28 days in South America Itinerary

28 days in South America Itinerary

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28 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
2
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  1​h 30​min
3
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
4
Sucre, Bolivia
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
La Paz, Bolivia
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
6
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 2 nights
Drive:  11​h 45​min
7
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h
8
Santiago, Chile
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Melbourne, Australia

4
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.
Buenos Aires is known for nightlife, historic sites, parks, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta, stop by El Ateneo Grand Splendid, get a taste of the local shopping with Puerto Madero, and admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Buenos Aires trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Melbourne, Australia to Buenos Aires is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Argentine Time, which is usually a -13 hour difference. Traveling from Melbourne in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Buenos Aires, with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

2
nights
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Sao Paulo is known for museums, shopping, parks, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Parque Ibirapuera, browse the fresh offerings at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo, examine the collection at Museu da Lingua Portuguesa, and get a taste of the local shopping with Paulista Avenue.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Sao Paulo travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Sao Paulo takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In February, daily temperatures in Sao Paulo can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Shopping Fun & Games
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Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera
Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©

4
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, parks, museums, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Copacabana Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Barra da Tijuca Beach, take a peaceful walk through Parque Nacional Tijuca, and take in the awesome beauty at Pedra Bonita.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro attractions planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sao Paulo in February, with highs in Rio de Janeiro at 38°C and lows at 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sucre.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

1
night
Sucre, Bolivia

Sucre ©
The constitutional capital of Bolivia, Sucre has a well-preserved historic center, with many buildings dating back to the city's founding in the 16th century.
On the 14th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Cal Orck'o, then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Indigenous Art ASUR, then take an in-depth tour of House of Liberty Museum - Casa de la Libertad, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Museum of the Cathedral - Museo de la Catedral.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Sucre trip planner .

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Sucre in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Sucre due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in February, things will get cooler in Sucre: highs are around 24°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Sucre

Museums Historic Sites
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Museum of Indigenous Art ASUR ©
Museum of Indigenous Art ASUR
Cal Orck'o ©
Cal Orck'o

3
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Spend the 16th (Sun) exploring the striking scenery along WMDR Yungas Road. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Tiwanaku, take in the dramatic natural features at Valley of the Moon, have fun at Urban Rush Bolivia, and make a trip to Mercado de Las Brujas.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read La Paz route builder website .

Fly from Sucre to La Paz in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sucre in February, things will get slightly colder in La Paz: highs are around 17°C and lows about 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors Scenic Drive Tours
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Urban Rush Bolivia ©
Urban Rush Bolivia
Tiwanaku ©
Tiwanaku
WMDR Yungas Road ©
WMDR Yungas Road

2
nights
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
On the 18th (Tue), step off the mainland to explore Isla Incahuasi and then take in the dramatic natural features at Salar de Uyuni. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get impressive views of Tunupa Volcano.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Uyuni tour itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from La Paz to Uyuni in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from La Paz in February: highs in Uyuni hover around 13°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Uyuni

Nature Parks
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Salar de Uyuni ©
Salar de Uyuni
Isla Incahuasi ©
Isla Incahuasi
Tunupa Volcano ©
Tunupa Volcano

3
nights
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

San Pedro de Atacama ©
Major archeological sites and a renowned museum remain the big draws in San Pedro de Atacama tourism, appealing to visitors interested in learning more about South America's pre-Columbian cultures.
San Pedro de Atacama is known for nature, wildlife, historic sites, nightlife, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna, delve into the distant past at Pukara de Quitor, contemplate the waterfront views at Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques, and look for all kinds of wild species at Salar de Tara.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the San Pedro de Atacama journey app .

Getting from Uyuni to San Pedro de Atacama by car takes about 12 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Uyuni, expect much hotter days and a bit cooler nights in San Pedro de Atacama, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Atacama Desert
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Valle De La Luna ©
Valle De La Luna
Geyser del Tatio ©
Geyser del Tatio
Salar de Tara ©
Salar de Tara

5
nights
Santiago, Chile

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Step out of Santiago to go to Valparaiso and see La Sebastiana, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, take an in-depth tour of Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos, admire the masterpieces at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Santiago online itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Santiago in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums Parks Tours

Side Trip

La Sebastiana
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Food Tours
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia

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