29 days in South America Itinerary

29 days in South America Itinerary

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29 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Cranbrook, Canada
Fly:  31​h
1
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h
2
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 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
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
6
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
+2
Shuttle + Taxi + Fly:  7​h 45​min
7
Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Shuttle + Ferry + Bus:  15​h 30​min
8
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  30​h
End: Cranbrook, Canada

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, wildlife, outdoors, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Baia do Sancho, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Conceicao Beach, and head outdoors with Morro dois Irmaos.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Fernando de Noronha trip planning website .

Cranbrook, Canada to Fernando de Noronha is an approximately 31-hour flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Fernando de Noronha Time (FNT), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Cranbrook in February; daily highs in Fernando de Noronha reach 35°C and lows reach 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to fly to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

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

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, parks, museums, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Copacabana Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Grumari, get great views at Pedra Bonita, and appreciate the history behind Corcovado Christ the Redeemer.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Rio de Janeiro day trip planning website .

Getting from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro by flight takes about 7 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro due to the time zone difference. In February, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Foz do Iguacu.

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

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.
On the 12th (Wed), take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls. On the 13th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the engineering at Itaipu Dam and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parque das Aves Bird Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Foz do Iguacu trip planner .

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Foz do Iguacu in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Foz do Iguacu when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in February, with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can 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.
On the 14th (Fri), admire the sheer force of Salto San Martin and then admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Salto Bernabe Mendez and then step off the mainland to explore Isla San Martin.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Iguazu National Park day trip planner.

Drive from Foz do Iguacu to Iguazu National Park in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in February, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

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

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 nightlife, historic sites, parks, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Cemiterio de Recoleta, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, explore the engaging exhibits at Museo de los Ninos, and admire the natural beauty at Jardin Japones.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Buenos Aires road trip site .

Traveling by flight from Iguazu National Park to Buenos Aires takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Iguazu National Park in February, expect nights in Buenos Aires to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Los Glaciares National Park.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Museums Historic Sites Casinos
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 20th (Thu), 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 maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Los Glaciares National Park online visit planner .

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. When traveling from Buenos Aires in February, plan for much colder days in Los Glaciares National Park, with highs around 17°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Laguna de los Tres ©
Laguna de los Tres
Perito Moreno Glacier ©
Perito Moreno Glacier
Glaciar Seco ©
Glaciar Seco

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 parks, museums, shopping, nature, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Cristóbal Hill, examine the collection at La Chascona, don't miss a visit to Cerro Santa Lucia, and steep yourself in history at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Santiago trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Los Glaciares National Park to Santiago takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Glaciares National Park to Santiago is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Santiago

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

3
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.
Go for a jaunt from Puerto Ayora to Baltra to see North Seymour Island about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Charles Darwin Research Station, stop by Chocolapagos Darwin's Favourites, enjoy the sand and surf at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, and don't miss a visit to Dragon Hill (Cerro Dragon).

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Ayora trip builder website .

Do a combination of flight, ferry, and bus from Santiago to Puerto Ayora in 15.5 hours. Traveling from Santiago to Puerto Ayora, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In February in Puerto Ayora, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, North Seymour Island
Highlights from your plan
Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay ©
Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
North Seymour Island ©
North Seymour Island

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