38 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

38 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

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38 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  11​h
1
Lima, Peru
— 4 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
2
Huacachina, Peru
— 1 night
Drive:  10​h 30​min
3
Arequipa, Peru
— 3 nights
Drive:  12​h
4
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
bus:  8​h
5
Puno, Peru
— Few hours
bus:  4​h
6
La Paz, Bolivia
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 30​min
7
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 3 nights
Drive + bus:  9​h 30​min
8
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
9
Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
10
Punta Arenas, Chile
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
11
Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
12
La Serena, Chile
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h 15​min
13
Lima, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 30​min
14
Panama City, Panama
— Few hours
Fly:  5​h
End: Toronto, Canada

4
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.
Lima is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Huaca Pucllana, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Lima, ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), and wander the streets of Miraflores.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Lima online trip builder .

Toronto, Canada to Lima is an approximately 12-hour flight. Traveling from Toronto in May, expect Lima to be a bit warmer, temps between 26°C and 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Huacachina.

Things to do in Lima

#Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods, #Shopping
Find places to stay May 21 — 25:
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Circuito Magico del Agua ©
Circuito Magico del Agua
Miraflores ©
Miraflores

1
night
Huacachina, Peru

Huacachina
For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Huacachina trip planner .

You can drive from Lima to Huacachina in 4.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Huacachina are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. On the 26th (Sat), you'll travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Huacachina

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Wildlife
Find places to stay May 25 — 26:

3
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.
La Iberica has been added to your itinerary. On the 27th (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, admire the striking features of Plaza de Armas, steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Arequipa, then see the interesting displays at Monasterio de Santa Catalina, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Mon): look for gifts at La Iberica.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Arequipa journey planning tool .

You can drive from Huacachina to Arequipa in 11.5 hours. Another option is to fly. Traveling from Huacachina in May, expect Arequipa to be slightly colder, temps between 24°C and 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Arequipa

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Shopping
Find places to stay May 26 — 29:
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Monasterio de Santa Catalina ©
Monasterio de Santa Catalina
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa

5
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.
Rainbow Mountain Cusco has been added to your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to Pisac in Pisac (about 52 minutes away). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman and explore the ancient world of Tambomachay.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cusco attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Arequipa to Cusco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Cusco, with lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Puno.

Things to do in Cusco

#Historic Sites, #Tours

Side Trips

Winay Wayna, Pisac
Find places to stay May 29 — Jun 3:
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Pisac ©
Pisac
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna

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hours
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 4th (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Titicaca.

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

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 June, with lows around -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to La Paz.

Things to do in Puno

#Nature, #Parks
Find places to stay Jun 4 — 5:
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Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca

4
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
La Paz is known for historic sites, nature, scenic drive, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Tiwanaku, have fun at Urban Rush Bolivia, don't miss a visit to Plaza Murillo, and get great views at Mirador Killi Killi.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the La Paz holiday planner.

You can drive from Puno to La Paz in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puno to La Paz due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Puno in June: highs in La Paz hover around 17°C, while lows dip to -4°C. On the 8th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in La Paz

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 4 — 8:
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Urban Rush Bolivia ©
Urban Rush Bolivia
Tiwanaku ©
Tiwanaku
Valley of the Moon ©
Valley of the Moon

3
nights
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Salar de Uyuni.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Uyuni holiday planning app .

Do a combination of flight and car from La Paz to Uyuni in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from La Paz in June: highs in Uyuni hover around 8°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Uyuni

#Nature, #Parks, #Museums
Find places to stay Jun 8 — 11:
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Salar de Uyuni ©
Salar de Uyuni
Train Cemetery ©
Train Cemetery

3
nights
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

San Pedro de Atacama ©
Major archeological sites and a renowned museum remain the big draws in San Pedro de Atacama tourism, appealing to visitors interested in learning more about South America's pre-Columbian cultures.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Laguna Cejar. On the 12th (Tue), explore the ancient world of Pukara de Quitor, witness a stunning natural landmark at Geyser del Tatio, and then explore the striking landscape at Valle de la Luna - Valle de la Muerte. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Wed): trek along Piedras Rojas, then explore the activities along Laguna Cejar, then get lost in a book at Libreria Del Desierto, and finally don't miss a visit to Yerbas Buenas Petroglyphs.

For more things to do and tourist information, use the San Pedro de Atacama visit planner .

Getting from Uyuni to San Pedro de Atacama by car takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Uyuni in June, plan for much warmer days and a bit cooler nights in San Pedro de Atacama: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Jun 11 — 14:
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Valle de la Luna - Valle de la Muerte ©
Geyser del Tatio ©
Geyser del Tatio
Pukara de Quitor ©
Pukara de Quitor

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), then see the interesting displays at La Chascona, and finally don't miss a visit to Cerro Santa Lucia.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Santiago trip builder website .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Santiago in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Santiago

#Museums, #Historic Sites
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La Chascona ©
La Chascona
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia

4
nights
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.
see Oficinas de Turismo Punta Arenas. There's much more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio Municipal, make a trip to Reloj, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Regional De Magallanes.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Punta Arenas trip planning website .

You can fly from Santiago to Punta Arenas in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Punta Arenas can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

#Museums, #Outdoors, #Tours
Find places to stay Jun 16 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Nao Victoria Museo ©
Nao Victoria Museo
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Palacio Sara Braun ©
Palacio Sara Braun

4
nights
Santiago, Chile

Santiago ©
Enjoy Santiago some more: stroll through San Cristóbal Hill, look for gifts at Costanera Center, enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Costanera, and don't miss a visit to Patio Bellavista.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Santiago trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Punta Arenas to Santiago takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to La Serena.

Things to do in Santiago

#Museums, #Shopping, #Parks
Find places to stay Jun 20 — 24:
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Patio Bellavista ©
Patio Bellavista
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino ©
Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin del Corazon, then have some family-friendly fun at Rally Karting la Serena, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cruz Del Tercer Milenio, and finally appreciate the views at Valle del Elqui.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the La Serena trip itinerary app .

You can fly from Santiago to La Serena in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. June in La Serena sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in La Serena

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cruz Del Tercer Milenio
Find places to stay Jun 24 — 25:
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Valle del Elqui ©
Valle del Elqui
Jardin del Corazon ©
Jardin del Corazon
Rally Karting la Serena ©
Rally Karting la Serena

1
night
Lima, Peru

Explore Lima further: tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque Kennedy - Parque Central de Miraflores, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and ponder the world of politics at Presidential Palace (Palacio de Gobierno).

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Lima online route planner .

Fly from La Serena to Lima in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Chile Time to Peru Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In June, Lima is a bit warmer than La Serena - with highs of 24°C and lows of 20°C. On the 27th (Wed), you'll travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Lima

#Tours
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Food Tours

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Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Avenida Balboa, then take an in-depth tour of Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Casco Viejo.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Panama City travel route site .

Traveling by flight from Lima to Panama City takes 7.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Lima in June; daily highs in Panama City reach 36°C and lows reach 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Panama City

#Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods, #Museums
Find places to stay Jun 26 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama ©
Avenida Balboa ©
Avenida Balboa

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