41 days in South America Itinerary

41 days in South America Itinerary

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Margarita Island, Venezuela
— 3 nights
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Maracaibo, Venezuela
— 2 nights
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Barranquilla, Colombia
— 1 night
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Cartagena, Colombia
— 2 nights
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San Andres Island, Colombia
— 3 nights
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Bogota, Colombia
— 3 nights
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Quito, Ecuador
— 2 nights
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Guayaquil, Ecuador
— 2 nights
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Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 3 nights
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 4 nights
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Iquitos, Peru
— 1 night
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Trujillo, Peru
— 2 nights
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Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 day
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Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
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Arequipa, Peru
— 1 night
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Copacabana, Bolivia
— 1 night
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La Paz, Bolivia
— 3 nights
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Margarita Island, Venezuela — 3 nights

Pearl of the Caribbean

A popular holiday spot for Venezuelans, sunny Margarita Island boasts an exotic Caribbean location, but at the same time is easily accessible from the mainland.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Laguna de la Restinga, Parque Nacional Cerro el Copey, Playa Puerto Cruz, and other attractions you added. Get some historical perspective at Fortín La Galera and Basilica Nuestra Senora Del Valle. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa el Yaque and Playa El Agua. The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with Scubadiving Margarita, explore the historical opulence of Castillo de Santa Rosa, and take in the dramatic natural features at El Farallon Isla Blanca.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Margarita Island trip planner.

Newark, USA to Margarita Island is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Venezuela Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Newark in December, expect Margarita Island to be much hotter, temps between 90°F and 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Maracaibo.
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Find places to stay Dec 8 — 11:

Maracaibo, Venezuela — 2 nights

Beloved Land of the Sun

Home to more than 2 million residents, Maracaibo boasts giant shopping malls and attractive parks, as well as a modern skyline that hugs the shore of an eponymous lake.
Your day by day itinerary now includes aquaventurapark, Barrio y Templo Santa Lucia and Calle Carabobo. On the 12th (Mon), appreciate the extensive heritage of Calle Carabobo, appreciate the extensive heritage of Barrio y Templo Santa Lucia, get in on the family fun at aquaventurapark, relax and rejuvenate at Calantha Spa, then stroll around La vereda del lago Maracaibo, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Rosario de Chiquinquirá. Here are some ideas for day two: snap pictures at Puente Gral Rafael Urdaneta.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Maracaibo trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Margarita Island to Maracaibo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in December, and nighttime lows around 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Barranquilla.
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Find places to stay Dec 11 — 13:

Barranquilla, Colombia — 1 night

Golden Gate of Colombia

An industrial port city on Colombia's Caribbean coast, Barranquilla represents the fourth-most populous city in the country.
You've added Castillo de Salgar, Plaza San Nicolas, Parque Isla Salamanca, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 13th (Tue), wander the streets of El Prado, take in the dramatic natural features at Salinas de Galerazamba, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Isla Salamanca, and finally contemplate the long history of Castillo de Salgar.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Barranquilla road trip site.

You can drive from Maracaibo to Barranquilla in 8.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Maracaibo to Barranquilla. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in December, and nighttime lows around 76°F. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Wed) before leaving for Cartagena.
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Find places to stay Dec 13 — 14:

Cartagena, Colombia — 2 nights

City of Heroes

The site of the continent's first Spanish colony, Cartagena retains much of its colonial flavor thanks to a World Heritage-listed old town, encircled by old walls and protected by imposing fortresses.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Barrio Getsemani, Torre del Reloj and Playa Blanca. Appreciate the collections at Caribe Jewelry Museum & Factory and Choco Museo. Do some cultural sightseeing at Walled City of Cartagena and Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas. There's much more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, learn about all things military at Museo Naval Del Caribe, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Santa Catalina de Alejandria.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Cartagena trip website.

Getting from Barranquilla to Cartagena by bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. In December in Cartagena, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 76°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to San Andres Island.
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Find places to stay Dec 14 — 16:

San Andres Island, Colombia — 3 nights

The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
You've added Cayo Acuario, Playa de Spratt Bight, Bahia Cocoplum, and other attractions to your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Scuba San Andres Dive Shop and West View. Island House Museum and Parque Tematico El Pueblito Isleno San Andres will appeal to museum buffs. The adventure continues: stroll through Playa de San Luis, take in the dramatic natural features at Hoyo Soplador, explore the fascinating underground world of Morgan's Cave, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Primera Iglesia Bautista Hispana.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the San Andres Island road trip site.

