53 days in South America Itinerary

53 days in South America Itinerary

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Salvador, Brazil
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Montevideo, Uruguay
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Iguazu National Park, Argentina
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Salta, Argentina
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Ushuaia, Argentina
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El Calafate, Argentina
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Mendoza, Argentina
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Santiago, Chile
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Asuncion, Paraguay
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Santa Cruz, Bolivia
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Uyuni, Bolivia
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La Paz, Bolivia
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Cusco, Peru
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Lima, Peru
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Quito, Ecuador
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Bogota, Colombia
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Cartagena, Colombia
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Salvador, Brazil

— 2 nights

Black Rome

Nowhere are the traditions of Brazil's African-background community as strong as in Salvador, the colorful, historical capital of Bahia state.
On the 2nd (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Farol da Barra, then steep yourself in history at Santo Antonio da Barra Fort and Nautic Museum of Bahia, then enjoy breathtaking views from Elevator Lacerda, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Misericordia Museum and then take a stroll through Pelourinho.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Salvador trip builder.

Dublin, Ireland to Salvador is an approximately 18-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Dublin to Salvador. In July, Salvador is somewhat warmer than Dublin - with highs of 31°C and lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Salvador

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

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Find places to stay Jul 1 — 3:

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

— 4 nights

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rio de Janeiro: Petropolis (Museu de Cera de Petropolis, Cervejaria Bohemia, &more) and Museu de Arte Contemporanea de Niteroi (in Niteroi). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Ipanema, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Our Lady of the Candelaria, and get curious at Museu do Amanha.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Salvador to Rio de Janeiro takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Rio de Janeiro when traveling from Salvador in July, with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Montevideo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 3 — 7:

Montevideo, Uruguay

— 2 nights
With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral de Montevideo, then wander the streets of Ciudad Vieja, then make a trip to Plaza Independencia, and finally go for a walk through Rambla de Montevideo. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Mercado Agricola Montevideo - MAM and then wander the streets of Pocitos.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Montevideo trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Montevideo in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in July, expect nights in Montevideo to be much colder, around 7°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to fly to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Montevideo

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 9:

Iguazu National Park, Argentina

— 1 night
Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): stroll through Salto Bernabe Mendez and then admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Iguazu National Park trip itinerary builder app.

Fly from Montevideo to Iguazu National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Montevideo in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Iguazu National Park: highs are around 26°C and lows about 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Salta.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 9 — 10:

Salta, Argentina

— 1 night

Salta the Beautiful

Salta boasts a vibrant social life and array of informative museums appealing to visitors looking for a memorable cultural experience.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Iglesia Nuestra Senora de La Candelaria de La Vina, get a new perspective on nature at MAAM - Museo de Arqueologia de Alta Montana de Salta, then make a trip to Plaza 9 de Julio, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cerro San Bernardo. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Plazoleta IV Siglos, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Salta, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica Menor San Francisco, then make a trip to Calle Balcarce, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Virgen de los Tres Cerritos.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Salta trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Iguazu National Park to Salta takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Iguazu National Park in July since evenings lows in Salta dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Salta

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 10 — 12:

Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 5 nights

Queen of La Plata

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 trip includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, stroll the grounds of Cemiterio de Recoleta, admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, and don't miss a visit to Casa Rosada.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires trip planner.

You can fly from Salta to Buenos Aires in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Salta in July, expect nights in Buenos Aires to be somewhat warmer, around 10°C, while days are little chillier, around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Ushuaia.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 17:

Ushuaia, Argentina

— 1 night

End of the World

Often called the "End of the World" because of its position on the southernmost tip of South America, the expanding city of Ushuaia serves as both a busy commercial port and attractive tourist hub.
On the 17th (Fri), explore the activities along Canal Beagle and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tierra del Fuego National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Outdoor Activities and then take in the exciting artwork at Museo Maritimo y del Presidio de Ushuaia.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Ushuaia online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or drive. In July, Ushuaia is slightly colder than Buenos Aires - with highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to El Calafate.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 18:

El Calafate, Argentina

— 2 nights
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 19th (Sun), explore the striking landscape at Perito Moreno Glacier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Lago Argentino and then examine the collection at Glaciarium Museo del Hielo Patagónico.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our El Calafate day trip site.

Fly from Ushuaia to El Calafate in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Ushuaia in July, expect nights in El Calafate to be about the same, around 0°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Mendoza.

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 18 — 20:

Mendoza, Argentina

— 3 nights
Famed for its neat vineyards and thriving wine production, Mendoza remains the place to visit for a pleasant combination of relaxation and recreation.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): stroll around Parque General San Martin, admire the local landmark of Fuente de los Continentes, then do a tasting at Bodega Roberto Bonfanti, and finally indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Bodega Budeguer, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Parque Provincial Aconcagua, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Casa Tapaus Destilados.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Mendoza trip itinerary planning website.

