46 days in South America Itinerary

46 days in South America Itinerary

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46 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Cape Town, South Africa
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h
3
Salvador, Brazil
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h
4
Brasilia, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
5
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Florianopolis, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 15​min
7
Gramado, Brazil
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  9​h 30​min
8
Lima, Peru
— 4 nights
9
Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
10
Bogota, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 30​min
11
Quito, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
12
Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
13
Valparaiso, Chile
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  9​h 45​min
14
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Cape Town, South Africa

4
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.
Shop till you drop at Bom Retiro and Galeria Arte Brasileira. Get out of town with these interesting Sao Paulo side-trips: Campinas (Shopping Center Iguatemi Campinas & Galleria Shopping). There's more to do: walk around Parque Ibirapuera and stop by Panela na Rua.

To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Sao Paulo trip builder site .

Cape Town, South Africa to Sao Paulo is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Cape Town to Sao Paulo, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Cape Town in September, with highs in Sao Paulo at 30°C and lows at 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Campinas
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Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera
Bom Retiro ©
Bom Retiro
Livraria Cultura ©
Livraria Cultura

5
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.
For shopping fun, head to Shopping Leblon or Tropicalia Discos. There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, stop by Feira da Praca XV, delve into the lush surroundings at Parque Nacional Tijuca, and see where the action happens at Maracanã.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro trip builder app .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Sao Paulo in September since evenings lows in Rio de Janeiro dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Salvador.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Corcovado Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer
Shopping Leblon ©
Shopping Leblon
Brasil e Cia Arte Popular ©
Brasil e Cia Arte Popular

2
nights
Salvador, Brazil

Salvador ©
Nowhere are the traditions of Brazil's African-background community as strong as in Salvador, the colorful, historical capital of Bahia state.
On the 17th (Sat), browse the fresh offerings at Mercado do Rio Vermelho, look for gifts at Salvador Shopping, browse the different shops at Salvador Norte Shopping, then look for gifts at Cocadas Juriti, and finally stop by Shopping Bela Vista. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): take a stroll through Pelourinho and then stop by Boto-Cor-de-Rosa Livros Arte & Cafe.

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Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Salvador takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Salvador sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Brasilia.

Things to do in Salvador

Shopping Neighborhoods
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Salvador Shopping ©
Salvador Shopping
Mercado do Rio Vermelho ©
Mercado do Rio Vermelho
Salvador Norte Shopping ©
Salvador Norte Shopping

2
nights
Brasilia, Brazil

Brasilia ©
Although it lacks the cultural flair of Rio de Janeiro and the massive urban sprawl of Sao Paulo, Brasilia holds a fascinating place in the tapestry of Brazil.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): stop by Terraco Shopping, stop by Patio Brasil Shopping, stop by Parkshopping, admire the striking features of Catedral Metropolitana, then look for gifts at Cobogo, and finally look for gifts at Verdurao. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Brasilia Shopping, stop by Tertulia, and then stop by Feira De Artesanato Da Torre.

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Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Salvador to Brasilia takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Salvador in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Brasilia, with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Brasilia

Shopping Historic Sites
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Verdurao ©
Verdurao
Terraco Shopping ©
Terraco Shopping
Brasilia Shopping ©
Brasilia Shopping

6
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.
For shopping fun, head to Puerto Madero or El Ateneo Grand Splendid. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta, explore the engaging exhibits at Museo de los Ninos, try your luck at Hipodromo Argentino de Palermo, and shop like a local with Palermo.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires itinerary maker site .

Traveling by flight from Brasilia to Buenos Aires takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect colder weather when traveling from Brasilia in September: highs in Buenos Aires hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Florianopolis.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Palermo ©
Palermo
El Ateneo Grand Splendid ©
El Ateneo Grand Splendid

2
nights
Florianopolis, Brazil

Florianopolis ©
Divided between island and mainland, the distinctive city of Florianopolis charms visitors on first arrival with its impressive skyline.
On the 27th (Tue), look for gifts at Shopping Itaguacu, browse the different shops at Continente Shopping, then look for gifts at Tuktuk Mamamuk, and finally stop by Shopping Center Iguatemi Florianopolis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Wed): look for gifts at Quintal da Ilha, then look for gifts at Arteeiro Arte e Artesanato, and then look for gifts at Casa Acoriana Artes & Tramoias Ilhoas.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Florianopolis journey planning website .

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Florianopolis takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Buenos Aires in September; daily highs in Florianopolis reach 26°C and lows reach 18°C. On the 28th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Gramado.

Things to do in Florianopolis

Shopping

Side Trip

Sao Jose
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Continente Shopping ©
Continente Shopping
Shopping Itaguacu ©
Shopping Itaguacu

3
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): look for gifts at Kukos Importadora, look for gifts at Maos do Mundo, look for gifts at Eriel Chocolates, then stop by Chocolate Lugano, then stop by Parada da Pipa, and finally stop by Divina Tavola Especiarias. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Mini Mundo, stop by Kukos, and then look for gifts at Casa das Cucas Vitiaceri.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Gramado trip planner .

