46 days in South America Itinerary

46 days in South America Itinerary

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46 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  2​h 15​min
1
Santiago, Chile
— 1 day
Bus + Fly:  2​h
2
Mendoza, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
3
Cordoba, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
4
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 11 nights
Ferry:  2​h 15​min
5
Montevideo, Uruguay
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 7 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
Santa Cruz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
8
La Paz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
9
Puno, Peru
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  6​h 45​min
10
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  3​h 15​min
11
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
+2
Train + Foot + Bus:  3​h 15​min
12
Cusco, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
13
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
14
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Melbourne, Australia

1
day
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.
To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Santiago trip itinerary builder tool .

Melbourne, Australia to Santiago is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 14 hours traveling from Melbourne to Santiago due to the time zone difference. On the 11th (Thu), you're off toMendoza.

Things to do in Santiago

Tours Outdoors Nightlife
Find places to stay Jun 8 — 9:

3
nights
Mendoza, Argentina

Mendoza
Famed for its neat vineyards and thriving wine production, Mendoza remains the place to visit for a pleasant combination of relaxation and recreation.
To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Mendoza online trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Santiago to Mendoza in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Chile Time to Argentine Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 3°C. You'll set off for Cordoba on the 12th (Fri).

Things to do in Mendoza

Tours Wineries Outdoors
Find places to stay Jun 9 — 12:

4
nights
Cordoba, Argentina

Cordoba
History lives on in the streets of Cordoba, Argentina's second-largest city.
To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Cordoba route website .

Traveling by flight from Santiago to Cordoba takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Chile Time to Argentine Time is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in June, and nighttime lows around 11°C. On the 16th (Tue), you're off toBuenos Aires.

Things to do in Cordoba

Parks Outdoors Tours
Find places to stay Jun 12 — 16:

11
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.
For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Cordoba to Buenos Aires in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cordoba in June: highs in Buenos Aires hover around 18°C, while lows dip to 11°C. You'll set off for Montevideo on the 27th (Sat).

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Nightlife Tours Outdoors
Find places to stay Jun 16 — 27:

3
nights
Montevideo, Uruguay

Montevideo
With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Montevideo trip itinerary maker website .

You can ride a ferry from Buenos Aires to Montevideo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Montevideo when traveling from Buenos Aires in June, with lows around 7°C. On the 30th (Tue), you're off toRio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Montevideo

Tours Nightlife Outdoors
Find places to stay Jun 27 — 30:

7
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.
To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro trip builder app .

Traveling by flight from Montevideo to Rio de Janeiro takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Montevideo, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Rio de Janeiro, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 22°C. On the 6th (Mon), you'll travel to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Tours Nightlife Outdoors
Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 7:

2
nights
Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Santa Cruz
More populous than the capital and La Paz, and one of the fastest-growing cities in the world, Santa Cruz has become a thriving commercial center, yet retained some of the trappings of tradition.
To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Santa Cruz trip itinerary app .

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Santa Cruz by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Santa Cruz is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Santa Cruz, with lows of 19°C. On the 9th (Thu), you're off toLa Paz.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks Tours Nature
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 10:

2
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the La Paz online tour planner .

You can fly from Santa Cruz to La Paz in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Cruz in July, you will find days in La Paz are slightly colder (17°C), and nights are much colder (-4°C). On the 11th (Sat), you're off toPuno.

Things to do in La Paz

Tours Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Jul 10 — 12:

2
nights
Puno, Peru

Puno
Hugging the western tip of Lake Titicaca, Puno serves as a melting pot of indigenous and imported cultures, and makes a great base for explorations around the region.
For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Puno trip maker .

Traveling by car from La Paz to Puno takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from La Paz to Puno due to the time zone difference. Traveling from La Paz in July, expect nights in Puno to be about the same, around -5°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 20°C. On the 13th (Mon), you're off toCusco.

Things to do in Puno

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 14:

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.
To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Cusco journey planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Puno to Cusco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Puno in July, Cusco is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 1°C. On the 16th (Thu), you'll travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 16:

1
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.
To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu trip itinerary site .

Do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. You'll set off for Cusco on the 17th (Fri).

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 17:

1
night
Cusco, Peru

Cusco
To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Cusco route website .

You can do a combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. On the 18th (Sat), you'll travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Cusco

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 17 — 18:

2
nights
Lima, Peru

Lima
Founded in 1535 by Spanish explorer Francisco Pizarro, Lima represents an interesting blend of modern attractions and preserved colonial architecture, much of it clustered in the World Heritage-listed city center.
To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Lima trip itinerary maker site .

Fly from Arequipa to Lima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in July, Lima is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 19°C. You'll set off for Santiago on the 23rd (Thu).

Things to do in Lima

Tours Outdoors Nightlife
Find places to stay Jul 18 — 20:

3
nights
Santiago, Chile

Santiago ©
On the 21st (Tue), take in panoramic vistas at Grand Santiago Tower, enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Costanera, examine the collection at La Chascona, then admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and finally take in the pleasant sights at Plaza de Armas. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Patio Bellavista and then do a tasting at Concha y Toro.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Santiago trip planner.

You can fly from Lima to Santiago in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lima to Santiago. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Shopping Wineries Museums

Side Trip

Concha y Toro
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 23:
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Patio Bellavista ©
Patio Bellavista
La Chascona ©
La Chascona

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