20 days in South America Itinerary

20 days in South America Itinerary

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 1 night
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Montevideo, Uruguay
— 1 night
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Punta del Este, Uruguay
— 1 night
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 1 night
Bus to Conceição de Jacareí, Ferry to Ilha Grande
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Ilha Grande, Brazil
— 2 nights
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Ferry to Angra dos Reis, Drive to Perequê, Taxi to Sao Sebastiao
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Sao Sebastiao, Brazil
— 1 day
Bus to Sao Paulo, Fly to Trelew
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Puerto Madryn, Argentina
— 1 night
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Ushuaia, Argentina
— 2 nights
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Punta Arenas, Chile
— 1 day
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Puerto Montt, Chile
— 1 night
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Puerto Chacabuco, Chile
— 1 day
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Santiago, Chile
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Buenos Aires, Argentina

Queen of La Plata

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 15th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Primada, then get to know the fascinating history of Calle Defensa, then admire the architecture and history at Plaza de Mayo, and finally admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero. Keep things going the next day: stroll the grounds of Cemiterio de Recoleta and then get to know the fascinating history of La Boca.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires trip site.

Auckland, New Zealand to Buenos Aires is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Argentina Standard Time (ART), which is usually a -15 hour difference. When traveling from Auckland in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Buenos Aires, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Montevideo.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

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Montevideo, Uruguay

With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
On the 17th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Pocitos, take in the pleasant sights at Rambla de Montevideo, then don't miss a visit to Plaza Independencia, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de Montevideo.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Montevideo trip planner.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Montevideo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Buenos Aires in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 19°C in Montevideo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Punta del Este.

Things to do in Montevideo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

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Punta del Este, Uruguay

Monaco of South America

With plenty of modern casinos, well-developed beaches, chic restaurants, and upscale hotels, Punta del Este vacations draw visitors from Argentina, Brazil, and beyond.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Mansa, then stroll through Playa Mansa, then explore the world behind art at Museo – Taller de Casapueblo, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Pinares.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Punta del Este day trip website.

Traveling by car from Montevideo to Punta del Este takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Montevideo in December, plan for little chillier days in Punta del Este, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Punta del Este

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Ilha Fiscal, then pause for some photo ops at Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Vermelha Beach. On the 20th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian, steep yourself in history at Parque Lage, kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pedra do Arpoador, and finally stroll through Copacabana Beach.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro trip planner.

Getting from Punta del Este to Rio de Janeiro by flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, Rio de Janeiro is somewhat warmer than Punta del Este - with highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ilha Grande.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

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Ilha Grande, Brazil

A tumultuous and unsavory history has kept Ilha Grande relatively undeveloped and free of the trappings of the modern world.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Sao Sebastiao, then stroll through Lopes Mendes Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoa Azul. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Aventureiro and then enjoy the sand and surf at Grumixama Beach.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Ilha Grande trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Rio de Janeiro to Ilha Grande in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. In December, daily temperatures in Ilha Grande can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Sao Sebastiao.

Things to do in Ilha Grande

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

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Sao Sebastiao, Brazil

In the 1990s, the area's rustic appeal, pleasant tropical climate, and wealth of unspoiled beaches made Sao Sebastiao holidays hugely popular with wealthy Brazilians seeking calmer, less congested coastal spots.
On the 23rd (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Guaeca and then enjoy the sand and surf at Juquehy Beach.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Sao Sebastiao trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by combination of ferry, car, and taxi from Ilha Grande to Sao Sebastiao takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In December, daytime highs in Sao Sebastiao are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Puerto Madryn.

Things to do in Sao Sebastiao

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

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Puerto Madryn, Argentina

Whales and penguins frolic in the waters of Puerto Madryn, one of Argentine Patagonia's most important port cities.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Punta Tombo. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Town of Gaiman, then stroll through Costas de Patagonia, and then identify plant and animal life at Ecocentro.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Madryn holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Sao Sebastiao to Puerto Madryn takes 19.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in Puerto Madryn

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

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Ushuaia, Argentina

End of the World

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.
On the 26th (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Tierra del Fuego National Park. On your second day here, stroll through Ushuaia Bay and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Glacier Martial.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Ushuaia journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Puerto Madryn to Ushuaia takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Ushuaia are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Ushuaia

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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Punta Arenas, Chile

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Punta Arenas tour itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas in 11.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Argentina Standard Time (ART) to Chile Standard Time (CLT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In December in Punta Arenas, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Puerto Montt.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
Highlights from your trip

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Puerto Montt, Chile

Though the city serves as a regional transport and commercial hub, vacations in Puerto Montt rarely focus on the city itself; instead, Southern Chile's volcanoes, glacial lakes, and national parks get most of the attention here.
On the 29th (Sat), get impressive views of Volcan Osorno and then enjoy the sand and surf at Angelmo.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Montt online itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Punta Arenas to Puerto Montt takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Punta Arenas in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Puerto Montt: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Puerto Chacabuco.

Things to do in Puerto Montt

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
Highlights from your trip

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Puerto Chacabuco, Chile

Perched on a fjord on Chile's Patagonian coast, the village of Puerto Chacabuco has become the most important port in the area.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna San Rafael.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Chacabuco trip site.

Traveling by car from Puerto Montt to Puerto Chacabuco takes 15 hours. Traveling from Puerto Montt in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Puerto Chacabuco, with lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Puerto Chacabuco

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

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Santiago, Chile

City of the Island Hills

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Visiting San Cristóbal Hill and Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile will get you outdoors. Your inner history buff will appreciate Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania and Former National Congress Building. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Cerro Santa Lucia, admire the masterpieces at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and see the interesting displays at La Chascona.

You can plan Santiago trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

You can drive from Puerto Chacabuco to Santiago in 25 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Winter Sports

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