31 days in South America Itinerary

31 days in South America Itinerary

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Caracas, Venezuela
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Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 2 nights
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 3 nights
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Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
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Machu Picchu, Peru
— 3 nights
Train to Ollantaytambo, Bus to Cusco
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Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 3 nights
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Caracas, Venezuela

— 3 nights

Heaven's Branch on Earth

Tropical weather, great food, and memorable jungle surroundings seem like all the ingredients Caracas needs to become a must-see destination.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Nuestra Senora de Las Mercedes, then identify plant and animal life at Parque de Recreacion Los Chorros, and then get outside with Parque Nacional el Avila. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana de Caracas, then take a stroll through Centro Paseo El Hatillo, and then explore the world behind art at Hacienda La Trinidad Parque Cultural.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Caracas holiday website.

New York City, USA to Caracas is an approximately 11-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from New York City to Caracas due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Caracas

Outdoors · Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

— 2 nights

Emerald of the Atlantic

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.
Appreciate the collections at Fernando de Noronha Memorial and Aberto da Tartaruga Marinha de Fernando de Noronha Museum. You'll get in some beach time at Praia do Cachorro and Enseada da Caieira. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Boldro Beacch, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, look and learn at Aulas de Energia – Espaco Usina Solar Fernando de Noronha, and meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Fernando de Noronha route planning site.

You can fly from Caracas to Fernando de Noronha in 23.5 hours. Traveling from Caracas to Fernando de Noronha, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. June in Fernando de Noronha sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Fernando de Noronha

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

— 2 nights

Marvelous City

Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): take in panoramic vistas at Morro Dois Irmaos, kick back and relax at Praia de Ipanema, then kick back and relax at Pedra do Arpoador, and finally kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Praia do Leme, browse the exhibits of Fortaleza de Santa Cruz da Barra, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Sao Francisco da Penitencia Church.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro trip planner.

You can fly from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro in 7.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Fernando de Noronha in June; daily highs in Rio de Janeiro reach 79°F and lows reach 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 3 nights

Queen of La Plata

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Catedral de San Isidro and Basilica del Santisimo Sacramento. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cemiterio de Recoleta and Museo Nacional De Arte Decorativo. Go for a jaunt from Buenos Aires to Acassuso to see Peru Beach about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Puerto Madero, surround yourself with nature on Birding Buenos Aires, admire the landmark architecture of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, and steep yourself in history at Recoleta.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Buenos Aires road trip planning site.

You can fly from Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, Buenos Aires is little chillier than Rio de Janeiro - with highs of 60°F and lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Santiago, Chile

— 3 nights

City of the Island Hills

Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepcion and La Chascona. Museo Historico Nacional and Casa de Las Causas will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Santiago side-trips: Allmountain (in Pirque) and Vina Undurraga (in Talagante). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Museo Interactivo Mirador, view the masterpieces at Plop! Galeria, and shop like a local with Patio Bellavista.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Santiago visit planning tool.

Getting from Buenos Aires to Santiago by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Buenos Aires to Santiago due to the time zone difference. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums · Shopping · Outdoors · Wineries

Side Trips

Machu Picchu, Peru

— 3 nights
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Get outdoors at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon and Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Mandor, get to know the resident critters at Mariposario de Machupicchu, take in the dramatic scenery at Cascadas Allcamayo, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Otto's Salon Spa & Boutique.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Machu Picchu day trip app.

You can fly from Santiago to Machu Picchu in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Chile Standard Time (CLT) to Peru Standard Time (PET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums

Cusco, Peru

— 3 nights

Imperial City

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.
On the 21st (Mon), hunt for treasures at Mercado Central de San Pedro, then contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi, delve into the distant past at Tipon, examine the collection at Museo de Arte Precolombino, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, and finally hike along exploor.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Cusco trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Machu Picchu to Cusco by combination of train and bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Shopping · Spas · Museums

Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

— 3 nights
The largest settlement in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora offers visitors to the islands an array of facilities and things to do.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Galeria Aymara and Galeria Exotico Ecuador. Step out of the city life by going to Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay and Las Grietas. The adventure continues: stroll through El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna las Ninfas, take a leisurely stroll along Malecon de Puerto Ayora, and admire the masterpieces at Maprae.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Ayora road trip planning site.

Getting from Cusco to Puerto Ayora by combination of flight and ferry takes about 19.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight, ferry, and bus. Traveling from Cusco in June, you will find days in Puerto Ayora are a bit warmer (83°F), and nights are warmer (73°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador

— 3 nights
The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
On the 27th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Baquerizo, learn more about the world around you at Interpretation Center, and then get outside with Cerro Tijeretas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Mon): stroll through Playa de Oro, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion, and then kick back and relax at La Loberia.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Puerto Baquerizo Moreno holiday planning website.

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in 3.5 hours. In June in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

San Andres Island, Colombia

— 3 nights
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
On the 30th (Wed), explore the gorgeous colors at West View, then look for all kinds of wild species at La Piscinita, and then step off the mainland to explore Cayo El Acuario. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the deep blue sea with Karibik Diver, then look for gifts at Esmeraldas Colombianas, then see the interesting displays at Parque Tematico El Pueblito Isleno San Andres, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Primera Iglesia Bautista Hispana.

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the San Andres Island trip itinerary maker app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to San Andres Island. In June, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 78°F. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Venezuela travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Gift & Specialty Shops
Land of Grace
A vacation in Venezuela, one of the most biodiverse countries on the planet, can be both affordable and highly rewarding. From snowcapped mountains and vast grassland, to tropical islands and lush rainforests, Venezuela's varied landscapes are a paradise for nature lovers. Whether you're looking to laze on the Caribbean beaches, trek through the verdant jungles, or immerse yourself in the vibrant city culture, a Venezuela holiday offers something for everyone. Admire the world's highest waterfalls, go island hopping, discover tasty local delicacies, and witness the sheer abundance of wildlife and endemic species in Venezuela.

Colombia travel guide

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Historic Sites · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Diverse in terms of landscapes, climates, and cultures, Colombia remains one of South America's least explored tourist destinations, overshadowed by its more popular southern neighbors. Combining the best of what the continent has to offer, a vacation in Colombia allows you to blend outdoor adventures with tours of picture-perfect cobblestoned towns dating back to the colonial era. Tourists on a Colombia holiday can easily hop from sun-kissed coastal spots to the hilly coffee-growing region, where thriving plantations quickly give way to a landscape of snow-covered volcanic peaks and the paramo--alpine ecosystems sheltering some of the rarest plants growing above the continuous forest line.