43 days in South America Itinerary

43 days in South America Itinerary

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Fly
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Cusco, Peru
— 6 nights
Fly to La Paz, Shuttle to Copacabana
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Copacabana, Bolivia
— 1 night
Drive
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Tiwanaku, Bolivia
— 1 night
Fly
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Trinidad, Bolivia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Uyuni, Bolivia
— 3 nights
Fly to Silvio Pettirossi International Airport, Drive to Paraguari
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Paraguari, Paraguay
— 3 nights
Drive
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Trinidad, Paraguay
— 2 nights
Drive
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Brotas, Brazil
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 5 nights
Drive
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Sao Sebastiao, Brazil
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Ilhabela, Brazil
— 4 nights
Ferry to São Sebastião, Taxi to Aparecida
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Aparecida, Brazil
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 8 nights
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Cusco, Peru — 6 nights

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 some historical perspective at Sacsayhuaman and Centro Historico De Cusco. Change things up with these side-trips from Cusco: Maras (Moray & Salinas de Maras). Spend the 17th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 20th (Mon), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, trek along exploor, and delve into the distant past at Sacred Valley of the Incas.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Cusco journey planner.

Ljubljana, Slovenia to Cusco is an approximately 24-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Ljubljana to Cusco due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Ljubljana in March: high temperatures in Cusco hover around 23°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Copacabana.
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Find places to stay Mar 14 — 20:

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana and then step off the mainland to explore Isla del Sol.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Copacabana journey planner.

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Cusco to Copacabana in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Peru Standard Time (PET) to Bolivia Time (BOT) is 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Tiwanaku.
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Find places to stay Mar 20 — 21:

Tiwanaku, Bolivia — 1 night

Tiwanaku is a Pre-Columbian archaeological site in western Bolivia.The site was first recorded in written history by Spanish conquistador Pedro Cieza de León. On the 22nd (Wed), contemplate the long history of Tiwanaku.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Tiwanaku road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Copacabana to Tiwanaku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In March in Tiwanaku, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to fly to Trinidad.
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Find places to stay Mar 21 — 22:
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Trinidad, Bolivia — 2 nights

Trinidad, officially La Santísima Trinidad, is a city in Bolivia, capital of the department of Beni. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): stroll through Barba Azul Reserve and then see majestic marine mammals with CHUCHINI Amazon Wildlife Reserve & Eco Lodge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Templo Misional Jesuitico de San Javier and then stroll through Bolivian Parrots Conservation.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Trinidad holiday maker app.

Traveling by flight from Tiwanaku to Trinidad takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tiwanaku in March, expect Trinidad to be warmer, temps between 36°C and 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Uyuni.
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Find places to stay Mar 22 — 24:
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Uyuni, Bolivia — 3 nights

Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Salar de Uyuni and then see the interesting displays at Train Cemetery. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Uyuni trip planning app.

You can fly from Trinidad to Uyuni in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Trinidad in March, things will get colder in Uyuni: highs are around 11°C and lows about 9°C. On the 27th (Mon), you'll travel to Paraguari.
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Find places to stay Mar 24 — 27:

Paraguari, Paraguay — 3 nights

Paraguarí is a city, distrito and capital of Paraguarí Department in Paraguay, located 66 km from the country’s capital, Asunción. Change things up with a short trip to Parque Nacional Ybycui in Ybycui (about 44 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Eco Reserva Mbatovi, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia San Buenaventura de Yaguaron, see the interesting displays at Museo Gaspar Rodriguez De Francia, and take in the dramatic scenery at Salto Cristal.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Paraguari trip builder website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Uyuni to Paraguari. In March, Paraguari is much warmer than Uyuni - with highs of 36°C and lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Trinidad.
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Find places to stay Mar 27 — 30:

Trinidad, Paraguay — 2 nights

Trinidad is a town in the Itapúa department of Paraguay. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): don't miss a visit to Mision Jesuitica Guarani Jesus de Tavarangue and then contemplate the long history of La Santisima Trinidad De Parana.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Trinidad trip planner.

Traveling by car from Paraguari to Trinidad takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Trinidad are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Brotas.
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Side Trip
Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 1:

Brotas, Brazil — 2 nights

A gateway to nearby natural wonders, Brotas offers something special for lovers of the outdoors.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then stroll through Areia que Canta. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at Territorio Selvagem Canoar.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Brotas online driving holiday planner.

Drive from Trinidad to Brotas in 15.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Trinidad to Brotas due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in April, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Sao Paulo.
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Find places to stay Apr 1 — 3:

Sao Paulo, Brazil — 5 nights

Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Get some historical perspective at São Paulo Cathedral and Santuario e Convento Sao Francisco de Assis. Step out of Sao Paulo to go to Jundiai and see Fundacao Serra do Japi, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: stroll around Parque Ibirapuera, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, see the interesting displays at Afro Brazil Museum, and explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Sao Paulo trip maker tool.

