52 days in Europe & South America Itinerary

52 days in Europe & South America Itinerary

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52 days in Europe & South America Itinerary

Start: Porto, Portugal
1
Porto, Portugal
— 7 nights
Fly:  13 h 45 min
2
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 7 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
3
Florianopolis, Brazil
— 8 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
4
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 7 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
5
Santiago, Chile
— 7 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
6
Lima, Peru
— 6 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
7
Bogota, Colombia
— 8 nights
Fly:  16 h 15 min
End: Porto, Portugal

7
nights
Porto, Portugal

Porto ©
Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names. Portugal's second-largest metropolis dates back to the 4th century, representing both a rich cultural past and industrial present through its architecture and style.
Popular historic sites such as Batalha Monastery and Castelo de Tomar are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Centro Historico de Guimaraes and Santuario de Santa Luzia. Change things up with these side-trips from Porto: Se Catedral de Viseu (in Viseu), Capelas Imperfeitas (in Batalha) and Santuario Nossa Senhora dos Remedios (in Lamego). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capela Das Aparicoes, explore the historical opulence of Guimaraes Castle, steep yourself in history at Ponte Romana de Trajano, and get to know the fascinating history of Largo da Oliveira.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Porto trip planning tool .

If you are flying in from Portugal, the closest major aiport is Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport. In December, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Guimaraes, Tomar, Batalha, Fatima, Chaves
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Santuario de Santa Luzia ©
Santuario de Santa Luzia
Batalha Monastery ©
Batalha Monastery
Castelo de Tomar ©
Castelo de Tomar

7
nights
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Praia de Itacoatiara and Morro Dois Irmaos. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Copacabana Beach and Parasailing & Paragliding. Step out of Rio de Janeiro to go to Niteroi and see Camboinhas Beach, which is approximately 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Ipanema, take an in-depth tour of Forte de Copacabana, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jerusalem Cultural Center, and trek along Claudio Coutinho Trail.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Porto to Rio de Janeiro takes 14 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Porto to Rio de Janeiro is minus 3 hours. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Porto in December; daily highs in Rio de Janeiro reach 36°C and lows reach 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Florianopolis.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Niteroi
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

8
nights
Florianopolis, Brazil

Florianopolis ©
Divided between island and mainland, the distinctive city of Florianopolis charms visitors on first arrival with its impressive skyline.
Get in touch with nature at Campeche island and Lagoinha do Leste. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chuch of Nossa Senhora da Piedade and Bateria de Sao Caetano da Ponta Grossa. Change things up with these side-trips from Florianopolis: Garopaba (Garopaba Beach & Silveira Beach), Meia-Praia Beach (in Itapema) and Bombinhas (Morro do Macaco & Praia De Quatro Ilhas). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Bombas, stroll through Forte Beach, and admire the sheer force of Praia da Solidao.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Florianopolis visit planning tool .

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Florianopolis in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Rio de Janeiro in December, plan for little chillier days in Florianopolis, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Florianopolis

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bombinhas, Garopaba, Praia de Bombas, Chuch of Nossa Senhora da Piedade, Meia-Praia Beach
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Daniela's Beach ©
Daniela's Beach
Praia De Quatro Ilhas ©
Praia De Quatro Ilhas
Matadeiro Beach ©
Matadeiro Beach

7
nights
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cemiterio de Recoleta and Catedral de San Isidro. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Palermo Soho and Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento. Explore Buenos Aires' surroundings by going to Basilica de Lujan (in Lujan) and La Plata (Catedral de la Plata & Museo de La Plata). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Primada, learn more about the world around you at Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales Bernardino Rivadavia, stop by Puerto Madero, and explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Buenos Aires trip itinerary app .

Getting from Florianopolis to Buenos Aires by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Buenos Aires can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

La Plata, Catedral de San Isidro, Basilica de Lujan
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Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Catedral de la Plata ©
Catedral de la Plata
Catedral de San Isidro ©
Catedral de San Isidro

7
nights
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.
Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion and Paseo Gervasoni will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos and Palacio Baburizza. Get out of town with these interesting Santiago side-trips: Valparaiso (Cementerio de Disidentes, Iglesia San Francisco del Cerro Baron, &more), River Rafting & Tubing (in San Jose de Maipo) and Vina del Mar (Moai, Corporacion Museo de Arqueologia e Historia Francisco Fonck, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Concon Dunes, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Francisco Church, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo Baha'i.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Santiago day trip site .

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Santiago takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Argentine Time to Chile Time is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Santiago

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Valparaiso, Vina del Mar, River Rafting & Tubing, Concon Dunes
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River Rafting & Tubing
Reñaca ©
Reñaca
Paseo Gervasoni ©
Paseo Gervasoni

6
nights
Lima, Peru

Lima ©
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Centro Historico de Lima and Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco. Discover out-of-the-way places like Huaca Pucllana and Site Museum and Archaeological Sanctuary of Pachacamac. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo, wander the streets of San Isidro, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Lima.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Lima online itinerary planner .

You can fly from Santiago to Lima in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Chile Time to Peru Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
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Centro Historico de Lima ©
Centro Historico de Lima
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Cathedral of Lima ©
Cathedral of Lima

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nights
Bogota, Colombia

Bogota ©
Colombia's heart and soul, Bogota has earned the nickname "Athens of South America" thanks to its abundance of universities, libraries, and lower-level schools.
Visit Iglesia de San Francisco and La Catedral Primada for their historical value. Discover out-of-the-way places like Laguna de Guatavita and Iglesia Basilica del Senor de Monserrate. There's still lots to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at Ciclovia de Bogota, examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Colombia, stroll around Parque Metropolitano Simon Bolivar, and take an in-depth tour of Casa Museo Quinta de Bolivar.

To see reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Bogota trip maker.

You can fly from Lima to Bogota in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Lima in January, you will find days in Bogota are little chillier (23°C), and nights are colder (7°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bogota

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Laguna de Guatavita
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Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Bolivar Square ©
Bolivar Square
Iglesia de San Francisco ©
Iglesia de San Francisco

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