31 days in South America Itinerary

31 days in South America Itinerary

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Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly:  20 h 45 min
1
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly:  10 h
2
Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly:  10 h 45 min
3
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
4
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h 45 min
5
La Paz, Bolivia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
6
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 3 nights
Fly:  20 h 30 min
7
Puerto Madryn, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h
8
El Chalten, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
9
Ushuaia, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  24 h
End: San Francisco, United States

4
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.
Buenos Aires is known for historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll the grounds of Cemiterio de Recoleta, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, and get to know the fascinating history of Calle Defensa.

To find maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Buenos Aires itinerary planner.

San Francisco, USA to Buenos Aires is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Argentina Standard Time (ART) is 5 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from San Francisco in December: high temperatures in Buenos Aires hover around 83°F and lows are around 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Casinos
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 20:
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Plaza de Mayo ©
Plaza de Mayo

4
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.
Cusco is known for historic sites, museums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, admire the masterpieces at Ekekos San Blas - Arte & Colores, and steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cusco trip planner.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Cusco in 10 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Buenos Aires to Cusco. Traveling from Buenos Aires in December, you will find days in Cusco are slightly colder (69°F), and nights are cooler (46°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Museums
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Ekekos San Blas  - Arte  & Colores ©
Ekekos San Blas - Arte & Colores
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha

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 25th (Fri): stroll around Parque Ibirapuera, take a stroll through Liberdade, and then explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP, thentake a stroll through Paulista Avenue, and then browse the fresh offerings at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Sao Paulo trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Sao Paulo takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Cusco to Sao Paulo. Traveling from Cusco in December, you will find days in Sao Paulo are somewhat warmer (82°F), and nights are warmer (67°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:
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Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera
Mercado Municipal de São Paulo ©
Mercado Municipal de São Paulo
Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue

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.
Rio de Janeiro is known for beaches, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach, stroll through Praia de Ipanema, appreciate the history behind Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, and contemplate the long history of Parque Lage.

For traveler tips and tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sao Paulo in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Rio de Janeiro, with lows of 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

3
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 31st (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Iglesia de San Francisco and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. On the 1st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, thenmake a trip to Mi Teleferico, and then don't miss a visit to Mercado de Las Brujas.

Plan my day in La Paz using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to La Paz in 10.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) to Bolivia Time (BOT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Rio de Janeiro in December, with highs in La Paz at 60°F and lows at 38°F. On the 2nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in La Paz

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Mercado de Las Brujas ©
Mercado de Las Brujas
Iglesia de San Francisco ©
Iglesia de San Francisco

3
nights
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head off the coast to Isla Incahuasi and then take in the dramatic natural features at Salar de Uyuni.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Uyuni journey planner.

Fly from La Paz to Uyuni in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from La Paz in January, Uyuni is a bit warmer at night with lows of 53°F. You'll set off for Puerto Madryn on the 5th (Tue).

Things to do in Uyuni

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Museo de la Llama y la Sal
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 5:
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Salar de Uyuni ©
Salar de Uyuni
Isla Incahuasi ©
Isla Incahuasi
Train Cemetery ©
Train Cemetery

2
nights
Puerto Madryn, Argentina

Puerto Madryn ©
Whales and penguins frolic in the waters of Puerto Madryn, one of Argentine Patagonia's most important port cities.
Step out of Puerto Madryn to go to Trelew and see Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio, which is approximately 50 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Peninsula Valdes, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, contemplate the long history of The Town of Gaiman, and take a leisurely stroll along Muelle Luis Piedra Buena.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Madryn trip builder website.

Getting from Uyuni to Puerto Madryn by flight takes about 19 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Uyuni to Puerto Madryn due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to El Chalten.

Things to do in Puerto Madryn

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio
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Peninsula Valdes ©
Peninsula Valdes
Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio ©
Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
El Chalten, Argentina

El Chalten ©
Nestled up against the hills of the Los Glaciares National Park, El Chalten serves as one of the nation's most bustling hubs for hikers and backpackers heading out into the wild landscape of southern Patagonia.
On the 9th (Sat), take some stellar pictures from El Mirador De Los Condores and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fitz Roy. On your second day here, explore the activities along Laguna Capri, trek along Laguna de los Tres, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Laguna Torre.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the El Chalten trip itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Puerto Madryn to El Chalten in 8.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Laguna de los Tres
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Laguna de los Tres ©
Laguna de los Tres
Fitz Roy ©
Fitz Roy
Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Tierra del Fuego National Park and then contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Beagle. Keep things going the next day: step off the mainland to explore Isla Bridges, see Off-Road Tours, thentake an in-depth tour of Museo del Fin del Mundo, and finally examine the collection at Museo Maritimo y del Presidio de Ushuaia.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Ushuaia road trip website.

You can fly from El Chalten to Ushuaia in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 55°F in January, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks Nature Tours
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Highlights from your plan
Tierra del Fuego National Park ©
Tierra del Fuego National Park
Canal Beagle ©
Canal Beagle
Off-Road Tours

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