29 days in South America Itinerary

29 days in South America Itinerary

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1
Bogota, Colombia
— 3 nights
2
Medellin, Colombia
— 2 nights
3
Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
4
Paracas, Peru
— 1 night
5
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
6
La Paz, Bolivia
— 3 nights
7
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
8
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 6 nights

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bogota: Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira) and Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), stop by Vitrina Guayca, contemplate the long history of Bolivar Square, and make a trip to Casa Libreria Wilborada 1047.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Bogota online trip itinerary maker.

Cardiff, UK to Bogota is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Cardiff to Bogota is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Cardiff in August, plan for little chillier nights in Bogota, with lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Bogota

Nature · Parks · 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)
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then take an in-depth tour of Museo de Antioquia, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours. Keep things going the next day: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Parque Explora and then cruise along medellin 2000m DESCENT.

For photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Medellin trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Medellin takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bogota in August, things will get a bit warmer in Medellin: highs are around 33°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours · Parks · Outdoors
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Walking tours
medellin 2000m DESCENT ©
medellin 2000m DESCENT

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 museums, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), explore the ancient world of Huaca Pucllana, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and visit Barranco.

For ratings and tourist information, use the Lima itinerary planner.

You can fly from Medellin to Lima in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Medellin, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Lima, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 18°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
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): get great views at La Catedral, step off the mainland to explore Islas Ballestas, and then make a trip to The Chandelier.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Paracas day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Lima to Paracas in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Lima in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Paracas, with lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Paracas

Nature · Parks
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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.
Explore Cusco's surroundings by going to Pisac (in Pisac) and Salinas de Maras (in Maras). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, take a stroll through San Blas, and see the interesting displays at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Cusco vacation planner.

You can fly from Paracas to Cusco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Paracas in August since evenings lows in Cusco dip to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Pisac, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Salinas de Maras
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha
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: don't miss a visit to Mercado de Las Brujas, contemplate the long history of Tiwanaku, enjoy some diversion at Urban Rush Bolivia, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our La Paz trip builder website.

Fly from Cusco to La Paz in 4.5 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, expect La Paz to be little chillier, temps between 18°C and -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
Mercado de Las Brujas ©
Mercado de Las Brujas
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 historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Cemiterio de Recoleta, wander the streets of Puerto Madero, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Japones, and admire the striking features of El Ateneo Grand Splendid.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Buenos Aires road trip planning app.

You can fly from La Paz to Buenos Aires in 9 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from La Paz to Buenos Aires due to the time zone difference. Traveling from La Paz in August, Buenos Aires is much warmer at night with lows of 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 · Shopping · Historic Sites
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Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes ©
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

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.
Go for a jaunt from Rio de Janeiro to Petropolis to see Imperial Museum about 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: take a memorable ride with Sugarloaf Mountain, kick back and relax at Praia de Grumari, catch a live performance at Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Pedra do Arpoador.

For other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary builder site.

Fly from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in August, expect Rio de Janeiro to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

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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