34 days in South America Itinerary

34 days in South America Itinerary

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34 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Atlanta, United States
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Puerto Iguazu, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Ushuaia, Argentina
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + shuttle:  8​h
6
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
7
Santiago, Chile
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
8
Hanga Roa, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  11​h 45​min
9
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Atlanta, United States

5
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.
Do your shopping at BarraShopping and Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas. Visit Copacabana Beach and Barra da Tijuca Beach for some beach relaxation. Get out of town with these interesting Rio de Janeiro side-trips: Niteroi (Parque Estadual da Serra da Tiririca, Fortaleza de Santa Cruz da Barra, & more). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pao de Acucar, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jerusalem Cultural Center, don't miss a visit to Escadaria Selaron, and see the interesting displays at Instituto Moreira Salles.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro online sightseeing planner .

Atlanta, USA to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Atlanta to Rio de Janeiro is 2 hours. Traveling from Atlanta in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Rio de Janeiro, with lows of 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Niteroi
Highlights from your plan
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Bondinho  Pao de Acucar ©
Bondinho Pao de Acucar

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 2nd (Tue): kick back and relax at Tombo Beach, then admire the masterpieces at Instituto Moreira Salles - IMS Paulista, and then explore the world behind art at Museu do Som e Imagem - MIS. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Estacao Pinacoteca, then examine the collection at Casa das Rosas - Espaco Haroldo de Campos de Poesia e Literatura, and then kick back and relax at Pitangueiras beach.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Sao Paulo road trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in June, things will get slightly colder in Sao Paulo: highs are around 72°F and lows about 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Iguazu.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Guaruja
Highlights from your plan
Tombo Beach ©
Tombo Beach
Pitangueiras beach ©
Pitangueiras beach
Museu do Som e Imagem - MIS ©
Museu do Som e Imagem - MIS

3
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Sendero Macuco and Museo Casa del Fundador. Visiting Iguazu Falls and Salto Bernabe Mendez will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Cataratas del Iguazu - Lado Argentino, look for all kinds of wild species at Jardin de los Picaflores, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Virgen del Carmen, and stop by Capriccio Alfajores & Gourmet.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Iguazu road trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Sao Paulo to Puerto Iguazu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Puerto Iguazu can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Puerto Iguazu

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Iguazu National Park, Museo Casa del Fundador
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez
Jardin de los Picaflores ©
Jardin de los Picaflores

5
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.
Shop till you drop at Puerto Madero and La Boutique Del Libro. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Museo de La Plata and Horseback Riding Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Peru Beach (in Acassuso), Reserva Natural Urbana (in Castelar) and Delta El Tigre (in Tigre). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, see the interesting displays at Museo Del Bicentenario, admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional De Arte Decorativo, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires trip maker website .

Getting from Puerto Iguazu to Buenos Aires by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Puerto Iguazu in June, expect Buenos Aires to be little chillier, temps between 60°F and 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Ushuaia.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Delta El Tigre, La Boutique Del Libro, Reserva Natural Urbana, Museo de La Plata, Peru Beach
Highlights from your plan
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Museo de La Plata ©
Museo de La Plata
Museo River Plate ©
Museo River Plate

2
nights
Ushuaia, Argentina

Ushuaia ©
Often called the "End of the World" because of its position on the southernmost tip of South America, the expanding city of Ushuaia serves as both a busy commercial port and attractive tourist hub.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Feria artesanal Ushuaia, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Glaciar Martial. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Ushuaia Bay and then kick back and relax at Playa Larga.

Before you visit Ushuaia, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. When traveling from Buenos Aires in June, plan for cooler days in Ushuaia, with highs around 40°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 33°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine).

Things to do in Ushuaia

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Glaciar Martial
Highlights from your plan
Glaciar Martial ©
Glaciar Martial
Ushuaia Bay ©
Ushuaia Bay
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile

Surrounded by towering mountains, shimmering lakes, and the region's rugged hills, Puerto Natales serves as a bustling jumping-off point for exploring the Torres del Paine National Park.
On the 15th (Mon), cast your line with a fishing tour, then view the masterpieces at La Tehuelche, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo Historico e Industrial Puerto Bories. Here are some ideas for day two: hunt for treasures at Pueblo artesanal Etherh Aike, then get outside with Patagonia Line, then make a trip to Plaza de Armas Arturo Prat, and finally stop by Krea Noe.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) day trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Ushuaia to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Argentine Time to Chile Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In June, daily temperatures in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) can reach 43°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Mylodon Cave Natural Monument ©
Mylodon Cave Natural Monument

5
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.
Head to Isidora Goyenechea and E.N.D. Espacio Nacional de Disenofor some retail therapy. Get in touch with nature at San Cristóbal Hill and Parque Tricao. Get out of town with these interesting Santiago side-trips: Casa de Isla Negra (in Isla Negra), Vina Santa Rita (in Buin) and Vina Undurraga (in Talagante). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion, examine the collection at La Chascona, step into the grandiose world of Castillo Hidalgo, and take in panoramic vistas at Grand Santiago Tower.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Santiago online trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to Santiago in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Hanga Roa.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Vina Santa Rita, Casa de Isla Negra, Vina Undurraga, Parque Tricao, Rompe Olas
Highlights from your plan
Casa de Isla Negra ©
Casa de Isla Negra
Vina Santa Rita ©
Vina Santa Rita
Vina Undurraga ©
Vina Undurraga

3
nights
Hanga Roa, Chile

Hanga Roa ©
The main town and capital of Chile's Easter Island, Hanga Roa serves as a base for most visitors to the island, with all explorations of Easter Island and its famous moai monoliths beginning here.
On the 23rd (Tue), contemplate the geological forces at Rano Raraku, enjoy the sand and surf at Anakena, then delve into the distant past at Ahu Nau Nau, then stop by Tamure Shop, and finally delve into the distant past at Ahu Hanga Te'e. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Ahu Vinapu, examine the collection at Museo Antropologico P. Sebastian Englert, pause for some photo ops at Hanga Kioe, then stroll the grounds of Cementerio de Isla de Pascua, and finally stroll through Playa Pea.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Hanga Roa road trip planning site .

You can fly from Santiago to Hanga Roa in 6.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Santiago to Hanga Roa is minus 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in June, and nighttime lows around 61°F. On the 25th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Hanga Roa

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Easter Island
Highlights from your plan
Rano Raraku ©
Rano Raraku
Anakena ©
Anakena
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

San Pedro de Atacama ©
Major archeological sites and a renowned museum remain the big draws in San Pedro de Atacama tourism, appealing to visitors interested in learning more about South America's pre-Columbian cultures.
You'll explore and learn at Museo del Meteorito and ALMA Observatory. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Libreria Del Desierto and Feria Artesanal San Pedro de Atacama. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Valle Arcoiris, take in the natural beauty of Geyser del Tatio, contemplate the geological forces at Lascar, and explore the striking landscape at Valle De La Luna.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your San Pedro de Atacama trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Hanga Roa to San Pedro de Atacama in 12 hours. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Hanga Roa to San Pedro de Atacama due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Hanga Roa in June, plan for much colder nights in San Pedro de Atacama, with lows around 33°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Valle Arcoiris ©
Valle Arcoiris
Valle De La Luna ©
Valle De La Luna
Geyser del Tatio ©
Geyser del Tatio

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