18 days in South America Itinerary

18 days in South America Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Manchester, United Kingdom
Fly:  17 h 30 min
1
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  7 h
2
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  10 h
3
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
4
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Taxi + Ferry + Bus:  9 h 45 min
5
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 2 nights
+3
Bus + Ferry + Shuttle + Fly:  5 h
6
Quito, Ecuador
— 3 nights
Fly:  17 h
End: Manchester, United Kingdom

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Copacabana Beach and Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Ipanema, kick back and relax at Pedra do Arpoador, admire the striking features of Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro, and browse the collection at Real Gabinete Portugues Da Leitura.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro trip tool.

Manchester, UK to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 17.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Manchester to Rio de Janeiro, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Manchester in April: high temperatures in Rio de Janeiro hover around 33°C and lows are around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

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

3
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.
Get some cultural insight at Cemiterio de Recoleta and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Puerto Madero, steep yourself in history at Casa Rosada, shop like a local with Palermo, and take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires online trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in April, things will get slightly colder in Buenos Aires: highs are around 26°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

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.
Get some cultural insight at Sacsayhuaman and Sacred Valley of the Incas. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Qorikancha, admire the striking features of Centro Historico De Cusco, examine the collection at Museo de Arte Precolombino, and explore the world behind art at Ekekos San Blas - Arte & Colores.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Cusco itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Buenos Aires to Cusco takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Buenos Aires to Cusco due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Buenos Aires in April since evenings lows in Cusco dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lima.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Sacred Valley of the Incas
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

2
nights
Lima, Peru

Lima ©
Founded in 1535 by Spanish explorer Francisco Pizarro, Lima represents an interesting blend of modern attractions and preserved colonial architecture, much of it clustered in the World Heritage-listed city center.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas, then wander the streets of Miraflores, then contemplate the long history of Huaca Pucllana, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museo Larco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): examine the collection at Museo Nacional de Arqueologia, Antropologia e Historia del Peru, then take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Indigo, then make a trip to Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro).

Plan trip to Lima with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Cusco to Lima by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cusco in April, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Lima: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Lima

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Museo Larco ©
Museo Larco
Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas ©
Museo Convento San Francisco y Catacumbas
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana

2
nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at Galeria Aymara and Maprae. Change things up with a short trip to North Seymour Island in Baltra (about 1h 20 min away). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Charles Darwin Research Station, enjoy the sand and surf at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, and take in the dramatic natural features at Las Grietas.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Puerto Ayora trip itinerary website.

Traveling by combination of flight, ferry, and bus from Lima to Puerto Ayora takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry. Traveling from Lima in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Puerto Ayora: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Quito.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, North Seymour Island
Highlights from your plan
Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
Galeria Aymara ©
Galeria Aymara
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve

3
nights
Quito, Ecuador

Quito ©
High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Casa Museo Guayasamin, then browse the exhibits of La Capilla Del Hombre, then admire the striking features of Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila. On your second day here, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour and then explore the world behind art at Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Quito.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Quito trip planner.

Do a combination of bus, ferry, and flight from Puerto Ayora to Quito in 5 hours. Traveling from Puerto Ayora in April, expect Quito to be slightly colder, temps between 26°C and 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Quito

Museums Tours Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila ©
Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila
Casa Museo Guayasamin ©
Casa Museo Guayasamin
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco ©
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco

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