29 days in South America Itinerary

29 days in South America Itinerary

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29 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Cardiff, United Kingdom
Train + Fly:  14​h
1
Bogota, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
Medellin, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Paracas, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 30​min
5
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
Fly + Bus:  1​h 45​min
6
La Paz, Bolivia
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
7
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
8
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 6 nights
Fly + Train:  17​h 30​min
End: Cardiff, United Kingdom

3
nights
Bogota, Colombia

Bogota ©
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra) and Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, steep yourself in history at Bolivar plaza, and don't miss a visit to Casa Libreria Wilborada 1047.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Bogota vacation planner .

Cardiff, UK to Bogota is an approximately 14-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Cardiff to Bogota. Traveling from Cardiff in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Bogota, with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, Laguna de Guatavita
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Monserrate ©
Monserrate
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)

2
nights
Medellin, Colombia

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): get outside with Outdoor Activities, then take an in-depth tour of Museo de Antioquia, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Parque Explora and then take a memorable drive along 2000m Descent and more.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Medellin trip planner .

You can fly from Bogota to Medellin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Bogota in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Medellin: highs are around 33°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours Parks Outdoors
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Walking tours
Parque Explora ©
Parque Explora

3
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.
Lima is known for parks, historic sites, museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, walk around Circuito Magico Del Agua, admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Lima road trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Lima takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Medellin in August, expect nights in Lima to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are little chillier, around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Paracas.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

1
night
Paracas, Peru

Paracas ©
A port town largely devoted to tourism, Paracas serves as a popular starting point for exploration of Peru's south coast.
On the 12th (Mon), take some stellar pictures from La Catedral, step off the mainland to explore Islas Ballestas, and then make a trip to The Chandelier.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Paracas tour itinerary maker website .

Drive from Lima to Paracas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Lima in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Paracas, with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Paracas

Parks Nature
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Islas Ballestas ©
Islas Ballestas
La Catedral ©
La Catedral
The Chandelier ©
The Chandelier

5
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cusco side-trips: Salinas de Maras (in Maras) and Pisac (in Pisac). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cusco Cathedral, examine the collection at Museo de Arte Precolombino, and see exploor.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Cusco trip builder tool .

Fly from Paracas to Cusco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Paracas in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Cusco, with lows of 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trips

Pisac, Salinas de Maras, Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

3
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Spend the 19th (Mon) exploring the striking scenery along WMDR Yungas Road. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Tiwanaku, don't miss a visit to Mercado de Las Brujas, push the limits with an extreme tour, and explore the striking landscape at Valley of the Moon.

Find out how to plan La Paz trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

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. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Cusco in August, with highs in La Paz at 18°C and lows at -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors Scenic Drive Tours
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WMDR Yungas Road ©
WMDR Yungas Road
Tiwanaku ©
Tiwanaku
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

4
nights
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.
Buenos Aires is known for nightlife, museums, parks, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Cemiterio de Recoleta, get to know the fascinating history of San Telmo, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, and admire the architecture and history at Plaza de Mayo.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Buenos Aires road trip website .

Getting from La Paz to Buenos Aires by flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from La Paz to Buenos Aires. Plan for much warmer nights when traveling from La Paz in August since evenings lows in Buenos Aires dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
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Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

6
nights
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.
When in Rio de Janeiro, make a side trip to see Imperial Museum in Petropolis, approximately 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pao de Acucar, delve into the lush surroundings at Parque Nacional Tijuca, stroll through Copacabana Beach, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Rio de Janeiro trip simple and quick.

Getting from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Buenos Aires in August; daily highs in Rio de Janeiro reach 30°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Imperial Museum
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Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach

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