24 days in South America Itinerary

24 days in South America Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South America trip itinerary planner

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
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Puerto Iguazu, Argentina
— 2 nights
Bus to Foz do Iguacu, Fly to Lima
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Lima, Peru
— 1 night
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Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
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Ollantaytambo, Peru
— 3 nights
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Quito, Ecuador
— 5 nights
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Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
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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.
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 take a stroll through Puerto Madero, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, explore the activities along Delta El Tigre, and then steep yourself in history at Museo Nacional De Arte Decorativo.

For maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires trip itinerary planning site.

Melbourne, Australia to Buenos Aires is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Argentina Standard Time (ART), which is usually a -13 hour difference. Traveling from Melbourne in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Buenos Aires, with lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Puerto Iguazu.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sendero Macuco and Jardin de los Picaflores. Get some cultural insight at Puerto Iguazu and Catedral Virgen del Carmen. Get out of town with these interesting Puerto Iguazu side-trips: Iguazu National Park (Salto Bernabe Mendez & Salto San Martin). There's more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls and don't miss a visit to La Aldea Fortin M'Borore.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Iguazu road trip website.

Fly from Buenos Aires to Puerto Iguazu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Puerto Iguazu sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Puerto Iguazu

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Neighborhoods

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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 take a stroll through San Isidro.

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

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Puerto Iguazu to Lima takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Iguazu to Lima is minus 2 hours. While traveling from Puerto Iguazu, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Lima, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Neighborhoods
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like exploor and San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sacsayhuaman and Piquillacta. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape 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 see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Cusco trip builder website.

Traveling by flight from Lima to Cusco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Lima, expect little chillier days and much colder nights in Cusco, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can catch the shuttle to Ollantaytambo.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Spas · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Ollantaytambo, Peru

— 3 nights
Retaining much of its centuries-old architecture, Ollantaytambo represents one of the world's finest examples of Incan city planning.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sacred Valley of the Incas and Qosqo Ayllu. Get some cultural insight at Moray and Salinas de Maras. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ollantaytambo: Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva (in Yucay) and Urubamba (Iglesia de Urubamba & Cerveceria Willkamayu). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naupa Iglesia, explore the ancient world of Inca Quarries, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Santiago Apostol.

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

You can take a shuttle from Cusco to Ollantaytambo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Ollantaytambo are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 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 · Parks · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Horseback Riding Tours and Museo Casa del Alabado. Escape the urban bustle at Cotopaxi National Park and Climbing Tours. Step out of Quito to go to Papallacta and see Termas de Papallacta, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana de Quito, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Santa Teresita, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Maria Augusta Urrutia (La Casa Museo Maria Augusta Urrutia), and admire the striking features of Santo Domingo Church.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Quito trip builder website.

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, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 15°C in Quito. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Quito

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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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 your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo Baha'i. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Vina Santa Rita and then do a tasting at Vina Undurraga.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Santiago road trip planning app.

Getting from Quito to Santiago by flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Ecuador Time to Chile Standard Time, 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 · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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