8 days in South America Itinerary

8 days in South America Itinerary

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8 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
3
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
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Santiago, Chile
— 1 night
+2
Fly + taxi + shuttle:  7​h 45​min
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Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Buenos Aires, Argentina

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): look for gifts at El Ateneo Grand Splendid, don't miss a visit to Cemiterio de Recoleta, admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, then admire the architecture and history at Plaza de Mayo, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Puerto Madero.

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If you are flying in from Argentina, the closest major airports are Jorge Newbery Airpark and Ministro Pistarini International Airport. January in Buenos Aires sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Shopping Parks Neighborhoods
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

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Iguazu National Park, Argentina

Iguazu National Park ©
Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
On the 15th (Wed), take in the dramatic scenery at Salto San Martin and then take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Iguazu National Park tour planner.

Getting from Buenos Aires to Iguazu National Park by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Buenos Aires in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Iguazu National Park, with highs around 37°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Parks Nature
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto San Martin ©
Salto San Martin

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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.
On the 16th (Thu), admire the engineering at Iguazu Falls.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Foz do Iguacu tour itinerary planning site .

Drive from Iguazu National Park to Foz do Iguacu in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Foz do Iguacu, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): appreciate the history behind Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, then kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach, then take in the awesome beauty at Pao de Acucar, and finally don't miss a visit to Escadaria Selaron. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, then kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, and then kick back and relax at Barra da Tijuca Beach.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro day trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Foz do Iguacu to Rio de Janeiro takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Foz do Iguacu in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Rio de Janeiro, with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

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

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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.
On the 19th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, and then don't miss a visit to Santa Lucia Hill.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Santiago road trip planning site .

Fly from Rio de Janeiro to Santiago in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Santiago due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Los Glaciares National Park.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia

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Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

Los Glaciares National Park ©
A World Heritage Site, Los Glaciares National Park contains a giant ice cap that feeds 47 vast glaciers.
On the 20th (Mon), take in the dramatic natural features at Perito Moreno Glacier. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Glaciar Seco and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glaciar Spegazzini.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Glaciares National Park trip itinerary website .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Santiago to Los Glaciares National Park in 8 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Santiago to Los Glaciares National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January, daily temperatures in Los Glaciares National Park can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Perito Moreno Glacier ©
Perito Moreno Glacier
Glaciar Spegazzini ©
Glaciar Spegazzini
Glaciar Seco ©
Glaciar Seco

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