Best of South America Itinerary

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

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      PEN 0 Chan Chan Archaeological Site
      USD $30 Quito City Tour
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There is a later version of this trip also available for travel from Jan 1, 2015 to Dec 31, 2015. View later Best of South America.
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


bolivia laguna blanca verde salt flat

argentina winery grapes wine

Days 1-2 Quito

Kick off this Latin American adventure exploring the Old Town’s cobblestone streets or head to a funky bar in Quito's modern New Town.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 3-5 Amazon Jungle

Learn the secrets of the Amazon rainforest and the medicinal uses of its plants on a local-guided tour of the jungle.
ACCOM: Jungle Lodge - 3

Days 6-8 Banos

With two free days in Banos, you might want to watch sunrise from the thermal springs or experience an adrenaline rush high in the Ecuadorian Andes - whitewater rafting, anyone? Banos has long been a favourite place to travel in Ecuador and it's not hard to see why.
ACCOM: Hostel - 3

Days 9-10 Cuenca

Wander cobblestone streets and admire the red-tiled roofs, flower markets and plazas of Cuenca, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 11-12 Zorritos

Cross the border into Peru and spend a free day relaxing on Zorritos' beaches, surfing or taking an optional boat tour through the mangrove swamps.
ACCOM: Hostel - 2

Day 13 Chiclayo

Visit the colourful local market of Chiclayo or perhaps visit the Sipan museum, which holds myriad treasures from a site that's been called the most important recent archaeological discovery in Peru, if not the world.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 14-15 Trujillo

Explore the historical city of Trujillo and the nearby ancient Chimu capital of Chan Chan.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1, Overnight bus - 1

Day 16 Lima

Wander the well-preserved historical centre of Peru's capital, Lima.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 17 Pisco

Head to the Plaza de Armas for some tasty local cuisine or a Pisco sour - Peru's national drink made from a type of brandy.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 18 Nazca

Opt to visit the Ballestas Islands, a famed wildlife haven, before heading to Nazca to discover ancient mummies and mysterious colossal etchings.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 19-22 Arequipa/Colca Canyon

Journey to Arequipa and see why it's nicknamed the 'White City'. Journey to Chivay and perhaps see Andean condors flying high above the Colca Canyon.
ACCOM: Hotel - 4

Days 23-24 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 25 Sacred Valley/Ollantaytambo

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

Days 26-29 Inca trail

Walk through dense cloud forests and past ancient ruins on an awe-inspiring Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu.
ACCOM: Camping (with basic facilities) - 3, Hotel - 1

Day 30 Cuzco

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

Days 31-33 Puno/Lake Titicaca

Stop in at Puno, the folklore capital of Peru. Take a boat tour of Lake Titicaca, the world's highest navigable lake, and experience local life at a homestay.
ACCOM: Homestay - 1, Hotel - 2

Days 34-37 La Paz

Travel to Bolivia's eclectic capital La Paz. Browse the Witches' Market for everything from woolly hats and alpaca gloves to potions and incantations to cure any ailment.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2, Overnight bus - 1

Days 38-39 Sucre

Travel from La Paz to Sucre and peruse a bejewelled painting at the Museo de la Catedral, compare footprints with those of a dinosaur at Cal Orck'o or head to Recoleta, an old convent at the top of a hill from where you will be able to see why Sucre is known as Bolivia's most beautiful city.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 40-41 Potosi

In the city of Potosi, journey deep underground on an optional trip into one of Bolivia's tin mines - a confrontational but unforgettable experience.
ACCOM: Hostel - 2

Days 42-44 Uyuni/Salar de Uyuni

Discover the gleaming salt flats, cactus-studded islands, multicoloured lakes and abundant wildlife of the surreal Salar de Uyuni.
ACCOM: Dormitory - 2, Hotel - 1

Days 45-46 San Pedro de Atacama

Leave behind the mesmerising salt flats of Uyuni and make tracks to San Pedro de Atacama in Chile. Located in the Atacama Desert, this oasis town has low-lying adobe buildings lining narrow streets. It's a charming town, to say the least, and a great place see mummies and various Indian artefacts.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 47-49 Salta

Cross the border between Bolivia and Argentina and delve into the pre-Columbian and colonial history of one of Argentina's most splendid towns, Salta. Need a thrill? Optional bungee jumping and horseriding can be easily arranged. After a few days here, you'll have no doubt why the Argentineans affectionately call this city 'Salta the Pretty'.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2, Overnight bus - 1

Days 50-52 Mendoza

Visit bountiful, sun-kissed vineyards and lock lips with some Malbec - Mendoza's premier wine. Winter travellers will delight in the nearby ski resorts, though Mendoza is a treat all year round. To give a little back, choose to visit Brazos Abiertos, a community project that supports local underprivileged children and mothers.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Days 53-56 Santiago

Travel across the spectacular Andes and arrive in the bustling capital of Chile, Santiago. At the centre is the Plaza de Armas, home to the cathedral. For a serene look at Chilean life, visit Barrio Bella Vista - a cluster of cafes and galleries affectionately referred to as the 'Paris Quarter'.
ACCOM: Hostel - 3, Overnight bus - 1

Days 57-59 Pucon

Adrenaline junkies and thrillseekers will delight in the bundle of activities on offer in Pucon, Chile's adventure capital. Set out on a hike up the smouldering Volcán Villarrica, or get to mountain biking, whitewater rafting, hiking, climbing, horse riding - whatever gets your blood pumping!
ACCOM: Hostel - 3

Days 60-61 San Martin de los Andes

Journey over the Andes and into Argentina. Drop by the country's picturesque Lake District for excellent skiing or trekking possibilities, weather permitting.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 62-64 Bariloche

Savour the fine dining opportunities, artisan chocolate shops and quaint, chalet-style wooden architecture of Bariloche. With plenty of ski runs open during winter and stunning lakes sure to entice swimmers over summer, you could well be forgiven for thinking you were in Northern Italy.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2, Overnight bus - 1

Days 65-67 Buenos Aires

Fiery Latin passion, European elegance and superb cuisine combine to make Buenos Aires one of the world's most enthralling cities. 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 why not head out in the evening for a tango with the locals. There are so many things to see and do in Buenos Aires, it's simply a matter of trying to fit them all in.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2