37 days in South America Itinerary

37 days in South America Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Lisbon, Portugal
Fly:  26 h
1
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Ferry:  4 h
2
Ilha Grande, Brazil
— 2 nights
+2
Ferry + Foot + Bus:  4 h
3
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  13 h 15 min
4
Corumba, Brazil
— 1 night
Drive:  11 h 15 min
5
Santa Cruz, Bolivia
— 3 nights
Bus:  4 h
6
Samaipata, Bolivia
— 1 night
+3
Bus + Taxi + Bus + Fly:  6 h 30 min
7
Cochabamba, Bolivia
— 2 nights
Bus:  10 h 15 min
8
Coroico, Bolivia
— 1 night
Drive:  9 h
9
Arica, Chile
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4 h
10
Arequipa, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
11
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  3 h 15 min
12
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
+2
Train + Foot + Bus:  3 h 30 min
13
Cusco, Peru
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  3 h
14
Puno, Peru
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
15
Juliaca, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 15 min
16
Lima, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h 15 min
End: Iquitos, Peru

3
nights
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro
Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
On the next day, don't miss a visit to Escadaria Selaron, pause for some serene contemplation at The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pedra do Arpoador, then kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro trip planner.

Lisbon, Portugal to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 13.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Lisbon to Rio de Janeiro. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Lisbon in October, with highs in Rio de Janeiro at 32°C and lows at 24°C. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Ilha Grande.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Pedra do Arpoador ©
Pedra do Arpoador

2
nights
Ilha Grande, Brazil

Ilha Grande ©
A tumultuous and unsavory history has kept Ilha Grande relatively undeveloped and free of the trappings of the modern world.
On the 12th (Sat), delve into the distant past at Aqueduto, then enjoy the sea views from Castelhanos Lighthouse, and then kick back and relax at Dois Rios Beach. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Aventureiro and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoa Azul.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Ilha Grande road trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Rio de Janeiro to Ilha Grande takes 4 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Ilha Grande can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Mon) before leaving for Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Ilha Grande

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Dois Rios Beach ©
Dois Rios Beach
Lagoa Azul ©
Lagoa Azul
Aventureiro ©
Aventureiro

2
nights
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro ©
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): delve into the lush surroundings at Parque Nacional Tijuca and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerusalem Cultural Center. On your second day here, catch a ride on Sugarloaf Mountain, then steep yourself in history at Parque Lage, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Carioca Aqueduct.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Ilha Grande to Rio de Janeiro takes 4 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Wed) before leaving for Corumba.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Nature Transportation
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Jerusalem Cultural Center ©
Jerusalem Cultural Center
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain
Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro
Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro

1
night
Corumba, Brazil

Corumba
Corumba, a gateway to the world's largest tropical wetlands, offers plenty to go with the natural sights that surround it.
For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Corumba day trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Rio de Janeiro to Corumba with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Corumba. When traveling from Rio de Janeiro in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Corumba, with highs around 39°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. On the 17th (Thu), you'll travel to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Corumba

Museums Historic Sites Nightlife
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3
nights
Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Santa Cruz ©
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.
Iglesias de la Chiquitania and Parroquia La Santa Cruz will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Catedral de Santa Cruz and Museo de Arte Sacro "Monsenor Carlos Geriche Suarez". Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Guembe, explore the world behind art at Museo Artecampo, don't miss a visit to Plaza 24 de Septiembre, and buy something for everyone on your list at Ventura mall.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Santa Cruz trip planner.

You can drive from Corumba to Santa Cruz in 9 hours. Another option is to fly. Traveling from Corumba in October, Santa Cruz is a bit cooler at night with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to Samaipata.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Catedral de Santa Cruz ©
Catedral de Santa Cruz
Iglesias de la Chiquitania ©
Iglesias de la Chiquitania
Parroquia La Santa Cruz ©
Parroquia La Santa Cruz

1
night
Samaipata, Bolivia

Samaipata ©
Some who come for a holiday in Samaipata fall so head over heels that they never leave.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): get outside with Centro Ecologico Cuevas and then explore the ancient world of Fuerte de Samaipata.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Samaipata road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to Samaipata takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Cochabamba.

Things to do in Samaipata

Historic Sites Outdoors
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Fuerte de Samaipata ©
Fuerte de Samaipata
Centro Ecologico Cuevas ©
Centro Ecologico Cuevas

2
nights
Cochabamba, Bolivia

Cochabamba
Dynamic and friendly, Cochabamba benefits from a mild climate largely responsible for its Mediterranean lifestyle and nickname the "City of Eternal Spring." An ideal alternative for anyone wishing to escape the chaos of South America's more popular destinations, Cochabamba vacations allow visitors to discover how regular Bolivians live on an everyday basis.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de San Sebastian, take an in-depth tour of Convento Museo Santa Teresa, and then contemplate the long history of Palacio Portales. On the next day, add some entertainment to your itinerary with Proyecto Martadero, pause for some photo ops at El Cristo de la Concordia, and then make a trip to Plaza 14 de Septiembre.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Cochabamba online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Samaipata to Cochabamba by combination of bus and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In October in Cochabamba, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Coroico.

