26 days in South America Itinerary

26 days in South America Itinerary

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Caracas, Venezuela
— 1 night
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Margarita Island, Venezuela
— 2 nights
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Georgetown, Guyana
— 4 nights
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Meerzorg, Suriname
— 2 nights
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Asuncion, Paraguay
— 2 nights
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Ciudad Del Este, Paraguay
— 1 night
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Drive to Iguazu, Fly to El Palomar, Taxi to Puerto Madero, Bus to Colonia del Sacramento
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Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
— 1 night
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Montevideo, Uruguay
— 4 nights
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Punta del Este, Uruguay
— 3 nights
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Quito, Ecuador
— 3 nights
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Guayaquil, Ecuador
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Caracas, Venezuela

— 1 night

Heaven's Branch on Earth

Tropical weather, great food, and memorable jungle surroundings seem like all the ingredients Caracas needs to become a must-see destination.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Nuestra Senora de Las Mercedes, head outdoors with Parque Nacional el Avila, and then admire the striking features of Ciudad Universitaria de Caracas.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Caracas day trip website.

San Francisco, USA to Caracas is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Caracas is 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to fly to Margarita Island.

Things to do in Caracas

Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 2:

Margarita Island, Venezuela

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Caribbean

A popular holiday spot for Venezuelans, sunny Margarita Island boasts an exotic Caribbean location, but at the same time is easily accessible from the mainland.
On the 3rd (Fri), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Laguna de la Restinga. On the next day, explore the striking landscape at El Farallon Isla Blanca and then kick back and relax at Playa Parguito.

Make your Margarita Island itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can fly from Caracas to Margarita Island in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. In February in Margarita Island, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 77°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Georgetown.

Things to do in Margarita Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 4:

Georgetown, Guyana

— 4 nights

Garden City of the Caribbean

Guyana's capital and main urban area, Georgetown represents the starting point for many visits to the country.
Georgetown is known for parks, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore and take pictures at St. George's Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of Parliament Bldg, browse the exhibits of Guyana National Museum, and appreciate the history behind The Non Aligned Monumnet.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Georgetown tour builder site.

You can fly from Margarita Island to Georgetown in 7 hours. Traveling from Margarita Island in February, you will find days in Georgetown are slightly colder (84°F), and nights are about the same (77°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Meerzorg.

Things to do in Georgetown

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 8:

Meerzorg, Suriname

— 2 nights
Meerzorg is a town in Suriname, located on the eastern bank of the Suriname River, directly opposite the capital Paramaribo. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): browse the exhibits of Fort Nieuw Amsterdam and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Peperpot Nature Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Tafelberg Nature Preserve.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Meerzorg online trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Georgetown to Meerzorg takes 5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Georgetown to Meerzorg is 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Asuncion.

Things to do in Meerzorg

Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 8 — 10:

Asuncion, Paraguay

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): make a trip to Plaza Comuneros, browse the exhibits of Casa de la Independencia, then appreciate the history behind The National Pantheon of Heroes and Oratory of the Virgin Our Lady Saint Mary of the Asuncion, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping del Sol, then get a sense of history and politics at Banco Nacional de Fomento, then get a sense of history and politics at Palacio de López, and finally don't miss a visit to Costanera de Asuncion.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Asuncion road trip planning website.

Fly from Meerzorg to Asuncion in 13.5 hours. The time zone changes from Suriname Time (SRT) to Paraguay Standard Time (PYT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 92°F in February, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ciudad Del Este.

Things to do in Asuncion

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Feb 10 — 12:

Ciudad Del Este, Paraguay

— 1 night

Supermarket of South America

The commercial center of eastern Paraguay, busy Ciudad Del Este serves primarily as a shopping destination for Argentines and Brazilians.
On the 13th (Mon), make a trip to PRESA DE ITAIPU, browse the different shops at SAX, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Saltos del Monday.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Ciudad Del Este trip builder site.

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Asuncion to Ciudad Del Este takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Asuncion to Ciudad Del Este, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In February, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Colonia del Sacramento.

Things to do in Ciudad Del Este

Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 12 — 13:

Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

— 1 night
Sleepy cobbled streets lined with pastel-colored houses lead down to the water in Colonia del Sacramento.
On the 14th (Tue), make a trip to Galeria de los Suspiros, make a trip to La Calle de los Suspiros, then visit a coastal fixture at Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse, then get to know the fascinating history of Barrio Historico, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Rambla Colonia Del Sacramento.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Colonia del Sacramento trip itinerary builder tool.

You can do a combination of car, flight, taxi, and bus from Ciudad Del Este to Colonia del Sacramento in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, bus, and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Ciudad Del Este in February, expect nights in Colonia del Sacramento to be about the same, around 67°F, while days are slightly colder, around 81°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Montevideo.

Things to do in Colonia del Sacramento

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Feb 13 — 14:

Montevideo, Uruguay

— 4 nights
With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
Montevideo is known for shopping, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Plaza Independencia, take a stroll through Pocitos, ponder the world of politics at Palacio Legislativo, and hunt for treasures at Mercado del Puerto.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Montevideo trip planner.

Getting from Colonia del Sacramento to Montevideo by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in February, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Punta del Este.

