36 days in South America Itinerary

36 days in South America Itinerary

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Asuncion, Paraguay
— 3 nights
Drive
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Aregua, Paraguay
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ybycui, Paraguay
— 1 night
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Encarnacion, Paraguay
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ciudad Del Este, Paraguay
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pedro Juan Caballero, Paraguay
— 2 nights
Drive
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Campo Grande, Brazil
— 2 nights
Drive
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Corumba, Brazil
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santa Cruz, Bolivia
— 3 nights
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Sucre, Bolivia
— 2 nights
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Cochabamba, Bolivia
— 2 nights
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La Paz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
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Antofagasta, Chile
— 2 nights
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Salta, Argentina
— 2 nights
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San Miguel de Tucuman, Argentina
— 3 nights
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Asuncion, Paraguay — 3 nights

Mother of Cities

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.
On the 10th (Tue), examine the collection at Museo Del Futbol Sudamericano. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts (Museo de Bellas Artes), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de la Santisima Trinidad, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia San Buenaventura de Yaguaron.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Asuncion road trip app.

Newark, USA to Asuncion is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Newark to Asuncion. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Newark in January: high temperatures in Asuncion hover around 93°F and lows are around 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Aregua.
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Aregua, Paraguay — 2 nights

Aregua owns a fantastic geographic location, nestled between hills with striking rock formations and deep-blue Ypacarai Lake.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): head outdoors with Playa De Aregua, then take in the dramatic natural features at Cerro Coi, then examine the collection at Museo Mitologico Ramon Elias, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia Virgen de la Candelaria. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Lago Ypacarai, then head outdoors with Aventura Xtrema, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Virgen de Caacupe, and finally ponder the design of Tupasy Ycua.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Aregua trip maker.

Traveling by car from Asuncion to Aregua takes an hour. January in Aregua sees daily highs of 93°F and lows of 74°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Ybycui.
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Ybycui, Paraguay — 1 night

Ybycuí is a Paraguayan rural community of the department of Paraguari, located 120 km away from Asunción, and 40 km from the Ruta una (Route 1).ToponimicsIts name means “ Sandy “ in Guaraní.GeographyYbycuí is located 122 km away from Asunción.WeatherThe average year temperature is 21 C, the maximum 39 C and the minimum 2 C.DemographyYbycuí has a total of 20.887 inhabitants, from which, 10.756 are male and 10.131 are female, according to the last census of 2002. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Ybycui.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Ybycui trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Aregua to Ybycui takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 93°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Encarnacion.
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Encarnacion, Paraguay — 2 nights

Pearl of the South

Encarnacion offers a good selection of cultural and natural attractions.
On the 16th (Mon), steep yourself in history at La Santisima Trinidad De Parana and then pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia Catedral Nuestra Senora. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Tacuary and then delve into the distant past at Ruinas de Jesús.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Encarnacion trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Ybycui to Encarnacion takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January in Encarnacion, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Ciudad Del Este.
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Ciudad Del Este, Paraguay — 2 nights

Supermarket of South America

The commercial center of eastern Paraguay, busy Ciudad Del Este serves primarily as a shopping destination for Argentines and Brazilians.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Saltos del Monday, see the interesting displays at Museo El Mensu, and then appreciate the history behind Scientific Monument Moises Santiago Bertoni. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Museo de la Tierra Guarani, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de San Blas, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Aventura Monday.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Ciudad Del Este holiday planning app.

Traveling by car from Encarnacion to Ciudad Del Este takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Paraguay Standard Time (PYT) to Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in January, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Pedro Juan Caballero.
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Pedro Juan Caballero, Paraguay — 2 nights

Home to a famous shopping center, Pedro Juan Cabellero welcomes visitors looking for deals on clothing, electronics, furniture, and many other consumer goods.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): walk around Plaza San Roque de Santa Cruz. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Cerro Cora.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Pedro Juan Caballero trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ciudad Del Este to Pedro Juan Caballero takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Ciudad Del Este to Pedro Juan Caballero, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Campo Grande.
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Campo Grande, Brazil — 2 nights

Swarthy City

Built on agricultural traditions, Campo Grande has grown rapidly, from a rural village in 1875 to a thriving metropolis of more than 800,000 people.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): see the interesting displays at Jose Antonio Pereira Museum and then identify plant and animal life at Itatiaia Lake. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Sao Francisco, then steep yourself in history at Estacao Ferroviaria, then take an in-depth tour of Museu de Arqueologia da UFMS, and finally savor the flavors at Feira Indigena.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Campo Grande vacation builder app.

Traveling by car from Pedro Juan Caballero to Campo Grande takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 70°F. On the 24th (Tue), you're off to Corumba.
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Corumba, Brazil — 2 nights

White City

Corumba, a gateway to the world's largest tropical wetlands, offers plenty to go with the natural sights that surround it.
Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady Candelaria Church, head outdoors with JOICETUR, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Nossa Senhora Auxiliadora.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Corumba travel planner.

