23 days in South America Itinerary

23 days in South America Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
2
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 2 nights
3
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 1 night
4
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
5
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 5 nights
6
Porto de Galinhas, Brazil
— 3 nights

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sacsayhuaman and Plaza de Armas. Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Salinas de Maras. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cusco: Iglesia de Urubamba (in Urubamba) and Moray (in Maras). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Qorikancha, wander the streets of San Blas, admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco, and delve into the distant past at Tambomachay.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Cusco journey builder tool.

Wellington, New Zealand to Cusco is an approximately 27-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 17 hours traveling from Wellington to Cusco. While traveling from Wellington, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Cusco, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Maras, Iglesia de Urubamba
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras

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 a sense of the local culture at Cemiterio de Recoleta and Puerto Madero. Visit Plaza de Mayo and Recoleta for their historical value. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, stop by Dos Semillas, admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, and visit Calle Defensa.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Buenos Aires vacation builder site.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Buenos Aires takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Cusco to Buenos Aires is 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cusco in December: highs in Buenos Aires hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Calle Defensa ©
Calle Defensa

1
night
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 7th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls and then step off the mainland to explore Isla San Martin.

Plan my day in Iguazu National Park using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Iguazu National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Iguazu National Park are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Isla San Martin ©
Isla San Martin

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Copacabana Beach and Leblon Beach. Get in touch with nature at Praia de Ipanema and Praia de Grumari. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the history behind Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, kick back and relax at Pedra do Arpoador, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Our Lady of the Candelaria, and contemplate the long history of Parque Lage.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro online trip builder.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Iguazu National Park to Rio de Janeiro in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Iguazu National Park in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of °C in Rio de Janeiro. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

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

5
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 Baia do Sancho and Praia do Cacimba do Padre. Projeto TAMAR Fernando de Noronha - Patrocínio PETROBRAS and Fort of Nossa Senhora da Conceicao are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Leão, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fernado de Noronha Island, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fernando de Noronha Marine National Park, and get outside with Baia dos Porcos.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Fernando de Noronha online trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Fernando de Noronha in 7.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Fernando de Noronha. In December, daytime highs in Fernando de Noronha are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Porto de Galinhas.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Baia dos Porcos ©
Baia dos Porcos
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.
On the 17th (Thu), kick back and relax at Cupe beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Muro Alto Beach, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Casa Jerimum. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia De Maracaipe, thenkick back and relax at Pontal de Maracaipe, and then explore the gorgeous colors at Piscinas Naturais de Porto de Galinhas.

For ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Porto de Galinhas online driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Fernando de Noronha to Porto de Galinhas in 3.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Porto de Galinhas. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Porto de Galinhas

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

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