33 days in South America Itinerary

33 days in South America Itinerary

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33 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Lima, Peru
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Lima, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 15 min
2
Iquitos, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
3
Cusco, Peru
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  3 h 15 min
4
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Foot + Bus:  3 h 15 min
5
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
train:  11 h 30 min
6
Puno, Peru
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
7
La Paz, Bolivia
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  3 h 45 min
8
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 1 night
Drive:  7 h 45 min
9
Iquique, Chile
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Bus:  5 h 30 min
10
Antofagasta, Chile
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 30 min
11
Bahia Inglesa, Chile
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h 15 min
12
La Serena, Chile
— 1 night
Fly + Shuttle:  4 h 30 min
13
Valparaiso, Chile
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
14
Santiago, Chile
— Few hours
Fly:  3 h 15 min
15
Concepcion, Chile
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 45 min
16
Punta Arenas, Chile
— 1 night
Bus:  3 h
17
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile
— 2 nights
Bus:  5 h
18
El Calafate, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h 15 min
19
Asuncion, Paraguay
— 1 night
Bus:  5 h 15 min
20
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
21
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
End: Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Lima, Peru

Lima ©
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 22nd (Sat): wander the streets of Barranco, delve into the distant past at Huaca Pucllana, then take a stroll through Miraflores, and finally glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Lima day trip tool .

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airport is Jorge Chávez International Airport. In January, daily temperatures in Lima can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Iquitos.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Miraflores ©
Miraflores

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Iquitos, Peru

The largest city in the Peruvian Amazon and the world's largest metropolis unreachable by road, Iquitos represents a major starting point for river and rainforest adventures.
Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Amazon Rescue Center. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museum of Indigenous Amazonian Cultures and Catedral de Iquitos. There's much more to do: stroll through La Isla De Los Monos, wander the streets of Belen, and stop by Centro Artesanal Turistico Anaconda.

For ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Iquitos road trip planning site .

You can fly from Lima to Iquitos in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Traveling from Lima in January, expect nights in Iquitos to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 37°C. On the 26th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Iquitos

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
La Isla De Los Monos ©
La Isla De Los Monos
Amazon Rescue Center ©
Amazon Rescue Center

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Cusco, Peru

Cusco ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): trek along exploor and then delve into the distant past at Tambomachay.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Cusco attractions planner.

You can fly from Iquitos to Cusco in 2.5 hours. In January, Cusco is colder than Iquitos - with highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Trails Tours
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exploor ©
exploor
Tambomachay ©
Tambomachay

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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 27th (Thu), delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna and then make a trip to Intipuncu. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then take in nature's colorful creations at Los Jardines de Mandor.

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

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

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Cusco, Peru

Cusco ©
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): view the masterpieces at Xapiri, then steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, and then wander the streets of San Blas. On your second day here, delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

Make your Cusco itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel to Puno.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Wildlife
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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Puno, Peru

Puno ©
Hugging the western tip of Lake Titicaca, Puno serves as a melting pot of indigenous and imported cultures, and makes a great base for explorations around the region.
On the 1st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Sillustani and then head off the coast to Taquile Island.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Puno tour itinerary maker site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Cusco to Puno takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Puno when traveling from Cusco in January, with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to La Paz.

Things to do in Puno

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lake Titicaca, Fertility Temple
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Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island
Uros Floating Islands ©
Uros Floating Islands
Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca

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La Paz, Bolivia

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): make a trip to Mercado de Las Brujas and then explore the ancient world of Tiwanaku. Here are some ideas for day two: have fun at Urban Rush Bolivia, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and then stroll around Valley of the Moon.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the La Paz route planning tool .

Drive from Puno to La Paz in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puno to La Paz due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Puno in February, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in La Paz: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in La Paz

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Tiwanaku ©
Tiwanaku
Valley of the Moon ©
Valley of the Moon

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night
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Uyuni trip planner.

Getting from La Paz to Uyuni by combination of flight and taxi takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from La Paz in February, expect nights in Uyuni to be somewhat warmer, around 12°C, while days are slightly colder, around 13°C. You will leave for Iquique on the 5th (Sat).

Things to do in Uyuni

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Iquique, Chile

Iquique ©
Thanks to the city's position on the Pacific coast, vacations in Iquique appeal to beachgoers, paragliders, bodyboarders, nature lovers, photographers, and fans of picture-perfect sunsets.
On the 6th (Sun), kick back and relax at Playa Brava, see the interesting displays at Museo Corbeta Esmeralda, then kick back and relax at Playa Cavancha, and finally see a world frozen in time at Oficina Salitrera Santiago Humberstone.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Iquique online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Uyuni to Iquique in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Antofagasta.

Things to do in Iquique

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Playa Cavancha ©
Playa Cavancha
Museo Corbeta Esmeralda ©
Museo Corbeta Esmeralda

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Antofagasta, Chile

Antofagasta ©
A major port city of northern Chile, Antofagasta officially became part of the country in 1904, when the Treaty of Peace and Friendship between Chile and Bolivia formerly enshrined a new regional status quo after the War of the Pacific (1879-83).
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at La Portada and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Antofagasta.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Antofagasta attractions site .

Getting from Iquique to Antofagasta by bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Bahia Inglesa.

