48 days in Cuba & South America Itinerary

48 days in Cuba & South America Itinerary

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Punta del Este, Uruguay
— 4 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
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Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
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Lima, Peru
— 8 nights
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Bogota, Colombia
— 4 nights
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Cartagena, Colombia
— 4 nights
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San Andres Island, Colombia
— 3 nights
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Havana, Cuba
— 4 nights
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Varadero, Cuba
— 4 nights
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Cayo Largo, Cuba
— 4 nights

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Punta del Este, Uruguay

Punta del Este ©

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 el Emir. 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: Beaches at Cabo Polonio (in Cabo Polonio), Puente Circular (in Rocha) and Playa Mansa (in Jose Ignacio). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to The Fingers of Punta del Este, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia Nuestra Senora de Fatima, head off the coast to Isla de Lobos, and kick back and relax at Playa Pinares.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Punta del Este online travel route planner.

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 slightly colder days and about the same nights in Punta del Este, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Punta del Este

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Beach
Playa Brava
4.4

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires ©

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 Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. 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 travel to Santiago.

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Neighborhood
Puerto Madero
4.5
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Mission
Plaza de Mayo
4.1

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Santiago, Chile

Santiago ©

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 Chileno de Arte Precolombino capture your imagination. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos and Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania. When in Santiago, make a side trip to see Concha y Toro in Pirque, approximately Pirque away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Cerro Santa Lucia, go for a walk through Plaza de Armas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de la Gratitud Nacional, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Lazaro.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Santiago online day trip planner.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Santiago in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Argentina Standard Time to Chile Standard Time, 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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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.
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 · Spas · Parks · Wildlife
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Lima, Peru

Lima ©

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 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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History Museum
Museo Larco
4.8

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Bogota, Colombia

Bogota ©

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: Centro de Memoria El Cuartico (in Valledupar), Zipaquira (Esensal, Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, &more) and Laguna de Guatavita (in Tierra Negra). 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 6.5 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 travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena ©

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 get to explore Museo del Oro Zenu and Caribe Jewelry Museum & Factory. Visit Walled City of Cartagena and Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver for their historical value. Step out of Cartagena with an excursion to Playa Blanca in Isla Baru--about 1h 5 min away. There's much more to do: make a trip to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, see the interesting displays at Choco Museo, learn about all things military at Museo Naval Del Caribe, and steep yourself in history at Plaza Santo Domingo.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Cartagena online visit planner.

You can fly from Bogota to Cartagena in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for warmer 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

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San Andres Island, Colombia

San Andres Island ©
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 and Island House Museum. 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 look for all kinds of wild species at 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 · Wildlife · Nature · Museums
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Specialty Museum
Island House Museum
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Havana, Cuba

Havana ©

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 Old Square (Plaza Vieja), take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion), and contemplate the long history of Finca Vigía.

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

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World heritage site
Old Havana
4.6
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Historic Walking Area
Malecón of Havana
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Varadero, Cuba

Varadero ©
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: Matanzas (Catedral de San Carlos Borromeo & Cuartel de Bomberos de Matanzas) and Cardenas Cathedral (in Cardenas). The adventure continues: stroll around Josone Park, observe the fascinating underwater world at Delfinario, look for all kinds of wild species at Varahicacos Ecological Reserve, and examine the collection at House of Rum.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Varadero vacation builder website.

You can drive from Havana to Varadero in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of train and taxi. In April, daily temperatures in Varadero can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Varadero

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Must see
Varadero Beach
4.7
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Specialty Museum
Pharmaceutical Museum
4.8

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Cayo Largo, Cuba

Cayo Largo ©
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 Sirena 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 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 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
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Beach
Sirena Beach
4.7

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