29 days in South America Itinerary

29 days in South America Itinerary

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29 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + shuttle + ferry + bus:  15​h 30​min
2
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 4 nights
+3
bus + ferry + shuttle + Fly:  25​h
3
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
4
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
6
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
8
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Melbourne, 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 parks, museums, shopping, nature, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at San Cristóbal Hill, make a trip to Patio Bellavista, see the interesting displays at La Chascona, and admire the striking features of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana).

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Santiago route planner.

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 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Santiago

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

4
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.
Change things up with a short trip to North Seymour Island in Baltra (about 1h 20 min away). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Charles Darwin Research Station, explore the striking landscape at Las Grietas, view the masterpieces at Galeria Aymara, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Puerto Ayora day trip planning tool .

Getting from Santiago to Puerto Ayora by combination of flight, ferry, and bus takes about 15.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Puerto Ayora due to the time zone difference. In March, daytime highs in Puerto Ayora are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, North Seymour Island, Tunel de Lava Bellavista
Highlights from your plan
Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve
North Seymour Island ©
North Seymour Island

4
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: stroll through Baia do Sancho, kick back and relax at Fernado de Noronha Island, get outside with Morro dois Irmaos, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Fernando de Noronha day trip planning website .

Getting from Puerto Ayora to Fernando de Noronha by combination of bus, ferry, and flight takes about 25 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Puerto Ayora to Fernando de Noronha. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in March, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to fly to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Praia do Sueste ©
Praia do Sueste
Morro dois Irmaos ©
Morro dois Irmaos

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, nature, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Bondinho Pao de Acucar, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, stroll through Pedra do Arpoador, and take some stellar pictures from Leblon Beach.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Rio de Janeiro online vacation planner .

You can fly from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro in 7 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro is minus 1 hour. In March in Rio de Janeiro, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to 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
Bondinho  Pao de Acucar ©
Bondinho Pao de Acucar
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls. Keep things going the next day: admire the engineering at Itaipu Dam and then meet the residents at Parque das Aves Bird Park.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Foz do Iguacu route planner.

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Foz do Iguacu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in April, expect slightly colder with lows of 20°C in Foz do Iguacu. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) 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.
On the 5th (Sun), admire the sheer force of Salto San Martin and then take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Salto Bernabe Mendez and then head off the coast to Isla San Martin.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Iguazu National Park travel planner.

Getting from Foz do Iguacu to Iguazu National Park by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. April in Iguazu National Park sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night. On the 6th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Salto San Martin ©
Salto San Martin
Isla San Martin ©
Isla 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, take in nature's colorful creations at Parque 3 de Febrero, take in the history at Plaza de Mayo, and admire the landmark architecture of El Ateneo Grand Splendid.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Buenos Aires day trip tool .

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 April, plan for little chillier days in Buenos Aires, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Los Glaciares National Park.

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Glaciar Spegazzini and then take in the dramatic natural features at Perito Moreno Glacier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Laguna de los Tres.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Los Glaciares National Park planning website .

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Los Glaciares National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Buenos Aires in April, plan for much colder days and little chillier nights in Los Glaciares National Park: temperatures range from 9°C by day to 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Glaciares National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Perito Moreno Glacier ©
Perito Moreno Glacier
Glaciar Spegazzini ©
Glaciar Spegazzini

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