12 days in South America Itinerary

12 days in South America Itinerary

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 2 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
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Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 1 night
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — 2 nights

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 21st (Thu): admire the striking features of Ilha Fiscal, then appreciate the history behind Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, and then kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pedra do Arpoador, then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipanema, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro tour planning app.

London, UK to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Rio de Janeiro is minus 3 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from London in July since evenings lows in Rio de Janeiro dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Buenos Aires.
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Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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Buenos Aires, Argentina — 3 nights

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.
Buenos Aires is known for sightseeing, nightlife, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Puerto Madero, admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, take in the history at Plaza de Mayo, and admire the landmark architecture of El Ateneo Grand Splendid.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Buenos Aires holiday planning app.

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Rio de Janeiro in July, plan for colder days in Buenos Aires, with highs around 17°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Santiago.
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Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums
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Santiago, Chile — 2 nights

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, go for a walk through Plaza de Armas, then admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and finally see the interesting displays at La Chascona. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Cerro Santa Lucia, then take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, and then steep yourself in history at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Santiago day trip app.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Santiago in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Buenos Aires to Santiago. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Cusco.
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Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites
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Cusco, Peru — 1 night

Capital of the Inca Empire for three centuries, World Heritage-listed Cusco is now a major tourist destination, drawing nearly 2 million annual tourists with its well-preserved colonial architecture and proximity to Machu Picchu.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, then steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, and then steep yourself in history at Qorikancha.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cusco travel planner.

Fly from Santiago to Cusco in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Santiago to Cusco is minus 1 hour. In July, daytime highs in Cusco are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can go by car to Machu Picchu.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu. On your second day here, delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna.

Plan trip to Machu Picchu with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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