21 days in South America Itinerary

21 days in South America Itinerary

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21 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Wellington, New Zealand
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
2
Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
3
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 15​min
4
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
5
Ollantaytambo, Peru
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h
6
La Paz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
7
Rurrenabaque, Bolivia
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h
8
Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h
End: Wellington, New Zealand

2
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.
On the 24th (Sun), admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, then examine the collection at Museo Del Bicentenario, then see the interesting displays at Fragata ARA Sarmiento, and finally explore the engaging exhibits at Museo de La Plata.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Buenos Aires trip itinerary maker .

Wellington, New Zealand to Buenos Aires is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Argentine Time is minus 15 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Wellington in November; daily highs in Buenos Aires reach 28°C and lows reach 19°C. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Mon) before leaving for Lima.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trip

Museo de La Plata
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Museo de La Plata ©
Museo de La Plata
Museo River Plate ©
Museo River Plate
Fragata ARA Sarmiento ©
Fragata ARA Sarmiento

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima and Museo MATE. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museo Larco and Museo del Automovil Coleccion Nicolini. Step out of Lima with an excursion to Reserva Nacional Lomas de Lachay in Huaral--about 1h 50 min away. And it doesn't end there: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church and Sanctuary of Saint Rose of Lima, explore the world behind art at Museo Pedro de Osma, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Lima trip itinerary site .

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Lima in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Buenos Aires to Lima is minus 2 hours. In November, daytime highs in Lima are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Museums Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Reserva Nacional Lomas de Lachay
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MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima ©
MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Museo MATE ©
Museo MATE

2
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.
On the 29th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi, steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Historico Regional, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Cusco trip builder app .

Traveling by flight from Lima to Cusco takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in November, plan for slightly colder nights in Cusco, with lows around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Museo Historico Regional ©
Museo Historico Regional
Museo de Arte Precolombino ©
Museo de Arte Precolombino

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 30th (Sat), examine the collection at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon and then steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Los Jardines de Mandor, then delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu trip itinerary planning app .

You can do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Ollantaytambo.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Los Jardines de Mandor ©
Los Jardines de Mandor
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna

1
night
Ollantaytambo, Peru

Ollantaytambo ©
Retaining much of its centuries-old architecture, Ollantaytambo represents one of the world's finest examples of Incan city planning.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): view the masterpieces at ALQA - Gallery of Andean Expressions, admire the verdant scenery at Perolniyoq Waterfall, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Ollantaytambo online travel route builder .

You can take a train from Machu Picchu to Ollantaytambo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Ollantaytambo

Trails Wildlife Parks
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Perolniyoq Waterfall ©
Perolniyoq Waterfall

2
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Valley of the Moon and Zipline. Step out of the city life by going to Chacaltaya Ski Resort and Huayna Potosi. Step out of La Paz to go to Tiahuanaco and see Puma Punku, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. It doesn't end there: examine the collection at National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore and stop by Green Hands.

To find reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our La Paz trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ollantaytambo to La Paz. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ollantaytambo to La Paz due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ollantaytambo in December, things will get a bit cooler in La Paz: highs are around 18°C and lows about 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Rurrenabaque.

Things to do in La Paz

Parks Nature Winter Sports

Side Trip

Puma Punku
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3
nights
Rurrenabaque, Bolivia

Rurrenabaque ©
A holiday in Rurrenabaque is a great option for those interested in exploring the region's amazing natural biodiversity, breathtaking landscapes, and native cultures of the area.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Madidi Jungle. Get outdoors at Escorpion Travels and El Chocolatal Golf Eco Resort. Discover out-of-the-way places like Canopy Villa Alcira and Oscar's Swimming Pool. There's more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at River Yacuma and stop by La Cambita.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Rurrenabaque holiday planning tool .

You can fly from La Paz to Rurrenabaque in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from La Paz in December; daily highs in Rurrenabaque reach 38°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Rurrenabaque

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Escorpion Travels ©
Escorpion Travels
River Yacuma ©
River Yacuma

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Casa de Isla Negra and Palacio Baburizza. Get some cultural insight at Museo Maritimo Nacional and National Museum of History. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santiago: Paseo Yugoslavo (in Valparaiso) and Vina Santa Rita (in Buin). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion, do a tasting at Santa Carolina, take a stroll through Barrio Italia, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Santiago road trip planning website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Rurrenabaque to Santiago. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Wineries Museums Parks

Side Trips

Valparaiso, Casa de Isla Negra, Vina Santa Rita
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Casa de Isla Negra ©
Casa de Isla Negra
Museo Maritimo Nacional ©
Museo Maritimo Nacional
Palacio Baburizza ©
Palacio Baburizza

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