17 days in South America Itinerary

17 days in South America Itinerary

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17 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Singapore, Singapore
Fly:  27​h
1
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
2
Sucre, Bolivia
— 1 night
3
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
4
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
5
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  30​h
End: Singapore, Singapore

4
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.
Visit Praia de Ipanema and Pedra do Arpoador for some beach relaxation. Get in touch with nature at Copacabana Beach and Pao de Acucar. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, delve into the lush surroundings at Parque Nacional Tijuca, take in the exciting artwork at Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas, and kick back and relax at Barra da Tijuca Beach.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro trip builder app .

Singapore, Singapore to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Singapore Time to Brasilia Time, which is usually a -11 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Singapore in May: high temperatures in Rio de Janeiro hover around 31°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Sucre.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Pao de Acucar ©
Pao de Acucar

1
night
Sucre, Bolivia

Sucre ©
The constitutional capital of Bolivia, Sucre has a well-preserved historic center, with many buildings dating back to the city's founding in the 16th century.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Museum of the Cathedral - Museo de la Catedral, take in the exciting artwork at Arte y Cultura Sucre Galeria, then explore the world behind art at Museum of Indigenous Art ASUR, then see the interesting displays at Museo del Convento de la RECOLETA, and finally take an in-depth tour of House of Liberty Museum - Casa de la Libertad.

To find ratings and other tourist information, you can read our Sucre travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Sucre takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Sucre due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in May: highs in Sucre hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Sucre

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sacsayhuaman and Sacred Valley of the Incas. Step out of the city life by going to Salinas de Maras and exploor. Change things up with a short trip to Moray in Maras (about 1h 20 min away). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino, delve into the distant past at Tambomachay, contemplate the long history of Tipon, and stop by Hilo.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Cusco tour itinerary site .

Traveling by flight from Sucre to Cusco takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sucre to Cusco due to the time zone difference. In May, daily temperatures in Cusco can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Lima.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Indigo, then explore the ancient world of Huaca Pucllana, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro). Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Kon-Tiki, view the masterpieces at Jade Rivera World, look for gifts at Artesanias Las Pallas, then browse the exhibits of La Kasa Roja, and finally admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor).

For maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Lima trip maker site .

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Lima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in May, plan for much hotter nights in Lima, with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Parks Beaches
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco ©

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes and Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires. Do your shopping at Puerto Madero and Palermo. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, admire the architecture and history at Plaza de Mayo, and take a stroll through La Boca.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Buenos Aires online day trip planner .

You can fly from Lima to Buenos Aires in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Lima to Buenos Aires due to the time zone difference. In May, Buenos Aires is little chillier than Lima - with highs of 20°C and lows of 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes ©
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

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