29 days in South America Itinerary

29 days in South America Itinerary

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Start: Wellington, New Zealand
Fly:  33 h
1
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly:  7 h
2
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 3 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
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h
6
El Calafate, Argentina
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
7
El Chalten, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  13 h
8
Santiago, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly:  9 h 45 min
9
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  31 h
End: Wellington, New Zealand

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.
Visiting Baia do Sancho and Scuba & Snorkeling will get you outdoors. Popular historic sites such as Capela de Sao Pedro and Fort of Nossa Senhora da Conceicao are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Fernado de Noronha Island, explore the striking landscape of Fernando de Noronha Marine National Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Leão.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Fernando de Noronha trip planner.

Wellington, New Zealand to Fernando de Noronha is an approximately 33-hour flight. Traveling from Wellington to Fernando de Noronha, you'll gain 14 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Wellington in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Fernando de Noronha: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Praia do Sueste ©
Praia do Sueste
Baia do Sancho ©
Baia do Sancho
Fernado de Noronha Island ©
Fernado de Noronha Island

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.
Popular historic sites such as Parque Lage and Sao Bento Monastery are in your itinerary. Visiting Copacabana Beach and Pedra do Arpoador will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, get great views at Leblon Beach, admire the landmark architecture of Ilha Fiscal, and pause for some serene contemplation at Paroquia Sao Francisco Xavier.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro online itinerary planner.

You can fly from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro in 8 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro is minus 1 hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Pedra do Arpoador ©
Pedra do Arpoador

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.
Get in touch with nature at Iguazu Falls and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Popular historic sites such as Buddhist Temple and Catedral Diocesana Nossa Senhora de Guadalupe are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Marco Das Tres Fronteiras, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosque of Omar Ibn Al-Khattab, look for gifts at Artesanato Chocolate Caseiro Tres Fronteiras, and see the interesting displays at Museu de Cera Dreamland.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Foz do Iguacu trip planning tool.

Getting from Rio de Janeiro to Foz do Iguacu by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Foz do Iguacu, with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Tours Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Buddhist Temple ©
Buddhist Temple
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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 17th (Thu), go deep underground at Wanda Mines. On the next day, take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls and then step off the mainland to explore Isla San Martin.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Iguazu National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Foz do Iguacu to Iguazu National Park in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Iguazu National Park are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Wanda Mines, Lago Urugua-i
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.
Get some historical perspective at Cemiterio de Recoleta and Plaza de Mayo. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Puerto Madero, steep yourself in history at Basilica de Nuestra Senora Del Pilar, get a taste of the local shopping with Recoleta, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Calle Defensa.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires trip planner.

Getting from Iguazu National Park to Buenos Aires by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Buenos Aires can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to El Calafate.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Cemiterio de Recoleta ©
Cemiterio de Recoleta
Calle Defensa ©
Calle Defensa

2
nights
El Calafate, Argentina

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.
On the 23rd (Wed), see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, thentake a stroll through Avenida Libertador, and then identify plant and animal life at Laguna Nimez Reserva Natural Municipal. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Argentino.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the El Calafate trip itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to El Calafate in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Buenos Aires in December: highs in El Calafate hover around 16°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to drive to El Chalten.

Things to do in El Calafate

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Climbing Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Lago Argentino
Lago Argentino

2
nights
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 25th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Fitz Roy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sat): get great views at El Mirador De Los Condores, thenexplore the activities along Laguna Capri, thenhike along Laguna de los Tres, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Laguna Torre.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our El Chalten trip maker.

You can drive from El Calafate to El Chalten in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in El Chalten

Parks Nature Trails

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

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.
Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania and Iglesia de La Merced will appeal to history buffs. Get in touch with nature at San Cristóbal Hill and Region IX Ltd. When in Santiago, make a side trip to see Concha y Toro in Pirque, approximately Pirque away. There's lots more to do: walk around Cerro Santa Lucia, see the interesting displays at La Chascona, pause for some serene contemplation at Capilla Medalla Milagrosa Virgen De Los Rayos, and visit Barrio Bellavista.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Santiago driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from El Chalten to Santiago takes 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from El Chalten to Santiago due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Santiago

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Concha y Toro, Region IX Ltd
Highlights from your plan
San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Concha y Toro ©
Concha y Toro
Barrio Bellavista ©
Barrio Bellavista

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.
Visit Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and Winay Wayna for their historical value. Get in touch with nature at Mandor and Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes). There's still lots to do: take some stellar pictures from Intipuncu, admire the natural beauty at Mariposario de Machupicchu, make a trip to Plaza Manco Capac, and stop by Artesanias.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Machu Picchu trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Santiago to Machu Picchu in 10.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Santiago to Machu Picchu is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

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

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