23 days in South America Itinerary

23 days in South America Itinerary

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23 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Istanbul, Turkey
Fly:  22​h 15​min
1
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  12​h
2
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
+2
train + foot + bus:  3​h 15​min
3
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 45​min
4
La Paz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  12​h 45​min
5
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h
6
Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
7
Valparaiso, Chile
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
8
Montevideo, Uruguay
— 3 nights
ferry:  2​h 15​min
9
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Istanbul, Turkey

2
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.
On the 9th (Fri), indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour and then admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte de Lima - MALI. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Santo Domingo (Iglesia y Monasterio de Santo Domingo), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Lima, then take a stroll through Centro Historico de Lima, and finally stroll around El Parque del Amor.

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Istanbul, Turkey to Lima is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Peru Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Istanbul in August; daily highs in Lima reach 22°C and lows reach 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Tours Parks
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Centro Historico de Lima ©
Centro Historico de Lima
Food Tours
Cathedral of Lima ©
Cathedral of Lima

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): examine the collection at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, then look for all kinds of wild species at Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu, and finally delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna. On the next day, explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu trip itinerary website .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Lima to Machu Picchu in 12 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu ©
Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu

2
nights
Cusco, Peru

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 13th (Tue), delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman and then trot along with a tour on horseback. Keep things going the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Cusco holiday builder site .

Getting from Machu Picchu to Cusco by combination of train and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Cusco can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Cusco

Spas Tours Outdoors
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Spas
Horseback Riding Tours
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman

2
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
On the 15th (Thu), admire all the interesting features of WMDR Yungas Road. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Huayna Potosi, then see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore, and then have fun at Urban Rush Bolivia.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the La Paz trip itinerary app .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Cusco to La Paz takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco to La Paz, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cusco in August, things will get slightly colder in La Paz: highs are around 18°C and lows about -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in La Paz

Scenic Drive Outdoors Nature
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Urban Rush Bolivia ©
Urban Rush Bolivia
WMDR Yungas Road ©
WMDR Yungas Road
Huayna Potosi ©
Huayna Potosi

2
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Piedras Rojas and Lascar. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Chaxa, take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna, see the interesting displays at Museo del Meteorito, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de Socaire.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the San Pedro de Atacama holiday planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from La Paz to San Pedro de Atacama in 13 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from La Paz in August, with highs in San Pedro de Atacama at 26°C and lows at 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Piedras Rojas ©
Piedras Rojas
Laguna Chaxa ©
Laguna Chaxa
Museo del Meteorito ©
Museo del Meteorito

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Teatro Municipal Las Condes, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo Baha'i. On your second day here, stroll around Parque Forestal, step into the grandiose world of Castillo Hidalgo, and then don't miss a visit to Santa Lucia Hill.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Santiago route planning site .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Santiago takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to catcht the bus to Valparaiso.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion ©
Parque Forestal ©
Parque Forestal

2
nights
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 22nd (Thu), get the lay of the land with Walking tours, appreciate the extensive heritage of Paseo Gervasoni, then get to know the fascinating history of Paseo Yugoslavo, and finally explore the world behind art at Palacio Baburizza. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Concon Dunes, brush up on your military savvy at Museo Maritimo Nacional, and then examine the collection at La Sebastiana.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Valparaiso trip itinerary planner.

Take a bus from Santiago to Valparaiso in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August in Valparaiso, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Montevideo.

Things to do in Valparaiso

Museums Tours Nature

Side Trip

Concon Dunes
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La Sebastiana ©
La Sebastiana
Walking tours
Concon Dunes ©
Concon Dunes

3
nights
Montevideo, Uruguay

Montevideo ©
With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
Step off the beaten path and head to Pizzorno Family Estates and Wine Tours & Tastings. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Iglesia de las Carmelitas, take some stellar pictures from Mirador Panoramico de Montevideo, stroll around El Prado, and see the interesting displays at Museo Historia Del Arte MuHAr.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Montevideo online day trip planner .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Valparaiso to Montevideo in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Valparaiso to Montevideo. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in August, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can ride a ferry to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Montevideo

Museums Tours Parks

Side Trip

Pizzorno Family Estates
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Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales ©
Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales
Iglesia de las Carmelitas ©
Iglesia de las Carmelitas
Mirador Panoramico de Montevideo ©
Mirador Panoramico de Montevideo

3
nights
Buenos Aires, Argentina

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Horseback Riding Tours and Museo de La Plata. Step out of Buenos Aires to go to La Plata and see Planetario Ciudad de La Plata, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: walk around Rosedal De Palermo, don't miss a visit to Recoleta Cemetery, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento, and take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires trip planner .

Traveling by ferry from Montevideo to Buenos Aires takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Buenos Aires are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Tours Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

La Plata
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Horseback Riding Tours
Museo de La Plata ©
Museo de La Plata
Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento ©
Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento

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