31 days in South America & Chicago Itinerary

31 days in South America & Chicago Itinerary

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Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 4 nights
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
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Montevideo, Uruguay
— 1 night
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
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Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
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La Paz, Bolivia
— 1 night
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Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
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Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
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Quito, Ecuador
— 1 night
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Bogota, Colombia
— 2 nights
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Chicago, United States
— 4 nights

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Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

Fernando de Noronha ©

Emerald of the Atlantic

With 21 lush islands scattered among pristine waters in the Atlantic Ocean, a Fernando de Noronha holiday is well worth the effort it takes to get there.
Fernando de Noronha is known for beaches, museums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Baia dos Porcos, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Sueste, stroll through Praia do Cacimba do Padre, and see the interesting displays at Shark Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Fernando de Noronha trip itinerary builder website.

Chicago, USA to Fernando de Noronha is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Fernando de Noronha Standard Time, which is usually a 4 hour difference. Traveling from Chicago in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Fernando de Noronha, with lows of 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
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Baia dos Porcos ©
Baia dos Porcos
Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Porto de Santo Antonio Beach ©
Porto de Santo Antonio Beach

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro ©

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Rio de Janeiro is known for beaches, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, steep yourself in history at Parque Lage, stroll through Copacabana Beach, and get your bearings at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro trip maker tool.

Getting from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro by flight takes about 7.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Fernando de Noronha in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Rio de Janeiro, with lows around 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Montevideo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

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Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

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Montevideo, Uruguay

Montevideo ©
With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
On the 27th (Fri), wander the streets of Pocitos, take an in-depth tour of Cabildo de Montevideo, then make a trip to Plaza Independencia, and finally go for a walk through Rambla de Montevideo.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Montevideo trip itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Montevideo in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Rio de Janeiro in August, plan for slightly colder days and much colder nights in Montevideo: temperatures range from 63°F by day to 46°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Montevideo

Neighborhoods · Museums
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Pocitos ©
Pocitos
Plaza Independencia ©
Plaza Independencia
Rambla de Montevideo ©
Rambla de Montevideo

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires ©

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.
Buenos Aires is known for historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Puerto Madero, stroll the grounds of Cemiterio de Recoleta, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Japones.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Buenos Aires attractions planner.

You can fly from Montevideo to Buenos Aires in 3 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or do a combination of car and bus. August in Buenos Aires sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes ©
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

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Santiago, Chile

Santiago ©

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.
Go for a jaunt from Santiago to Valle Nevado to see Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile about 1h 35 min away. There's still lots to do: walk around Cerro Santa Lucia, take an in-depth tour of Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, contemplate the long history of Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, and look for gifts at Patio Bellavista.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Santiago road trip app.

Getting from Buenos Aires to Santiago by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Buenos Aires to Santiago due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks · Shopping · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

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Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile ©
Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile

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La Paz, Bolivia

City that Touches the Sky

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
On the 4th (Sat), get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, make a trip to Mercado de Las Brujas, then don't miss a visit to Calle Sagarnaga, and finally look for gifts at Mistura - Manifestacion Creativa.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the La Paz travel planning app.

Fly from Santiago to La Paz in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in September, and nighttime lows around 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in La Paz

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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Mercado de Las Brujas ©
Mercado de Las Brujas
Mistura - Manifestacion Creativa ©
Mistura - Manifestacion Creativa

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Cusco, Peru

Cusco ©

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.
Cusco is known for historic sites, museums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, take in the spiritual surroundings of Qorikancha, steep yourself in history at Tipon, and admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cusco itinerary planning app.

Traveling by flight from La Paz to Cusco takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Bolivia Time to Peru Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In September, Cusco is a bit warmer than La Paz - with highs of 71°F and lows of 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
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exploor ©
exploor
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha

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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.
On the 8th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Machu Picchu road trip website.

Do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu

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Lima, Peru

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 9th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, get engrossed in the history at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, then admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), then get a sense of history and politics at Palacio de Torre Tagle, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Lima tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Machu Picchu to Lima takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Quito.

Things to do in Lima

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Walking tours
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco

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Quito, Ecuador

Quito ©

Light of America

High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
On the 11th (Sat), make a trip to Mitad Del Mundo, get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, then admire the striking features of Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, then admire the striking features of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museum of Maria Augusta Urrutia (La Casa Museo Maria Augusta Urrutia).

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Quito itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Lima to Quito takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in September, you will find days in Quito are a bit warmer (73°F), and nights are about the same (56°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Quito

Find places to stay Sep 10 — 11:
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Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila ©
Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila
Mitad Del Mundo ©
Mitad Del Mundo
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania

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Bogota, Colombia

Bogota ©

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 12th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), and then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at El Cuchitril Second Hand Shop.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Bogota travel planner.

Fly from Quito to Bogota in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Quito in September: high temperatures in Bogota hover around 67°F and lows are around 47°F. On the 13th (Mon), you'll travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Bogota

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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica

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Chicago, United States

Chicago ©

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for museums, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, walk around Millennium Park, engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Chicago road trip planning tool.

Getting from Bogota to Chicago by flight takes about 12 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bogota to Chicago due to the time zone difference. In September, Chicago is a bit warmer than Bogota - with highs of 78°F and lows of 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 17:
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Millennium Park
Millennium Park
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry

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