Fly from El Calafate to Mendoza in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from El Calafate in July, you will find days in Mendoza are much warmer (17°C), and nights are about the same (2°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Santiago.

Things to do in Mendoza

Wineries · Tours · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 23:

Santiago, Chile

— 6 nights

City of the Island Hills

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Explore Santiago's surroundings by going to Concha y Toro (in Pirque) and Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile (in Valle Nevado). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, make a trip to Cerro Santa Lucia, stop by Patio Bellavista, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Santiago day trip planning website.

Fly from Mendoza to Santiago in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Mendoza to Santiago. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Asuncion.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 22 — 29:

Asuncion, Paraguay

— 1 night

Mother of Cities

Paraguay's capital and economic center, Asuncion ranks among the youngest cities on the continent, with more than half of its residents under 30 years of age.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): browse the exhibits of Casa de la Independencia, pause for some photo ops at The National Pantheon of Heroes and Oratory of the Virgin Our Lady Saint Mary of the Asuncion, then get a sense of history and politics at Palacio de López, and finally don't miss a visit to Plaza de los Desaparecidos. On the next day, get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping del Sol, then browse the different shops at Paseo La Galeria, and then don't miss a visit to Costanera de Asuncion.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Asuncion trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Santiago to Asuncion takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Asuncion sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Asuncion

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 29 — 30:

Santa Cruz, Bolivia

— 2 nights
More populous than the capital and La Paz, and one of the fastest-growing cities in the world, Santa Cruz has become a thriving commercial center, yet retained some of the trappings of tradition.
On the 31st (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral de Santa Cruz, then get into the urban bustle at Casa Cultural Melchor Pinto, then take in nature's colorful creations at Guembe, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museo Artecampo. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia La Santa Cruz and then don't miss a visit to Plaza 24 de Septiembre.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Santa Cruz holiday maker app.

Fly from Asuncion to Santa Cruz in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Asuncion in July, Santa Cruz is a bit warmer at night with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to fly to Uyuni.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 1:

Uyuni, Bolivia

— 2 nights
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): head off the coast to Isla Incahuasi and then take in the dramatic natural features at Salar de Uyuni. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia San Cristobal Lipez.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Uyuni day trip app.

Fly from Santa Cruz to Uyuni in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, Uyuni is colder than Santa Cruz - with highs of 7°C and lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to La Paz.

Things to do in Uyuni

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 1 — 3:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): push the limits with an extreme tour and then stroll around Valley of the Moon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): make a trip to Mercado de Las Brujas, make a trip to Mi Teleferico, and then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the La Paz online travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Uyuni to La Paz takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Uyuni in August, plan for a bit warmer days in La Paz, with highs around 18°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Cusco.

Things to do in La Paz

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 3 — 6:

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.
Go for a jaunt from Cusco to Maras to see Salinas de Maras about 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, take in the spiritual surroundings of Qorikancha, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and trek along exploor.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cusco trip itinerary builder.

Getting from La Paz to Cusco by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from La Paz to Cusco due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from La Paz in August; daily highs in Cusco reach 24°C and lows reach 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Lima.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 6 — 8:

Lima, Peru

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): take a stroll through Miraflores, delve into the distant past at Huaca Pucllana, and then admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor). On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, then wander the streets of Barranco, and then take an in-depth tour of Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Lima travel planning tool.

Getting from Cusco to Lima by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in August, expect much hotter with lows of 18°C in Lima. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Quito.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 8 — 10:

Quito, Ecuador

— 4 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.
Step out of Quito with an excursion to Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve in Calacali--about 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, make a trip to El Panecillo, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica del Voto Nacional, and get to know the fascinating history of Quito Old Town.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Quito itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Lima to Quito takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Lima, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Quito, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow time for the flight to Bogota.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 10 — 14:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de Colombia, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Primada de Bogota, then see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), then examine the collection at Museo Internacional De La Esmeralda, and finally look for gifts at Vitrina Guayca. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate, admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and then steep yourself in history at Bolivar Square.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Bogota trip tool.

Fly from Quito to Bogota in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Quito in August: high temperatures in Bogota hover around 22°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Cartagena.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 14 — 17:

Cartagena, Colombia

— 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cartagena: Oceanario (in Islas de Rosario) and Playa Blanca (in Isla Baru). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, admire the landmark architecture of Las Bovedas, and don't miss a visit to Plaza Santo Domingo.

To find maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Cartagena road trip planning app.

Getting from Bogota to Cartagena by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Bogota in August; daily highs in Cartagena reach 38°C and lows reach 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 17 — 21: