54 days in South America Itinerary

54 days in South America Itinerary

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54 days in South America Itinerary

Malaga, Spain
Fly:  18​h 15​min
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 8 nights
Fly + shuttle:  3​h 30​min
Porto de Galinhas, Brazil
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 7 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  5​h 15​min
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + shuttle:  7​h 15​min
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
Santiago, Chile
— 6 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
Cusco, Peru
— 6 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 15​min
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h 45​min
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 5 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 5 nights
ferry + Fly:  26​h
Malaga, Spain

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.
Get in touch with nature at Praia do Sueste and Conceicao Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Baia do Sancho and Praia do Cachorro. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Cacimba do Padre, kick back and relax at Bode Beach, and get outside with Baia dos Porcos.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Fernando de Noronha tour itinerary planner.

Malaga, Spain to Fernando de Noronha is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Malaga to Fernando de Noronha, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Malaga in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Fernando de Noronha, with lows of 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Porto de Galinhas.

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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

4
days
Porto de Galinhas, Brazil

Porto de Galinhas ©
You're in for a treat on your beach holiday to Porto de Galinha.
Visit Muro Alto Beach and Carneiros Beach for some beach relaxation. Step out of the city life by going to Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach and River Maracaipe tour. When in Porto de Galinhas, make a side trip to see Instituto Ricardo Brennand in Recife, approximately 1h 15 min away. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pontal de Maracaipe.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Porto de Galinhas online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Fernando de Noronha to Porto de Galinhas by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 3.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Fernando de Noronha Time to Brasilia Time is minus 1 hour. In June, daytime highs in Porto de Galinhas are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

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Instituto Ricardo Brennand, Carneiros Beach
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Muro Alto Beach ©
Muro Alto Beach
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Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach
Carneiros Beach ©
Carneiros Beach

6
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Praia de Ipanema and Copacabana Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Parque Nacional Tijuca and Pedra do Arpoador. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, take some stellar pictures from Leblon Beach, kick back and relax at Mirante da Prainha, and catch a live performance at Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro sightseeing site .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Porto de Galinhas to Rio de Janeiro in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Traveling from Porto de Galinhas in June, Rio de Janeiro is slightly colder at night with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque das Aves. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the engineering at Iguazu Falls.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Foz do Iguacu travel planner .

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Foz do Iguacu in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in July, expect Foz do Iguacu to be a bit cooler, temps between 25°C and 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
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Parque das Aves

5
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.
Popular historic sites such as Plaza de Mayo and San Telmo are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Parque 3 de Febrero and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Puerto Madero, explore the world behind art at Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires, step into the grandiose world of Palacio de Aguas Corrientes, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires trip planner.

Getting from Foz do Iguacu to Buenos Aires by combination of bus and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Foz do Iguacu in July, things will get slightly colder in Buenos Aires: highs are around 17°C and lows about 10°C. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Los Glaciares National Park.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

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Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Plaza de Mayo ©
Plaza de Mayo

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Parque Nacional Los Glaciares and then explore the striking landscape at Perito Moreno Glacier.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Los Glaciares National Park road trip tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Buenos Aires to Los Glaciares National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Buenos Aires in July, expect nights in Los Glaciares National Park to be slightly colder, around 0°C, while days are much colder, around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

#Parks, #Nature

Side Trip

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

5
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 cultural insight at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino and Concha y Toro. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania and Ex Congreso Nacional. Step out of Santiago to go to Portillo and see Ski Portillo, which is approximately 1h 50 min away. There's much more to do: hit the slopes at Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cerro San Cristobal, don't miss a visit to Patio Bellavista, and take an in-depth tour of Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Santiago sightseeing site .

Getting from Los Glaciares National Park to Santiago by flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Los Glaciares National Park to Santiago. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Santiago

#Parks, #Winter Sports, #Outdoors

Side Trips

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

5
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.
Get some historical perspective at Sacsayhuaman and Choquequirao Archeological Park. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Plaza de Armas and Centro Historico De Cusco. Venture out of the city with trips to Salinas de Maras (in Maras) and Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo (in Ollantaytambo). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Sacred Valley of the Incas, pause for some serene contemplation at The Company of Jesus Church, get to know the fascinating history of San Blas, and examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Art Museum.

For photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cusco trip planner.

Getting from Santiago to Cusco by flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Santiago to Cusco is minus 1 hour. In July, daily temperatures in Cusco can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Museums

Side Trips

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): make a trip to Intipuncu and then delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then see the interesting displays at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Machu Picchu day trip site .

Traveling by train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

5
days
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno ©
The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
Relax by the water at Cerro Brujo and La Loberia. Escape the urban bustle at Puerto Chino Beach and Playa Mann. Spend the 3rd (Fri) exploring nature at Cerro Tijeretas. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Punta Pitt, head outdoors with Galakiwi Adventures, step off the mainland to explore Isla Lobos, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno online trip builder .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Machu Picchu to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. In July, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can ride a ferry to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

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San Cristobal
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Cerro Brujo ©
Cerro Brujo
Puerto Chino Beach ©
Puerto Chino Beach
La Loberia ©
La Loberia

5
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay and Playa de los Alemanes. Escape the urban bustle at Charles Darwin Research Station and Reserva El Chato. There's much more to do: stroll through El Garrapatero, kick back and relax at Playa las Bachas, view the masterpieces at Maki-Art Gallery, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Puerto Ayora trip planner .

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Ayora in 2.5 hours. In August in Puerto Ayora, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Cruz
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Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
Playa de los Alemanes ©
Playa de los Alemanes

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