16 days in South America & Caribbean Itinerary

16 days in South America & Caribbean Itinerary

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Start: Wellington, New Zealand
Bus + Fly:  19 h
1
Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
2
Montevideo, Uruguay
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 30 min
3
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  2 h 15 min
4
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 1 night
Fly:  8 h
5
La Paz, Bolivia
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  1 h 45 min
6
Cusco, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 15 min
7
Quito, Ecuador
— 1 night
Fly:  7 h 30 min
8
Cartagena, Colombia
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  10 h 15 min
9
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
— 1 night
+6
Bus + Foot + Bus + Foot + Bus + Foot + Fly:  8 h 30 min
10
Nassau, Bahamas
— 1 night
Fly + Shuttle:  15 h
11
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 1 night
Shuttle + Fly:  17 h 30 min
End: Wellington, New Zealand

2
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at La Chascona and La Sebastiana. Head to Central Market (Mercado Central) and Costanera Centerfor plenty of shopping. When in Santiago, make a side trip to see Concha y Toro in Pirque, approximately Pirque away. There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de La Merced, don't miss a visit to Iglesia de San Lazaro, and browse the exhibits of Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Santiago trip itinerary builder.

Wellington, New Zealand to Santiago is an approximately 19.5- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Chile Standard Time (CLT) is minus 16 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Montevideo.

Things to do in Santiago

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Side Trips

Concha y Toro, La Sebastiana
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San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Concha y Toro ©
Concha y Toro

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de Montevideo, explore the engaging exhibits at Museo Gurvich, then stop by Ciudad Vieja, and finally visit Pocitos.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Montevideo day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Santiago to Montevideo takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Santiago to Montevideo, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in July, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Iguazu National Park.

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Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Ciudad Vieja ©
Ciudad Vieja
Pocitos ©
Pocitos
Catedral de Montevideo ©
Catedral de Montevideo

1
night
Iguazu National Park, Argentina

Iguazu National Park ©
Iguazu National Park contains 672 sq km (259 sq mi) of fertile subtropical forests, but its main attraction is the majestic Iguazu Falls.
On the 5th (Sun), take in the dramatic scenery at Salto San Martin and then admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Iguazu National Park holiday planner.

You can fly from Montevideo to Iguazu National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Montevideo in July, with highs in Iguazu National Park at 26°C and lows at 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Parks Nature
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto San Martin ©
Salto San Martin

1
night
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 6th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Pedra do Arpoador, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Ipanema, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro online trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Iguazu National Park to Rio de Janeiro in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Iguazu National Park in July, with highs in Rio de Janeiro at 30°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Pedra do Arpoador ©
Pedra do Arpoador

1
night
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
On the 7th (Tue), walk around Valley of the Moon and then delve into the distant past at Tiwanaku.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, read La Paz trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Rio de Janeiro to La Paz in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Rio de Janeiro to La Paz is minus 1 hour. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in July; daily highs in La Paz reach 17°C and lows reach -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in La Paz

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Valley of the Moon ©
Valley of the Moon
Tiwanaku ©
Tiwanaku

1
night
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.
On the 8th (Wed), examine the collection at Museo de Arte Precolombino, steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, and then contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Cusco road trip planning app.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from La Paz to Cusco in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from La Paz to Cusco. Traveling from La Paz in July, expect Cusco to be a bit warmer, temps between 24°C and 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Quito.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Museo de Arte Precolombino ©
Museo de Arte Precolombino

1
night
Quito, Ecuador

Quito ©
High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, then admire the striking features of Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, and finally stop by Olga Fisch Folklore.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Quito trip itinerary maker website.

Fly from Cusco to Quito in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in July, plan for much hotter nights in Quito, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cartagena.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila ©
Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco ©
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco

1
night
Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena ©
The site of the continent's first Spanish colony, Cartagena retains much of its colonial flavor thanks to a World Heritage-listed old town, encircled by old walls and protected by imposing fortresses.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cartagena journey planner.

You can fly from Quito to Cartagena in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Quito in July, expect Cartagena to be somewhat warmer, temps between 38°C and 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Ocho Rios.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites
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Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas

1
night
Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Ocho Rios ©
A trip to Ocho Rios, the tourist hub of Saint Ann Parish, offers travelers a staggering amount of activities and cultural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): trot along with a tour on horseback, then take in the dramatic scenery at Dunn's River Falls and Park, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Blue Hole.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Ocho Rios visit planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Cartagena to Ocho Rios takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Nassau.

Things to do in Ocho Rios

Parks Nature Tours
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Dunn's River Falls and Park ©
Dunn's River Falls and Park
Horseback Riding Tours

1
night
Nassau, Bahamas

Nassau ©
On a trip to Nassau you can immerse yourself in a dynamic city atmosphere or spend your days lazing on the soft golden sands.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Queen's Staircase, take an in-depth tour of Pirates of Nassau Museum, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Straw Market, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Cable Beach.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Nassau trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Ocho Rios to Nassau takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. In July in Nassau, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Nassau

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Cable Beach ©
Cable Beach
Queen's Staircase ©
Queen's Staircase
Straw Market ©
Straw Market

1
night
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 14th (Tue), stop by Puerto Madero, then stop by Calle Defensa, then admire the striking features of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, and finally admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Nassau to Buenos Aires takes 13 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Nassau to Buenos Aires. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Nassau in July, with highs in Buenos Aires at 17°C and lows at 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Calle Defensa ©
Calle Defensa

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