21 days in South America Itinerary

21 days in South America Itinerary

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Lima, Peru
— 1 night
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Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 3 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
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Lago Puelo, Argentina
— 2 nights
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El Calafate, Argentina
— 3 nights
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 2 nights
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Lima, Peru — 1 night

City of the Kings

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 1st (Thu): look for gifts at Wica Licoreria Artesanal, get engrossed in the history at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, and then ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri): wander the streets of Miraflores, explore the ancient world of Huaca Pucllana, and then get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Lima trip planner.

Cartagena, Colombia to Lima is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Cartagena in June, plan for colder days in Lima, with highs around 24°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can fly to Cusco.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping
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Cusco, Peru — 3 nights

Imperial City

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.
On the 4th (Sun), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, take in the spiritual surroundings of Qorikancha, take an in-depth tour of Museo de Vida Monastica - Monasterio de Santa Catalina del Cusco, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo de la Sagrada Familia.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Cusco sightseeing planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Lima to Cusco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in June, expect cooler with lows of 1°C in Cusco. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can drive to Machu Picchu.
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Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Trails
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Machu Picchu, Peru — 3 nights

A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then admire the natural beauty at Mandor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Mariposario de Machupicchu, then don't miss a visit to Plaza Manco Capac, then indulge in some personalized pampering at Natura Spa Healing Hands, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes).

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu day trip planner.

Getting from Cusco to Machu Picchu by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. On the 8th (Thu), you're off to Buenos Aires.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Obelisco de Buenos Aires, admire the striking features of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, stroll the grounds of Cementerio de la Recoleta, then make a trip to Av. Corrientes, and finally wander the streets of Puerto Madero. On your second day here, snap pictures at Puente de la Mujer, take in the history at Plaza de Mayo, ponder the world of politics at Casa Rosada, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Japones, then admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, and finally admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Machu Picchu to Buenos Aires takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Machu Picchu to Buenos Aires, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In June in Buenos Aires, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Lago Puelo.
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Lago Puelo, Argentina — 2 nights

Lago Puelo is a town located in the Chubut Province, Argentina, 5km north from the Lago Puelo National Park, and 15km south from El Bolsón. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Puelo. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Lago Puelo.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Lago Puelo road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Buenos Aires to Lago Puelo takes 20 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to El Calafate.
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El Calafate, Argentina — 3 nights

El Calafate tourism thrives mostly thanks to the city's proximity to a World Heritage-listed national park, famed for containing over 40 large glaciers.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, see the interesting displays at Glaciarium Museo del Hielo Patagónico, and then stop by Vellon Negro. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Estacionamiento Pasarelas Glaciar Perito Moreno and then examine the collection at El Calafate Historical Interpretation Center.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the El Calafate trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Lago Puelo to El Calafate takes 17 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow time for the flight to Rio de Janeiro.
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — 2 nights

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Parque Lage, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pedra do Arpoador, and finally stroll through Praia de Ipanema. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas, kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach, then explore the activities along Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, and finally make a trip to Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro trip maker website.

Traveling by flight from El Calafate to Rio de Janeiro takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from El Calafate in June; daily highs in Rio de Janeiro reach 30°C and lows reach 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Sao Paulo.
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Sao Paulo, Brazil — 3 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: walk around Parque Ibirapuera, browse the fresh offerings at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and wander the streets of Paulista Avenue.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Sao Paulo vacation planner.

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in June, expect Sao Paulo to be little chillier, temps between 26°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Find places to stay Jun 18 — 21:

Patagonia travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Geologic Formations · Mountains
Sparsely populated and largely untamed, Patagonia is equally appealing to photographers, nature lovers, adrenaline seekers, and fans of long road trips through desolate regions far from the noise and pollution of big cities. Many Patagonia vacations start in thriving Neuquen, the region's largest center and a major hub of Argentina's fruit production. Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, is another important stop on most Patagonia tours, serving as a base for excursions across the region and trips to Antarctica. While its urban centers provide modern comforts, Patagonia's main appeal remains its vast, remote stretches, crossed by a network of paved roads linking old oil boomtowns with ancient forests and nature reserves.
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