8 days in South America Itinerary

8 days in South America Itinerary

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 1 night
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Montevideo, Uruguay
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Iguazu National Park, Argentina
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Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 1 night
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Ciudad Del Este, Paraguay
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Santiago, Chile
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
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Uyuni, Bolivia
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La Paz, Bolivia
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Cusco, Peru
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
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Nazca, Peru
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Lima, Peru
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Buenos Aires, Argentina — 1 night

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.
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Helsinki, Finland to Buenos Aires is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Helsinki to Buenos Aires is minus 5 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Helsinki in December; daily highs in Buenos Aires reach 33°C and lows reach 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to fly to Montevideo.
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Montevideo, Uruguay

With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Montevideo trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Montevideo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Buenos Aires in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Montevideo, with lows of 19°C. On the 23rd (Fri), you're off to Iguazu National Park.
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Iguazu National Park, Argentina

Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Iguazu National Park trip planner.

Fly from Montevideo to Iguazu National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Montevideo in December, things will get a bit warmer in Iguazu National Park: highs are around 36°C and lows about 23°C. On the 24th (Sat), you'll travel to Foz do Iguacu.
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Foz do Iguacu, Brazil — 1 night

A gateway to the world-renowned Iguacu Falls, which spectacularly divide Brazil and Argentina, the modern, high-rise city of Foz do Iguacu can't help but play second fiddle to the natural wonder in its vicinity.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls and then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Foz do Iguacu online trip builder.

Getting from Iguazu National Park to Foz do Iguacu by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In December in Foz do Iguacu, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Ciudad Del Este.
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Ciudad Del Este, Paraguay

The commercial center of eastern Paraguay, busy Ciudad Del Este serves primarily as a shopping destination for Argentines and Brazilians.
To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Ciudad Del Este trip planner.

Ciudad Del Este is just a stone's throw from Foz do Iguacu. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in December, and nighttime lows around 24°C. On the 25th (Sun), you'll travel to Santiago.
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Santiago, Chile

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Santiago itinerary planning site.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Ciudad Del Este to Santiago takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) to Chile Standard Time (CLT) is minus 1 hour. On the 25th (Sun), you'll travel to San Pedro de Atacama.
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

Major archeological sites and a renowned museum remain the big draws in San Pedro de Atacama tourism, appealing to visitors interested in learning more about South America's pre-Columbian cultures.
To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the San Pedro de Atacama road trip app.

Traveling by flight from Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in San Pedro de Atacama are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. You will leave for Uyuni on the 25th (Sun).
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Uyuni, Bolivia

Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Uyuni trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from San Pedro de Atacama to Uyuni in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in December, expect nights in Uyuni to be somewhat warmer, around 13°C, while days are cooler, around 13°C. You will leave for La Paz on the 25th (Sun).
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La Paz, Bolivia

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the La Paz online route planner.

Fly from Uyuni to La Paz in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Uyuni in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in La Paz: temperatures range from 18°C by day to 3°C at night. You'll set off for Cusco on the 26th (Mon).
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Cusco, Peru

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.
For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Cusco trip itinerary builder.

Getting from La Paz to Cusco by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Bolivia Time (BOT) to Peru Standard Time (PET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from La Paz in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Cusco: highs are around 24°C and lows about 9°C. On the 26th (Mon), you're off to Machu Picchu.
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Machu Picchu, Peru — 1 night

A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Machu Picchu online route planner.

You can drive from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. On the 27th (Tue), you'll travel to Nazca.
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Nazca, Peru

The southern city of Nazca draws visitors to its archaeological and historical sites.
To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Nazca online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Machu Picchu to Nazca in 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. You will leave for Lima on the 27th (Tue).
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Lima, Peru — 1 day

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 28th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), then stroll around Circuito Magico Del Agua, and then get engrossed in the history at Museo Larco.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Lima trip planner.

Getting from Nazca to Lima by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. December in Lima sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.
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