17 days in South America Itinerary

17 days in South America Itinerary

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17 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
Brasilia, Brazil
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
San Martin de los Andes, Argentina
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  9​h 15​min
5
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
— 1 night
+2
Shuttle + Taxi + Fly:  7​h 45​min
6
Santiago, Chile
— 1 night
+4
Fly + Taxi + Bus + Foot + Train:  19​h 30​min
7
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
+4
Train + Foot + Bus + Taxi + Fly:  12​h
8
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Playa del Carmen, Mexico

1
night
Brasilia, Brazil

Brasilia ©
Although it lacks the cultural flair of Rio de Janeiro and the massive urban sprawl of Sao Paulo, Brasilia holds a fascinating place in the tapestry of Brazil.
On the 5th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional, admire the landmark architecture of Catedral Metropolitana, then take a leisurely stroll along Pontao do Lago Sul, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario Dom Bosco.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Brasilia holiday maker tool .

Playa del Carmen, Mexico to Brasilia is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Playa del Carmen to Brasilia is 2 hours. Traveling from Playa del Carmen in April, Brasilia is slightly colder at night with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Brasilia

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Catedral Metropolitana ©
Catedral Metropolitana
Santuario Dom Bosco ©
Santuario Dom Bosco
Museo Nacional ©
Museo Nacional

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Copacabana Beach and Praia de Ipanema. And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Bondinho Pao de Acucar, tour the pleasant surroundings at Barra da Tijuca Beach, make a trip to Escadaria Selaron, and kick back and relax at Praia de Grumari.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Brasilia to Rio de Janeiro takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Brasilia in April since evenings lows in Rio de Janeiro dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Casa Rosada, then admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, then make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta, and finally explore the engaging exhibits at Museo de los Ninos. On the next day, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, admire the striking features of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, admire the landmark architecture of Palacio Barolo, then get a taste of the local shopping with Puerto Madero, and finally admire the architecture and history at Plaza de Mayo.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in April, things will get little chillier in Buenos Aires: highs are around 26°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Martin de los Andes.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

1
night
San Martin de los Andes, Argentina

San Martin de los Andes ©
Perched on the eastern tip of Lake Lacar, laidback San Martin de los Andes feels in tune with the nature around it.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Quila Quina, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada del Arroyo Grande, and finally take a memorable drive along Route of the Seven Lakes.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read San Martin de los Andes visit planner .

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to San Martin de los Andes takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Los Glaciares National Park.

Things to do in San Martin de los Andes

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Route of the Seven Lakes ©
Route of the Seven Lakes
Fishing Charters & Tours
Playa Quila Quina ©
Playa Quila Quina

1
night
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

Los Glaciares National Park ©
A World Heritage Site, Los Glaciares National Park contains a giant ice cap that feeds 47 vast glaciers.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Perito Moreno Glacier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Laguna de los Tres.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Los Glaciares National Park trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from San Martin de los Andes to Los Glaciares National Park takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Laguna de los Tres ©
Laguna de los Tres
Perito Moreno Glacier ©
Perito Moreno Glacier

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 14th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, and then examine the collection at La Chascona. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): make a trip to Patio Bellavista and then walk around Cerro Santa Lucia.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Santiago trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Los Glaciares National Park to Santiago takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Argentine Time (ART) to Chile Time (CLT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Shopping Nature
Highlights from your plan
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
La Chascona ©
La Chascona

1
night
Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): stop by Mapi Art. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then take in nature's colorful creations at Los Jardines de Mandor.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu online trip builder .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Santiago to Machu Picchu in 19.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Santiago to Machu Picchu, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Los Jardines de Mandor ©
Los Jardines de Mandor
Mapi Art ©
Mapi Art

2
nights
Lima, Peru

Lima ©
Founded in 1535 by Spanish explorer Francisco Pizarro, Lima represents an interesting blend of modern attractions and preserved colonial architecture, much of it clustered in the World Heritage-listed city center.
Lima is known for parks, historic sites, museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, wander the streets of Miraflores, get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Penascal.

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Lima trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Machu Picchu to Lima in 12 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In April in Lima, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Circuito Magico Del Agua ©
Circuito Magico Del Agua
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

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