7 days in South America Itinerary

7 days in South America Itinerary

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7 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo, Brazil
1
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 1 day
bus + Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
4
Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Sao Paulo, Brazil

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day
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, then walk around Parque Ibirapuera, and then take a stroll through Paulista Avenue.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Sao Paulo trip itinerary site .

If you are flying in from Brazil, the closest major airports are Congonhas Airport, Guarulhos - Governador André Franco Montoro International Airport and Viracopos International Airport. In January in Sao Paulo, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Parks Museums Neighborhoods
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Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera
Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo

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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.
On the 9th (Thu), pause for some photo ops at Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, stroll through Copacabana Beach, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pao de Acucar, and finally make a trip to Escadaria Selaron. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, and then kick back and relax at Barra da Tijuca Beach.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro visit planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Sao Paulo in January, expect Rio de Janeiro to be somewhat warmer, temps between 37°C and 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Pao de Acucar ©
Pao de Acucar
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take in the history at Plaza de Mayo, wander the streets of Puerto Madero, contemplate the long history of Casa Rosada, then make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta, and finally stop by El Ateneo Grand Splendid. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, then admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Japones, and finally explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Buenos Aires trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in January: high temperatures in Buenos Aires hover around 33°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

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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.
On the 13th (Mon), admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), get great views at San Cristóbal Hill, and then make a trip to Plaza de Armas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at La Chascona and then make a trip to Santa Lucia Hill.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Santiago online trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Santiago takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Buenos Aires to Santiago due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Nature Parks Museums
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San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Santa Lucia Hill ©
Santa Lucia Hill
La Chascona ©
La Chascona

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