39 days in South America Itinerary

39 days in South America Itinerary

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Santiago, Chile
— 5 nights
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Valparaiso, Chile
— 3 nights
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 3 nights
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Uyuni, Bolivia
— 2 nights
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Sucre, Bolivia
— 2 nights
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La Paz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
Bus to Ollantaytambo, Train to Machu Picchu
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
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Lima, Peru
— 4 nights
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Bogota, Colombia
— 2 nights
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San Andres Island, Colombia
— 5 nights
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Cartagena, Colombia
— 4 nights
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Santiago, Chile — 5 nights

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Visiting San Cristóbal Hill and River Rafting & Tubing will get you outdoors. Museum-lovers will appreciate La Chascona and Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, take in the pleasant sights at Plaza de Armas, examine the collection at Museo de la Moda, and walk around Cerro Santa Lucia.

For reviews and tourist information, refer to the Santiago trip planner.

London, UK to Santiago is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from London to Santiago, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Valparaiso.
Museums · Parks · Adventure · Outdoors
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Valparaiso, Chile — 3 nights

Navigating through a maze of colorful streets winding up and down steep hills remains an integral part of any Valparaiso tour.
Let the collections at Casa de Isla Negra and La Sebastiana capture your imagination. Do some cultural sightseeing at Emiliana Organic Vineyards and Miel de Oveja. Step out of Valparaiso to go to Algarrobo and see Cinco Oceanos Dive Center, which is approximately 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Rocas de Santo Domingo, examine the collection at Corporacion Museo de Arqueologia e Historia Francisco Fonck, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Reñaca.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Valparaiso sightseeing tool.

You can drive from Santiago to Valparaiso in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. March in Valparaiso sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to San Pedro de Atacama.
Outdoors · Museums · Parks · Beaches
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Find places to stay Mar 3 — 6:

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile — 3 nights

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.
Visiting Valle De La Luna and Atacama Desert will get you outdoors. There's more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Geyser del Tatio and examine the collection at Father Le Paige Museum.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our San Pedro de Atacama road trip app.

You can fly from Valparaiso to San Pedro de Atacama in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in San Pedro de Atacama when traveling from Valparaiso in March, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Uyuni.
Parks · Nature · Museums
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Find places to stay Mar 6 — 9:

Uyuni, Bolivia — 2 nights

Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
On the 10th (Fri), take a stroll through Pueblo Pulacayo. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Salar de Uyuni and then see the interesting displays at Train Cemetery.

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Uyuni trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from San Pedro de Atacama to Uyuni takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from San Pedro de Atacama, expect colder days and about the same nights in Uyuni, ranging from highs of 11°C to lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to Sucre.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks
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Sucre, Bolivia — 2 nights

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 12th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of House of Liberty Museum - Casa de la Libertad, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de San Francisco, and then get curious at Museo del Tesoro. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Arte y Cultura Sucre Galeria, then explore the world behind art at Museum of Indigenous Art ASUR, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Museum of the Cathedral - Museo de la Catedral.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Sucre online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Uyuni to Sucre in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. While traveling from Uyuni, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Sucre, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to fly to La Paz.
Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Shopping
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La Paz, Bolivia — 2 nights

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour and then see the interesting displays at Museo de Textiles Andinos Bolivianos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): make a trip to Mercado de Las Brujas and then see the interesting displays at Museo de Metales Preciosos.

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You can fly from Sucre to La Paz in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Sucre in March; daily highs in La Paz reach 17°C and lows reach 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to fly to Cusco.
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Cusco, Peru — 4 nights

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sacsayhuaman and Salinas de Maras. Qorikancha and Museo de Vida Monastica - Monasterio de Santa Catalina del Cusco will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with a short trip to Moray in Maras (about 1h 20 min away). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Museo Inka, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cusco Cathedral, view the masterpieces at Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco, and admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Cusco vacation planner.

You can fly from La Paz to Cusco in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from La Paz to Cusco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from La Paz in March, things will get a bit warmer in Cusco: highs are around 23°C and lows about 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Machu Picchu.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
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Find places to stay Mar 15 — 19:

Machu Picchu, Peru — 2 nights

A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
On the 20th (Mon), explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Machu Picchu day trip app.

