42 days in South America Itinerary

42 days in South America Itinerary

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42 days in South America Itinerary

Atlanta, United States
Fly:  13​h 30​min
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  13​h
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  4​h
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
Punta Arenas, Chile
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi + bus:  4​h 45​min
El Chalten, Argentina
— 3 nights
bus + taxi + Fly:  12​h
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Valparaiso, Chile
— 2 nights
bus + Fly + Drive:  12​h 30​min
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 5 nights
+3
Drive + Fly + Drive + bus:  9​h 15​min
Puno, Peru
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 5 nights
train + foot + bus:  3​h 15​min
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
Atlanta, United States

3
days
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Praia de Ipanema and Pedra do Arpoador. Visiting Copacabana Beach and Leblon Beach will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: appreciate the history behind Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, pause for some serene contemplation at The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, and admire the landmark architecture of Ilha Fiscal.

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Atlanta, USA to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Traveling from Atlanta to Rio de Janeiro, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Atlanta in June, you will find days in Rio de Janeiro are little chillier (78°F), and nights are about the same (67°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time for travel to Sao Paulo.

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Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
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Pedra do Arpoador

2
days
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral da Se de Sao Paulo and then take a stroll through Liberdade. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP, get a taste of the local shopping with Paulista Avenue, then examine the collection at Football Museum, and finally wander the streets of Jardins District.

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Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in June; daily highs in Sao Paulo reach 72°F and lows reach 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Iguazu National Park.

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Ibirapuera Park ©
Ibirapuera Park
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Paulista Avenue
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Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): explore and take pictures at Wanda Mines. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Salto Bernabe Mendez and then take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Iguazu National Park trip maker tool .

You can drive from Sao Paulo to Iguazu National Park in 13 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In June, daytime highs in Iguazu National Park are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

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

2
days
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 28th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, admire the striking features of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana, then take a stroll through Puerto Madero, then take a stroll through San Telmo, and finally don't miss a visit to Plaza de Mayo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of La Boca, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Recoleta, and then explore the world behind art at Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires vacation planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Iguazu National Park to Buenos Aires takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Iguazu National Park in June, plan for slightly colder days in Buenos Aires, with highs around 60°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Punta Arenas.

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San Telmo ©
San Telmo
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
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Parque 3 de Febrero

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): try your luck at Dreams Casino, stroll through Club Andino Centro de Ski, then examine the collection at Nao Victoria Museo, and finally stroll the grounds of Cementerio Municipal. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Monumento Natural Los Pinguinos and then make a trip to Reloj.

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Fly from Buenos Aires to Punta Arenas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Argentine Time (ART) to Chile Time (CLT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Buenos Aires in June; daily highs in Punta Arenas reach 41°F and lows reach 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine).

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Monumento Natural Los Pinguinos ©
Monumento Natural Los Pinguinos
Club Andino Centro de Ski ©
Club Andino Centro de Ski
Cementerio Municipal ©
Cementerio Municipal

4
days
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Glacier Grey and Mirador Cerro Dorotea. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Channel of Last Hope (Ultima Esperanza), examine the collection at Museo Historico e Industrial Puerto Bories, explore and take pictures at Estancia Puerto Consuelo, and make a trip to Paroquia Maria Auxiliadora.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. July in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) sees daily highs of 41°F and lows of 32°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to El Chalten.

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Glacier Grey

3
days
El Chalten, Argentina

El Chalten ©
Nestled up against the hills of the Los Glaciares National Park, El Chalten serves as one of the nation's most bustling hubs for hikers and backpackers heading out into the wild landscape of southern Patagonia.
Step out of the city life by going to Laguna Torre and Sendero Loma del Pliegue Tumbado. On the 6th (Fri), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Cerro Fitz Roy. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Laguna de los Tres, stop by Marcopolo Bookstore, admire the sheer force of Salto El Chorrillo, and stroll through Miradores Los Condores y Las Aguilas.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our El Chalten journey maker website .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to El Chalten in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to El Chalten due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in El Chalten

