22 days in South America Itinerary

22 days in South America Itinerary

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22 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Manchester, United Kingdom
Fly:  20 h 45 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:  4 h 30 min
4
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
5
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
6
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  3 h 15 min
7
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
+4
Train + Foot + Bus + Taxi + Fly:  22 h 45 min
End: Manchester, United Kingdom

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, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Baia do Sancho, enjoy the sand and surf at Conceicao Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and see the sky in a new way at Aulas de Energia – Espaco Usina Solar Fernando de Noronha.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Fernando de Noronha online itinerary planner.

Manchester, UK to Fernando de Noronha is an approximately 21- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Traveling from Manchester to Fernando de Noronha, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Manchester in October: high temperatures in Fernando de Noronha hover around 34°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to fly to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Baia dos Porcos ©
Baia dos Porcos
Praia do Sueste ©
Praia do Sueste

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rio de Janeiro: Museu de Arte Contemporanea de Niteroi (in Niteroi) and Petropolis (Imperial Museum & Museu Casa de Santos Dumont). The adventure continues: pause for some photo ops at Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, explore the historical opulence of Ilha Fiscal, don't miss a visit to Escadaria Selaron, and enjoy the sand and surf at Pedra do Arpoador.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro day trip site.

You can fly from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro in 7 hours. The time zone changes from Fernando de Noronha Time (FNT) to Brasilia Time (BRT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Fernando de Noronha in October, Rio de Janeiro is a bit cooler at night with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Petropolis, Museu de Arte Contemporanea de Niteroi
Highlights from your plan
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

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 18th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Buddhist Temple and then admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls. On the next day, see human ingenuity at work at Itaipu Dam and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parque das Aves Bird Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Foz do Iguacu trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Foz do Iguacu by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in October, Foz do Iguacu is a bit cooler at night with lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can 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

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 historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, take a stroll through Puerto Madero, and try your luck at Hipodromo Argentino de Palermo.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Foz do Iguacu to Buenos Aires takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Foz do Iguacu in October, with highs in Buenos Aires at 24°C and lows at 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

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

3
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, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from San Cristóbal Hill, enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Costanera, see the interesting displays at La Chascona, and stroll around Cerro Santa Lucia.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Santiago road trip website.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Santiago takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Argentine Time to Chile Time is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Santiago

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

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Maras (Moray & Salinas de Maras). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, take an in-depth tour of Museo de Vida Monastica - Monasterio de Santa Catalina del Cusco, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino, and view the masterpieces at Ekekos San Blas - Arte & Colores.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Cusco trip planner.

You can fly from Santiago to Cusco in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Cusco. October in Cusco sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Maras
Highlights from your plan
exploor ©
exploor
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha

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 29th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu attractions planning site.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

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

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