20 days in South America Itinerary

20 days in South America Itinerary

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Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly + Shuttle:  21 h 15 min
1
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + Bus:  4 h 15 min
2
Puerto Iguazu, Argentina
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  3 h 30 min
3
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  7 h 45 min
4
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
5
Cusco, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  6 h 15 min
6
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly:  17 h 15 min
End: Sydney, Australia

3
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.
Buenos Aires is known for historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemiterio de Recoleta, get to know the fascinating history of Calle Defensa, admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, and get a sense of history and politics at Casa Rosada.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires route app.

Sydney, Australia to Buenos Aires is an approximately 21.5- hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Argentina Standard Time (ART), which is usually a -13 hour difference. Traveling from Sydney in October, you will find days in Buenos Aires are little chillier (24°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Puerto Iguazu.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

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

2
nights
Puerto Iguazu, Argentina

Puerto Iguazu ©
The gateway to a national park inscribed on the World Heritage List, growing Puerto Iguazu sits on the confluence of two major rivers near the border with Paraguay and Brazil.
On the 5th (Mon), visit Puerto Iguazu, look for gifts at Capriccio Alfajores & Gourmet, and then explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Iguazu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Salto San Martin and then admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Iguazu road trip planning app.

Do a combination of flight, car, and bus from Buenos Aires to Puerto Iguazu in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, car, and bus; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Buenos Aires in October: high temperatures in Puerto Iguazu hover around 34°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Puerto Iguazu

Nature Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Iguazu National Park
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto San Martin ©
Salto San Martin
Puerto Iguazu ©
Puerto Iguazu

5
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.
Take a break from Rio de Janeiro with a short trip to Imperial Museum in Petropolis, about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach, stroll through Praia de Grumari, delve into the lush surroundings at Parque Nacional Tijuca, and admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro journey planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Puerto Iguazu to Rio de Janeiro takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Puerto Iguazu in October since evenings lows in Rio de Janeiro dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Imperial Museum
Highlights from your plan
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro
Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro

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.
On the 13th (Tue), stroll around Parque Kennedy - Parque Central de Miraflores, take an in-depth tour of Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, then admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), and finally get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Miraflores and then steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Lima itinerary planner.

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Lima in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Lima, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Rio de Janeiro in October, with highs in Lima at 24°C and lows at 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

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

1
night
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.
To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Cusco online trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Lima to Cusco takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in October, plan for little chillier nights in Cusco, with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Tambomachay ©
Tambomachay

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.
Santiago is known for shopping, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore and take pictures at San Cristóbal Hill, enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Costanera, browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Mercado Central), and don't miss a visit to Cerro Santa Lucia.

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You can fly from Cusco to Santiago in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Cusco to Santiago is 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana) ©

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