12 days in Melbourne & South America Itinerary

12 days in Melbourne & South America Itinerary

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Start: Melbourne, Australia
1
Melbourne, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  17 h 45 min
2
Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
3
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
4
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  2 h 15 min
5
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  23 h 15 min
End: Melbourne, Australia

2
nights
Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance, and get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne online road trip planner.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiport is Melbourne International Airport. In February, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Tours
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Balloon Rides

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): stroll around Cerro Santa Lucia, explore and take pictures at San Cristóbal Hill, and then steep yourself in history at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at La Chascona, then take in the pleasant sights at Plaza de Armas, and then explore the world behind art at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Santiago vacation builder app.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Santiago takes 17.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Chile Standard Time (CLT), which is usually a -14 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Santiago

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

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): admire the architecture and history at Plaza de Mayo, visit Puerto Madero, then get a sense of history and politics at Casa Rosada, then admire the striking features of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, and finally make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, then admire the natural beauty at Jardin Japones, and finally explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires road trip planning website.

You can fly from Santiago to Buenos Aires in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Buenos Aires. In February, daytime highs in Buenos Aires are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

1
night
Iguazu National Park, Argentina

Iguazu National Park ©
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 25th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Salto San Martin and then take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Iguazu National Park trip planner.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Iguazu National Park in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. While traveling from Buenos Aires, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Iguazu National Park, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Nature Parks
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto San Martin ©
Salto San Martin

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): make a trip to Escadaria Selaron, catch a ride on Sugarloaf Mountain, then kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach, and finally appreciate the history behind Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, enjoy the sand and surf at Pedra do Arpoador, then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipanema, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Barra da Tijuca Beach.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Iguazu National Park to Rio de Janeiro takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Iguazu National Park in February, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 28°C in Rio de Janeiro. You will leave for home on the 28th (Fri).

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Highlights from your plan
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain
Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro
Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro

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