10 days in South America Itinerary

10 days in South America Itinerary

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10 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Edmonton, Canada
Fly:  19​h
1
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
2
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Edmonton, Canada

2
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.
Rio de Janeiro is known for beaches, nature, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach, take in the awesome beauty at Pedra Bonita, stroll through Barra da Tijuca Beach, and steep yourself in history at Parque Lage.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro travel website .

Edmonton, Canada to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Edmonton to Rio de Janeiro, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Edmonton in December, expect Rio de Janeiro to be much warmer, temps between 36°C and 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, then have fun and explore at Museo de los Ninos, and finally make a trip to Plaza de Mayo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Puerto Madero, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, then make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta, and finally admire the landmark architecture of El Ateneo Grand Splendid.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Buenos Aires vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Buenos Aires when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in December, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Museo de los Ninos ©
Museo de los Ninos

2
nights
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 31st (Tue): don't miss a visit to Santa Lucia Hill and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Mercado Central), then admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), then see the interesting displays at La Chascona, and finally don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Santiago attractions planning website .

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Santiago in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Argentine Time to Chile Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Central Market (Mercado Central) ©
Central Market (Mercado Central)
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino, then explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, then contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, and finally hike along exploor.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Cusco trip planner .

Getting from Santiago to Cusco by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Santiago to Cusco, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. January in Cusco sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Trails
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
exploor ©
exploor
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

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