14 days in South America Itinerary

14 days in South America Itinerary

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14 days in South America Itinerary

Guayaquil, Ecuador
Fly + Drive:  17​h 15​min
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
+4
train + foot + bus + taxi + Fly:  14​h 15​min
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  5​h 15​min
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
Guayaquil, Ecuador

1
day
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.
On the 10th (Thu), delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then make a trip to Intipuncu.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Machu Picchu online trip maker .

Guayaquil, Ecuador to Machu Picchu is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

3
days
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.
Rio de Janeiro is known for beaches, parks, museums, nature, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the history behind Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipanema, stroll through Copacabana Beach, and browse the collection at Real Gabinete Portugues Da Leitura.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro online travel planner .

Traveling by combination of train, bus, and flight from Machu Picchu to Rio de Janeiro takes 14.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Machu Picchu to Rio de Janeiro. May in Rio de Janeiro sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

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

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): see human ingenuity at work at Iguazu Falls.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Foz do Iguacu road trip planner .

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Foz do Iguacu in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in May, expect Foz do Iguacu to be a bit cooler, temps between 26°C and 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Buenos Aires.

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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Parque das Aves ©
Parque das Aves

2
days
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 17th (Thu): make a trip to Recoleta Cemetery, admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, then take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, and finally take a stroll through Puerto Madero. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana, make a trip to Plaza de Mayo, admire the landmark architecture of Palacio Barolo, then admire the landmark architecture of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Foz do Iguacu to Buenos Aires takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Foz do Iguacu in May, you will find days in Buenos Aires are slightly colder (20°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

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Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Recoleta Cemetery ©
Recoleta Cemetery

3
days
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.
Step out of Santiago with an excursion to Concha y Toro in Pirque--about 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Cerro Santa Lucia, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cerro San Cristobal, admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and get engrossed in the history at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Santiago trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Santiago takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Buenos Aires to Santiago due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

#Museums, #Parks, #Wineries

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Concha & Toro
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Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino ©
Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill

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