30 days in South America Itinerary

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Santiago, Chile
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Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
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Machu Picchu, Peru
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Quito, Ecuador
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Bogota, Colombia
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Buenos Aires, Argentina — 5 nights

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.
Buenos Aires is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, get a sense of history and politics at Casa Rosada, and make a trip to Plaza de Mayo.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Buenos Aires trip itinerary maker.

Auckland, New Zealand to Buenos Aires is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Auckland to Buenos Aires, you'll gain 15 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Auckland in February, plan for a bit warmer days in Buenos Aires, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Rio de Janeiro.
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — 5 nights

Marvelous City

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 sightseeing, beaches, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach, admire the landmark architecture of Ilha Fiscal, stroll through Barra da Tijuca Beach, and get great views at Leblon Beach.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro route planner.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Buenos Aires in February: high temperatures in Rio de Janeiro hover around 38°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can fly to Sao Paulo.
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Sao Paulo, Brazil — 2 nights

Land of Drizzle

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 12th (Sun): pick up some local products at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo, then admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, then walk around Parque Ibirapuera, and finally stop by Liberdade. On the next day, take a stroll through Paulista Avenue and then explore the world behind art at Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Sao Paulo tour itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in February, things will get a bit cooler in Sao Paulo: highs are around 34°C and lows about 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can fly to Santiago.
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Santiago, Chile — 1 night

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.
On the 14th (Tue), admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), stop by Patio Bellavista, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, take in the pleasant sights at Plaza de Armas, then stroll around Cerro Santa Lucia, and finally see the interesting displays at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Santiago trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Sao Paulo to Santiago takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) to Chile Standard Time (CLT) is minus 1 hour. You'll set off for Cusco on the 15th (Wed).
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Cusco, Peru — 3 nights

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.
Cusco is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, get engrossed in the history at Museo Inka, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Qorikancha.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Cusco online journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Santiago to Cusco takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Santiago to Cusco is minus 1 hour. In February, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Machu Picchu.
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Machu Picchu, Peru — 3 nights

A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Machu Picchu is known for historic sites, nature, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna, don't miss a visit to Plaza Manco Capac, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes).

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Machu Picchu online itinerary builder.

Do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. On the 21st (Tue), you're off to Quito.
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Quito, Ecuador — 9 nights

Light of America

High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cuicocha (in Cotacachi), Otavalo (Municipio de Otavalo & Otavalo Market) and Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve (in Calacali). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, make a trip to Mitad Del Mundo, deepen your understanding at La Ronda, and admire the landmark architecture of Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Quito driving holiday planner.

Fly from Machu Picchu to Quito in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In February in Quito, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to fly to Bogota.
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Bogota, Colombia — 1 day

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 2nd (Thu): look for gifts at Bta Capital.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Bogota sightseeing tool.

Traveling by flight from Quito to Bogota takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Quito in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Bogota, with lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Highlights from your trip

Argentina travel guide

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Landmarks · Bodies of Water · Specialty Museums
Land of Contrasts
Home to the highest and lowest points in South America, diverse Argentina enthralls visitors with its contrasting landscapes and rich cultural heritage. A tour of Argentina reveals a sprawling land of fiercely proud and hardworking gauchos, the legendary cowboys of South America's pampas. A vacation in Argentina also leads you to giant urban centers, filled with modern tourist attractions that include fine restaurants, award-winning museums, and renowned public parks, gardens, and zoos. Away from big cities, Argentina sightseeing combines visits to mighty waterfalls situated inside World Heritage-listed national parks in the north of the country, with excursions to icy glaciers in the south.
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Brazil travel guide

4.6
Beaches · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Land of Brazilwood
The largest country in South America and the biggest Portuguese-speaking nation in the world, Brazil remains best known for its soccer tradition and annual Carnaval. Most visitors on holiday in Brazil come for the country's outstanding beaches, music, wildlife, and diverse neighborhoods, each one boasting its own distinct character, atmosphere, and way of life. A tour of Brazil reveals a vast land of great natural and human diversity, from its sprawling rainforest wildernesses, to its busy urban centers. There are plenty of things to do in Brazil, from basking on its coastline to chasing the samba scene or catching a picturesque sunset from one of the country's lush mountaintops.
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Chile travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Parks · Specialty Museums
Land of Poets
Squeezed between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, geographically diverse Chile is a long, thin stretch of land encompassing some of the world's driest deserts in the north, and some of its largest glacial fields in the south. Though most Chile holidays include some form of adventure in the vast wilderness areas, the country also contains charming cities providing plenty of urban things to do and see. Many tours of Chile include at least a brief visit to the country's lush wine regions, where backyard vineyards compete with sprawling estates producing some of the world's most respected whites and reds.
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Peru travel guide

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Historic Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Incas
In a country renowned for its pre-Columbian archeological sites, no Peru vacation would be complete without an adrenaline-inducing hike to Machu Picchu, World Heritage-listed symbol of the once-mighty Incan Empire. Aside from visiting these spectacular ruins set against the backdrop of photogenic mountain peaks, most holidays in Peru also include an exploration of the country's pretty cities, boasting well-preserved colonial architecture and a slew of modern buildings housing fine museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Ideal for active vacationers, Peru trips are also tailor-made for gourmands, as the country's eclectic cuisine blends tasty influences from Africa, Asia, and Europe.
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Ecuador travel guide

4.5
With abundant opportunities to discover fascinating World Heritage Sites, a holiday in Ecuador remains among the most culturally enriching travel experiences. Home to the world's highest active volcano, this little country packs a big punch when it comes to tourist activities. Some of the most popular things to do in Ecuador include visits to its astonishingly biodiverse wilderness areas, home to some 1,500 bird species, 840 species of amphibians and reptiles, and nearly 20,000 plant species. Of course, the highlight of many Ecuador vacations is bound to be the Galapagos Islands, made famous by naturalist Charles Darwin. Aside from the stunning nature, Ecuador also boasts many historic cities filled with photogenic colonial-era churches, mansions, and plazas.
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Colombia travel guide

4.2
Diverse in terms of landscapes, climates, and cultures, Colombia remains one of South America's least explored tourist destinations, overshadowed by its more popular southern neighbors. Combining the best of what the continent has to offer, a vacation in Colombia allows you to blend outdoor adventures with tours of picture-perfect cobblestoned towns dating back to the colonial era. Tourists on a Colombia holiday can easily hop from sun-kissed coastal spots to the hilly coffee-growing region, where thriving plantations quickly give way to a landscape of snow-covered volcanic peaks and the paramo--alpine ecosystems sheltering some of the rarest plants growing above the continuous forest line.
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