36 days in South America Itinerary

36 days in South America Itinerary

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36 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly:  16 h 30 min
1
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  6 h 45 min
2
San Miguel de Tucuman, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
3
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 5 nights
Ferry:  2 h 15 min
4
Montevideo, Uruguay
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Bus + Train + Bus:  7 h
5
Caxias Do Sul, Brazil
— 6 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  5 h 45 min
6
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
Bus:  4 h
7
Asuncion, Paraguay
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
8
Campo Grande, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
9
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 6 nights
Fly:  21 h
End: Auckland, New Zealand

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.
Santiago is known for shopping, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, make a trip to Patio Bellavista, go for a walk through Plaza de Armas, and enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Costanera.

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Auckland, New Zealand to Santiago is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Chile Time (CLT) is minus 16 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Miguel de Tucuman.

Things to do in Santiago

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

3
nights
San Miguel de Tucuman, Argentina

San Miguel de Tucuman ©
The commercial hub of an area known for its high production of sugarcane, tobacco, and rice, San Miguel de Tucuman also has a historical claim to fame, having hosted the national congress that declared independence from Spain in 1816.
Step out of San Miguel de Tucuman with an excursion to Parasailing & Paragliding in San Javier--about 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Casa Historica de Tucuman, steep yourself in history at Capilla Nuestra Senora de Lourdes, take in the spiritual surroundings of Parroquia Nuestra Senora del Valle, and walk around Parque Sierra de San Javier.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our San Miguel de Tucuman attractions planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Santiago to San Miguel de Tucuman in 7 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Santiago to San Miguel de Tucuman is 1 hour. In December in San Miguel de Tucuman, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in San Miguel de Tucuman

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Parasailing & Paragliding, Parroquia Nuestra Senora del Valle
Highlights from your plan
Catedral de San Miguel de Tucuman ©
Catedral de San Miguel de Tucuman
Parasailing & Paragliding
Casa Historica de Tucuman ©
Casa Historica de Tucuman

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.
Buenos Aires is known for historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Cemiterio de Recoleta, take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, shop like a local with El Ateneo Grand Splendid, and explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.

To see reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from San Miguel de Tucuman to Buenos Aires takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from San Miguel de Tucuman in December, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Buenos Aires: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to ride a ferry to Montevideo.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

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

2
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.
On the 14th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de Montevideo, stop by Ciudad Vieja, then don't miss a visit to Plaza Independencia, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Rambla de Montevideo. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Mercado Agricola Montevideo - MAM and then wander the streets of Pocitos.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Montevideo itinerary builder website .

Getting from Buenos Aires to Montevideo by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Buenos Aires in December, expect little chillier with lows of 62°F in Montevideo. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Caxias Do Sul.

Things to do in Montevideo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ciudad Vieja ©
Ciudad Vieja
Plaza Independencia ©
Plaza Independencia
Rambla de Montevideo ©
Rambla de Montevideo

6
nights
Caxias Do Sul, Brazil

Caxias Do Sul ©
Caxias do Sul reflects the legacy of its original Italian settlement, as evidenced in the city’s architecture and culture.
Change things up with these side-trips from Caxias Do Sul: Bento Goncalves (Vinicola Torcello, Rail Tours, & more), Labirinto Verde (in Nova Petropolis) and Viapiana Winery (in Flores Da Cunha). Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Vinicola Salvattore, make a trip to Igreja Matriz Sagrado Coracao de Jesus, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sao Pellegrino Church, and see the interesting displays at Instituto Hercules Gallo.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Caxias Do Sul trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Montevideo to Caxias Do Sul. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Caxias Do Sul

Wineries Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Bento Goncalves, Flores Da Cunha, Igreja Matriz Sagrado Coracao de Jesus, Labirinto Verde
Highlights from your plan
Vinicola Salvattore ©
Vinicola Salvattore
Casa Fontanari ©
Casa Fontanari
Cristofoli Vinhos de Familia ©
Cristofoli Vinhos de Familia

2
nights
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 22nd (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Buddhist Temple, then take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls, and then see the interesting displays at Museu de Cera Dreamland.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Foz do Iguacu route planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Caxias Do Sul to Foz do Iguacu in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Asuncion.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Buddhist Temple ©
Buddhist Temple
Museu de Cera Dreamland ©
Museu de Cera Dreamland

2
nights
Asuncion, Paraguay

Asuncion ©
Paraguay's capital and economic center, Asuncion ranks among the youngest cities on the continent, with more than half of its residents under 30 years of age.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): ponder the world of politics at Banco Nacional de Fomento, then ponder the world of politics at Palacio de López, then admire the striking features of The National Pantheon of Heroes and Oratory of the Virgin Our Lady Saint Mary of the Asuncion, and finally steep yourself in history at Casa de la Independencia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Thu): shop like a local with Shopping del Sol, make a trip to Plaza de las Americas, then don't miss a visit to Costanera de Asuncion, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Asuncion attractions planner .

Getting from Foz do Iguacu to Asuncion by combination of car and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Foz do Iguacu to Asuncion, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, daytime highs in Asuncion are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Campo Grande.

Things to do in Asuncion

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan

3
nights
Campo Grande, Brazil

Campo Grande ©
Built on agricultural traditions, Campo Grande has grown rapidly, from a rural village in 1875 to a thriving metropolis of more than 800,000 people.
Step out of Campo Grande with an excursion to Cachoeiras do Rio do Peixe in Rio Negro--about 2 hours away. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Shrine of Nossa Senhora do Perpetuo Socorro, look for gifts at Shopping Campo Grande, browse the fresh offerings at Feira Indigena, and stroll around Parque dos Poderes.

For where to stay and other tourist information, go to the Campo Grande trip planner .

Getting from Asuncion to Campo Grande by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In December in Campo Grande, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 70°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Campo Grande

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Cachoeiras do Rio do Peixe
Highlights from your plan
Parque das Nacoes Indigenas ©
Parque das Nacoes Indigenas
Cachoeiras do Rio do Peixe ©
Cachoeiras do Rio do Peixe

6
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.
Take a break from Rio de Janeiro with a short trip to Imperial Museum in Petropolis, about 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach, head outdoors with Leblon Beach, take a stroll through Santa Teresa, and stroll through Pedra do Arpoador.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro day trip planning tool .

Fly from Campo Grande to Rio de Janeiro in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Amazon Time to Brasilia Time is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in December, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Nature Outdoors

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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