23 days in South America Itinerary

23 days in South America Itinerary

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23 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Santa Cruz, Chile
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h
3
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile
— 3 nights
bus:  5​h
4
El Calafate, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Montevideo, Uruguay
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Punta del Diablo, Uruguay
— 3 nights
bus + taxi:  1​h 15​min
7
Cabo Polonio, Uruguay
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


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3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to San Cristóbal Hill and Horseback Riding Tours. Step off the beaten path and head to Vina Santa Rita and Kingston Family Vineyards. Take a break from Santiago with a short trip to Vina Undurraga in Talagante, about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, take a stroll through Barrio Italia, step into the grandiose world of Castillo Hidalgo, and enjoy breathtaking views from Grand Santiago Tower.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Santiago trip maker .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Santiago is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also take a bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Chile Time (CLT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Santiago

Wineries Tours Parks

Side Trips

Vina Undurraga, Vina Santa Rita, Kingston Family Vineyards
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Kingston Family Vineyards ©
Kingston Family Vineyards
Vina Santa Rita ©
Vina Santa Rita
Vina Undurraga ©
Vina Undurraga

2
nights
Santa Cruz, Chile

Santa Cruz ©
The Chilean city of Santa Cruz offers a view into the country's agricultural and pastoral heritage, with well-preserved colonial-era traditions and architecture.
On the 10th (Fri), learn about winemaking at Clos Apalta Lapostolle, do a tasting at MontGras, then learn about winemaking at OWM, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo Del Automóvil De Colchagua. On the next day, examine the collection at Museo El Huique, then do a tasting at Vina Montes, then do a tasting at Vina Las Ninas, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see maps and tourist information, you can read our Santa Cruz holiday planner.

Drive from Santiago to Santa Cruz in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. January in Santa Cruz sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine).

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Wineries Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Museo Del Automóvil De Colchagua
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MontGras ©
MontGras
Clos Apalta Lapostolle ©
Clos Apalta Lapostolle
Vina Montes ©
Vina Montes

3
nights
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile

Surrounded by towering mountains, shimmering lakes, and the region's rugged hills, Puerto Natales serves as a bustling jumping-off point for exploring the Torres del Paine National Park.
Escape the urban bustle at Mylodon Cave Natural Monument and Patagonia Line. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fishing Charters & Tours and Monumento de la Mano. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, take in the dramatic natural features at Glaciar Amalia, stop by Krea Noe, and sample the fine beverages at Last Hope Distillery.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) visit site .

Getting from Santa Cruz to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) by combination of bus and flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Santa Cruz in January, expect nights in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to be a bit cooler, around 11°C, while days are colder, around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to El Calafate.

Things to do in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

Outdoors Nature Parks
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Mylodon Cave Natural Monument ©
Mylodon Cave Natural Monument
Glaciar Amalia ©
Glaciar Amalia

2
nights
El Calafate, Argentina

El Calafate tourism thrives mostly thanks to the city's proximity to a World Heritage-listed national park, famed for containing over 40 large glaciers.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): look for gifts at Vellon Negro, then shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Paseo de Los Artesanos, and finally take a stroll through Avenida Libertador. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): get outside with Enjoy!, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the El Calafate journey planner.

You can take a bus from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to El Calafate in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) to El Calafate, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in El Calafate, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Montevideo.

Things to do in El Calafate

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Avenida Libertador ©
Avenida Libertador

2
nights
Montevideo, Uruguay

Montevideo ©
With a rich cultural scene and plenty of developed beaches, Montevideo vacations appeal to a growing number of visitors from around the world.
Escape the urban bustle at Balneario Kiyu and Orange Bike. Step off the beaten path and head to Pizzorno Family Estates and Castillo Pittamiglio. Change things up with these side-trips from Montevideo: Establecimiento Juanico (in Canelones) and Playa Solanas (in Punta Ballena). It doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Mercado Ferrando and take a stroll through Pocitos.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Montevideo online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from El Calafate to Montevideo takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from El Calafate in January, plan for much warmer days in Montevideo, with highs around 32°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Punta del Diablo.

Things to do in Montevideo

Parks Wineries Outdoors

Side Trips

Canelones, Playa Solanas, Balneario Kiyu
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Orange Bike ©
Orange Bike
Pocitos ©
Pocitos
Ciudad Vieja ©
Ciudad Vieja

3
nights
Punta del Diablo, Uruguay

Punta del Diablo ©
Formerly a sleepy little fishing town, Punta del Diablo has become a popular seaside getaway with a wealth of attractions natural and manmade.
Get outdoors at Santa Teresa National Park and Playa de Los Pescadores. Relax by the water at Playa de la Viuda and Las Achiras Beach. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa del Rivero, identify plant and animal life at Cerro Verde e Islas de la Coronilla, stroll through Playa Grande, and take in the views from Puente Colgante.

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Getting from Montevideo to Punta del Diablo by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Montevideo to Punta del Diablo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Cabo Polonio.

Things to do in Punta del Diablo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Rocha, La Coronilla
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Santa Teresa National Park ©
Santa Teresa National Park
Playa de la Viuda ©
Playa de la Viuda
Playa de Los Pescadores ©
Playa de Los Pescadores

3
nights
Cabo Polonio, Uruguay

Cabo Polonio ©
The isolated hamlet of Cabo Polonio, part of Uruguay's remote Rocha province, offers a different take on a South American beach holiday.
We've included these beaches for you: La Pedrera and Balneario Punta Rubia. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lighthouse of Cabo Polonio and Bosque de Ombues. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cabo Polonio: Puente Circular (in Rocha) and Playa Los Botes (in La Paloma). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque Nacional de Cabo Polonio, identify plant and animal life at Medanos de la Barra de Valizas, and kick back and relax at Playa de la Calavera.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cabo Polonio travel route planning tool .

Getting from Punta del Diablo to Cabo Polonio by combination of bus and taxi takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cabo Polonio

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Valizas, La Pedrera, Puente Circular, Playa Los Botes
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La Pedrera ©
La Pedrera
Medanos de la Barra de Valizas ©
Medanos de la Barra de Valizas
Playa Los Botes ©
Playa Los Botes

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