25 days in South America Itinerary

25 days in South America Itinerary

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25 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Medellin, Colombia
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
2
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
4
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
6
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + taxi + Fly:  8​h 30​min
7
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
8
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 15​min
9
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: Medellin, Colombia

3
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, wildlife, outdoors, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Baia do Sancho, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Cacimba do Padre, explore the activities along Buraco do Galego, and head outdoors with Baia dos Porcos.

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Fernando de Noronha online driving holiday planner .

Medellin, Colombia to Fernando de Noronha is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Medellin to Fernando de Noronha. Traveling from Medellin in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Fernando de Noronha, with lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel 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.
Rio de Janeiro is known for beaches, nature, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Pao de Acucar, kick back and relax at Barra da Tijuca Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Pedra do Arpoador.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro takes 8 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro. Traveling from Fernando de Noronha in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Rio de Janeiro, with lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Nature Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Bondinho  Pao de Acucar ©
Bondinho Pao de Acucar
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Buddhist Temple, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Parque das Aves Bird Park, and then admire the engineering at Itaipu Dam. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the engineering at Iguazu Falls.

Plan trip to Foz do Iguacu with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Foz do Iguacu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in September, Foz do Iguacu is a bit cooler at night with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Iguazu National Park.

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Salto San Martin and then take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls. Keep things going the next day: step off the mainland to explore Isla San Martin and then look for all kinds of wild species at Salto Bernabe Mendez.

For more things to do and tourist information, use the Iguazu National Park journey maker site .

Drive from Foz do Iguacu to Iguazu National Park in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto Bernabe Mendez ©
Salto Bernabe Mendez
Salto San Martin ©
Salto San Martin

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 nightlife, museums, parks, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Cemiterio de Recoleta, admire the natural beauty at Jardin Japones, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, and wander the streets of Puerto Madero.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Buenos Aires trip planner .

You can fly from Iguazu National Park to Buenos Aires in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Iguazu National Park in September; daily highs in Buenos Aires reach 20°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Los Glaciares National Park.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero

2
nights
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

Los Glaciares National Park ©
A World Heritage Site, Los Glaciares National Park contains a giant ice cap that feeds 47 vast glaciers.
On the 21st (Sat), take in the dramatic natural features at Glaciar Seco and then explore the striking landscape at Perito Moreno Glacier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Laguna de los Tres.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Los Glaciares National Park trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Los Glaciares National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Buenos Aires in September, things will get slightly colder in Los Glaciares National Park: highs are around 8°C and lows about 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Perito Moreno Glacier ©
Perito Moreno Glacier
Glaciar Seco ©
Glaciar Seco

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.
Step out of Santiago to go to Valle Nevado and see Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile, which is approximately 1h 35 min away. There's still lots to do: take some stellar pictures from San Cristóbal Hill, steep yourself in history at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, see the interesting displays at La Chascona, and don't miss a visit to Santa Lucia Hill.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Santiago journey maker app .

Fly from Los Glaciares National Park to Santiago in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Glaciares National Park to Santiago is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile
Highlights from your plan
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
Patio Bellavista ©
Patio Bellavista

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): hike along exploor, steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, then delve into the distant past at Sacsayhuaman, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museo de Arte Precolombino. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Centro Historico De Cusco, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, and then stop by Hilo.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Cusco online trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Santiago to Cusco takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Chile Time to Peru Time is minus 1 hour. In September, daily temperatures in Cusco can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
exploor ©
exploor
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

2
nights
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 29th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Machu Picchu trip itinerary planning site .

You can do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

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

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