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 Beaches at Cabo Polonio. 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) and Puente Circular (in Rocha). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to The Fingers of Punta del Este, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Candelaria, kick back and relax at Playa el Emir, and head off the coast to Isla de Lobos.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Punta del Este trip planner.

Porto Alegre, Brazil to Punta del Este is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Porto Alegre in February, expect nights in Punta del Este to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are slightly colder, around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to fly to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Punta del Este

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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 El Zanjon de Granados. Get a sense of the local culture at Cemiterio de Recoleta and Plaza de Mayo. There's still lots to do: visit Puerto Madero, see the interesting displays at Museo Evita, take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Primada.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Buenos Aires day trip website.

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, daily temperatures in Buenos Aires can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight 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 Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania capture your imagination. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino and Iglesia de La Merced. When in Santiago, make a side trip to see Concha y Toro in Pirque, approximately Pirque away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Cerro Santa Lucia, see the interesting displays at Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos, go for a walk through Plaza de Armas, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Lazaro.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Santiago road trip planner.

Fly from Buenos Aires to Santiago in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Argentina Standard Time (ART) to Chile Standard Time (CLT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. 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 6.5 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 fly to Lima.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Spas · Parks · 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 Playa Costa Verde for some beach relaxation. Get some historical perspective at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas and San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, visit Miraflores, kick back and relax at Playa Penascal, and wander the streets of Barranco.

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You can fly from Machu Picchu to Lima in 3.5 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 fly to Bogota.

Things to do in Lima

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

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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 Bolivar Square. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bogota: Zipaquira (Esensal, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, &more), Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra) and Centro de Memoria El Cuartico (in Valledupar). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate, look for gifts at Vitrina Guayca, examine the collection at Museo Internacional De La Esmeralda, and stop by Barrio La Candelaria.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Bogota trip itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Lima to Bogota takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Lima in March, plan for little chillier days and cooler nights in Bogota: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can catch the flight 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 Museo Historico de Cartagena de Indias. 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. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa, see the interesting displays at Choco Museo, don't miss a visit to Plaza de La Trinidad, and brush up on your military savvy at Museo Naval Del Caribe.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cartagena road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Cartagena takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Bogota in March; daily highs in Cartagena reach 37°C and lows reach 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

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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 Plaza Canon de Morgan. Museum-lovers will get to explore Island House Museum and Parque Tematico El Pueblito Isleno San Andres. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Playa de San Luis, take in the dramatic natural features at Hoyo Soplador, identify plant and animal life at La Piscinita, and Head underground at Morgan's Cave.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Andres Island online visit planner.

Getting from Cartagena to San Andres Island by flight takes about 3 hours. In March, daily temperatures in San Andres Island can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to fly to Havana.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites
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 Old Havana. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon), 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 12.5 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 House of Rum. Change things up with these side-trips from Varadero: Matanzas (Catedral de San Carlos Borromeo & Cuartel de Bomberos de Matanzas) and Cardenas Cathedral (in Cardenas). 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 shop like a local with Artecru.

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 catch the flight 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 Punta Mal Tiempo for some beach relaxation. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Sirena Beach, identify plant and animal life at El Torreon Nursery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Blanca 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 2.5 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. On the 12th (Tue), you're off to home.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

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

Chile travel guide

4.3
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

4.4
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.