17 days in South America Itinerary

17 days in South America Itinerary

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Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
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Stanley, Falkland Islands
— 3 nights
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Montevideo, Uruguay
— 2 nights
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Maldonado, Uruguay
— 2 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
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Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 3 nights
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Santiago, Chile

City of the Island Hills

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania and then admire all the interesting features of Cerro Santa Lucia. Here are some ideas for day two: take in panoramic vistas at Sky Costanera, examine the collection at La Chascona, then take in the pleasant sights at Plaza de Armas, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino.

To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Santiago trip planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Santiago is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Traveling from Vancouver to Santiago, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Stanley.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

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Stanley, Falkland Islands

Founded in 1843, Stanley serves as the capital of the Falkland Islands yet still exudes its rural charm.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Gypsy Cove, steep yourself in history at Cape Pembroke Lighthouse, then stroll the grounds of Memorial Wood, and finally stroll through Bluff Cove Lagoon. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the different monuments and memorials at Stanley Military Cemetery, kick back and relax at Surf Bay, then explore the galleries of Falkland Islands Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church Cathedral, and finally don't miss a visit to Whalebone Arch.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Stanley journey maker.

Fly from Santiago to Stanley in 11.5 hours. Traveling from Santiago to Stanley, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. February in Stanley sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Montevideo.

Things to do in Stanley

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): stop by Pocitos, admire the landmark architecture of Palacio Salvo, then make a trip to Plaza Independencia, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Montevideo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Fri): take in the pleasant sights at Rambla de Montevideo, take a stroll through Ciudad Vieja, then admire the masterpieces at Palacio Taranco, and finally ponder the world of politics at Palacio Legislativo.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Montevideo day trip app.

Traveling by flight from Stanley to Montevideo takes 14 hours. Traveling from Stanley in February, expect nights in Montevideo to be a bit warmer, around 21°C, while days are much hotter, around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Maldonado.

Things to do in Montevideo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites

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Maldonado, Uruguay

One of the larger cities in the country, Maldonado draws visitors primarily interested in the city's coastline and the wider region's beaches.
On the 13th (Sat), take in the views from Puente Leonel Viera, don't miss a visit to The Fingers of Punta del Este, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Pinares, then admire the masterpieces at Museo – Taller de Casapueblo, and finally get great views at Mirador Punta Ballena. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Isla Gorriti, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Montoya, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Punta Colorada.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Maldonado day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Montevideo to Maldonado in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in February, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Maldonado

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

Queen of La Plata

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.
Buenos Aires is known for historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemiterio de Recoleta, get a taste of the local shopping with Puerto Madero, admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, and take in the history at Plaza de Mayo.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Buenos Aires trip planner.

Getting from Maldonado to Buenos Aires by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car and bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Salto Bernabe Mendez, admire the sheer force of Salto San Martin, and then step off the mainland to explore Isla San Martin.

For other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Iguazu National Park trip planner.

Fly from Buenos Aires to Iguazu National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Buenos Aires in February, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Iguazu National Park: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Chile travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Parks · Specialty Museums
Land of Poets
Squeezed between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, geographically diverse Chile is a long, thin stretch of land encompassing some of the world's driest deserts in the north, and some of its largest glacial fields in the south. Though most Chile holidays include some form of adventure in the vast wilderness areas, the country also contains charming cities providing plenty of urban things to do and see. Many tours of Chile include at least a brief visit to the country's lush wine regions, where backyard vineyards compete with sprawling estates producing some of the world's most respected whites and reds.

Falkland Islands travel guide

4.1
Nature & Parks · Museums · Landmarks
Colonized by many countries during their history, Falkland Islands have been claimed and fought for by Argentina for centuries and remain a subject of controversy. Although they are closer to Argentina, the islands retain their traditional British culture, language, and customs. A trip to Falkland Islands provides an opportunity to discover their staggering wildlife variety, especially birds. The islands, dotted with tiny rural settlements and hamlets, attract five types of penguins, as well whales and seabirds.

Uruguay travel guide

3.9
Landmarks · Scenic Walking Areas · Art Museums
Switzerland of South America
One of the smallest countries in South America, tourist-friendly Uruguay is often called the "Switzerland of South America" because of its consistent economic development and progressive society. Open-minded Montevideo serves as the starting point of most Uruguay vacations, offering visitors an eclectic cultural scene and a chance to discover some of South America's major architectural treasures. Away from the cosmopolitan capital city, vacations in Uruguay involve exploring wildlife-rich areas along the Atlantic and touring the rustic interior on horseback, gaucho style. In this sports-loving country, the highlight of your Uruguay trip might just be a soccer match between Penarol and Nacional, the country's two major clubs.

Argentina travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Bodies of Water
Land of Contrasts
Home to the highest and lowest points in South America, diverse Argentina enthralls visitors with its contrasting landscapes and rich cultural heritage. A tour of Argentina reveals a sprawling land of fiercely proud and hardworking gauchos, the legendary cowboys of South America's pampas. A vacation in Argentina also leads you to giant urban centers, filled with modern tourist attractions that include fine restaurants, award-winning museums, and renowned public parks, gardens, and zoos. Away from big cities, Argentina sightseeing combines visits to mighty waterfalls situated inside World Heritage-listed national parks in the north of the country, with excursions to icy glaciers in the south.