45 days in South America Itinerary

45 days in South America Itinerary

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45 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Valparaiso, Chile
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 30​min
3
Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  12​h
4
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
Drive:  23​h 15​min
5
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  13​h
6
Quito, Ecuador
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 45​min
7
Guayaquil, Ecuador
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
8
Medellin, Colombia
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h
9
Tayrona National Park, Colombia
— 2 nights
Drive:  18​h 45​min
10
Canaima National Park, Venezuela
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  33​h
11
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
12
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
13
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 15​min
14
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
15
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h
16
El Calafate, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Auckland, New Zealand

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): make a trip to Santa Lucia Hill, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, and then steep yourself in history at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Patio Bellavista and then admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Santiago trip planner .

Auckland, New Zealand to Santiago is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Chile Time (CLT), which is usually a -16 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Hanga Roa.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
Patio Bellavista ©
Patio Bellavista

2
nights
Valparaiso, Chile

Navigating through a maze of colorful streets winding up and down steep hills remains an integral part of any Valparaiso tour.
Step out of Valparaiso to go to Casablanca and see Emiliana Organic Vineyards, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at La Sebastiana, appreciate the extensive heritage of Paseo Yugoslavo, don't miss a visit to Plaza Sotomayor, and enjoy the sand and surf at Reñaca.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Valparaiso route builder .

You can take a bus from Santiago to Valparaiso in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daytime highs in Valparaiso are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Valparaiso

Tours Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Vina del Mar, Emiliana Organic Vineyards
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Walking tours
La Sebastiana ©
La Sebastiana
Emiliana Organic Vineyards ©
Emiliana Organic Vineyards

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.
On the 12th (Wed), make a trip to Miraflores, explore the ancient world of Huaca Pucllana, then make a trip to Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, take in the waterfront at Miraflores Boardwalk, get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), then walk around Plazuela Chabuca Granda, and finally wander the streets of Barranco.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Lima trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Valparaiso to Lima in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Valparaiso to Lima due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Valparaiso in January, with highs in Lima at 31°C and lows at 24°C. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

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nights
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 15th (Sat), take some stellar pictures from Intipuncu and then steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna, don't miss a visit to Plaza Manco Capac, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes).

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Machu Picchu vacation planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Lima to Machu Picchu takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to drive to Uyuni.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

3
nights
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Salar de Uyuni has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Isla Incahuasi and then explore the striking landscape at Salar de Uyuni. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Museo de la Llama y la Sal, then see the interesting displays at Train Cemetery, and then trek along Senda Andina.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Uyuni trip itinerary builder tool .

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi from Hanga Roa to Uyuni in 20 hours. The time zone changes from Easter Is. Time to Bolivia Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Hanga Roa in February, expect nights in Uyuni to be slightly colder, around 12°C, while days are colder, around 13°C. You will leave for home on the 16th (Wed).

Things to do in Uyuni

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Museo de la Llama y la Sal
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Salar de Uyuni ©
Salar de Uyuni
Isla Incahuasi ©
Isla Incahuasi
Train Cemetery ©
Train Cemetery

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.
On the 21st (Fri), make a trip to Mitad Del Mundo, get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica del Voto Nacional, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Quito Old Town.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Quito road trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Uyuni to Quito takes 13 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Uyuni to Quito, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Uyuni in January, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Quito: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites Museums
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Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania
Mitad Del Mundo ©
Mitad Del Mundo

3
nights
Guayaquil, Ecuador

Guayaquil ©
Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Guayaquil is known for historic sites, parks, shopping, outdoors, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Las Penas, take in panoramic vistas at La Perla, take in nature's colorful creations at Parque Seminario, and enjoy the sea views from El Faro de Guayaquil.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Guayaquil tour builder site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Quito to Guayaquil takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Quito in January, expect Guayaquil to be a bit warmer, temps between 36°C and 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Guayaquil Historical Park ©
Guayaquil Historical Park
Las Penas ©
Las Penas
Cerro Santa Ana ©
Cerro Santa Ana

2
nights
Medellin, Colombia

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): take in the local highlights with Walking tours and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Parque Explora. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno, contemplate the long history of Pueblito Paisa, then don't miss a visit to Plaza Botero, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museo de Antioquia.

To find more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Medellin trip planning site .

Getting from Uyuni to Medellin by combination of taxi and flight takes about 15.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Uyuni to Medellin due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Uyuni in January, you will find days in Medellin are much hotter (32°C), and nights are a bit warmer (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Tayrona National Park.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Parque Explora ©
Parque Explora
Museo de Antioquia ©
Museo de Antioquia

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nights
Tayrona National Park, Colombia

Tayrona National Park
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): kick back and relax at Playa de las 7 Olas.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Tayrona National Park trip itinerary planning app .

