37 days in South America Itinerary

37 days in South America Itinerary

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37 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Lisbon, Portugal
Fly:  26​h
1
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + ferry:  4​h
2
Ilha Grande, Brazil
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + foot + bus:  4​h
3
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
4
Corumba, Brazil
— 1 night
Drive:  11​h 15​min
5
Santa Cruz, Bolivia
— 3 nights
bus:  4​h
6
Samaipata, Bolivia
— 1 night
+3
bus + taxi + bus + Fly:  6​h 30​min
7
Cochabamba, Bolivia
— 2 nights
bus:  10​h 15​min
8
Coroico, Bolivia
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h
9
Arica, Chile
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h
10
Arequipa, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
11
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 15​min
12
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
+2
train + foot + bus:  3​h 30​min
13
Cusco, Peru
— 1 night
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  3​h
14
Puno, Peru
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
15
Juliaca, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
16
Lima, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
End: Iquitos, Peru

3
nights
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro
Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
On the next day, don't miss a visit to Escadaria Selaron, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pedra do Arpoador, then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipanema, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Copacabana Beach.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary planning site .

Lisbon, Portugal to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Western European Time (WET) to Brasilia Time (BRT) is minus 3 hours. In October, Rio de Janeiro is somewhat warmer than Lisbon - with highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Sat) before leaving for Ilha Grande.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Pedra do Arpoador ©
Pedra do Arpoador

2
nights
Ilha Grande, Brazil

Ilha Grande ©
A tumultuous and unsavory history has kept Ilha Grande relatively undeveloped and free of the trappings of the modern world.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Aqueduto, visit a coastal fixture at Castelhanos Lighthouse, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dois Rios Beach. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Aventureiro and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lagoa Azul.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Ilha Grande vacation maker site .

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Rio de Janeiro to Ilha Grande takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in October, and nighttime lows around 23°C. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Ilha Grande

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Dois Rios Beach ©
Dois Rios Beach
Lagoa Azul ©
Lagoa Azul
Aventureiro ©
Aventureiro

2
nights
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro ©
You've now added Parque Nacional Tijuca to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): take a peaceful walk through Parque Nacional Tijuca and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerusalem Cultural Center. On your second day here, take in the awesome beauty at Pao de Acucar, contemplate the long history of Parque Lage, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Carioca Aqueduct.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro online trip planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Ilha Grande to Rio de Janeiro takes 4 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Bonito.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Nature Transportation
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Jerusalem Cultural Center ©
Jerusalem Cultural Center
Bondinho  Pao de Acucar ©
Bondinho Pao de Acucar

1
night
Corumba, Brazil

Corumba
Corumba, a gateway to the world's largest tropical wetlands, offers plenty to go with the natural sights that surround it.
To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Corumba itinerary maker .

Explore your travel options from Rio de Janeiro to Corumba with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Corumba. When traveling from Rio de Janeiro in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Corumba: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 28°C at night. You'll set off for Santa Cruz on the 17th (Thu).

Things to do in Corumba

Museums Historic Sites Scenic Drive
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3
nights
Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Santa Cruz ©
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.
Get some historical perspective at Catedral de Santa Cruz and Iglesias de la Chiquitania. Parroquia La Santa Cruz and Museo de Arte Sacro "Monsenor Carlos Geriche Suarez" are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Guembe, take a stroll around Casa Cultural Melchor Pinto, buy something for everyone on your list at Ventura mall, and make a trip to Plaza 24 de Septiembre.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Santa Cruz trip maker website .

You can drive from Corumba to Santa Cruz in 8.5 hours. Another option is to fly. Traveling from Corumba in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 24°C in Santa Cruz. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Samaipata.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Catedral de Santa Cruz ©
Catedral de Santa Cruz
Iglesias de la Chiquitania ©
Iglesias de la Chiquitania
Parroquia La Santa Cruz ©
Parroquia La Santa Cruz

1
night
Samaipata, Bolivia

Samaipata ©
Some who come for a holiday in Samaipata fall so head over heels that they never leave.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): head outdoors with Centro Ecologico Cuevas and then explore the ancient world of Fuerte de Samaipata.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Samaipata tour planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to Samaipata takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Cochabamba.

