62 days in South America Itinerary

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 6 nights
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Punta del Este, Uruguay
— 3 nights
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 6 nights
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San Andres Island, Colombia
— 3 nights
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Cartagena, Colombia
— 1 night
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Santa Marta, Colombia
— 2 nights
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Margarita Island, Venezuela
— 1 night
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Canaima National Park, Venezuela
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Huaraz, Peru
Taxi to Huanuco, Fly to Cusco
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Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
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Uyuni, Bolivia
— 1 day
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Fly to La Paz, Bus to San Pablo de Tiquina, Ferry to Copacabana
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Copacabana, Bolivia
— 1 night
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Ferry to San Pablo de Tiquina, Bus to La Paz - Cementerio y Plaza Tomas Katari, Fly to Iquique
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Iquique, Chile
— 2 nights
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 5 nights
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Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
Fly to La Araucanía, Bus to Pucon
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Pucon, Chile
— 3 nights
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Puerto Varas, Chile
— 5 nights
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Coyhaique, Chile
— 2 nights
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Punta Arenas, Chile
— 2 nights
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Hanga Roa, Chile
— 5 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina — 6 nights

Queen of La Plata

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.
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes and Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires will appeal to museum buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Cementerio de la Recoleta and Parque 3 de Febrero. Step out of Buenos Aires with an excursion to Barco Bruma in San Fernando--about 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Puerto Madero, contemplate the long history of Museo Nacional De Arte Decorativo, take a spin around town with BA Bikes, and shop like a local with Palermo.

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Hamilton, Bermuda to Buenos Aires is an approximately 25-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Hamilton to Buenos Aires. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Hamilton in January; daily highs in Buenos Aires reach 33°C and lows reach 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Punta del Este.
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Punta del Este, Uruguay — 3 nights

Monaco of South America

With plenty of modern casinos, well-developed beaches, chic restaurants, and upscale hotels, Punta del Este vacations draw visitors from Argentina, Brazil, and beyond.
Explore hidden gems such as Playa Brava and Playa Montoya. Take a break from the city and head to Playa de Jose Ignacio and Playa Mansa. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Museo – Taller de Casapueblo, snap pictures at Puente Leonel Viera, and make a trip to Puerto de Punta del Este.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Punta del Este trip itinerary maker website.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Punta del Este in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. When traveling from Buenos Aires in January, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Punta del Este: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow time for the flight to Rio de Janeiro.
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — 6 nights

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer and Copacabana Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Parque Nacional Tijuca and Mirante da Prainha. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, stroll through Praia de Ipanema, enjoy the sand and surf at Pedra do Arpoador, and brush up on your military savvy at Museu Historico do Exercito e Forte de Copacabana.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Punta del Este to Rio de Janeiro takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, Rio de Janeiro is somewhat warmer than Punta del Este - with highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time for the flight to San Andres Island.
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San Andres Island, Colombia — 3 nights

The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Step out of the city life by going to Playa de Spratt Bight and Playa de San Luis. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cayo Bolivar and Cayo Rocoso. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Primera Iglesia Bautista Hispana, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Piscinita, and step off the mainland to explore Johnny Cay.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our San Andres Island online journey maker.

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to San Andres Island in 13.5 hours. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to San Andres Island due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Rio de Janeiro in February, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Andres Island: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Cartagena.
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Cartagena, Colombia — 1 night

City of Heroes

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena and then don't miss a visit to Plaza Santo Domingo.

Start your trip to Cartagena by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can fly from San Andres Island to Cartagena in 3 hours. February in Cartagena sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Santa Marta.
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Santa Marta, Colombia — 2 nights

America's Pearl

Many visitors begin their Santa Marta holiday, surrounded by urban clutter and heavy traffic, expecting little from the city in terms of historical importance.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Marine World Aquarium, then kick back and relax at Playa Cristal, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Santa Marta online route maker.

