22 days in South America Itinerary

22 days in South America Itinerary

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22 days in South America Itinerary

Start: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
3
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
5
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + taxi + Fly:  8​h 30​min
6
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
7
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 15​min
8
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: San Juan, Puerto Rico

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 in the awesome beauty at Sugarloaf Mountain, stroll through Praia de Ipanema, don't miss a visit to Escadaria Selaron, and appreciate the history behind Corcovado Christ the Redeemer.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro trip planning app .

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone changes from Atlantic Standard Time to Brasilia Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from San Juan in June: high temperatures in Rio de Janeiro hover around 30°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour and then admire the engineering at Iguazu Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Buddhist Temple, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Parque das Aves Bird Park, and then admire the engineering at Itaipu Hydroelectric Dam.

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Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Foz do Iguacu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in June, expect Foz do Iguacu to be little chillier, temps between 25°C and 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Iguazu National Park.

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
Iguazu National Park, Argentina

Iguazu National Park ©
Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls. On the next day, step off the mainland to explore Isla San Martin, admire the sheer force of Salto San Martin, and then admire the sheer force of Salto Bernabe Mendez.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Iguazu National Park trip builder site .

You can drive from Foz do Iguacu to Iguazu National Park in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez
Salto San Martin ©
Salto San Martin

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 Cemiterio de Recoleta, admire the striking features of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Japones, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by flight from Iguazu National Park to Buenos Aires takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Iguazu National Park in June, expect nights in Buenos Aires to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are slightly colder, around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Los Glaciares National Park.

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

2
nights
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

Los Glaciares National Park ©
A World Heritage Site, Los Glaciares National Park contains a giant ice cap that feeds 47 vast glaciers.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Glaciar Seco and then take in the dramatic natural features at Perito Moreno Glacier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Glaciar Spegazzini.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Los Glaciares National Park vacation planner .

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Los Glaciares National Park in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Buenos Aires, expect colder days and slightly colder nights in Los Glaciares National Park, ranging from highs of 3°C to lows of 1°C. On the 30th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

Nature Parks
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Perito Moreno Glacier ©
Perito Moreno Glacier
Glaciar Spegazzini ©
Glaciar Spegazzini
Glaciar Seco ©
Glaciar Seco

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 shopping, museums, parks, nature, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Santa Lucia Hill, take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, hunt for treasures at Central Market (Mercado Central), and do a tasting at Santa Carolina.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, read Santiago attractions planning site .

Fly from Los Glaciares National Park to Santiago in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Argentine Time (ART) to Chile Time (CLT) is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Museums Nature
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Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Patio Bellavista ©
Patio Bellavista

3
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cusco side-trips: Maras (Salinas de Maras & Moray). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, look for gifts at Hilo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Cusco online travel route 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 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Maras, Sacred Valley of the Incas
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exploor ©
exploor
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

3
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then explore the ancient world of Intipuncu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): witness a stunning natural landmark at Banos Termales de Cocalmayo and then explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Cusco to Machu Picchu by combination of bus and train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Banos Termales de Cocalmayo
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

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