17 days in South America Itinerary

17 days in South America Itinerary

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17 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo, Brazil
bus + Fly:  1​h 30​min
1
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Montevideo, Uruguay
— 4 nights
ferry:  2​h 15​min
3
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Santiago, Chile
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Sao Paulo, Brazil

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pao de Acucar and Copacabana Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Museu Historico do Exercito e Forte de Copacabana and Instituto Moreira Salles. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rio de Janeiro: Niteroi (Praia de Itacoatiara & Camboinhas Beach). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Leme, examine the collection at Museu de Arte do Rio - MAR, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jerusalem Cultural Center.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro trip planner .

Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 1.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Sao Paulo in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Rio de Janeiro, with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Montevideo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Niteroi
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Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Itacoatiara ©
Praia de Itacoatiara

4
nights
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate 1972 Museum and Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales. Step off the beaten path and head to Pizzorno Family Estates and Ralli Museum Punta del Este. Change things up with these side-trips from Montevideo: Mirador Punta Ballena (in Punta Ballena) and Museo – Taller de Casapueblo (in Punta del Este). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Museo Casa de Gobierno, explore the world behind art at Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes Juan Manuel Blanes, explore the historical opulence of Pittamiglio's Castle, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de las Carmelitas.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Montevideo trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Montevideo by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in October: high temperatures in Montevideo hover around 23°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to ride a ferry to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Montevideo

Museums Wineries Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Maldonado, Pizzorno Family Estates, Ralli Museum Punta del Este
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1972 Museum ©
1972 Museum
Museo – Taller de Casapueblo ©
Museo – Taller de Casapueblo
Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales ©
Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales

4
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.
Puerto Madero and Museo Del Bicentenario are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Let the collections at Museo de La Plata and Museo Nacional De Arte Decorativo capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Buenos Aires: Lujan (Museos & Cripta Basilica Nuestra Senora De Lujan & Basilica de Lujan), Museo Gauchesco y Parque Criollo Ricardo Guiraldes (in San Antonio de Areco) and La Plata (Catedral de la Plata & Planetario Ciudad de La Plata). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Museo River Plate, don't miss a visit to Avenida 9 De Julio, take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, and learn more about the world around you at Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales Bernardino Rivadavia.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Buenos Aires trip itinerary builder website .

You can ride a ferry from Montevideo to Buenos Aires in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

La Plata, Lujan, Museo Ciudad San Fernando de Buena Vista, Museo Gauchesco y Parque Criollo Ricardo Guiraldes, Catedral de San Isidro
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Museo de La Plata ©
Museo de La Plata

5
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Vina Santa Rita and Vina Undurraga. Casa de Isla Negra and La Chascona will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Valparaiso (Museo Maritimo Nacional, Palacio Baburizza, & more), Emiliana Organic Vineyards (in Casablanca) and Reñaca (in Vina del Mar). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of History, steep yourself in history at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, and examine the collection at Casa de Las Causas.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Santiago online trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Santiago in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Argentine Time to Chile Time is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Wineries Museums Parks

Side Trips

Valparaiso, Vina Santa Rita, Reñaca, Casa de Isla Negra, Emiliana Organic Vineyards
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Vina Santa Rita ©
Vina Santa Rita
Casa de Isla Negra ©
Casa de Isla Negra
Vina Undurraga ©
Vina Undurraga

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