26 days in South America Itinerary

26 days in South America Itinerary

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26 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  20​h 30​min
2
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 day
Drive:  11​h 15​min
3
Puno, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
4
Manaus, Brazil
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
5
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
8
El Calafate, Argentina
— 1 night
bus:  2​h
9
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
— 1 night
+2
shuttle + taxi + Fly:  8​h 30​min
10
Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Melbourne, Australia

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.
Santiago is known for museums, shopping, parks, nature, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at San Cristóbal Hill, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas, admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), and hit the slopes at Valle Nevado - Ski Resort Chile.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Santiago online trip itinerary builder .

Melbourne, Australia to Santiago is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Santiago, you'll gain 14 hours due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

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

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 22nd (Sun): look for gifts at Artesanias, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes), then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen, and finally delve into the distant past at Intipuncu.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Machu Picchu journey builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Santiago to Machu Picchu takes 20.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Machu Picchu due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Puno.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes) ©
Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes)
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu
Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen ©
Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen

2
nights
Puno, Peru

Puno ©
Hugging the western tip of Lake Titicaca, Puno serves as a melting pot of indigenous and imported cultures, and makes a great base for explorations around the region.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lake Titicaca. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): head off the coast to Uros Floating Islands, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Titicaca, and then don't miss a visit to Catedral de Puno. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the different monuments and memorials at Sillustani, head off the coast to Taquile Island, and then get great views at Mirador Ing. Eduardo Sanchez.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Puno trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Machu Picchu to Puno takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daytime highs in Puno are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Manaus.

Things to do in Puno

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Taquile Island ©
Taquile Island
Uros Floating Islands ©
Uros Floating Islands
Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca

2
nights
Manaus, Brazil

It's hard not to get excited when planning a trip to Manaus, capital of the state of Amazonas, and the largest city on the mighty Amazon River.
On the 26th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Ponta Negra Beach, then contemplate the waterfront views at Meeting of Waters, and then revel in the low prices at Stylo Outlet. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at Monumento de Abertura dos Portos, then don't miss a visit to Espaco Cultural Largo de Sao Sebastiao, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally don't miss a visit to Ponte Do Rio Negro.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Manaus trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Puno to Manaus takes 18.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Puno to Manaus. In September, Manaus is warmer than Puno - with highs of 39°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Manaus

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Meeting of Waters ©
Meeting of Waters
Ponta Negra Beach ©
Ponta Negra Beach

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 your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sugarloaf Mountain, stroll through Praia de Ipanema, explore and take pictures at Maracanã, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Tijuca.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro online journey planner .

Getting from Manaus to Rio de Janeiro by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Manaus to Rio de Janeiro is 1 hour. Traveling from Manaus in September, things will get a bit cooler in Rio de Janeiro: highs are around 32°C and lows about 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Iguazu National Park.

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
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.
On the 2nd (Wed), take in the dramatic scenery at Cataratas del Iguazu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Isla San Martin, admire the sheer force of Salto San Martin, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Salto Bernabe Mendez.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Iguazu National Park road trip tool .

Fly from Rio de Janeiro to Iguazu National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Iguazu National Park, with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) 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, museums, parks, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Recoleta Cemetery, take a stroll through Palermo, explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, and admire the natural beauty at Jardin Japones.

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Fly from Iguazu National Park to Buenos Aires in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Iguazu National Park in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Buenos Aires, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to El Calafate.

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

1
night
El Calafate, Argentina

El Calafate ©
El Calafate tourism thrives mostly thanks to the city's proximity to a World Heritage-listed national park, famed for containing over 40 large glaciers.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. On the 8th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Lago Argentino, look for gifts at Vellon Negro, and then head outdoors with Enjoy!.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the El Calafate travel planner .

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to El Calafate takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Buenos Aires in October, plan for colder days in El Calafate, with highs around 9°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Los Glaciares National Park.

Things to do in El Calafate

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
Lago Argentino
Lago Argentino
Vellon Negro ©
Vellon Negro

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Glaciar Seco and then explore the striking landscape at Perito Moreno Glacier.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Los Glaciares National Park trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by bus from El Calafate to Los Glaciares National Park takes 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Los Glaciares National Park can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

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

2
nights
Santiago, Chile

Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, and then do a tasting at Concha y Toro. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Santiago itinerary planner .

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. Traveling from Los Glaciares National Park to Santiago, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Tours Museums Wineries

Side Trip

Concha y Toro
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino ©
Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino
Concha y Toro ©
Concha y Toro

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