31 days in South America Itinerary

31 days in South America Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 2 nights
2
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
3
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
4
Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
5
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
6
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
7
El Chalten, Argentina
— 1 night
8
El Calafate, Argentina
— 2 nights
9
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
— 3 nights

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, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Parque Ibirapuera, take a stroll through Liberdade, admire the masterpieces at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP, and see the interesting displays at Museu de Arte Brasileira - FAAP.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Sao Paulo road trip planning website.

Mumbai, India to Sao Paulo is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Brasilia Standard Time, which is usually a -8.5 hour difference. In May, Sao Paulo is much colder than Mumbai - with highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods
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Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo
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, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a memorable ride with Sugarloaf Mountain, stroll through Praia de Ipanema, enjoy the sand and surf at Leblon Beach, and admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro online day trip planner.

Getting from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sao Paulo in May: high temperatures in Rio de Janeiro hover around 31°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
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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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then take some stellar pictures from Intipuncu.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu driving holiday planning website.

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Machu Picchu in 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Machu Picchu, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Shopping
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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 museums, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, look for gifts at Artesanias Las Pallas, pause for some serene contemplation at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Lima online route planner.

Getting from Machu Picchu to Lima by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: 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 up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Lima

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

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, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, admire the masterpieces at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, get engrossed in the history at Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos, and take in panoramic vistas at Sky Costanera.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Santiago travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Lima to Santiago in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Peru Standard Time (PET) to Chile Standard Time (CLT) is 1 hour. 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 historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, take a stroll through Puerto Madero, and admire the striking features of El Ateneo Grand Splendid.

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You can fly from Santiago to Buenos Aires in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Buenos Aires due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in Buenos Aires are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to El Chalten.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

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

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): hike 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 take in the awesome beauty at Fitz Roy.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read El Chalten trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Buenos Aires to El Chalten takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to El Calafate.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
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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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Argentino and then get outside with Enjoy!.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the El Calafate trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from El Chalten to El Calafate takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in El Calafate, expect temperatures between 6°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to 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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Perito Moreno National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Laguna de los Tres.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Los Glaciares National Park trip itinerary builder.

Getting from El Calafate to Los Glaciares National Park by bus takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in May, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

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

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