30 days in South America Itinerary

30 days in South America Itinerary

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30 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Lima, Peru
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
2
Cusco, Peru
— 5 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  3​h 15​min
3
Machu Picchu, Peru
— 3 nights
+4
Train + Foot + Bus + Taxi + Fly:  24​h
4
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 7 nights
Fly:  7​h
5
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
6
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
7
Iguazu National Park, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Sydney, Australia

2
nights
Lima, Peru

Founded in 1535 by Spanish explorer Francisco Pizarro, Lima represents an interesting blend of modern attractions and preserved colonial architecture, much of it clustered in the World Heritage-listed city center.
On the 17th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, then delve into the distant past at Huaca Pucllana, then take a stroll through Miraflores, and finally wander the streets of Barranco. On the 18th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Indigo and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Lima trip planning app .

Sydney, Australia to Lima is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 15 hours traveling from Sydney to Lima. Traveling from Sydney in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 21°C in Lima. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Tue) before leaving for Cusco.

Things to do in Lima

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco ©
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco

5
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.
Get some historical perspective at Sacsayhuaman and Sacred Valley of the Incas. Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Salinas de Maras. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Plaza de Armas, explore the ancient world of Centro Historico De Cusco, trek along exploor, and get engrossed in the history at Museo de Arte Precolombino.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cusco trip planner .

You can fly from Lima to Cusco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lima in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be colder in Cusco, with lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Salinas de Maras, Sacred Valley of the Incas
Highlights from your plan
Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

3
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.
Get some historical perspective at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and Winay Wayna. Get a sense of the local culture at Intipuncu and Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Los Jardines de Mandor, stroll through Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu, take in the awesome beauty at Phutuq K'usi, and don't miss a visit to Plaza Manco Capac.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Machu Picchu online day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

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

7
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Baia do Sancho and Fernado de Noronha Island. Visit Capela de Sao Pedro and Fort of Nossa Senhora da Conceicao for their historical value. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Praia do Sueste, stroll through Boldro Beacch, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, you can read our Fernando de Noronha travel route planner .

Getting from Machu Picchu to Fernando de Noronha by combination of train, bus, and flight takes about 24 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, bus, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Machu Picchu to Fernando de Noronha. May in Fernando de Noronha sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can fly 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

5
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.
Parque Lage and Paroquia Sao Francisco Xavier will appeal to history buffs. Bondinho Pao de Acucar and Copacabana Beach are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Rio de Janeiro to go to Arraial do Cabo and see Scuba & Snorkeling, which is approximately 2 hours away. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, appreciate the history behind Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, and take a peaceful walk through Parque Nacional Tijuca.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Rio de Janeiro road trip planning site .

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 June, Rio de Janeiro is a bit cooler than Fernando de Noronha - with highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Foz do Iguacu.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Scuba & Snorkeling, Igreja Sao Lourenco
Highlights from your plan
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema
Sugarloaf Mountain ©
Sugarloaf Mountain

3
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 some historical perspective at Buddhist Temple and Marco Das Tres Fronteiras. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mosque of Omar Ibn Al-Khattab and Museu de Cera Dreamland. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Iguazu Falls, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Diocesana Nossa Senhora de Guadalupe, look for all kinds of wild species at Bela Vista Biological Refuge, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Foz do Iguacu using our trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Foz do Iguacu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in June, things will get little chillier in Foz do Iguacu: highs are around 25°C and lows about 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Iguazu National Park.

Things to do in Foz do Iguacu

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Iguazu Falls ©
Iguazu Falls
Buddhist Temple ©
Buddhist Temple
Marco Das Tres Fronteiras ©
Marco Das Tres Fronteiras

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 13th (Sat), take in the dramatic scenery at Salto Bernabe Mendez and then take in the dramatic scenery at Iguazu Falls.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Iguazu National Park online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Foz do Iguacu to Iguazu National Park takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in June, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Iguazu National Park

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

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