15 days in South America Itinerary

15 days in South America Itinerary

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15 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Kalamazoo, United States
Fly:  21​h 15​min
1
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
2
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  5​h
3
Villa La Angostura, Argentina
— 1 night
+4
bus + foot + bus + Fly + shuttle:  12​h 15​min
4
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + shuttle:  8​h 15​min
5
Copiapo, Chile
— 1 day
Drive:  13​h 30​min
6
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  6​h
7
Cusco, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: Kalamazoo, United States

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Bondinho Pao de Acucar and Copacabana Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Praia de Ipanema and Praia de Grumari. Go for a jaunt from Rio de Janeiro to Arraial do Cabo to see Scuba & Snorkeling about 2 hours away. There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, enjoy the sand and surf at Pedra do Arpoador, make a trip to Escadaria Selaron, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Barra da Tijuca Beach.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro trip planner .

Kalamazoo, USA to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Brasilia Time (BRT) is 2 hours. Traveling from Kalamazoo in December, expect Rio de Janeiro to be much hotter, temps between 87°F and 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
Highlights from your plan
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Grumari ©
Praia de Grumari

1
night
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 13th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, then take in the history at Plaza de Mayo, and finally wander the streets of Puerto Madero.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Buenos Aires trip itinerary site .

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 December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Buenos Aires, with lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Villa La Angostura.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes ©
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

1
night
Villa La Angostura, Argentina

Villa La Angostura ©
A trip to Villa La Angostura leads to the lush "Garden of Patagonia," where the scenic backdrop features pristine forests, lakes, and mountains.
On the 14th (Mon), take a peaceful walk through Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes and then explore the activities along Rio Correntoso.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Villa La Angostura trip planner .

Getting from Buenos Aires to Villa La Angostura by combination of flight and taxi takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Buenos Aires in December, expect nights in Villa La Angostura to be cooler, around 42°F, while days are slightly colder, around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Villa La Angostura

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes ©
Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes
Rio Correntoso ©
Rio Correntoso

2
nights
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

San Pedro de Atacama ©
Major archeological sites and a renowned museum remain the big draws in San Pedro de Atacama tourism, appealing to visitors interested in learning more about South America's pre-Columbian cultures.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Salar de Tara and Valle Arcoiris. Visiting Geyser del Tatio and Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: engage your brain at Museo del Meteorito, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cordillera de la Sal, and don't miss a visit to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the San Pedro de Atacama trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Villa La Angostura to San Pedro de Atacama in 12.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Villa La Angostura to San Pedro de Atacama, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Villa La Angostura in December, you will find days in San Pedro de Atacama are a bit warmer (77°F), and nights are about the same (42°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Copiapo.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Valle Arcoiris ©
Valle Arcoiris
Salar de Tara ©
Salar de Tara
Geyser del Tatio ©
Geyser del Tatio

1
day
Copiapo, Chile

Copiapo ©
Surrounded by the Atacama Desert, Copiapo receives very little rainfall and owes its existence to the mining industry.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): make a trip to Parroquia Nuestra Senora de la Candelaria and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bahia Inglesa.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Copiapo trip planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Copiapo in 8.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in Copiapo

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Bahia Inglesa ©
Bahia Inglesa

1
night
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Salar de Uyuni. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Senda Andina and then step off the mainland to explore Isla Incahuasi.

For more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Uyuni trip itinerary tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Copiapo to Uyuni. December in Uyuni sees daily highs of 53°F and lows of 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Uyuni

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Salar de Uyuni ©
Salar de Uyuni
Isla Incahuasi ©
Isla Incahuasi
Senda Andina ©
Senda Andina

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): 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.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cusco online trip builder .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Uyuni to Cusco takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Uyuni to Cusco is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Uyuni in December: highs in Cusco hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Iglesia De Santo Domingo ©
Iglesia De Santo Domingo

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