48 days in Cuba & South America Itinerary

48 days in Cuba & South America Itinerary

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Punta del Este, Uruguay
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Santiago, Chile
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Machu Picchu, Peru
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Lima, Peru
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Bogota, Colombia
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Cartagena, Colombia
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San Andres Island, Colombia
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Havana, Cuba
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Varadero, Cuba
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Punta del Este, Uruguay

— 4 nights

Monaco of South America

With plenty of modern casinos, well-developed beaches, chic restaurants, and upscale hotels, Punta del Este vacations draw visitors from Argentina, Brazil, and beyond.
We've included these beaches for you: Playa Brava and Playa Pinares. Get a sense of the local culture at The Wine Experience and Ralli Museum Punta del Este. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Punta del Este: Playa Mansa (in Jose Ignacio), Beaches at Cabo Polonio (in Cabo Polonio) and Puente Circular (in Rocha). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to The Fingers of Punta del Este, kick back and relax at Playa el Emir, pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia Nuestra Senora de Fatima, and try your luck at Conrad Casino.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Punta del Este day trip app.

Porto Alegre, Brazil to Punta del Este is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also take a bus; or drive. While traveling from Porto Alegre, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Punta del Este, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Punta del Este

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

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Find places to stay Feb 25 — Mar 1:

Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 4 nights

Queen of La Plata

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 get to explore Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires and Museo Evita. Get a sense of the local culture at Cemiterio de Recoleta and Plaza de Mayo. There's still lots to do: visit Puerto Madero, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional De Arte Decorativo, get engrossed in the history at El Zanjon de Granados, and ponder the world of politics at Casa Rosada.

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Traveling by flight from Punta del Este to Buenos Aires takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In March, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 1 — 5:

Santiago, Chile

— 4 nights

City of the Island Hills

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Let the collections at La Chascona and Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos capture your imagination. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino and Concha y Toro. There's still lots to do: walk around Cerro Santa Lucia, admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de la Gratitud Nacional, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Lazaro.

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Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Santiago takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Argentina Standard Time (ART) to Chile Standard Time (CLT) is minus 1 hour. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wineries

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Find places to stay Mar 5 — 9:

Machu Picchu, Peru

— 2 nights
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then relax and rejuvenate at Otto's Salon Spa & Boutique. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Mandor and then delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Machu Picchu online itinerary planner.

You can fly from Santiago to Machu Picchu in 10.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Chile Standard Time (CLT) to Peru Standard Time (PET) is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Parks · Spas · Wildlife
Find places to stay Mar 9 — 11:

Lima, Peru

— 8 nights

City of the Kings

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.
Visit Playa Santa Maria del Mar and Balneario Embajadores for some beach relaxation. Get some historical perspective at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas and Cathedral of Lima. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, visit Miraflores, ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), and wander the streets of Barranco.

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You can fly from Machu Picchu to Lima in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In March in Lima, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Lima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

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Find places to stay Mar 11 — 19:

Bogota, Colombia

— 4 nights

Athens of South America

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and Museo Arqueologico de Zipaquira. Do some cultural sightseeing at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica and Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bogota: Centro de Memoria El Cuartico (in Valledupar), Zipaquira (Esensal & Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de los Dolores) and Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate, steep yourself in history at Bolivar Square, pause for some serene contemplation at La Catedral Primada, and stop by Vitrina Guayca.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Bogota visit planner.

Getting from Lima to Bogota by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in March, expect nights in Bogota to be cooler, around 10°C, while days are slightly colder, around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 19 — 23:

Cartagena, Colombia

— 4 nights

City of Heroes

The site of the continent's first Spanish colony, Cartagena retains much of its colonial flavor thanks to a World Heritage-listed old town, encircled by old walls and protected by imposing fortresses.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Museo del Oro Zenu and Caribe Jewelry Museum & Factory. Get a sense of the local culture at Walled City of Cartagena and Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas. Step out of Cartagena with an excursion to Playa Blanca in Isla Baru--about 1h 5 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, see the interesting displays at Museo Historico de Cartagena de Indias, brush up on your military savvy at Museo Naval Del Caribe, and don't miss a visit to Plaza de Bolivar.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cartagena online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Bogota to Cartagena by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Bogota in March, with highs in Cartagena at 37°C and lows at 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 23 — 27:

