20 days in South America Itinerary

20 days in South America Itinerary

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20 days in South America Itinerary

Tulsa, United States
Fly:  20​h 30​min
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h
La Paz, Bolivia
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 15​min
Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
Lima, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Bogota, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 30​min
Quito, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
Tulsa, United States

4
days
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, parks, museums, nature, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach, admire all the interesting features of Maracanã, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Ipanema, and wander the streets of Santa Teresa.

For ratings and tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro vacation trip planner.

Tulsa, USA to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Tulsa to Rio de Janeiro. Traveling from Tulsa in June, expect nights in Rio de Janeiro to be about the same, around 67°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 78°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Sao Paulo.

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Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

2
days
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
On the 5th (Tue), take a stroll around Complexo Cultural Júlio Prestes / Sala São Paulo, make a trip to Paulista Avenue, and then explore the world behind art at Museum of Art of São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ibirapuera Park, and then browse the fresh offerings at Mercado Municipal.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Sao Paulo travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Rio de Janeiro in June, with highs in Sao Paulo at 72°F and lows at 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to La Paz.

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Shopping Museums Parks
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Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue
Ibirapuera Park ©
Ibirapuera Park
Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo ©

1
day
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
On the 7th (Thu), make a trip to Mi Teleferico.

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You can do a combination of car, flight, and bus from Sao Paulo to La Paz in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and subway. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time to Bolivia Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Sao Paulo, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in La Paz, ranging from highs of 58°F to lows of 25°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Cusco.

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Illimani ©
Illimani
Valley of the Moon ©
Valley of the Moon
Mi Teleferico ©
Mi Teleferico

3
days
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.
Cusco is known for historic sites, museums, nature, trails, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, contemplate the long history of Sacred Valley of the Incas, admire the striking features of Catedral del Cuzco o Catedral Basilica de la Virgen de la Asuncion, and look for gifts at Hilo.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Cusco holiday planner.

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and car from La Paz to Cusco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from La Paz to Cusco. In June, Cusco is a bit warmer than La Paz - with highs of 69°F and lows of 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Parks Trails

Side Trips

Lares Trek, Winay Wayna, Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco

1
day
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 (Tue), admire the landmark architecture of Palacio de Torre Tagle, make a trip to Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque de la Reserva.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Lima itinerary planner.

Fly from Cusco to Lima in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Cusco in June, plan for much warmer nights in Lima, with lows around 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Circuito Magico del Agua ©
Circuito Magico del Agua

3
days
Bogota, Colombia

Bogota ©
Colombia's heart and soul, Bogota has earned the nickname "Athens of South America" thanks to its abundance of universities, libraries, and lower-level schools.
Go for a jaunt from Bogota to Zipaquira to see Catedral de Sal about 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), take in the awesome beauty at Mount Monserrate, admire the striking features of Torre Colpatria, and browse the collection at Biblioteca Virgilio.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Bogota holiday planner.

Fly from Lima to Bogota in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in June, expect little chillier with lows of 49°F in Bogota. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Catedral de Sal
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Mount Monserrate ©
Mount Monserrate
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica ©

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Plaza de la Independencia (Plaza Grande), take in the spiritual surroundings of San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de La Compania de Jesus, and finally stroll through Parque La Carolina. On the 18th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Olga Fisch Folklore, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica del Voto Nacional, and then take in the awesome beauty at Pichincha.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Quito travel planner.

Getting from Bogota to Quito by combination of flight and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. June in Quito sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Quito

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Pichincha
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Parque La Carolina ©
Parque La Carolina
Iglesia de La Compania de Jesus ©
Iglesia de La Compania de Jesus

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