10 days in South America Itinerary

10 days in South America Itinerary

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10 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Lexington, United States
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Lima, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
2
Cusco, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
3
Santiago, Chile
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
5
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  1​h 30​min
6
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Lexington, United States

1
night
Lima, Peru

Lima ©
Founded in 1535 by Spanish explorer Francisco Pizarro, Lima represents an interesting blend of modern attractions and preserved colonial architecture, much of it clustered in the World Heritage-listed city center.
On the 17th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, take a stroll through Miraflores, then contemplate the long history of Huaca Pucllana, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Lima trip site .

Lexington, USA to Lima is an approximately 11-hour flight. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Lima when traveling from Lexington in October, with lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco ©
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco

1
night
Cusco, Peru

Cusco ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): admire the striking features of The Company of Jesus Church, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino, then explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, and finally contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cusco trip maker app .

You can fly from Lima to Cusco in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in October, Cusco is little chillier at night with lows of 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Museo de Arte Precolombino ©
Museo de Arte Precolombino

1
day
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 19th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, and then admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Santiago route builder website .

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Santiago takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Peru Time (PET) to Chile Time (CLT) is 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Santiago

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan

2
nights
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 20th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, then take in the history at Plaza de Mayo, and finally shop like a local with Puerto Madero. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a sense of history and politics at Casa Rosada, then make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta, and then admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires vacation maker app .

Fly from Santiago to Buenos Aires in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Buenos Aires due to the time zone difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

1
night
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, explore the world behind art at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP, and then stroll around Parque Ibirapuera.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, read Sao Paulo trip itinerary site .

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Sao Paulo takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Buenos Aires in October, expect nights in Sao Paulo to be about the same, around 63°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 79°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo

3
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 23rd (Fri), don't miss a visit to Escadaria Selaron, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pao de Acucar, then kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach, and finally appreciate the history behind Corcovado Christ the Redeemer. On the next day, kick back and relax at Barra da Tijuca Beach, admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, then kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Pedra do Arpoador.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro trip 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 October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Rio de Janeiro, with lows of 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

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