San Andres Island, Colombia

— 3 nights
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Primera Iglesia Bautista Hispana and Parque Tematico El Pueblito Isleno San Andres. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Playa de San Luis, discover the deep blue sea with Aquanautas, take in the dramatic natural features at Hoyo Soplador, and head off the coast to Cayo El Acuario.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the San Andres Island online tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Cartagena to San Andres Island takes 3.5 hours. March in San Andres Island sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Havana.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Mar 27 — 30:

Havana, Cuba

— 4 nights

Rome of the Caribbean

Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Relax by the water at Santa Maria del Mar and Playas de Este. Do some cultural sightseeing at Malecón of Havana and Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Havana, make a trip to Plaza de la Catedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Havana Cathedral, and contemplate the long history of Castillo de la Real Fuerza.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Havana trip planner.

Getting from San Andres Island to Havana by flight takes about 12 hours. Traveling from San Andres Island in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Havana, with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Varadero.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 4:

Varadero, Cuba

— 4 nights
One of the largest resort towns in the Caribbean, Varadero boasts a 20 km (12 mi) long stretch of sand, lined with hotels and all-inclusive resorts.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Varadero Beach and Cayos Blancos. Do some cultural sightseeing at Pharmaceutical Museum and Artecru. Change things up with these side-trips from Varadero: Cardenas Cathedral (in Cardenas) and Matanzas (Catedral de San Carlos Borromeo & Cuartel de Bomberos de Matanzas). And it doesn't end there: walk around Josone Park, observe the fascinating underwater world at Delfinario, identify plant and animal life at Varahicacos Ecological Reserve, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Santa Elvira.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Varadero trip planner.

Traveling by car from Havana to Varadero takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of train and taxi. In April, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 4 — 8:

Cayo Largo, Cuba

— 4 nights
The stress of modern life feels a million miles away when you holiday on Cayo Largo, a small and unspoiled resort island off the coast of Cuba.
Visit Playa Paraiso and Playa Blanca Beach for some beach relaxation. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Punta Mal Tiempo, identify plant and animal life at El Torreon Nursery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sirena Beach, and step off the mainland to explore Cayo Rico.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Cayo Largo trip itinerary planning tool.

Fly from Varadero to Cayo Largo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April in Cayo Largo, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 12:

Chile travel guide

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Landmarks · Parks · Specialty Museums
Land of Poets
Squeezed between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, geographically diverse Chile is a long, thin stretch of land encompassing some of the world's driest deserts in the north, and some of its largest glacial fields in the south. Though most Chile holidays include some form of adventure in the vast wilderness areas, the country also contains charming cities providing plenty of urban things to do and see. Many tours of Chile include at least a brief visit to the country's lush wine regions, where backyard vineyards compete with sprawling estates producing some of the world's most respected whites and reds.

Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Diverse in terms of landscapes, climates, and cultures, Colombia remains one of South America's least explored tourist destinations, overshadowed by its more popular southern neighbors. Combining the best of what the continent has to offer, a vacation in Colombia allows you to blend outdoor adventures with tours of picture-perfect cobblestoned towns dating back to the colonial era. Tourists on a Colombia holiday can easily hop from sun-kissed coastal spots to the hilly coffee-growing region, where thriving plantations quickly give way to a landscape of snow-covered volcanic peaks and the paramo--alpine ecosystems sheltering some of the rarest plants growing above the continuous forest line.

Cuba travel guide

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Beaches · Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks
The largest island in the Caribbean, Cuba lies just 140 km (90 mi) south of Florida and captivates a growing number of Western visitors with its tropical landscapes and cultural attractions. Sightseeing in Cuba inevitably begins in Havana, a city of photogenic architecture, lively nightlife, and a passion for baseball. The country's smaller colonial towns usually feature central squares, ideal places to meet the locals under wrought-iron street lamps. Savvy visitors escape the cities during their Cuba holidays, devoting plenty of time to the country's charming countryside, where you can get the feel for this diverse land by conversing with friendly tobacco farmers and small-scale fruit producers.