16 days in South America Itinerary

16 days in South America Itinerary

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16 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Wellington, New Zealand
Fly:  19​h
1
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
2
Puerto Iguazu, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Montevideo, Uruguay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h
6
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 1 night
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Wellington, New Zealand

3
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile and La Sebastiana. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), see the interesting displays at La Chascona, and take in panoramic vistas at Sky Costanera.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Santiago trip itinerary planning app .

Wellington, New Zealand to Santiago is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, taxi, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 16 hours traveling from Wellington to Santiago. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Puerto Iguazu.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile, La Sebastiana
Highlights from your plan
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile ©
Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile
La Sebastiana ©
La Sebastiana

2
nights
Puerto Iguazu, Argentina

Puerto Iguazu ©
The gateway to a national park inscribed on the World Heritage List, growing Puerto Iguazu sits on the confluence of two major rivers near the border with Paraguay and Brazil.
Change things up with these side-trips from Puerto Iguazu: Iguazu National Park (Salto San Martin, Iguazu Falls, & more). There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Iguazu, step off the mainland to explore Isla San Martin, stop by Duty Free Shop Puerto Iguazu, and wander the streets of Puerto Iguazu.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Puerto Iguazu trip planning website .

You can fly from Santiago to Puerto Iguazu in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Chile Time to Brasilia Time is 1 hour. July in Puerto Iguazu sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Puerto Iguazu

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Iguazu National Park
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez
Salto San Martin ©
Salto San Martin

5
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.
Attractions like Copacabana Beach and Pedra do Arpoador make great kid-friendly stops. Go for a jaunt from Rio de Janeiro to Petropolis to see Imperial Museum about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pao de Acucar, make a trip to Escadaria Selaron, admire the landmark architecture of Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro, and enjoy the sand and surf at Barra da Tijuca Beach.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Puerto Iguazu to Rio de Janeiro takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Puerto Iguazu in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 22°C in Rio de Janeiro. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Montevideo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Imperial Museum
Highlights from your plan
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Bondinho  Pao de Acucar ©
Bondinho Pao de Acucar
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

1
night
Montevideo, Uruguay

Montevideo ©
With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): take a stroll through Pocitos, then take a leisurely stroll along Rambla de Montevideo, then don't miss a visit to Plaza Independencia, and finally wander the streets of Ciudad Vieja.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Montevideo journey planning tool .

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Montevideo in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Rio de Janeiro in July, plan for little chillier days in Montevideo, with highs around 18°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Colonia del Sacramento.

Things to do in Montevideo

Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Rambla de Montevideo ©
Rambla de Montevideo
Plaza Independencia ©
Plaza Independencia
Ciudad Vieja ©
Ciudad Vieja

1
night
Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

Colonia del Sacramento ©
Sleepy cobbled streets lined with pastel-colored houses lead down to the water in Colonia del Sacramento.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): explore the activities along Rio de la Plata, see the interesting displays at Museo del Humor, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Barrio Historico, then stop by Almacen La Carlota, and finally make a trip to La Calle de los Suspiros.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Colonia del Sacramento day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Montevideo to Colonia del Sacramento in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Colonia del Sacramento, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Colonia del Sacramento

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Rio de la Plata ©
Rio de la Plata
Barrio Historico ©
Barrio Historico
La Calle de los Suspiros ©
La Calle de los Suspiros

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 15th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, then don't miss a visit to Cemiterio de Recoleta, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Buenos Aires trip app .

Ride a ferry from Colonia del Sacramento to Buenos Aires in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
El Ateneo Grand Splendid ©
El Ateneo Grand Splendid

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