13 days in South America Itinerary

13 days in South America Itinerary

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Start: Vancouver, Canada
Fly:  14 h 45 min
1
Lima, Peru
— 1 day
Fly:  1 h 45 min
2
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
3
Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
4
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h 30 min
5
Gramado, Brazil
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h
6
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
7
Sao Paulo, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  18 h 30 min
End: Vancouver, Canada

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day
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro), thenponder the design of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), and then take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Lima visit planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Lima is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Peru Standard Time (PET) is 3 hours. When traveling from Vancouver in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Lima: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Museums Historic Sites
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Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) ©
Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)
San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro) ©
San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro)

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.
On the 31st (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Museo Inka, contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, thenexplore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, and finally stop by Hilo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along exploor, thencontemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Qorikancha.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cusco day trip planning tool.

Fly from Lima to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in July, expect much colder with lows of 1°C in Cusco. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

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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.
On the 2nd (Sun), enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Costanera, thenexamine the collection at La Chascona, thentake in the pleasant sights at Plaza de Armas, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Mercado Central), thenadmire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and finally walk around Cerro Santa Lucia.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Santiago online trip planner.

You can fly from Cusco to Santiago in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco to Santiago, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums Parks Shopping
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La Chascona ©
La Chascona
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Cemiterio de Recoleta, thenadmire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, and finally explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, thenmake a trip to Plaza de Mayo, thenget a taste of the local shopping with Puerto Madero, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Casa Rosada.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Buenos Aires trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Santiago to Buenos Aires by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Buenos Aires. In August, daytime highs in Buenos Aires are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Gramado.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): find something for the whole family at Snowland, contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Negro, thenmake a trip to Caro Watson Escape Game, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Paroquia Nossa Senhora de Lourdes.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Gramado trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Buenos Aires to Gramado by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Gramado

Theme Parks Parks Nature

Side Trip

Paroquia Nossa Senhora de Lourdes
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Lago Negro ©
Lago Negro
Snowland ©
Snowland
Paroquia Nossa Senhora de Lourdes ©
Paroquia Nossa Senhora de Lourdes

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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipanema, thenkick back and relax at Copacabana Beach, and finally make a trip to Escadaria Selaron. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Pedra do Arpoador, thencontemplate the long history of Parque Lage, thenmake a trip to Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, and finally step into the grandiose world of Ilha Fiscal.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro trip builder site.

Traveling by flight from Gramado to Rio de Janeiro takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Rio de Janeiro are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to 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

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Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo ©
Don't let the city's nickname--"Land of Drizzle"--dampen your spirits during a trip to Sao Paulo.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, examine the collection at Museu da Lingua Portuguesa, and then walk around Parque Ibirapuera.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Sao Paulo trip maker tool.

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Sao Paulo, with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sao Paulo

Museums Parks
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Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo ©
Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo
Parque Ibirapuera ©
Parque Ibirapuera
Museu da Lingua Portuguesa
Museu da Lingua Portuguesa

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