10 days in South America Itinerary

10 days in South America Itinerary

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10 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Washington DC, United States
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Santiago, Chile
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  4​h 30​min
3
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
5
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Foot + Bus + Train:  15​h 45​min
End: Washington DC, United States

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): stroll through Cerro Santa Lucia and then stroll through San Cristóbal Hill. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), then see the interesting displays at La Chascona, then take in the pleasant sights at Plaza de Armas, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino.

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Washington DC, USA to Santiago is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Chile Time (CLT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Santiago

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

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): wander the streets of Puerto Madero, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, then make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta, and finally admire the landmark architecture of El Ateneo Grand Splendid. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: visit Palermo, explore the engaging exhibits at Museo de los Ninos, and then admire the architecture and history at Plaza de Mayo.

To find reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Buenos Aires trip planner.

You can fly from Santiago to Buenos Aires in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Santiago to Buenos Aires, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

1
night
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.
On the 20th (Mon), get to know the resident critters at Parque das Aves Bird Park and then take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls.

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Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Buenos Aires to Foz do Iguacu takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. When traveling from Buenos Aires in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Foz do Iguacu, with highs around 90°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to 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

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach, take some stellar pictures from Leblon Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipanema, then pause for some photo ops at Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, and finally admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Escadaria Selaron, enjoy the sand and surf at Pedra do Arpoador, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Tijuca.

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Getting from Foz do Iguacu to Rio de Janeiro by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Foz do Iguacu in January since evenings lows in Rio de Janeiro dip to 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

2
nights
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

Fernando de Noronha ©
With 21 lush islands scattered among pristine waters in the Atlantic Ocean, a Fernando de Noronha holiday is well worth the effort it takes to get there.
On the 23rd (Thu), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, get outside with Morro dois Irmaos, kick back and relax at Baia do Sancho, then head outdoors with Baia dos Porcos, and finally trek along Trilha Costa Esmeralda.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Fernando de Noronha trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Fernando de Noronha in 7 hours. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time to Fernando de Noronha Time is 1 hour. In January, daytime highs in Fernando de Noronha are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 77°F. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Morro dois Irmaos ©
Morro dois Irmaos
Baia dos Porcos ©
Baia dos Porcos

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