16 days in South America Itinerary

16 days in South America Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
2
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
3
Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
4
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
5
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
6
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 3 nights

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Qorikancha, then contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, and then contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Tambomachay, take an in-depth tour of Museo Inka, stop by Hilo, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, and finally get outside with exploor.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cusco day trip app.

Denver, USA to Cusco is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Peru Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Denver in August, you will find days in Cusco are slightly colder (70°F), and nights are colder (36°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
exploor ©
exploor
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha

2
nights
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 4th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Machu Picchu travel route planner.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. On the 5th (Sat), you're off to Santiago.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): see the interesting displays at La Chascona, then stroll around Cerro Santa Lucia, and then take in the pleasant sights at Plaza de Armas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Mon): explore the galleries of Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, then admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and then stop by Patio Bellavista.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Santiago trip planner.

Fly from Machu Picchu to Santiago in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Machu Picchu to Santiago is 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Santiago

Shopping · Parks · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Patio Bellavista ©
Patio Bellavista
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia

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 8th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Japones, take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemiterio de Recoleta, and finally look for gifts at El Ateneo Grand Splendid. On the next day, get a sense of history and politics at Casa Rosada, then shop like a local with Puerto Madero, and then explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires trip site.

Traveling by flight from Santiago to Buenos Aires takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Chile Standard Time (CLT) to Argentina Standard Time (ART) is 1 hour. In August, daily temperatures in Buenos Aires can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums · Parks · Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes ©
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

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.
Rio de Janeiro is known for beaches, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, see the interesting displays at Museu do Acude, explore the world behind art at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Buenos Aires in August; daily highs in Rio de Janeiro reach 79°F and lows reach 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

3
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.
Fernando de Noronha is known for beaches, museums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Baia dos Porcos, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, kick back and relax at Baia do Sancho, and contemplate the waterfront views at Buraco do Galego.

For reviews and tourist information, read our Fernando de Noronha trip planner.

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Fernando de Noronha in 7.5 hours. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time to Fernando de Noronha Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Fernando de Noronha when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in August, with lows around 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Baia dos Porcos ©
Baia dos Porcos
Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Porto de Santo Antonio Beach ©
Porto de Santo Antonio Beach

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