17 days in South America Itinerary

17 days in South America Itinerary

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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
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Santiago, Chile
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Stanley, Falkland Islands
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Montevideo, Uruguay
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Mendoza, Argentina
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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

Major archeological sites and a renowned museum remain the big draws in San Pedro de Atacama tourism, appealing to visitors interested in learning more about South America's pre-Columbian cultures.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Pukara de Quitor and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Geyser del Tatio. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire nature's extreme beauty at Atacama Desert and then take in the dramatic natural features at Valle De La Luna.

For photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the San Pedro de Atacama trip itinerary website.

Vancouver, Canada to San Pedro de Atacama is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Chile Standard Time, which is usually a 4 hour difference. When traveling from Vancouver in May, plan for a bit warmer days in San Pedro de Atacama, with highs around 25°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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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.
Santiago is known for shopping, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Costanera, browse the different shops at Costanera Center, and walk around Cerro Santa Lucia.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Santiago sightseeing tool.

You can fly from San Pedro de Atacama to Santiago in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Sat) before leaving for Stanley.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks · Shopping · Museums · Nature

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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 16th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Longdon, then enjoy the sand and surf at Surf Bay, then browse the exhibits of Falkland Islands Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Lady Elizabeth Shipwreck.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Stanley day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Santiago to Stanley takes 11.5 hours. Traveling from Santiago to Stanley, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in Stanley are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Montevideo.

Things to do in Stanley

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

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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.
On the 18th (Tue), take a stroll through Pocitos, get a sense of history and politics at Palacio Legislativo, then explore the world behind art at Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes Juan Manuel Blanes, and finally take a stroll through Ciudad Vieja. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Plaza Independencia, then admire the striking features of Palacio Salvo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de Montevideo, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Rambla de Montevideo.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Montevideo attractions website.

Traveling by flight from Stanley to Montevideo takes 14 hours. Traveling from Stanley in May, you will find days in Montevideo are much warmer (20°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (11°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Montevideo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites

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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: make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta, ponder the world of politics at Casa Rosada, admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, and get to know the fascinating history of Calle Defensa.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Montevideo to Buenos Aires in 3 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or do a combination of car and bus. In May, daytime highs in Buenos Aires are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mendoza.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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Mendoza, Argentina

Famed for its neat vineyards and thriving wine production, Mendoza remains the place to visit for a pleasant combination of relaxation and recreation.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about winemaking at Bodega Benegas, learn about winemaking at Bodega Cruzat. Bubbles Experience, then learn about winemaking at Bodega Roberto Bonfanti, then don't miss a visit to Plaza Independencia, and finally stroll around Parque General San Martin.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Mendoza trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Mendoza takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Mendoza when traveling from Buenos Aires in May, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mendoza

Wineries · Tours · Parks

Chile travel guide

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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

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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

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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

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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.