40 days in South America Itinerary

40 days in South America Itinerary

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Start: Ranchi, India
Fly + Drive:  36 h
1
Paramaribo, Suriname
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  2 h 30 min
2
Georgetown, Guyana
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h
3
Cartagena, Colombia
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 30 min
4
Bogota, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
5
Quito, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
6
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
7
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  2 h
8
La Paz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  10 h 45 min
9
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  5 h
10
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
11
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Ferry:  2 h 15 min
12
Montevideo, Uruguay
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
13
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
14
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 6 nights
Fly:  31 h
End: Ranchi, India

1
night
Paramaribo, Suriname

Paramaribo ©
With the chance to visit a World Heritage-listed inner city, tours of Paramaribo remain among the most culturally enriching things tourists can do in Suriname.
On the 2nd (Thu), take in the exciting artwork at Ready Tex Art Gallery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Peperpot Nature Park. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch reformed church, then steep yourself in history at Fort Zeelandia, and then wander the streets of Historic Inner City of Paramaribo.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Paramaribo online trip maker.

Ranchi, India to Paramaribo is an approximately 36- hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Suriname Time, which is usually a -8.5 hour difference. In July, daily temperatures in Paramaribo can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Georgetown.

Things to do in Paramaribo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wildlife

Side Trip

Peperpot Nature Park
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Fort Zeelandia ©
Fort Zeelandia
Peperpot Nature Park
Peperpot Nature Park
Ready Tex Art Gallery ©
Ready Tex Art Gallery

2
nights
Georgetown, Guyana

Georgetown ©
Guyana's capital and main urban area, Georgetown represents the starting point for many visits to the country.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, browse the exhibits of Roy Geddes Steel Pan Museum, then explore the striking landscape of Guyana National Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. George's Cathedral. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at Pandama Retreat & Winery and then get your game on at GT Motorsports.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Georgetown trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Paramaribo to Georgetown takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Paramaribo to Georgetown, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Georgetown

Wineries Historic Sites Nature
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Pandama Retreat & Winery ©
Pandama Retreat & Winery
St. George's Cathedral ©
St. George's Cathedral
Spas & Wellness

1
night
Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena ©
The site of the continent's first Spanish colony, Cartagena retains much of its colonial flavor thanks to a World Heritage-listed old town, encircled by old walls and protected by imposing fortresses.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): look for gifts at Swikar Caramelos Artisanales, then contemplate the long history of Plaza Santo Domingo, then explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, and finally contemplate the geological forces at Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano).

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Cartagena trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Georgetown to Cartagena takes 7 hours. Traveling from Georgetown to Cartagena, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Georgetown in July: highs in Cartagena hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Spas Nature
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Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo
Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano) ©
Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano)

3
nights
Bogota, Colombia

Bogota ©
Colombia's heart and soul, Bogota has earned the nickname "Athens of South America" thanks to its abundance of universities, libraries, and lower-level schools.
Visit Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira and Bolivar Square for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Museo Arqueologico de Zipaquira. Change things up with a short trip to Bioparque La Reserva in Cota (about 36 minutes away). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Monserrate, look for gifts at Garrapata Textil, pick up some local products at Plaza de Mercado de Paloquemao, and wander the streets of Barrio La Candelaria.

For where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Bogota trip builder app.

Fly from Cartagena to Bogota in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In July, Bogota is cooler than Cartagena - with highs of 21°C and lows of 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Zipaquira, Bioparque La Reserva
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira ©
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

2
nights
Quito, Ecuador

Quito ©
High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
Let's Go to Ecuador has been added to your itinerary. On the 10th (Fri), do sightseeing your way with Let's Go to Ecuador, explore the world behind art at La Capilla Del Hombre, get to know the fascinating history of Quito Old Town, then admire the landmark architecture of Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, and finally view the masterpieces at Vulgomaestre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Olga Fisch Folklore, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica del Voto Nacional, and then get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Quito trip builder site.

You can fly from Bogota to Quito in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, car, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Bogota in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Quito: highs are around 26°C and lows about 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites Tours Shopping
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Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila ©
Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco ©
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco

2
nights
Lima, Peru

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.
On the 12th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, shop like a local with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), then contemplate the long history of Huaca Pucllana, and finally wander the streets of Miraflores. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then explore the galleries of Galeria Indigo.

