27 days in South America Itinerary

27 days in South America Itinerary

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27 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Brasilia, Brazil
Fly + Drive:  26​h
1
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  20​h 30​min
2
Santiago, Chile
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Montevideo, Uruguay
— 5 nights
4
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 8 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Brasilia, Brazil

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and Winay Wayna. Your inner history buff will appreciate Sacred Valley of the Incas and Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen. Change things up with these side-trips from Machu Picchu: Maras (Moray & Salinas de Maras). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Intipuncu and examine the collection at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Machu Picchu road trip website .

Brasilia, Brazil to Machu Picchu is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Brasilia to Machu Picchu. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Maras, Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras

6
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.
La Chascona and Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino will appeal to museum buffs. Your inner history buff will appreciate Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania and Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion. Step out of Santiago to go to Pirque and see Concha y Toro, which is approximately 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas, fly down the slopes at Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile, and admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Santiago trip itinerary maker tool .

Do a combination of car and flight from Machu Picchu to Santiago in 20.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Machu Picchu to Santiago. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Montevideo.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile, Concha y Toro
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La Chascona ©
La Chascona
Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino ©

5
nights
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.
Museo – Taller de Casapueblo and Museo Taller de Casapueblo will appeal to museum buffs. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Solanas and Playa Pocitos. Change things up with these side-trips from Montevideo: Playa Punta Ballena (in Punta Ballena) and Pizzorno Family Estates (in Canelones). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes Juan Manuel Blanes, hunt for treasures at Mercado del Puerto, see the interesting displays at 1972 Museum, and take in the waterfront at Rambla de Montevideo.

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You can fly from Santiago to Montevideo in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Montevideo due to the time zone difference. In August, daily temperatures in Montevideo can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can ride a ferry to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Montevideo

Museums Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Maldonado, Museo – Taller de Casapueblo, Pizzorno Family Estates
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Pizzorno Family Estates ©
Pizzorno Family Estates
Museo – Taller de Casapueblo ©
Museo – Taller de Casapueblo

8
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 appreciate Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes and Museo de los Ninos. Get some historical perspective at Plaza de Mayo and Casa Rosada. When in Buenos Aires, make a side trip to see Museo de arte Tigre in Tigre, approximately 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires, take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, wander the streets of Puerto Madero, and appreciate the extensive heritage of San Telmo.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Buenos Aires road trip app .

Traveling by ferry from Montevideo to Buenos Aires takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Buenos Aires are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Museo de arte Tigre
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes ©
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
Plaza de Mayo ©
Plaza de Mayo

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