27 days in South America Itinerary

27 days in South America Itinerary

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27 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Brussels, Belgium
train + Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 8 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
3
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  19​h 30​min
6
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 3 nights
+2
train + foot + bus:  3​h 15​min
7
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  17​h
End: Brussels, Belgium

8
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Rio de Janeiro side-trips: Petropolis (Imperial Museum & Cervejaria Bohemia). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Bondinho Pao de Acucar, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Grumari, step into the grandiose world of Ilha Fiscal, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro trip site .

Brussels, Belgium to Rio de Janeiro is an approximately 17-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Brasilia Time (BRT) is minus 4 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Brussels in July since evenings lows in Rio de Janeiro dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Petropolis
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 (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see human ingenuity at work at Itaipu Dam and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parque das Aves Bird Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Foz do Iguacu trip maker .

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Foz do Iguacu by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in July, things will get little chillier in Foz do Iguacu: highs are around 25°C and lows about 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough 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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Salto Bernabe Mendez and then head off the coast to Isla San Martin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Salto San Martin and then take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Iguazu National Park travel route app .

You can drive from Foz do Iguacu to Iguazu National Park in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Iguazu National Park sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to 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, historic sites, parks, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Cemiterio de Recoleta, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, admire the architecture and history at Plaza de Mayo, and take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Buenos Aires tour builder .

You can fly from Iguazu National Park to Buenos Aires in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Iguazu National Park, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Buenos Aires, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago.

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

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.
Santiago is known for parks, museums, shopping, nature, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Cerro Santa Lucia, see the interesting displays at La Chascona, admire the masterpieces at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, and take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill.

To see maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Santiago visit website .

Getting from Buenos Aires to Santiago by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Argentine Time to Chile Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Patio Bellavista ©
Patio Bellavista

3
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.
Machu Picchu is known for historic sites, nature, parks, spas, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes), take some stellar pictures from Intipuncu, and delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Machu Picchu trip planner .

Getting from Santiago to Machu Picchu by combination of flight and car takes about 19.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Chile Time to Peru Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Choquequirao Archeological Park
Highlights from your plan
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Choquequirao Archeological Park ©
Choquequirao Archeological Park
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cusco: Salinas de Maras (in Maras) and Cerveceria Willkamayu (in Urubamba). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia De Santo Domingo, steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, and admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cusco travel planning site .

You can do a combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Salinas de Maras, Cerveceria Willkamayu
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco

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