15 days in South America Itinerary

15 days in South America Itinerary

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15 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Vitoria, Brazil
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Vitoria, Brazil
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Asuncion, Paraguay
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Sucre, Bolivia
— 1 night
4
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
5
Lima, Peru
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  12​h 15​min
6
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 1 day
shuttle + Fly:  5​h
7
Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
8
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 1 day
9
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
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Punta del Este, Uruguay
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Vitoria, Brazil

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Vitoria, Brazil

Located on a riverine island surrounded by Vitoria Bay, Vitoria serves as the state capital of Espirito Santo.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Wise Men Church, see the interesting displays at Museum of Minerals and Rocks, admire the architecture and history at Nossa Senhora da Penha Convent, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja De Nossa Senhora Do Rosario.

To see maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Vitoria trip maker tool .

May in Vitoria sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Asuncion.

Things to do in Vitoria

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Vila Velha, Wise Men Church
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nossa Senhora da Penha Convent ©
Nossa Senhora da Penha Convent
Igreja De Nossa Senhora Do Rosario ©

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night
Asuncion, Paraguay

Asuncion ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): get into the urban bustle at Centro Cultural de Espana Juan de Salazar, then steep yourself in history at Casa de la Independencia, and then admire the masterpieces at Museo Etnografico Andres Barbero.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Asuncion trip planner .

Fly from Vitoria to Asuncion in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Vitoria to Asuncion. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Vitoria in May; daily highs in Asuncion reach 28°C and lows reach 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Sucre.

Things to do in Asuncion

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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Casa de la Independencia ©
Casa de la Independencia
Museo Etnografico Andres Barbero ©
Museo Etnografico Andres Barbero

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night
Sucre, Bolivia

Sucre ©
The constitutional capital of Bolivia, Sucre has a well-preserved historic center, with many buildings dating back to the city's founding in the 16th century.
On the 13th (Wed), examine the collection at Museo del Convento de la RECOLETA, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Indigenous Art ASUR, take in the exciting artwork at Arte y Cultura Sucre Galeria, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Museum of the Cathedral - Museo de la Catedral, and finally get engrossed in the history at House of Liberty Museum - Casa de la Libertad.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Sucre tour builder tool .

You can fly from Asuncion to Sucre in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Asuncion in May: high temperatures in Sucre hover around 24°C and lows are around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Sucre

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Museum of Indigenous Art ASUR ©
Museum of Indigenous Art ASUR
Museo del Convento de la RECOLETA ©
Museo del Convento de la RECOLETA

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nights
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Sacsayhuaman and Qorikancha. You'll explore and learn at Museo de Arte Precolombino and Museo de Vida Monastica - Monasterio de Santa Catalina del Cusco. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco, admire the masterpieces at Museo Maximo Laura, and stop by Hilo.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cusco holiday planner.

You can fly from Sucre to Cusco in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sucre to Cusco, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, daily temperatures in Cusco can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

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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 17th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro), delve into the distant past at Huaca Pucllana, then browse the exhibits of Galeria Indigo, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Lima trip app .

Getting from Cusco to Lima by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in May, expect much warmer with lows of 21°C in Lima. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco ©

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day
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

San Pedro de Atacama ©
Major archeological sites and a renowned museum remain the big draws in San Pedro de Atacama tourism, appealing to visitors interested in learning more about South America's pre-Columbian cultures.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): examine the collection at Father Le Paige Museum, witness a stunning natural landmark at Geyser del Tatio, and then admire nature's extreme beauty at Atacama Desert.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our San Pedro de Atacama trip itinerary builder app .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Lima to San Pedro de Atacama in 12.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Lima to San Pedro de Atacama is 1 hour. Traveling from Lima in May, plan for much colder nights in San Pedro de Atacama, with lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Nature Parks Spas

Side Trip

Atacama Desert
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Atacama Desert ©
Atacama Desert
Father Le Paige Museum ©
Father Le Paige Museum
Geyser del Tatio ©
Geyser del Tatio

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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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, examine the collection at La Chascona, and then make a trip to Santa Lucia Hill. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, and then see the interesting displays at Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Santiago sightseeing planner.

Getting from San Pedro de Atacama to Santiago by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums Nature Parks
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La Chascona ©
La Chascona
Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino ©
Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino

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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

San Carlos de Bariloche ©
Nestled against the foothills of the Andes, scenic San Carlos de Bariloche hugs the southern shore of Nahuel Huapi Lake and ranks among Argentina's top destinations for active outdoor vacations.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): get outside with Outdoor Activities and then take in panoramic vistas at Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the San Carlos de Bariloche trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by flight from Santiago to San Carlos de Bariloche takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Chile Time (CLT) to Argentine Time (ART) is 1 hour. May in San Carlos de Bariloche sees daily highs of 12°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi ©
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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nights
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes and Museo de los Ninos. Shop till you drop at Puerto Madero and El Ateneo Grand Splendid. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires, wander the streets of Palermo, don't miss a visit to Recoleta, and admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires trip builder site .

Traveling by flight from San Carlos de Bariloche to Buenos Aires takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in May, things will get a bit warmer in Buenos Aires: highs are around 20°C and lows about 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Punta del Este.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes ©
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

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Punta del Este, Uruguay

Punta del Este ©
With plenty of modern casinos, well-developed beaches, chic restaurants, and upscale hotels, Punta del Este vacations draw visitors from Argentina, Brazil, and beyond.
On the 25th (Mon), examine the collection at Museo del Mar, snap pictures at Leonel Viera Bridge, then admire the masterpieces at Museo – Taller de Casapueblo, and finally explore the world behind art at Museo Taller de Casapueblo.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Punta del Este trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Punta del Este takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Punta del Este

Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Museo Taller de Casapueblo
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Museo – Taller de Casapueblo ©
Museo – Taller de Casapueblo
Museo del Mar ©
Museo del Mar

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