24 days in South America Itinerary

24 days in South America Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South America trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly
2
Puerto Iguazu, Argentina
— 2 nights
Bus to Foz do Iguacu, Fly to Lima
3
Lima, Peru
— 1 night
Fly
4
Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
Shuttle
5
Ollantaytambo, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly
6
Quito, Ecuador
— 5 nights
Fly
7
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly

S M T W T F S
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28

Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de Lujan, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de San Isidro, then wander the streets of Puerto Madero, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, contemplate the waterfront views at Delta El Tigre, and then explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional De Arte Decorativo.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires visit planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Buenos Aires is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Buenos Aires is minus 13 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Melbourne in December since evenings lows in Buenos Aires dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Iguazu.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 1 — 4:

Puerto Iguazu, Argentina

— 2 nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sendero Macuco and Cataratas del Iguazu - Lado Argentino. Your inner history buff will appreciate Catedral Virgen del Carmen and La Aldea Fortin M'Borore. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Puerto Iguazu: Iguazu National Park (Salto Bernabe Mendez & Salto San Martin). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls, identify plant and animal life at Jardin de los Picaflores, don't miss a visit to Plaza San Martin, and take a stroll through Puerto Iguazu.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Iguazu attractions planner.

Fly from Buenos Aires to Puerto Iguazu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Puerto Iguazu

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 4 — 6:

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then wander the streets of San Isidro.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Lima vacation builder tool.

Getting from Puerto Iguazu to Lima by combination of bus and flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Puerto Iguazu to Lima due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Puerto Iguazu in December: highs in Lima hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 7:

Cusco, Peru

— 4 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.
Popular historic sites such as Sacsayhuaman and Piquillacta are in your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to exploor and San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Cerro Colorado Vinicunca, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Cusco trip planning app.

Fly from Lima to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Lima in December, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Cusco: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Ollantaytambo.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Spas · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 7 — 11:

Ollantaytambo, Peru

— 3 nights
Retaining much of its centuries-old architecture, Ollantaytambo represents one of the world's finest examples of Incan city planning.
Step off the beaten path and head to Sacred Valley of the Incas and Moray. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo and Naupa Iglesia. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ollantaytambo: Urubamba (Iglesia de Urubamba & Cerveceria Willkamayu), Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva (in Yucay) and Salinas de Maras (in Maras). There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Qosqo Ayllu, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Santiago Apostol, delve into the distant past at Inca Quarries, and contemplate the long history of Inka Pintay.

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

Getting from Cusco to Ollantaytambo by shuttle takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in December, and nighttime lows around 9°C. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Quito.

Things to do in Ollantaytambo

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 11 — 14:

Quito, Ecuador

— 5 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'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cotopaxi National Park and Catedral Metropolitana de Quito. Get in touch with nature at Horseback Riding Tours and Termas de Papallacta. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Museo Casa del Alabado, get to know the fascinating history of Quito Old Town, admire the striking features of Santo Domingo Church, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Quito online trip planner.

Getting from Ollantaytambo to Quito by flight takes about 10 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Ollantaytambo in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Quito, with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Quito

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 14 — 20:

Santiago, Chile

— 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Castillo Hidalgo, take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo Baha'i. On the next day, learn about winemaking at Vina Santa Rita and then learn about winemaking at Vina Undurraga.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Santiago trip itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Quito to Santiago takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Ecuador Time (ECT) to Chile Standard Time (CLT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Wineries · Nature · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 20 — 23: