43 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

43 days in South America & Central America Itinerary

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Bus to Dublin, Fly to Buenos Aires
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 6 nights
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El Calafate, Argentina
— 4 nights
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Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile
— 4 nights
Shuttle to El Calafate, Fly to Ushuaia
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Ushuaia, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly
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Puerto Iguazu, Argentina
— 4 nights
Bus to Foz do Iguacu, Fly to Sao Paulo
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 5 nights
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 7 nights
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San Jose, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina — 6 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 historic sites, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemiterio de Recoleta, wander the streets of Palermo, get a sense of history and politics at Casa Rosada, and look for gifts at El Ateneo Grand Splendid.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Buenos Aires day trip planning tool.

Belfast, UK to Buenos Aires is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Argentina Standard Time (ART), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Belfast in March: high temperatures in Buenos Aires hover around 29°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to El Calafate.
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Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums
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Find places to stay Mar 18 — 24:

El Calafate, Argentina — 4 nights

El Calafate tourism thrives mostly thanks to the city's proximity to a World Heritage-listed national park, famed for containing over 40 large glaciers.
Change things up with these side-trips from El Calafate: Los Glaciares National Park (Glaciar Spegazzini & Perito Moreno Glacier). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Estacionamiento Pasarelas Glaciar Perito Moreno, identify plant and animal life at Laguna Nimez Reserva Natural Municipal, look for gifts at Vellon Negro, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Argentino.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our El Calafate sightseeing planning site.

Getting from Buenos Aires to El Calafate by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in March, expect nights in El Calafate to be little chillier, around 13°C, while days are cooler, around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine).
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Find places to stay Mar 24 — 28:

Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile — 4 nights

Surrounded by towering mountains, shimmering lakes, and the region's rugged hills, Puerto Natales serves as a bustling jumping-off point for exploring the Torres del Paine National Park.
Spend the 30th (Thu) among the memorable landscape of Glacier Grey. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Historical Museum,Municipality of Puerto Natales, Head underground at Mylodon Cave Natural Monument, look for gifts at Krea Noe, and make a trip to Muelle Historico.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from El Calafate to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Argentina Standard Time (ART) to Chile Standard Time (CLT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) when traveling from El Calafate in March, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow time for travel to Ushuaia.
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Find places to stay Mar 28 — Apr 1:

Ushuaia, Argentina — 4 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.
Spend the 3rd (Mon) exploring nature at Tierra del Fuego National Park. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Beagle, take in the dramatic natural features at Glaciar Vinciguerra, don't miss a visit to Les Éclaireurs Lighthouse, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ushuaia Bay.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Ushuaia trip planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to Ushuaia in 9.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to Ushuaia due to the time zone difference. In April, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Puerto Iguazu.
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Find places to stay Apr 1 — 6:

Puerto Iguazu, Argentina — 4 nights

The gateway to a national park inscribed on the World Heritage List, growing Puerto Iguazu sits on the confluence of two major rivers near the border with Paraguay and Brazil.
Get out of town with these interesting Puerto Iguazu side-trips: Iguazu National Park (Iguazu Falls, Isla San Martin, &more). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Puerto Iguazu, explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Iguazu, identify plant and animal life at Jardin de los Picaflores, and look for gifts at Emporio Gourmet.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Iguazu road trip planning website.

You can fly from Ushuaia to Puerto Iguazu in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or drive. In April, Puerto Iguazu is much warmer than Ushuaia - with highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sao Paulo.
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Find places to stay Apr 6 — 10:

Sao Paulo, Brazil — 5 nights

Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Sao Paulo is known for shopping, museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: walk around Parque Ibirapuera, explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, wander the streets of Paulista Avenue, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Sao Paulo trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Puerto Iguazu to Sao Paulo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in April, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to fly to Rio de Janeiro.
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Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 15:

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — 7 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: don't miss a visit to Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, kick back and relax at Barra da Tijuca Beach, stroll through Pedra do Arpoador, and delve into the lush surroundings at Parque Nacional Tijuca.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro tour itinerary tool.

Fly from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sao Paulo in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 26°C in Rio de Janeiro. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time for the flight to San Jose.
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Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 22:

San Jose, Costa Rica — 5 nights

A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Explore San Jose's surroundings by going to Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca), Canyoning & Rappelling Tours (in Jaco) and Cartago (Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles, Jardin Botanico Lankester, &more). There's lots more to do: experience rural life at El Toledo Coffee Tour, explore the striking landscape of Irazu Volcano National Park, get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, and take in nature's colorful creations at Else Kientzler Botanical Garden.

Start your trip to San Jose by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to San Jose in 13 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to San Jose. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in April, San Jose is little chillier at night with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Find places to stay Apr 22 — 28: