15 days in South America Itinerary

15 days in South America Itinerary

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Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 2 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 1 night
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Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
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Bogota, Colombia
— 2 nights
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Canaima National Park, Venezuela
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Cartagena, Colombia
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Sao Paulo, Brazil

— 1 night

Land of Drizzle

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 30th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, see the interesting displays at Museu da Lingua Portuguesa, and then walk around Parque Ibirapuera.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Sao Paulo trip itinerary planner.

Durham, USA to Sao Paulo is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Durham to Sao Paulo is 2 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Durham in July, with highs in Sao Paulo at 72°F and lows at 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums · Parks

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

— 2 nights

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): appreciate the history behind Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, take in the exciting artwork at Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas, then take in the awesome beauty at Sugarloaf Mountain, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach. On the 1st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Pedra do Arpoador, kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, and then admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro.

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Fly from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sao Paulo in July; daily highs in Rio de Janeiro reach 78°F and lows reach 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Transportation

Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 1 night

Queen of La Plata

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 2nd (Tue): explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemiterio de Recoleta, take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, then take an in-depth tour of El Zanjon de Granados, and finally wander the streets of Puerto Madero.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Buenos Aires travel route builder website.

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, Buenos Aires is little chillier than Rio de Janeiro - with highs of 63°F and lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can fly to Santiago.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Santiago, Chile

— 2 nights

City of the Island Hills

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
On the 3rd (Wed), contemplate the long history of Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, then examine the collection at La Chascona, and finally don't miss a visit to Patio Bellavista. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: go for a walk through Plaza de Armas, then admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and then admire all the interesting features of Cerro Santa Lucia.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Santiago trip planner.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Santiago in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Argentina Standard Time (ART) to Chile Standard Time (CLT) is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Cusco.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

Cusco, Peru

— 2 nights

Imperial City

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 5th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Qorikancha, then steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, and finally trek along exploor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Museo Inka, then steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, and then admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Cusco planning tool.

Getting from Santiago to Cusco by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Cusco. August in Cusco sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 36°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Bogota.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Trails

Bogota, Colombia

— 2 nights

Athens of South America

Colombia's heart and soul, Bogota has earned the nickname "Athens of South America" thanks to its abundance of universities, libraries, and lower-level schools.
On the 7th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Bogota vacation planning app.

Getting from Cusco to Bogota by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Bogota when traveling from Cusco in August, with lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Canaima National Park.

Things to do in Bogota

Tours · Museums

Canaima National Park, Venezuela

— 3 nights
One of the largest national parks in the world, Canaima National Park encompasses 30,000 sq km (12 sq mi) of distinct landscapes, varied wildlife, and the world's highest waterfalls.
On the 9th (Tue), admire the sheer force of Yurani Falls and then take in the dramatic scenery at Salto Kama - Kama Meru. On the 10th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Sorowapo.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Canaima National Park trip tool.

Explore your travel options from Bogota to Canaima National Park with the Route module. On the 11th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Canaima National Park

Parks · Nature

Cartagena, Colombia

— 1 night

City of Heroes

The site of the continent's first Spanish colony, Cartagena retains much of its colonial flavor thanks to a World Heritage-listed old town, encircled by old walls and protected by imposing fortresses.
To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cartagena trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Canaima National Park to Cartagena. In August, daily temperatures in Cartagena can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 78°F. You'll set off for home on the 12th (Fri).

Things to do in Cartagena

Tours · Outdoors · Nightlife · Shopping

Brazil travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Land of Brazilwood
The largest country in South America and the biggest Portuguese-speaking nation in the world, Brazil remains best known for its soccer tradition and annual Carnaval. Most visitors on holiday in Brazil come for the country's outstanding beaches, music, wildlife, and diverse neighborhoods, each one boasting its own distinct character, atmosphere, and way of life. A tour of Brazil reveals a vast land of great natural and human diversity, from its sprawling rainforest wildernesses, to its busy urban centers. There are plenty of things to do in Brazil, from basking on its coastline to chasing the samba scene or catching a picturesque sunset from one of the country's lush mountaintops.

Argentina travel guide

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Landmarks · Bodies of Water · Specialty Museums
Land of Contrasts
Home to the highest and lowest points in South America, diverse Argentina enthralls visitors with its contrasting landscapes and rich cultural heritage. A tour of Argentina reveals a sprawling land of fiercely proud and hardworking gauchos, the legendary cowboys of South America's pampas. A vacation in Argentina also leads you to giant urban centers, filled with modern tourist attractions that include fine restaurants, award-winning museums, and renowned public parks, gardens, and zoos. Away from big cities, Argentina sightseeing combines visits to mighty waterfalls situated inside World Heritage-listed national parks in the north of the country, with excursions to icy glaciers in the south.

Chile travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Parks · Specialty Museums
Land of Poets
Squeezed between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, geographically diverse Chile is a long, thin stretch of land encompassing some of the world's driest deserts in the north, and some of its largest glacial fields in the south. Though most Chile holidays include some form of adventure in the vast wilderness areas, the country also contains charming cities providing plenty of urban things to do and see. Many tours of Chile include at least a brief visit to the country's lush wine regions, where backyard vineyards compete with sprawling estates producing some of the world's most respected whites and reds.

Peru travel guide

4.6
Historic Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Incas
In a country renowned for its pre-Columbian archeological sites, no Peru vacation would be complete without an adrenaline-inducing hike to Machu Picchu, World Heritage-listed symbol of the once-mighty Incan Empire. Aside from visiting these spectacular ruins set against the backdrop of photogenic mountain peaks, most holidays in Peru also include an exploration of the country's pretty cities, boasting well-preserved colonial architecture and a slew of modern buildings housing fine museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Ideal for active vacationers, Peru trips are also tailor-made for gourmands, as the country's eclectic cuisine blends tasty influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Colombia travel guide

4.1
Historic Sites · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Diverse in terms of landscapes, climates, and cultures, Colombia remains one of South America's least explored tourist destinations, overshadowed by its more popular southern neighbors. Combining the best of what the continent has to offer, a vacation in Colombia allows you to blend outdoor adventures with tours of picture-perfect cobblestoned towns dating back to the colonial era. Tourists on a Colombia holiday can easily hop from sun-kissed coastal spots to the hilly coffee-growing region, where thriving plantations quickly give way to a landscape of snow-covered volcanic peaks and the paramo--alpine ecosystems sheltering some of the rarest plants growing above the continuous forest line.

Venezuela travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Tourist Spots · Shopping
Land of Grace
A vacation in Venezuela, one of the most biodiverse countries on the planet, can be both affordable and highly rewarding. From snowcapped mountains and vast grassland, to tropical islands and lush rainforests, Venezuela's varied landscapes are a paradise for nature lovers. Whether you're looking to laze on the Caribbean beaches, trek through the verdant jungles, or immerse yourself in the vibrant city culture, a Venezuela holiday offers something for everyone. Admire the world's highest waterfalls, go island hopping, discover tasty local delicacies, and witness the sheer abundance of wildlife and endemic species in Venezuela.