31 days in South America Itinerary

31 days in South America Itinerary

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31 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
ferry:  1​h
4
Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Montevideo, Uruguay
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h
6
Maldonado, Uruguay
— 3 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  7​h 15​min
7
Gramado, Brazil
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h
8
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 30​min
9
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Toronto, Canada


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3
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.
Cusco is known for historic sites, museums, classes, trails, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, contemplate the long history of Sacred Valley of the Incas, take an in-depth tour of Museo Inka, and wander the streets of San Blas.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cusco day trip site .

Toronto, Canada to Cusco is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Toronto in January, things will get much hotter in Cusco: highs are around 22°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trip

Sacred Valley of the Incas
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exploor ©
exploor
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas

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.
Change things up with a short trip to La Sebastiana in Valparaiso (about 1h 20 min away). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, get engrossed in the history at Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos, steep yourself in history at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, and make a trip to Plaza de Armas.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Santiago route site .

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 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

La Sebastiana
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La Chascona ©
La Chascona
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia

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.
Buenos Aires is known for nightlife, museums, parks, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta, shop like a local with El Ateneo Grand Splendid, take in the history at Plaza de Mayo, and admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires trip itinerary website .

Traveling by flight from Santiago to Buenos Aires takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Chile Time to Argentine Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In January, daytime highs in Buenos Aires are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can ride a ferry to Colonia del Sacramento.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
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Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes ©
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

1
night
Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

Colonia del Sacramento ©
Sleepy cobbled streets lined with pastel-colored houses lead down to the water in Colonia del Sacramento.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): snap pictures at Puerta de la Ciudadela, get engrossed in the history at Museo Portugues, then make a trip to La Calle de los Suspiros, then take a stroll through Barrio Historico, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Colonia del Sacramento road trip website .

Ride a ferry from Buenos Aires to Colonia del Sacramento in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Colonia del Sacramento, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can go by car to Montevideo.

Things to do in Colonia del Sacramento

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Barrio Historico ©
Barrio Historico
Museo Portugues ©
Museo Portugues
Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse ©
Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse

3
nights
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.
Step out of Montevideo with an excursion to Pizzorno Family Estates in Canelones--about 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Plaza Independencia, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado del Puerto, explore the world behind art at Centro Municipal de Exposiciones SUBTE, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Montevideo day trip tool .

Getting from Colonia del Sacramento to Montevideo by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Maldonado.

Things to do in Montevideo

Neighborhoods Shopping Wineries

Side Trip

Pizzorno Family Estates
Highlights from your plan
Pizzorno Family Estates ©
Pizzorno Family Estates
Plaza Independencia ©
Plaza Independencia
Pocitos ©
Pocitos

3
nights
Maldonado, Uruguay

Maldonado ©
One of the larger cities in the country, Maldonado draws visitors primarily interested in the city's coastline and the wider region's beaches.
Step out of Maldonado to go to Piriapolis and see Playa Punta Colorada, which is approximately 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the galleries of Museo – Taller de Casapueblo, step off the mainland to explore Isla Gorriti, see the interesting displays at Museo del Mar, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Mansa.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Maldonado trip planning tool .

You can take a bus from Montevideo to Maldonado in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. In January, daytime highs in Maldonado are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Gramado.

Things to do in Maldonado

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Punta del Este, Playa Punta Colorada
Highlights from your plan
Playa Montoya ©
Playa Montoya
Museo – Taller de Casapueblo ©
Museo – Taller de Casapueblo
Playa Punta Ballena ©
Playa Punta Ballena

3
nights
Gramado, Brazil

Gramado ©
Surrounded by impressive mountain scenery in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, the small city of Gramado charms visitors with its alpine European-style architecture and blossoming flowers.
Get out of town with these interesting Gramado side-trips: Canyoning & Rappelling Tours (in Tres Coroas) and Vinicola Salvattore (in Flores Da Cunha). The adventure continues: stroll around Mini Mundo, examine the collection at Mundo a Vapor, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Pedra, and do a tasting at Casa Seganfredo.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Gramado trip builder website .

Explore your travel options from Maldonado to Gramado with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Gramado

Parks Adventure Tours

Side Trips

Canela, Vinicola Salvattore, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
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Vinicola Salvattore ©
Vinicola Salvattore
Mini Mundo ©
Mini Mundo
Snowland ©
Snowland

4
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.
Rio de Janeiro is known for beaches, nature, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pao de Acucar, appreciate the history behind Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, kick back and relax at Leblon Beach, and admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro day trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Gramado to Rio de Janeiro takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Rio de Janeiro, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Bondinho  Pao de Acucar ©
Bondinho Pao de Acucar
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, stroll around Parque Ibirapuera, and then wander the streets of Paulista Avenue. On the next day, explore the world behind art at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP, browse the fresh offerings at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo, and then examine the collection at Museu De Arte Sacra De Sao Paulo.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Sao Paulo online trip maker .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in January: high temperatures in Sao Paulo hover around 33°C and lows are around 23°C. On the 31st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo
Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera
Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue

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