16 days in South America Itinerary

16 days in South America Itinerary

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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
Train to Ollantaytambo, Bus to Cusco
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Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
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Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
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Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
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Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 1 night
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
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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 15th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu and then contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu. On your second day here, examine the collection at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon, then take in nature's colorful creations at Mandor, and then relax and rejuvenate at Otto's Salon Spa & Boutique.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Machu Picchu vacation maker site.

Mumbai, India to Machu Picchu is an approximately 29-hour flight. You'll gain 10.5 hours traveling from Mumbai to Machu Picchu due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cusco.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Spas
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Cusco, Peru — 2 nights

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 17th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, then see the interesting displays at Museo de Arte Precolombino, and then steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Centro Historico De Cusco, then hike along exploor, and then delve into the distant past at Qorikancha.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cusco online journey planner.

You can do a combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. October in Cusco sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to fly to Santiago.
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Santiago, Chile — 2 nights

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
On the 19th (Wed), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, see the interesting displays at Museo de la Moda, then see the interesting displays at La Chascona, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Francisco Church. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo Baha'i, then examine the collection at Museo Interactivo Mirador, and then take an in-depth tour of Museo Historico Nacional.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Santiago tour site.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Santiago takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco to Santiago, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Buenos Aires.
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Buenos Aires, Argentina — 2 nights

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.
On the 21st (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento, admire the masterpieces at Coleccion de Arte Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat, then admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, and finally learn more about the world around you at Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales Bernardino Rivadavia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat): stroll the grounds of Cemiterio de Recoleta, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, then see the interesting displays at Museo River Plate, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de San Isidro.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Buenos Aires online route planner.

Traveling by flight from Santiago to Buenos Aires takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Chile Standard Time to Argentina Standard Time is 1 hour. In October, daily temperatures in Buenos Aires can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Iguazu National Park.
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Iguazu National Park, Argentina — 2 nights

Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls. On your second day here, head off the coast to Isla San Martin, take in the dramatic scenery at Salto Bernabe Mendez, and then admire the sheer force of Salto San Martin.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Iguazu National Park trip itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Iguazu National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Buenos Aires in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Iguazu National Park, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Foz do Iguacu.
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Foz do Iguacu, Brazil — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Sao Joao Batista, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then steep yourself in history at Marco Das Tres Fronteiras.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Foz do Iguacu trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Iguazu National Park to Foz do Iguacu in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In October in Foz do Iguacu, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can fly to Rio de Janeiro.
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — 3 nights

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Parque Lage and Praia do Leme. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Copacabana Beach and Museu da Republica. Go for a jaunt from Rio de Janeiro to Niteroi to see Fortaleza de Santa Cruz da Barra about 50 minutes away. The adventure continues: stroll through Praia de Ipanema, take in panoramic vistas at Mirante Dona Marta, take an in-depth tour of Museu Historico Nacional, and admire the masterpieces at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro.

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Fly from Foz do Iguacu to Rio de Janeiro in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Rio de Janeiro when traveling from Foz do Iguacu in October, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.
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Peru travel guide

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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.
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Chile travel guide

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Landmarks · Parks · Specialty Museums
Land of Poets
Squeezed between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, geographically diverse Chile is a long, thin stretch of land encompassing some of the world's driest deserts in the north, and some of its largest glacial fields in the south. Though most Chile holidays include some form of adventure in the vast wilderness areas, the country also contains charming cities providing plenty of urban things to do and see. Many tours of Chile include at least a brief visit to the country's lush wine regions, where backyard vineyards compete with sprawling estates producing some of the world's most respected whites and reds.
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Argentina travel guide

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Landmarks · Bodies of Water · Specialty Museums
Land of Contrasts
Home to the highest and lowest points in South America, diverse Argentina enthralls visitors with its contrasting landscapes and rich cultural heritage. A tour of Argentina reveals a sprawling land of fiercely proud and hardworking gauchos, the legendary cowboys of South America's pampas. A vacation in Argentina also leads you to giant urban centers, filled with modern tourist attractions that include fine restaurants, award-winning museums, and renowned public parks, gardens, and zoos. Away from big cities, Argentina sightseeing combines visits to mighty waterfalls situated inside World Heritage-listed national parks in the north of the country, with excursions to icy glaciers in the south.
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Brazil travel guide

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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.
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