16 days in South America Itinerary

16 days in South America Itinerary

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Start: Guadalajara, Mexico
Fly:  13 h 45 min
1
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h 15 min
2
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h
3
Santiago, Chile
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 45 min
4
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h
5
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
6
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  13 h 45 min
End: Guadalajara, Mexico

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.
Sacsayhuaman and Sacred Valley of the Incas will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Q'enqo and San Blas. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Qorikancha and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cusco trip itinerary planning tool.

Guadalajara, Mexico to Cusco is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Guadalajara to Cusco. Traveling from Guadalajara in March, expect nights in Cusco to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are slightly colder, around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Sacred Valley of the Incas
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): get curious at Museo del Meteorito, thendon't miss a visit to Mirador de Kari, Piedra del Coyote, and then explore the activities along Tebinquinche Lake. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Pukara de Quitor and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our San Pedro de Atacama trip planner.

Fly from Cusco to San Pedro de Atacama in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Peru Standard Time to Chile Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Cusco in March, you will find days in San Pedro de Atacama are somewhat warmer (28°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques ©
Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques
Pukara de Quitor ©
Pukara de Quitor
Museo del Meteorito ©
Museo del Meteorito

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): explore the world behind art at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, examine the collection at La Chascona, and then walk around Cerro Santa Lucia.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Santiago trip maker site.

You can fly from San Pedro de Atacama to Santiago in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
La Chascona ©
La Chascona
Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino ©
Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Cemiterio de Recoleta and Puerto Madero. Appreciate the collections at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Primada, take a stroll through La Boca, admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, and admire the landmark architecture of Palacio Barolo.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires route tool.

Getting from Santiago to Buenos Aires by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Santiago to Buenos Aires is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in April, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipanema, and finally kick back and relax at Pedra do Arpoador. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: engage your brain at Museu do Amanha, thenstroll through Copacabana Beach, thentake some stellar pictures from Leblon Beach, and finally steep yourself in history at Parque Lage.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro travel route builder website.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Buenos Aires in April; daily highs in Rio de Janeiro reach 33°C and lows reach 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Parque Lage ©
Parque Lage

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Juquehy Beach and Tombo Beach. You'll explore and learn at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo and Museu do Futebol. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sao Paulo: Aparecida (National Sanctuary of Our Lady of Aparecida & Matriz Basilica Nossa Senhora Aparecida).

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Sao Paulo sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in April, things will get slightly colder in Sao Paulo: highs are around 30°C and lows about 20°C. On the 10th (Sat), you're off to home.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Aparecida, Juquehy Beach, Tombo Beach
Highlights from your plan
Juquehy Beach ©
Juquehy Beach
Tombo Beach ©
Tombo Beach
Matriz Basilica Nossa Senhora Aparecida ©
Matriz Basilica Nossa Senhora Aparecida

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