31 days in South America Itinerary

31 days in South America Itinerary

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31 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Mumbai, India
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
+4
Fly + Taxi + Bus + Foot + Train:  17​h 15​min
3
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
+4
Train + Foot + Bus + Taxi + Fly:  12​h
4
Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
5
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  8​h 45​min
7
El Chalten, Argentina
— 1 night
Bus:  3​h
8
El Calafate, Argentina
— 2 nights
Bus:  2​h
9
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  30​h
End: Mumbai, India

2
nights
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Sao Paulo is known for museums, shopping, parks, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Parque Ibirapuera, wander the streets of Liberdade, explore the world behind art at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP, and examine the collection at Museu de Arte Brasileira - FAAP.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Sao Paulo holiday maker site .

Mumbai, India to Sao Paulo is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Mumbai to Sao Paulo, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, Sao Paulo is colder than Mumbai - with highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
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Pixel Realidade Virtual ©
Pixel Realidade Virtual
Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera
Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue

5
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.
Rio de Janeiro is known for beaches, nature, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Pao de Acucar, kick back and relax at Praia de Grumari, get great views at Leblon Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Pedra do Arpoador.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary maker website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro in 1.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In May, Rio de Janeiro is somewhat warmer than Sao Paulo - with highs of 31°C and lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Nature Beaches
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Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach

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 10th (Sun): look for gifts at Mapi Art and then delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then don't miss a visit to Intipuncu.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Machu Picchu trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and train from Rio de Janeiro to Machu Picchu in 17.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Peru Time (PET) is minus 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

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: get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, take a stroll through Miraflores, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Kon-Tiki.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Lima travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Machu Picchu to Lima takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Lima

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco ©

3
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.
Santiago is known for shopping, museums, parks, nature, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Costanera, admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and take an in-depth tour of Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Santiago trip itinerary site .

Getting from Lima to Santiago by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lima to Santiago due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums Parks Shopping
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La Chascona ©
La Chascona
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia

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, admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, wander the streets of Puerto Madero, and stop by El Ateneo Grand Splendid.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Santiago to Buenos Aires takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Buenos Aires. In May in Buenos Aires, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to El Chalten.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

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

1
night
El Chalten, Argentina

El Chalten ©
Nestled up against the hills of the Los Glaciares National Park, El Chalten serves as one of the nation's most bustling hubs for hikers and backpackers heading out into the wild landscape of southern Patagonia.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): trek along Mirador del Torre and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Laguna Torre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Marcopolo Bookstore and then explore the striking landscape of Fitz Roy.

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You can do a combination of flight and bus from Buenos Aires to El Chalten in 9 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to El Calafate.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks Nature Trails
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Fitz Roy ©
Fitz Roy
Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre
Mirador del Torre ©
Mirador del Torre

2
nights
El Calafate, Argentina

El Calafate ©
El Calafate tourism thrives mostly thanks to the city's proximity to a World Heritage-listed national park, famed for containing over 40 large glaciers.
On the 26th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Argentino and then get outside with Enjoy!.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read El Calafate trip builder tool .

You can take a bus from El Chalten to El Calafate in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Los Glaciares National Park.

Things to do in El Calafate

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
Lago Argentino
Lago Argentino

3
nights
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

Los Glaciares National Park ©
A World Heritage Site, Los Glaciares National Park contains a giant ice cap that feeds 47 vast glaciers.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Glaciar Seco and then explore the striking landscape at Perito Moreno Glacier. On your second day here, hike along Laguna de los Tres.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Los Glaciares National Park travel planner .

Traveling by bus from El Calafate to Los Glaciares National Park takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in May, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Perito Moreno National Park
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Laguna de los Tres ©
Laguna de los Tres
Perito Moreno National Park ©
Perito Moreno National Park
Glaciar Seco ©
Glaciar Seco

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