21 days in South America Itinerary

21 days in South America Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  21 h 45 min
1
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  4 h 30 min
2
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 30 min
3
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h
4
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
5
Porto de Galinhas, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  14 h 45 min
6
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  22 h 30 min
End: Melbourne, Australia

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cemiterio de Recoleta and Puerto Madero. Visit Plaza de Mayo and Calle Defensa for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of La Boca, admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, and admire the striking features of Palacio Barolo.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Buenos Aires visit planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Buenos Aires is an approximately 22-hour flight. You'll gain 13 hours traveling from Melbourne to Buenos Aires due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in October, Buenos Aires is a bit warmer at night with lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

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

1
night
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 4th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Buddhist Temple and then take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Foz do Iguacu online vacation planner.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Buenos Aires to Foz do Iguacu in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Buenos Aires in November, plan for somewhat warmer days in Foz do Iguacu, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Buddhist Temple ©
Buddhist Temple

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Copacabana Beach and Praia de Ipanema. Visit Pedra do Arpoador and Leblon Beach for some beach relaxation. There's much more to do: make a trip to Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, delve into the lush surroundings at Parque Nacional Tijuca, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, and steep yourself in history at Parque Lage.

For ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro tour itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Foz do Iguacu to Rio de Janeiro takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Rio de Janeiro are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

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

5
nights
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

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.
Get outdoors at Baia do Sancho and Morro dois Irmaos. You'll get in some beach time at Praia do Cachorro and Fernado de Noronha Island. There's lots more to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, kick back and relax at Porto de Santo Antonio Beach, head outdoors with Baia dos Porcos, and stroll through Ponta das Caracas.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Fernando de Noronha trip planner.

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Fernando de Noronha by flight takes about 8 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Fernando de Noronha due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in November, Fernando de Noronha is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Porto de Galinhas.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Fernado de Noronha Island ©
Fernado de Noronha Island

2
nights
Porto de Galinhas, Brazil

Porto de Galinhas ©
You're in for a treat on your beach holiday to Porto de Galinha.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): stroll through Muro Alto Beach, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach, and then explore the activities along Piscinas Naturais de Porto de Galinhas. On your second day here, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia De Maracaipe, and then kick back and relax at Pontal de Maracaipe.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Porto de Galinhas trip app.

You can fly from Fernando de Noronha to Porto de Galinhas in 3.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Fernando de Noronha Standard Time to Brasilia Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In November, daytime highs in Porto de Galinhas are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Porto de Galinhas

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Muro Alto Beach ©
Muro Alto Beach
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach ©
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach
Piscinas Naturais de Porto de Galinhas ©
Piscinas Naturais de Porto de Galinhas

3
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 a sense of the local culture at Sacsayhuaman and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Get some historical perspective at Sacred Valley of the Incas and Plaza de Armas. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cusco: Maras (Moray & Salinas de Maras). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Tambomachay, explore the galleries of Ekekos San Blas - Arte & Colores, and admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Cusco trip planner.

Fly from Porto de Galinhas to Cusco in 14 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Porto de Galinhas to Cusco is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Porto de Galinhas in November, expect nights in Cusco to be colder, around 8°C, while days are little chillier, around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Maras, Sacred Valley of the Incas
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

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