16 days in South America Itinerary

16 days in South America Itinerary

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16 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Halifax, Canada
Fly:  11 h 30 min
1
Quito, Ecuador
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 15 min
2
Lima, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  7 h 30 min
3
Valparaiso, Chile
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h 30 min
4
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h
5
Cordoba, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
6
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  22 h
End: Halifax, Canada

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 2nd (Mon): don't miss a visit to Mitad Del Mundo, take an in-depth tour of Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, then get to know the fascinating history of Quito Old Town, and finally don't miss a visit to Bordados Zuleta. On the next day, explore the world behind art at La Capilla Del Hombre, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica del Voto Nacional, admire the striking features of Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, then admire the landmark architecture of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, and finally look for gifts at ARIU.

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Halifax, Canada to Quito is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car, ferry, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Halifax to Quito is minus 1 hour. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Halifax in March, with highs in Quito at 24°C and lows at 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Quito

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania ©
Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania
Mitad Del Mundo ©
Mitad Del Mundo

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): admire the local landmark of Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), contemplate the long history of Huaca Pucllana, and then wander the streets of Miraflores. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco, take a stroll through Barranco, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, then make a trip to Circuito Magico Del Agua, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Indigo.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Lima travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Quito to Lima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Quito in March, things will get somewhat warmer in Lima: highs are around 32°C and lows about 24°C. On the 6th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Valparaiso.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Circuito Magico Del Agua ©
Circuito Magico Del Agua

1
night
Valparaiso, Chile

Navigating through a maze of colorful streets winding up and down steep hills remains an integral part of any Valparaiso tour.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): make a trip to Flower Clock (Reloj de Flores), take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and then see the interesting displays at La Sebastiana.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Valparaiso trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Lima to Valparaiso in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Peru Time to Chile Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Lima in March, expect Valparaiso to be little chillier, temps between 24°C and 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Santiago.

Things to do in Valparaiso

Tours Museums

Side Trip

Flower Clock (Reloj de Flores)
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Walking tours
La Sebastiana ©
La Sebastiana
Flower Clock (Reloj de Flores) ©
Flower Clock (Reloj de Flores)

3
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.
Santiago is known for shopping, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at San Cristóbal Hill, examine the collection at La Chascona, take in panoramic vistas at Sky Costanera, and admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Santiago trip planner.

Take a bus from Valparaiso to Santiago in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Cordoba.

Things to do in Santiago

Shopping Parks Nature
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Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
La Chascona ©
La Chascona

2
nights
Cordoba, Argentina

Cordoba ©
History lives on in the streets of Cordoba, Argentina's second-largest city.
On the 11th (Wed), examine the collection at Colegio Nacional de Monserrat, contemplate the long history of Museo Historico UNC Manzana Jesuitica, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Los Capuchinos, and finally contemplate the long history of Paseo del Buen Pastor. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Camino de las Las 100 Curvas, then get a taste of the local shopping with Paseo de las Artes, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia Catedral de Córdoba.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cordoba tour itinerary tool.

Fly from Santiago to Cordoba in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Cordoba due to the time zone difference. In March in Cordoba, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Camino de las Las 100 Curvas
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Paseo del Buen Pastor ©
Paseo del Buen Pastor
Museo Historico UNC  Manzana Jesuitica ©
Iglesia de Los Capuchinos ©
Iglesia de Los Capuchinos

3
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.
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, take in the history at Plaza de Mayo, take a stroll through Calle Defensa, and admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires.

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Traveling by flight from Cordoba to Buenos Aires takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cordoba in March, expect nights in Buenos Aires to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero

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