35 days in South America & Europe Itinerary

35 days in South America & Europe Itinerary

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Start: Budapest, Hungary
Fly + Shuttle:  24 h
1
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
Ferry:  2 h
2
Montevideo, Uruguay
— Few hours
Fly:  6 h 30 min
3
Puerto Iguazu, Argentina
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Drive + Fly:  4 h
4
Salta, Argentina
— 1 night
Drive:  7 h 45 min
5
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 4 nights
Bus + Taxi:  8 h
6
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 15 min
7
La Paz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
Bus:  2 h
8
Copacabana, Bolivia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
9
Puno, Peru
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  3 h 15 min
10
Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  4 h
11
Aguas Calientes, Peru
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h
12
Ollantaytambo, Peru
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  2 h 30 min
13
Lima, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly:  8 h 15 min
14
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 1 night
Fly:  27 h
15
Paris, France
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 30 min
End: Budapest, Hungary

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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.
You've added Palermo Viejo, La Boca, Calle Defensa, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): ponder the world of politics at Casa Rosada, make a trip to Plaza de Mayo, then get to know the fascinating history of Calle Defensa, then wander the streets of Palermo Viejo, and finally wander the streets of Palermo Soho. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of La Boca.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Buenos Aires road trip planner.

Budapest, Hungary to Buenos Aires is an approximately 20- hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or fly. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Argentina Standard Time (ART), which is usually a -4 hour difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Budapest in February: high temperatures in Buenos Aires hover around 32°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to ride a ferry to Montevideo.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Palermo Viejo ©
Palermo Viejo
La Boca
La Boca
Plaza de Mayo ©
Plaza de Mayo

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Montevideo, Uruguay

Montevideo ©
With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Plaza Independencia. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): make a trip to Plaza Independencia.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Montevideo travel planner.

Traveling by ferry from Buenos Aires to Montevideo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. In February, daily temperatures in Montevideo can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. On the 9th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Puerto Iguazu.
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Plaza Independencia ©
Plaza Independencia

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Puerto Iguazu, Argentina

Puerto Iguazu ©
The gateway to a national park inscribed on the World Heritage List, growing Puerto Iguazu sits on the confluence of two major rivers near the border with Paraguay and Brazil.
On the 10th (Fri), stop by Duty Free Shop Puerto Iguazu and then take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to La Aripuca and then stop by Capriccio Alfajores & Gourmet.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Puerto Iguazu trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Montevideo to Puerto Iguazu takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. When traveling from Montevideo in February, plan for somewhat warmer days in Puerto Iguazu, with highs around 37°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Salta.

Things to do in Puerto Iguazu

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Iguazu Falls
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Duty Free Shop Puerto Iguazu ©
Duty Free Shop Puerto Iguazu
Capriccio Alfajores & Gourmet ©
Capriccio Alfajores & Gourmet

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Salta, Argentina

Salta boasts a vibrant social life and array of informative museums appealing to visitors looking for a memorable cultural experience.
On the 12th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Convento San Bernardo, examine the collection at Salta Cabildo, then learn more about the world around you at MAAM - Museo de Arqueologia de Alta Montana de Salta, and finally take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Salta online itinerary planner.

Do a combination of bus, car, and flight from Puerto Iguazu to Salta in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, car, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Puerto Iguazu in February, expect Salta to be slightly colder, temps between 32°C and 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Salta

Tours Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Horseback Riding Tours
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Horseback Riding Tours
Convento San Bernardo ©
Convento San Bernardo
Salta Cabildo ©
Salta Cabildo

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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

San Pedro de Atacama ©
Major archeological sites and a renowned museum remain the big draws in San Pedro de Atacama tourism, appealing to visitors interested in learning more about South America's pre-Columbian cultures.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Iglesia de San Pedro de Atacama and Museo del Meteorito. Get in touch with nature at Valle De La Luna and Geyser del Tatio. Go for a jaunt from San Pedro de Atacama to Calama to see Mall Plaza Calama about 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating landscape at Atacama Desert, identify plant and animal life at Valle Arcoiris, explore the activities along Quebrada de Jerez, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Termas Banos de Puritama.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our San Pedro de Atacama trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Salta to San Pedro de Atacama in 8.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Salta to San Pedro de Atacama due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Salta in February, expect San Pedro de Atacama to be little chillier, temps between 28°C and 8°C. On the 17th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Mall Plaza Calama, Atacama Desert
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Geyser del Tatio ©
Geyser del Tatio
Valle De La Luna ©
Valle De La Luna
Atacama Desert ©
Atacama Desert

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Uyuni, Bolivia

Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Cristobal Lipez and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

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Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from San Pedro de Atacama to Uyuni takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in February, plan for much colder days and a bit warmer nights in Uyuni: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Uyuni

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Iglesia San Cristobal Lipez ©
Iglesia San Cristobal Lipez

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La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Chacaltaya as well as Barracuda Biking Company. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): stop by Mistura - Manifestacion Creativa. On your second day here, make a trip to Mi Teleferico, then see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of Musical Instruments - Museo Instrumentos Musicales de Bolivia.

