40 days in South America Itinerary

40 days in South America Itinerary

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Fly
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 6 nights
Drive
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Armacao dos Buzios, Brazil
— 1 night
Shuttle to Rio De Janeiro-Galeao, Fly to Sao Paulo Congonhas
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 1 night
Fly
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Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 1 night
Fly
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Florianopolis, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly
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Punta del Este, Uruguay
— 2 nights
Drive
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Montevideo, Uruguay
— 2 nights
Drive
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Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly
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Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly
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Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
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Arequipa, Peru
— 2 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
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Paracas, Peru
— 2 nights
Bus to Lima Javier Prado, Fly to Medellin Jose Marie Cordova
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Medellin, Colombia
— 2 nights
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Bogota, Colombia
— 2 nights
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Urca and Parasailing & Paragliding. Get out of town with these interesting Rio de Janeiro side-trips: Parque Nacional da Serra dos Orgaos (in Teresopolis), Niteroi (Museu de Arte Contemporanea de Niteroi & Parque da Cidade) and Petropolis (Museu Casa de Santos Dumont & Catedral de Sao Pedro de Alcantara). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, stroll through Praia de Ipanema, and don't miss a visit to Maua Square.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro road trip website.

Miami, USA to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Brasilia Standard Time (BRT), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Miami in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Rio de Janeiro: highs are around 87°F and lows about 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Armacao dos Buzios.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

1
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Armacao dos Buzios, Brazil

Brazil's St Tropez

Perched on the tip of a peninsula about 175 km (109 mi) east of Rio de Janeiro, the coastal town of Armacao dos Buzios attracts visitors looking to enjoy a beachside getaway without the crowds and chaos of the big city.
On the 6th (Sun), take a leisurely stroll along Orla Bardot Boardwalk, then examine the collection at Projeto Coral Vivo, then make a trip to Rua das Pedras, and finally kick back and relax at Praia das Dunas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Igreja de Sant'Ana, kick back and relax at Joao Fernandes Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Geriba Beach.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Armacao dos Buzios trip itinerary site.

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Armacao dos Buzios by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Armacao dos Buzios can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Armacao dos Buzios

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

1
night
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Land of Drizzle

Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
On the 8th (Tue), take some stellar pictures from Farol Santander, then explore the world behind art at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP, then see the interesting displays at Temple of Solomon, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Edificio Martinelli. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Parque Ibirapuera, look for gifts at Morumbi Shopping, and then admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo.

To see photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Sao Paulo trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Armacao dos Buzios to Sao Paulo by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, Sao Paulo is little chillier than Armacao dos Buzios - with highs of 83°F and lows of 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

1
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Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

Land of the Waterfalls

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 10th (Thu): catch a live performance at Ipora Lenda Show, then look for all kinds of wild species at Bela Vista Biological Refuge, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Buddhist Temple, and finally look and learn at Astronomy Polo Casimiro Montenegro Filho.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Foz do Iguacu trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Sao Paulo to Foz do Iguacu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Sao Paulo in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Foz do Iguacu: temperatures range from 90°F by day to 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Florianopolis.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Childrens Museums

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Florianopolis, Brazil

Magic Island

Divided between island and mainland, the distinctive city of Florianopolis charms visitors on first arrival with its impressive skyline.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Naufragados Beach and Cachoeira Do Bom Jesus Beach. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 13th (Sun) at Agua Show Park. There's much more to do: make a trip to Catedral Metropolitana de Florianopolis, kick back and relax at Praia da Solidao, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia Mole.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Florianopolis sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Foz do Iguacu to Florianopolis in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Foz do Iguacu in January: highs in Florianopolis hover around 84°F, while lows dip to 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Punta del Este.

Things to do in Florianopolis

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Theme Parks

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Punta del Este, Uruguay

Monaco of South America

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 14th (Mon): kick back and relax at Playa Montoya, see the interesting displays at Museo Del Mar, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Portezuelo. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa el Emir, make a trip to Puerto de Punta del Este, explore the world behind art at Museo – Taller de Casapueblo, then do a tasting at Alto de la Ballena, then kick back and relax at Playa Solanas, and finally kick back and relax at Playa Punta Ballena.

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You can fly from Florianopolis to Punta del Este in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Florianopolis, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Punta del Este, ranging from highs of 78°F to lows of 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Montevideo.

