Best of South America Itinerary

Visit South America and travel through Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, and Chile. Visit Machu Picchu, Salar de Uyuni and Buenos Aires.

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peru cusco dancing

peru cusco dancing

peru machu picchu

peru amazon frog

ecuador otavalo spice market

ecuador cuenca lady

chile atacama water

chile atacama jump

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bolivia laguna blanca verde salt flat

argentina winery grapes wine

Days 1-2 Quito

Visit Ecuador and explore the two sides of picturesque Quito - the charming Old Town and the elegant New Town.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 3-4 Amazon Jungle

Discover the abundant plant and animal life within the steamy Amazon Jungle.
ACCOM: Jungle Lodge - 2

Days 5-7 Banos

There are plenty of opportunities to get active in Banos, famous for its therapeutic thermal springs.
ACCOM: Hostel - 3

Days 8-9 Cuenca

Shop for a Panama hat along Cuenca's cobblestone streets.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 10-11 Mancora

Make friends with the fisherman and surfers of seaside Mancora.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1, Overnight bus - 1

Days 12-13 Huanchaco

Travel through the Sechura Desert and onto the resort town of Huanchaco. Enjoy a day trip to nearby Trujillo and take the chance to visit the mud city of Chan Chan.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 14-15 Lima

Wander the well-preserved historical centre of Peru's capital, Lima.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 16 Pisco

Discover Peru's famous Pisco sours in Pisco.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 17 Nazca

Have an eerie desert adventure with visits to an ancient cemetery and the Nazca Lines.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 18-19 Arequipa

Journey to Arequipa and see why it's nicknamed the 'White City'.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 20-21 Colca Canyon/Arequipa

Head deep into the Andes to witness the Colca Canyon, one of the world's deepest canyons.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 22-23 Arequipa/Cuzco

Get acquainted with the intriguing blend of Inca and Spanish cultures and discover some of Cuzco's lesser-known sights on a guided walking tour.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 24 Sacred Valley/Ollantaytambo

Explore the terraced Sacred Valley filled with Inca ruins, colourful markets and scenic villages.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 25-28 Inca Trail/Machu Picchu/Cuzco

Machu Picchu is the ultimate goal of this challenging trek along the Inca Trail.
ACCOM: Camping (with basic facilities) - 3, Hotel - 1

Day 29 Cuzco

Relax in a street side cafe in Cuzco or hit the mountain tracks on a daring bike ride.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 30-32 Puno/Lake Titicaca

Visit the floating Uros islands then learn about life on the world's highest navigable lake during a homestay on Lake Titicaca.
ACCOM: Homestay - 1, Hotel - 2

Day 33 Copacabana

Feast on fresh trout at one of Copacabana's atmospheric restaurants.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 34-37 La Paz

Wander through the steep streets of La Paz and colourful markets of this city perched on the top of the world.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3, Overnight bus - 1

Days 38-39 Sucre

Get to know the whitewashed architecture of Bolivia's attractive capital Sucre.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 40-41 Potosi

Explore this old silver mining town - above or below ground.
ACCOM: Hostel - 2

Days 42-45 Salar de Uyuni

Bright blue skies meet the blinding Bolivian salt plain of Salar de Uyuni.
ACCOM: Dormitory - 2, Hotel - 2

Days 46-49 Salta

Wander the elegant streets of Salta and perhaps take the cable car to the top of the Cerro San Bernardo - the view of the surrounding mountains is spectacular.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3, Overnight bus - 1

Days 50-52 Mendoza

Wander through the picturesque vineyards of Mendoza and sample the wine this Argentinean region is famous for, Malbec.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Days 53-56 Santiago

Stroll the elegant boulevards and leafy plazas of Chile's cosmopolitan Santiago.
ACCOM: Hostel - 3, Overnight bus - 1

Days 57-59 Pucon

Why not try fly fishing, whitewater rafting or one of the many activities on offer in Pucon.
ACCOM: Hostel - 3

Days 60-61 San Martin de los Andes

ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 62-64 Bariloche

The forests surrounding Bariloche are known for their excellent hiking and walking trails.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2, Overnight bus - 1

Days 65-67 Buenos Aires

Between its Latin passion, European elegance and superb cuisine, Buenos Aires is a joy to explore. Nibble on alfajores, wander San Telmo's cobblestone streets, talk football with Portenos in a cafe or get a history lesson at the quirky Museo Evita. The hippest spot in town is Palermo's Plaza Serrano so head out in the evenings to tango with the locals. There are so many awesome things to do in Buenos Aires, it's simply a matter of trying to fit them all in!
ACCOM: Hotel - 2