39 days in South America Itinerary

39 days in South America Itinerary

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Natal, Brazil
— 4 nights
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Salvador, Brazil
— 1 night
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Brasilia, Brazil
— 2 nights
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
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Florianopolis, Brazil
— 4 nights
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Gramado, Brazil
— 4 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
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Mar del Plata, Argentina
— 1 night
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Cordoba, Argentina
— 2 nights
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Santiago, Chile
— 5 nights
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Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
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Machu Picchu, Peru
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Natal, Brazil — 4 nights

City of the Sun

The promise of sun, sand, and surf generates plenty of tourism in Natal.
Get in touch with nature at Baia dos Golfinhos and Amor Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Madeiro Beach and Camurupim Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Natal: Cotovelo Beach (in Parnamirim) and Barra de Cunhau (in Canguaretama). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Morro do Careca, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and kick back and relax at Genipabu Beach.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Natal day trip site.

London, UK to Natal is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from London to Natal, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in September, expect Natal to be a bit warmer, temps between 33°C and 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to fly to Salvador.
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Salvador, Brazil — 1 night

Black Rome

Nowhere are the traditions of Brazil's African-background community as strong as in Salvador, the colorful, historical capital of Bahia state.
On the 19th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sao Francisco Church and Convent and then kick back and relax at Praia Farol da Barra.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Salvador online vacation builder.

You can fly from Natal to Salvador in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Salvador sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to fly to Brasilia.
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Brasilia, Brazil — 2 nights

Capital of Hope

Although it lacks the cultural flair of Rio de Janeiro and the massive urban sprawl of Sao Paulo, Brasilia holds a fascinating place in the tapestry of Brazil.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ermida Dom Bosco, then take in the views from Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge, then ponder the world of politics at Congresso Nacional, and finally admire the striking features of Catedral Metropolitana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo da Boa Vontade, then explore the galleries of Memorial JK, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario Dom Bosco.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Brasilia journey builder website.

Traveling by flight from Salvador to Brasilia takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Salvador in September since evenings lows in Brasilia dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to fly to Rio de Janeiro.
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — 4 nights

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Copacabana Beach and Praia de Ipanema. Visiting Parque Nacional Tijuca and Leblon Beach will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro, stroll through Barra da Tijuca Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, and brush up on your military savvy at Museu Historico do Exercito e Forte de Copacabana.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro road trip tool.

You can fly from Brasilia to Rio de Janeiro in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Brasilia, expect little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Rio de Janeiro, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Florianopolis.
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Florianopolis, Brazil — 4 nights

Magic Island

Divided between island and mainland, the distinctive city of Florianopolis charms visitors on first arrival with its impressive skyline.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Praia do Rosa and Praia das Laranjeiras. We've included these beaches for you: Forte Beach and Praia Mole. Change things up with these side-trips from Florianopolis: Garopaba Beach (in Garopaba) and Morro do Careca (in Balneario Camboriu). There's more to do: stroll through Naufragados Beach and kick back and relax at Lagoinha do Leste.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Florianopolis day trip planning website.

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Florianopolis in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in September; daily highs in Florianopolis reach 26°C and lows reach 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Gramado.
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Gramado, Brazil — 4 nights

Hydrangea Garden

Surrounded by impressive mountain scenery in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, the small city of Gramado charms visitors with its alpine European-style architecture and blossoming flowers.
Step off the beaten path and head to Casa Valduga Winery and Aurora Winery. Do some cultural sightseeing at Vale dos Vinhedos and Vitivinicola Jolimont. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gramado: Bento Goncalves (Miolo Wine Group, Cave De Pedra, &more) and Parasailing & Paragliding (in Nova Petropolis). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Casa do Colono, do a tasting at Casa Seganfredo, and make a trip to Fonte do Amor Eterno.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Gramado road trip planning website.

Getting from Florianopolis to Gramado by combination of flight and bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Buenos Aires.
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Buenos Aires, Argentina — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemiterio de Recoleta, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, then get engrossed in the history at El Zanjon de Granados, and finally take a stroll through Puerto Madero. Keep things going the next day: ponder the world of politics at Casa Rosada, take in the history at Plaza de Mayo, then admire the natural beauty at Jardin Japones, then take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires tour builder app.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Gramado to Buenos Aires in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Buenos Aires are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to fly to Mar del Plata.
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Mar del Plata, Argentina — 1 night

Happy City

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.
On the 6th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Mar del Plata Cathedral, then make a trip to Torre Tanque, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Varese, and finally contemplate the long history of Centro Cultural Villa Victoria Ocampo.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Mar del Plata online sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Mar del Plata in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in October, expect Mar del Plata to be slightly colder, temps between 20°C and 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Cordoba.
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Cordoba, Argentina — 2 nights

The Learned One

History lives on in the streets of Cordoba, Argentina's second-largest city.
On the 7th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Paseo del Buen Pastor, steep yourself in history at Museo Historico UNC Manzana Jesuitica, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Los Capuchinos. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Museo Palacio Ferreyra, take an in-depth tour of Museo Historico Provincial Marques de Sobre Monte, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia Catedral de Córdoba.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Cordoba holiday website.

Traveling by flight from Mar del Plata to Cordoba takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Cordoba when traveling from Mar del Plata in October, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to fly to Santiago.
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Santiago, Chile — 5 nights

City of the Island Hills

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Wine Tours & Tastings and La Chascona. Step off the beaten path and head to Barrio Lastarria and Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion. The adventure continues: stroll around Araucano Park, do a tasting at Vina Cousino Macul, take an in-depth tour of Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, and take a stroll through Barrio Italia.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Santiago online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Cordoba to Santiago takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cordoba to Santiago due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Cusco.
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Cusco, Peru — 5 nights

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Sacred Valley of the Incas. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Horseback Riding Tours and Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi. And it doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, trek along exploor, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, and explore the ancient world of Tambomachay.

For reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cusco trip planner.

You can fly from Santiago to Cusco in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Chile Standard Time (CLT) to Peru Standard Time (PET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Machu Picchu.
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Machu Picchu, Peru — 3 nights

A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and Intipuncu. Step off the beaten path and head to Winay Wayna and Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Plaza Manco Capac, indulge in some personalized pampering at Natura Spa Healing Hands, and stroll through Mandor.

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu online visit planner.

Getting from Cusco to Machu Picchu by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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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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Central Argentina travel guide

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Landmarks · Churches · Specialty Museums
Whether you're taking a trip to Central Argentina for business, adventure, or romance, this area encompassing three provinces and over 7 million people promises to show you how to eat like royalty, ride like a gaucho, and celebrate local culture like a native. The three provinces--Santa Fe, Entre Rios, and Cordoba--boast a lively economy based on the production of grain, milk, cattle, vegetable oils, and agricultural machinery. In an area known for its distinct cuisine and local festivals, visitors on a vacation in Central Argentina rarely skip a chance to discover the Andes on horseback, stock up on authentic leather goods, and sample some of the country's finest wines.
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