22 days in South America Itinerary

22 days in South America Itinerary

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22 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles, United States
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  5​h 15​min
2
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  6​h 45​min
4
Porto de Galinhas, Brazil
— 1 night
Shuttle + Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
6
Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
7
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Los Angeles, United States

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.
Get some historical perspective at Plaza de Mayo and Museo Nacional De Arte Decorativo. Do some cultural sightseeing at Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Parque 3 de Febrero, take a stroll through Puerto Madero, get to know the fascinating history of San Telmo, and explore the world behind art at Coleccion de Arte Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat.

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Los Angeles, USA to Buenos Aires is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Buenos Aires. When traveling from Los Angeles in July, plan for colder days in Buenos Aires, with highs around 58°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Plaza de Mayo ©
Plaza de Mayo

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): admire the engineering at Iguazu Falls.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Foz do Iguacu trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Buenos Aires to Foz do Iguacu takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Buenos Aires, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Foz do Iguacu, ranging from highs of 71°F to lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Nature Parks
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Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls

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.
Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro and Museu Historico do Exercito e Forte de Copacabana will appeal to museum buffs. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Praia de Ipanema and Copacabana Beach. And it doesn't end there: take a peaceful walk through Parque Nacional Tijuca, steep yourself in history at Parque Lage, appreciate the history behind Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, and admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro.

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Traveling by flight from Foz do Iguacu to Rio de Janeiro takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Foz do Iguacu in July; daily highs in Rio de Janeiro reach 78°F and lows reach 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Porto de Galinhas.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach

1
night
Porto de Galinhas, Brazil

Porto de Galinhas ©
You're in for a treat on your beach holiday to Porto de Galinha.
On the 11th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Muro Alto Beach and then kick back and relax at Pontal de Maracaipe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the gorgeous colors at Natural Pools of Porto de Galinhas and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Porto de Galinhas trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Rio de Janeiro to Porto de Galinhas takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Porto de Galinhas, with lows of 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Porto de Galinhas

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach ©
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach
Muro Alto Beach ©
Muro Alto Beach
Piscinas Naturais de Porto de Galinhas ©

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Capela de Sao Pedro and Fort of Nossa Senhora da Conceicao. Step out of the city life by going to Praia do Sueste and Conceicao Beach. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Baia do Sancho, tour the pleasant surroundings at Enseada da Caieira, enjoy breathtaking views from Forte Sao Pedro do Boldro, and get outside with Baia dos Porcos.

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You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Porto de Galinhas to Fernando de Noronha in 3.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Porto de Galinhas to Fernando de Noronha is 1 hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Praia do Sueste ©
Praia do Sueste
Praia do Cacimba do Padre ©
Praia do Cacimba do Padre

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.
Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino and Museo Interactivo Mirador are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore and learn at La Chascona and Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile, make a trip to Cerro Santa Lucia, admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and get engrossed in the history at Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Santiago trip maker website .

Getting from Fernando de Noronha to Santiago by flight takes about 12 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Fernando de Noronha Time (FNT) to Chile Time (CLT), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile
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La Chascona ©
La Chascona
Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile ©
Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile
Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino ©

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.
Popular historic sites such as Sacsayhuaman and Salinas de Maras are in your itinerary. Let the collections at Pre-Columbian Art Museum and Qorikancha capture your imagination. Go for a jaunt from Cusco to Ollantaytambo to see Perolniyoq Waterfall about 1h 45 min away. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna, steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, get engrossed in the history at Museo Inka, and do some two-wheel cruising with Pacha Peru Explorers.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Cusco online trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Santiago to Cusco in 9 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Santiago to Cusco is minus 1 hour. In July, daily temperatures in Cusco can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Winay Wayna, Pacha Peru Explorers, Salinas de Maras, Perolniyoq Waterfall
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

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