12 days in Melbourne & South America Itinerary

12 days in Melbourne & South America Itinerary

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12 days in Melbourne & South America Itinerary

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
Fly:  2​h 15​min
5
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: Melbourne, Australia

2
nights
Melbourne, Australia

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, nightlife, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, and browse the collection at State Library Victoria.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Melbourne trip itinerary app .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airport is Melbourne International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in February, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Outdoors
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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, then take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, and then see the interesting displays at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania. On your second day here, examine the collection at La Chascona, then go for a walk through Plaza de Armas, and then explore the world behind art at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Santiago planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Santiago takes 18 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 14 hours traveling from Melbourne to Santiago. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can 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, take a stroll through Puerto Madero, 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): explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, then take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Japones, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Buenos Aires holiday builder app .

Fly from Santiago to Buenos Aires in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Chile Time (CLT) to Argentine Time (ART), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In February, daily temperatures in Buenos Aires can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

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

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): admire the sheer force of Salto San Martin and then take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Iguazu National Park trip planner.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Iguazu National Park in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in February, you will find days in Iguazu National Park are a bit warmer (37°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can 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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Escadaria Selaron, then take in the awesome beauty at Bondinho Pao de Acucar, then stroll through Copacabana Beach, and finally pause for some photo ops at 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 tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Ipanema, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Barra da Tijuca Beach.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Iguazu National Park to Rio de Janeiro takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Iguazu National Park in February, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Rio de Janeiro, with lows around 28°C. On the 28th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Corcovado Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer
Bondinho  Pao de Acucar ©
Bondinho Pao de Acucar
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach

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