21 days in South America Itinerary

21 days in South America Itinerary

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Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  17 h 30 min
1
Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
2
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  3 h 15 min
3
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
Fly:  13 h
4
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h
5
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  9 h 30 min
6
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 1 day
Fly:  3 h 30 min
7
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h 45 min
8
El Chalten, Argentina
— 1 night
Drive:  7 h 45 min
9
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile
— 1 day
Bus:  26 h
End: Melbourne, Australia

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at La Chascona and Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, go for a walk through Plaza de Armas, explore the world behind art at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, and don't miss a visit to Cerro Santa Lucia.

To find reviews and other tourist information, use the Santiago trip app.

Melbourne, Australia to Santiago is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Santiago is minus 14 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
La Chascona ©
La Chascona
Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino ©
Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino

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 10th (Tue): hike along exploor, contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas, thensteep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, and finally explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Tambomachay, thensteep yourself in history at Tipon, thentake an in-depth tour of Museo de Vida Monastica - Monasterio de Santa Catalina del Cusco, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Qorikancha.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cusco trip itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from Santiago to Cusco takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Cusco due to the time zone difference. In November, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and then admire the natural beauty at Mandor.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu trip 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

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

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Copacabana Beach and Pedra do Arpoador. Parque Lage and Ilha Fiscal will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Ipanema, don't miss a visit to Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, get lost in a book at Real Gabinete Portugues Da Leitura, and admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from Machu Picchu to Rio de Janeiro takes 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Machu Picchu to Rio de Janeiro. In November in Rio de Janeiro, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

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

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Fort of Nossa Senhora da Conceicao and Aulas de Energia – Espaco Usina Solar Fernando de Noronha. Visit Baia do Sancho and Porto de Santo Antonio Beach for some beach relaxation. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Baia dos Porcos, have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, explore the striking landscape of Fernando de Noronha Marine National Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Cacimba do Padre.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Fernando de Noronha vacation builder website.

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Fernando de Noronha takes 8 hours. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Fernando de Noronha, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in November, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Fernando de Noronha, with lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Fernado de Noronha Island ©
Fernado de Noronha Island
Praia do Cacimba do Padre ©
Praia do Cacimba do Padre

1
day
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.
On the 20th (Fri), take in the dramatic scenery at Salto San Martin and then admire the sheer force of Salto Bernabe Mendez.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Iguazu National Park trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Fernando de Noronha to Iguazu National Park in 13.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Iguazu National Park is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Fernando de Noronha in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Iguazu National Park, with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

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

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.
On the 21st (Sat), explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemiterio de Recoleta, take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, steep yourself in history at Palacio Barolo, thenadmire the architecture and history at Plaza de Mayo, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Casa Rosada. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of La Boca and then take a stroll through Puerto Madero.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Iguazu National Park to Buenos Aires takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Iguazu National Park in November, plan for slightly colder days in Buenos Aires, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to El Chalten.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Plaza de Mayo ©
Plaza de Mayo

1
night
El Chalten, Argentina

El Chalten ©
Nestled up against the hills of the Los Glaciares National Park, El Chalten serves as one of the nation's most bustling hubs for hikers and backpackers heading out into the wild landscape of southern Patagonia.
On the 23rd (Mon), explore the activities along Laguna Capri and then get to know the fascinating history of Laguna Torre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Laguna de los Tres and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fitz Roy.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our El Chalten online holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to El Chalten takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine).

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Laguna de los Tres
Highlights from your plan
Laguna de los Tres ©
Laguna de los Tres
Fitz Roy ©
Fitz Roy
Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre

1
day
Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine), Chile

Surrounded by towering mountains, shimmering lakes, and the region's rugged hills, Puerto Natales serves as a bustling jumping-off point for exploring the Torres del Paine National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): Head underground at Mylodon Cave Natural Monument and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) sightseeing website.

You can drive from El Chalten to Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Argentina Standard Time (ART) to Chile Standard Time (CLT) is minus 1 hour. In November, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Mylodon Cave Natural Monument ©
Mylodon Cave Natural Monument

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