16 days in South America & South Pacific Itinerary

16 days in South America & South Pacific Itinerary

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16 days in South America & South Pacific Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly + shuttle:  18​h 15​min
1
Valparaiso, Chile
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Montevideo, Uruguay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
— 2 nights
5
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
6
Perth, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Sydney, Australia

1
night
Valparaiso, Chile

Navigating through a maze of colorful streets winding up and down steep hills remains an integral part of any Valparaiso tour.
On the 10th (Fri), take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Valparaiso journey site .

Sydney, Australia to Valparaiso is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 14 hours traveling from Sydney to Valparaiso. Traveling from Sydney in May, you will find days in Valparaiso are slightly colder (19°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Santiago.

Things to do in Valparaiso

Tours Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Vina del Mar
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Walking tours
La Sebastiana ©
La Sebastiana

3
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.
Santiago is known for museums, shopping, parks, nature, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Santa Lucia Hill, steep yourself in history at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, examine the collection at La Chascona, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Mercado Central).

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Santiago holiday maker tool .

You can drive from Valparaiso to Santiago in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Montevideo.

Things to do in Santiago

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

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): wander the streets of Pocitos, take a leisurely stroll along Rambla de Montevideo, then take a stroll through Ciudad Vieja, and finally make a trip to Plaza Independencia. On the next day, admire the landmark architecture of Palacio Salvo, then see the interesting displays at Museo del Tango - La Cumparsita, then hunt for treasures at Mercado del Puerto, and finally ponder the world of politics at Palacio Legislativo.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Montevideo holiday builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Santiago to Montevideo takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Santiago to Montevideo, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Colonia del Sacramento.

Things to do in Montevideo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums
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Rambla de Montevideo ©
Rambla de Montevideo
Plaza Independencia ©
Plaza Independencia
Pocitos ©
Pocitos

2
nights
Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

Colonia del Sacramento ©
Sleepy cobbled streets lined with pastel-colored houses lead down to the water in Colonia del Sacramento.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): visit a coastal fixture at Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse, don't miss a visit to Galeria de los Suspiros, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Portugues, then take in the views from Puerta de la Ciudadela, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Barrio Historico. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): don't miss a visit to La Calle de los Suspiros, then stop by De La Plaza, then go for a walk through Rambla Colonia Del Sacramento, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Rio de la Plata.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Colonia del Sacramento road trip planning site .

You can drive from Montevideo to Colonia del Sacramento in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Colonia del Sacramento can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to catch the ferry to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Colonia del Sacramento

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Barrio Historico ©
Barrio Historico
Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse ©
Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse
La Calle de los Suspiros ©
La Calle de los Suspiros

3
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.
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 Recoleta Cemetery, take in the history at Plaza de Mayo, admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, and shop like a local with Palermo.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires travel route planning website .

You can ride a ferry from Colonia del Sacramento to Buenos Aires in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Buenos Aires can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

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

2
nights
Perth, Australia

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): go for a walk through Lotterywest Federation Walkway, then contemplate the long history of Fremantle Prison, then don't miss a visit to Monument Hill War Memorial, and finally admire the natural beauty at Kings Park & Botanic Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River, then steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, then pause for some photo ops at Kings Park War Memorial, and finally get your game on at Elizabeth Quay Carousel.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Perth attractions planner .

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Perth in 25 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 11 hours traveling from Buenos Aires to Perth. While traveling from Buenos Aires, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Perth, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Fremantle
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

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