17 days in South America Itinerary

17 days in South America Itinerary

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Asuncion, Paraguay
— 1 night
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La Paz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
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Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 4 nights
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Guayaquil, Ecuador
— 1 night
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Quito, Ecuador
— 2 nights

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Asuncion, Paraguay

Asuncion ©

Mother of Cities

Paraguay's capital and economic center, Asuncion ranks among the youngest cities on the continent, with more than half of its residents under 30 years of age.
On the 9th (Mon), pause for some photo ops at The National Pantheon of Heroes and Oratory of the Virgin Our Lady Saint Mary of the Asuncion, explore the galleries of Casa de la Independencia, and then ponder the world of politics at Palacio de López. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Museo Etnografico Andres Barbero and then get outside with Lago Ypacarai.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Asuncion online tour itinerary maker.

Vancouver, Canada to Asuncion is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Vancouver to Asuncion due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Vancouver in November, with highs in Asuncion at 35°C and lows at 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Asuncion

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
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Historic Site
Casa de la Independencia
4.3
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Government Building
Palacio de López
4.2
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Outdoor Activity
Lago Ypacarai
3.6

2
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©

City that Touches the Sky

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Mercado de Las Brujas, take in the exciting artwork at Casa Museo Solon, then kick your exploration up a notch at Vertical Route, and finally stop by Unique. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Thu): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, make a trip to Calle Sagarnaga, and then examine the collection at Museo de Textiles Andinos Bolivianos.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read La Paz planner.

You can fly from Asuncion to La Paz in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Asuncion in November, expect La Paz to be colder, temps between 20°C and 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Museums
Highlights from your trip
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Zipline
Vertical Route
4.9
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Adrenaline / Extreme Tour
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
4.7

2
nights
Cusco, Peru

Cusco ©

Imperial City

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 13th (Fri), explore the ancient world of Centro Historico De Cusco, explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, and then examine the collection at Museo de Arte Precolombino. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, explore the world behind art at Ekekos San Blas - Arte & Colores, then steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, then hike along exploor, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Qorikancha.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cusco trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from La Paz to Cusco by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Bolivia Time (BOT) to Peru Standard Time (PET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from La Paz in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Cusco: highs are around 26°C and lows about 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Museums · Trails · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Sacsayhuaman
4.7
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Religious Site
Qorikancha
4.5

1
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Cusco to Machu Picchu by combination of bus and train takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Highlights from your trip

2
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Lima, Peru

Lima ©

City of the Kings

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): take a stroll through Miraflores, contemplate the long history of Huaca Pucllana, and then don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor).

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Lima holiday planning tool.

You can fly from Machu Picchu to Lima in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in November, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
Highlights from your trip
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Historic Site
Huaca Pucllana
4.4
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History Museum
Museo Larco
4.8

4
nights
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Puerto Ayora ©
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Puerto Ayora is known for parks, nature, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Think Galapagos, take in the dramatic natural features at Las Grietas, view the masterpieces at Galeria Aymara, and stroll through Charles Darwin Research Station.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Puerto Ayora tour itinerary planning website.

Getting from Lima to Puerto Ayora by combination of flight, ferry, and bus takes about 11 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Lima in November; daily highs in Puerto Ayora reach 31°C and lows reach 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

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Guayaquil, Ecuador

Guayaquil ©

Pearl of the Pacific

Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
On the 22nd (Sun), see the interesting displays at Presley Norton Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Parque Seminario, then wander the streets of Las Penas, and finally stop by Cerro Santa Ana.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Guayaquil route builder.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Puerto Ayora to Guayaquil takes 8.5 hours. Traveling from Puerto Ayora in November, you will find days in Guayaquil are somewhat warmer (36°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks
Highlights from your trip
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Neighborhood
Las Penas
4.5
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Neighborhood
Cerro Santa Ana
4.6

2
nights
Quito, Ecuador

Quito ©

Light of America

High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): paddle through the water with Adventure Journeys, admire the striking features of Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, then admire the landmark architecture of El Sagrario, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Vulgomaestre.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Quito travel route planning site.

You can fly from Guayaquil to Quito in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Guayaquil in November, things will get slightly colder in Quito: highs are around 26°C and lows about 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Quito

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure
Highlights from your trip
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Kayaking / Canoeing
Adventure Journeys
4.8
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Architectural Building
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco
4.7

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