Explore your travel options from Medellin to Tayrona National Park with the Route module. In January, Tayrona National Park is a bit warmer than Medellin - with highs of 39°C and lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Canaima National Park.

Things to do in Tayrona National Park

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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4
nights
Canaima National Park, Venezuela

Canaima National Park ©
One of the largest national parks in the world, Canaima National Park encompasses 30,000 sq km (12 sq mi) of distinct landscapes, varied wildlife, and the world's highest waterfalls.
Canaima National Park is known for nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Salto Aponguao, Head underground at Kavak Cave, and take in the dramatic natural features at Salto Kawi.

Discover how to plan a Canaima National Park trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Explore your travel options from Tayrona National Park to Canaima National Park with the Route module. You will leave for Fernando de Noronha on the 2nd (Wed).

Things to do in Canaima National Park

Parks Nature
Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 2:
Highlights from your plan
Salto Aponguao ©
Salto Aponguao
Salto Kawi ©
Salto Kawi

2
nights
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

Fernando de Noronha ©
With 21 lush islands scattered among pristine waters in the Atlantic Ocean, a Fernando de Noronha holiday is well worth the effort it takes to get there.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): stroll through Praia do Sueste, kick back and relax at Baia do Sancho, and then see the interesting displays at Projeto TAMAR Fernando de Noronha - Patrocínio PETROBRAS. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Baia dos Porcos and then take in panoramic vistas at Forte Sao Pedro do Boldro.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Fernando de Noronha road trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Canaima National Park to Fernando de Noronha. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Canaima National Park to Fernando de Noronha due to the time zone difference. In February, daily temperatures in Fernando de Noronha can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Highlights from your plan
Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Praia do Sueste ©
Praia do Sueste
Baia dos Porcos ©
Baia dos Porcos

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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, nature, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Sugarloaf Mountain, stroll through Pedra do Arpoador, kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, and appreciate the history behind Corcovado Christ the Redeemer.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro sightseeing planner.

Fly from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro in 8 hours. The time zone changes from Fernando de Noronha Time (FNT) to Brasilia Time (BRT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In February, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Bondinho  Pao de Acucar ©
Bondinho Pao de Acucar
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer

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nights
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

Foz do Iguacu ©
A gateway to the world-renowned Iguacu Falls, which spectacularly divide Brazil and Argentina, the modern, high-rise city of Foz do Iguacu can't help but play second fiddle to the natural wonder in its vicinity.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): examine the collection at Dreamland Foz, then see human ingenuity at work at Iguazu Falls, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Shopping Mercosul. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see human ingenuity at work at Itaipu Hydroelectric Dam, then get to know the resident critters at Parque das Aves Bird Park, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosque of Omar Ibn Al-Khattab.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Foz do Iguacu road trip planning website .

Fly from Rio de Janeiro to Foz do Iguacu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in February, expect little chillier with lows of 25°C in Foz do Iguacu. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
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Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Parque das Aves Bird Park ©
Parque das Aves Bird Park
Itaipu Dam ©
Itaipu Dam

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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 nightlife, museums, parks, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Cemiterio de Recoleta, take a stroll through San Telmo, admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, and admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Buenos Aires tour planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Foz do Iguacu to Buenos Aires takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. While traveling from Foz do Iguacu, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Buenos Aires, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Los Glaciares National Park.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Find places to stay Feb 11 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

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Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

Los Glaciares National Park ©
A World Heritage Site, Los Glaciares National Park contains a giant ice cap that feeds 47 vast glaciers.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Glaciar Seco and then explore the striking landscape at Perito Moreno Glacier. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Glaciar Spegazzini.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Los Glaciares National Park travel route planner .

Getting from Buenos Aires to Los Glaciares National Park by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Buenos Aires in February, plan for cooler days and little chillier nights in Los Glaciares National Park: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 16°C at night. On the 16th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to El Calafate.

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

Parks Nature
Find places to stay Feb 14 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Perito Moreno Glacier ©
Perito Moreno Glacier
Glaciar Spegazzini ©
Glaciar Spegazzini
Glaciar Seco ©
Glaciar Seco

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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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Laguna Nimez Reserva Natural Municipal and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Argentino.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the El Calafate trip itinerary maker .

You can take a bus from Los Glaciares National Park to El Calafate in 2 hours. In February, daytime highs in El Calafate are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 16 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
Lago Argentino
Lago Argentino
Laguna Nimez Reserva Natural Municipal ©

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