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Laguna de los Tres
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Cerro Fitz Roy ©
Cerro Fitz Roy
Laguna de los Tres ©
Laguna de los Tres
Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre

4
days
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.
Get some cultural insight at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino and La Chascona. Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania and Castillo Hidalgo will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santiago: Reserva Nacional Rio Los Cipreses (in Rancagua), Concha y Toro (in Pirque) and Ski Portillo (in Portillo). Next up on the itinerary: hit the slopes at Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile, make a trip to Cerro Santa Lucia, admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and ponder the world of politics at Ex Congreso Nacional.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from El Chalten to Santiago. The time zone changes from Argentine Time (ART) to Chile Time (CLT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Valparaiso.

Things to do in Santiago

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Side Trips

Ski Portillo, Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile, Concha & Toro, Reserva Nacional Rio Los Cipreses
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Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile ©
Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile
Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino ©
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Concha & Toro

2
days
Valparaiso, Chile

Valparaiso ©
Navigating through a maze of colorful streets winding up and down steep hills remains an integral part of any Valparaiso tour.
On the 13th (Fri), kick back and relax at Reñaca, look for all kinds of wild species at Caleta Horcon, and then examine the collection at La Sebastiana. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Paseo 21 de Mayo, explore the historical opulence of Wulff Castle, try your luck at Vina del Mar Casino, then examine the collection at Corporacion Museo de Arqueologia e Historia Francisco Fonck, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Paseo Gervasoni.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Valparaiso trip builder tool .

Drive from Santiago to Valparaiso in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Valparaiso can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in Valparaiso

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Side Trip

Vina del Mar
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Reñaca ©
Reñaca
Paseo Gervasoni ©
Paseo Gervasoni
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Wulff Castle

6
days
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Get in touch with nature at Salar de Uyuni and Tunupa Volcano. Take a break from Uyuni with a short trip to Museo de la Llama y la Sal in Colchani, about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Isla Incahuasi, don't miss a visit to Avenida Ferroviaria, examine the collection at Necropolis & Museum Kawsay Wasy, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia San Cristobal Lipez.

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Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and car from Valparaiso to Uyuni takes 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. In July, Uyuni is little chillier than Valparaiso - with highs of 39°F and lows of 38°F. On the 20th (Fri), you'll travel to Puno.

Things to do in Uyuni

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Museo de la Llama y la Sal
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Salar de Uyuni ©
Salar de Uyuni
Isla Incahuasi ©
Isla Incahuasi
Tunupa Volcano ©
Tunupa Volcano

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take some stellar pictures from Mirador Ing. Eduardo Sanchez, then head off the coast to Taquile Island, then stroll the grounds of Sillustani, and finally steep yourself in history at La Casa del Corregidor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Parque Pino, don't miss a visit to Catedral de Puno, and then head off the coast to Uros Floating Islands.

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Do a combination of car, flight, and bus from Uyuni to Puno in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Uyuni to Puno. When traveling from Uyuni in July, plan for warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Puno: temperatures range from 63°F by day to 23°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Machu Picchu.

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Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island
Uros Floating Islands ©
Uros Floating Islands
Sillustani ©
Sillustani

5
days
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.
Visit Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo for their historical value. Visiting Los Jardines de Mandor and Phutuq K'usi will get you outdoors. Explore Machu Picchu's surroundings by going to Ollantaytambo (Inca Bridge, Inka Pintay, & more), Zipline (in Santa Teresa) and Santuario Nacional de Ampay (in Abancay). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna, see the interesting displays at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon, make a trip to Intipuncu, and take in the natural beauty of Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes).

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Machu Picchu trip app .

Traveling by car from Puno to Machu Picchu takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Ollantaytambo, Santuario Nacional de Ampay, Zipline
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo ©
Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo

2
days
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.
On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of San Blas, get engrossed in the history at Museo Inka, delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral del Cuzco o Catedral Basilica de la Virgen de la Asuncion, and finally steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Cusco online sightseeing planner .

Take a train from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. July in Cusco sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cusco

#Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods, #Museums

Side Trip

Choquequirao Archeological Park
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco

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