26 days in South America Itinerary

26 days in South America Itinerary

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26 days in South America Itinerary

Start: New Delhi, India
Fly:  25​h
1
Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
2
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  3​h 15​min
3
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
+2
Train + Foot + Bus:  3​h 15​min
4
Cusco, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Punta Arenas, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
7
Puerto Varas, Chile
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
9
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Ferry:  2​h 15​min
10
Montevideo, Uruguay
— 1 night
Ferry:  2​h 15​min
11
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— Few hours
Fly:  4​h 15​min
12
Puerto Iguazu, Argentina
— 1 night
Drive:  15​min
13
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
14
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: New Delhi, India

3
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.
Lima is known for parks, historic sites, museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, contemplate the long history of Huaca Pucllana, get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping Center Larcomar (Centro Comercial Larcomar), and tour the pleasant surroundings at Circuito Magico Del Agua.

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New Delhi, India to Lima is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Peru Time is minus 10 hours. When traveling from New Delhi in October, plan for much colder days in Lima, with highs around 24°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Circuito Magico Del Agua ©
Circuito Magico Del Agua
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, then steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia De Santo Domingo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Museo Quechua and then delve into the distant past at Centro Historico De Cusco.

To find ratings and other tourist information, you can read our Cusco trip maker website .

Traveling by flight from Lima to Cusco takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Cusco when traveling from Lima in October, with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco

1
night
Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): make a trip to Plaza Manco Capac.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu driving holiday website .

Do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. On the 11th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cusco.
Highlights from your plan
Plaza Manco Capac ©
Plaza Manco Capac

1
night
Cusco, Peru

Cusco ©
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Cusco using our trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Cusco

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Museo de Arte Precolombino ©
Museo de Arte Precolombino

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.
On the 12th (Mon), go for a walk through Plaza de Armas and then contemplate the long history of Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Patio Bellavista, walk around Cerro Santa Lucia, and then explore the historical opulence of Castillo Hidalgo.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Santiago trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Santiago takes 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 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Punta Arenas.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Shopping Nature
Highlights from your plan
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
La Chascona ©
La Chascona

2
nights
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.
Punta Arenas is known for historic sites, museums, wildlife, nature, and casinos. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Strait of Magellan, pause for some photo ops at Monumento Al Ovejero, take some stellar pictures from Mirador Cerro De La Cruz, and stroll the grounds of Cementerio Municipal.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Punta Arenas road trip planning app .

Getting from Santiago to Punta Arenas by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Punta Arenas are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Puerto Varas.

Things to do in Punta Arenas

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Palacio Sara Braun ©
Palacio Sara Braun
Museo Naval y Maritimo ©
Museo Naval y Maritimo

1
night
Puerto Varas, Chile

Puerto Varas
Overlooking a lake, with a conical volcano looming in the background, Puerto Varas enjoys memorable scenery but retains its authentic atmosphere.
For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Varas online itinerary maker .

You can fly from Punta Arenas to Puerto Varas in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Punta Arenas in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Puerto Varas, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 5°C. You will leave for San Carlos de Bariloche on the 18th (Sun).

Things to do in Puerto Varas

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

1
night
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

San Carlos de Bariloche
Nestled against the foothills of the Andes, scenic San Carlos de Bariloche hugs the southern shore of Nahuel Huapi Lake and ranks among Argentina's top destinations for active outdoor vacations.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): fly down the slopes at Catedral Alta Patagonis and then pause for some photo ops at Centro Civico. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read San Carlos de Bariloche trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Puerto Varas to San Carlos de Bariloche takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Chile Time (CLT) to Argentine Time (ART), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Puerto Varas in October since evenings lows in San Carlos de Bariloche dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Catedral Alta Patagonis
Catedral Alta Patagonis
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi ©
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi
Centro Civico ©
Centro Civico

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): take a stroll through Puerto Madero, get a sense of history and politics at Casa Rosada, then admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, then don't miss a visit to Cemiterio de Recoleta, and finally admire the landmark architecture of El Ateneo Grand Splendid. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Calle Defensa, then admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, and then admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Buenos Aires driving holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from San Carlos de Bariloche to Buenos Aires takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in October, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Buenos Aires: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to ride a ferry to Montevideo.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

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

1
night
Montevideo, Uruguay

Montevideo ©
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 22nd (Thu): wander the streets of Pocitos, then make a trip to Montevideo Sign, then take a stroll through Ciudad Vieja, and finally don't miss a visit to Plaza Independencia.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Montevideo journey planning app .

Traveling by ferry from Buenos Aires to Montevideo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Montevideo when traveling from Buenos Aires in October, with lows around 13°C. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Montevideo

Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Ciudad Vieja ©
Ciudad Vieja
Plaza Independencia ©
Plaza Independencia
Pocitos ©
Pocitos

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hours
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires ©
On the 23rd (Fri), admire the natural beauty at Jardin Japones, take in the views from Puente de la Mujer, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Primada.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Buenos Aires day trip tool .

Traveling by ferry from Montevideo to Buenos Aires takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Puerto Iguazu.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Jardin Japones ©
Jardin Japones
Catedral Primada ©
Catedral Primada
Puente de la Mujer ©
Puente de la Mujer

1
night
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.
For maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Iguazu online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Puerto Iguazu takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Buenos Aires in October: high temperatures in Puerto Iguazu hover around 34°C and lows are around 20°C. On the 24th (Sat), you'll travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Puerto Iguazu

Parks Nature Wildlife

1
night
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

Foz do Iguacu ©
A gateway to the world-renowned Iguacu Falls, which spectacularly divide Brazil and Argentina, the modern, high-rise city of Foz do Iguacu can't help but play second fiddle to the natural wonder in its vicinity.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): stop by Orquidario Vale Das Orquideas, examine the collection at Museu de Cera Dreamland, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Foz do Iguacu online road trip planner .

Foz do Iguacu is just a stone's throw from Puerto Iguazu. In October, daytime highs in Foz do Iguacu are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Museu de Cera Dreamland ©
Museu de Cera Dreamland
Orquidario Vale Das Orquideas ©
Orquidario Vale Das Orquideas

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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.
When in Rio de Janeiro, make a side trip to see Imperial Museum in Petropolis, approximately 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, catch a live performance at Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, kick back and relax at Pedra do Arpoador, and explore the galleries of Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro day trip planning website .

Getting from Foz do Iguacu to Rio de Janeiro by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Foz do Iguacu in October, Rio de Janeiro is a bit warmer at night with lows of 24°C. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Imperial Museum
Highlights from your plan
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

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