15 days in South America Itinerary

15 days in South America Itinerary

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15 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Dallas, United States
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
3
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
4
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Medellin, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Dallas, United States

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Fortaleza de Santa Cruz da Barra and Forte de Copacabana. Instituto Moreira Salles and Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with a short trip to Camboinhas Beach in Niteroi (about 44 minutes away). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach, stroll through Praia Da Joatinga, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerusalem Cultural Center.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro journey builder app .

Dallas, USA to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Dallas to Rio de Janeiro. Traveling from Dallas in June, things will get little chillier in Rio de Janeiro: highs are around 79°F and lows about 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Niteroi
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Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Fortaleza de Santa Cruz da Barra ©
Fortaleza de Santa Cruz da Barra

2
nights
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Fo Guang Shan Brazil - Zu Lai Temple, take an in-depth tour of Museu do Som e Imagem - MIS, and then explore the world behind art at Itau Cultural Institute. On the 21st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Museu da Imigração do Estado de São Paulo, admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, then explore the world behind art at Estacao Pinacoteca, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario e Convento Sao Francisco de Assis.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Sao Paulo tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in June; daily highs in Sao Paulo reach 72°F and lows reach 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Fo Guang Shan Brazil - Zu Lai Temple
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Fo Guang Shan Brazil - Zu Lai Temple ©
Museu do Som e Imagem - MIS ©
Museu do Som e Imagem - MIS
Estacao Pinacoteca ©
Estacao Pinacoteca

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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.
Let the collections at Casa de Isla Negra and Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania capture your imagination. Get a sense of the local culture at Vina Santa Rita and Santa Carolina. Change things up with these side-trips from Santiago: Vina Undurraga (in Talagante) and Kingston Family Vineyards (in Casablanca). There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion and explore the historical opulence of Castillo Hidalgo.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Santiago trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Sao Paulo to Santiago takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sao Paulo to Santiago due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Santiago

Wineries Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Vina Undurraga, Casa de Isla Negra, Vina Santa Rita, Kingston Family Vineyards
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Vina Undurraga ©
Vina Undurraga
Casa de Isla Negra ©
Casa de Isla Negra
Vina Santa Rita ©
Vina Santa Rita

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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 25th (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, then admire the masterpieces at MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima, then wander the streets of San Isidro, and finally steep yourself in history at Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Huaca Pucllana, then admire the masterpieces at Museo MATE, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco.

For photos and more tourist information, read our Lima trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by flight from Santiago to Lima takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Lima. In June, daytime highs in Lima are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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San Isidro ©
San Isidro
MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima ©
MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima

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Medellin, Colombia

Medellin ©
Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parroquia Nuestra Senora del Rosario de La Piedra, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San José del Poblado, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sun): engage your brain at Museo del Agua EPM, examine the collection at Museo Casa de la Memoria, and then admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica.

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Traveling by flight from Lima to Medellin takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Lima, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Medellin, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Medellin

Historic Sites Museums Spas
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Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica ©
Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica
Museo Casa de la Memoria ©
Museo Casa de la Memoria

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