25 days in South America Itinerary

25 days in South America Itinerary

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25 days in South America Itinerary

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
bus + shuttle + Fly:  5​h 15​min
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
Salta, Argentina
— 2 nights
Drive:  10​h 15​min
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 1 night
+3
Drive + Fly + taxi + train:  16​h
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  21​h 15​min
Cartagena, Colombia
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Santa Marta, Colombia
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
Uribia, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
Sao Luis, Brazil
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
Lencois Maranhenses National Park, Brazil
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
Jericoacoara, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2
days
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

Foz do Iguacu ©
A gateway to the world-renowned Iguacu Falls, which spectacularly divide Brazil and Argentina, the modern, high-rise city of Foz do Iguacu can't help but play second fiddle to the natural wonder in its vicinity.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): meet the residents at Parque das Aves, don't miss a visit to Triple Frontier, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosque of Omar Ibn Al-Khattab. On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at Iguacu River and then look for all kinds of wild species at Bela Vista Ecological Refuge.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Foz do Iguacu route maker app .

Rio de Janeiro to Foz do Iguacu is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also take a bus; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in May; daily highs in Foz do Iguacu reach 26°C and lows reach 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Buenos Aires.

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Parque das Aves ©
Parque das Aves
Iguacu River ©
Iguacu River
Mosque of Omar Ibn Al-Khattab ©
Mosque of Omar Ibn Al-Khattab

2
days
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.
On the 12th (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, then snap pictures at Puente de la Mujer, then wander the streets of Puerto Madero, and finally take a stroll through San Telmo. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana and then get to know the fascinating history of La Boca.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Buenos Aires holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Foz do Iguacu to Buenos Aires takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Foz do Iguacu in May, expect nights in Buenos Aires to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are slightly colder, around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Salta.

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San Telmo ©
San Telmo
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

2
days
Salta, Argentina

Salta ©
Salta boasts a vibrant social life and array of informative museums appealing to visitors looking for a memorable cultural experience.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Salta Cabildo, then contemplate the long history of San Bernardo Convent, then take in the awesome beauty at Cerro San Bernardo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Virgen de los Tres Cerritos. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Salta, get a new perspective on nature at MAAM - Museo de Arqueologia de Alta Montana de Salta, then don't miss a visit to Plaza 9 de Julio, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia San Francisco.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Salta travel route site .

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Salta in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 10°C in Salta. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Uyuni.

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Iglesia San Francisco ©
Iglesia San Francisco
San Bernardo Convent ©
San Bernardo Convent

1
day
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
On the 16th (Wed), head off the coast to Isla Incahuasi.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Uyuni sightseeing planner .

Getting from Salta to Uyuni by car takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus, car, and train. The time zone difference moving from Argentine Time (ART) to Bolivia Time (BOT) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Salta in May, plan for cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Uyuni: temperatures range from 3°C by day to 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Machu Picchu.

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Isla Incahuasi ©
Isla Incahuasi

3
days
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes). Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Winay Wayna and Intipuncu. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu, look for gifts at Artesanias, and see the interesting displays at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Machu Picchu holiday planning app .

You can do a combination of car, flight, and train from Uyuni to Machu Picchu in 16 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Uyuni to Machu Picchu is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cartagena.

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Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna

2
days
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 20th (Sun): kick back and relax at Playa De Punta Arena. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de la Trinidad, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de Bocagrande, see the interesting displays at Caribe Jewelry and Emerald Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo, and finally pause for some photo ops at Monumento a Los Zapatos Viejos.

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Do a combination of car and flight from Machu Picchu to Cartagena in 21.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. In May, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Marta.

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Playa De Punta Arena ©
Playa De Punta Arena
Iglesia de la Trinidad ©
Iglesia de la Trinidad
Monumento a Los Zapatos Viejos ©
Monumento a Los Zapatos Viejos

2
days
Santa Marta, Colombia

Many visitors begin their Santa Marta holiday, surrounded by urban clutter and heavy traffic, expecting little from the city in terms of historical importance.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): examine the collection at Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then appreciate the history behind Carlos El Pibe Valderrama Statue. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Playa Blanca and then don't miss a visit to Paseo El Camellon.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Marta online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Cartagena to Santa Marta takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Santa Marta are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Uribia.

Things to do in Santa Marta

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Side Trips

Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca
Paseo El Camellon ©
Paseo El Camellon

2
days
Uribia, Colombia

Uribia ©
Spread out across the northern end of La Guajira Peninsula, Uribia serves up a taste of indigenous Wayuu culture and starkly beautiful scenes of arid beaches meeting the turquoise Caribbean Sea.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Mosque of Omar Ibn Al-Khattab.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Uribia trip website .

Drive from Santa Marta to Uribia in 4.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Uribia can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. You'll set off for Sao Luis on the 26th (Sat).
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Mosque of Omar Ibn Al-Khattab ©
Mosque of Omar Ibn Al-Khattab

1
day
Sao Luis, Brazil

Sao Luis ©
Located on the island of Ilha Upaon-Acu, state capital Sao Luis represents the largest city in Maranhao.
On the 27th (Sun), admire the masterpieces at Museu Historico e Artistico do Maranhao.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Uribia to Sao Luis. The time zone difference moving from Colombia Time (COT) to Brasilia Time (BRT) is 2 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Uribia in May: highs in Sao Luis hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Lencois Maranhenses National Park.

Things to do in Sao Luis

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Calhau Beach ©
Calhau Beach
Centro Histórico ©
Centro Histórico

3
days
Lencois Maranhenses National Park, Brazil

Lencois Maranhenses National Park
Step out of the city life by going to Lagoa da Esperanca and Lagoa Betania.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Lencois Maranhenses National Park trip builder .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Sao Luis to Lencois Maranhenses National Park. In May, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. On the 31st (Thu), you're off toJericoacoara.

Things to do in Lencois Maranhenses National Park

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Side Trip

Santo Amaro do Maranhao
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2
days
Jericoacoara, Brazil

Jericoacoara ©
A charming coastal retreat known for its unspoiled natural landscape, laid-back atmosphere, and remote location, Jericoacoara offers plenty for visitors in search of a relaxing break in Brazil.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): kick back and relax at Jericoacoara Beach, then don't miss a visit to Arvore da Preguica, and then see the interesting displays at Som e Imagem Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Pedra Furada, take in the dramatic natural features at Duna do Por do Sol, and then visit a coastal fixture at Farol do Serrote.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Jericoacoara online travel route planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Lencois Maranhenses National Park to Jericoacoara. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time to Amazon Time is minus 1 hour. You'll set off for home on the 3rd (Sun).

Things to do in Jericoacoara

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Side Trip

Som e Imagem Museum
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Jericoacoara Beach ©
Jericoacoara Beach
Duna do Por do Sol ©
Duna do Por do Sol
Pedra Furada ©
Pedra Furada

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