30 days in South America Itinerary

30 days in South America Itinerary

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Bogota, Colombia
— 1 night
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Cartagena, Colombia
— 2 nights
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Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
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La Paz, Bolivia
— 1 night
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Uyuni, Bolivia
— 2 nights
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Bodoquena, Brazil
— 1 night
Drive to Bonito Airport, Fly to Rio de Janeiro
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
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Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
Shuttle to Iguazu, Fly to Buenos Aires
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
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Mendoza, Argentina
— 2 nights
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Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
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Valparaiso, Chile
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Bogota, Colombia — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate, admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and then look for gifts at Bta Capital.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Bogota online travel route planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Bogota is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Colombia Standard Time (COT) is minus 15 hours. Traveling from Brisbane in April, things will get slightly colder in Bogota: highs are around 22°C and lows about 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Cartagena.
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Museums · Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 1 — 2:

Cartagena, Colombia — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with Caribe Colombiano Diving and then step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa and then steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Cartagena route maker site.

You can fly from Bogota to Cartagena in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Bogota in April, with highs in Cartagena at 38°C and lows at 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Lima.
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Lima, Peru — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana, and then shop like a local with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar). Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Museo de Minerales Andres del Castillo, then admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), then browse the exhibits of Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, and finally walk around Circuito Magico Del Agua.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Lima tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Cartagena to Lima takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In April, Lima is a bit cooler than Cartagena - with highs of 28°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to fly to Machu Picchu.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Rocas Sagradas and then explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then relax and rejuvenate at SPA Rocas Sagradas.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Machu Picchu holiday planning tool.

Getting from Lima to Machu Picchu by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive to Cusco.
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Cusco, Peru — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, then contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Qorikancha, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Museo de Vida Monastica - Monasterio de Santa Catalina del Cusco, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Inka, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, and finally trek along exploor.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cusco trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Cusco can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can fly to La Paz.
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La Paz, Bolivia — 1 night

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
On the 11th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Mercado de Las Brujas and then push the limits with an extreme tour.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our La Paz trip itinerary tool.

You can fly from Cusco to La Paz in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Peru Standard Time to Bolivia Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Cusco in April, things will get slightly colder in La Paz: highs are around 17°C and lows about 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Uyuni.
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Uyuni, Bolivia — 2 nights

Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): examine the collection at Train Cemetery, explore the striking landscape at Salar de Uyuni, and then don't miss a visit to Plaza Arce.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Uyuni day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from La Paz to Uyuni takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from La Paz, expect little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Uyuni, ranging from highs of 10°C to lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Bodoquena.
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Find places to stay Apr 11 — 13:

Bodoquena, Brazil — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Cachoeira do Buraco do Macaco.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Bodoquena online route maker.

Traveling by car from Uyuni to Bodoquena takes 29 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 14th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Rio de Janeiro.
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — 3 nights

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Rio de Janeiro is known for sightseeing, beaches, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the history behind Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pedra do Arpoador, don't miss a visit to Escadaria Selaron, and get great views at Leblon Beach.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Bodoquena to Rio de Janeiro. The time zone changes from Amazon Standard Time to Brasilia Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in April, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Foz do Iguacu.
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Foz do Iguacu, Brazil — 2 nights

A gateway to the world-renowned Iguacu Falls, which spectacularly divide Brazil and Argentina, the modern, high-rise city of Foz do Iguacu can't help but play second fiddle to the natural wonder in its vicinity.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls and then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Buddhist Temple, then admire the engineering at Itaipu Dam, and then get to know the resident critters at Parque das Aves Bird Park.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Foz do Iguacu trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Foz do Iguacu takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Foz do Iguacu when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in April, with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.
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Find places to stay Apr 17 — 19:

Buenos Aires, Argentina — 3 nights

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.
Buenos Aires is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemiterio de Recoleta, take in the history at Plaza de Mayo, admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Buenos Aires road trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Foz do Iguacu to Buenos Aires takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Foz do Iguacu in April, you will find days in Buenos Aires are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to fly to Mendoza.
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Find places to stay Apr 19 — 22:

Mendoza, Argentina — 2 nights

Famed for its neat vineyards and thriving wine production, Mendoza remains the place to visit for a pleasant combination of relaxation and recreation.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Parque General San Martin, do a tasting at Bodega Matervini, then learn about winemaking at Bodega Roberto Bonfanti, and finally make a trip to Plaza Independencia.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Mendoza road trip site.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Mendoza takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Buenos Aires in April since evenings lows in Mendoza dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can fly to Santiago.
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Santiago, Chile — 3 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.
Santiago is known for shopping, sightseeing, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, take an in-depth tour of Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, take in the pleasant sights at Plaza de Armas, and see the interesting displays at La Chascona.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Santiago trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Mendoza to Santiago in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Argentina Standard Time to Chile Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can go by car to Valparaiso.
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Find places to stay Apr 24 — 27:

Valparaiso, Chile — 2 nights

Navigating through a maze of colorful streets winding up and down steep hills remains an integral part of any Valparaiso tour.
On the 28th (Fri), learn about winemaking at Emiliana Organic Vineyards, then examine the collection at Corporacion Museo de Arqueologia e Historia Francisco Fonck, and then examine the collection at La Sebastiana. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about winemaking at Vina Casas del Bosque.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Valparaiso using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santiago to Valparaiso takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow time for the flight back home.
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Find places to stay Apr 27 — 29:

State of Mato Grosso do Sul travel guide

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Crossed by the many tributaries of the Parana River, State of Mato Grosso do Sul encompasses a large swath of land in the central-western section of Brazil. Though the area makes most of its money from cattle ranching and agriculture, State of Mato Grosso do Sul tourism represents an important industry thanks to a growing number of international visitors who wish to experience the rural side of Brazil. Characterized by forests, savannahs, open pastures, cultivated fields, rivers, waterfalls, and mountain ranges, the state also features several mid-sized cities that serve as ideal bases for exploring the surrounding natural scenery.
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