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Traveling by flight from Quito to Lima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Quito, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Lima, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Miraflores ©
Miraflores

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sacsayhuaman and Qorikancha. Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Salinas de Maras. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, hunt for treasures at Mercado Central de San Pedro, and get to know the fascinating history of San Blas.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Cusco online visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Lima to Cusco takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect cooler evenings in Cusco when traveling from Lima in July, with lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Salinas de Maras
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras

2
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): tee off at Golf Tours Bolivia-Day Tours and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Mercado de Las Brujas and then delve into the distant past at Tiwanaku.

Discover how to plan a La Paz trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Cusco to La Paz by combination of flight and bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Peru Standard Time to Bolivia Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Cusco in July; daily highs in La Paz reach 17°C and lows reach -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors Tours Golf
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Tiwanaku ©
Tiwanaku
Golf Tours Bolivia-Day Tours ©
Golf Tours Bolivia-Day Tours

2
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Salar de Tara and Valle De La Luna. Pukara de Quitor and Observatorio Etno-Astronomico Licanantay are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Geyser del Tatio, look for all kinds of wild species at Río Putana, see the interesting displays at Museo del Meteorito, and stop by Libreria Del Desierto.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the San Pedro de Atacama journey builder app.

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from La Paz to San Pedro de Atacama in 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from La Paz in July; daily highs in San Pedro de Atacama reach 25°C and lows reach 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Museums Nature
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Valle De La Luna ©
Valle De La Luna
Geyser del Tatio ©
Geyser del Tatio
Salar de Tara ©
Salar de Tara

3
nights
Santiago, Chile

Santiago ©
Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Escape the urban bustle at San Cristóbal Hill and Region IX Ltd. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Concha y Toro and Iglesia de Los Santos Angeles Custodios. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Patio Bellavista, examine the collection at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia San Ignacio de Loyola, and admire all the interesting features of Cerro Santa Lucia.

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Getting from San Pedro de Atacama to Santiago by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trips

Region IX Ltd, Concha y Toro
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San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Concha y Toro ©
Concha y Toro
Patio Bellavista ©
Patio Bellavista

3
nights
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires ©
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.
Visit Cemiterio de Recoleta and Calle Defensa for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Puerto Madero and Palermo. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, shop like a local with El Ateneo Grand Splendid, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Mayo, and visit Recoleta.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Santiago to Buenos Aires takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Santiago to Buenos Aires, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, daytime highs in Buenos Aires are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Montevideo.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Palermo ©
Palermo

3
nights
Montevideo, Uruguay

Montevideo ©
With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pocitos and Catedral de Montevideo. Escape the urban bustle at Playa Punta Ballena and Playa Solanas. Go for a jaunt from Montevideo to Maldonado to see Eco Parque Aventura about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Plaza Independencia, pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia Sagrado Corazon, wander the streets of Ciudad Vieja, and hunt for treasures at Mercado del Puerto.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Montevideo online day trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Buenos Aires to Montevideo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in July, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Montevideo

Shopping Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trip

Maldonado
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Mercado del Puerto ©
Mercado del Puerto
Pocitos ©
Pocitos
Ciudad Vieja ©
Ciudad Vieja

2
nights
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario e Convento Sao Francisco de Assis, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro De Sao Bento, then take a stroll through Liberdade, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at São Paulo Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, make a trip to Paulista Avenue, and then browse the fresh offerings at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Sao Paulo trip planner.

Fly from Montevideo to Sao Paulo in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Montevideo in July, expect Sao Paulo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 26°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue
Mercado Municipal de São Paulo ©
Mercado Municipal de São Paulo
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo

6
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Parque Lage and Paroquia Sao Francisco Xavier. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Copacabana Beach and Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro. Change things up with a short trip to Scuba & Snorkeling in Arraial do Cabo (about 2 hours away). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Ipanema, view the masterpieces at Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas, kick back and relax at Praia de Grumari, and appreciate the history behind Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Rio de Janeiro when traveling from Sao Paulo in August, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Igreja Sao Lourenco, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Pedra do Arpoador ©
Pedra do Arpoador

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