Top 10 Highlights of My 51-Day Trip in South America

Iguazu Falls

Imagine hearing samba music in the distance.  The drums. The rhythmic beat.  Just listening to the music sounds exotic.  Samba is very popular in Brazil, but the seductive dance moves are prevalent in many countries in South America.  From the Andes mountains to glaciers to romantic beaches, South America offers so much to any traveler.  My 51 days in South America were not enough, so one day I will just have to return.

Based on my 51-day itinerary (included below), here are my top 10 highlights of my trip:

Top 10 Highlights:

1.   Mini-trekking at the Perito Moreno Glacier near El Calafate, Argentina

Icebreaker! Perito Moreno Glacier

2.   Enjoying the sprays at Iguazu Falls in Argentina and Brazil

Iguazu Falls- Brazil

3.   Dog sledding and skiing in Ushuaia, Argentina

Dog sledding in Ushuaia, Argentina

4.   Visiting Sugar Loaf, Christ the Redeemer, Santa Teresa, and the many beaches in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Ipanema beach

5.   Hiking in El Chalten, Argentina

El Chalten

6.   Relaxing on the beaches in Ilha Grande, Brazil

Ilha Grande

7.   Enjoying the ranch lifestyle in an estancia in Uruguay

View of the ranch when horseback riding

8.   Walking around El Caminito, Recoleta, and Palermo in Buenos Aires, Argentina

El Caminito

9.   Visiting Aconcagua, highest peak in the Andes

Aconcagua Peak in the Andes Mountains

10. Walking along the cobbled streets of Paraty, Brazil

Streets of Paraty

Travel Itinerary in Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil:

Just in case you are curious about my travel route, here is my itinerary in South America.

Day 1-2:          Santiago, Chile
Day 3-5:          Valparaiso, Chile (side trip to Vina del Mar)
Day 6:              Bus ride to Mendoza, Argentina
Day 7-10:        Mendoza, Argentina
Day 11:            Bus ride to Santiago, Chile
Day 12:            Santiago, Chile
Day 13-14:      Punta Arenas, Chile (Flight from Santiago)
Day 15:            Bus ride to Ushuaia, Argentina
Day 16-22:      Ushuaia, Argentina
Day 23-25:      El Calafate, Argentina (Flight from Ushuaia)
Day 26-27:      El Chalten, Argentina
Day 28-31:      Buenos Aires, Argentina (Flight from El Calafate)
Day 32:            Colonia, Uruguay
Day 33:            Montevideo, Uruguay
Day 34-36:      Panagea Ranch, Uruguay (Estancia stay)
Day 37-39:      Iguazu Falls
Day 40:            Ciudad del Este, Paraguay (day trip from Iguazu Falls)
Day 41-42:      Paraty, Brazil (Overnight bus from Iguazu Falls)
Day 43-45:      Ilha Grande, Brazil (Bus and Ferry from Paraty)
Day 46-51:      Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Ferry and Bus from Ilha Grande)

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About Jan

In 2004 and 2010, I set aside time to travel the world in 3 parts. In 2004, I traveled to Thailand, Europe, and Pacific Northwest region of the U.S. In 2010, I traveled to 3 continents: Asia, South America, and Africa. I am not sure if I have a fascination with the number 3, but I seem to be constantly traveling by numbers.
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One Response to Top 10 Highlights of My 51-Day Trip in South America

  1. Benita says:

    Very useful advice!! I will definitely refer back to this whenever I have a chance to go to South America again. 😀

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