Things to do in Montevideo

Breweries & Distilleries · Wineries · Tours · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Feb 14 — 18:

Punta del Este, Uruguay

— 3 nights

Monaco of South America

With plenty of modern casinos, well-developed beaches, chic restaurants, and upscale hotels, Punta del Este vacations draw visitors from Argentina, Brazil, and beyond.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa el Emir, make a trip to The Fingers of Punta del Este, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Brava, then don't miss a visit to La Vista Punta Del Este, and finally explore the world behind art at Ralli Museum Punta del Este. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Museo Del Mar, snap pictures at Puente Leonel Viera, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Candelaria, and finally make a trip to Puerto de Punta del Este.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Punta del Este travel website.

Drive from Montevideo to Punta del Este in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in February, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow time for the flight to Quito.

Things to do in Punta del Este

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 18 — 21:

Quito, Ecuador

— 3 nights

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.
Quito is known for historic sites, museums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, don't miss a visit to Mitad Del Mundo, and explore the world behind art at La Capilla Del Hombre.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Quito online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Punta del Este to Quito takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Uruguay Standard Time to Ecuador Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Punta del Este in February, things will get slightly colder in Quito: highs are around 70°F and lows about 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Feb 21 — 24:

Guayaquil, Ecuador

— 1 night

Pearl of the Pacific

Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): take a stroll through Cerro Santa Ana, then enjoy the sea views from El Faro de Guayaquil, then stop by Las Penas, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Parque Seminario.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Guayaquil itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Quito to Guayaquil in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Quito in February, things will get somewhat warmer in Guayaquil: highs are around 87°F and lows about 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Feb 24 — 25:

Venezuela travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Tourist Spots · Shopping
Land of Grace
A vacation in Venezuela, one of the most biodiverse countries on the planet, can be both affordable and highly rewarding. From snowcapped mountains and vast grassland, to tropical islands and lush rainforests, Venezuela's varied landscapes are a paradise for nature lovers. Whether you're looking to laze on the Caribbean beaches, trek through the verdant jungles, or immerse yourself in the vibrant city culture, a Venezuela holiday offers something for everyone. Admire the world's highest waterfalls, go island hopping, discover tasty local delicacies, and witness the sheer abundance of wildlife and endemic species in Venezuela.

Guyana travel guide

3.5
Nature & Parks · Architectural Buildings · Museums
Land of Many Waters
A land of thick rainforest, expansive savannas, and lively Caribbean culture, Guyana is becoming more and more notable for its adventure and eco-tourism opportunities. Sightseeing in Guyana ranges from touring the colonial-era architectural gems of the historic capital, to hiking the verdant forest trails. Scenic waterfalls and mountaintops, laidback ranches, an array of tropical wildlife, and delicious Creole fusion cuisine await you on your Guyana holiday.

Suriname travel guide

3.7
Historic Sites · Churches · Parks
The smallest country in South America, Suriname features thick jungles, rushing rivers, and lively, culturally diverse places to visit. Independent since 1975, Suriname retained the Dutch language and influences, as well as the Caribbean and the culture of its indigenous tribes. A third of the country's landscape is made up of natural reserves, providing tourists the opportunity to explore lush tropical rainforests, pristine beaches, scenic rivers and waterfalls, as well as a staggering variety of animals and birds. On a trip to Suriname you shouldn't pass up a visit to its capital and only city, World Heritage-listed Paramaribo, noted for its colonial-era architecture.

Paraguay travel guide

3.9
Shopping Malls · Landmarks · Gift & Specialty Shops
Heart of South America
Divided in half by its eponymous river, Paraguay is a land of contrasts, especially between its lush eastern region where most of the population lives and the arid west, filled with rustic villages and old Jesuit colonies. Although under Spanish rule for three centuries and with a recent history of dictatorships and wars, Paraguay retained its native Guarani culture, with more than 80 percent of population of indigenous heritage. You'll find plenty of things to do in Paraguay, from touring cosmopolitan cities and quaint Jesuit colonies, to browsing affordable arts and crafts stores and sailing on rivers that crisscross the diverse natural landscape that makes up this landlocked nation.

Uruguay travel guide

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Landmarks · Scenic Walking Areas · Architectural Buildings
Switzerland of South America
One of the smallest countries in South America, tourist-friendly Uruguay is often called the "Switzerland of South America" because of its consistent economic development and progressive society. Open-minded Montevideo serves as the starting point of most Uruguay vacations, offering visitors an eclectic cultural scene and a chance to discover some of South America's major architectural treasures. Away from the cosmopolitan capital city, vacations in Uruguay involve exploring wildlife-rich areas along the Atlantic and touring the rustic interior on horseback, gaucho style. In this sports-loving country, the highlight of your Uruguay trip might just be a soccer match between Penarol and Nacional, the country's two major clubs.

Ecuador travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
With abundant opportunities to discover fascinating World Heritage Sites, a holiday in Ecuador remains among the most culturally enriching travel experiences. Home to the world's highest active volcano, this little country packs a big punch when it comes to tourist activities. Some of the most popular things to do in Ecuador include visits to its astonishingly biodiverse wilderness areas, home to some 1,500 bird species, 840 species of amphibians and reptiles, and nearly 20,000 plant species. Of course, the highlight of many Ecuador vacations is bound to be the Galapagos Islands, made famous by naturalist Charles Darwin. Aside from the stunning nature, Ecuador also boasts many historic cities filled with photogenic colonial-era churches, mansions, and plazas.