8 days in South America Itinerary

8 days in South America Itinerary

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8 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 1 day
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Florianopolis, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 1 night
Shuttle + Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Santiago, Chile
— 1 night
Fly:  12​h
End: Playa del Carmen, Mexico

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, then kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, and then stroll through Copacabana Beach.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro driving holiday planner.

Playa del Carmen, Mexico to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Brasilia Time (BRT) is 2 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Playa del Carmen in January: high temperatures in Rio de Janeiro hover around 37°C and lows are around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Florianopolis.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

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nights
Florianopolis, Brazil

Florianopolis ©
Divided between island and mainland, the distinctive city of Florianopolis charms visitors on first arrival with its impressive skyline.
Visiting Barra da Lagoa Beach and Praia do Rosa will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Guarda do Embau Beach and Praia das Laranjeiras. Step out of Florianopolis to go to Bombinhas and see Bombinhas Beach, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's more to do: kick back and relax at Praia do Campeche and stroll through Praia Mole.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Florianopolis online trip maker .

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Florianopolis by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Rio de Janeiro in January, with highs in Florianopolis at 34°C and lows at 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Florianopolis

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Bombinhas Beach, Praia do Rosa, Guarda do Embau Beach, Praia das Laranjeiras
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Barra da Lagoa Beach ©
Barra da Lagoa Beach
Praia do Rosa ©
Praia do Rosa
Guarda do Embau Beach ©
Guarda do Embau Beach

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night
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

Foz do Iguacu ©
A gateway to the world-renowned Iguacu Falls, which spectacularly divide Brazil and Argentina, the modern, high-rise city of Foz do Iguacu can't help but play second fiddle to the natural wonder in its vicinity.
On the 6th (Mon), take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Foz do Iguacu trip itinerary planning website .

Fly from Florianopolis to Foz do Iguacu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. When traveling from Florianopolis in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Foz do Iguacu, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Nature Parks
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): shop like a local with Puerto Madero, take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, and then make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Buenos Aires tour itinerary website .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Foz do Iguacu to Buenos Aires in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. When traveling from Foz do Iguacu in January, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Buenos Aires: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): walk around Cerro Santa Lucia.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Santiago driving holiday planning tool .

Getting from Buenos Aires to Santiago by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Buenos Aires to Santiago is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks
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Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia

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