Getting from Cusco to Machu Picchu by combination of bus and train takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. On the 21st (Tue), you're off to Lima.
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Lima, Peru — 4 nights

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.
Museo Larco and Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Santa Maria del Mar and Playa Penascal. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Arqueologia, Antropologia e Historia del Peru, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Indigo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo, and explore the ancient world of Huaca Pucllana.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Lima route planner.

Fly from Machu Picchu to Lima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. March in Lima sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to fly to Bogota.
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Bogota, Colombia — 2 nights

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.
On the 26th (Sun), examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Colombia and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): make a trip to Monserrate and then admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica.

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Traveling by flight from Lima to Bogota takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in March, expect nights in Bogota to be colder, around 10°C, while days are little chillier, around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to San Andres Island.
Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
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San Andres Island, Colombia — 5 nights

The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Island House Museum and Parque Tematico El Pueblito Isleno San Andres are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa de Spratt Bight and Bahia Cocoplum. The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with Banda Dive Shop, head off the coast to Johnny Cay, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bahia del Cove, and explore the striking landscape at Hoyo Soplador.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the San Andres Island trip itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Bogota to San Andres Island in 4 hours. When traveling from Bogota in March, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in San Andres Island: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to fly to Cartagena.
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Cartagena, Colombia — 4 nights

The site of the continent's first Spanish colony, Cartagena retains much of its colonial flavor thanks to a World Heritage-listed old town, encircled by old walls and protected by imposing fortresses.
You'll explore and learn at Museo del Oro Zenu and La Presentacion Casa Museo Arte y Cultura. Get a sense of the local culture at Walled City of Cartagena and Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cartagena: Isla Baru (Aviario Nacional de Colombia & Playa Blanca). There's more to do: step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cartagena trip planner.

Fly from San Andres Island to Cartagena in 3 hours. April in Cartagena sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.
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Chile travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Parks · Specialty Museums
Land of Poets
Squeezed between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, geographically diverse Chile is a long, thin stretch of land encompassing some of the world's driest deserts in the north, and some of its largest glacial fields in the south. Though most Chile holidays include some form of adventure in the vast wilderness areas, the country also contains charming cities providing plenty of urban things to do and see. Many tours of Chile include at least a brief visit to the country's lush wine regions, where backyard vineyards compete with sprawling estates producing some of the world's most respected whites and reds.

Bolivia travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Geologic Formations · Specialty Museums
Tibet of the Americas
If you're an adventurous tourist, consider adding a Bolivia vacation to your travel itinerary. A land of rainforests, Andean glaciers, high altitude cities, and rushing rivers, Bolivia remains one of the most remote countries in the Western Hemisphere. With 60 percent of the population made up of indigenous peoples, native cultures permeate thecountry's music, architecture, and arts, as well as local folklore and traditions. Traveling in Bolivia you can experience diverse wildlife and ecosystems, learn about the country's rich history, try out its distinctive cuisine, and practice your Spanish with the locals, known for their clean and easy-to-understand accent.

Peru travel guide

4.6
Historic Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Incas
In a country renowned for its pre-Columbian archeological sites, no Peru vacation would be complete without an adrenaline-inducing hike to Machu Picchu, World Heritage-listed symbol of the once-mighty Incan Empire. Aside from visiting these spectacular ruins set against the backdrop of photogenic mountain peaks, most holidays in Peru also include an exploration of the country's pretty cities, boasting well-preserved colonial architecture and a slew of modern buildings housing fine museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Ideal for active vacationers, Peru trips are also tailor-made for gourmands, as the country's eclectic cuisine blends tasty influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Churches
Diverse in terms of landscapes, climates, and cultures, Colombia remains one of South America's least explored tourist destinations, overshadowed by its more popular southern neighbors. Combining the best of what the continent has to offer, a vacation in Colombia allows you to blend outdoor adventures with tours of picture-perfect cobblestoned towns dating back to the colonial era. Tourists on a Colombia holiday can easily hop from sun-kissed coastal spots to the hilly coffee-growing region, where thriving plantations quickly give way to a landscape of snow-covered volcanic peaks and the paramo--alpine ecosystems sheltering some of the rarest plants growing above the continuous forest line.