29 days in South America Itinerary

29 days in South America Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 1 night
2
Cusco, Peru
— 2 nights
3
Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
4
El Chalten, Argentina
— 1 day
5
El Calafate, Argentina
— 1 night
6
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
7
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 1 night
8
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
9
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 nights
10
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 3 nights
11
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 6 nights

1
night
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.
For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Machu Picchu road trip site.

Lima to Machu Picchu is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

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

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.
On the 27th (Mon), explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, thensteep yourself in history at Sacsayhuaman, thensteep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, and finally admire the masterpieces at Ekekos San Blas - Arte & Colores. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Qorikancha and then delve into the distant past at Tambomachay.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Cusco route maker website.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April in Cusco, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Ekekos San Blas  - Arte  & Colores ©
Ekekos San Blas - Arte & Colores
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Qorikancha ©
Qorikancha

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 shopping, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from San Cristóbal Hill, take in the pleasant sights at Plaza de Armas, stop by Barrio Bellavista, and contemplate the long history of Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Santiago tour app.

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Santiago takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cusco to Santiago. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to El Chalten.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

1
day
El Chalten, Argentina

El Chalten ©
Nestled up against the hills of the Los Glaciares National Park, El Chalten serves as one of the nation's most bustling hubs for hikers and backpackers heading out into the wild landscape of southern Patagonia.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Laguna Torre and then hike along Laguna de los Tres.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our El Chalten tour itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Santiago to El Chalten takes 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or drive. Traveling from Santiago to El Chalten, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to drive to El Calafate.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks Trails Nature

Side Trip

Laguna de los Tres
Highlights from your plan
Laguna de los Tres ©
Laguna de los Tres
Laguna Torre ©
Laguna Torre

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 3rd (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Los Glaciares.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the El Calafate trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from El Chalten to El Calafate in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in El Calafate sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in El Calafate

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares ©
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares

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 historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, admire the architecture and history at Plaza de Mayo, and get a sense of history and politics at Casa Rosada.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by flight from El Calafate to Buenos Aires takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from El Calafate in May, plan for much warmer days in Buenos Aires, with highs around °C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Parque 3 de Febrero ©
Parque 3 de Febrero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta

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.
On the 7th (Thu), head off the coast to Isla San Martin and then admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Iguazu National Park attractions app.

Traveling by flight from Buenos Aires to Iguazu National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Buenos Aires, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Iguazu National Park, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

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

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 8th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Buddhist Temple and then admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the engineering at Itaipu Dam and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parque das Aves Bird Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Foz do Iguacu holiday planner.

Drive from Iguazu National Park to Foz do Iguacu in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Foz do Iguacu sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

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

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, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach, take a stroll through Santa Teresa, stroll around Parque Lage, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Vermelha Beach.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro day trip app.

Fly from Foz do Iguacu to Rio de Janeiro in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, Rio de Janeiro is a bit warmer than Foz do Iguacu - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer ©
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

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, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Baia do Sancho, tour the pleasant surroundings at Conceicao Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and get outside with Baia dos Porcos.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Fernando de Noronha online day trip planner.

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. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Fernando de Noronha, with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Morro dois Irmaos ©
Morro dois Irmaos
Enseada da Caieira ©
Enseada da Caieira

6
nights
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Puerto Ayora ©
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Step out of Puerto Ayora with an excursion to North Seymour Island in Baltra--about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Charles Darwin Research Station, stroll around El Garrapatero, enjoy the sand and surf at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, and take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Aymara.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Ayora tour itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Fernando de Noronha to Puerto Ayora in 26 hours. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Puerto Ayora due to the time zone difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, El Trapiche Ecologico Galapagos, North Seymour Island
Highlights from your plan
Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
North Seymour Island ©
North Seymour Island
Galeria Aymara ©
Galeria Aymara

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