Things to do in Punta del Este

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

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Montevideo, Uruguay

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 16th (Wed): wander the streets of Pocitos, then make a trip to Artigas Mausoleum, then make a trip to Plaza Independencia, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Mercado Agricola Montevideo - MAM, then don't miss a visit to Plaza Matriz, then wander the streets of Ciudad Vieja, and finally go for a walk through Rambla de Montevideo.

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Traveling by car from Punta del Este to Montevideo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Montevideo are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Colonia del Sacramento.

Things to do in Montevideo

Neighborhoods · Tours

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Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

Sleepy cobbled streets lined with pastel-colored houses lead down to the water in Colonia del Sacramento.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): make a trip to Centro Cultural Bastion Del Carmen, explore the activities along Rio de la Plata, then enjoy the sea views from Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse, and finally wander the streets of Barrio Historico. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Santa Ana, take in the waterfront at Paseo de San Gabriel, then take in the views from Puerta de la Ciudadela, and finally don't miss a visit to La Calle de los Suspiros.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Colonia del Sacramento trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Montevideo to Colonia del Sacramento takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in January, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to ride a ferry to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Colonia del Sacramento

Parks · Beaches · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

2
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Buenos Aires, Argentina

Queen of La Plata

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): examine the collection at Fragata ARA, then explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, then admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, and finally make a trip to Avenida de Mayo. On your second day here, make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento.

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You can ride a ferry from Colonia del Sacramento to Buenos Aires in 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Mon) to allow time for travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

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Santiago, Chile

City of the Island Hills

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): learn about winemaking at Vina Undurraga, then steep yourself in history at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, and then take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill. On your second day here, take in panoramic vistas at Sky Costanera, examine the collection at La Chascona, then admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and finally don't miss a visit to Cerro Santa Lucia.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Santiago tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Santiago takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Buenos Aires to Santiago. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wineries

Side Trip

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Lima, Peru

City of the Kings

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): explore the world behind art at MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima. On the 26th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas and then take in the dramatic natural features at Marcahuasi.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Lima trip site.

You can fly from Santiago to Lima in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Santiago to Lima is minus 1 hour. In January in Lima, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 69°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

2
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Arequipa, Peru

White City

In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Monasterio de la Recoleta, take some stellar pictures from Mirador Carmen Alto, then see the interesting displays at Santa Catalina Monastery, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of San Agustin. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Casa Museo Mario Vargas Llosa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia la Merced, take an in-depth tour of Museo Santuarios Andinos, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas, then hunt for treasures at Mercado Central, and finally browse the exhibits of Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Arequipa itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Lima to Arequipa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, Arequipa is little chillier than Lima - with highs of 68°F and lows of 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Arequipa

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

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Cusco, Peru

Imperial City

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 30th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Tipon and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Cusco day trip planner.

You can fly from Arequipa to Cusco in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in January, plan for little chillier nights in Cusco, with lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Paracas.

Things to do in Cusco

Spas · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Adventure

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Paracas, Peru

A port town largely devoted to tourism, Paracas serves as a popular starting point for exploration of Peru's south coast.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): explore the engaging exhibits at Culturides La Maquina del Tiempo, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Arqueologico Paracas, and then step off the mainland to explore Islas Ballestas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat): make a trip to The Chandelier and then explore the fascinating landscape at Freedom Park.

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Traveling by flight from Cusco to Paracas takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in January, things will get a bit warmer in Paracas: highs are around 80°F and lows about 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Paracas

Nature · Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

2
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Medellin, Colombia

City of the Eternal Spring

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour. On the 4th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Plaza Botero, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then browse the different shops at Centro Comercial Santafé.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Medellin travel planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Paracas to Medellin in 12.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Medellin

Tours · Shopping

2
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Bogota, Colombia

Athens of South America

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 5th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), then examine the collection at Casa de Moneda - Coleccion Numismatica del Banco de la Republica, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at La Catedral Primada, and finally make a trip to Monserrate. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Wed): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Colombia, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Ciclovia de Bogota.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Bogota vacation website.

Getting from Medellin to Bogota by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Medellin in February: high temperatures in Bogota hover around 69°F and lows are around 46°F. On the 7th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Trails