Things to do in Cochabamba

Historic Sites Museums Nightlife
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Palacio Portales
Palacio Portales
Catedral de San Sebastian ©
Catedral de San Sebastian
Convento Museo Santa Teresa ©
Convento Museo Santa Teresa

1
night
Coroico, Bolivia

Coroico
Coroico is a town in Nor Yungas Province, in the La Paz Department of western Bolivia.HistoryCoroico Viejo was founded above the river Quri Wayq'u . Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): admire the sheer force of San Juan waterfalls.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Coroico online trip maker.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Cochabamba to Coroico takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cochabamba in October, expect nights in Coroico to be little chillier, around 1°C, while days are cooler, around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Arica.

Things to do in Coroico

Nature Parks
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2
nights
Arica, Chile

Arica ©
The northernmost city in the country, Arica hugs the Chile-Peru border.
Get a sense of the local culture at Museo Arqueologico San Miguel de Azapa and Putre Church. Get out of town with these interesting Arica side-trips: Iglesia de Parinacota (in Parinacota) and Lago Chungara (in Putre). Spend the 28th (Mon) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Lauca. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at El Laucho Beach.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Arica online visit planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Coroico to Arica. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Arica

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Putre, Iglesia de Parinacota
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
El Laucho Beach ©
El Laucho Beach
Museo Arqueologico San Miguel de Azapa ©
Museo Arqueologico San Miguel de Azapa
Iglesia de Parinacota ©
Iglesia de Parinacota

4
nights
Arequipa, Peru

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Popular historic sites such as Historic Centre of Arequipa and Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Santa Catalina Monastery and Museo Santuarios Andinos. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de Armas, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa, and make a trip to Complejo de la Compania de Jesus.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Arequipa online visit planner.

Getting from Arica to Arequipa by combination of car and flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone changes from Chile Standard Time to Peru Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In October, daytime highs in Arequipa are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. On the 1st (Fri), you'll travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Arequipa

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa
Santa Catalina Monastery ©
Santa Catalina Monastery
Museo Santuarios Andinos ©
Museo Santuarios Andinos

3
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.
Get some cultural insight at Sacsayhuaman and Plaza de Armas. Qorikancha and Museo de Vida Monastica - Monasterio de Santa Catalina del Cusco will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, and steep yourself in history at Sacred Valley of the Incas.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cusco online vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Arequipa to Cusco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November in Cusco, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Sacred Valley of the Incas
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 4:
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

1
night
Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
On the 4th (Mon), witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes), then stroll through Mandor, and then delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Lucho Soler.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lucho Soler
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Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Mandor ©
Mandor
Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes) ©
Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes)

1
night
Cusco, Peru

Cusco ©
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Q'enqo and then explore the ancient world of Tambomachay.

Plan trip to Cusco with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Puno.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites
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Tambomachay ©
Tambomachay
Q'enqo ©
Q'enqo

2
nights
Puno, Peru

Puno ©
Hugging the western tip of Lake Titicaca, Puno serves as a melting pot of indigenous and imported cultures, and makes a great base for explorations around the region.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): appreciate the history behind Mirador Puma Uta. Keep things going the next day: step off the mainland to explore Taquile Island and then explore the ancient world of Sillustani.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Puno trip maker website.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Cusco to Puno in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Cusco in November since evenings lows in Puno dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Juliaca.

Things to do in Puno

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lake Titicaca
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 8:
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Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island
Uros Floating Islands ©
Uros Floating Islands
Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca

1
night
Juliaca, Peru

Juliaca ©
Juliaca is the capital of San Roman Province in the Puno Region of southeastern Peru. On the 9th (Sat), take in the dramatic natural features at Capachica Peninsula.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Juliaca road trip planning app.

Drive from Puno to Juliaca in an hour. November in Juliaca sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in Juliaca

Nature Parks
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Capachica Peninsula ©
Capachica Peninsula

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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.
Get some historical perspective at Huaca Pucllana and Cathedral of Lima. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museo Larco and Miraflores. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, take in the spiritual surroundings of San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro), don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), and appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Historico de Lima.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Lima trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Juliaca to Lima. Expect much hotter evenings in Lima when traveling from Juliaca in November, with lows around 20°C. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas ©
Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas

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