26 days in South America Itinerary

26 days in South America Itinerary

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Bus
2
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly to Silvio Pettirossi International Airport, Drive to San Bernardino
3
San Bernardino, Paraguay
— 2 nights
+2
Drive to Silvio Pettirossi International Airport, Fly to Carrasco International /General C L Berisso Airport, Drive to Maldonado
4
Maldonado, Uruguay
— 2 nights
Fly
5
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly
6
Ushuaia, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly
7
Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly
8
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly
9
Bogota, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly to Baltra Island, Fly to Puerto Villamil
10
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 3 nights
Fly

S M T W T F S
25
26
27
28
29
30
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — 3 nights

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Venture out of the city with trips to Petropolis (Museu Casa de Santos Dumont, Imperial Museum, &more). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some photo ops at Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, stop by Lapa e Arte, kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, and admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro.

Find out how to plan Rio de Janeiro trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

London, UK to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Brasilia Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Rio de Janeiro when traveling from London in July, with lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Sao Paulo.
more
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Breweries & Distilleries
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jul 1 — 4:

Sao Paulo, Brazil — 2 nights

Land of Drizzle

Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Sao Paulo is known for shopping, museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Parque Ibirapuera, wander the streets of Liberdade, browse the fresh offerings at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo, and examine the collection at Museu do Futebol.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Sao Paulo itinerary planning app.

Fly from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in July, things will get a bit cooler in Sao Paulo: highs are around 26°C and lows about 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Bernardino.
more
Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 4 — 7:

San Bernardino, Paraguay — 2 nights

A town of less than 10,000 people, San Bernardino has the look and feel of a resort town, with attractive, lakeside buildings and a well-maintained commercial center.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Bioparque Yrupe, then explore the activities along Lago Ypacarai, then get outside with Aventura Xtrema, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Virgen de Caacupe. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Castillo Carlota Palmerola and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa De Aregua.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our San Bernardino trip builder site.

Explore your travel options from Sao Paulo to San Bernardino with the Route module. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sao Paulo to San Bernardino due to the time zone difference. July in San Bernardino sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Maldonado.
more
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 9:

Maldonado, Uruguay — 2 nights

One of the larger cities in the country, Maldonado draws visitors primarily interested in the city's coastline and the wider region's beaches.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): take some stellar pictures from Mirador Punta Ballena, browse the exhibits of Museo – Taller de Casapueblo, and then make a trip to Puerto de Punta del Este. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to La Vista Punta Del Este, then make a trip to The Fingers of Punta del Este, then see the interesting displays at Museo Del Mar, and finally take in the views from Puente Leonel Viera.

Plan my day in Maldonado using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

The Route module can help you plan travel from San Bernardino to Maldonado. The time zone difference moving from Paraguay Standard Time (PYT) to Uruguay Standard Time (UYT) is 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from San Bernardino in July, with highs in Maldonado at 17°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can fly to Buenos Aires.
more
Museums
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jul 9 — 11:

Buenos Aires, Argentina — 2 nights

Queen of La Plata

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): get a sense of history and politics at Casa Rosada, admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Japones, then don't miss a visit to Cemiterio de Recoleta, and finally explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Obelisco de Buenos Aires, admire the striking features of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, then take in the history at Plaza de Mayo, then wander the streets of Puerto Madero, and finally snap pictures at Puente de la Mujer.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Buenos Aires trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Maldonado to Buenos Aires takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Buenos Aires can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Ushuaia.
more
Find places to stay Jul 11 — 13:

Ushuaia, Argentina — 2 nights

End of the World

Often called the "End of the World" because of its position on the southernmost tip of South America, the expanding city of Ushuaia serves as both a busy commercial port and attractive tourist hub.
On the 14th (Fri), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tierra del Fuego National Park.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Ushuaia day trip planning site.

Fly from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Buenos Aires in July, things will get little chillier in Ushuaia: highs are around 5°C and lows about 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Santiago.
more
Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 13 — 15:

Santiago, Chile — 2 nights

City of the Island Hills

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Mercado Central), see the interesting displays at La Chascona, then stop by Patio Bellavista, and finally admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Costanera, then stroll around Cerro Santa Lucia, then take in the pleasant sights at Plaza de Armas, and finally contemplate the long history of Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Santiago trip planner.

Fly from Ushuaia to Santiago in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Ushuaia to Santiago, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can fly to Machu Picchu.
more
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 18:

Machu Picchu, Peru — 2 nights

A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Machu Picchu is known for historic sites, nature, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes), don't miss a visit to Plaza Manco Capac, and admire the natural beauty at Mandor.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Santiago to Machu Picchu by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Chile Standard Time to Peru Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Bogota.
more
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 18 — 20:

Bogota, Colombia — 2 nights

Athens of South America

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): stop by Muzem Emeralds, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Primada de Bogota, then explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Bogota trip planner.

Fly from Machu Picchu to Bogota in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In July, daytime highs in Bogota are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Puerto Villamil.
more
Tours · Nature · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 22:

Puerto Villamil, Ecuador — 3 nights

Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Puerto Villamil is known for nature, parks, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Los Tuneles, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Cristo Salvador, stroll through Concha de Perla, and get impressive views of Sierra Negra.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Villamil holiday website.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Puerto Villamil takes 9.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bogota to Puerto Villamil due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.
more
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 25:

Paraguay travel guide

3.9
Heart of South America
Divided in half by its eponymous river, Paraguay is a land of contrasts, especially between its lush eastern region where most of the population lives and the arid west, filled with rustic villages and old Jesuit colonies. Although under Spanish rule for three centuries and with a recent history of dictatorships and wars, Paraguay retained its native Guarani culture, with more than 80 percent of population of indigenous heritage. You'll find plenty of things to do in Paraguay, from touring cosmopolitan cities and quaint Jesuit colonies, to browsing affordable arts and crafts stores and sailing on rivers that crisscross the diverse natural landscape that makes up this landlocked nation.
more

Uruguay travel guide

4.1
Landmarks · Scenic Walking Areas · Art Museums
Switzerland of South America
One of the smallest countries in South America, tourist-friendly Uruguay is often called the "Switzerland of South America" because of its consistent economic development and progressive society. Open-minded Montevideo serves as the starting point of most Uruguay vacations, offering visitors an eclectic cultural scene and a chance to discover some of South America's major architectural treasures. Away from the cosmopolitan capital city, vacations in Uruguay involve exploring wildlife-rich areas along the Atlantic and touring the rustic interior on horseback, gaucho style. In this sports-loving country, the highlight of your Uruguay trip might just be a soccer match between Penarol and Nacional, the country's two major clubs.
more

Colombia travel guide

4
Historic Sites · Landmarks · Beaches
Diverse in terms of landscapes, climates, and cultures, Colombia remains one of South America's least explored tourist destinations, overshadowed by its more popular southern neighbors. Combining the best of what the continent has to offer, a vacation in Colombia allows you to blend outdoor adventures with tours of picture-perfect cobblestoned towns dating back to the colonial era. Tourists on a Colombia holiday can easily hop from sun-kissed coastal spots to the hilly coffee-growing region, where thriving plantations quickly give way to a landscape of snow-covered volcanic peaks and the paramo--alpine ecosystems sheltering some of the rarest plants growing above the continuous forest line.
more