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
— 3 nights
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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
— 3 nights
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San Andres Island, Colombia
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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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): 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 head outdoors with Parque Nacional el Avila. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana de Caracas, shop like a local with Centro Paseo El Hatillo, and then explore the galleries of Hacienda La Trinidad Parque Cultural.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Caracas trip maker.

New York City, USA to Caracas is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Venezuela Time is 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) 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.
Attractions like Praia do Cachorro and Shark Diving make great kid-friendly stops. Fernando de Noronha Memorial and Aberto da Tartaruga Marinha de Fernando de Noronha Museum will appeal to museum buffs. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Boldro Beacch, see the sky in a new way at Aulas de Energia – Espaco Usina Solar Fernando de Noronha, explore the activities along Buraco do Galego, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Fernando de Noronha planner.

Traveling by flight from Caracas to Fernando de Noronha takes 23.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Venezuela Time to Fernando de Noronha Standard Time is 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in May, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can 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 25th (Tue): take in panoramic vistas at Morro Dois Irmaos, then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Ipanema, then kick back and relax at Pedra do Arpoador, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Copacabana Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Leme, then brush up on your military savvy at Fortaleza de Santa Cruz da Barra, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Sao Francisco da Penitencia Church.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Rio de Janeiro trip builder.

Getting from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Traveling from Fernando de Noronha to Rio de Janeiro, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Fernando de Noronha in May, with highs in Rio de Janeiro at 31°C and lows at 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Parks · Outdoors · 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cemiterio de Recoleta and Catedral de San Isidro. Get outdoors at Parque 3 de Febrero and Peru Beach. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Puerto Madero, contemplate the long history of Museo Nacional De Arte Decorativo, shop like a local with El Ateneo Grand Splendid, and visit Recoleta.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Buenos Aires journey builder app.

Traveling by flight from Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, Buenos Aires is slightly colder than Rio de Janeiro - with highs of 20°C and lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) 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. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Museo Interactivo Mirador and Casa de Las Causas. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santiago: Allmountain (in Pirque) and Vina Undurraga (in Talagante). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Museo Historico Nacional, examine the collection at Casa Museo Eduardo Frei Montalva, get a taste of the local shopping with Patio Bellavista, and take in the exciting artwork at Plop! Galeria.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Santiago trip planner.

Fly from Buenos Aires to Santiago in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Argentina Standard Time (ART) to Chile Standard Time (CLT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Wed) before leaving for Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums · Shopping · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and Jardin Botanico en Machu Pichu. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon and Iglesia Virgen Del Carmen. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Mandor, relax and rejuvenate at Otto's Salon Spa & Boutique, take in the dramatic scenery at Cascadas Allcamayo, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Mariposario de Machupicchu.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Machu Picchu tour planner.

You can fly from Santiago to Machu Picchu in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Santiago to Machu Picchu. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Shopping

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 6th (Sun), browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado Central de San Pedro, contemplate the long history of Sacsayhuaman, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi, contemplate the long history of Tipon, then explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Precolombino, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, and finally get outside with exploor.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Cusco trip planner.

Do a combination of train and bus from Machu Picchu to Cusco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Cusco are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Puerto Ayora.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Spas

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.
You'll explore and learn at Galeria Aymara and Galeria Exotico Ecuador. Maprae and The Angelique Art Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Las Grietas, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna las Ninfas, make a trip to Malecon de Puerto Ayora, and stroll through El Chato - Giant Tortoise Reserve.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Ayora online trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Cusco to Puerto Ayora in 19.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight, ferry, and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cusco in June: highs in Puerto Ayora hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough 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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Baquerizo, get a new perspective on nature at Interpretation Center, and then head outdoors with Cerro Tijeretas. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Oro, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Inmaculada Concepcion, and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Loberia.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Puerto Baquerizo Moreno travel itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Puerto Ayora to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in 3.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · 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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): see the vivid underwater world at West View, look for all kinds of wild species at La Piscinita, and then step off the mainland to explore Cayo El Acuario. Here are some ideas for day two: see some colorful creatures with Karibik Diver, then stop by Esmeraldas Colombianas, then examine the collection at Parque Tematico El Pueblito Isleno San Andres, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Primera Iglesia Bautista Hispana.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Andres Island trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to San Andres Island with the Route module. June in San Andres Island sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors