28 days in South America Itinerary

28 days in South America Itinerary

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Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
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Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 2 nights
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Ushuaia, Argentina
— 2 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
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Montevideo, Uruguay
— 2 nights
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Rocha, Uruguay
— 1 night
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Maldonado, Uruguay
— 2 nights
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 1 night
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Cusco, Peru — 4 nights

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Maras (Moray & Salinas de Maras). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, wander the streets of San Blas, contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Qorikancha.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Cusco route website.

Little Rock, USA to Cusco is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Little Rock to Cusco. Traveling from Little Rock in December, things will get a bit warmer in Cusco: highs are around 69°F and lows about 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to drive 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.
On the 26th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu day trip app.

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. You will leave for Santiago on the 27th (Tue).
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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 28th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, examine the collection at La Chascona, and then stroll around Cerro Santa Lucia. Here are some ideas for day two: go for a walk through Plaza de Armas and then explore the world behind art at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino.

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You can fly from Machu Picchu to Santiago in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Machu Picchu to Santiago, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to San Carlos de Bariloche.
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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina — 2 nights

Nestled against the foothills of the Andes, scenic San Carlos de Bariloche hugs the southern shore of Nahuel Huapi Lake and ranks among Argentina's top destinations for active outdoor vacations.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi. Keep things going the next day: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our San Carlos de Bariloche trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Santiago to San Carlos de Bariloche takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Santiago to San Carlos de Bariloche, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December in San Carlos de Bariloche, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to fly to Ushuaia.
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Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Tours
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Ushuaia, Argentina — 2 nights

Often called the "End of the World" because of its position on the southernmost tip of South America, the expanding city of Ushuaia serves as both a busy commercial port and attractive tourist hub.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Tierra del Fuego National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: grab your bike and head to Ushuaia Bay, take in the awesome beauty at Glacier Martial, and then contemplate the long history of Museo Maritimo & del Presidio de Ushuaia.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Ushuaia online travel route planner.

Getting from San Carlos de Bariloche to Ushuaia by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. While traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Ushuaia, ranging from highs of 52°F to lows of 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to fly to Buenos Aires.
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Buenos Aires, Argentina — 4 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: stroll the grounds of Cemiterio de Recoleta, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, wander the streets of La Boca, and get engrossed in the history at El Zanjon de Granados.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Buenos Aires online vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or drive. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Ushuaia in January, with highs in Buenos Aires at 83°F and lows at 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Montevideo.
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Montevideo, Uruguay — 2 nights

With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Palacio Salvo, then make a trip to Plaza Independencia, and then pause for some photo ops at Monument to General Jose Gervasio de Artigas. Keep things going the next day: visit Pocitos, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Montevideo, then wander the streets of Ciudad Vieja, and finally explore the world behind art at Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes Juan Manuel Blanes.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Montevideo travel planner.

Fly from Buenos Aires to Montevideo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Buenos Aires in January, Montevideo is slightly colder at night with lows of 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Rocha.
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Rocha, Uruguay — 1 night

Relax on the remote, undeveloped beaches in Rocha, an eastern province of Uruguay noted for its sleepy beachfront towns and pristine nature.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Santa Teresa National Park.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Rocha itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Montevideo to Rocha in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Rocha are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Maldonado.
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Maldonado, Uruguay — 2 nights

One of the larger cities in the country, Maldonado draws visitors primarily interested in the city's coastline and the wider region's beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): head off the coast to Isla de Lobos, admire the landmark architecture of Museo – Taller de Casapueblo, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Solanas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Playa Mansa, then make a trip to The Fingers of Punta del Este, then examine the collection at Museo Del Mar, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Pinares.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Maldonado journey planner.

Getting from Rocha to Maldonado by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in January, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Sao Paulo.
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Sao Paulo, Brazil — 1 night

Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
On the 12th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Afro Brazil Museum, stroll around Parque Ibirapuera, and then pick up some local products at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Sao Paulo trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Maldonado to Sao Paulo takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in January, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can fly to Rio de Janeiro.
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — 5 nights

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Rio de Janeiro is known for sightseeing, beaches, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach, stroll through Barra da Tijuca Beach, admire all the interesting features of Leblon Beach, and don't miss a visit to Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sao Paulo in January: high temperatures in Rio de Janeiro hover around 89°F and lows are around 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Peru travel guide

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Land of the Incas
In a country renowned for its pre-Columbian archeological sites, no Peru vacation would be complete without an adrenaline-inducing hike to Machu Picchu, World Heritage-listed symbol of the once-mighty Incan Empire. Aside from visiting these spectacular ruins set against the backdrop of photogenic mountain peaks, most holidays in Peru also include an exploration of the country's pretty cities, boasting well-preserved colonial architecture and a slew of modern buildings housing fine museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Ideal for active vacationers, Peru trips are also tailor-made for gourmands, as the country's eclectic cuisine blends tasty influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe.
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Argentina travel guide

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Land of Contrasts
Home to the highest and lowest points in South America, diverse Argentina enthralls visitors with its contrasting landscapes and rich cultural heritage. A tour of Argentina reveals a sprawling land of fiercely proud and hardworking gauchos, the legendary cowboys of South America's pampas. A vacation in Argentina also leads you to giant urban centers, filled with modern tourist attractions that include fine restaurants, award-winning museums, and renowned public parks, gardens, and zoos. Away from big cities, Argentina sightseeing combines visits to mighty waterfalls situated inside World Heritage-listed national parks in the north of the country, with excursions to icy glaciers in the south.
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Uruguay travel guide

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Switzerland of South America
One of the smallest countries in South America, tourist-friendly Uruguay is often called the "Switzerland of South America" because of its consistent economic development and progressive society. Open-minded Montevideo serves as the starting point of most Uruguay vacations, offering visitors an eclectic cultural scene and a chance to discover some of South America's major architectural treasures. Away from the cosmopolitan capital city, vacations in Uruguay involve exploring wildlife-rich areas along the Atlantic and touring the rustic interior on horseback, gaucho style. In this sports-loving country, the highlight of your Uruguay trip might just be a soccer match between Penarol and Nacional, the country's two major clubs.
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