You can drive from Brotas to Sao Paulo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Sao Paulo can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive to Sao Sebastiao.
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Find places to stay Apr 3 — 8:

Sao Sebastiao, Brazil — 3 nights

In the 1990s, the area's rustic appeal, pleasant tropical climate, and wealth of unspoiled beaches made Sao Sebastiao holidays hugely popular with wealthy Brazilians seeking calmer, less congested coastal spots.
Visit Juquehy Beach and Maresias Beach for some beach relaxation. Change things up with these side-trips from Sao Sebastiao: Ubatuba (Itamambuca Beach & Barquario). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Camburi Beach and enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Guaeca.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Sao Sebastiao trip maker tool.

You can drive from Sao Paulo to Sao Sebastiao in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Sao Sebastiao are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Ilhabela.
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Find places to stay Apr 8 — 11:

Ilhabela, Brazil — 4 nights

Translated as "beautiful island," Ilhabela has the natural landscape to live up to its name.
You'll get in some beach time at Juliao Beach and Fome Beach. There's much more to do: take a tour by water with Jipe Aventura Turismo, enjoy the sand and surf at Baia de Castelhanos Beach, and stroll through Praia Vermelha.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Ilhabela travel route app.

You can ride a ferry from Sao Sebastiao to Ilhabela in an hour. In April in Ilhabela, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Aparecida.
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Find places to stay Apr 11 — 15:

Aparecida, Brazil — 2 nights

Home to one of Brazil's most famous basilicas, the small city of Aparecida welcomes many times its population in tourists every year.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Matriz Basilica Nossa Senhora Aparecida and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at National Sanctuary of Our Lady of Aparecida. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Santo Antonio and then take some stellar pictures from Morro & Torre do Mirante - Santuario Nacional de Aparecida.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Aparecida route tool.

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Ilhabela to Aparecida in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In April in Aparecida, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rio de Janeiro.
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Find places to stay Apr 15 — 17:

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — 8 nights

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Relax by the water at Copacabana Beach and Praia de Ipanema. Get some historical perspective at Parque Lage and The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian. The adventure continues: make a trip to Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, kick back and relax at Barra da Tijuca Beach, stroll through Praia de Grumari, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Tijuca.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro trip planner.

Traveling by car from Aparecida to Rio de Janeiro takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Aparecida in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Rio de Janeiro, with lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Find places to stay Apr 17 — 25:

Bolivia travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Geologic Formations · Specialty Museums
Tibet of the Americas
If you're an adventurous tourist, consider adding a Bolivia vacation to your travel itinerary. A land of rainforests, Andean glaciers, high altitude cities, and rushing rivers, Bolivia remains one of the most remote countries in the Western Hemisphere. With 60 percent of the population made up of indigenous peoples, native cultures permeate thecountry's music, architecture, and arts, as well as local folklore and traditions. Traveling in Bolivia you can experience diverse wildlife and ecosystems, learn about the country's rich history, try out its distinctive cuisine, and practice your Spanish with the locals, known for their clean and easy-to-understand accent.
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Paraguay travel guide

3.8
Landmarks · Shopping Malls · Gift & Specialty Shops
Heart of South America
Divided in half by its eponymous river, Paraguay is a land of contrasts, especially between its lush eastern region where most of the population lives and the arid west, filled with rustic villages and old Jesuit colonies. Although under Spanish rule for three centuries and with a recent history of dictatorships and wars, Paraguay retained its native Guarani culture, with more than 80 percent of population of indigenous heritage. You'll find plenty of things to do in Paraguay, from touring cosmopolitan cities and quaint Jesuit colonies, to browsing affordable arts and crafts stores and sailing on rivers that crisscross the diverse natural landscape that makes up this landlocked nation.
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State of Sao Paulo travel guide

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Beaches · Parks · Specialty Museums
A trip to State of Sao Paulo reveals one of Brazil's wealthiest regions, considered one of South America's economic powerhouses and known for its high standard of living. The eponymous state capital remains one of the country's most cosmopolitan urban centers, housing almost 20 million residents in its metropolitan region. Beyond this hub of frantic nightlife and thriving commerce, a tour of State of Sao Paulo showcases lively beaches scattered across 600 km (370 mi) of coastline. Farther inland, visitors take advantage of the area's pleasant climate and explore numerous waterfalls, caves, mountains, rivers, spas, parks, and historical buildings dating back to early colonial times.
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