35 days in South America Itinerary

35 days in South America Itinerary

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35 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Boston, United States
Fly:  20​h
1
Santiago, Chile
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 15​min
3
Gramado, Brazil
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h
5
Curitiba, Brazil
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
6
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 30​min
7
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h
8
Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
9
Lima, Peru
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Boston, United States

5
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.
Santiago is known for sightseeing, parks, shopping, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Cerro Santa Lucia, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cerro San Cristobal, wander the streets of Barrio Bellavista, and admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Santiago itinerary maker.

Boston, USA to Santiago is an approximately 20-hour flight. Traveling from Boston to Santiago, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Boston in January, things will get much hotter in Santiago: highs are around 85°F and lows about 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Santiago

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

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 sightseeing, nightlife, historic sites, museums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a taste of the local shopping with Puerto Madero, appreciate the extensive heritage of San Telmo, don't miss a visit to Avenida Corrientes, and admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Buenos Aires travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Santiago to Buenos Aires in 3.5 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. Traveling from Santiago in February, Buenos Aires is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Gramado.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

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

3
nights
Gramado, Brazil

Gramado ©
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.
Gramado is known for sightseeing, parks, museums, nature, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mini Mundo, contemplate the long history of Casa do Colono, contemplate the waterfront views at Black Lake, and get in on the family fun at Snowland.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Gramado tour planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Buenos Aires to Gramado in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 10th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Gramado

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trip

Canela
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Mini Mundo ©
Mini Mundo
Snowland ©
Snowland
Igreja Matriz Sao Pedro Apostolo ©
Igreja Matriz Sao Pedro Apostolo

4
nights
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.
Step out of Foz do Iguacu to go to Iguazu National Park and see Iguazu Falls, which is approximately 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the engineering at Iguazu Falls, stop by Duty Free Shop Puerto Iguazu, and meet the residents at Parque das Aves.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Foz do Iguacu itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Gramado to Foz do Iguacu takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Foz do Iguacu are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Curitiba.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Iguazu Falls, Duty Free Shop Puerto Iguazu
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Parque das Aves Bird Park ©
Parque das Aves Bird Park

1
night
Curitiba, Brazil

Curitiba ©
The word "Brazil" isn't often mentioned in the same breath as "excellent urban planning"--except in Curitiba.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): admire all the interesting features of UNILIVRE Universidade Livre do Meio Ambiente, don't miss a visit to Bairro de Santa Felicidade, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque Barigui. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Museu Oscar Niemeyer and then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botanico de Curitiba.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Curitiba travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Foz do Iguacu to Curitiba in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Foz do Iguacu in February; daily highs in Curitiba reach 80°F and lows reach 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Curitiba

Parks Museums
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Jardim Botanico de Curitiba ©
Jardim Botanico de Curitiba
Museu Oscar Niemeyer MON ©
Museu Oscar Niemeyer MON
Parque Barigui ©
Parque Barigui

5
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 sightseeing, beaches, parks, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the history behind Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, admire the striking features of CCBB - Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Ipanema, and take in the waterfront at Copacabana Beach.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro vacation builder.

Fly from Curitiba to Rio de Janeiro in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Curitiba in February: high temperatures in Rio de Janeiro hover around 89°F and lows are around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Sao Paulo.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

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

3
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): savor the flavors at Mercado Municipal De São Paulo and then stroll through Ibirapuera Park. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Museum of Art of São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand, then wander the streets of Paulista Avenue, and then admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Sao Paulo trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Sao Paulo when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in February, with lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Shopping Parks
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Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo
Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera
Paulista Avenue ©
Paulista Avenue

4
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Pisac in Pisaq (about 1h 10 min away). And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Art Museum, contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, and explore the striking landscape at Salinas de Maras.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cusco trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Sao Paulo to Cusco takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Sao Paulo to Cusco is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Sao Paulo in February, expect nights in Cusco to be much colder, around 47°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Sacred Valley of the Incas, Pisac, Salinas de Maras
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

4
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.
Take a break from Lima with a short trip to El Silencio in Punta Hermosa, about 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Parque de la Reserva, stop by Artesanias Las Pallas, take a stroll through Miraflores, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Lima trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Lima takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. When traveling from Cusco in February, plan for a bit warmer days in Lima, with highs around 81°F, while nights are much warmer with lows around 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trip

El Silencio
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco

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