14 days in South America Itinerary

14 days in South America Itinerary

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Santiago, Chile
— 1 night
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Cusco, Peru
— 4 nights
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Santa Cruz, Bolivia
— 2 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
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Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
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Santiago, Chile — 1 night

City of the Island Hills

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), pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Ignacio de Loyola and then wander the streets of Barrio Lastarria.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Santiago trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Santiago is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Santiago is minus 14 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Cusco.
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Cusco, Peru — 4 nights

Imperial City

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.
Step out of Cusco to go to Yucay and see Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. On the 6th (Thu), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, get engrossed in the history at Museo Inka, admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Qorikancha.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Cusco online trip maker.

You can fly from Santiago to Cusco in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Cusco. In October in Cusco, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Santa Cruz.
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Santa Cruz, Bolivia — 2 nights

More populous than the capital and La Paz, and one of the fastest-growing cities in the world, Santa Cruz has become a thriving commercial center, yet retained some of the trappings of tradition.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): take a stroll through Samaipata and then make a trip to Plaza 24 de Septiembre. Keep things going the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at Patio Design LifeStyle Center, then take in nature's colorful creations at Guembe, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de Santa Cruz.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Cruz attractions planner.

You can fly from Cusco to Santa Cruz in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Peru Standard Time (PET) to Bolivia Time (BOT) is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cusco in October: highs in Santa Cruz hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to fly to Buenos Aires.
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Buenos Aires, Argentina — 3 nights

Queen of La Plata

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 historic sites, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemiterio de Recoleta, admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, and make a trip to Plaza de Mayo.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Buenos Aires trip planner.

Getting from Santa Cruz to Buenos Aires by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Santa Cruz to Buenos Aires is 1 hour. When traveling from Santa Cruz in October, plan for much colder days and slightly colder nights in Buenos Aires: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to fly to Santiago.
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Santiago, Chile — 2 nights

City of the Island Hills

Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), see the interesting displays at La Chascona, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cerro Santa Lucia, and finally explore the galleries of Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Museo de la Moda, take in panoramic vistas at Sky Costanera, and then stop by Patio Bellavista.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Santiago day trip planning website.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Santiago in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires to Santiago, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Bolivia travel guide

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Landmarks · Geologic Formations · Specialty Museums
Tibet of the Americas
If you're an adventurous tourist, consider adding a Bolivia vacation to your travel itinerary. A land of rainforests, Andean glaciers, high altitude cities, and rushing rivers, Bolivia remains one of the most remote countries in the Western Hemisphere. With 60 percent of the population made up of indigenous peoples, native cultures permeate thecountry's music, architecture, and arts, as well as local folklore and traditions. Traveling in Bolivia you can experience diverse wildlife and ecosystems, learn about the country's rich history, try out its distinctive cuisine, and practice your Spanish with the locals, known for their clean and easy-to-understand accent.
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Argentina travel guide

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Landmarks · Bodies of Water · Specialty Museums
Land of Contrasts
Home to the highest and lowest points in South America, diverse Argentina enthralls visitors with its contrasting landscapes and rich cultural heritage. A tour of Argentina reveals a sprawling land of fiercely proud and hardworking gauchos, the legendary cowboys of South America's pampas. A vacation in Argentina also leads you to giant urban centers, filled with modern tourist attractions that include fine restaurants, award-winning museums, and renowned public parks, gardens, and zoos. Away from big cities, Argentina sightseeing combines visits to mighty waterfalls situated inside World Heritage-listed national parks in the north of the country, with excursions to icy glaciers in the south.
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