22 days in South America Itinerary

22 days in South America Itinerary

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22 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Dusseldorf, Germany
Fly:  25​h
1
San Andres Island, Colombia
— 1 night
+4
Fly + Taxi + Bus + Foot + Train:  10​h 15​min
2
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 day
+2
Train + Foot + Bus:  3​h
3
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  13​h
4
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
— 1 night
Shuttle + Fly:  13​h
5
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  6​h 45​min
6
Porto de Galinhas, Brazil
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 6 nights
Fly + Train:  15​h
End: Dusseldorf, Germany

1
night
San Andres Island, Colombia

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): see the vivid underwater world at West View and then look for all kinds of wild species at La Piscinita. Here are some ideas for day two: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Cayo El Acuario, and then kick back and relax at Playa Charquitos.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the San Andres Island online trip itinerary builder .

Dusseldorf, Germany to San Andres Island is an approximately 25-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Dusseldorf to San Andres Island. When traveling from Dusseldorf in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in San Andres Island, with highs around 36°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Cayo El Acuario ©
Cayo El Acuario
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Machu Picchu planner .

Traveling by combination of flight, bus, and train from San Andres Island to Machu Picchu takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Tambomachay, then admire the masterpieces at Pre-Columbian Art Museum, and then delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco and then contemplate the long history of Plaza de Armas.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Cusco trip builder site .

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Cusco can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to San Pedro de Atacama.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco

1
night
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

San Pedro de Atacama ©
Major archeological sites and a renowned museum remain the big draws in San Pedro de Atacama tourism, appealing to visitors interested in learning more about South America's pre-Columbian cultures.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take in the natural beauty of Geyser del Tatio and then admire nature's extreme beauty at Atacama Desert. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Pukara de Quitor and then look for all kinds of wild species at Salar de Tara.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the San Pedro de Atacama journey builder app .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Cusco to San Pedro de Atacama takes 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, car, and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cusco to San Pedro de Atacama. Traveling from Cusco in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in San Pedro de Atacama, with lows of 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in San Pedro de Atacama

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Atacama Desert
Highlights from your plan
Atacama Desert ©
Atacama Desert
Salar de Tara ©
Salar de Tara
Pukara de Quitor ©
Pukara de Quitor

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.
Visit Praia de Ipanema and Pedra do Arpoador for some beach relaxation. Get some cultural insight at Copacabana Beach and Barra da Tijuca Beach. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, admire the landmark architecture of Ilha Fiscal, take a stroll through Santa Teresa, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque Lage.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro trip website .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from San Pedro de Atacama to Rio de Janeiro in 13 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Pedro de Atacama to Rio de Janeiro due to the time zone difference. When traveling from San Pedro de Atacama in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Rio de Janeiro: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Porto de Galinhas.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

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

2
nights
Porto de Galinhas, Brazil

Porto de Galinhas ©
You're in for a treat on your beach holiday to Porto de Galinha.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Museu das Tartarugas - Ecoassociados and Massangana Sugar Cane Mill. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Muro Alto Beach and Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach. The adventure continues: see the vivid underwater world at Natural Pools of Porto de Galinhas, view the masterpieces at Casa Jerimum, sample the fine beverages at Cachacaria e Pimentaria Tio Gilson, and explore the galleries of Atelie Gilberto Carcara.

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Porto de Galinhas tour itinerary website .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Rio de Janeiro to Porto de Galinhas in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, daytime highs in Porto de Galinhas are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Porto de Galinhas

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

6
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.
Projeto TAMAR Fernando de Noronha - Patrocínio PETROBRAS and Museu do Tubarao are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Praia do Sueste and Fernando de Noronha. Spend the 2nd (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Baia do Sancho, contemplate the long history of Igreja Nossa Senhora dos Remedios, stroll through Praia do Cacimba do Padre, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

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

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Porto de Galinhas to Fernando de Noronha takes 3.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Porto de Galinhas to Fernando de Noronha. In September, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

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

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