29 days in South America Itinerary

29 days in South America Itinerary

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29 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  17 h 15 min
1
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
2
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  3 h 15 min
3
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
+4
Train + Foot + Bus + Taxi + Fly:  13 h
4
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  7 h
5
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  10 h
6
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 1 night
Shuttle + Fly:  4 h 30 min
7
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  8 h 45 min
8
El Chalten, Argentina
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  31 h
End: Sydney, Australia

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 shopping, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, take in the pleasant sights at Plaza de Armas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cerro Santa Lucia, and look for gifts at Patio Bellavista.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Santiago travel app .

Sydney, Australia to Santiago is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 14 hours traveling from Sydney to Santiago due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
La Chascona ©
La Chascona

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.
Cusco is known for historic sites, museums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Sacsayhuaman, steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, gain insight with exploor, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Cusco day trip site .

You can fly from Santiago to Cusco in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Santiago to Cusco is minus 1 hour. In December, daytime highs in Cusco are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Sacred Valley of the Incas
Highlights from your plan
exploor ©
exploor
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas

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.
On the 25th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu online trip planner .

Do a combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. On the 26th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

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

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.
Rio de Janeiro is known for beaches, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the history behind Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer, enjoy the sand and surf at Pedra do Arpoador, take a peaceful walk through Parque Nacional Tijuca, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Copacabana Beach.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Rio de Janeiro trip planner.

You can do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Machu Picchu to Rio de Janeiro in 13 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, bus, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Machu Picchu to Rio de Janeiro, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. December in Rio de Janeiro sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can fly to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

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

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.
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, stroll through Fernado de Noronha Island, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and explore the striking landscape of Fernando de Noronha Marine National Park.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Fernando de Noronha trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Fernando de Noronha takes 7 hours. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time to Fernando de Noronha Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In December in Fernando de Noronha, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Baia dos Porcos ©
Baia dos Porcos
Morro dois Irmaos ©
Morro dois Irmaos

1
night
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.
On the 6th (Wed), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Parque das Aves Bird Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Buddhist Temple and then admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Foz do Iguacu trip itinerary planning app .

Fly from Fernando de Noronha to Foz do Iguacu in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Fernando de Noronha Time (FNT) to Brasilia Time (BRT) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Fernando de Noronha in January, expect little chillier with lows of 24°C in Foz do Iguacu. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Buenos Aires.

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
Buddhist Temple ©
Buddhist Temple

4
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: stroll the grounds of Cemiterio de Recoleta, shop like a local with Puerto Madero, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Japones.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Buenos Aires trip planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Foz do Iguacu to Buenos Aires in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. When traveling from Foz do Iguacu in January, plan for slightly colder days in Buenos Aires, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to El Chalten.

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 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.
On the 12th (Tue), explore the activities along Laguna Capri and then get to know the fascinating history of Laguna Torre. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Laguna de los Tres and then take in the awesome beauty at Fitz Roy.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our El Chalten itinerary maker website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Buenos Aires to El Chalten takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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