15 days in South America Itinerary

15 days in South America Itinerary

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15 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Detroit, United States
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 1 night
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  9​h
2
El Chalten, Argentina
— Few hours
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  12​h 45​min
3
Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
4
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 1 night
+4
Fly + taxi + bus + foot + train:  14​h 15​min
5
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
+2
train + foot + bus:  3​h
6
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
7
Medellin, Colombia
— Few hours
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Detroit, United States

1
night
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 6th (Sat): take a stroll through Puerto Madero, then make a trip to Recoleta Cemetery, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, and finally admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the history at Plaza de Mayo, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires, then look for gifts at El Ateneo Grand Splendid, and finally have fun and explore at Museo de los Ninos.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires online travel route planner .

Detroit, USA to Buenos Aires is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of 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 Detroit to Buenos Aires. Expect colder weather when traveling from Detroit in July: highs in Buenos Aires hover around 58°F, while lows dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel to El Chalten.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

#Museums, #Childrens Museums, #Shopping
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Recoleta Cemetery ©
Recoleta Cemetery

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hours
El Chalten, Argentina

El Chalten ©
Nestled up against the hills of the Los Glaciares National Park, El Chalten serves as one of the nation's most bustling hubs for hikers and backpackers heading out into the wild landscape of southern Patagonia.
On the 8th (Mon), look for gifts at Marcopolo Bookstore, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Laguna Torre, and then hike along Laguna de los Tres.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read El Chalten online itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Buenos Aires to El Chalten takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in El Chalten

#Parks, #Trails, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Laguna de los Tres
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Laguna de los Tres ©
Laguna de los Tres
Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre
Marcopolo Bookstore ©
Marcopolo Bookstore

2
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.
Santiago is known for parks, museums, shopping, historic sites, and wineries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Cerro Santa Lucia, take an in-depth tour of Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, examine the collection at La Chascona, and hunt for treasures at Central Market (Mercado Central).

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Santiago road trip planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from El Chalten to Santiago in 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from El Chalten to Santiago. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Santiago

#Museums, #Parks, #Shopping
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Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino ©
Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Ipanema, and then appreciate the history behind Corcovado Christ the Redeemer. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Copacabana Beach, then kick back and relax at Pedra do Arpoador, then steep yourself in history at Parque Lage, and finally admire all the interesting features of Maracanã.

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Getting from Santiago to Rio de Janeiro by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Chile Time (CLT) to Brasilia Time (BRT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in July, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

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

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night
Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then explore the ancient world of Intipuncu. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Virgen Del Carmen, then don't miss a visit to Plaza Manco Capac, then admire the natural beauty at Los Jardines de Mandor, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Phutuq K'usi.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Machu Picchu by combination of flight, bus, and train takes about 14.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Machu Picchu, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Nature
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu
Phutuq K'usi ©
Phutuq K'usi

2
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.
On the 16th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, and then see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Art Museum. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral del Cuzco o Catedral Basilica de la Virgen de la Asuncion, explore the ancient world of Tambomachay, and then don't miss a visit to Pisac.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cusco online trip maker .

You can do a combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Cusco

#Historic Sites, #Museums

Side Trip

Pisac
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Pisac ©
Pisac
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

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hours
Medellin, Colombia

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 18th (Thu): get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, go to the Medellin travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Medellin takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cusco in July: highs in Medellin hover around 84°F, while lows dip to 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Medellin

#Tours
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Walking tours

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