Getting from Florianopolis to Gramado by combination of flight and bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Gramado

Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Canela, Kukos, Casa das Cucas Vitiaceri
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Mini Mundo ©
Mini Mundo
Kukos ©
Kukos
Parada da Pipa ©
Parada da Pipa

4
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.
Do your shopping at Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar) and Mercado Indios. And it doesn't end there: stop by Dedalo arte & artesania, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, take a stroll through Miraflores, and admire the landmark architecture of Palacio de Torre Tagle.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Lima visit planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Gramado to Lima in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Gramado to Lima is minus 2 hours. In October in Lima, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Dedalo arte & artesania ©
Dedalo arte & artesania
Mercado nro 1 de Surquillo ©
Mercado nro 1 de Surquillo

4
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.
For shopping fun, head to Hilo or Yanantin Alpaca y Artesania. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, stop by L'atelier by grid, take an in-depth tour of Museo Inka, and see the interesting displays at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cusco online vacation planner .

You can fly from Lima to Cusco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 7°C in Cusco. On the 9th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Cusco

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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Hilo ©
Hilo
Pedazo de Arte ©
Pedazo de Arte

2
nights
Bogota, Colombia

Bogota ©
Colombia's heart and soul, Bogota has earned the nickname "Athens of South America" thanks to its abundance of universities, libraries, and lower-level schools.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): look for gifts at Artesanias de Colombiana Doris Ortiz, stop by Centro Comercial Gran Estacion, look for gifts at Hombres de Barro, then look for gifts at Bta Capital, and finally stop by Titan plaza.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Bogota route planner .

You can fly from Cusco to Bogota in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Bogota

Shopping
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Bta Capital ©
Bta Capital
Centro Comercial Gran Estacion ©
Centro Comercial Gran Estacion
Titan plaza ©
Titan plaza

2
nights
Quito, Ecuador

Quito ©
High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): stop by Shepherd Ecuador, look for gifts at Olga Fisch Folklore, look for gifts at Mercado Artesanal La Mariscal, then stop by Galeria Latina, then stop by Mercado Artesanal El Aborigen, and finally look for gifts at Bigalli Hats. On the 13th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by English Bookstore and then look for gifts at Galeria Ecuador.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Quito online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Bogota to Quito by combination of flight and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Bogota in October since evenings lows in Quito dip to 17°C. On the 13th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Quito

Shopping
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Olga Fisch Folklore ©
Olga Fisch Folklore
Galeria Latina ©
Galeria Latina
Bigalli Hats ©
Bigalli Hats

4
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.
For shopping fun, head to Central Market (Mercado Central) or Costanera Center. The adventure continues: stroll through San Cristóbal Hill, examine the collection at La Chascona, look for gifts at Santiago wine club, and admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Santiago road trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Quito to Santiago takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Quito to Santiago. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Valparaiso.

Things to do in Santiago

Shopping Parks Nature

Side Trip

Atacama Desert
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Damien Mercier ©
Damien Mercier
Central Market (Mercado Central) ©
Central Market (Mercado Central)
Costanera Center ©
Costanera Center

1
night
Valparaiso, Chile

Valparaiso ©
Navigating through a maze of colorful streets winding up and down steep hills remains an integral part of any Valparaiso tour.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): stop by Lapislázuli Faba Viña del Mar and then stop by AJ Orfebres.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Valparaiso holiday maker site .

Take a bus from Santiago to Valparaiso in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daytime highs in Valparaiso are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Valparaiso

Shopping

Side Trip

Lapislázuli Faba Viña del Mar
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Lapislázuli Faba Viña del Mar ©
Lapislázuli Faba Viña del Mar
AJ Orfebres ©
AJ Orfebres

2
nights
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

San Carlos de Bariloche ©
Nestled against the foothills of the Andes, scenic San Carlos de Bariloche hugs the southern shore of Nahuel Huapi Lake and ranks among Argentina's top destinations for active outdoor vacations.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): stop by Delicias de la Patagonia, look for gifts at Benroth Chocolates, then stop by Evo Sports, then stop by Chocolate del Turista, and finally look for gifts at TiendaCiervo patagonia. Here are some ideas for day two: take a pleasant ride with Barlan Travel & Adventure and then stop by Almacen de Vinos.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read San Carlos de Bariloche online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Valparaiso to San Carlos de Bariloche takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Valparaiso to San Carlos de Bariloche, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Valparaiso in October: high temperatures in San Carlos de Bariloche hover around 17°C and lows are around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Shopping Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Benroth Chocolates
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Evo Sports ©
Evo Sports
Delicias de la Patagonia ©
Delicias de la Patagonia
Barlan Travel & Adventure ©
Barlan Travel & Adventure

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