You can fly from Cartagena to San Andres Island in 3 hours. In December in San Andres Island, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 77°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Bogota.
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Find places to stay Dec 16 — 19:

Bogota, Colombia — 3 nights

Athens of South America

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Bolivar Square, Museo Nacional de Colombia, Barrio La Candelaria, and other attractions you added. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica and Casa de Moneda - Coleccion Numismatica del Banco de la Republica. Get outdoors at Laguna de Guatavita and Monserrate. Get out of town with these interesting Bogota side-trips: Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira (in Zipaquira) and Minga Expeditions (in La Calera). The adventure continues: stop by Vitrina Guayca.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Bogota online sightseeing planner.

Fly from San Andres Island to Bogota in 4 hours. When traveling from San Andres Island in December, plan for little chillier days in Bogota, with highs around 67°F, while nights are colder with lows around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Quito.
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Find places to stay Dec 19 — 22:

Quito, Ecuador — 2 nights

Light of America

High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
You've added Termas de Papallacta, Cascada de Peguche, Cotopaxi National Park, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada de Peguche, explore the activities along Cuicocha, contemplate the geological forces at Cotopaxi National Park, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Termas de Papallacta, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Quito Old Town, and finally contemplate the geological forces at Pichincha. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, then see the interesting displays at Intinan Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, and finally contemplate the geological forces at Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Quito trip app.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Quito takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bogota in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Quito, with lows of 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Guayaquil.
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Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:

Guayaquil, Ecuador — 2 nights

Pearl of the Pacific

Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
You've added Isla Santay, Parque Samanes, Playa San Pablo, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 25th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Metropolitana de Guayaquil, appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Ana Port, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa San Pablo, step off the mainland to explore Isla Santay, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Guayaquil Historical Park, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum of Anthropology and Contemporary Art. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Parque Samanes, then wander the streets of Las Penas, then visit Cerro Santa Ana, and finally visit a coastal fixture at El Faro de Guayaquil.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Guayaquil itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Quito to Guayaquil in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Quito in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Guayaquil: highs are around 90°F and lows about 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Puerto Villamil.
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Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:

Puerto Villamil, Ecuador — 3 nights

Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Sierra Negra, Isabela Island and Turtle Island. Escape the urban bustle at Rosedelco- Day tour and Concha de Perla. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Los Tuneles, stroll through Laguna Salinas, explore the activities along Laguna de los Diablos, and relax and rejuvenate at La Playita.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Villamil travel route planner.

You can fly from Guayaquil to Puerto Villamil in 4 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Guayaquil to Puerto Villamil. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to catch the ferry to Puerto Ayora.
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Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:

Puerto Ayora, Ecuador — 4 nights

The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Playa de los Alemanes, Playa de La Estacion, Los Gemelos, and other attractions. Step out of the city life by going to Charles Darwin Research Station and Scuba & Snorkeling. Museum-lovers will get to explore Samay Latin Art and The Angelique Art Gallery. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, admire the masterpieces at Maprae, take in the dramatic natural features at Las Grietas, and pause for some photo ops at Monumento de aves de Galapagos.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Puerto Ayora online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Villamil to Puerto Ayora takes 3.5 hours. The time zone changes from Galapagos Time to Ecuador Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Iquitos.
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Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 2:

Iquitos, Peru — 1 night

Capital of the Peruvian Amazon

The largest city in the Peruvian Amazon and the world's largest metropolis unreachable by road, Iquitos represents a major starting point for river and rainforest adventures.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Momon River, Catedral de Iquitos, Amazon Rescue Center, and other attractions you added. On the 3rd (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Amazon Rescue Center, examine the collection at Museum of Indigenous Amazonian Cultures, visit Belen, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Iquitos, then explore the activities along Momon River, and finally surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Iquitos tour itinerary planning site.