Things to do in Antofagasta

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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La Portada ©
La Portada
Catedral de Antofagasta ©
Catedral de Antofagasta

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Bahia Inglesa, Chile

Bahia Inglesa ©
On the 8th (Tue), visit a coastal fixture at Faro de Punta Caldera, then kick back and relax at Playa la virgen, and then take a stroll around Centro Cultural Estacion Caldera.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Bahia Inglesa driving holiday site .

Traveling by car from Antofagasta to Bahia Inglesa takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In February, daytime highs in Bahia Inglesa are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. On the 9th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Huasco.

Things to do in Bahia Inglesa

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Caldera
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Playa la virgen ©
Playa la virgen
Iglesia de San Vicente de Paul ©
Iglesia de San Vicente de Paul
Parque Paleontologico De Caldera ©
Parque Paleontologico De Caldera

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La Serena, Chile

La Serena
Packed with old stone churches in a unique urban landscape, La Serena represents one of Chile's oldest settlements, equally popular with architecture buffs and beachgoers.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): kick back and relax at Avenida del Mar.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the La Serena trip builder site .

Drive from Bahia Inglesa to La Serena in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in February, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Valparaiso.

Things to do in La Serena

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Avenida del Mar
Avenida del Mar

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nights
Valparaiso, Chile

Valparaiso ©
Navigating through a maze of colorful streets winding up and down steep hills remains an integral part of any Valparaiso tour.
To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Valparaiso online road trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from La Serena to Valparaiso in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Valparaiso can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Santiago.

Things to do in Valparaiso

Beaches Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Reñaca
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Reñaca ©
Reñaca
La Sebastiana ©
La Sebastiana
Paseo Gervasoni ©
Paseo Gervasoni

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Santiago, Chile

Santiago ©
Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
On the 12th (Sat), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill and then examine the collection at La Chascona.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Santiago day trip tool .

Take a bus from Valparaiso to Santiago in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Concepcion.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Nature Museums
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San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
La Chascona ©
La Chascona

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Concepcion, Chile

Concepcion ©
Concepcion has emerged as one of the most industrialized and developed metropolises of Chile, with a population approaching 300,000 and a long history of trade and commerce centered around its main port.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Museo Huascar, grab your bike and head to Caleta Lenga, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de la Santisima Concepcion.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Concepcion online itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Santiago to Concepcion takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in February, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Concepcion

Trails Beaches Tours

Side Trip

Museo Huascar
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Caleta Lenga ©
Caleta Lenga
Museo Huascar ©
Museo Huascar
Catedral de la Santisima Concepcion ©

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Punta Arenas, Chile

Punta Arenas ©
An erstwhile hub of the sheep wool industry, Punta Arenas has evolved into a gateway of sorts for hikers, cruise ship passengers, and adventure travelers heading out on the windswept lands of Chile's extreme southern reaches.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio Municipal.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Punta Arenas trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Concepcion to Punta Arenas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Concepcion in February; daily highs in Punta Arenas reach 17°C and lows reach 7°C. On the 14th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine).

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Historic Sites
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Cementerio Municipal ©
Cementerio Municipal

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Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile

Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) ©
Surrounded by towering mountains, shimmering lakes, and the region's rugged hills, Puerto Natales serves as a bustling jumping-off point for exploring the Torres del Paine National Park.
On the 14th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Museo Historico e Industrial Puerto Bories.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) when traveling from Punta Arenas in February, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can take a bus to El Calafate.

Things to do in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

Museums Parks Nature
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El Calafate, Argentina

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.
On the 16th (Wed), look for gifts at Vellon Negro, see the interesting displays at Glaciarium Museo del Hielo Patagónico, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Laguna Nimez Reserva Natural Municipal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Argentino and then shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, refer to the El Calafate attractions planning website .

You can take a bus from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to El Calafate in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Chile Time to Argentine Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in February, plan for somewhat warmer nights in El Calafate, with lows around 16°C. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Asuncion.

Things to do in El Calafate

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Climbing Tours
Lago Argentino
Lago Argentino
Glaciarium Museo del Hielo Patagónico ©

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Asuncion, Paraguay

Asuncion
Paraguay's capital and economic center, Asuncion ranks among the youngest cities on the continent, with more than half of its residents under 30 years of age.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado La Recova.

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Asuncion trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from El Calafate to Asuncion by flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from El Calafate to Asuncion. Traveling from El Calafate in February, you will find days in Asuncion are much warmer (39°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (26°C). You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Sat) before leaving for Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Asuncion

Shopping
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Iguazu National Park, Argentina

Iguazu National Park ©
Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: discover the riches below the earth's surface at Wanda Mines, then admire the sheer force of Salto San Martin, then head off the coast to Isla San Martin, and finally admire the sheer force of Salto Bernabe Mendez.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Iguazu National Park sightseeing planning website.

Getting from Asuncion to Iguazu National Park by bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Traveling from Asuncion to Iguazu National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In February, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Wanda Mines
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Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto San Martin ©
Salto San Martin

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Calle Defensa, take a stroll through Puerto Madero, then admire the architecture and history at Plaza de Mayo, and finally admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Recoleta, stroll the grounds of Cemiterio de Recoleta, and then get a sense of history and politics at Casa Rosada.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Buenos Aires visit planning app.

You can fly from Iguazu National Park to Buenos Aires in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Iguazu National Park, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Buenos Aires, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

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