19 days in South America Itinerary

19 days in South America Itinerary

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19 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fly + bus:  6​h 45​min
1
Punta del Este, Uruguay
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
4
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  8​h 30​min
5
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
End: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

4
nights
Punta del Este, Uruguay

Punta del Este ©
With plenty of modern casinos, well-developed beaches, chic restaurants, and upscale hotels, Punta del Este vacations draw visitors from Argentina, Brazil, and beyond.
Change things up with these side-trips from Punta del Este: Playa Punta Colorada (in Piriapolis) and Playa Solanas (in Punta Ballena). There's still lots to do: browse the exhibits of Museo – Taller de Casapueblo, get great views at Mirador Punta Ballena, make a trip to Puerto de Punta del Este, and kick back and relax at Playa Montoya.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Punta del Este vacation planning app .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Punta del Este is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in December, things will get slightly colder in Punta del Este: highs are around 28°C and lows about 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Punta del Este

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Maldonado, Playa Punta Colorada
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Playa Punta Ballena ©
Playa Punta Ballena
Museo – Taller de Casapueblo ©
Museo – Taller de Casapueblo
The Fingers of Punta del Este ©
The Fingers of Punta del Este

4
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.
Buenos Aires is known for nightlife, historic sites, parks, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta, wander the streets of Palermo, admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, and admire the striking features of El Ateneo Grand Splendid.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Buenos Aires trip planner .

Fly from Punta del Este to Buenos Aires in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Punta del Este in December, expect nights in Buenos Aires to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santiago: Valparaiso (La Sebastiana & Paseo Dimalow). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, don't miss a visit to Cerro Santa Lucia, browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Mercado Central), and admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Santiago trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Buenos Aires to Santiago by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Buenos Aires to Santiago is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

Valparaiso
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La Chascona ©
La Chascona
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia

2
nights
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

San Carlos de Bariloche ©
Nestled against the foothills of the Andes, scenic San Carlos de Bariloche hugs the southern shore of Nahuel Huapi Lake and ranks among Argentina's top destinations for active outdoor vacations.
San Carlos de Bariloche is known for nature, winter sports, trails, wildlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, hike along Circuito Chico, stroll around Parque Nahuelito, and stroll through Catedral Alta Patagonis.

To find other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the San Carlos de Bariloche online day trip planner .

You can fly from Santiago to San Carlos de Bariloche in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Chile Time to Argentine Time is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in January, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi ©
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi
Catedral Alta Patagonis
Catedral Alta Patagonis
Circuito Chico ©
Circuito Chico

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nights
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.
Foz do Iguacu is known for nature, zoos & aquariums, historic sites, adventure, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls, take in the spiritual surroundings of Igreja Batista de Tres Lagoas, look for gifts at Artesanato Chocolate Caseiro Tres Fronteiras, and enjoy some diversion at Wake Iguassu Cable Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Foz do Iguacu trip itinerary planner .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from San Carlos de Bariloche to Foz do Iguacu in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, car, and bus; or drive. Traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche in January, you will find days in Foz do Iguacu are a bit warmer (38°C), and nights are much hotter (24°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Parque das Aves Bird Park ©
Parque das Aves Bird Park
Itaipu Dam ©
Itaipu Dam

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