22 days in South America Itinerary

22 days in South America Itinerary

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22 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 15​min
2
Gramado, Brazil
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  1​h 30​min
4
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
5
Curitiba, Brazil
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 15​min
6
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
7
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
8
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
9
Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Sydney, Australia

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: make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta, ponder the world of politics at Casa Rosada, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, and shop like a local with Puerto Madero.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Buenos Aires tour itinerary planner .

Sydney, Australia to Buenos Aires is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and ferry. You'll gain 13 hours traveling from Sydney to Buenos Aires due to the time zone difference. In April in Buenos Aires, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Gramado.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

1
night
Gramado, Brazil

Gramado ©
Surrounded by impressive mountain scenery in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, the small city of Gramado charms visitors with its alpine European-style architecture and blossoming flowers.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): walk around Mini Mundo and then admire the majestic nature at Parque Estadual do Caracol. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Matriz Sao Pedro Apostolo, don't miss a visit to Rua Coberta, then find something for the whole family at Snowland, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Pedra.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Gramado trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Buenos Aires to Gramado takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Gramado

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trip

Canela
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Mini Mundo ©
Mini Mundo
Snowland ©
Snowland
Parque Estadual do Caracol ©
Parque Estadual do Caracol

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 17th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Museu de Arte Brasileira - FAAP, walk around Parque Ibirapuera, and then pick up some local products at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, admire the masterpieces at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP, and then wander the streets of Paulista Avenue.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Sao Paulo road trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Gramado to Sao Paulo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Shopping Parks
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Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo
Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera
Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue

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.
Rio de Janeiro is known for beaches, nature, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Pao de Acucar, kick back and relax at Pedra do Arpoador, don't miss a visit to Escadaria Selaron, and explore and take pictures at Leblon Beach.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro trip builder app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Rio de Janeiro when traveling from Sao Paulo in April, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Curitiba.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

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

1
night
Curitiba, Brazil

Curitiba ©
The word "Brazil" isn't often mentioned in the same breath as "excellent urban planning"--except in Curitiba.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): see the interesting displays at Memorial da Seguranca no Transporte, explore the world behind art at Museu Oscar Niemeyer MON, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botanico de Curitiba.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Curitiba online route planner .

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Curitiba takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in April, things will get little chillier in Curitiba: highs are around 26°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Curitiba

Museums Parks
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Museu Oscar Niemeyer MON ©
Museu Oscar Niemeyer MON
Jardim Botanico de Curitiba ©
Jardim Botanico de Curitiba

2
nights
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 23rd (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Buddhist Temple and then take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls. Keep things going the next day: admire the engineering at Itaipu Dam and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parque das Aves Bird Park.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Foz do Iguacu route builder app .

Fly from Curitiba to Foz do Iguacu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Curitiba in April, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Foz do Iguacu: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Parque das Aves Bird Park ©
Parque das Aves Bird Park
Itaipu Dam ©
Itaipu Dam

2
nights
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 (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, then explore the ancient world of Huaca Pucllana, then ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro), get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), take a stroll through Miraflores, then walk around Circuito Magico Del Agua, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Indigo.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Lima journey planner .

Traveling by flight from Foz do Iguacu to Lima takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Foz do Iguacu to Lima, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Foz do Iguacu in April, expect nights in Lima to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are slightly colder, around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

2
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.
On the 27th (Mon), hike along exploor, steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, then steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino. On your second day here, delve into the distant past at Centro Historico De Cusco, stop by Hilo, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia De Santo Domingo.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cusco holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Lima to Cusco takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Lima in April, plan for slightly colder days in Cusco, with highs around 23°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Cusco

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

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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.
Santiago is known for shopping, museums, parks, nature, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Mercado Central), don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas, and steep yourself in history at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Santiago trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Santiago takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Peru Time (PET) to Chile Time (CLT) is 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

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

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