44 days in South America Itinerary

44 days in South America Itinerary

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44 days in South America Itinerary

Malaga, Spain
Fly + ferry:  26​h
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 4 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
+2
train + foot + bus:  3​h 15​min
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
Santiago, Chile
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + taxi + Fly:  7​h 15​min
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  5​h 15​min
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 6 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 30​min
Porto de Galinhas, Brazil
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  3​h 30​min
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 7 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
Malaga, Spain

4
days
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Puerto Ayora ©
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Take a break from the city and head to Charles Darwin Research Station and Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay. Visit El Garrapatero and Playa de los Alemanes for some beach relaxation. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva El Chato, kick back and relax at Playa las Bachas, and take in the dramatic natural features at Las Grietas.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Puerto Ayora tour itinerary planner.

Malaga, Spain to Puerto Ayora is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Malaga to Puerto Ayora. Traveling from Malaga in June, Puerto Ayora is a bit warmer at night with lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to ride a ferry to Puerto Villamil.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Cruz
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Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
Reserva El Chato ©
Reserva El Chato
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay

1
day
Puerto Villamil, Ecuador

Puerto Villamil ©
Located in the southeast of Isla Isabela, Puerto Villamil is home to the majority of the island's 2,200 inhabitants.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): step off the mainland to explore Las Tintoreras, then identify plant and animal life at Concha de Perla, and then make a trip to The Wall of Tears.

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You can ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil in 2.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Villamil. In June, daytime highs in Puerto Villamil are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Puerto Villamil

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature
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Concha de Perla ©
Concha de Perla
Las Tintoreras ©
Las Tintoreras
The Wall of Tears ©
The Wall of Tears

2
days
Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then examine the collection at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Intipuncu and then delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Machu Picchu trip tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Puerto Villamil to Machu Picchu. Traveling from Puerto Villamil to Machu Picchu, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

#Historic Sites, #Museums
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

4
days
Cusco, Peru

Cusco ©
Capital of the Inca Empire for three centuries, World Heritage-listed Cusco is now a major tourist destination, drawing nearly 2 million annual tourists with its well-preserved colonial architecture and proximity to Machu Picchu.
Popular historic sites such as Sacsayhuaman and Plaza de Armas are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Salinas de Maras and Sacred Valley of the Incas. Go for a jaunt from Cusco to Ollantaytambo to see Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo about 1h 40 min away. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Choquequirao Archeological Park, stop by Hilo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral del Cuzco o Catedral Basilica de la Virgen de la Asuncion, and examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Art Museum.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Cusco visit planning tool .

Traveling by train from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in June, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Cusco

#Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods, #Museums

Side Trips

Sacred Valley of the Incas, Choquequirao Archeological Park, Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo, Salinas de Maras
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

3
days
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.
Get some historical perspective at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania and Ex Congreso Nacional. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino and Concha y Toro. The adventure continues: fly down the slopes at Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile, examine the collection at La Chascona, admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cerro San Cristobal.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Santiago travel route website .

You can fly from Cusco to Santiago in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Cusco to Santiago is 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Los Glaciares National Park.

Things to do in Santiago

#Parks, #Museums, #Winter Sports

Side Trips

Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile, Concha & Toro
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Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile ©
Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile
Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino ©
La Chascona ©
La Chascona

1
day
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

Los Glaciares National Park ©
A World Heritage Site, Los Glaciares National Park contains a giant ice cap that feeds 47 vast glaciers.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): make a trip to Parque Nacional Los Glaciares and then take in the dramatic natural features at Perito Moreno Glacier.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Los Glaciares National Park day trip planning website .

You can fly from Santiago to Los Glaciares National Park in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Los Glaciares National Park. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in July, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

#Nature, #Parks

Side Trip

Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
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Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
Perito Moreno Glacier ©
Perito Moreno Glacier

4
days
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.
Get some cultural insight at Parque 3 de Febrero and Plaza de Mayo. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like La Boca and Recoleta. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Puerto Madero, appreciate the extensive heritage of San Telmo, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional De Arte Decorativo, and shop like a local with Palermo.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires trip itinerary site .

Getting from Los Glaciares National Park to Buenos Aires by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Los Glaciares National Park in July, expect nights in Buenos Aires to be somewhat warmer, around 10°C, while days are warmer, around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

#Neighborhoods, #Historic Sites, #Shopping
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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Plaza de Mayo ©
Plaza de Mayo

2
days
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

Foz do Iguacu ©
A gateway to the world-renowned Iguacu Falls, which spectacularly divide Brazil and Argentina, the modern, high-rise city of Foz do Iguacu can't help but play second fiddle to the natural wonder in its vicinity.
On the 12th (Thu), see human ingenuity at work at Itaipu Hydroelectric Dam. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Fri): see human ingenuity at work at Iguazu Falls.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Foz do Iguacu tour builder app .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Buenos Aires to Foz do Iguacu takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Buenos Aires, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Foz do Iguacu, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

#Parks, #Nature, #Zoos & Aquariums
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Parque das Aves ©
Parque das Aves
Itaipu Hydroelectric Dam ©
Itaipu Hydroelectric Dam

5
days
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Praia de Ipanema and Pedra do Arpoador. Get some historical perspective at Parque Lage and Avenida Atlantica. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Copacabana Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Grumari, take some stellar pictures from Pedra Bonita, and take in nature's colorful creations at Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro trip planner .

Fly from Foz do Iguacu to Rio de Janeiro in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Foz do Iguacu in July, expect Rio de Janeiro to be a bit warmer, temps between 30°C and 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Porto de Galinhas.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

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Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Parque Nacional Tijuca ©
Parque Nacional Tijuca

3
days
Porto de Galinhas, Brazil

Porto de Galinhas ©
You're in for a treat on your beach holiday to Porto de Galinha.
Relax by the water at Muro Alto Beach and Pontal de Maracaipe. Step out of the city life by going to Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach and River Maracaipe tour. Step out of Porto de Galinhas with an excursion to Instituto Ricardo Brennand in Recife--about 1h 15 min away.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Porto de Galinhas vacation planner.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Rio de Janeiro to Porto de Galinhas in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 26°C in Porto de Galinhas. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Porto de Galinhas

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Instituto Ricardo Brennand
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Muro Alto Beach ©
Muro Alto Beach
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach ©
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach
Pontal de Maracaipe ©
Pontal de Maracaipe

7
days
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

Fernando de Noronha ©
With 21 lush islands scattered among pristine waters in the Atlantic Ocean, a Fernando de Noronha holiday is well worth the effort it takes to get there.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Praia do Sueste and Baia do Sancho. Take a break from the city and head to Praia do Cacimba do Padre and Conceicao Beach. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Enseada da Caieira, tour the pleasant surroundings at Porto de Santo Antonio Beach, and get outside with Baia dos Porcos.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Fernando de Noronha trip planning app .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Porto de Galinhas to Fernando de Noronha in 3.5 hours. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Fernando de Noronha Time (FNT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In July in Fernando de Noronha, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks
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Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Praia do Sueste ©
Praia do Sueste
Praia do Cacimba do Padre ©
Praia do Cacimba do Padre

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