22 days in South America Itinerary

22 days in South America Itinerary

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22 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Cairo, Egypt
Fly:  20​h 15​min
1
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
2
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
5
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  3​h 30​min
6
Porto de Galinhas, Brazil
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  21​h
End: Cairo, Egypt

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.
Get some historical perspective at Sacsayhuaman and Plaza de Armas. Get a sense of the local culture at Centro Historico De Cusco and Catedral del Cuzco o Catedral Basilica de la Virgen de la Asuncion. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Winay Wayna, see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Art Museum, contemplate the long history of Choquequirao Archeological Park, and get to know the fascinating history of San Blas.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Cusco vacation planning website .

Cairo, Egypt to Cusco is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, taxi, and flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Cairo to Cusco due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Cairo in October, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Cusco: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Winay Wayna, Choquequirao Archeological Park
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco

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.
Popular historic sites such as Plaza de Mayo and Catedral Metropolitana are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Puerto Madero and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, explore the world behind art at Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires, wander the streets of La Boca, and get a taste of the local shopping with Palermo.

Before you visit Buenos Aires, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Cusco to Buenos Aires by flight takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Cusco to Buenos Aires is 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Buenos Aires when traveling from Cusco in November, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
La Boca
La Boca
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): see human ingenuity at work at Iguazu Falls. On the next day, admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Iguazu National Park journey builder site .

Getting from Buenos Aires to Iguazu National Park by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Buenos Aires in November, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Iguazu National Park: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Iguazu Falls
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls

4
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Praia de Ipanema and Pedra do Arpoador. Get outdoors at Copacabana Beach and Praia de Grumari. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the lush surroundings at Parque Nacional Tijuca, view the masterpieces at Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas, appreciate the history behind Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, and explore and take pictures at Leblon Beach.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro itinerary tool .

Do a combination of car and flight from Iguazu National Park to Rio de Janeiro in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Iguazu National Park in November, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 25°C in Rio de Janeiro. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Pedra do Arpoador ©
Pedra do Arpoador

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Praia do Cachorro and Conceicao Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Capela de Sao Pedro and Aulas de Energia - Espaco Usina Solar Fernando de Noronha. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Sueste, kick back and relax at Ponta das Caracas, contemplate the waterfront views at Buraco do Galego, and head outdoors with Baia dos Porcos.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Fernando de Noronha trip simple and quick.

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Fernando de Noronha takes 8 hours. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time to Fernando de Noronha Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 29°C in Fernando de Noronha. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Porto de Galinhas.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Praia do Cacimba do Padre ©
Praia do Cacimba do Padre
Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Praia do Sueste ©
Praia do Sueste

3
nights
Porto de Galinhas, Brazil

Porto de Galinhas ©
You're in for a treat on your beach holiday to Porto de Galinha.
Step out of the city life by going to Muro Alto Beach and Pontal de Maracaipe. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach and Praia De Maracaipe. Take a break from Porto de Galinhas with a short trip to Carneiros Beach in Tamandare, about 1h 05 min away.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Porto de Galinhas day trip website .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Fernando de Noronha to Porto de Galinhas takes 3.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Porto de Galinhas. In November, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Porto de Galinhas

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Praia dos Carneiros
Highlights from your plan
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach ©
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach
Muro Alto Beach ©
Muro Alto Beach
Praia dos Carneiros ©
Praia dos Carneiros

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