11 days in South America Itinerary

11 days in South America Itinerary

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11 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Washington DC, United States
+2
subway + bus + Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
4
Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
5
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Washington DC, United States

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.
Rio de Janeiro is known for beaches, nature, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Pao de Acucar, don't miss a visit to Escadaria Selaron, enjoy the sand and surf at Leblon Beach, and stroll through Copacabana Beach.

Before you visit Rio de Janeiro, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Washington DC, USA to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of subway, bus, and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Washington DC to Rio de Janeiro. When traveling from Washington DC in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Rio de Janeiro, with highs around 83°F, while nights are much warmer with lows around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Bondinho  Pao de Acucar ©
Bondinho Pao de Acucar
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer

1
night
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 13th (Mon): make a trip to Paulista Avenue and then stroll around Parque Ibirapuera.

To find out how to plan a trip to Sao Paulo, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in April, things will get little chillier in Sao Paulo: highs are around 78°F and lows about 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Parks Neighborhoods Shopping
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Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera
Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue

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 14th (Tue): get a sense of history and politics at Casa Rosada, admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, then explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, and finally don't miss a visit to Cemiterio de Recoleta. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Jardin Japones, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, admire the landmark architecture of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, then don't miss a visit to Plaza de Mayo, and finally take a stroll through Puerto Madero.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires trip app .

Fly from Sao Paulo to Buenos Aires in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. While traveling from Sao Paulo, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Buenos Aires, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): make a trip to Santa Lucia Hill, take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, and then steep yourself in history at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Patio Bellavista, examine the collection at La Chascona, and then admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Santiago travel route planner .

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Santiago takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Buenos Aires to Santiago. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Nature Museums
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San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
Patio Bellavista ©
Patio Bellavista

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nights
Cusco, Peru

Cusco ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): hike along exploor, then steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, then delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museo de Arte Precolombino.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cusco planning tool .

You can fly from Santiago to Cusco in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Chile Time (CLT) to Peru Time (PET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In April, daytime highs in Cusco are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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exploor ©
exploor
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

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