32 days in South America Itinerary

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 17 nights
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Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 3 nights
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Uyuni, Bolivia
— 1 night
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La Paz, Bolivia
— 1 night
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Medellin, Colombia
— 2 nights
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Cartagena, Colombia
— 3 nights
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — 17 nights

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Forte de Copacabana, Praia de Grumari and Rocinha Favela Tour. Change things up with a short trip to Parque da Cidade in Niteroi (about 34 minutes away). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Barra da Tijuca Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, and take some stellar pictures from Leblon Beach.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro attractions planning app.

Lisbon, Portugal to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 13-hour flight. Traveling from Lisbon to Rio de Janeiro, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Lisbon in December; daily highs in Rio de Janeiro reach 36°C and lows reach 27°C. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Santiago.
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Santiago, Chile — 2 nights

City of the Island Hills

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Sky Costanera, San Cristóbal Hill, Barrio Bellavista, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, then take in panoramic vistas at Sky Costanera, then visit Barrio Bellavista, and finally stop by Patio Bellavista.

For traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Santiago online vacation planner.

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Santiago in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Santiago. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to San Pedro de Atacama.
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile — 3 nights

Major archeological sites and a renowned museum remain the big draws in San Pedro de Atacama tourism, appealing to visitors interested in learning more about South America's pre-Columbian cultures.
You've now added Pukara de Quitor to your itinerary.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read San Pedro de Atacama route builder website.

Traveling by flight from Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in San Pedro de Atacama, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 8°C at night. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Uyuni.
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Uyuni, Bolivia — 1 night

Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Uyuni trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Pedro de Atacama to Uyuni takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in January, plan for colder days in Uyuni, with highs around 15°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can fly to La Paz.
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La Paz, Bolivia — 1 night

City that Touches the Sky

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Mirador Killi Killi, Mercado Lanza, Mercado de Las Brujas, and other attractions. On the 9th (Mon), make a trip to Mi Teleferico, look for gifts at Mercado Lanza, then let your taste buds guide you at Red Cap Walking Tours, then make a trip to Mercado de Las Brujas, and finally take some stellar pictures from Mirador Killi Killi.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our La Paz vacation maker site.

Traveling by flight from Uyuni to La Paz takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Uyuni in January, expect slightly colder with lows of 4°C in La Paz. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Medellin.
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Medellin, Colombia — 2 nights

City of the Eternal Spring

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Tours Guatape, Free Walking Tour Medellin - Real City Tours and Comuna 13 Graffiti Tour. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): take in the local highlights with Comuna 13 Graffiti Tour, then get the lay of the land with Free Walking Tour Medellin - Real City Tours, and then don't miss a visit to Plaza Botero. On the next day, get a tailor-made plan with Tours Guatape.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Medellin day trip site.

Traveling by flight from La Paz to Medellin takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from La Paz to Medellin, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from La Paz in January, things will get much hotter in Medellin: highs are around 32°C and lows about 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Cartagena.
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Cartagena, Colombia — 3 nights

City of Heroes

The site of the continent's first Spanish colony, Cartagena retains much of its colonial flavor thanks to a World Heritage-listed old town, encircled by old walls and protected by imposing fortresses.
Go for a jaunt from Cartagena to Isla Baru to see Playa Blanca about 1h 5 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, don't miss a visit to Plaza Santo Domingo, contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Cartagena route planner.

Fly from Medellin to Cartagena in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Medellin in January, with highs in Cartagena at 36°C and lows at 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.
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Chile travel guide

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Land of Poets
Squeezed between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, geographically diverse Chile is a long, thin stretch of land encompassing some of the world's driest deserts in the north, and some of its largest glacial fields in the south. Though most Chile holidays include some form of adventure in the vast wilderness areas, the country also contains charming cities providing plenty of urban things to do and see. Many tours of Chile include at least a brief visit to the country's lush wine regions, where backyard vineyards compete with sprawling estates producing some of the world's most respected whites and reds.
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Bolivia travel guide

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Tibet of the Americas
If you're an adventurous tourist, consider adding a Bolivia vacation to your travel itinerary. A land of rainforests, Andean glaciers, high altitude cities, and rushing rivers, Bolivia remains one of the most remote countries in the Western Hemisphere. With 60 percent of the population made up of indigenous peoples, native cultures permeate thecountry's music, architecture, and arts, as well as local folklore and traditions. Traveling in Bolivia you can experience diverse wildlife and ecosystems, learn about the country's rich history, try out its distinctive cuisine, and practice your Spanish with the locals, known for their clean and easy-to-understand accent.
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