13 days in South America Itinerary

13 days in South America Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 2 nights
2
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
3
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 1 night
4
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
5
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
6
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights

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.
On the 31st (Sat), don't miss a visit to Escadaria Selaron, enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach, thenkick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about all things military at Museu Historico do Exercito e Forte de Copacabana, stroll through Pedra do Arpoador, contemplate the long history of Parque Lage, thendon't miss a visit to Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, and finally explore the world behind art at Museu Internacional De Arte Naif.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Brasilia Standard Time is 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in October; daily highs in Rio de Janeiro reach °F and lows reach °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

2
nights
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

Foz do Iguacu ©
A gateway to the world-renowned Iguacu Falls, which spectacularly divide Brazil and Argentina, the modern, high-rise city of Foz do Iguacu can't help but play second fiddle to the natural wonder in its vicinity.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): see the world from above with a helicopter tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls, and then examine the collection at Museu de Cera Dreamland. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Buddhist Temple, admire the engineering at Itaipu Dam, thenget to know the resident critters at Parque das Aves Bird Park, and finally look for gifts at Artesanato Chocolate Caseiro Tres Fronteiras.

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You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Foz do Iguacu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in November, plan for little chillier nights in Foz do Iguacu, with lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Parque das Aves Bird Park ©
Parque das Aves Bird Park
Itaipu Dam ©
Itaipu Dam

1
night
Iguazu National Park, Argentina

Iguazu National Park ©
Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Salto Bernabe Mendez and then admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Iguazu National Park sightseeing tool.

You can drive from Foz do Iguacu to Iguazu National Park in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °F in November, and nighttime lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez

3
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.
Buenos Aires is known for historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta, stop by El Ateneo Grand Splendid, appreciate the extensive heritage of Calle Defensa, and explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Buenos Aires travel planning app.

You can fly from Iguazu National Park to Buenos Aires in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Iguazu National Park in November, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Buenos Aires: temperatures range from °F by day to °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Centro Historico De Cusco, thencontemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, and then contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Qorikancha, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, thenexplore the world behind art at Ekekos San Blas - Arte & Colores, thendelve into the distant past at Tambomachay, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museo Inka.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cusco trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Cusco in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Buenos Aires to Cusco is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Buenos Aires in November, Cusco is slightly colder at night with lows of °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Ekekos San Blas  - Arte  & Colores ©
Ekekos San Blas - Arte & Colores
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha

2
nights
Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
On the 10th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then admire the natural beauty at Mariposario de Machupicchu.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Machu Picchu trip maker website.

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Mariposario de Machupicchu ©
Mariposario de Machupicchu

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