19 days in South America Itinerary

19 days in South America Itinerary

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19 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Montreal, Canada
Fly:  16​h 30​min
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
Punta Arenas, Chile
— 1 night
Fly:  12​h 15​min
Hanga Roa, Chile
— 3 nights
+4
Fly + taxi + bus + foot + train:  23​h 45​min
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
+2
train + foot + bus:  4​h
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
Bogota, Colombia
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
Zipaquira, Colombia
— 2 nights
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  5​h
Cartagena, Colombia
— 1 night
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Montreal, Canada

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 Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires and Parque 3 de Febrero. Visit Plaza de Mayo and Museo Nacional De Arte Decorativo for their historical value. There's still lots to do: shop like a local with Puerto Madero, admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica de Nuestra Senora Del Pilar, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Metropolitana.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Buenos Aires online trip maker .

Montreal, Canada to Buenos Aires is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Montreal to Buenos Aires due to the time zone difference. Expect colder weather when traveling from Montreal in July: highs in Buenos Aires hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Punta Arenas.

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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes ©
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

1
night
Punta Arenas, Chile

Punta Arenas ©
An erstwhile hub of the sheep wool industry, Punta Arenas has evolved into a gateway of sorts for hikers, cruise ship passengers, and adventure travelers heading out on the windswept lands of Chile's extreme southern reaches.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): examine the collection at Museo Del Recuerdo, learn about all things military at Museo Naval y Maritimo, try to win big at Dreams Casino, then don't miss a visit to Monumento al Ovejero, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Sagrado Corazon.

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You can fly from Buenos Aires to Punta Arenas in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Buenos Aires to Punta Arenas. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Buenos Aires in July: high temperatures in Punta Arenas hover around 4°C and lows are around 0°C. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hanga Roa.

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Dreams Casino
Museo Del Recuerdo ©
Museo Del Recuerdo
Catedral Sagrado Corazon ©
Catedral Sagrado Corazon

3
nights
Hanga Roa, Chile

Hanga Roa ©
The main town and capital of Chile's Easter Island, Hanga Roa serves as a base for most visitors to the island, with all explorations of Easter Island and its famous moai monoliths beginning here.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): make a trip to Papa Vaka, contemplate the geological forces at Rano Raraku, then explore the ancient world of Ahu Nau Nau, and finally kick back and relax at Anakena Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Hanga Kioe, examine the collection at Museo Antropologico P. Sebastian Englert, delve into the distant past at Ahu Vaihu, then stop by Uahu Tours, and finally delve into the distant past at Ahu Vinapu.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Hanga Roa vacation builder website .

You can fly from Punta Arenas to Hanga Roa in 10.5 hours. The time zone changes from Chile Time (CLT) to Easter Is. Time (EAST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. In July, Hanga Roa is much hotter than Punta Arenas - with highs of 24°C and lows of 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Hanga Roa

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Easter Island
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Rano Raraku ©
Rano Raraku
Anakena Beach ©
Anakena Beach
Ahu Nau Nau ©
Ahu Nau Nau

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): examine the collection at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Phutuq K'usi, then hunt for treasures at Mercado de Artesanias, and finally look for gifts at Artesanias.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Machu Picchu trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Hanga Roa to Machu Picchu. The time zone difference moving from Easter Is. Time (EAST) to Peru Time (PET) is 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cusco.

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Phutuq K'usi ©
Phutuq K'usi
Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon ©
Artesanias ©
Artesanias

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Sacred Valley of the Incas and Mercado Central de San Pedro. Get some historical perspective at Sacsayhuaman and Q'enqo. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Planetarium Cusco, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Cusco trip itinerary maker app .

You can take a train from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daily temperatures in Cusco can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Cusco

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Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Bogota, Colombia

Bogota ©
Colombia's heart and soul, Bogota has earned the nickname "Athens of South America" thanks to its abundance of universities, libraries, and lower-level schools.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Basilica del Senor de Monserrate, steep yourself in history at Bolivar plaza, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Francisco, and finally see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Parque de Usaquen, then hunt for treasures at Mercado de las Pulgas de Usaquen, and then wander the streets of Zona G Bogota.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Bogota trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Bogota takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in July, Bogota is a bit warmer at night with lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Zipaquira.

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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Bolivar plaza ©
Bolivar plaza
Iglesia de San Francisco ©
Iglesia de San Francisco

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nights
Zipaquira, Colombia

Zipaquira ©
A tour of Zipaquira, the salt-mining capital of Colombia, remains one of the best day-trip ideas from Bogota.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): Head underground at Mina de Sal de Nemocon and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Laguna de Guatavita. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Diocesana and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sal.

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Traveling by car from Bogota to Zipaquira takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. July in Zipaquira sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Zipaquira

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Side Trips

Mina de Sal de Nemocon, Laguna de Guatavita
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Catedral de Sal ©
Catedral de Sal
Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Catedral Diocesana ©
Catedral Diocesana

1
night
Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena ©
The site of the continent's first Spanish colony, Cartagena retains much of its colonial flavor thanks to a World Heritage-listed old town, encircled by old walls and protected by imposing fortresses.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa De Punta Arena, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo, and then take an in-depth tour of Museo del Oro Zenu.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cartagena road trip planning website .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Zipaquira to Cartagena in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Zipaquira in July, with highs in Cartagena at 38°C and lows at 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

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Playa De Punta Arena ©
Playa De Punta Arena
Museo del Oro Zenu ©
Museo del Oro Zenu
Templo de Santo Domingo ©
Templo de Santo Domingo

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