15 days in South America Itinerary

15 days in South America Itinerary

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15 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Santiago, Chile
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h 30​min
3
Gramado, Brazil
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h
4
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  1​h 30​min
5
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
6
Curitiba, Brazil
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
7
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  2​h 30​min
End: Buenos Aires, Argentina

1
night
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.
On the 22nd (Sun), examine the collection at La Chascona, tour the pleasant surroundings at San Cristóbal Hill, and then see the interesting displays at Museo Interactivo Mirador. Keep things going the next day: browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Mercado Central), make a trip to Santa Lucia Hill, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Costanera.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Santiago day trip website .

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Santiago is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Buenos Aires to Santiago due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Museo Interactivo Mirador ©
Museo Interactivo Mirador
Central Market (Mercado Central) ©
Central Market (Mercado Central)

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.
On the 24th (Tue), admire the landmark architecture of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, don't miss a visit to Cemiterio de Recoleta, take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, then take a stroll through San Telmo, and finally wander the streets of Puerto Madero.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Buenos Aires day trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Santiago to Buenos Aires takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Santiago to Buenos Aires is 1 hour. In December, daytime highs in Buenos Aires are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Gramado.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

2
nights
Gramado, Brazil

Gramado ©
Surrounded by impressive mountain scenery in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, the small city of Gramado charms visitors with its alpine European-style architecture and blossoming flowers.
On the 25th (Wed), stroll around Mini Mundo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Pedra, and then do a tasting at Casa Seganfredo. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the majestic nature at Parque Estadual do Caracol, get in on the family fun at Snowland, and then don't miss a visit to Rua Coberta.

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

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Buenos Aires to Gramado takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Fri) before leaving for Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Gramado

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trip

Canela
Highlights from your plan
Parque Estadual do Caracol ©
Parque Estadual do Caracol
Snowland ©
Snowland
Mini Mundo ©
Mini Mundo

2
nights
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 27th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Paulista Avenue. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): engage your brain at Catavento Cultural e Educacional, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then walk around Parque Ibirapuera, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario e Convento Sao Francisco de Assis.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Sao Paulo visit website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Gramado to Sao Paulo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. In December in Sao Paulo, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Childrens Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Catavento Cultural e Educacional ©
Catavento Cultural e Educacional
Room Escape Games
Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera

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.
Kids will enjoy Copacabana Beach and Pedra do Arpoador. The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Pao de Acucar, explore the world behind art at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro, enjoy the sand and surf at Barra da Tijuca Beach, and appreciate the history behind Corcovado Christ the Redeemer.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro by combination of bus and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Sao Paulo in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 27°C in Rio de Janeiro. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Curitiba.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Nature Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Bondinho  Pao de Acucar ©
Bondinho Pao de Acucar
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

1
night
Curitiba, Brazil

Curitiba ©
The word "Brazil" isn't often mentioned in the same breath as "excellent urban planning"--except in Curitiba.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): see the interesting displays at Memorial da Seguranca no Transporte, then make a trip to Bairro de Santa Felicidade, then admire the masterpieces at Museu Oscar Niemeyer MON, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botanico de Curitiba.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Curitiba trip itinerary tool .

Fly from Rio de Janeiro to Curitiba in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in January: high temperatures in Curitiba hover around 31°C and lows are around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Curitiba

Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Museu Oscar Niemeyer MON ©
Museu Oscar Niemeyer MON
Jardim Botanico de Curitiba ©
Jardim Botanico de Curitiba
Memorial da Seguranca no Transporte ©

3
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Parque das Aves Bird Park and Museu de Cera Dreamland. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Buddhist Temple, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and enjoy some diversion at Wake Iguassu Cable Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Foz do Iguacu holiday planner .

You can fly from Curitiba to Foz do Iguacu in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Curitiba in January; daily highs in Foz do Iguacu reach 38°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Parque das Aves Bird Park ©
Parque das Aves Bird Park
Devil's Throat ©
Devil's Throat

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