29 days in South America Itinerary

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Paramaribo, Suriname
— 4 nights
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Margarita Island, Venezuela
— 4 nights
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Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
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Punta del Este, Uruguay
— 4 nights
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Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
— 1 night
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Montevideo, Uruguay
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Paramaribo, Suriname — 4 nights

Wooden City

With the chance to visit a World Heritage-listed inner city, tours of Paramaribo remain among the most culturally enriching things tourists can do in Suriname.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paramaribo: Peperpot Nature Park (in Meerzorg) and Fort Nieuw Amsterdam (in Nieuw Amsterdam). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Fort Zeelandia, take in the exciting artwork at Ready Tex Art Gallery, snap pictures at Jules Wijdenbosch Bridge, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch reformed church.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Paramaribo journey planning website.

Belfast, UK to Paramaribo is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Belfast to Paramaribo due to the time zone difference. In January, Paramaribo is much warmer than Belfast - with highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C. On the 21st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Margarita Island.
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Margarita Island, Venezuela — 4 nights

Pearl of the Caribbean

A popular holiday spot for Venezuelans, sunny Margarita Island boasts an exotic Caribbean location, but at the same time is easily accessible from the mainland.
Spend the 22nd (Sun) exploring nature at Laguna de la Restinga. The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Fortín La Galera, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa El Agua, make a trip to Castillo San Carlos de Borromeo, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica Nuestra Senora Del Valle.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Margarita Island day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Paramaribo to Margarita Island takes 11 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Paramaribo to Margarita Island. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Lima.
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Lima, Peru — 3 nights

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.
Lima is known for museums, parks, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Circuito Magico Del Agua, shop like a local with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), and get engrossed in the history at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Lima trip planner.

Fly from Margarita Island to Lima in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Margarita Island to Lima is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Margarita Island in January; daily highs in Lima reach 31°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can fly to Machu Picchu.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at Natura Spa Healing Hands and then delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Mandor and then steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Lima to Machu Picchu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Cusco.
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Cusco, Peru — 5 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 3rd (Fri), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. Spend the 2nd (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, delve into the distant past at Centro Historico De Cusco, take in the spiritual surroundings of Qorikancha, and take a stroll through San Blas.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cusco trip planner.

You can drive from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. January in Cusco sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to fly to Punta del Este.
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Punta del Este, Uruguay — 4 nights

Monaco of South America

With plenty of modern casinos, well-developed beaches, chic restaurants, and upscale hotels, Punta del Este vacations draw visitors from Argentina, Brazil, and beyond.
Get out of town with these interesting Punta del Este side-trips: Cerro San Antonio (in Piriapolis) and Pan De Azucar (in Pan de Azucar). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Museo – Taller de Casapueblo, stroll through Playa Solanas, kick back and relax at Playa Montoya, and make a trip to Puerto de Punta del Este.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Punta del Este trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Punta del Este takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Cusco to Punta del Este. While traveling from Cusco, expect somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Punta del Este, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Colonia del Sacramento.
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Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay — 1 night

Sleepy cobbled streets lined with pastel-colored houses lead down to the water in Colonia del Sacramento.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): take in the views from Puerta de la Ciudadela, make a trip to La Calle de los Suspiros, enjoy the sea views from Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse, take a stroll through Barrio Historico, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Matriz, and finally go for a walk through Rambla Colonia Del Sacramento.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Colonia del Sacramento trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Punta del Este to Colonia del Sacramento takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry. In February, daily temperatures in Colonia del Sacramento can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Montevideo.
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Montevideo, Uruguay — 4 nights

With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
Take a break from Montevideo with a short trip to Pizzorno Family Estates in Canelones, about 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Plaza Independencia, catch all the local highlights with The Wine Experience, take in the pleasant sights at Rambla de Montevideo, and explore the world behind art at Palacio Taranco.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Montevideo planner.

Traveling by car from Colonia del Sacramento to Montevideo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February in Montevideo, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can fly back home.
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Suriname travel guide

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Historic Sites · Churches · Parks
The smallest country in South America, Suriname features thick jungles, rushing rivers, and lively, culturally diverse places to visit. Independent since 1975, Suriname retained the Dutch language and influences, as well as the Caribbean and the culture of its indigenous tribes. A third of the country's landscape is made up of natural reserves, providing tourists the opportunity to explore lush tropical rainforests, pristine beaches, scenic rivers and waterfalls, as well as a staggering variety of animals and birds. On a trip to Suriname you shouldn't pass up a visit to its capital and only city, World Heritage-listed Paramaribo, noted for its colonial-era architecture.
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Venezuela travel guide

4.2
Land of Grace
A vacation in Venezuela, one of the most biodiverse countries on the planet, can be both affordable and highly rewarding. From snowcapped mountains and vast grassland, to tropical islands and lush rainforests, Venezuela's varied landscapes are a paradise for nature lovers. Whether you're looking to laze on the Caribbean beaches, trek through the verdant jungles, or immerse yourself in the vibrant city culture, a Venezuela holiday offers something for everyone. Admire the world's highest waterfalls, go island hopping, discover tasty local delicacies, and witness the sheer abundance of wildlife and endemic species in Venezuela.
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Peru travel guide

4.6
Historic Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Incas
In a country renowned for its pre-Columbian archeological sites, no Peru vacation would be complete without an adrenaline-inducing hike to Machu Picchu, World Heritage-listed symbol of the once-mighty Incan Empire. Aside from visiting these spectacular ruins set against the backdrop of photogenic mountain peaks, most holidays in Peru also include an exploration of the country's pretty cities, boasting well-preserved colonial architecture and a slew of modern buildings housing fine museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Ideal for active vacationers, Peru trips are also tailor-made for gourmands, as the country's eclectic cuisine blends tasty influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe.
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Uruguay travel guide

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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.
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