26 days in South America Itinerary

26 days in South America Itinerary

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Santiago, Chile
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Machu Picchu, Peru
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Bogota, Colombia
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Caracas, Venezuela
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

— 5 nights

Marvelous City

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 Museu de Arte Contemporanea de Niteroi in Niteroi, about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach, make a trip to Escadaria Selaron, steep yourself in history at Parque Lage, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Ipanema.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro travel planner.

Berlin, Germany to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Brasilia Standard Time, which is usually a -4 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in April, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 4 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.
Buenos Aires is known for nightlife, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemiterio de Recoleta, take a stroll through Puerto Madero, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, and don't miss a visit to Casa Rosada.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Buenos Aires day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, Buenos Aires is slightly colder than Rio de Janeiro - with highs of 26°C and lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Santiago.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Santiago, Chile

— 3 nights

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.
Santiago is known for shopping, parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: walk around Cerro Santa Lucia, take in the pleasant sights at Plaza de Armas, admire the masterpieces at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, and examine the collection at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Santiago trip planner.

Fly from Buenos Aires to Santiago in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Buenos Aires to Santiago. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Tours

Machu Picchu, Peru

— 4 nights
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Machu Picchu is known for historic sites, nature, and spas. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes), don't miss a visit to Intipuncu, and explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Machu Picchu trip builder site.

Getting from Santiago to Machu Picchu by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Chile Standard Time to Peru Standard Time is minus 1 hour. On the 27th (Sat), you're off to Bogota.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Bogota, Colombia

— 4 nights

Athens of South America

Colombia's heart and soul, Bogota has earned the nickname "Athens of South America" thanks to its abundance of universities, libraries, and lower-level schools.
Bogota is known for museums, nature, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), stop by Bta Capital, make a trip to Monserrate, and contemplate the long history of Bolivar Square.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Bogota trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Machu Picchu to Bogota takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In April in Bogota, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can fly to Caracas.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Tours · Nature · Historic Sites

Caracas, Venezuela

— 4 nights

Heaven's Branch on Earth

Tropical weather, great food, and memorable jungle surroundings seem like all the ingredients Caracas needs to become a must-see destination.
Caracas is known for museums, parks, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Parque Nacional el Avila, take a stroll through Plaza Francia, get a taste of the local shopping with La Praline Chocolatier, and browse the exhibits of Hacienda La Trinidad Parque Cultural.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Caracas tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Caracas takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. The time zone changes from Colombia Standard Time to Venezuela Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Caracas

Museums · Shopping · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Diverse in terms of landscapes, climates, and cultures, Colombia remains one of South America's least explored tourist destinations, overshadowed by its more popular southern neighbors. Combining the best of what the continent has to offer, a vacation in Colombia allows you to blend outdoor adventures with tours of picture-perfect cobblestoned towns dating back to the colonial era. Tourists on a Colombia holiday can easily hop from sun-kissed coastal spots to the hilly coffee-growing region, where thriving plantations quickly give way to a landscape of snow-covered volcanic peaks and the paramo--alpine ecosystems sheltering some of the rarest plants growing above the continuous forest line.

Venezuela travel guide

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Beaches · Tourist Spots · Shopping
Land of Grace
A vacation in Venezuela, one of the most biodiverse countries on the planet, can be both affordable and highly rewarding. From snowcapped mountains and vast grassland, to tropical islands and lush rainforests, Venezuela's varied landscapes are a paradise for nature lovers. Whether you're looking to laze on the Caribbean beaches, trek through the verdant jungles, or immerse yourself in the vibrant city culture, a Venezuela holiday offers something for everyone. Admire the world's highest waterfalls, go island hopping, discover tasty local delicacies, and witness the sheer abundance of wildlife and endemic species in Venezuela.