17 days in South America Itinerary

17 days in South America Itinerary

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17 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Paphos, Cyprus
+4
Fly + taxi + bus + foot + train:  31​h
1
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
+2
train + foot + bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
3
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h
5
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
6
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: Paphos, Cyprus

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.
On the 26th (Wed), delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, and then ponder the world of politics at Serpost. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon, then stroll through Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu, and then delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu trip itinerary planner.

Paphos, Cyprus to Machu Picchu is an approximately 31-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and car. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Paphos to Machu Picchu due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Wildlife Museums
Highlights from your plan
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu ©
Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu

3
nights
Cusco, Peru

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.
On the 28th (Fri), trot along with a tour on horseback and then explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Cerro Colorado Vinicunca, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi, and then pause for some serene contemplation at San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cusco online trip maker .

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to San Carlos de Bariloche.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman

3
nights
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

San Carlos de Bariloche
Nestled against the foothills of the Andes, scenic San Carlos de Bariloche hugs the southern shore of Nahuel Huapi Lake and ranks among Argentina's top destinations for active outdoor vacations.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): fly down the slopes at Catedral Alta Patagonis and then examine the collection at Museo del Lago Gutierrez. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi and then take a peaceful walk through Sendero de los Arrayanes.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for San Carlos de Bariloche using our trip planner.

You can fly from Cusco to San Carlos de Bariloche in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Cusco to San Carlos de Bariloche due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Cusco in August: highs in San Carlos de Bariloche hover around 9°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time for travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in San Carlos de Bariloche

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Catedral Alta Patagonis
Catedral Alta Patagonis
Sendero de los Arrayanes ©
Sendero de los Arrayanes
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi ©
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi

3
nights
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Glaciar Spegazzini and then take in the dramatic natural features at Perito Moreno Glacier.

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You can fly from San Carlos de Bariloche to Los Glaciares National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. While traveling from San Carlos de Bariloche, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Los Glaciares National Park, ranging from highs of 8°C to lows of 7°C. You will leave for Iguazu National Park on the 5th (Sat).

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Glaciar Spegazzini ©
Glaciar Spegazzini
Perito Moreno Glacier ©
Perito Moreno Glacier
Glaciar Seco ©
Glaciar Seco

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Salto Bernabe Mendez and then admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: head off the coast to Isla San Martin and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Provincial Urugua-i Park.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Iguazu National Park route planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Los Glaciares National Park to Iguazu National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Los Glaciares National Park in September, plan for warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Iguazu National Park: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Provincial Urugua-i Park
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez
Provincial Urugua-i Park ©
Provincial Urugua-i Park

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.
On the 8th (Tue), enjoy breathtaking views from Morro Dois Irmaos, kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondinho Pao de Acucar, and finally explore the striking landscape at Pedra do Sal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Maua Square, don't miss a visit to Jerusalem Cultural Center, then get interesting insight from Tours, then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipanema, and finally kick back and relax at Pedra do Arpoador.

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Getting from Iguazu National Park to Rio de Janeiro by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Iguazu National Park in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Rio de Janeiro, with lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Morro Dois Irmaos ©
Morro Dois Irmaos
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

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