusco, Peru
— 6 nights
8
Puno, Peru
— 2 nights
9
La Paz, Bolivia
— 1 night
10
Asuncion, Paraguay
— 2 nights
11
Puerto Iguazu, Argentina
— 2 nights
12
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
13
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 2 nights

3
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes and Palermo. Get some historical perspective at Catedral Primada and Calle Defensa. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Puerto Madero, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, and appreciate the extensive heritage of La Boca.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Buenos Aires vacation planning site.

If you are flying in from Argentina, the closest major aiports are Jorge Newbery Airpark and Ministro Pistarini International Airport. In July in Buenos Aires, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Salta.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes ©
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
Catedral Primada ©
Catedral Primada

2
nights
Salta, Argentina

Salta ©
Salta boasts a vibrant social life and array of informative museums appealing to visitors looking for a memorable cultural experience.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Quebrada de San Lorenzo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Nuestra Senora de La Candelaria de La Vina, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica Menor San Francisco, and finally learn more about the world around you at MAAM - Museo de Arqueologia de Alta Montana de Salta. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Salta, contemplate the long history of Convento San Bernardo, take in the awesome beauty at Cerro San Bernardo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Virgen de los Tres Cerritos, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Immaculada Madre del Divino Corazon Eucaristico de Jesus.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Salta vacation app.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Salta takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in July, expect nights in Salta to be slightly colder, around 4°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 23°C. On the 13th (Thu), you'll travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in Salta

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Quebrada de San Lorenzo
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Cerro San Bernardo ©
Cerro San Bernardo
Virgen de los Tres Cerritos ©
Virgen de los Tres Cerritos

3
nights
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
You'll explore and learn at Train Cemetery and Museo de la Llama y la Sal. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Isla Incahuasi and Necropolis & Museum Kawsay Wasy. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Salar de Uyuni, make a trip to Plaza Arce, contemplate the geological forces at Tunupa Volcano, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Cristobal Lipez.

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You can fly from Salta to Uyuni in 10 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Salta to Uyuni is minus 1 hour. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Salta in July: highs in Uyuni hover around 4°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Uyuni

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Museo de la Llama y la Sal
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Isla Incahuasi ©
Isla Incahuasi
Salar de Uyuni ©
Salar de Uyuni
Train Cemetery ©
Train Cemetery

1
night
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
On the 18th (Tue), look for gifts at Mistura - Manifestacion Creativa, admire the landmark architecture of Iglesia de San Francisco, and then explore the world behind art at National Museum of Art - Museo Nacional de Arte. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Museo Murillo, examine the collection at Museo de Metales Preciosos, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Basilica Menor de Nuestra Senora de la Paz, then view the masterpieces at Casa Museo Solon, and finally tee off at La Paz Golf Club.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read La Paz trip itinerary planning app.

You can fly from Uyuni to La Paz in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Uyuni in July, expect nights in La Paz to be little chillier, around -4°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in La Paz

Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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Iglesia de San Francisco ©
Iglesia de San Francisco
Museo Murillo ©
Museo Murillo

2
nights
Arequipa, Peru

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): examine the collection at Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa, see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, and then get impressive views of Volcan Misti. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Yanahuara ( San Juan Bautista), take in breathtaking views at Colca Canyon, then take an in-depth tour of Museo de Arte Virreinal, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of San Francisco Plaza, Church and Monastery.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Arequipa online sightseeing planner.

Getting from La Paz to Arequipa by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from La Paz to Arequipa. While traveling from La Paz, expect somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Arequipa, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Ica.

Things to do in Arequipa

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Colca Canyon
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Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa ©
Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa
Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus ©
Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery

1
night
Ica, Peru

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): examine the collection at Regional Museum of Ica, then see the interesting displays at Javier Cabrera Scientific Museum, then take in breathtaking views at Canon de los Perdidos, and finally do a tasting at Tacama. Keep things going the next day: push the limits with an extreme tour.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Ica online sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Arequipa to Ica in 9 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in July, Ica is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Ica

Outdoors · Tours · Parks
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Tacama ©
Tacama
Javier Cabrera Scientific Museum ©
Javier Cabrera Scientific Museum

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.
Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and Salinas de Maras will get you outdoors. Popular historic sites such as Sacsayhuaman and Q'enqo are in your itinerary. On the 28th (Fri), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo Cusco, explore the ancient world of Tambomachay, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado Central de San Pedro, and contemplate the long history of Tipon.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cusco day trip planning site.