Things to do in Samaipata

Outdoors Historic Sites
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Centro Ecologico Cuevas ©
Centro Ecologico Cuevas
Fuerte de Samaipata ©
Fuerte de Samaipata

2
nights
Cochabamba, Bolivia

Cochabamba
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.
On the 22nd (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de San Sebastian, contemplate the long history of Convento Museo Santa Teresa, and then admire the landmark architecture of Palacio Portales. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Proyecto Martadero, then pause for some photo ops at El Cristo de la Concordia, and then make a trip to Plaza 14 de Septiembre.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Cochabamba sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Samaipata to Cochabamba in 6.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Cochabamba are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Coroico.

Things to do in Cochabamba

Historic Sites Museums Nightlife
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Palacio Portales
Palacio Portales
Catedral de San Sebastian ©
Catedral de San Sebastian
Convento Museo Santa Teresa ©
Convento Museo Santa Teresa

1
night
Coroico, Bolivia

Coroico
Coroico is a town in Nor Yungas Province, in the La Paz Department of western Bolivia.HistoryCoroico Viejo was founded above the river Quri Wayq'u . Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at San Juan waterfalls.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Coroico trip maker .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Cochabamba to Coroico takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cochabamba in October, you will find days in Coroico are cooler (19°C), and nights are a bit cooler (1°C). On the 25th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Arica.

Things to do in Coroico

Nature Parks
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2
nights
Arica, Chile

Arica ©
The northernmost city in the country, Arica hugs the Chile-Peru border.
Popular historic sites such as Iglesia de Parinacota and Putre Church are in your itinerary. Step out of Arica to go to Putre and see Lago Chungara, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. Spend the 28th (Mon) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Lauca. It doesn't end there: examine the collection at Museo Arqueologico San Miguel de Azapa and kick back and relax at El Laucho Beach.

Plan trip to Arica with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Explore your travel options from Coroico to Arica with the Route module. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Arica

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Putre, Iglesia de Parinacota
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El Laucho Beach ©
El Laucho Beach
Iglesia de Parinacota ©
Iglesia de Parinacota

4
nights
Arequipa, Peru

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Historic Centre of Arequipa and Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa. Get a sense of the local culture at Santa Catalina Monastery and San Francisco Plaza, Church and Monastery. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, take a stroll through Yanahuara, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Arequipa holiday site .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Arica to Arequipa in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Arica to Arequipa. In October, daytime highs in Arequipa are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. On the 1st (Fri), you'll travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Arequipa

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Museo Santuarios Andinos ©
Museo Santuarios Andinos

3
nights
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.
Sacsayhuaman and Centro Historico De Cusco will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Plaza de Armas and Iglesia De Santo Domingo. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Sacred Valley of the Incas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Museo de Vida Monastica - Monasterio de Santa Catalina del Cusco, and examine the collection at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Cusco journey maker app .

You can fly from Arequipa to Cusco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Cusco are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes), admire the natural beauty at Los Jardines de Mandor, and then delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Lucho Soler.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Machu Picchu trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lucho Soler
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Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Los Jardines de Mandor ©
Los Jardines de Mandor
Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes) ©
Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes)

1
night
Cusco, Peru

Cusco ©
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Q'enqo and then explore the ancient world of Tambomachay.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Cusco trip planning app .

You can do a combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. On the 6th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Puno.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites
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Tambomachay ©
Tambomachay
Q'enqo ©
Q'enqo

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nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): make a trip to Mirador Puma Uta. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step off the mainland to explore Taquile Island and then stroll the grounds of Sillustani.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Puno sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Cusco to Puno takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in November, expect little chillier with lows of 3°C in Puno. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Juliaca.

Things to do in Puno

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island
Uros Floating Islands ©
Uros Floating Islands
Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca

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night
Juliaca, Peru

Juliaca ©
Juliaca is the capital of San Roman Province in the Puno Region of southeastern Peru. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Capachica Peninsula.

Plan my trip to Juliaca with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Puno to Juliaca takes an hour. In November, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Juliaca

Nature Parks
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Capachica Peninsula ©
Capachica Peninsula

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nights
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.
Huaca Pucllana and Miraflores are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco and Cathedral of Lima. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, view the masterpieces at Galeria Indigo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo, and get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico de Lima.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Lima road trip site .

Explore your travel options from Copacabana to Lima with the Route module. The time zone changes from Bolivia Time (BOT) to Peru Time (PET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In November in Lima, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 20°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Wed) before leaving for Ayacucho.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco ©
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco

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