22 days in South America Itinerary

22 days in South America Itinerary

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22 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Calgary, Canada
Fly:  34​h
1
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
2
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
4
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
6
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
— 1 night
+2
shuttle + taxi + Fly:  7​h 45​min
7
Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
8
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 15​min
9
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
+3
Drive + bus + foot + Fly:  25​h
End: Calgary, Canada

3
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: tour the pleasant surroundings at Baia do Sancho, contemplate the waterfront views at Buraco do Galego, kick back and relax at Praia do Sueste, and head outdoors with Baia dos Porcos.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Fernando de Noronha day trip planning tool .

Calgary, Canada to Fernando de Noronha is an approximately 34-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Calgary to Fernando de Noronha is 5 hours. Traveling from Calgary in October, things will get much hotter in Fernando de Noronha: highs are around 34°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) 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
Praia do Sueste ©
Praia do Sueste

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Escadaria Selaron, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pao de Acucar, then stroll through Copacabana Beach, and finally pause for some photo ops at Corcovado Christ the Redeemer. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, then kick back and relax at Pedra do Arpoador, then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipanema, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Barra da Tijuca Beach.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro travel route planner.

You can fly from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro in 7 hours. The time zone difference moving from Fernando de Noronha Time to Brasilia Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Fernando de Noronha in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Rio de Janeiro, with lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Bondinho  Pao de Acucar ©
Bondinho Pao de Acucar
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer
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.
On the 31st (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Buddhist Temple and then admire the engineering at Iguazu Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Fri): admire the engineering at Itaipu Dam and then meet the residents at Parque das Aves Bird Park.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Foz do Iguacu road trip site .

Fly from Rio de Janeiro to Foz do Iguacu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in October since evenings lows in Foz do Iguacu dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to drive to Iguazu National Park.

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

2
nights
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 2nd (Sat), admire the sheer force of Salto San Martin and then admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: head off the coast to Isla San Martin and then identify plant and animal life at Salto Bernabe Mendez.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Iguazu National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Foz do Iguacu to Iguazu National Park in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November in Iguazu National Park, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

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

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.
Buenos Aires is known for nightlife, museums, parks, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta, take a stroll through Puerto Madero, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, and contemplate the long history of Casa Rosada.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Buenos Aires vacation planner.

You can fly from Iguazu National Park to Buenos Aires in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Iguazu National Park, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Buenos Aires, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Los Glaciares National Park.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Shopping 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
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Glaciar Seco and then explore the striking landscape at Perito Moreno Glacier.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Los Glaciares National Park travel site .

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. When traveling from Buenos Aires in November, plan for cooler days in Los Glaciares National Park, with highs around 14°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Perito Moreno Glacier ©
Perito Moreno Glacier
Glaciar Seco ©
Glaciar Seco

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 shopping, museums, parks, nature, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from San Cristóbal Hill, make a trip to Plaza de Armas, steep yourself in history at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, and see the interesting displays at La Chascona.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Santiago trip maker tool .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Los Glaciares National Park to Santiago in 8 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Glaciares National Park to Santiago is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
Patio Bellavista ©
Patio Bellavista

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): stroll through exploor, steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, then steep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Centro Historico De Cusco, admire the striking features of The Company of Jesus Church, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia De Santo Domingo.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Cusco trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Santiago to Cusco in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Chile Time (CLT) to Peru Time (PET) is minus 1 hour. November in Cusco sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Trails
Highlights from your plan
exploor ©
exploor
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
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.
On the 13th (Wed), delve into the distant past at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Machu Picchu online trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

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

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