19 days in South America Itinerary

19 days in South America Itinerary

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19 days in South America Itinerary

Auckland Central, New Zealand
Fly:  15​h 45​min
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle + bus:  5​h 15​min
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi + train:  17​h
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 3 nights
train + taxi + Fly:  13​h 45​min
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h
Auckland Central, New Zealand

3
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.
Buenos Aires is known for nightlife, historic sites, museums, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Recoleta Cemetery, stop by El Ateneo Grand Splendid, wander the streets of San Telmo, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Buenos Aires holiday app .

Auckland Central, New Zealand to Buenos Aires is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Auckland Central to Buenos Aires is minus 15 hours. Traveling from Auckland Central in June, Buenos Aires is little chillier at night with lows of 10°C. On the 7th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sao Paulo.

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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Recoleta Cemetery ©
Recoleta Cemetery

2
days
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the engineering at Iguazu Falls and then don't miss a visit to Ipora.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Foz do Iguacu route maker app .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Buenos Aires to Foz do Iguacu takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, Foz do Iguacu is a bit warmer than Buenos Aires - with highs of 25°C and lows of 14°C. On the 9th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sao Paulo.

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

2
days
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): wander the streets of Paulista Avenue, then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art of São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ibirapuera Park. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral da Se de Sao Paulo, then pick up some local products at Mercado Municipal, and then admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Sao Paulo itinerary tool .

You can fly from Foz do Iguacu to Sao Paulo in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Sao Paulo can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

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Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue
Ibirapuera Park ©
Ibirapuera Park
Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo ©

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, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, stroll through Copacabana Beach, and contemplate the long history of Parque Lage.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sao Paulo in June; daily highs in Rio de Janeiro reach 30°C and lows reach 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

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

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): get great views at Intipuncu and then contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Los Jardines de Mandor, then explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna, and then take in the natural beauty of Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes).

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Machu Picchu day trip website .

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Machu Picchu by combination of flight and train takes about 17 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time to Peru Time is minus 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago.

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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

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.
Take a break from Santiago with a short trip to Concha y Toro vineyard in Pirque, about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Cerro Santa Lucia, enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Costanera, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cerro San Cristobal, and admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

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You can do a combination of train and flight from Machu Picchu to Santiago in 14 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Peru Time to Chile Time is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in June, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

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Cerro San Cristobal ©
Cerro San Cristobal
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia

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