South America Itinerary 4

4 month Backpacking Itinerary in South America

What better way to travel and learn more Spanish then to head to South America. This continent is HUGE with SO MUCH to see!

When we were in our semi-planning stages (wait, did we actually plan?…), we would look at the map and say “Then we can go from here to … there, oh wait that´s like traveling 2 California’s in 2 days. Welp, good thing we have plenty of time.”

Landon Climbing the Devil's Door in Bolivia

For those of you who want to see an exact itinerary of our plans, you’re in luck! I’m one of those people who just wants to see what someone else did and how it worked for them. It was really hard for me to find an EXACT itinerary for many places we’ve been. I know ours is obviously going to be different than yours, or suggestions from other books or sites, but getting a general idea really helps in the planning!

4 Month Backpacking Itinerary in South America

We took 4 months to travel this route – from December to March. We knew there is so much to see and didn’t want to miss out on things by being pressed for time. We are so glad we took our time down south rather than trying to see the whole continent at once. It’s impossible!

So, here is a map with our whole route drawn in….We had too much fun with this! This is a great way to share your trip with others too! So…drumroll!!!!

South America Map Intinerary

Our trip itinerary for South America. Click for full size view!

Tada, would ya look at this country! A little line on a huge map makes it look like nothing. Oh man, there is so much we didn’t see, but this is a great start!

We knew there would be plenty to see in the south, so we left the northern countries and Brazil for a separate trip in the near future. We just love this continent and look forward to seeing more and learning more about it!

I also have our itinerary for each country in more detail so take a look at the links below! Hopefully this will help in your planning or at least give you some ideas to get you started!

Check Out Our Full 4 Week Itinerary and Map of Chile!

Torres Del Paine Chile

Read More About Our 3 Weeks in Argentina

And our exciting visit to Iguazu Falls!

Iguazu Falls Argentina

Read About Our Last Minute Decision to Visit Uruguay and Why We Are So Glad We Went!

Montevideo Uruguay

Read More About How We Fell in Love With Bolivia

Our full 5 week itinerary and map included!


Read More About Our Hiking Adventures in Peru

Geocaching in Machu Picchu

This was our first slow travel trip we have been on so packing was a bit intimidating at first. Once we got in a groove, it was really not too bad. We traveled with carry-on size bags and did not regret it one bit! Check out some of our tips on Packing Light.

Once our South America Itinerary started coming together our trip felt so personal! We realized we had the freedom to change it as we went – the best traveling advice I would give! This itinerary does not cover the majority of South America but for slow travel we loved it! Who am I kidding, we were traveling so fast even though we had lots of time. We were moving onto the next place every 2-3 days. The longest we holed up somewhere was 5 days but only because Alyssa had caught a parasite! 

It’s such a balance of finding a pace that best fits you. We are really into adventure and have a drive to want to see it all, so this South America itinerary for backpacking worked well for us!

What places did you see in South America? Leave a comment below!

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4 thoughts on “South America Itinerary

  • Znela Rodriguez

    First of all thank you for all the details!
    My only question is about how much did you spend total in those 4 months!

  • Rachel

    Great post! I read your post with a cost break down and it sounds like you’ve been in S America for a year? I am planning an open ended trip down there starting in Jan 2017. Do you feel like you had to move too quickly in the 4 months you were exploring, or did that seem like a good amount of time?
    Thanks & I’m excited to follow more posts!

    • Landon Post author

      Sounds like a perfect plan Rachel! We were in SA for 4 quick months (but in Costa Rica and other places for a few years).

      We only planned to see the southern half of the continent because it’s so huge, and still felt like we were pretty rushed with 4 months! We traveled pretty fast and saw a lot of places, moving cities every 2-3 days. It was a good balance for us since we had a lot of places to see on our list and more got added every time we talked to another traveler. We purposely avoided the northern countries so we wouldn’t get spread too thin, and we promised ourselves we would come back in a few years and explore them separately!

      You know how you like to travel best, but I think 4 months is a good time to start with. If you fall in love with a place and want to stay a few weeks somewhere, you’ll have some room for that. And if you’re not jiving with the weather or food you can always speed things up and hop up to the Caribbean or over to Australia sooner! Have an awesome trip!