31 days in South America Itinerary

31 days in South America Itinerary

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31 days in South America Itinerary

Start: Brisbane, Australia
Fly:  20​h 30​min
1
Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
2
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 45​min
3
Porto de Galinhas, Brazil
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + shuttle + ferry + bus:  23​h 15​min
5
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
— 3 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
6
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
7
Cusco, Peru
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
8
Mendoza, Argentina
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  2​h
9
Santiago, Chile
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Brisbane, Australia

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.
Popular historic sites such as San Telmo and Recoleta are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Puerto Madero and Parque 3 de Febrero. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Cemiterio de Recoleta, take a stroll through Palermo, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, and get to know the fascinating history of La Boca.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Buenos Aires trip planner .

Brisbane, Australia to Buenos Aires is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Traveling from Brisbane to Buenos Aires, you'll gain 13 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brisbane in May, expect nights in Buenos Aires to be about the same, around 14°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Rio de Janeiro.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Puerto Madero ©
Puerto Madero
Calle Defensa ©
Calle Defensa
Plaza de Mayo ©
Plaza de Mayo

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Pao de Acucar and Praia de Ipanema. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Copacabana Beach, appreciate the history behind Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, wander the streets of Santa Teresa, and stroll through Parque Lage.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, refer to the Rio de Janeiro trip maker website .

Fly from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Buenos Aires in May; daily highs in Rio de Janeiro reach 31°C and lows reach 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Porto de Galinhas.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Bondinho  Pao de Acucar ©
Bondinho Pao de Acucar
Copacabana Beach ©
Copacabana Beach
Praia de Ipanema
Praia de Ipanema

2
nights
Porto de Galinhas, Brazil

Porto de Galinhas ©
You're in for a treat on your beach holiday to Porto de Galinha.
On the 10th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Piscinas Naturais de Porto de Galinhas, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then kick back and relax at Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach, and finally sample the fine beverages at Cachacaria e Pimentaria Tio Gilson. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Muro Alto Beach, then explore the striking landscape at Outeiro church and panoramic view, then stroll through Pontal de Maracaipe, and finally admire the striking features of Massangana Sugar Cane Mill.

Plan a trip to Porto de Galinhas easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Rio de Janeiro to Porto de Galinhas takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Porto de Galinhas, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Fernando de Noronha.

Things to do in Porto de Galinhas

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Muro Alto Beach ©
Muro Alto Beach
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach ©
Vila de Porto de Galinhas Beach

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 Porto de Santo Antonio Beach, meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Fernando de Noronha online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Porto de Galinhas to Fernando de Noronha by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Porto de Galinhas to Fernando de Noronha. In May in Fernando de Noronha, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Puerto Ayora.

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
Praia do Cacimba do Padre ©
Praia do Cacimba do Padre

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.
Puerto Ayora is known for wildlife, nature, beaches, adventure, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Charles Darwin Research Station, cast your line with a fishing tour, kick back and relax at Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Ayora day trip site .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Fernando de Noronha to Puerto Ayora takes 23.5 hours. Traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Puerto Ayora, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in Puerto Ayora are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to ride a ferry to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Things to do in Puerto Ayora

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Santa Cruz
Highlights from your plan
Charles Darwin Research Station ©
Charles Darwin Research Station
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve ©
El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno ©
The capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is located on easternmost island of the archipelago, San Cristobal.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): get a new perspective on nature at Interpretation Center, identify plant and animal life at Cerro Tijeretas, and then identify plant and animal life at Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado. On your second day here, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno road trip planning app .

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in 2.5 hours. May in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado
Highlights from your plan
Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado ©
Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado
Interpretation Center ©
Interpretation Center
Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion ©
Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion

3
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sacsayhuaman and Sacred Valley of the Incas. Popular historic sites such as Plaza de Armas and Salinas de Maras are in your itinerary. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Centro Historico De Cusco, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, take a stroll through San Blas, and steep yourself in history at Tipon.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Cusco attractions planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Cusco. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in May: highs in Cusco hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mendoza.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Mendoza, Argentina

Mendoza ©
Famed for its neat vineyards and thriving wine production, Mendoza remains the place to visit for a pleasant combination of relaxation and recreation.
Bodega Tierras Altas and Bodega Matervini are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Mendoza's surroundings by going to Bodegas Salentein (in Los Arboles), Casa El Enemigo (in Maipu) and Laureano Gomez Winemaker (in Colonia Las Rosas). Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Bodega Roberto Bonfanti.

Start your trip to Mendoza by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can fly from Cusco to Mendoza in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Cusco to Mendoza due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Cusco in May since evenings lows in Mendoza dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Santiago.

Things to do in Mendoza

Wineries

Side Trips

Casa El Enemigo, Laureano Gomez Winemaker, Bodegas Salentein
Highlights from your plan
Bodega Matervini ©
Bodega Matervini
Bodega Roberto Bonfanti ©
Bodega Roberto Bonfanti
Bodega Ruca Malen ©
Bodega Ruca Malen

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at La Chascona and Matetic Vineyards. Step out of Santiago with an excursion to Concha y Toro in Pirque--about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Santa Lucia Hill, see the interesting displays at Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos, tour the pleasant surroundings at San Cristóbal Hill, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Santiago trip itinerary tool .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Mendoza to Santiago in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Mendoza to Santiago due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Matetic Vineyards, Concha y Toro
Highlights from your plan
La Chascona ©
La Chascona
Concha y Toro ©
Concha y Toro
Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino ©

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