18 days in South America Itinerary

18 days in South America Itinerary

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18 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Florianopolis, Brazil
Fly:  2 h 30 min
1
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  1 h 30 min
2
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 1 night
Fly:  10 h 30 min
3
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  12 h
4
Punta Arenas, Chile
— 2 nights
Bus:  3 h
5
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile
— 1 night
Bus:  3 h 45 min
6
El Calafate, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h
7
Ushuaia, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
8
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
End: Florianopolis, Brazil

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pao de Acucar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Ipanema, then pause for some photo ops at Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, and finally contemplate the long history of Parque Lage.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro journey planning website .

Florianopolis to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In September, Rio de Janeiro is somewhat warmer than Florianopolis - with highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) 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
Parque Lage ©
Parque Lage
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain

1
night
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
On the 12th (Thu), indulge your taste buds at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo and then wander the streets of Paulista Avenue.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Sao Paulo trip maker .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 18°C in Sao Paulo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Mercado Municipal de São Paulo ©
Mercado Municipal de São Paulo
Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue

3
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.
Sacsayhuaman and Q'enqo will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Moray and Tipon. Step out of Cusco to go to Pisac and see Pisac, which is approximately 52 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Sacred Valley of the Incas, wander the streets of San Blas, look for gifts at Hilo, and hunt for treasures at Mercado Central de San Pedro.

To find other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Cusco trip builder app .

You can fly from Sao Paulo to Cusco in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Cusco due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Sao Paulo in September, with highs in Cusco at 25°C and lows at 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Moray, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Pisac
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Moray ©
Moray
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas

2
nights
Punta Arenas, Chile

Punta Arenas ©
An erstwhile hub of the sheep wool industry, Punta Arenas has evolved into a gateway of sorts for hikers, cruise ship passengers, and adventure travelers heading out on the windswept lands of Chile's extreme southern reaches.
Cementerio Municipal and Fuerte Bulnes will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Plaza Munoz Gamero and Monumento Al Ovejero. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sea views from Faro San Isidro, contemplate the long history of British Club, browse for treasures at La Esquina del Remate, and take in the exciting artwork at La Galeria: Tienda de Arte y Diseno.

To see where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Punta Arenas route planner .

You can fly from Cusco to Punta Arenas in 12 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Cusco to Punta Arenas is 1 hour. While traveling from Cusco, expect much colder days and little chillier nights in Punta Arenas, ranging from highs of 9°C to lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine).

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Cementerio Municipal ©
Cementerio Municipal
Faro San Isidro ©
Faro San Isidro
Fuerte Bulnes ©
Fuerte Bulnes

1
night
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile

Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): look for gifts at Kon Aiken, browse the eclectic array of goods at Pueblo artesanal Etherh Aike, then view the masterpieces at La Tehuelche, and finally don't miss a visit to Muelle Historico.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) driving holiday planning website .

Traveling by bus from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daytime highs in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can take a shuttle to El Calafate.

Things to do in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Pueblo artesanal Etherh Aike ©
Pueblo artesanal Etherh Aike
La Tehuelche ©
La Tehuelche
Muelle Historico ©
Muelle Historico

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Upsala Glacier and Paseo de Los Artesanos. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Estacionamiento Pasarelas Glaciar Perito Moreno, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the activities along Lago Argentino, and look for gifts at La Despensa Espacio de Sabores.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the El Calafate driving holiday app .

Traveling by shuttle from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to El Calafate takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to El Calafate. Traveling from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in September, El Calafate is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
Lago Argentino
Lago Argentino
Upsala Glacier ©
Upsala Glacier

3
nights
Ushuaia, Argentina

Ushuaia ©
Often called the "End of the World" because of its position on the southernmost tip of South America, the expanding city of Ushuaia serves as both a busy commercial port and attractive tourist hub.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cerro Castor (Castor Mount) and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Les Éclaireurs Lighthouse, hunt for treasures at Paseo de los Artesanos Enriqueta Gastelumendi, explore the activities along Laguna Esmeralda, and pause for some photo ops at Plaza Malvinas.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Ushuaia trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by flight from El Calafate to Ushuaia takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from El Calafate in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Ushuaia, with lows of 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Cerro Castor (Castor Mount) ©
Cerro Castor (Castor Mount)
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Les Éclaireurs Lighthouse ©
Les Éclaireurs Lighthouse

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): get a taste of the local shopping with Palermo and then take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Cemiterio de Recoleta, stop by El Ateneo Grand Splendid, make a trip to Plaza de Mayo, then get a taste of the local shopping with Puerto Madero, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Metropolitana.

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Traveling by flight from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Ushuaia in September; daily highs in Buenos Aires reach 20°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Catedral Primada ©
Catedral Primada

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