Getting from Cartagena to Santa Marta by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Santa Marta can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. On the 8th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Margarita Island.
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Margarita Island, Venezuela — 1 night

Pearl of the Caribbean

A popular holiday spot for Venezuelans, sunny Margarita Island boasts an exotic Caribbean location, but at the same time is easily accessible from the mainland.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Faro Punta Ballenas.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Margarita Island trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Santa Marta to Margarita Island in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Colombia Standard Time to Venezuela Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In February, daytime highs in Margarita Island are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Canaima National Park.
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Canaima National Park, Venezuela

One of the largest national parks in the world, Canaima National Park encompasses 30,000 sq km (12 sq mi) of distinct landscapes, varied wildlife, and the world's highest waterfalls.
For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Canaima National Park online attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Margarita Island to Canaima National Park takes 14 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Venezuela Time to Colombia Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. On the 10th (Fri), you're off to Huaraz.
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Huaraz, Peru

One of the main cities in the Peruvian Andes, Huaraz mainly draws those seeking adventure out in the landscape.
To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Huaraz trip itinerary planning site.

Explore your travel options from Canaima National Park to Huaraz with the Route module. In February, daytime highs in Huaraz are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. On the 11th (Sat), you'll travel to Cusco.
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Cusco, Peru — 4 nights

Imperial City

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Museo de Arte Precolombino and Museo Inka. Get some cultural insight at Sacsayhuaman and Sacred Valley of the Incas. Step out of Cusco to go to Ollantaytambo and see Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo, which is approximately 1h 50 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Qorikancha, admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco, look for gifts at Hilo, and take a stroll through San Blas.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cusco trip planner.

Getting from Huaraz to Cusco by combination of taxi and flight takes about 11 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Uyuni.
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Uyuni, Bolivia — 1 day

Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): examine the collection at Train Cemetery, witness a stunning natural landmark at Aguas Termales de Polques, and then explore the fascinating landscape at Siloli Desert.

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Getting from Cusco to Uyuni by flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cusco to Uyuni due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cusco in February, expect nights in Uyuni to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Copacabana.
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Copacabana, Bolivia — 1 night

The town of Copacabana represents the largest Bolivian settlement on the shore of Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in the continent.
On the 17th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cerro Calvario.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Copacabana trip planning app.

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry from Uyuni to Copacabana in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Iquique.
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Iquique, Chile — 2 nights

Thanks to the city's position on the Pacific coast, vacations in Iquique appeal to beachgoers, paragliders, bodyboarders, nature lovers, photographers, and fans of picture-perfect sunsets.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Museo Corbeta Esmeralda, take a stroll through Baquedano Street, then stroll through Playa Cavancha, and finally stroll through Playa Brava.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Iquique holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry, bus, and flight from Copacabana to Iquique takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow time for the bus ride to San Pedro de Atacama.
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile — 5 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Salar de Tara and Museo del Meteorito. Step out of the city life by going to Tebinquinche Lake and Valle De La Luna. There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of Geyser del Tatio, make a trip to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and admire the landmark architecture of Iglesia de San Pedro de Atacama.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the San Pedro de Atacama journey builder.

Getting from Iquique to San Pedro de Atacama by bus takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In February in San Pedro de Atacama, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 8°C at night. On the 24th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Santiago.
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Santiago, Chile — 4 nights

City of the Island Hills

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
You'll explore and learn at La Chascona and Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania. Get in touch with nature at San Cristóbal Hill and Ski Portillo Just For The Day. And it doesn't end there: walk around Cerro Santa Lucia, admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Mercado Central), and take in the pleasant sights at Plaza de Armas.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Santiago travel route site.

