39 days in South America Itinerary

39 days in South America Itinerary

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39 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Lisbon, Portugal
Fly + Shuttle:  16 h 45 min
1
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 5 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
2
Punta del Este, Uruguay
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
3
El Calafate, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h
4
Ushuaia, Argentina
— 5 nights
Bus:  7 h 45 min
5
Punta Arenas, Chile
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  5 h 30 min
6
Puerto Varas, Chile
— 3 nights
+2
Shuttle + Fly + Shuttle:  8 h
7
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 5 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  13 h
8
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
9
Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  18 h
End: Lisbon, Portugal

5
nights
Buenos Aires, Argentina

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'll explore and learn at Museo de La Plata and Basilica de Nuestra Senora Del Pilar. Get in touch with nature at Horseback Riding Tours and Parque 3 de Febrero. Venture out of the city with trips to Catedral de San Isidro (in San Isidro), Basilica de Lujan (in Lujan) and Reserva Natural Punta Lara (in Ensenada). Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on nature at Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales Bernardino Rivadavia, wander the streets of Puerto Madero, and take in the views from Puente de la Mujer.

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Lisbon, Portugal to Buenos Aires is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and ferry. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Lisbon to Buenos Aires due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Lisbon in January: high temperatures in Buenos Aires hover around 33°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Punta del Este.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Catedral de San Isidro, Basilica de Lujan, Reserva Natural Punta Lara, Museo de La Plata
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Horseback Riding Tours
Catedral de San Isidro ©
Catedral de San Isidro
Basilica de Lujan ©
Basilica de Lujan

3
nights
Punta del Este, Uruguay

Punta del Este ©
With plenty of modern casinos, well-developed beaches, chic restaurants, and upscale hotels, Punta del Este vacations draw visitors from Argentina, Brazil, and beyond.
Get in touch with nature at Playa Brava and Playa Pinares. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ralli Museum Punta del Este and Museo del Mar. Step out of Punta del Este with an excursion to Playa Mansa in Jose Ignacio--about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Museo – Taller de Casapueblo, kick back and relax at Praca Los Ingleses, pause for some photo ops at Plazoneta Gra Bretanha, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Mansa.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Punta del Este trip maker website .

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Punta del Este takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Buenos Aires in January, expect nights in Punta del Este to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are slightly colder, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow time for travel to El Calafate.

Things to do in Punta del Este

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Maldonado, Playa Mansa
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Museo – Taller de Casapueblo ©
Museo – Taller de Casapueblo
Ralli Museum Punta del Este ©
Ralli Museum Punta del Este
Playa Brava ©
Playa Brava

4
nights
El Calafate, Argentina

El Calafate ©
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.
Get some cultural insight at El Calafate Historical Interpretation Center and Walichu Caves. Discover out-of-the-way places like Patagonia Profunda - Safari Experience and Enjoy!. Spend the 27th (Mon) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. There's still lots to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take a stroll through Avenida Libertador, get a new perspective on nature at Museo Regional Municipal de El Calafate, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Paseo de Los Artesanos.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the El Calafate online vacation builder .

You can fly from Punta del Este to El Calafate in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Punta del Este in January, plan for colder days and a bit cooler nights in El Calafate: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in El Calafate

Outdoors Nature Parks
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Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
Patagonia Profunda ©
Patagonia Profunda
Santa Teresita del Nino Jesus ©
Santa Teresita del Nino Jesus

5
nights
Ushuaia, Argentina

Ushuaia ©
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Ushuaia Bay and Nature & Wildlife Tours. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lago Roca and Glaciar Vinciguerra. The adventure continues: see Off-Road Tours, head off the coast to Isla Martillo, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tierra del Fuego National Park, and appreciate the history behind Monumento Antiguos Pobladores de Ushuaia.

For more things to do and tourist information, read Ushuaia trip planner .

You can fly from El Calafate to Ushuaia in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Ushuaia when traveling from El Calafate in January, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Lago Roca
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Isla Martillo ©
Isla Martillo
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Ushuaia Bay ©
Ushuaia Bay

2
nights
Punta Arenas, Chile

Punta Arenas ©
An erstwhile hub of the sheep wool industry, Punta Arenas has evolved into a gateway of sorts for hikers, cruise ship passengers, and adventure travelers heading out on the windswept lands of Chile's extreme southern reaches.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio Municipal, examine the collection at Nao Victoria Museo, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about all things military at Museo Naval y Maritimo, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Regional De Magallanes, and then identify plant and animal life at Reserva nacional Magallanes.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Punta Arenas vacation app .

Take a bus from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In February, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Varas.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Cementerio Municipal ©
Cementerio Municipal
Nao Victoria Museo ©
Nao Victoria Museo
Reserva nacional Magallanes ©
Reserva nacional Magallanes

3
nights
Puerto Varas, Chile

Puerto Varas ©
Overlooking a lake, with a conical volcano looming in the background, Puerto Varas enjoys memorable scenery but retains its authentic atmosphere.
Get outdoors at Volcan Osorno and Lago Todos Los Santos. Visit Iglesia Sagrado Corazon de Jesus and Casa Yunge for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Museo Pablo Fierro, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gruta de Lourdes, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Luterana, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Llanquihue.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Varas attractions tool .

Getting from Punta Arenas to Puerto Varas by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Punta Arenas in February, you will find days in Puerto Varas are somewhat warmer (23°C), and nights are about the same (10°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Puerto Varas

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Puerto Montt
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Volcan Osorno ©
Volcan Osorno
Museo Pablo Fierro ©
Museo Pablo Fierro
Iglesia Sagrado Corazon de Jesus ©
Iglesia Sagrado Corazon de Jesus

5
nights
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Pukara de Quitor and Cementerio de Toconao. Get in touch with nature at Piedras Rojas and Valle De La Luna. Venture out of the city with trips to Calama (Catedral de San Juan Bautista & Casino Marina del Sol Calama). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Valle Arcoiris, witness a stunning natural landmark at Geyser del Tatio, get curious at Museo del Meteorito, and make a trip to Yerbas Buenas Petroglyphs.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the San Pedro de Atacama tour planner .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Puerto Varas to San Pedro de Atacama in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Puerto Varas in February: highs in San Pedro de Atacama hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trips

Calama, Cementerio de Toconao
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Lascar ©
Lascar
Valle Arcoiris ©
Valle Arcoiris
Piedras Rojas ©
Piedras Rojas

5
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Sacred Valley of the Incas and Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries. Get some cultural insight at Sacsayhuaman and Piquillacta. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Cerro Colorado Vinicunca, identify plant and animal life at Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi, explore the ancient world of Tambomachay, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Qorikancha.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Cusco road trip app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Cusco takes 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from San Pedro de Atacama to Cusco. Traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in February, expect nights in Cusco to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Piquillacta, Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries, Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries ©
Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas

3
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de las Nazarenas, appreciate the extensive heritage of San Isidro, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. On your second day here, delve into the distant past at Huaca Pucllana, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Pedro de Osma, then admire the masterpieces at MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima, and finally explore the world behind art at Museo MATE.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Lima online itinerary planner .

Getting from Cusco to Lima by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cusco in February, plan for somewhat 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 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors
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San Isidro ©
San Isidro
Nature & Wildlife Tours
MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima ©
MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima

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