Getting from Ica to Cusco by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Ica in July, expect much colder with lows of 1°C in Cusco. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Puno.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Tours · Spas

Side Trip

Salinas de Maras
Find places to stay Jul 24 — 30:
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
ChocoMuseo Cusco ©
ChocoMuseo Cusco
Q'enqo ©
Q'enqo

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): head off the coast to Uros Floating Islands, stop by Luquina Chico, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Apostol Santiago. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Juan Bautista, contemplate the long history of La Casa del Corregidor, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Titicaca, then examine the collection at Museo Carlos Dreyer, and finally steep yourself in history at Catedral de Chucuito.

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Fly from Cusco to Puno in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in July, expect Puno to be a bit cooler, temps between 20°C and -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to La Paz.

Things to do in Puno

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Lake Titicaca, Iglesia Apostol Santiago
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Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca
Iglesia Apostol Santiago ©
Iglesia Apostol Santiago
Catedral de Chucuito ©
Catedral de Chucuito

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night
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): stroll around Plaza del Monticulo, don't miss a visit to Calle Sagarnaga, then don't miss a visit to Mi Teleferico, and finally steep yourself in history at Tiwanaku. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): see the interesting displays at Museum of Musical Instruments - Museo Instrumentos Musicales de Bolivia, admire the striking features of Iglesia de San Francisco, then stop by Mistura - Manifestacion Creativa, then take a stroll through San Miguel, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Basilica Menor de Nuestra Senora de la Paz.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our La Paz trip builder.

You can drive from Puno to La Paz in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puno to La Paz. Traveling from Puno in August, expect nights in La Paz to be about the same, around -3°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Asuncion.

Things to do in La Paz

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 1 — 2:
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San Miguel ©
San Miguel
Tiwanaku ©
Tiwanaku
Iglesia de San Francisco ©
Iglesia de San Francisco

2
nights
Asuncion, Paraguay

Asuncion ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts (Museo de Bellas Artes), then try to win big at Casino De Asuncion, and then examine the collection at Museo Del Futbol Sudamericano.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Asuncion trip tool.

You can fly from La Paz to Asuncion in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from La Paz in August, expect nights in Asuncion to be much warmer, around 17°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Iguazu.

Things to do in Asuncion

Museums · Casinos · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Museo Del Futbol Sudamericano
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Museo Del Futbol Sudamericano ©
Museo Del Futbol Sudamericano
Museum of Fine Arts (Museo de Bellas Artes) ©
Casino De Asuncion ©
Casino De Asuncion

2
nights
Puerto Iguazu, Argentina

Puerto Iguazu ©
The gateway to a national park inscribed on the World Heritage List, growing Puerto Iguazu sits on the confluence of two major rivers near the border with Paraguay and Brazil.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Guiraoga and La Vinoteca de Don Jorge II. Escape the urban bustle at Iguazu Falls and Salto Bernabe Mendez. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to La Aripuca, stop by Capriccio Alfajores & Gourmet, and browse for treasures at Culturas Park Iguazu.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Iguazu trip builder.

Drive from Asuncion to Puerto Iguazu in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Asuncion to Puerto Iguazu is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Puerto Iguazu

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Iguazu National Park
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez
Guiraoga ©
Guiraoga

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Catedral de Sao Pedro de Alcantara and Parque Nacional Tijuca. Popular historic sites such as Parque Lage and Ilha Fiscal are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Imperial Museum (in Petropolis) and Igreja de Nossa Senhora de Nazareth (in Saquarema). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, stroll through Praia de Ipanema, and go for a walk through Avenida Atlantica.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro trip builder app.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Puerto Iguazu to Rio de Janeiro takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Puerto Iguazu in August since evenings lows in Rio de Janeiro dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Petropolis, Igreja de Nossa Senhora de Nazareth
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Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Parque Nacional Tijuca ©
Parque Nacional Tijuca

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): take a peaceful walk through Parque Estadual da Cantareira - Nucleo Pedra Grande and then take a stroll through Paulista Avenue. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Asturias Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Gonzaga Beach.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Sao Paulo holiday planner.

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in August since evenings lows in Sao Paulo dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Asturias Beach, Gonzaga Beach
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Asturias Beach ©
Asturias Beach
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo

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