Traveling by combination of bus, ferry, and flight from Puerto Ayora to Iquitos takes 18 hours. January in Iquitos sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 73°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Trujillo.
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Find places to stay Jan 2 — 3:

Trujillo, Peru — 2 nights

Capital of Culture

Considered the country's capital of culture, Trujillo was the birthplace of the North Group, a community of artists and intellectuals that included celebrated poet Cesar Vallejo and notable novelist Ciro Alegria.
You've now added Palacio Iturregui to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Palacio Iturregui, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Huanchaco, then steep yourself in history at Chan Chan, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Trujillo - Catedral de Santa Maria. On the next day, steep yourself in history at La Huaca del Sol, then make a trip to Plaza de Armas de Trujillo, then stroll through Huanchaco Al Rescate, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Atma Yoga Huanchaco.

Make your Trujillo itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Fly from Iquitos to Trujillo in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Iquitos in January; daily highs in Trujillo reach 76°F and lows reach 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Lima.
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Find places to stay Jan 3 — 6:

Lima, Peru — 3 nights

City of the Kings

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Cathedral of Lima, Cordillera de la Viuda and Playa Santa Maria del Mar. Let the collections at Museo Larco and Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas capture your imagination. Visit Huaca Pucllana and Centro Historico de Lima for their historical value. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Miraflores, visit Barranco, relax and rejuvenate at Escencial, and stop by Wica Licoreria Artesanal.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Lima journey planner.

Fly from Trujillo to Lima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Lima sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Machu Picchu.
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Find places to stay Jan 6 — 9:

Machu Picchu, Peru — 1 day

A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Intipuncu as well as Winay Wayna. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna, get great views at Intipuncu, then steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Mandor.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Machu Picchu road trip site.

Getting from Lima to Machu Picchu by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cusco.
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Find places to stay Jan 9 — 10:

Cusco, Peru — 2 nights

Imperial City

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Rainbow Mountain Peru, Cusco Cathedral, Tipon, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Qorikancha, contemplate the long history of Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo, contemplate the long history of Tipon, contemplate the long history of Sacred Valley of the Incas, then see the top attractions with Rainbow Mountain Peru, and finally get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Cusco Cathedral, explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, then explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, and finally wander the streets of San Blas.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Cusco trip planner.

Traveling by car from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In January in Cusco, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to fly to Arequipa.
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Find places to stay Jan 9 — 11:

Arequipa, Peru — 1 night

White City

In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Nevado De Mismi, Chachani, Volcan Misti, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Arequipa, get impressive views of Volcan Misti, get impressive views of Chachani, take in the awesome beauty at Nevado De Mismi, then explore the striking landscape of Salinas y Aguada Blanca National Reserve, and finally wander the streets of Yanahuara.

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You can fly from Cusco to Arequipa in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Cusco in January since evenings lows in Arequipa dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Copacabana.
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Find places to stay Jan 11 — 12:

Copacabana, Bolivia — 1 night

The town of Copacabana represents the largest Bolivian settlement on the shore of Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in the continent.
On the 13th (Fri), hike along Isla del Sol. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Lake Titicaca.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Copacabana trip planner.

Traveling by car from Arequipa to Copacabana takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Arequipa to Copacabana. On the 14th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to La Paz.
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Find places to stay Jan 13 — 14:

La Paz, Bolivia — 3 nights

City that Touches the Sky

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Puerta del Sol, WMDR Yungas Road, Puma Punku, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Puma Punku, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Huayna Potosi, don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol, take in the dramatic natural features at Valley of the Moon, then delve into the distant past at Tiwanaku, and finally take a memorable drive along WMDR Yungas Road. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Mi Teleferico, then examine the collection at National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore, and then examine the collection at Museo de Textiles Andinos Bolivianos.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our La Paz trip planner.

Getting from Copacabana to La Paz by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. January in La Paz sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.
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Find places to stay Jan 14 — 17:

Galapagos Islands travel guide

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Famous worldwide thanks to Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, the remote World Heritage-listed Galapagos Islands are situated in the Pacific Ocean and belong to Ecuador. On a tour of Galapagos Islands, you can witness the staggering amount of endemic wildlife the archipelago is noted for. Besides a couple of cities on the main islands, the landscape remains mostly pristine, as the guided tours follow strict rules and limit visitor numbers. Fascinating creatures, untouched nature, unrivalled snorkeling, scuba diving, and more await you on your Galapagos Islands trip.
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