47 days in South America Itinerary

47 days in South America Itinerary

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 5 nights
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Florianopolis, Brazil
— 4 nights
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Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
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Montevideo, Uruguay
— 2 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
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Cordoba, Argentina
— 1 night
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Santiago, Chile
— 5 nights
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 3 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
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Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 3 nights
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Caracas, Venezuela
— 1 day

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro ©

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Get a sense of the local culture at Copacabana Beach and Imperial Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Praia de Ipanema and Pedra do Arpoador. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, view the masterpieces at Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas, step into the grandiose world of Ilha Fiscal, and stroll through Pedra da Gavea.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro road trip website.

Istanbul, Turkey to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time (TRT) to Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) is minus 6 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Istanbul in July: highs in Rio de Janeiro hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer

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Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©

Land of Drizzle

Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Get some historical perspective at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil and Mosteiro De Sao Bento. Get a sense of the local culture at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP and Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo. Go for a jaunt from Sao Paulo to Sao Sebastiao to see Juquehy Beach about 2h 15 min away. The adventure continues: stroll around Parque Ibirapuera, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, get to know the resident critters at Zoológico de São Paulo, and explore the world behind art at Museu de Arte Moderna de Sao Paulo.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Sao Paulo online attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, Sao Paulo is slightly colder than Rio de Janeiro - with highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Florianopolis.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

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Juquehy Beach ©
Juquehy Beach
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo

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Florianopolis, Brazil

Florianopolis ©

Magic Island

Divided between island and mainland, the distinctive city of Florianopolis charms visitors on first arrival with its impressive skyline.
Visiting Lagoinha do Leste and Jurere Beach will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Santo Antonio de Lisboa and Ethnographic Museum Casa dos Açores. Explore Florianopolis' surroundings by going to Settler's Museum (in Sao Martinho) and Casa do Barao Center for the Arts (in Biguacu). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Mole, snap pictures at Hercilio Luz Bridge, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Joaquina Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Florianopolis trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Sao Paulo to Florianopolis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Florianopolis

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Jurere Beach ©
Jurere Beach
Praia Mole ©
Praia Mole
Lagoinha do Leste ©
Lagoinha do Leste

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Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

Foz do Iguacu ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): take in the views from Ponte Tancredo Neves, then admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls, and then see the interesting displays at Museu de Cera Dreamland. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: add some entertainment to your itinerary with Ipora Lenda Show and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parque das Aves Bird Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Foz do Iguacu tour itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Florianopolis to Foz do Iguacu takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Foz do Iguacu can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Montevideo.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Nightlife
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Parque das Aves Bird Park ©
Parque das Aves Bird Park
Museu de Cera Dreamland ©
Museu de Cera Dreamland

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): wander the streets of Pocitos, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Montevideo, then make a trip to Plaza Independencia, and finally get great views at Mirador Panoramico de Montevideo. On the 20th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Ciudad Vieja, then stroll through Orange Bike, and then admire the masterpieces at Palacio Taranco.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Montevideo holiday site.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Foz do Iguacu to Montevideo in 8.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Foz do Iguacu in July, expect Montevideo to be a bit cooler, temps between 18°C and 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Montevideo

Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Trails · Parks
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Pocitos ©
Pocitos
Ciudad Vieja ©
Ciudad Vieja
Palacio Taranco ©
Palacio Taranco

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires ©

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.
Let the collections at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes and Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires capture your imagination. Get a sense of the local culture at Parque 3 de Febrero and Puerto Madero. Take a break from Buenos Aires with a short trip to Peru Beach in Acassuso, about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemiterio de Recoleta, explore the galleries of Museo Nacional De Arte Decorativo, get to know the fascinating history of Calle Defensa, and wander the streets of Palermo Soho.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Buenos Aires vacation planning app.

Fly from Montevideo to Buenos Aires in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of car and bus. In July, daytime highs in Buenos Aires are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cordoba.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

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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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Cordoba, Argentina

Cordoba ©

The Learned One

History lives on in the streets of Cordoba, Argentina's second-largest city.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): browse the exhibits of Museo Historico UNC Manzana Jesuitica, explore the fascinating underground world of Las grutas de Ongamira, and then steep yourself in history at Paseo del Buen Pastor.

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Fly from Buenos Aires to Cordoba in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in July, Cordoba is a bit warmer at night with lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Cordoba

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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Las grutas de Ongamira ©
Las grutas de Ongamira
Museo Historico UNC  Manzana Jesuitica ©
Museo Historico UNC Manzana Jesuitica
Paseo del Buen Pastor ©
Paseo del Buen Pastor

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Santiago, Chile

Santiago ©

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.
Get in touch with nature at San Cristóbal Hill and Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile. You'll explore and learn at La Chascona and Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania. Step out of Santiago with an excursion to Concha y Toro in Pirque--about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, explore the historical opulence of Castillo Hidalgo, examine the collection at Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos, and admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Santiago day trip planner.

You can fly from Cordoba to Santiago in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Argentina Standard Time (ART) to Chile Standard Time (CLT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. On the 30th (Sun), you'll travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile ©
Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
La Chascona ©
La Chascona

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Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Get a sense of the local culture at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and Choco Museo. Popular historic sites such as Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo and Intipuncu are in your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from Machu Picchu to Ollantaytambo to see Inca Bridge about 6h 15 min away. There's more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes).

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu route planner.

Traveling by flight from Santiago to Machu Picchu takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Santiago to Machu Picchu is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo ©
Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

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Cusco, Peru

Cusco ©

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.
Sacsayhuaman and Centro Historico De Cusco will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Museo de Arte Precolombino and Salinas de Maras. Take a break from Cusco with a short trip to Hacienda del Chalan in Urubamba, about 1h 5 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Sacred Valley of the Incas, contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo de la Sagrada Familia, and examine the collection at Planetarium Cusco.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Cusco journey planner.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. August in Cusco sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas

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Lima, Peru

Lima ©

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.
On the 8th (Tue), kick back and relax at El Silencio and then take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Museo de la Nacion, then contemplate the long history of Huaca Pucllana, and then stop by Miraflores.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Lima day trip planner.

Getting from Cusco to Lima by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in August, expect warmer with lows of 18°C in Lima. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Lima

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

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Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Miraflores ©
Miraflores

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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Puerto Ayora ©
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Galeria Aymara and Maki-Art Gallery. Get outdoors at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay and El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Charles Darwin Research Station, make a trip to Santa Cruz Fish Market, and explore the striking landscape at Las Grietas.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Puerto Ayora trip planning website.

You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and bus from Lima to Puerto Ayora in 11 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and ferry. Traveling from Lima in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Puerto Ayora: highs are around 30°C and lows about 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Caracas.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Galeria Aymara ©
Galeria Aymara
Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay

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Caracas, Venezuela

Caracas ©

Heaven's Branch on Earth

Tropical weather, great food, and memorable jungle surroundings seem like all the ingredients Caracas needs to become a must-see destination.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Casa Natal & Museo Bolivar, then admire the landmark architecture of Ciudad Universitaria de Caracas, and then take in the awesome beauty at El Pauji.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Caracas itinerary builder site.

You can do a combination of bus, ferry, and flight from Puerto Ayora to Caracas in 13.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Ayora to Caracas is 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Caracas

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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El Pauji ©
El Pauji
Casa Natal & Museo Bolivar ©
Casa Natal & Museo Bolivar
Ciudad Universitaria de Caracas ©
Ciudad Universitaria de Caracas

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