18 days in South America Itinerary

18 days in South America Itinerary

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18 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Vancouver, Canada
Fly:  20​h
1
Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  8​h 45​min
2
Stanley, Falkland Islands
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  13​h 45​min
3
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
ferry:  2​h 15​min
4
Montevideo, Uruguay
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Asuncion, Paraguay
— 1 night
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Vancouver, Canada

4
nights
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.
Bring the kids along to Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile and La Sebastiana. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Mercado Central), examine the collection at Museo Interactivo Mirador, and admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

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Vancouver, Canada to Santiago is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Vancouver to Santiago due to the time zone difference. On the 15th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Stanley.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile, La Sebastiana
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San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile ©
Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile
La Sebastiana ©
La Sebastiana

2
nights
Stanley, Falkland Islands

Stanley ©
Founded in 1843, Stanley serves as the capital of the Falkland Islands yet still exudes its rural charm.
On the 16th (Wed), stroll through Bluff Cove Lagoon, stroll the grounds of Memorial Wood, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Surf Bay, and finally stroll through Gypsy Cove. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Tabernacle Free Church, get a taste of the local shopping with The Harbour View Gift Shop, then get engrossed in the history at Falkland Islands Museum, then make a trip to Whalebone Arch, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church Cathedral.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Stanley trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Santiago to Stanley takes 9 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Stanley due to the time zone difference. In December in Stanley, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Stanley

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bluff Cove Lagoon
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Gypsy Cove ©
Gypsy Cove
Surf Bay ©
Surf Bay
Bluff Cove Lagoon ©
Bluff Cove Lagoon

3
nights
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.
Bring the kids along to Cemiterio de Recoleta and Palacio Barolo. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Mayo, take a stroll through Palermo, and get a taste of the local shopping with Puerto Madero.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires driving holiday planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Stanley to Buenos Aires in 14 hours. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Stanley in December; daily highs in Buenos Aires reach 33°C and lows reach 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to ride a ferry to Montevideo.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Museo de los Ninos ©
Museo de los Ninos

4
nights
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Playa Punta Ballena and Planetario de Montevideo. Get out of town with these interesting Montevideo side-trips: Piriapolis (Cerro San Antonio & Playa Punta Colorada) and Punta Ballena (Playa Solanas & Museo – Taller de Casapueblo). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Plaza Independencia, wander the streets of Pocitos, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado del Puerto, and take in the waterfront at Rambla de Montevideo.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Montevideo day trip planner .

Traveling by ferry from Buenos Aires to Montevideo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in December, Montevideo is a bit cooler at night with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Asuncion.

Things to do in Montevideo

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Maldonado, Piriapolis
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Rambla de Montevideo ©
Rambla de Montevideo
Playa Punta Colorada ©
Playa Punta Colorada
Playa Punta Ballena ©
Playa Punta Ballena

1
night
Asuncion, Paraguay

Asuncion ©
Paraguay's capital and economic center, Asuncion ranks among the youngest cities on the continent, with more than half of its residents under 30 years of age.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Casa de la Independencia, then appreciate the history behind The National Pantheon of Heroes and Oratory of the Virgin Our Lady Saint Mary of the Asuncion, then ponder the world of politics at Palacio de López, and finally hunt for treasures at Mercado La Recova.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Asuncion online trip itinerary builder .

Fly from Montevideo to Asuncion in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Montevideo to Asuncion, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Montevideo in December: high temperatures in Asuncion hover around 38°C and lows are around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Asuncion

Historic Sites Shopping
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