22 days in Santiago de Cuba & South America Itinerary

22 days in Santiago de Cuba & South America Itinerary

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Start: Ipoh, Malaysia
Fly:  39 h
1
Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
— Few hours
Fly:  19 h 30 min
2
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Ferry:  2 h 30 min
3
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  18 h 30 min
4
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 day
+2
Train + Foot + Bus:  3 h
5
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  8 h 45 min
6
Santiago, Chile
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 30 min
7
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 1 night
Fly:  6 h 45 min
8
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 2 nights
Train:  36 h
End: Ipoh, Malaysia

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hours
Santiago de Cuba, Cuba

Santiago de Cuba ©
Santiago de Cuba has taken almost as much influence from Haiti and the Dominican Republic as it has from Havana, distilling a concoction of cultures to create a city with a distinct identity.
On the 19th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Casa de Diego Velazquez, stroll the grounds of Cementerio Santa Ifigenia, thensteep yourself in history at Moncada Barracks, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Santiago de Cuba online holiday planner.

Ipoh, Malaysia to Santiago de Cuba is an approximately 34-hour flight. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time to Cuba Standard Time, which is usually a -13 hour difference. July in Santiago de Cuba sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Santiago de Cuba

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Cementerio Santa Ifigenia ©
Cementerio Santa Ifigenia
Casa de Diego Velazquez ©
Casa de Diego Velazquez
Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca ©
Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Galeria Aymara and Maki-Art Gallery. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Charles Darwin Research Station, take a leisurely stroll along Malecon de Puerto Ayora, admire the masterpieces at Maprae, and take in the exciting artwork at The Angelique Art Gallery.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Ayora driving holiday planning site.

You can fly from Santiago de Cuba to Puerto Ayora in 22.5 hours. When traveling from Santiago de Cuba in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Puerto Ayora: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, Tunel de Lava Bellavista
Highlights from your plan
Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
Galeria Aymara ©
Galeria Aymara
Galeria Exotico Ecuador ©
Galeria Exotico Ecuador

4
nights
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno ©
The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
Interpretation Center and Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Spend the 24th (Wed) exploring nature at Cerro Tijeretas. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Dona Pilo, get outside with Cerro Tijeretas, take in the pleasant sights at Malecon San Cristobal, and kick back and relax at Playa de Oro.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno vacation planner.

Traveling by ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno takes 3.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

San Cristobal
Highlights from your plan
Cerro Tijeretas ©
Cerro Tijeretas
Interpretation Center ©
Interpretation Center
Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion ©
Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu journey tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Machu Picchu. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

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

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 Qorikancha. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino, explore the ancient world of Centro Historico De Cusco, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Museo de Vida Monastica - Monasterio de Santa Catalina del Cusco.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cusco trip itinerary tool.

Do a combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Cusco can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Cusco

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

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): contemplate the long history of Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, and then explore and take pictures at Cerro Santa Lucia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, admire the landmark architecture of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), thensee the interesting displays at La Chascona, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museo de Artes Visuales.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Santiago trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Santiago takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cusco to Santiago. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
La Chascona ©
La Chascona
Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino ©
Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): wander the streets of Puerto Madero, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, thenexplore the different monuments and memorials at Cemiterio de Recoleta, and finally explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, appreciate the extensive heritage of Calle Defensa, thenponder the world of politics at Casa Rosada, and finally admire the architecture and history at Plaza de Mayo.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Buenos Aires journey app.

You can fly from Santiago to Buenos Aires in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Buenos Aires. In August, daytime highs in Buenos Aires are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

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

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer and Copacabana Beach. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, kick back and relax at Pedra do Arpoador, delve into the lush surroundings at Parque Nacional Tijuca, and contemplate the long history of Parque Lage.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro trip builder site.

Fly from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Buenos Aires in August, with highs in Rio de Janeiro at 30°C and lows at 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

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

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