19 days in South America Itinerary

19 days in South America Itinerary

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Start: Hammamet, Tunisia
+3
Train + Foot + Bus + Fly:  9 h 30 min
1
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
2
Ushuaia, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h
3
El Calafate, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly:  9 h
4
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  7 h
5
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  27 h
End: Hammamet, Tunisia

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.
Cemiterio de Recoleta and Calle Defensa will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Puerto Madero and Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes and shop like a local with Palermo.

To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires trip itinerary tool.

Hammamet, Tunisia to Buenos Aires is an approximately 22.5- hour combination of train, bus, and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train, taxi, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Hammamet to Buenos Aires. Traveling from Hammamet in December, things will get a bit warmer in Buenos Aires: highs are around 33°C and lows about 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums
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Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Calle Defensa ©
Calle Defensa

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.
Get outdoors at Tierra del Fuego National Park and Canal Beagle. Explore hidden gems such as Plaza Malvinas and Bahia Lapataia. There's more to do: examine the collection at Museo Maritimo y del Presidio de Ushuaia.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Ushuaia trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in January, expect Ushuaia to be colder, temps between 15°C and 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to El Calafate.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks Nature Museums
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Tierra del Fuego National Park ©
Tierra del Fuego National Park
Canal Beagle ©
Canal Beagle
Museo Maritimo y del Presidio de Ushuaia ©
Museo Maritimo y del Presidio de Ushuaia

4
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.
Santa Teresita del Nino Jesus and Glaciarium Museo del Hielo Patagónico are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Parque Nacional Los Glaciares and Onelli Glacier. When in El Calafate, make a side trip to see Perito Moreno National Park in Perito Moreno, approximately Perito Moreno away. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Estancia 25 de Mayo and explore the activities along Lago Argentino.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our El Calafate visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Ushuaia to El Calafate takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Ushuaia in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in El Calafate, with lows around 15°C. On the 8th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trip

Perito Moreno National Park
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Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
Perito Moreno National Park ©
Perito Moreno National Park
Santa Teresita del Nino Jesus ©
Santa Teresita del Nino Jesus

4
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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Copacabana Beach and Praia de Grumari. Praia de Ipanema and Parque Lage are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: appreciate the history behind Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, enjoy the sand and surf at Pedra do Arpoador, and explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Tijuca.

To see reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro journey planner.

Traveling by flight from El Calafate to Rio de Janeiro takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from El Calafate, expect much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Rio de Janeiro, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 28°C. You'll set off for Fernando de Noronha on the 12th (Sun).

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

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

3
nights
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

Fernando de Noronha ©
With 21 lush islands scattered among pristine waters in the Atlantic Ocean, a Fernando de Noronha holiday is well worth the effort it takes to get there.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Projeto TAMAR Fernando de Noronha - Patrocínio PETROBRAS and Forte Sao Pedro do Boldro. Get in touch with nature at Baia do Sancho and Ponta das Caracas. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capela de Sao Pedro, enjoy the sand and surf at Conceicao Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Cacimba do Padre, and get outside with Baia dos Porcos.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Fernando de Noronha holiday planning app.

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Fernando de Noronha in 7 hours. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time to Fernando de Noronha Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In January in Fernando de Noronha, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Baia dos Porcos ©
Baia dos Porcos
Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho

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