21 days in South America Itinerary

21 days in South America Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South America trip planner

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 2 nights
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Uberlandia, Brazil
— 1 night
Drive
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 1 night
Drive
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Campinas, Brazil
— 1 day
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Florianopolis, Brazil
— 2 nights
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Montevideo, Uruguay
— 1 night
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Punta del Este, Uruguay
— 2 nights
Taxi to Puerto Montevideo, Ferry to Buenos Aires
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
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Bahia Blanca, Argentina
— 1 night
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Cordoba, Argentina
— 1 night
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Santiago, Chile
— 1 night
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Lima, Peru
— 1 night
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Quito, Ecuador
— 1 night
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

— 2 nights

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 9th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro, contemplate the long history of Parque Lage, and then stroll through Copacabana Beach. On the next day, appreciate the history behind Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, then kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Pedra do Arpoador.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Rio de Janeiro trip simple and quick.

Rome, Italy to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Rome to Rio de Janeiro is minus 4 hours. Traveling from Rome in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 24°C in Rio de Janeiro. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Uberlandia.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Uberlandia, Brazil

— 1 night

Capital of Logistics

Strategically located in the center of southern Brazil, Uberlandia has developed an economy largely based on inter-city trade.
On the 11th (Tue), have fun at Sniper Uberlandia, then stop by Uberlandia Shopping, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Igreja Nossa Senhora das Dores, and finally examine the collection at Museu Universitario de Arte. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Biodiversidade do Cerrado Museum, examine the collection at Uberlandense Herbarium, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroquia Sao Cristovao, and finally have fun at Parque do Sabia.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Uberlandia road trip app.

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Uberlandia takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in May, Uberlandia is slightly colder at night with lows of 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Uberlandia

Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Parks

Sao Paulo, Brazil

— 1 night

Land of Drizzle

Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at São Paulo Cathedral, then admire the masterpieces at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP, then admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Associação Cultural Nossa Senhora de Fátima.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Sao Paulo trip itinerary website.

You can fly from Uberlandia to Sao Paulo in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Uberlandia, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Sao Paulo, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Campinas.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Campinas, Brazil

— 1 day

Brazilian Silicone Valley

A large city of over 1 million stands at the center of the municipality of Campinas.
On the 14th (Fri), view the masterpieces at Amerindia - Arte Indigena Brasileira, don't miss a visit to Praca Carlos Gomes, then make a trip to Santuario Nossa Senhora Desatadora Dos Nos, then stroll around Parque Portugal, and finally look for gifts at Shopping Center Iguatemi Campinas.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Campinas route maker.

Traveling by car from Sao Paulo to Campinas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sao Paulo to Campinas due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can fly to Florianopolis.

Things to do in Campinas

Parks · Shopping · Museums

Florianopolis, Brazil

— 2 nights

Magic Island

Divided between island and mainland, the distinctive city of Florianopolis charms visitors on first arrival with its impressive skyline.
On the 15th (Sat), examine the collection at Indigenous Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography, and then take a stroll through Santo Antonio de Lisboa.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Florianopolis holiday builder tool.

You can fly from Campinas to Florianopolis in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Amazon Standard Time (AMT) to Brasilia Standard Time (BRT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In May, daily temperatures in Florianopolis can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Montevideo.

Things to do in Florianopolis

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
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Montevideo, Uruguay

— 1 night
With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): stop by Ciudad Vieja, admire the masterpieces at Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes Juan Manuel Blanes, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Montevideo, and finally make a trip to Plaza Independencia.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Montevideo travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Florianopolis to Montevideo takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Florianopolis in May, with highs in Montevideo at 20°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Punta del Este.

Things to do in Montevideo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites

Punta del Este, Uruguay

— 2 nights

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 17th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Brava, then don't miss a visit to The Fingers of Punta del Este, and then try to win big at Enjoy Punta Del Este Resort E Casino. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de San Fernando de Maldonado, examine the collection at Museo Del Mar, then take in the views from Puente Leonel Viera, then enjoy the sea views from Faro de Punta del Este, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Candelaria.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Punta del Este online trip builder.

Getting from Montevideo to Punta del Este by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Punta del Este when traveling from Montevideo in May, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to fly to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Punta del Este

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of El Zanjon de Granados and then have fun and explore at Museo de los Ninos. Here are some ideas for day two: get a sense of history and politics at Casa Rosada, admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemiterio de Recoleta, then admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, and finally browse the exhibits of Museo Nacional De Arte Decorativo.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires travel planner.

You can fly from Punta del Este to Buenos Aires in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can fly to Bahia Blanca.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Bahia Blanca, Argentina

— 1 night
Bahía Blanca is a city in the southwest of the province of Buenos Aires, Argentina, by the Atlantic Ocean, and is the seat of government of Bahía Blanca Partido. On the 21st (Fri), don't miss a visit to Plaza Rivadavia, examine the collection at Museo del Puerto de Ingeniero White, steep yourself in history at Club Argentino Bahia Blanca, then learn about all things military at Museo De La Aviacion Naval, and finally don't miss a visit to Avenida Alem.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Bahia Blanca trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Buenos Aires to Bahia Blanca. Traveling from Buenos Aires in May, Bahia Blanca is little chillier at night with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cordoba.

Things to do in Bahia Blanca

Historic Sites · Museums

Cordoba, Argentina

— 1 night

The Learned One

History lives on in the streets of Cordoba, Argentina's second-largest city.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Los Capuchinos, contemplate the long history of Paseo del Buen Pastor, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento Santa Catalina de Siena, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia Catedral de Córdoba, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Monasterio de Santa Teresa.

For photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Cordoba visit planner.

Getting from Bahia Blanca to Cordoba by car takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: fly. Traveling from Bahia Blanca in May, you will find days in Cordoba are little chillier (15°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to fly to Santiago.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites

Santiago, Chile

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia San Ignacio de Loyola, see the interesting displays at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), then stroll around Cerro Santa Lucia, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Costanera.

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You can fly from Cordoba to Santiago in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Argentina Standard Time to Chile Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Lima.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Lima, Peru

— 1 night

City of the Kings

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Historico de Lima, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, then don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), then get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco, and finally view the masterpieces at Galeria Indigo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Miraflores, steep yourself in history at Huaca Pucllana, then wander the streets of Barranco, and finally stroll around Circuito Magico Del Agua.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Lima online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Santiago to Lima takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Santiago to Lima, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, daily temperatures in Lima can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Quito.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Quito, Ecuador

— 1 night

Light of America

High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Basilica del Voto Nacional, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, then admire the masterpieces at Centro Cultural Metropolitano, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Quito Old Town, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at El Sagrario.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Quito sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Lima to Quito takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites · Museums