12 days in South America Itinerary

12 days in South America Itinerary

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12 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Ahmedabad, India
Fly:  21 h
1
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  1 h 30 min
2
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
3
Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
4
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  27 h
End: Ahmedabad, India

3
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, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Ipanema, take in the awesome beauty at Pedra da Gavea, and enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro itinerary planner.

Ahmedabad, India to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 21- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Ahmedabad to Rio de Janeiro. In July, Rio de Janeiro is a bit cooler than Ahmedabad - with highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro
Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): wander the streets of Paulista Avenue, then pick up some local products at Mercado Municipal de São Paulo, and then get your game on at Pixel Realidade Virtual. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed): explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, see the interesting displays at Museu de Arte Brasileira - FAAP, and then walk around Parque Ibirapuera.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Sao Paulo trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in July, expect Sao Paulo to be little chillier, temps between 26°C and 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

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

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): steep yourself in history at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, and then don't miss a visit to Cerro Santa Lucia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): take in panoramic vistas at Sky Costanera, examine the collection at La Chascona, then admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and finally go for a walk through Plaza de Armas.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Santiago trip site.

Traveling by flight from Sao Paulo to Santiago takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sao Paulo to Santiago due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Nature Museums
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Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): admire the architecture and history at Plaza de Mayo, visit Puerto Madero, admire the natural beauty at Jardin Japones, then take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, and finally stroll the grounds of Cemiterio de Recoleta. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, then admire the striking features of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, and finally have fun and explore at Museo de los Ninos.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Buenos Aires road trip planning website.

Fly from Santiago to Buenos Aires in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Chile Time to Argentine Time is 1 hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 10°C. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

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