23 days in South America Itinerary

23 days in South America Itinerary

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23 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
Asuncion, Paraguay
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 3 nights
3
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Cuiaba, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
5
Montevideo, Uruguay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
— 2 nights
7
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 5 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Sydney, Australia

1
night
Asuncion, Paraguay

Asuncion ©
Paraguay's capital and economic center, Asuncion ranks among the youngest cities on the continent, with more than half of its residents under 30 years of age.
Keep things going the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Shopping del Sol, then buy something for everyone on your list at Paseo La Galeria, then get a sense of history and politics at Palacio de López, and finally steep yourself in history at Casa de la Independencia.

Discover how to plan a Asuncion trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Sydney, Australia to Asuncion is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Paraguay Time (PYT) is minus 14 hours. Traveling from Sydney in October, expect Asuncion to be a bit warmer, temps between 35°C and 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Asuncion

Shopping Historic Sites
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Paseo La Galeria ©
Paseo La Galeria
Palacio de López ©
Palacio de López
Shopping del Sol ©
Shopping del Sol

3
nights
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

Foz do Iguacu ©
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Devil's Throat and Ecomuseu de Itaipu. There's still lots to do: see human ingenuity at work at Iguazu Falls, contemplate the waterfront views at Iguacu River, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parque das Aves Bird Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Foz do Iguacu trip maker tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Asuncion to Foz do Iguacu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Asuncion to Foz do Iguacu is 1 hour. In October, daily temperatures in Foz do Iguacu can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
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Devil's Throat ©
Devil's Throat
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Parque das Aves Bird Park ©
Parque das Aves Bird Park

4
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Boulevard Olimpico and Helicopter Tours. Step out of Rio de Janeiro with an excursion to Praia de Itacoatiara in Niteroi--about 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pao de Acucar, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Ipanema, and pause for some photo ops at Corcovado Christ the Redeemer.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro day trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Foz do Iguacu to Rio de Janeiro takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Foz do Iguacu in October, Rio de Janeiro is a bit warmer at night with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cuiaba.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Praia de Itacoatiara
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Pao de Acucar ©
Pao de Acucar
Boulevard Olimpico ©
Boulevard Olimpico
Claudio Coutinho Trail ©
Claudio Coutinho Trail

3
nights
Cuiaba, Brazil

Cuiaba ©
Founded during the 18th-century gold rush, Cuiaba is now a modern state capital boasting an impressive skyline of modern buildings and serving as a major commercial center in this part of Brazil.
Explore hidden gems such as Parque Nacional da Chapada dos Guimaraes and Mae Bonifacia Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Cuiaba: Chapada dos Guimaraes (Veu da Noiva Waterfall, Lookout Morro dos Ventos, & more). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Our Lady of Rosario and Sao Benedito Church, examine the collection at Lazaro Papazian Chau Image and Sound Museum of Cuiaba, look for gifts at Pantanal Shopping, and walk around Parque Tia Nair.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cuiaba visit planner .

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Cuiaba by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Cuiaba is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Rio de Janeiro, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Cuiaba, ranging from highs of 40°C to lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Montevideo.

Things to do in Cuiaba

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Chapada dos Guimaraes
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Lookout Morro dos Ventos ©
Lookout Morro dos Ventos
Parque Tia Nair ©
Parque Tia Nair

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Palacio Legislativo and 1972 Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Pizzorno Family Estates in Canelones (about 44 minutes away). There's lots more to do: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, examine the collection at Museo Casa de Gobierno, make a trip to Iglesia de las Carmelitas, and get a sense of history and politics at Estevez Palace.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Montevideo visit planning website .

You can fly from Cuiaba to Montevideo in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cuiaba to Montevideo, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cuiaba in November, things will get slightly colder in Montevideo: highs are around 27°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Colonia del Sacramento.

Things to do in Montevideo

Museums Parks Wineries

Side Trip

Pizzorno Family Estates
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1972 Museum ©
1972 Museum
Walking tours
Palacio Legislativo ©
Palacio Legislativo

2
nights
Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

Colonia del Sacramento ©
Sleepy cobbled streets lined with pastel-colored houses lead down to the water in Colonia del Sacramento.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): explore the activities along Rio de la Plata, make a trip to Galeria de los Suspiros, then snap pictures at Puerta de la Ciudadela, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Muelle del Puerto de Yates. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Barrio Historico, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica De Santisimo Sacramento, then wander the streets of Plaza Mayor, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Portugues, and finally go for a walk through Rambla Colonia Del Sacramento.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Colonia del Sacramento road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Montevideo to Colonia del Sacramento takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Colonia del Sacramento can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to ride a ferry to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Colonia del Sacramento

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Basilica De Santisimo Sacramento ©
Basilica De Santisimo Sacramento
Rio de la Plata ©
Rio de la Plata
Puerta de la Ciudadela ©
Puerta de la Ciudadela

5
nights
Buenos Aires, Argentina

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Palermo Soho and Horseback Riding Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Buenos Aires: La Plata (Palacio Municipal, Plaza Moreno, & more). There's lots more to do: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento, snap pictures at Puente de la Mujer, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lagos de Palermo.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires holiday site .

You can ride a ferry from Colonia del Sacramento to Buenos Aires in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. November in Buenos Aires sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Tours Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

La Plata
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Horseback Riding Tours
Palermo Soho ©
Palermo Soho
Catedral de la Plata ©
Catedral de la Plata

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