18 days in Brazil, Argentina & Peru Itinerary

18 days in Brazil, Argentina & Peru Itinerary

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18 days in Brazil, Argentina & Peru Itinerary

Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4​h 15​min
3
Gramado, Brazil
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  7​h 15​min
4
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Mendoza, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
6
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
7
Lima, Peru
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  3​h 45​min
8
Chachapoyas, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: San Francisco, United States

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.
Rio de Janeiro is known for beaches, nature, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pao de Acucar, pause for some photo ops at Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, make a trip to Escadaria Selaron, and kick back and relax at Praia de Grumari.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary tool .

San Francisco, USA to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Brasilia Time is 5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in November: high temperatures in Rio de Janeiro hover around 83°F and lows are around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach

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 16th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, examine the collection at Museu da Lingua Portuguesa, and then walk around Parque Ibirapuera. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP, then don't miss a visit to Paulista Avenue, and then browse the fresh offerings at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Sao Paulo trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in November, expect slightly colder with lows of 65°F in Sao Paulo. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Gramado.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo
Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue
Mercado Municipal de São Paulo ©
Mercado Municipal de São Paulo

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 18th (Wed), immerse yourself in nature at Parque Estadual do Caracol, then walk around Mini Mundo, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Matriz Sao Pedro Apostolo. On your second day here, get in on the family fun at Snowland, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Pedra, and then make a trip to Rua Coberta.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Gramado trip itinerary app .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Sao Paulo to Gramado in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Gramado

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trip

Canela
Highlights from your plan
Mini Mundo ©
Mini Mundo
Snowland ©
Snowland
Igreja Matriz Sao Pedro Apostolo ©
Igreja Matriz Sao Pedro Apostolo

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 20th (Fri), wander the streets of Puerto Madero, admire the architecture and history at Plaza de Mayo, admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, then don't miss a visit to Cemiterio de Recoleta, and finally admire the landmark architecture of El Ateneo Grand Splendid. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Japones, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Casa Rosada.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Buenos Aires trip builder website .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Gramado to Buenos Aires in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. November in Buenos Aires sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 62°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Mendoza.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes ©
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

2
nights
Mendoza, Argentina

Famed for its neat vineyards and thriving wine production, Mendoza remains the place to visit for a pleasant combination of relaxation and recreation.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): stroll around Parque General San Martin, then make a trip to Plaza Independencia, then do a tasting at Bodega Tierras Altas, and finally savor the flavors at Food & Drink. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Bodega Cruzat. Bubbles Experience, do a tasting at Bodega Roberto Bonfanti, and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Mendoza vacation builder site .

Getting from Buenos Aires to Mendoza by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in November, expect nights in Mendoza to be about the same, around 58°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 83°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Mendoza

Tours Wineries Parks
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Parque General San Martin ©
Parque General San Martin
Bodega Tierras Altas ©
Bodega Tierras Altas

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): hike along exploor, then steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, then steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, and finally explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Centro Historico De Cusco, admire the landmark architecture of The Company of Jesus Church, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia De Santo Domingo.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Cusco route planner .

Traveling by flight from Mendoza to Cusco takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Argentine Time to Peru Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Mendoza in November, with highs in Cusco at 72°F and lows at 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
exploor ©
exploor
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana, then ponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Lima online trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Cusco to Lima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Lima, with lows of 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Chachapoyas.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco

2
nights
Chachapoyas, Peru

Chachapoyas ©
A good base for exploring the surrounding cloud forests, Chachapoyas remains a small and laid-back town despite its growing popularity with international tourists.
On the 27th (Fri), get great views at Mirador Luya Urco, take in the dramatic scenery at Catarata De Gocta, and then explore the activities along Laguna de Pomacochas.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Chachapoyas itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Lima to Chachapoyas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. On the 28th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chachapoyas

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Catarata de Gocta
Highlights from your plan
Catarata de Gocta ©
Catarata de Gocta
Mirador Luya Urco ©
Mirador Luya Urco

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