14 days in South America Itinerary

14 days in South America Itinerary

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14 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly:  16 h 30 min
1
Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
2
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  10 h 30 min
3
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  1 h 30 min
4
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
5
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  15 h 30 min
End: Auckland, New Zealand

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at La Chascona and Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Santa Lucia Hill, admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), admire the masterpieces at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, and hunt for treasures at Central Market (Mercado Central).

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Santiago journey maker .

Auckland, New Zealand to Santiago is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Chile Time (CLT), which is usually a -16 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Museums Nature
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Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
La Chascona ©
La Chascona
Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino ©

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.
On the 10th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia De Santo Domingo. On the next day, delve into the distant past at Centro Historico De Cusco, then admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino, and then delve into the distant past at Tambomachay.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cusco visit planner .

Traveling by flight from Santiago to Cusco takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Cusco due to the time zone difference. In June, daytime highs in Cusco are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco

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 12th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo and then walk around Parque Ibirapuera. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP, then take a stroll through Paulista Avenue, and then savor the flavors at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Sao Paulo vacation builder tool .

You can fly from Cusco to Sao Paulo in 10.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Peru Time to Brasilia Time is 2 hours. Plan for warmer nights when traveling from Cusco in June since evenings lows in Sao Paulo dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera
Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue
Mercado Municipal de São Paulo ©
Mercado Municipal de São 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Pao de Acucar and Copacabana Beach. Visit Praia de Ipanema and Praia de Grumari for some beach relaxation. There's lots more to do: appreciate the history behind Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, enjoy the sand and surf at Pedra do Arpoador, stroll through Barra da Tijuca Beach, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our 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. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sao Paulo in June; daily highs in Rio de Janeiro reach 30°C and lows reach 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) 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

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.
Head to Puerto Madero and Recoletafor plenty of shopping. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Plaza de Mayo and Casa Rosada. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Palermo, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, don't miss a visit to Cemiterio de Recoleta, and admire the landmark architecture of El Ateneo Grand Splendid.

To find more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Buenos Aires attractions planning app .

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in June, things will get little chillier in Buenos Aires: highs are around 18°C and lows about 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Plaza de Mayo ©
Plaza de Mayo

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