26 days in South America Itinerary

26 days in South America Itinerary

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26 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru, India
Fly:  29​h
1
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Punta del Este, Uruguay
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
5
Mendoza, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h
6
Bogota, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Cartagena, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Bengaluru, India

5
nights
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Get a sense of the local culture at Matriz Basilica Nossa Senhora Aparecida and Mosteiro De Sao Bento. Step off the beaten path and head to Tombo Beach and Jardim Botanico de Sao Paulo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sao Paulo: Santos (Coffee Museum, Basilica of St. Anthony Santos, & more), Fo Guang Shan Brazil - Zu Lai Temple (in Cotia) and Aparecida (National Sanctuary of Our Lady of Aparecida, Memorial da Devocao Nossa Senhora Aparecida, & more). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Jardins District, pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario e Convento Sao Francisco de Assis, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eparquia Nossa Senhora do Paraiso, and explore the world behind art at Itau Cultural Institute.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Sao Paulo day trip app .

Bengaluru, India to Sao Paulo is an approximately 29-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Bengaluru to Sao Paulo. Traveling from Bengaluru in October, expect Sao Paulo to be a bit cooler, temps between 30°C and 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Punta del Este.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Aparecida, Santos, Tombo Beach, Aldeia de Carapicuiba, Fo Guang Shan Brazil - Zu Lai Temple
Highlights from your plan
Tombo Beach ©
Tombo Beach
Fo Guang Shan Brazil - Zu Lai Temple ©

2
nights
Punta del Este, Uruguay

Punta del Este ©
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 (Thu): explore the world behind art at Museo – Taller de Casapueblo, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Mansa, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Brava. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Ralli Museum Punta del Este, see the interesting displays at Museo del Mar, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Jose Ignacio.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Punta del Este sightseeing planning website .

Fly from Sao Paulo to Punta del Este in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Sao Paulo in October: high temperatures in Punta del Este hover around 20°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Punta del Este

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Playa de Jose Ignacio, Museo – Taller de Casapueblo
Highlights from your plan
Playa de Jose Ignacio ©
Playa de Jose Ignacio
Playa Mansa ©
Playa Mansa
Playa Brava ©
Playa Brava

4
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.
Get outdoors at Parque 3 de Febrero and Horseback Riding Tours. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes and Museo Nacional De Arte Decorativo. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Palermo Soho, shop like a local with Palermo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica de Nuestra Senora Del Pilar, and learn more about the world around you at Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales Bernardino Rivadavia.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires trip planning site .

You can fly from Punta del Este to Buenos Aires in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. October in Buenos Aires sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Palermo Soho ©
Palermo Soho
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes ©
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
Catedral Primada ©
Catedral Primada

4
nights
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi and Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro. Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Piedras Blancas. Change things up with a short trip to Rio Correntoso in Villa La Angostura (about 1h 25 min away). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Museo del Lago Gutierrez, head off the coast to Isla Victoria, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the San Carlos de Bariloche sightseeing planner .

You can fly from Buenos Aires to San Carlos de Bariloche in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in October, expect nights in San Carlos de Bariloche to be much colder, around 1°C, while days are slightly colder, around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Mendoza.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Rio Correntoso
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi ©
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi
Puerto Blest y Cascada de los Cantaro ©

2
nights
Mendoza, Argentina

Mendoza ©
Famed for its neat vineyards and thriving wine production, Mendoza remains the place to visit for a pleasant combination of relaxation and recreation.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): learn about winemaking at Bodega Ruca Malen, do a tasting at Pulenta Estate Winery, and then learn about winemaking at Bodega Chandon. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at Bodega La Azul, do a tasting at Bodega Catena Zapata, and then do a tasting at Bodega Roberto Bonfanti.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Mendoza road trip planning site .

Fly from San Carlos de Bariloche to Mendoza in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, Mendoza is a bit warmer than San Carlos de Bariloche - with highs of 28°C and lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Mendoza

Wineries
Highlights from your plan
Bodega Roberto Bonfanti ©
Bodega Roberto Bonfanti
Pulenta Estate Winery ©
Pulenta Estate Winery
Bodega Chandon ©
Bodega Chandon

2
nights
Bogota, Colombia

Bogota ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monserrate. On the 30th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and then contemplate the long history of Bolivar plaza.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Bogota trip planner .

You can fly from Mendoza to Bogota in 8 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Mendoza to Bogota, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Mendoza in October, with highs in Bogota at 22°C and lows at 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
Highlights from your plan
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira ©
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira

3
nights
Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena ©
The site of the continent's first Spanish colony, Cartagena retains much of its colonial flavor thanks to a World Heritage-listed old town, encircled by old walls and protected by imposing fortresses.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Plaza Santo Domingo and Torre del Reloj. Scuba & Snorkeling and Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, see the interesting displays at Caribe Jewelry Museum & Factory, and don't miss a visit to Plaza de La Trinidad.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Cartagena holiday website .

Traveling by flight from Bogota to Cartagena takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Bogota in October, with highs in Cartagena at 38°C and lows at 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo
Scuba & Snorkeling
Torre del Reloj ©
Torre del Reloj

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