20 days in South America Itinerary

20 days in South America Itinerary

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20 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
2
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
5
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
— 3 nights
+2
Shuttle + Taxi + Fly:  7​h 45​min
6
Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Sao Paulo, Brazil

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.
Fernando de Noronha is known for beaches, museums, wildlife, outdoors, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Baia do Sancho, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Cacimba do Padre, get outside with Morro dois Irmaos, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Fernando de Noronha day trip website .

Sao Paulo to Fernando de Noronha is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Sao Paulo to Fernando de Noronha due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Sao Paulo in December since evenings lows in Fernando de Noronha dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Baia dos Porcos ©
Baia dos Porcos
Morro dois Irmaos ©
Morro dois Irmaos

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, nature, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Bondinho Pao de Acucar, kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach, appreciate the history behind Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Grumari.

To see more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro takes 7 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro is minus 1 hour. In December, daytime highs in Rio de Janeiro are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach

2
nights
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 9th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the engineering at Itaipu Dam and then get to know the resident critters at Parque das Aves Bird Park.

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Foz do Iguacu vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Foz do Iguacu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in December, Foz do Iguacu is a bit cooler at night with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Parque das Aves Bird Park ©
Parque das Aves Bird Park
Itaipu Dam ©
Itaipu Dam

4
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.
Buenos Aires is known for nightlife, historic sites, parks, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Cemiterio de Recoleta, have fun and explore at Museo de los Ninos, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, and get a taste of the local shopping with El Ateneo Grand Splendid.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Buenos Aires road trip site .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Foz do Iguacu to Buenos Aires in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. December in Buenos Aires sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Los Glaciares National Park.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

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

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.
Los Glaciares National Park is known for nature and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Perito Moreno Glacier and trek along Laguna de los Tres.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Los Glaciares National Park fast, fun, and easy.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Los Glaciares National Park in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in December, you will find days in Los Glaciares National Park are much colder (16°C), and nights are a bit cooler (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Laguna de los Tres ©
Laguna de los Tres
Perito Moreno Glacier ©
Perito Moreno Glacier
Glaciar Spegazzini ©
Glaciar Spegazzini

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.
Santiago is known for parks, museums, shopping, nature, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through San Cristóbal Hill, stroll around Cerro Santa Lucia, take in the pleasant sights at Plaza de Armas, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Santiago online attractions planner .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Los Glaciares National Park to Santiago in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Glaciares National Park to Santiago is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
La Chascona ©
La Chascona

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