26 days in South America Itinerary

26 days in South America Itinerary

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26 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Columbia, United States
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Medellin, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  11​h
2
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  13​h 45​min
3
Santiago, Chile
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h
5
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Columbia, United States

3
nights
Medellin, Colombia

Medellin ©
Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
For shopping fun, head to El Tesoro Parque Comercial or Centro Comercial Oviedo. Get some cultural insight at Pueblito Paisa and Museo de Antioquia. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Mariposario Selva Viva, browse the different shops at Centro Comercial Santafé, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and make a trip to Plaza Botero.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Medellin day trip app .

Columbia, USA to Medellin is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Columbia in June: high temperatures in Medellin hover around 83°F and lows are around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Medellin

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Tours
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Mariposario Selva Viva ©
Mariposario Selva Viva
Centro Comercial Santafé ©
Centro Comercial Santafé
El Tesoro Parque Comercial ©
El Tesoro Parque Comercial

5
nights
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.
Head to Artesanias and Mercado de Artesaniasfor some retail therapy. Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and Winay Wayna are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Machu Picchu: Ollantaytambo (Iglesia de Santiago Apostol, Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries, & more), Salinas de Maras (in Maras) and Cerveceria del Valle Sagrado (in Urubamba). There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Los Jardines de Mandor and get great views at Intipuncu.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu day trip site .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Medellin to Machu Picchu in 11 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

Ollantaytambo, Cerveceria del Valle Sagrado, Salinas de Maras
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo ©

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.
For shopping fun, head to Central Market (Mercado Central) or Costanera Center. Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania and Ex Congreso Nacional will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santiago: Cajon del Maipo (in San Jose de Maipo) and Concha y Toro vineyard (in Pirque). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Cerro Santa Lucia, stroll through Cerro San Cristobal, admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and examine the collection at Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Santiago trip planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Machu Picchu to Santiago in 14 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Machu Picchu to Santiago. In June, daily temperatures in Santiago can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Santiago

#Museums, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trips

Cajon del Maipo, Concha & Toro
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Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino ©
Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino
La Chascona ©
La Chascona

5
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Puerto Madero and Buenos Aires Latin American Art Museum (MALBA). Your inner history buff will appreciate Plaza de Mayo and Catedral Metropolitana. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Palermo, admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, appreciate the extensive heritage of San Telmo, and get a sense of history and politics at Casa Rosada.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires itinerary builder site .

Getting from Santiago to Buenos Aires by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Chile Time to Argentine Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Santiago in June, plan for a bit warmer nights in Buenos Aires, with lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

#Neighborhoods, #Historic Sites, #Shopping
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Plaza de Mayo ©
Plaza de Mayo
Palermo ©
Palermo

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Praia de Ipanema and Pedra do Arpoador. Popular historic sites such as Ilha Fiscal and Catedral Metropolitana de São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach, admire the natural beauty at Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, don't miss a visit to Escadaria Selaron, and admire all the interesting features of Maracanã.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro travel planner.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In June, Rio de Janeiro is a bit warmer than Buenos Aires - with highs of 78°F and lows of 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

#Parks, #Shopping, #Beaches
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Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer

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