15 days in South America Itinerary

15 days in South America Itinerary

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15 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Belo Horizonte, Brazil
bus + Fly:  2​h 30​min
1
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 2 nights
2
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
Cusco, Peru
— 1 night
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 15​min
6
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
+4
train + foot + bus + taxi + Fly:  22​h 30​min
7
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h
End: Belo Horizonte, Brazil

2
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 Sugarloaf Mountain, pause for some photo ops at Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, head outdoors with Estrada das Paineiras, and walk around Parque Lage.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary site .

Belo Horizonte to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 2.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Rio de Janeiro are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach

1
night
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.
On the 13th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Buddhist Temple and then admire the engineering at Iguazu Falls.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Foz do Iguacu trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Foz do Iguacu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in July; daily highs in Foz do Iguacu reach 25°C and lows reach 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Buddhist Temple ©
Buddhist Temple

1
night
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.
On the 14th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Recoleta Cemetery, admire the landmark architecture of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, then make a trip to Plaza de Mayo, then get a taste of the local shopping with Puerto Madero, and finally ponder the world of politics at Casa Rosada. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires, then take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Japones, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Foz do Iguacu to Buenos Aires takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Foz do Iguacu in July, expect Buenos Aires to be a bit cooler, temps between 17°C and 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Recoleta Cemetery ©
Recoleta Cemetery
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): browse the exhibits of Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, then take some stellar pictures from San Cristóbal Hill, and then make a trip to Santa Lucia Hill. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at La Chascona, admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), then browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Mercado Central), and finally make a trip to Plaza de Armas.

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Fly from Buenos Aires to Santiago in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Buenos Aires to Santiago. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Santiago

Nature Parks Museums
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San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Santa Lucia Hill ©
Santa Lucia Hill

1
night
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.
On the 18th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Museo de Vida Monastica - Monasterio de Santa Catalina del Cusco, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museo de Arte Precolombino. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, stroll through exploor, and then admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Cusco online driving holiday planner .

You can fly from Santiago to Cusco in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Cusco. July in Cusco sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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exploor ©
exploor
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

1
night
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.
On the 20th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu online road trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©

3
nights
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

Fernando de Noronha ©
With 21 lush islands scattered among pristine waters in the Atlantic Ocean, a Fernando de Noronha holiday is well worth the effort it takes to get there.
Fernando de Noronha is known for beaches, museums, wildlife, outdoors, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Baia do Sancho, see the interesting displays at Projeto TAMAR Fernando de Noronha - Patrocínio PETROBRAS, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Sueste, and get outside with Baia dos Porcos.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Fernando de Noronha driving holiday planning app .

Traveling by combination of train, bus, and flight from Machu Picchu to Fernando de Noronha takes 22.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Peru Time (PET) to Fernando de Noronha Time (FNT) is 3 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Fernando de Noronha can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Baia dos Porcos ©
Baia dos Porcos
Praia do Sueste ©
Praia do Sueste

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