8 days in South America Itinerary

8 days in South America Itinerary

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8 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Boston, United States
Fly:  21​h 30​min
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 day
+2
train + foot + bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Cusco, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
3
Santiago, Chile
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 1 day
Fly:  6​h 45​min
5
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h
End: Boston, United States

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then take some stellar pictures from Intipuncu.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Machu Picchu online travel route builder .

Boston, USA to Machu Picchu is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

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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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Q'enqo, delve into the distant past at Tambomachay, then steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, and finally delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman.

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You can do a combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In July in Cusco, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 34°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Tambomachay ©
Tambomachay

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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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, stroll through San Cristóbal Hill, and then make a trip to Santa Lucia Hill.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Santiago trip planner .

You can fly from Cusco to Santiago in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Cusco to Santiago is 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Santiago

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

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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.
On the 19th (Fri), wander the streets of Puerto Madero, admire the architecture and history at Plaza de Mayo, get a taste of the local shopping with El Ateneo Grand Splendid, then make a trip to Recoleta Cemetery, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Buenos Aires online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Santiago to Buenos Aires takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Santiago to Buenos Aires, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. July in Buenos Aires sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 48°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Recoleta Cemetery ©
Recoleta Cemetery
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sugarloaf Mountain, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Copacabana Beach, then appreciate the history behind Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Pedra do Arpoador. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sun): make a trip to Escadaria Selaron, then explore and take pictures at Maracanã, then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipanema, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro tour itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Buenos Aires in July; daily highs in Rio de Janeiro reach 78°F and lows reach 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach

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