15 days in South America Itinerary

15 days in South America Itinerary

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15 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  19​h 15​min
1
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  14​h 45​min
2
Porto de Galinhas, Brazil
— 1 night
Shuttle + Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
4
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
5
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Sydney, Australia

3
nights
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.
Sacsayhuaman and Salinas de Maras will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from Cusco with a short trip to Moray in Maras, about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, delve into the distant past at Sacred Valley of the Incas, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia De Santo Domingo.

Make your Cusco itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Sydney, Australia to Cusco is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 15 hours traveling from Sydney to Cusco. Traveling from Sydney in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Cusco, with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Porto de Galinhas.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Maras, Sacred Valley of the Incas
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

1
night
Porto de Galinhas, Brazil

Porto de Galinhas ©
You're in for a treat on your beach holiday to Porto de Galinha.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Pontal de Maracaipe, kick back and relax at Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach, and then kick back and relax at Muro Alto Beach.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Porto de Galinhas trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Cusco to Porto de Galinhas takes 15 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Cusco to Porto de Galinhas, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Cusco in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Porto de Galinhas, with highs around 32°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Porto de Galinhas

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach ©
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach
Muro Alto Beach ©
Muro Alto Beach
Pontal de Maracaipe ©
Pontal de Maracaipe

4
nights
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 Baia do Sancho and Fernado de Noronha Island. We've included these beaches for you: Praia do Sueste and Praia do Cachorro. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Cacimba do Padre, get outside with Morro dois Irmaos, stroll through Atalaia Beach, and hike along Trilha Costa Esmeralda.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read 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 difference when traveling from Porto de Galinhas to Fernando de Noronha is 1 hour. In July, daytime highs in Fernando de Noronha are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Praia do Sueste ©
Praia do Sueste
Praia do Cacimba do Padre ©
Praia do Cacimba do Padre

2
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 3rd (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipanema, then kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondinho Pao de Acucar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Grumari and then appreciate the history behind Corcovado Christ the Redeemer.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro trip planner .

Fly from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro in 7 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Fernando de Noronha in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Rio de Janeiro, with lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls and then take in the dramatic scenery at Salto San Martin.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Iguazu National Park trip maker site .

Fly from Rio de Janeiro to Iguazu National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Iguazu National Park, with lows of 14°C. On the 6th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez
Salto San Martin ©
Salto San Martin

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