26 days in South America Itinerary

26 days in South America Itinerary

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26 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
2
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
3
Montevideo, Uruguay
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
5
Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  12​h
6
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  25​h
7
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 4 nights
End: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

4
nights
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, nature, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Pao de Acucar, admire the masterpieces at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro, make a trip to Escadaria Selaron, and enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach.

To find ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary builder site .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airport is Rio Galeão – Tom Jobim International Airport. In March, daily temperatures in Rio de Janeiro can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Bondinho  Pao de Acucar ©
Bondinho Pao de Acucar
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires ©
Cultural capital of South America, Buenos Aires remains one of the largest cities on the continent, serving as a point of departure for exploring the rest of the country.
Buenos Aires is known for nightlife, museums, parks, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Cemiterio de Recoleta, wander the streets of Palermo, shop like a local with El Ateneo Grand Splendid, and take in the history at Plaza de Mayo.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires day trip planning site .

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In March, Buenos Aires is slightly colder than Rio de Janeiro - with highs of 77°F and lows of 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to ride a ferry to Montevideo.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

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Montevideo, Uruguay

Montevideo ©
With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): wander the streets of Ciudad Vieja, then don't miss a visit to Plaza Independencia, then take in the waterfront at Rambla de Montevideo, and finally wander the streets of Pocitos. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Montevideo Sign, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado del Puerto, and then make a trip to Mercado Agricola Montevideo - MAM.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Montevideo trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by ferry from Buenos Aires to Montevideo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Buenos Aires in March since evenings lows in Montevideo dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Montevideo

Neighborhoods Shopping
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Ciudad Vieja ©
Ciudad Vieja
Plaza Independencia ©
Plaza Independencia
Rambla de Montevideo ©
Rambla de Montevideo

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Santiago, Chile

Santiago ©
Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Santiago is known for shopping, museums, parks, nature, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), see the interesting displays at La Chascona, and don't miss a visit to Patio Bellavista.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Santiago trip itinerary site .

Traveling by flight from Montevideo to Santiago takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Montevideo to Santiago. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Museums Shopping
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San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
La Chascona ©
La Chascona

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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 18th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, then contemplate the long history of Huaca Pucllana, then admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Barranco, walk around Plazuela Chabuca Granda, get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), then wander the streets of Miraflores, and finally walk around Circuito Magico Del Agua.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Lima trip planner .

You can fly from Santiago to Lima in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Lima due to the time zone difference. In March, daily temperatures in Lima can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

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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.
Machu Picchu is known for historic sites, nature, spas, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, take some stellar pictures from Intipuncu, and steep yourself in history at Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Discover how to plan a Machu Picchu trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Lima to Machu Picchu takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna

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Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

Foz do Iguacu ©
A gateway to the world-renowned Iguacu Falls, which spectacularly divide Brazil and Argentina, the modern, high-rise city of Foz do Iguacu can't help but play second fiddle to the natural wonder in its vicinity.
Foz do Iguacu is known for zoos & aquariums, historic sites, adventure, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls, examine the collection at Museu de Cera Dreamland, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosque of Omar Ibn Al-Khattab, and steep yourself in history at Marco Das Tres Fronteiras.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Foz do Iguacu trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Machu Picchu to Foz do Iguacu takes 25 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from Peru Time to Brasilia Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. March in Foz do Iguacu sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 66°F at night. On the 28th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Parque das Aves Bird Park ©
Parque das Aves Bird Park
Itaipu Dam ©
Itaipu Dam

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