You can fly from San Pedro de Atacama to Santiago in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Pucon.
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Pucon, Chile — 3 nights

Nestled in the shadow of the snow-capped Villarrica volcano, Pucon ranks among the world's premier destinations for adventure sports and high-thrills activities.
Step off the beaten path and head to Villarrica and Canyoning Pucon. Take a break from the city and head to Conguillio National Park and Parasailing & Paragliding.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Pucon trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Santiago to Pucon in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Puerto Varas.
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Puerto Varas, Chile — 5 nights

City of Roses

Overlooking a lake, with a conical volcano looming in the background, Puerto Varas enjoys memorable scenery but retains its authentic atmosphere.
Get some cultural insight at Museo Colonial Aleman and Iglesia Sagrado Corazon de Jesus. Step out of the city life by going to Volcan Osorno and Petrohué Waterfalls. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Puerto Varas: Laguna San Rafael (in Puerto Chacabuco), Parque Pumalin (in Chaiten) and Monumento Natural Lahuen Nadi (in Puerto Montt). Spend the 7th (Tue) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Vicente Perez Rosales. It doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Llanquihue.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Varas vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Pucon to Puerto Varas takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Puerto Varas are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Coyhaique.
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Coyhaique, Chile — 2 nights

Founded in 1929, Coyhaique is a young city--a baby by world standards--developed from humble agricultural origins to become the capital and main hub of the largely rural Aysen Region.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva Nacional Cerro Castillo. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind Monumento al Ovejero and then take a memorable drive along Carretera Austral.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Coyhaique driving holiday planner.

Fly from Puerto Varas to Coyhaique in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Coyhaique are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. On the 10th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Punta Arenas.
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Punta Arenas, Chile — 2 nights

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 11th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Museo Regional De Magallanes and then stroll the grounds of Cementerio Municipal.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Punta Arenas attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Coyhaique to Punta Arenas takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Coyhaique in March, plan for a bit cooler days in Punta Arenas, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow time for the flight to Hanga Roa.
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Hanga Roa, Chile — 5 nights

The main town and capital of Chile's Easter Island, Hanga Roa serves as a base for most visitors to the island, with all explorations of Easter Island and its famous moai monoliths beginning here.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Anakena and Orongo. Visit Ovahe and Playa Pea for some beach relaxation. Spend the 14th (Tue) exploring nature at Rapa Nui Parque Nacional. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Ahu Tongariki, appreciate the history behind Hanga Kioe, contemplate the long history of Ahu Tahai, and Head underground at Ana Kai Tangata.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Hanga Roa trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Punta Arenas to Hanga Roa in 12 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Punta Arenas to Hanga Roa is minus 2 hours. In March, Hanga Roa is much hotter than Punta Arenas - with highs of 31°C and lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.
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Uruguay travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Scenic Walking Areas · Art Museums
Switzerland of South America
One of the smallest countries in South America, tourist-friendly Uruguay is often called the "Switzerland of South America" because of its consistent economic development and progressive society. Open-minded Montevideo serves as the starting point of most Uruguay vacations, offering visitors an eclectic cultural scene and a chance to discover some of South America's major architectural treasures. Away from the cosmopolitan capital city, vacations in Uruguay involve exploring wildlife-rich areas along the Atlantic and touring the rustic interior on horseback, gaucho style. In this sports-loving country, the highlight of your Uruguay trip might just be a soccer match between Penarol and Nacional, the country's two major clubs.
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Colombia travel guide

4.2
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.
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Venezuela travel guide

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Land of Grace
A vacation in Venezuela, one of the most biodiverse countries on the planet, can be both affordable and highly rewarding. From snowcapped mountains and vast grassland, to tropical islands and lush rainforests, Venezuela's varied landscapes are a paradise for nature lovers. Whether you're looking to laze on the Caribbean beaches, trek through the verdant jungles, or immerse yourself in the vibrant city culture, a Venezuela holiday offers something for everyone. Admire the world's highest waterfalls, go island hopping, discover tasty local delicacies, and witness the sheer abundance of wildlife and endemic species in Venezuela.
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Peru travel guide

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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.
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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.
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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.
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