15 days in South America Itinerary

15 days in South America Itinerary

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 1 night
Bus to Ollantaytambo, Train to Machu Picchu
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
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Guayaquil, Ecuador
— 1 night
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Quito, Ecuador
— 1 night
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Bogota, Colombia
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Medellin, Colombia
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Cartagena, Colombia
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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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Ilha Fiscal, then don't miss a visit to Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Copacabana Beach, and finally don't miss a visit to Escadaria Selaron. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sat): kick back and relax at Pedra do Arpoador, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipanema, and then admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro day trip website.

Manchester, UK to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Brasilia Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Manchester in July, expect Rio de Janeiro to be a bit warmer, temps between 30°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

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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.
Buenos Aires is known for historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Puerto Madero, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Mayo, take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, and admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires.

For maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires day trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in July: highs in Buenos Aires hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums
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Cusco, Peru

— 1 night

Imperial City

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 21st (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Qorikancha, then contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, and then contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas.

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Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Cusco takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Argentina Standard Time to Peru Standard Time is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Buenos Aires in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Cusco, with highs around 24°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

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Machu Picchu, Peru

— 2 nights
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Mariposario de Machupicchu.

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You can do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time for travel to Guayaquil.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
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Guayaquil, Ecuador

— 1 night

Pearl of the Pacific

Hills dotted with colorful houses and waterfront promenades typify Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and commercial center.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Presley Norton Museum, then enjoy breathtaking views from La Perla, then stop by Las Penas, and finally take a stroll through Cerro Santa Ana.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Guayaquil online sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Machu Picchu to Guayaquil in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Guayaquil

Neighborhoods · Museums
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Quito, Ecuador

— 1 night

Light of America

High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): find something for the whole family at Nayon Xtreme Valley, admire the masterpieces at La Capilla Del Hombre, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Quito route planning website.

Getting from Guayaquil to Quito by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Guayaquil in July: high temperatures in Quito hover around 26°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Quito

Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
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Bogota, Colombia

— 1 night

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 26th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monserrate, admire the masterpieces at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and then steep yourself in history at Bolivar Square.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Bogota online driving holiday planner.

Fly from Quito to Bogota in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Quito in July: high temperatures in Bogota hover around 21°C and lows are around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
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Medellin, Colombia

— 1 night

City of the Eternal Spring

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then stop by Evok, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Medellin holiday builder website.

You can fly from Bogota to Medellin in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Bogota in July; daily highs in Medellin reach 34°C and lows reach 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Medellin

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Cartagena, Colombia

— 1 night

City of Heroes

The site of the continent's first Spanish colony, Cartagena retains much of its colonial flavor thanks to a World Heritage-listed old town, encircled by old walls and protected by imposing fortresses.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, then steep yourself in history at Walled City of Cartagena, and finally look for gifts at La Casa del Joyero.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Cartagena trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Medellin to Cartagena takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Medellin in July, expect Cartagena to be somewhat warmer, temps between 38°C and 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cartagena

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