30 days in South America Itinerary

30 days in South America Itinerary

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30 days in South America Itinerary

Cape Town, South Africa
Fly:  16​h
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
Fortaleza, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
Mar del Plata, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 15​min
Cordoba, Argentina
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Cuesta Blanca, Argentina
— Few hours
Fly:  6​h 30​min
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
Chachapoyas, Peru
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Leymebamba, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  19​h 45​min
Cape Town, South Africa

4
days
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Praia de Ipanema and Pedra do Arpoador. We've included these beaches for you: Copacabana Beach and Praia de Grumari. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the lush surroundings at Parque Nacional Tijuca, explore and take pictures at Maracanã, appreciate the history behind Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, and stroll through Parque Lage.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro travel planning site .

Cape Town, South Africa to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro is minus 5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cape Town in June: highs in Rio de Janeiro hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Sao Paulo.

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Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Parque Nacional Tijuca ©
Parque Nacional Tijuca

3
days
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Visiting Tombo beach and Iporanga beach will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: stroll through Ibirapuera Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral da Se de Sao Paulo, pick up some local products at Mercadao - Sao Paulo Municipal Market, and admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Sao Paulo road trip app .

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Rio de Janeiro in June, with highs in Sao Paulo at 26°C and lows at 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Fortaleza.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Guaruja
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Ibirapuera Park ©
Ibirapuera Park
Tombo beach ©
Tombo beach
Iporanga beach ©
Iporanga beach

2
days
Fortaleza, Brazil

Fortaleza ©
They don't call Fortaleza "Brazilian Miami" for nothing.
On the 10th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Morro Branco.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Fortaleza travel planning tool .

You can fly from Sao Paulo to Fortaleza in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sao Paulo in June, expect Fortaleza to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

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Morro Branco ©
Morro Branco
Praia de Futuro ©
Praia de Futuro
Iracema Beach ©
Iracema Beach

3
days
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, museums, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, take a stroll through Puerto Madero, take in the history at Plaza de Mayo, and appreciate the extensive heritage of San Telmo.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires trip planner .

Fly from Fortaleza to Buenos Aires in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Fortaleza in June; daily highs in Buenos Aires reach 18°C and lows reach 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Mar del Plata.

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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Recoleta Cemetery ©
Recoleta Cemetery

2
days
Mar del Plata, Argentina

Mar del Plata ©
Drenched in sunshine and fringed by wide expanses of sandy coastline, Mar del Plata stands out as one of Argentina's most popular vacation resorts.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): kick back and relax at Playas de Chapadmalal and then enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Mogotes. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at La Perla and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Varese.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Mar del Plata travel route builder site .

Fly from Buenos Aires to Mar del Plata in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Mar del Plata when traveling from Buenos Aires in June, with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cordoba.

Things to do in Mar del Plata

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La Perla ©
La Perla
Punta Mogotes ©
Punta Mogotes
Playa Varese ©
Playa Varese

1
day
Cordoba, Argentina

Cordoba ©
History lives on in the streets of Cordoba, Argentina's second-largest city.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): steep yourself in history at El Paseo Buen Pastor, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Los Capuchinos, and then get engrossed in the history at Museo Historico UNC Manzana Jesuitica.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, refer to the Cordoba trip itinerary builder website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Mar del Plata to Cordoba in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Mar del Plata in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Cordoba, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Cuesta Blanca.

Things to do in Cordoba

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Museo Historico UNC Manzana Jesuitica ©
El Paseo Buen Pastor ©
El Paseo Buen Pastor
Iglesia de Los Capuchinos ©
Iglesia de Los Capuchinos

few
hours
Cuesta Blanca, Argentina

Cuesta Blanca
To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Cuesta Blanca trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Cordoba to Cuesta Blanca takes 1.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 11°C. On the 19th (Tue), you're off toSantiago.

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#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature
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2
days
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.
On the 20th (Wed), stroll through Cerro San Cristobal, take in panoramic vistas at Sky Costanera, and then make a trip to Cerro Santa Lucia. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Cajon del Maipo, admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and then steep yourself in history at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Santiago trip planning tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cuesta Blanca to Santiago. The time zone difference moving from Argentine Time (ART) to Chile Time (CLT) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Cuesta Blanca in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Santiago, with highs around 19°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Chachapoyas.

Things to do in Santiago

#Tours, #Parks, #Museums

Side Trip

Cajon del Maipo
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Cajon del Maipo ©
Cajon del Maipo
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill

1
day
Chachapoyas, Peru

Chachapoyas
A good base for exploring the surrounding cloud forests, Chachapoyas remains a small and laid-back town despite its growing popularity with international tourists.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): admire the sheer force of Catarata de Gocta.

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Explore your travel options from Santiago to Chachapoyas with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Chachapoyas. On the 23rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Leymebamba.

Things to do in Chachapoyas

#Parks, #Nature

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Catarata de Gocta
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1
day
Leymebamba, Peru

Leymebamba
To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Leymebamba trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Chachapoyas to Leymebamba in 2.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 5°C. On the 25th (Mon), you're off toFoz do Iguacu.

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4
days
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

Foz do Iguacu ©
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.
Visiting Salto Bernabe Mendez and Iguazu Falls will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Foz do Iguacu: Puerto Iguazu (Guiraoga & Sendero Macuco). There's still lots to do: see human ingenuity at work at Iguazu Falls, look for gifts at Duty Free Shop Puerto Iguazu, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque das Aves.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Foz do Iguacu tour itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Leymebamba to Foz do Iguacu with the Route module. The time zone changes from Peru Time to Brasilia Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Foz do Iguacu when traveling from Leymebamba in June, with lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Puerto Iguazu, Iguazu National Park
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez

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