15 days in South America Itinerary

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 2 nights
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 4 nights
Bogota, Colombia
— 3 nights


Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — 2 nights

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro sightseeing planning site.

San Antonio, USA to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Brasilia Standard Time is 3 hours. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from San Antonio in January: high temperatures in Rio de Janeiro hover around 89°F and lows are around 76°F. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Buenos Aires.
Tours · Nightlife · Outdoors · Parks
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Buenos Aires, Argentina — 3 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Parque 3 de Febrero and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. Puerto Madero and Museo River Plate are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Cementerio de la Recoleta, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional De Arte Decorativo, get a new perspective on nature at Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales Bernardino Rivadavia, and get a sense of history and politics at Casa Rosada.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires trip planner.

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in January; daily highs in Buenos Aires reach 83°F and lows reach 70°F. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Machu Picchu.
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Machu Picchu, Peru — 4 nights

A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Do your shopping at Mercado de Artesanias and Machu Picchu market adjacent to the train station. Get a sense of the local culture at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and Rocas Sagradas. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Mandor, examine the collection at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon, don't miss a visit to Plaza Manco Capac, and take some stellar pictures from Intipuncu.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Machu Picchu trip itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Machu Picchu in 10 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Buenos Aires to Machu Picchu is minus 2 hours. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll travel to Bogota.
Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Wildlife
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Bogota, Colombia — 3 nights

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 24th (Tue): hike along Alameda de Quebrada Vieja, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of San Agustin, then learn about all things military at Military Museum of Colombia, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de La Candelaria. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Museo Historico de la Policia, explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, then explore the world behind art at Museo Colonial, and finally take a stroll through Parque 93.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Bogota travel route planner.

Fly from Machu Picchu to Bogota in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Bogota can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Brazil travel guide

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.

Peru travel guide

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.

Colombia travel guide

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.