For where to stay and more tourist information, refer to the La Paz trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Uyuni to La Paz in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Uyuni in February, plan for somewhat warmer days in La Paz, with highs around 17°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Copacabana.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Chacaltaya ©
Chacaltaya
Museo de Textiles Andinos Bolivianos ©
Museo de Textiles Andinos Bolivianos
Barracuda Biking Company ©
Barracuda Biking Company

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Copacabana, Bolivia

Copacabana ©
The town of Copacabana represents the largest Bolivian settlement on the shore of Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in the continent.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lake Titicaca. On the 21st (Tue), steep yourself in history at Isla del Sol and then explore the activities along Lake Titicaca. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head off the coast to Isla De La Luna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Horca del Inca.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Copacabana vacation site.

Getting from La Paz to Copacabana by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Puno.

Things to do in Copacabana

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Isla del Sol ©
Isla del Sol
Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana
Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana
Isla De La Luna ©
Isla De La Luna

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Puno, Peru

Puno ©
Hugging the western tip of Lake Titicaca, Puno serves as a melting pot of indigenous and imported cultures, and makes a great base for explorations around the region.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Titicaca, contemplate the long history of Uros Tupirmarka Lodge, then make a trip to Catedral de Puno, and finally stroll around Parque Pino. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Condor Hill (Mirador de Kuntur Wasi), then step off the mainland to explore Uros Floating Islands, and then take a tour of Yavari Museum.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Puno trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Copacabana to Puno takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Copacabana to Puno, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In February in Puno, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 5°C at night. On the 25th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Puno

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lake Titicaca
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Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca
Uros Floating Islands ©
Uros Floating Islands
La Casa del Corregidor ©
La Casa del Corregidor

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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 a sense of the local culture at Sacsayhuaman and San Blas. Visit Plaza de Armas and Cusco Cathedral for their historical value. Step out of Cusco with an excursion to Salinas de Maras in Maras--about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Tambomachay, hunt for treasures at Centro Artesanal Cusco, wander the streets of Avenida El Sol, and stop by Pedazo de Arte.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Cusco vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Puno to Cusco by combination of bus and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Puno in February, Cusco is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 9°C. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Aguas Calientes.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Salinas de Maras
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

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Aguas Calientes, Peru

Aguas Calientes ©
Serving as the gateway to the ruins of Machu Picchu, Aguas Calientes is little more than a glorified cloud-forest village, housing just over a thousand permanent residents and featuring all of two streets.
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and Intipuncu are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Mandor and Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes) will get you outdoors. When in Aguas Calientes, make a side trip to see Winay Wayna in Machu Picchu, approximately Machu Picchu away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Phutuq K'usi, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado de Artesanias, and look for gifts at Artesanias.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Aguas Calientes online trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Cusco to Aguas Calientes takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Ollantaytambo.

Things to do in Aguas Calientes

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

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

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Ollantaytambo, Peru

Ollantaytambo ©
Retaining much of its centuries-old architecture, Ollantaytambo represents one of the world's finest examples of Incan city planning.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Huayna Picchu. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Huayna Picchu, steep yourself in history at Sacred Valley of the Incas, stop by Seminario Ceramics, then don't miss a visit to Plazoleta Aracama, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Santiago Apostol.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Ollantaytambo day trip website.

You can take a train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo in 2 hours. March in Ollantaytambo sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Ollantaytambo

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Huayna Picchu, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Seminario Ceramics
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Huayna Picchu ©
Huayna Picchu
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Seminario Ceramics ©
Seminario Ceramics

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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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Barranco, Miraflores Boardwalk, Palomino, and other attractions. Popular historic sites such as San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro) and Centro Historico de Lima are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Museo Larco and Miraflores. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Costa Verde, get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), snap pictures at Bridge of Sighs, and look for gifts at Vernacula.

Before you visit Lima, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Ollantaytambo to Lima by combination of bus and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Ollantaytambo in March, plan for a bit warmer days in Lima, with highs around 32°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Lima

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palomino
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Palomino ©
Palomino
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Miraflores ©
Miraflores

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Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Parque Ibirapuera. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, then contemplate the long history of Mosteiro De Sao Bento, and then walk around Parque Ibirapuera.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Sao Paulo online trip maker.

You can fly from Lima to Sao Paulo in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Lima to Sao Paulo is 2 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Sao Paulo can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo
Mosteiro De Sao Bento ©
Mosteiro De Sao Bento
Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera

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Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Moulin Rouge, Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, and other attractions you added. On the 11th (Sat), admire the striking features of Palace of Versailles.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris trip itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Sao Paulo to Paris in 15.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Sao Paulo to Paris, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sao Paulo in March, things will get colder in Paris: highs are around 13°C and lows about 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Nightlife Museums

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre

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