26 days in Brazil, Chile & Argentina Itinerary

26 days in Brazil, Chile & Argentina Itinerary

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26 days in Brazil, Chile & Argentina Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile
— 2 nights
shuttle:  3​h 45​min
3
El Calafate, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 15​min
5
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  1​h 30​min
7
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
8
Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Melbourne, Australia

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.
Change things up with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in San Jose de Maipo (about 1h 10 min away). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, make a trip to Patio Bellavista, examine the collection at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, and take in panoramic vistas at Sky Costanera.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Santiago sightseeing planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Santiago is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Santiago, you'll gain 14 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine).

Things to do in Santiago

Nature Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Santa Lucia Hill ©
Santa Lucia Hill
La Chascona ©
La Chascona

2
nights
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile

Surrounded by towering mountains, shimmering lakes, and the region's rugged hills, Puerto Natales serves as a bustling jumping-off point for exploring the Torres del Paine National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Muelle Historico, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Mylodon Cave Natural Monument. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Paroquia Maria Auxiliadora, then pause for some photo ops at Monumento de la Mano, and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) trip planner .

Fly from Santiago to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. January in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to El Calafate.

Things to do in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Mylodon Cave Natural Monument ©
Mylodon Cave Natural Monument
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
El Calafate, Argentina

El Calafate ©
El Calafate tourism thrives mostly thanks to the city's proximity to a World Heritage-listed national park, famed for containing over 40 large glaciers.
On the 11th (Sat), make a trip to Parque Nacional Los Glaciares.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the El Calafate trip planner .

Traveling by shuttle from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to El Calafate takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Chile Time (CLT) to Argentine Time (ART), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in El Calafate when traveling from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in January, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in El Calafate

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
Lago Argentino
Lago Argentino

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.
Saddle up on the 16th (Thu) and explore with a tour on horseback. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, admire the striking features of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, and take a stroll through San Telmo.

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You can fly from El Calafate to Buenos Aires in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from El Calafate in January, you will find days in Buenos Aires are warmer (33°C), and nights are a bit warmer (24°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

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

2
nights
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

Foz do Iguacu ©
A gateway to the world-renowned Iguacu Falls, which spectacularly divide Brazil and Argentina, the modern, high-rise city of Foz do Iguacu can't help but play second fiddle to the natural wonder in its vicinity.
You've now added Iguazu Falls to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Buddhist Temple and then see human ingenuity at work at Iguazu Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosque of Omar Ibn Al-Khattab, examine the collection at Museu de Cera Dreamland, then meet the residents at Parque das Aves Bird Park, and finally steep yourself in history at Marco Das Tres Fronteiras.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Foz do Iguacu road trip tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Buenos Aires to Foz do Iguacu takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Buenos Aires in January, expect nights in Foz do Iguacu to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 38°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Parque das Aves Bird Park ©
Parque das Aves Bird Park
Buddhist Temple ©
Buddhist Temple

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.
Sao Paulo is known for museums, shopping, parks, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Parque Ibirapuera, admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, examine the collection at Museu da Lingua Portuguesa, and wander the streets of Paulista Avenue.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Sao Paulo journey planning tool .

Getting from Foz do Iguacu to Sao Paulo by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Foz do Iguacu in January: highs in Sao Paulo hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 23°C. On the 23rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera
Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo

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.
Rio de Janeiro is known for beaches, nature, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Pao de Acucar, pause for some photo ops at Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, make a trip to Escadaria Selaron, and enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro in 1.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In January, Rio de Janeiro is somewhat warmer than Sao Paulo - with highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Pao de Acucar ©
Pao de Acucar
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer

2
nights
Santiago, Chile

Santiago ©
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area and then take a stroll through Barrio Bellavista. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Costanera Center.

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Fly from Rio de Janeiro to Santiago in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time to Chile Time is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums Tours Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino ©
Barrio Bellavista ©
Barrio Bellavista