Traveling by car from Campo Grande to Corumba takes 6 hours. When traveling from Campo Grande in January, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Corumba: temperatures range from 92°F by day to 75°F at night. You will leave for Santa Cruz on the 26th (Thu).
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Santa Cruz, Bolivia — 3 nights

More populous than the capital and La Paz, and one of the fastest-growing cities in the world, Santa Cruz has become a thriving commercial center, yet retained some of the trappings of tradition.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Kaa-Iya National Park. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Iglesias de la Chiquitania and then pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de la Inmaculada Concepcion.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Cruz trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Corumba to Santa Cruz takes 8.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Santa Cruz are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can fly to Sucre.
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Sucre, Bolivia — 2 nights

City of the Four Names

The constitutional capital of Bolivia, Sucre has a well-preserved historic center, with many buildings dating back to the city's founding in the 16th century.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take in the spiritual surroundings of La Recoleta, and then look for gifts at Inca Pallay Shop. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Centro Turistico Comunitario, get engrossed in the history at House of Liberty Museum - Casa de la Libertad, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de San Francisco.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Sucre trip planner.

You can fly from Santa Cruz to Sucre in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Santa Cruz in January; daily highs in Sucre reach 68°F and lows reach 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to fly to Cochabamba.
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Cochabamba, Bolivia — 2 nights

City of Eternal Spring

Dynamic and friendly, Cochabamba benefits from a mild climate largely responsible for its Mediterranean lifestyle and nickname the "City of Eternal Spring." An ideal alternative for anyone wishing to escape the chaos of South America's more popular destinations, Cochabamba vacations allow visitors to discover how regular Bolivians live on an everyday basis.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): pause for some photo ops at El Cristo de la Concordia and then admire the striking features of Palacio Portales. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Santo Domingo and then take in the exciting artwork at Proyecto Martadero.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Cochabamba vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Sucre to Cochabamba in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Sucre in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Cochabamba, with highs around 78°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to fly to La Paz.
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La Paz, Bolivia — 2 nights

City that Touches the Sky

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Basilica Menor de Nuestra Senora de la Paz, and finally walk around Plaza del Monticulo. Keep things going the next day: hit the slopes at Scree Rush.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our La Paz online route planner.

You can fly from Cochabamba to La Paz in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Cochabamba in February, with highs in La Paz at 59°F and lows at 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Antofagasta.
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Antofagasta, Chile — 2 nights

Pearl of the North

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).
Your day by day itinerary now includes Salar de Atacama as well as Playa Amarilla. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Salar de Atacama, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, don't miss a visit to Muelle Salitrero Compania Melbourne Clark, then browse the exhibits of Centro Cultural Estación Antofagasta, and finally get into the urban bustle at Centro Cultural Estacion Antofagasta. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Corazon de Maria, make a trip to Capilla Militar Nuestra Senora de Carmen, then explore the striking landscape at La Portada, and finally don't miss a visit to Alte Mole.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Antofagasta trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from La Paz to Antofagasta by car takes about 13.5 hours. Traveling from La Paz in February, expect nights in Antofagasta to be much hotter, around 64°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 75°F. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Tue) before leaving for Salta.
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Salta, Argentina — 2 nights

Salta the Beautiful

Salta boasts a vibrant social life and array of informative museums appealing to visitors looking for a memorable cultural experience.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Ojo de Mar, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica Menor San Francisco, then pause for some serene contemplation at Nuestra Senora de la Merced, and finally explore the world behind art at Museo Pajcha Arte Etnico.

Before you visit Salta, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Antofagasta to Salta takes 11 hours. The time zone difference moving from Chile Standard Time (CLT) to Argentina Standard Time (ART) is 1 hour. When traveling from Antofagasta in February, plan for somewhat warmer days in Salta, with highs around 81°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Miguel de Tucuman.
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San Miguel de Tucuman, Argentina — 3 nights

Garden of the Republic

The commercial hub of an area known for its high production of sugarcane, tobacco, and rice, San Miguel de Tucuman also has a historical claim to fame, having hosted the national congress that declared independence from Spain in 1816.
Visiting Parasailing & Paragliding and Reserva Experimental Horco Molle will get you outdoors. Popular historic sites such as Catedral de San Miguel de Tucuman and Parroquia Nuestra Senora del Valle are in your itinerary. Step out of San Miguel de Tucuman with an excursion to Sendero del Funicular in Yerba Buena--about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Casa Historica de Tucuman, don't miss a visit to Monumento al Bicentenario de la Independencia, explore the world behind art at Museo Folklorico Provincial, and contemplate the long history of Foto Historica.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Miguel de Tucuman road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Salta to San Miguel de Tucuman takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Salta in February since evenings lows in San Miguel de Tucuman dip to 68°F. You will leave for home on the 12th (Sun).
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